News Article | May 4, 2017
Below is a sample of the dozens of Seafood Intelligence news articles available daily/weekly to our subscribers… The French & European #1 retail multiple (currently world #6 in FY 2014 US$ terms; having long been #2 and #3 in 2010) announced at a Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans conference it co-sponsored with WWF France and SeaWeb in Paris on November 29, 2016, that it was pledging to source 50% of its seafood sold in its fresh fish counters and as frozen seafood from ‘responsible’ supply chain. Carrefour also announced a partnership with the start-up SafetyNet offering selective fishing technologies (re. bycatch reduction). During the COP22 in Marakech, Carrefour also pledged to stop distributing single-use plastic bags in all its super/hypermarkets and retail points by 2020; and has launched a partnership with the Consumer Goods Forum to support this endeavour.
News Article | March 16, 2017
Google has confirmed to float an OTA downgrade for the Nexus 6. It has announced that the Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be downgraded to the older version of Android 7.0 Nougat. Google had pushed out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Nexus 6 after much delay on Jan. 6. However,now Google is reportedly attempting to bring the device back to Android 7.0. Google had paused the update in early March due to concerns over Android Pay and SafetyNet. The latest news of the company rolling back the Android 7.1.1 update adds to the chagrin of Nexus 6 users. When Android arrived with its 7.1.1 Nougat on the Nexus 6, it brought a host of bugs and glitches. These have been fixed in the monthly security update for March. The upgrade, however, brought a very prominent feature to Motorola's latest flagship namely the Android Pay support. Google has essentially forsaken the Android 7.1.1 update for Nexus 6 users and is pushing the downgrade forward. "There was a recent OTA update for Android 7.0 that is causing confusion for some Nexus 6 users. Or those of you that want to guarantee future OTA updates you will need to get back on the 7.0 supported track. If you are experiencing issues after accepting the 7.0 update, please factory reset your device to help resolve any problems," said a Google Community Manager on Reddit. To sprinkle salt on the wounds, it has been determined that none of the apps downloaded with Android 7.1.1 are compatible with Android 7.0. To use the apps, one needs to uninstall and clear the phone's factory settings. This is the final update for Android Nougat on the Nexus 6. Android 7.1.1 Nougat had brought about many significant features in the Android interface. The most prominent being the return of app shortcuts. This was introduced during the beta phase and was temporarily scrapped. It has now returned with a bang. App shortcuts are similar to the 3D touch software of Apple's iOS 9 and above. Users need to press and hold an app to access a featured list of actions. The Pixel launcher, present in the Google Pixel phones already supported this facility and now third-party applications will be able to integrate this feature too. The apps are allowed a maximum of five shortcuts. A power cycling mode had been also introduced in this update. When a user presses and holds the power button, both the power cycle and switch off options will show up on the screen. Nexus 6 users are fuming, as they are certainly not looking forward to the downgrade and have been rendered helpless. This is due to Google's compulsion that users will have to download the software upgrade, in order to remain eligible for future OTA updates. This has proved to be a spot of bother for Nexus users. Clearly, the downgrade to Android 7.0 is proving to be a tough pill to swallow, for the Nexus 6 community. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | April 30, 2017
(PRLEAP.COM)The National Lifeline Association announces today the appointment of two new board members for a three-year term beginning March 31st, 2017: IMMERGE's Senior Vice President, Kristina Valencia and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for PWG Network Solutions Nathan Stierwalt. Both Ms. Valencia and Mr. Stierwalt are replacing existing board members Jim Dry and Tom Armstrong who recently resigned. The national organization supports Lifeline recipients, providers, and supporters through education, cooperation, and advocacy.Both Ms. Valencia and Mr. Stierwalt will be the first board members to represent another group of NaLA members that are not ETCs. This is a big deal since our Lifeline Industry is made up of much more than designated ETCs.Ms. Valencia, a SVP at IMMERGE ( www.immerge.com ) is the first board member to represent the member base of distributors, which is NaLA's largest group of members and by far our largest potential member base to grow. Ms. Valencia is excited about this opportunity to meet other Distributors and begin gathering information about how she might be able to help give them a stronger voice in the industry.Nathan Stierwalt, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for PWG Network Solutions, is our first board member to represent the carrier supply chain as well as phone suppliers. Nathan, in his capacity, will be able to represent both member bases and provide helpful insight to the Board on what is needed and expected from this NaLA group."Through their leadership, Kristina and Nathan have helped elevate the industry standard for quality of service through the Lifeline Program," said David B. Dorwart, Chairman of National Lifeline Association. "We are delighted to have them join our board, where they can help us fulfill our vision of ensuring that 'In America, every person should have access to essential communication services.'"Kristina and Nathan join current board members David B. Dorwart- Chairman, ViaOne Services; David Skogen- Global Communications of America; Steve Klein- SafetyNet Wireless; William Curry- Life Wireless; and Kim Lehrman- Entouch Wireless.About the National Lifeline Association:The National Lifeline Association is the only industry trade group specifically focused on the Lifeline segment of telecommunications. It supports the four essential pieces of Lifeline: ETCs and providers, distributors, Lifeline supporters and participants, and government and regulatory bodies.The federal Lifeline program was created by Congress in 1985 to ensure that all Americans have access to quality telephone service. The Lifeline program requires that potential subscribers take part in a federal assistance program such as Medicaid or Food Stamps, or earn no more than 135 percent of the federal poverty level, and may not receive service from more than one Lifeline carrier at the same time."We are passionate about the continuity and advancement of the Lifeline program," added Dorwart. "And we drive this vision by providing education, cooperation, and advocacy."
