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The Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 are all set to be receiving the software upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat imminently. The vice president of Samsung electronics in Turkey has confirmed the timeline for the release of the Nougat update to the devices in his country, meaning users of the smartphones in the rest of Europe should be receiving the update soon as well. We recently reported the list of Samsung devices expected to eventually receive the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat. Included on the update slate are the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8. Now that the Android 7.0 Nougat update is well into its worldwide rollout for Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung aficionados are naturally focused on the release date for other handsets set to receive the software upgrade. As expected, next in line for Android 7.0 Nougat are the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5, and we now have crucial information on the release schedule for the devices courtesy of the vice president of Samsung electronics in Turkey, Tansu Yeğen. Yeğen confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 will all be receiving their Android 7.0 Nougat updates in the third week of February, meaning that the upgrade could be released any day now. He also confirmed that the Galaxy S6 edge would be getting the update a week later, during the fourth week of the month. Given that Android software upgrades are usually released in mainland Europe a bit earlier than they are in Turkey, the news bodes well for owners of the devices across the continent. It also means that the U.S. release of the Android 7.0 upgrade is on the way, of course, with the big caveat that only unlocked devices will receive the initial upgrade, with those tied to carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint subjected to the usual release delays for the various networks. Yeğen also confirmed that the Galaxy A (2016) series will receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update in May, and the Galaxy J should get it in July. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) and Samsung Electronics Corporation today announced a technology collaboration on 5G development and testing. Keysight and Samsung have entered into a technology collaboration to enable design and deployment of 5G devices to support early operator trials. The initial focus of the partnership is on 5GTF specifications (www.5gtf.org). Future collaboration will include work being done in 3GPP NR. With the first set of 5G specifications based on Verizon’s 5GTF now in place, first trial networks are currently being deployed. Keysight and Samsung have been working closely since September of last year to align their respective product portfolios around the specification and build an ecosystem of interoperable products. Both companies will conduct a joint 5G technology demonstration in the Samsung booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Our customers are looking for a wide range of millimeter wave over-the-air solutions with superior performance to bring 5G applications to market,” said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Wireless Devices segment. “We are pleased that Samsung has chosen us to be a key technology partner to collaborate with them for early 5G development. “We have been able to develop solutions to enable 5G market leaders bring their products to market.” “As we begin to transition to a new generation of wireless technologies, it’s growing more important that we establish industry alignment. With 5G, this is more important than ever, as we’re tapping into an area of the radio spectrum that has been a big unknown for the mobile industry,” said Woojune Kim, vice president of Next-Generation Strategy, Samsung Electronics. “Being able to work closely with Keysight and leveraging their expertise with network simulation, RF and millimeter wave technologies is an advantage for our product validation efforts.” In addition to critical interoperability testing around the 5GTF specification, cooperation between the companies is seen as an important step for accelerating ecosystem growth and for scaling the equipment verification and production process. For Samsung, compatibility of its products with Keysight’s simulation and analysis portfolio is a critical step towards enabling rapid manufacturing of 5G equipment. “It is a great opportunity for Keysight to contribute to Samsung’s leadership in 5G,” said Keysight Korea President, Duk Kwon Yoon. “5G is a revolution and an evolution,” observed Satish Dhanasekaran, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Wireless Devices and Operators Group. “It is critical to tap into the millimeter wave spectrum to support the needs of future applications, while ensuring coexistence of current networks and services. We are excited by this partnership with Samsung to help them bring early 5G technology to market.” The development of 5G depends on up-to-date tools that let designers easily explore new signals, scenarios and topologies. Keysight’s 5G solutions are ready to enable deeper insights as development evolves with the standard. In design and test, Keysight is helping industry leaders innovate across new and existing technologies as they transform ideas into reality. Additional information about Keysight’s 5G design, test and measurement solutions is available at www.keysight.com/find/5G. Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) helps customers bring breakthrough electronic products and systems to market faster and at a lower cost. Keysight’s solutions go where the electronic signal goes, from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in the network. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, internet infrastructure, aerospace & defense, automotive, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $2.9B in fiscal year 2016. More information is available at www.keysight.com. Additional information about Keysight Technologies is available in the newsroom at www.keysight.com/go/news and on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