News Article | May 9, 2017
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI) today announced the introduction of Rad-G™, a combined pulse oximeter designed primarily for use in pneumonia screening and spot-checking of oxygen saturation (SpO ) in low-resource settings. The development of the device is supported in part by a grant of $4.95 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), announced in November 2016, as part of a partnership with Masimo to facilitate screening for pneumonia by health workers in low-resource areas. Rad-G is a low-cost, rugged, handheld pulse oximetry device with a rechargeable battery and LCD display. It uses Masimo Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion™ SET® pulse oximetry technology to measure SpO , respiration rate from the Pleth (RRp™), pulse rate (PR), and perfusion index (Pi). Pneumonia remains the single largest treatable infectious cause of death in children worldwide, causing over 900,000 deaths each year among children under 5 years of age.1 In a study funded by the BMGF Diagnostics Modelling Consortium, the researchers concluded that in settings where supplemental oxygen is available, the addition of pulse oximetry to standard integrated management of child illness protocols could reduce pneumonia mortality rates.2 More recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been conducting a multi-country evaluation of enhanced community case management of pneumonia with the use of Masimo SET® pulse oximetry by community health workers.3 Enhancing patient screening is critically important to reducing the global burden of pneumonia. Moreover, enhanced screening may empower healthcare providers by supporting informed decisions related to pneumonia diagnosis and treatment, with the appropriate administration of antibiotics and oxygen therapy when needed. Masimo and BMGF hope that Masimo pulse oximetry technology, already used to monitor approximately 100 million patients around the world, can help better screen children in even the most challenging conditions. Joe Kiani, Founder and CEO of Masimo, said, “The introduction of the Rad-G is a critical milestone in our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help improve pneumonia screening. We are grateful to have the opportunity to bring our proven SET® pulse oximetry technology to areas of the world that are in desperate need of better healthcare, and look forward to making a positive difference in the lives of many children.” Rad-G is currently not available for sale in the United States, Canada, or the E.U. Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is a global leader in innovative noninvasive monitoring technologies. Our mission is to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care by taking noninvasive monitoring to new sites and applications. In 1995, the company debuted Masimo SET® Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion™ pulse oximetry, which has been shown in multiple studies to significantly reduce false alarms and accurately monitor for true alarms. Masimo SET® has also been shown to help clinicians reduce severe retinopathy of prematurity in neonates,1 improve CCHD screening in newborns,2 and, when used for continuous monitoring with Masimo Patient SafetyNet™* in post-surgical wards, reduce rapid response activations and costs.3,4,5 Masimo SET® is estimated to be used on more than 100 million patients in leading hospitals and other healthcare settings around the world,6 including 17 of the top 20 hospitals listed in the 2016-17 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll.7 In 2005, Masimo introduced rainbow® Pulse CO-Oximetry technology, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously could only be measured invasively, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and more recently, Pleth Variability Index (PVi®) and Oxygen Reserve Index (ORi™), in addition to SpO , pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI). In 2014, Masimo introduced Root®, an intuitive patient monitoring and connectivity platform with the Masimo Open Connect™ (MOC-9™) interface, enabling other companies to augment Root with new features and measurement capabilities. Masimo is also taking an active leadership role in mHealth with products such as the Radius-7™ wearable patient monitor, iSpO ® pulse oximeter for smartphones, and the MightySat™ fingertip pulse oximeter. Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at www.masimo.com. Published clinical studies on Masimo products can be found at http://www.masimo.com/cpub/clinical-evidence.htm. *The use of the trademark Patient SafetyNet is under license from University HealthSystem Consortium. This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in connection with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the potential effectiveness of Masimo Rad-G™. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations about future events affecting us and are subject to risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control and could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in our forward-looking statements as a result of various risk factors, including, but not limited to: risks related to our assumptions regarding the repeatability of clinical results; risks related to our belief that Masimo's unique noninvasive measurement technologies, including Masimo Rad-G, contribute to positive clinical outcomes and patient safety; as well as other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which may be obtained for free at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we do not know whether our expectations will prove correct. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of today's date. We do not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these statements or the "Risk Factors" contained in our most recent reports filed with the SEC, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under the applicable securities laws.