With LG gearing up for the launch of the LG G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, the price of the older-gen LG G5 LTE H820 model has dropped. The factory unlocked version of the LG G5 is listed on eBay by seller qualitycellz and is now available for purchase at $299.99. The LG G5 is a quality smartphone that has received innumerable positive feedback over time. While the LG G5 has been update to Android 7.0 Nougat, the device listed on eBay will come pre-loaded with the older Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The LG G5 on offer on eBay is available in 32 GB and is available for purchase in gold and silver options. This variant comes with an unlocking code along, as well as warranty period provided by LG. The smartphone is available in limited quantities as asserted by the seller. At the time of writing, 16 units of the smartphone were sold. The retailer has 99.4 percent positive feedback which will satisfy those who are wary of purchasing things online. If you are apprehensive about making an online purchase, you can rest easy since eBay is providing a 30-day return offer. Thanks to this policy, customers have the option of the returning the device in case of any damage or issues. The latest LG offer is a steal as normally, the unlocked variant of the handset retails for $649. This is not the first time that the LG G5 handset is available on sale. Previously, Best Buy had created a promo where the smartphone was provided with an AT&T instalment plan. Best Buy also offered $300 worth gift cards if the buyers buy LG G5 from Sprint or Verizon Wireless on an instalment plan. For the unfamiliar, the LG G5 was the first of its kind to incorporate modular accessories and introduce the "Friends" products.  The smartphone comes with a 5.3-inch IPS Quantum QHD display. It houses a Snapdragon 820 processor and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. The smartphone is also equipped with a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. Although eBay is currently hosting an offer on LG G6 it can be bought from many other network carriers as well. The smartphone is available Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all have a 24-month instalment plan. For AT&T, the instalment plan has been extended to 30 months and the user needs to pay $22.97 per month for the smartphone. To purchase the LG G5 for $299 from eBay head to this link and save yourself some money! © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


ARVADA, CO--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2017) - Digital Info Security Co/Digital 7 Inc. ( : DGIF) has signed an agreement with Avonis Inc. to assist in bringing government and large company contracts to the company. Avonis has been in the business of helping companies like Digital create strategic alliances with Tier 1 government contractors to win bids on government contracts. Avonis and its management have been an instrumental part of a team that as a whole has captured over $50 million in government contracts for their client teams in recent years. The agreement will allow Avonis to take Digital 7's VTS (Virtual Tape Storage) legacy data solution and create strategic alliances to integrate VTS into government bids that are available in the coming months. In addition, Avonis, as a Verizon certified provider, will be able to provide Digital's VTS solution as part of its long term data storage solutions packages. According to Avonis president and founder, Alan DuBrow, "D7's VTS proprietary solutions are unique in both their ability to handle a wide range of legacy media data types, and ability to scale services from relatively small magnetic tape libraries like the Air Logistics Centers of the U.S. Air Force to archiving all legacy data media in an entire agency the size of the Veteran's Administration." Avonis provides consulting in alliances, business development, and corporate development and growth strategies for small-to-medium sized businesses focused on the United States government marketplace, including Federal agencies and the Department of Defense. It also has international clients from England, Germany, and Japan. Avonis partners with leading information technology global system integrators and resellers to provide clients with access to products and services opportunities within federal agencies and the Department of Defense. Avonis is also licensed by the U.S. Department of State as an authorized broker and exporter of ITAR-regulated items to international markets. A privately-held company established in 2000, Avonis is located in the West Palm Beach, Florida area and employs both full-time employees and a network of associates across the country. To learn more, visit http://avonis-inc.com. Digital Info Security Co/Digital 7 Inc. ( : DGIF) with its acquisition of Data Source Inc. (a fully owned subsidiary of DGIF) is a data management company that specializes in Legacy Data and the conversion and management of that Data. For additional information about the content found in this release or about Digital Info Security Company / Digital 7 (DGIF) or Data Source contact the investor relations department at 720-427-8938 or visit our webpage at www.digital7.biz Matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "intend," "expect," and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations of the Company and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with: the impact of economic, competitive and other factors affecting the Company and its operations, markets, product, and distributor performance, the impact on the national and local economies resulting from terrorist actions, and U.S. actions subsequently, and other factors detailed in reports filed by the Company.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

2016 Revenue Growth of 20% Year-Over-Year; Q4 Growth of 18% Year-Over-Year; 2016 GAAP EPS of $0.50; Q4 of $0.15; 2016 Non-GAAP EPS of $0.86; Q4 of $0.23 REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 8, 2017) - Qualys, Inc. ( : QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. For the quarter, the Company reported revenues of $52.2 million, GAAP net income of $5.9 million, non-GAAP net income of $8.8 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $18.5 million, GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.15 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.23. For the full year ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported revenues of $197.9 million, GAAP net income of $19.2 million, non-GAAP net income of $32.8 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $68.0 million, GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.50 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.86. "Fourth quarter 2016 was a solid finish to our strong fiscal year during which we increased revenues by 20%, maintained industry-leading margins, and deployed 2 million paid Cloud Agents. Throughout 2016, we continued to expand our cloud platform capabilities with new offerings and strategic partnerships that make us more strategic to customers, positioning Qualys for continued profitable growth," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys, Inc. "The security industry is seeing a rapid transformation from legacy point products to integrated and automated capabilities that seamlessly work together as a platform. As a pioneer and innovator in this shift, customers worldwide are turning to the Qualys Cloud Platform to enable their digital transformation; this was most recently reflected in an IDC report, which showed that Qualys has taken the #1 market-share position over IBM and HP in the $1.6 billion WorldWide Vulnerability Assessment Market with 70% of Forbes Global 50 and 68% of Fortune 50 now standardized on Qualys." Revenues: Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by 18% to $52.2 million compared to $44.4 million for the same quarter in 2015. Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by 14% to $40.5 million compared to $35.4 million for the same quarter in 2015. GAAP gross margin percentage was 78% for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 80% in the prior year's fourth quarter. Non-GAAP gross profit increased by 15% to $41.1 million compared to $35.7 million in the same quarter in 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin percentage was 79% for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 80% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Operating Income: GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $8.8 million compared to $7.7 million in the same quarter in 2015. Non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $13.8 million compared to $12.5 million in the same quarter in 2015. Net Income: GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $5.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $5.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2015. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $8.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $7.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by 12% to $18.5 million compared to $16.4 million for the same quarter in 2015. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted EBITDA was 35% for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 37% for the fourth quarter of 2015. Revenues: Revenues for 2016 increased by 20% to $197.9 million compared to $164.3 million for 2015. Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for 2016 increased by 19% to $155.5 million compared to $130.4 million for 2015. GAAP gross margin percentage was 79% for 2016 compared to 79% for 2015. Non-GAAP gross profit increased by 19% to $157.3 million for 2016 compared to $131.6 million for 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin percentage was 79% for 2016 compared to 80% for 2015. Operating Income: GAAP operating income for 2016 was $30.1 million compared to $24.8 million for 2015. Non-GAAP operating income for 2016 was $51.0 million compared to $42.3 million for 2015. Net Income: GAAP net income for 2016 was $19.2 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, compared to $15.9 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, for 2015. Non-GAAP net income for 2016 was $32.8 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $26.7 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for 2015. Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) for 2016 increased by 20% to $68.0 million compared to $56.7 million for 2015. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted EBITDA was 34% for 2016 compared to 34% for 2015. First Quarter 2017 Guidance: Management expects revenues to be in the range of $52.0 million to $53.0 million, 12% to 15% growth over first quarter 2016 or estimated 16% to 18% growth normalized for the impact of FX and the MSSP (Managed Security Service Provider) contract. GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.38 to $0.41, which assumes an effective income tax rate of (145%). Non-GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.17 to $0.19, which assumes an effective non-GAAP income tax rate of 36%. First quarter 2017 EPS estimates are based on approximately 39.3 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the quarter. Full Year 2017 Guidance: Management expects revenues to be in the range of $224 million to $228 million, 13% to 15% growth over