News Article | September 20, 2017
MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As Americans struggle to keep up with rising expenses, such as rent, healthcare and monthly costs of living, putting money into a savings account often times falls to the wayside. That is especially true for the people of Wisconsin, according to a recent study by SafetyNet, an income insurance program that provides workers a lump-sum emergency fund after a layoff, injury or illness. “Our survey points to a clear problem: there’s a significant gap in financial preparedness – particularly a lack of savings – among Wisconsin workers,” said Dan Murray, vice president of product development at SafetyNet. “When faced with a financial emergency, such as a layoff, illness, or injury, a large portion of the population in Wisconsin has no financial backstop to support themselves and their families until they’re back on their feet.” SafetyNet’s online survey of 490 Wisconsin workers highlights significant gaps in savings and financial habits, and uncovers what actions individuals would take if they were to end up in an unexpected financial emergency. The key findings of the survey include: “Building a solid foundation of cash in savings isn’t easy. However, coming up with a plan, is.” said Murray. “SafetyNet’s mission is to improve the financial well being of hardworking Americans, and we do that by providing an instant source of cash for the unexpected emergency for those who are willing to plan ahead with products like our simple, affordable coverage.” To learn more about the SafetyNet’s financial preparedness survey, visit the blog here. For more information on SafetyNet, please visit www.safetynet.com. SafetyNet is a consumer-friendly insurance program that provides money to workers who lose their income. On a mission to improve the financial well-being of millions of hardworking Americans, SafetyNet’s current offerings are low-premium plans that provide a lump sum payment to people who lose their jobs or cannot work due to illness or injury. SafetyNet is backed by the financial strength and insurance industry track record of 80-year old CUNA Mutual Group.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SFS-09-2014 | Award Amount: 5.55M | Year: 2015
The European Union has committed to the gradual elimination of discarding. DiscardLess will help provide the knowledge, tools and technologies as well as the involvement of the stakeholders to achieve this. These will be integrated into Discard Mitigation Strategies (DMS) proposing cost-effective solutions at all stages of the seafood supply chain. The first focus is on preventing the unwanted catches from ever being caught. This will promote changes in gear using existing and innovative selectivity technology, and changes in fishing tactics based on fishers and scientists knowledge. The second focus is on making best use of the unavoidable unwanted catch. We will detail technical and marketing innovations from the deck, through the supply chain to the final market, including monitoring, traceability and valorization components. DiscardLess will evaluate the impacts of discarding on the marine environment, on the economy, and across the wider society. We will evaluate these impacts before, during and after the implementation of the landing obligation, allowing comparison between intentions and outcomes. Eliminating discards is as much a societal challenge as a fishery management one, so we will also evaluate stakeholders perception of discards. DiscardLess will describe the changes in management and the associated governance structures needed to cement the process. We will propose approaches to managing discards in a range of case study fisheries across Europe, encompassing differences in specific discarding issues. All these innovations will be combined in integrated Internet based interactive programs (DMS toolbox) that will help fishers to evaluate the present and future situation and to take a more qualified decision of how to adjust to the new regime. Also, we will disseminate the outcome of the project and maximize knowledge transfer across Europe through an educational environment teaching the next generation as well as more conventional routes.
News Article | February 15, 2017
RapidSOS and Pulsiam announce partnership and plans to revolutionize the information call centers receive from smartphones and mobile devices. Pulsiam and RapidSOS today announced a strategic partnership to provide public safety agencies that use the Pulsiam SafetyNet Computer-Aided Dispatch software with accurate location and additional data from the RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse. Through this partnership, SafetyNet customers are able to access the full range of data coming from the RapidSOS Haven app — including handset location and rich multimedia data such as photos and two-way texting. Millions of smartphones and other connected devices transmit precise device-based hybrid location and additional data to the RapidSOS Clearinghouse when a 9-1-1 call or other request for emergency is made. Pulsiam SafetyNet CAD software will automatically query the RapidSOS Clearinghouse when a wireless call is received to retrieve supplementary location and additional data through NG9-1-1 delivery mechanisms. “The additional information provided by RapidSOS’s technology is going to revolutionize how 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers, and first responders manage emergency calls for service,” said Henry Unger, President of Pulsiam. “This partnership will give Pulsiam customers a valuable advantage in locating callers and situational awareness through cutting-edge technology.” “We are extremely excited to work with Pulsiam, utilizing not only precise location and enhanced data, but also rich multimedia data,” said Michael Martin, CEO of RapidSOS. “By providing call takers with all the data available from smartphones, this partnership will transform how 9-1-1 calls are handled, in the U.S. and abroad.” RapidSOS showed a prototype at Pulsiam’s SafetyNet Conference this past fall and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the public safety community that multimedia data is the future of 9-1-1. Over the last few months, Pulsiam and RapidSOS have productized the integration and have deployed it successfully at a pilot site. RapidSOS is excited to work with Pulsiam to roll out the same technology to Pulsiam’s international customers, most notably Mexico. Pulsiam established itself as a leader in the public safety software industry in 1986. The company prides itself on meeting the needs of public safety agencies with its SafetyNet Suite. Pulsiam is committed to tailoring its SafetyNet product line to adapt to the changing technology of this mission critical industry. RapidSOS is an advanced emergency technology company. Formed in 2012 and backed by some of the world’s leading Silicon Valley technologists, RapidSOS is partnering with technology companies and the public safety community to provide transformative data in emergencies. RapidSOS is developing technology to predict and preempt emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in harm’s way, and link data from any connected device directly to first responders in an emergency. RapidSOS was named “2016 Start-Up of the Year” by the Consumer Technology Association, a Top Innovation of 2015 by MIT News, and Top 3 Innovative World Technologies by SXSW.
News Article | March 1, 2017
The Windows registry is a database containing almost all your PC’s hardware and software settings. (There are some exceptions, like portable apps, which keep their settings in a separate text file.) When you uninstall a program, its registry keys should be removed too, but this doesn’t always happen. There are lots of cleanup tools that promise to improve your PC’s performance by erasing unused keys from the registry. They’re unlikely to cause any damage, but such tools are unlikely to have a noticeable effect on general speed. Deleting old registry keys won’t free up hard disk space (the amount of space used by each database entry is minuscule), or have much impact on memory usage when the registry is loaded at startup. For improving general performance, it’s the other tools bundled with registry cleaners (such as software uninstallers, and tools for finding and deleting temporary or duplicate files) that will have a real impact. Registry cleaners do have their uses, though – sometimes software uninstallers leave behind old registry keys, which can cause errors if you try to install a different version of the same program later. With that in mind, these are our picks of the best free registry cleaners for Windows. If you’re receiving error messages related to a specific registry key, this is the tool for you Auslogics markets Registry Cleaner as “the best tool to safely and effectively clear invalid entries from your Windows registry” – and we’re inclined to agree. During installation, we recommend selecting Custom rather than Express install and unchecking any extras you don’t want. You’ll also be asked if you want to set Yahoo as your homepage; if you’d rather not, uncheck the box and click ‘Decline’ – this won’t stop Auslogics Registry Cleaner installing. Finally, you’ll be asked if you want to install Auslogics Driver Update – again, uncheck the box if you’d rather not. The registry cleaner itself is refreshingly simple; you can use a series of checkboxes to choose which types of registry entry to scan for, which is excellent if you’re just having issues with a previously installed program. The registry is backed up by default before you make any changes, and can be restored using the ‘Rescue Center option at the top right. Again, we’re not sure why it’s not called something more logical like Restore Registry Backup. You can drill down and see exactly which registry keys will be deleted before committing to anything, and if you’ve received an error message about a specific key, you can use the search option (the middle button at the bottom left) to find it. We really appreciate this level of detail, which makes Auslogics our pick for the best free Windows registry cleaner. It won’t sweep up any cruft that’s accumulated on your PC, but Auslogics Registry Cleaner is ideal if you’re having trouble with a particular registry key that’s preventing a program installing or running as it should. CCleaner's registry cleaner isn’t as well developed as its