the full year 2016 or estimated 16% to 18% growth normalized for the impact of FX and the MSSP contract. GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $1.00 to $1.06 which assumes an effective income tax rate of (30%). Non-GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.81 to $0.86, which assumes an effective non-GAAP income tax rate of 36%. Full year 2017 EPS estimates are based on approximately 39.6 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Qualys will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. To access the conference call, dial (877) 881-2609 in the U.S. or +1 (970) 315-0463 for international participants with conference ID # 50052119. The live webcast of Qualys' earnings conference call can also be accessed at http://investor.qualys.com/events.cfm. A replay of the conference call will be available through the same webcast link following the end of the call. Qualys, Inc. ( : QLYS) is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions with over 9,300 customers, excluding security consulting firms, in more than 100 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. The Qualys Cloud Platform and integrated suite of solutions help organizations simplify security operations and lower the cost of compliance by delivering critical security intelligence on demand and automating the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications. Founded in 1999, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading managed service providers and consulting organizations including Accenture, BT, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HCL Technologies, HPE, Infosys, NTT, Optiv, SecureWorks, Tata Communications, Verizon and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). For more information, please visit www.qualys.com. Qualys, the Qualys logo and QualysGuard are proprietary trademarks of Qualys, Inc. All other products or names may be trademarks of their respective companies. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements related to: the growth of our business, including renewals and market share gains, adoption of our existing solutions and our new offerings to both existing and new customers; the capabilities of our platform; the expansion of our certifications and partnerships and the related benefits of such certifications and partnerships; our strategy and our business model, the scalability of our strategy, and ability to execute such strategy; our guidance for revenues, GAAP EPS and non-GAAP EPS for the first quarter and full year 2017, and our expectations for the number of weighted average diluted shares outstanding and effective income tax rate for the first quarter and full year 2017. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include our ability to continue to develop platform capabilities and solutions; the ability of our platform and solutions to perform as intended; customer acceptance and purchase of our existing solutions and new solutions; real or perceived defects, errors or vulnerabilities in our products or services; our ability to retain existing customers and generate new customers; the budgeting cycles, seasonal buying patterns and length of our sales cycle; our ability to manage costs as we increase our customer base and the number of our platform solutions; the market for cloud solutions for IT security and compliance not increasing at the rate we expect; competition from other products and services; fluctuations in currency exchange rates, unexpected fluctuations in our effective tax rate on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, our ability to effectively manage our rapid growth and our ability to anticipate future market needs and opportunities; any unanticipated accounting charges; and general market, political, economic and business conditions in the United States as well as globally. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 4, 2016. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Qualys as of the date hereof, and Qualys disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law. In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Qualys monitors operating measures of non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP net income per diluted share. In computing these non-GAAP financial measures, Qualys excludes the effects of stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses. Qualys also monitors Adjusted EBITDA (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, other (income) expense, net and non-recurring expenses) and free cash flow (defined as cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, and capitalized software development costs). Estimated impact of the MSSP contract signed in Feb 2016 refers to the difference between the estimated revenue recognized under the new terms in the MSSP contract and the estimated revenue that would have been recognized without the MSSP contract, assuming an appropriate renewal rate. The percentage impact is the net benefit, only in the contract year in which it occurred. Qualys believes that these non-GAAP operating metrics help illustrate underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the income or expenses, as well as the related tax effects, that are excluded in non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share and Adjusted EBITDA. Furthermore, Qualys uses these operating measures to establish budgets and operational goals for managing its business and evaluating its performance. Qualys monitors free cash flow as a liquidity measure to provide useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the Company that, after the acquisition of property and equipment and capitalized software development costs, can be used for strategic opportunities, including investing in its business, making strategic acquisitions and strengthening the balance sheet. Qualys also believes that non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow provide additional tools for investors to use in comparing its recurring core business operating results over multiple periods with other companies in its industry. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 excludes approximately $0.7 million of non-recurring expenses related to the remittance of payroll taxes from year 2013 through May 2016. During this same period, the Company has not excluded amounts related to other non-recurring items from non-GAAP net income per diluted share because the Company has considered such amounts to be immaterial in any given quarter during such period. We have not reconciled non-GAAP net income per diluted share guidance to GAAP net income per diluted share because we do not provide guidance on the various reconciling cash and non-cash items between GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income (i.e., stock-based compensation and non-recurring expenses). The actual dollar amount of reconciling items in the first quarter and full year 2017 is likely to have a significant impact on the Company's GAAP net income per diluted share in the first quarter and full year 2017, respectively. Accordingly, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP net income per diluted share guidance to the corresponding GAAP net income per diluted share is not available without unreasonable effort. In order to provide a more complete picture of recurring core operating business results, the Company's non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share include tax adjustments required to achieve the effective tax rate on a non-GAAP basis, which could differ from the GAAP effective tax rate. The Company believes the non-GAAP effective tax rate, which is 36% in 2017, is a reasonable estimate under its global operating structure. The Company intends to re-evaluate the non-GAAP effective tax rate on an annual basis. However, it may adjust this rate during the year to take into account events or trends that it believes materially impact the estimated annual rate. The non-GAAP effective tax rate could be subject to change for a number of reasons, including but not limited to, significant changes resulting from tax legislation, material changes in geographic mix of revenues and expenses and other significant events. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included with the financial statements contained in this press release. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating its business internally and as such has determined that it is important to provide this information to investors.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

Matt Britton Joins to Lead Company Through Next Phase of Growth NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 08, 2017) - Award-winning marketing technology firm, Crowdtap, has appointed advertising industry veteran and longtime head and founder of MRY (now part of Publicis Groupe), Matt Britton, as its new CEO, effective immediately. As a founding member of Crowdtap, which was incubated out of MRY in 2009 and subsequently spun out into its own entity, Britton has played an integral role in the company's growth as Chairman of The Board for the past 7 years; helping to drive the creation and growth of Crowdtap, now used by over 100 of the largest brands and marketing agencies in the U.S. As CEO, Britton will oversee the continued evolution of Crowdtap's products and offering, lead the cultivation of deeper brand and client relationships, help with the recruitment of top talent and drive thought leadership for the company. "As one of Crowdtap's original founders, I have a unique connection to the company and am excited to take the reins as we look to evolve once more and scale to new heights in 2017 and beyond," said Britton. "We started Crowdtap because we saw a shift happening in the industry back in the early days of social media and witnessed technology's seismic impact on the industry. We see the same changes continuing today, just on a much larger scale impacting everything from research & development to broadcast television. In addition, the power of reach has decidedly shifted from Publishers to Individuals, a trend that Crowdtap is perfectly positioned to leverage." A prominent industry figure, Britton is considered a leading expert on the millennial generation having advised over half of Fortune 500 companies on youth marketing strategy over the past two decades. He is also the critically-acclaimed bestselling author of "YouthNation," a roadmap for brands looking to understand and reach the elusive millennial generation. For the past 14 years, he served as CEO (and briefly Chairman) at MRY (formerly Mr. Youth), a digital and social media marketing services agency that he founded in 2002, and grew from a one-person startup to a global powerhouse with over 400 employees. In 2011, MRY was acquired by LBi International (which would later join Publicis Groupe). Learn more about Matt Britton at www.mattbritton.com. About Crowdtap Crowdtap is an award-winning marketing technology firm, based in New York, which creates products that allow for on-demand and meaningful connections between brands and consumers. The Crowdtap platform combines community and technology to generate agile brand research, authentic peer recommendations and influential brand storytelling at-scale. Since its founding in 2009, Crowdtap has worked with top brands including General Mills, Heineken, Kraft Foods, P&G, Verizon, Walmart and Yum Brands, and has received numerous accolades for its work from The Shorty Awards, WOMMA and OMMA, among others. Crowdtap has also been named a top place to work by Fortune, one of America's Most Promising Companies by Forbes and recognized for its growth by Advertising Age and Mashable. Visit https://crowdtap.com/ for more information.


Patent
Verizon | Date: 2014-06-06

The security or other attributes of mobile applications may be assessed and assigned a security score. In one implementation, a device may obtain information relating to the mobile applications, and may determine, for each of the mobile applications, a number of security scores. Each of the security scores may define a level of risk for a security category relating to a mobile application. The device may further combine the security scores, for each of the mobile applications, to obtain, for each of the mobile applications, a final security score.


A device may be configured to receive information regarding a call center. The received information may include an interactive voice response (IVR) menu configuration that includes contact information for contacts associated with the call center, and audible options to place a call to the contacts via the contact information for the contacts. The device may parse the IVR menu configuration to generate a graphical user interface (GUI) menu configuration, which may comprise visual selectable options that correspond to the audible options. Selection of a particular one of the visual selectable options may cause a call to be placed to a particular contact that is associated with the particular visual selectable option. The device may further store or output the GUI menu configuration.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / February 21, 2017 / In the era of fast-paced economy, experts argue that customer engagement has increasingly shifted to form the fundamental faculty of an organization's brand maintenance and business development. Advertising campaigns, sales promotions, and reward programs may get customers through the door, but customer interaction is the catalyst that drives organic growth and, ultimately, long-term profits and brand loyalty. Many companies will put considerable time and capital into hosting an event, only to fail at executing a holistic strategy that fully realizes their return on that investment. Brad Nierenberg, the Founder and CEO of RedPeg Marketing - a national award-winning experiential marketing agency with a client list that includes such companies as Warner Bros., Twitter, Verizon, Geico, and Mercedes Benz, among others - has earned a reputation for being a guru of customer engagement through his use of a number of key tactics that substantially boost organic growth. "Executing a event without a strategy on how it will be amplified on Social Media is leaving money on the table. Unless you create and execute a strategy to extend the event beyond the actual activity itself," says Brad Nierenberg. "Physical attendance is not the only metric that matters when evaluating an event's success. Other key indicators include how many people shared the event and brand experience on social media; how many opted to take a sample; how many leads were generated; and how many perceptions were changed about the brand your marking, how many consumers now will consider the brand. Today consumers are being bombarded with brand messages to the tune of 3,000 a day, getting your brand on the targeted consumers menu when it wasn't considered before is a success." Nierenberg advises that the best foundation for starting a strategy of long-term customer engagement is by digitally capturing information on-site. In the old days, this usually meant consumers, brand ambassadors, and event staff quickly scribbling with pen and paper filling out entry cards, but today, data is able to be gathered quickly and effectively with the use of an iPad and software programs that allow a simple slide/scan of a driver license. Further digital preparations include making certain that Google Analytics is ready to go on the event's microsite to help track online engagement, as well as encouraging visitors to fill out a form which will offer another opportunity to re-engage them. Lastly is tracking and re-engagement. RedPeg has long emphasized that the effective tail of experiential marketing is much longer than other marketing mediums and can be utilized for years. "We track years of sales history for our clients to show this," says Nierenberg. "An example would be our work with Chevrolet, where we executed events that engaged 60,000 people in 1 market. We tracked who of those 60K people bought cars over the next 2 years and found that the 60,000 people who went through our experiences that bought cars, bought twice the market share of Chevrolet; Effectively demonstrating that engaging people at events put Chevrolet on a higher consideration set than the average consumer digesting the same marketing messages via traditional tactics." After the event, have a plan to interact with customers that attended, whether it's an email follow up, calls to new leads, or requests for survey feedback, sending a photo experience. Also