main system neatening toolkit Like most tools of its kind, CCleaner’s registry cleaner checks for different types of unused registry entries, including unused file extensions, help files, and obsolete software. You’re offered the opportunity to make a backup before deleting the entries, then you can either delete each identified ‘issue’ individually (CCleaner tells you what each one is), skip any, or just delete them all. The registry cleaner is only a supplement to Ccleaner’s main PC maintenance tool, which deletes temporary files, caches, and cookies to improve system performance. None of the file types selected by default are likely to cause any issues if deleted, but take care if you choose to remove anything from the Advanced list. CCleaner also features a software uninstaller, which doesn’t let you select multiple programs for uninstalling at once, but does include Windows apps that can’t be removed via the Add/Remove Programs dialog. There’s a startup manager, much like Autoruns, a browser plugin manager, a disk usage analyzer, a duplicate file finder, quick access to System Restore, and a drive wiper for erasing data with multiple rewrites. CCleaner is unlikely to cause any problems with your Windows registry, but if something does go amiss, restoring it from a backup is a slightly awkward process that requires you to right-click the file with the extension REG, then click Merge. Many other cleaners offer one-click restoration from a backup, and it’s a shame that CCleaner doesn’t. JetClean doesn’t nag you to install extra software, but we’d prefer more information JetClean focuses on tidying up your registry, and claims that doing so will improve system performance, though this is unlikely unless you’re having a particular problem related to a specific registry key. You can limit your search to certain types of registry keys, including application paths and software locations, then check the name of each potentially troublesome key the scanner discovers. Unfortunately there’s not much additional information provided about the function of each registry entry, so a little Googling might be necessary if you’re trying to solve a particular problem. All changes to the registry are backed up, and can be revered via the Rescue option in the Settings menu. JetClean offers the standard temporary file and cache cleaning tools, as well as a function called RAM Clean, which promises to ‘optimize’ key Windows startup processes, but doesn’t provide any information about how that will be done. This is a shame, because it’s otherwise much like a more compact version of CCleaner, and we appreciate the fact that there’s no pressure to add extra components or upgrade to a premium version. SlimCleaner gives you plenty of control, but its maintenance tools are the star attraction SlimCleaner Free is similar in appearance to CCleaner, with tools dedicated to mopping up temporary Windows files, uninstalling applications, managing browser extensions, and tidying the registry. There’s also a strange group of miscellanea gathered under the heading Advanced, including the configuration files for things like the Start menu order and Notification Tray. SlimCleaner doesn’t provide as much information about each registry key as Auslogics Registry Cleaner, and you can’t search for specific strings, but there’s enough detail to help you make an informed decision about what to keep and what to purge. SlimCleaner makes a backup of your registry before deleting anything, and you can roll back to a previous version through the Settings menu. These cleanup tools are useful enough, but SlimCleaner’s process, program and startup managers are where it really shines. Each program and service has been given a rating by SlimCleaner’s community of users, so you can see whether you should keep it. Clicking ‘More info’ provides you with incredibly detailed reviews and ratings from your peers; even drivers for a laptop trackpad have several dozen reviews, including reasons to keep and to remove (the wisdom of which is rather questionable in this case). It would be interesting to see this system integrated into the registry cleaner too, to highlight any entries that are particularly likely to be the root of problems, but the sheer number of possible registry keys might well be prohibitive. Quick scans, but it’s a shame you have to part with your email address to act on them The free edition of Iolo System Mechanic immediately conducts a scan that checks for a real range of potential issues, including temporary files that can be safely deleted, broken registry keys, and hard drive fragmentation. Once it’s finished, you’ll be prompted to click the Register button and supply Iolo with an email address to activate the cleanup tools (Iolo promises that this is just to deliver an activation key – your data won’t be sold to third parties). Once that’s done, use the drop-down menus beside each of the categories to drill down for more information. Iolo recommends its registry cleaner ‘to clean and streamline’ the database, but doesn’t claim any benefits to system performance. You’ll also see some optimization options, but these are only accessible if you upgrade to the premium version of the program. Although it doesn’t prompt you, Iolo System Mechanic creates a backup before making any changes to your registry, so if you experience any problems later on, you can use its SafetyNet function to restore the database to its previous state. We appreciate this feature, though it would be nice to be notified about it earlier – it’s not clear where to find it, and the name SafetyNet isn’t very descriptive. We’re also not particularly keen on having to supply an email address, although we understand the reasoning behind it.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2014
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2014
SafetyNet Secure delivers an innovative approach to security with an affordable home security device and service.Aiming to disrupt the security market, SafetyNet is designed from the user experience back to the technology, making this wireless security device simple and efficient. The goal is to bring security to your fingertips and connect the people that care at the touch of a button.