have a digital amplification plan to connect not only with the attendees, but their friends and associates who did not attend. With the goal of having them share the event with others, consider additional social media strategies which may be as simple as using Facebook Live to post the event and expand the potential for likes, shares and other online activities. Brad Nierenberg launched RedPeg Marketing in 1995, with the philosophy that, "People forget what you say. People forget what you do. They remember how you make them feel." The company is a leader in creating exciting, large-scale interactive marketing experiences, with more than 2,500 events produced in 2015 alone. Their collection of professionals assist companies in finding innovative ways to connect people and brands in a world with increasing marketing noise. WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / February 21, 2017 / In the era of fast-paced economy, experts argue that customer engagement has increasingly shifted to form the fundamental faculty of an organization's brand maintenance and business development. Advertising campaigns, sales promotions, and reward programs may get customers through the door, but customer interaction is the catalyst that drives organic growth and, ultimately, long-term profits and brand loyalty. Many companies will put considerable time and capital into hosting an event, only to fail at executing a holistic strategy that fully realizes their return on that investment. Brad Nierenberg, the Founder and CEO of RedPeg Marketing - a national award-winning experiential marketing agency with a client list that includes such companies as Warner Bros., Twitter, Verizon, Geico, and Mercedes Benz, among others - has earned a reputation for being a guru of customer engagement through his use of a number of key tactics that substantially boost organic growth. "Executing a event without a strategy on how it will be amplified on Social Media is leaving money on the table. Unless you create and execute a strategy to extend the event beyond the actual activity itself," says Brad Nierenberg. "Physical attendance is not the only metric that matters when evaluating an event's success. Other key indicators include how many people shared the event and brand experience on social media; how many opted to take a sample; how many leads were generated; and how many perceptions were changed about the brand your marking, how many consumers now will consider the brand. Today consumers are being bombarded with brand messages to the tune of 3,000 a day, getting your brand on the targeted consumers menu when it wasn't considered before is a success." Nierenberg advises that the best foundation for starting a strategy of long-term customer engagement is by digitally capturing information on-site. In the old days, this usually meant consumers, brand ambassadors, and event staff quickly scribbling with pen and paper filling out entry cards, but today, data is able to be gathered quickly and effectively with the use of an iPad and software programs that allow a simple slide/scan of a driver license. Further digital preparations include making certain that Google Analytics is ready to go on the event's microsite to help track online engagement, as well as encouraging visitors to fill out a form which will offer another opportunity to re-engage them. Lastly is tracking and re-engagement. RedPeg has long emphasized that the effective tail of experiential marketing is much longer than other marketing mediums and can be utilized for years. "We track years of sales history for our clients to show this," says Nierenberg. "An example would be our work with Chevrolet, where we executed events that engaged 60,000 people in 1 market. We tracked who of those 60K people bought cars over the next 2 years and found that the 60,000 people who went through our experiences that bought cars, bought twice the market share of Chevrolet; Effectively demonstrating that engaging people at events put Chevrolet on a higher consideration set than the average consumer digesting the same marketing messages via traditional tactics." After the event, have a plan to interact with customers that attended, whether it's an email follow up, calls to new leads, or requests for survey feedback, sending a photo experience. Also have a digital amplification plan to connect not only with the attendees, but their friends and associates who did not attend. With the goal of having them share the event with others, consider additional social media strategies which may be as simple as using Facebook Live to post the event and expand the potential for likes, shares and other online activities. Brad Nierenberg launched RedPeg Marketing in 1995, with the philosophy that, "People forget what you say. People forget what you do. They remember how you make them feel." The company is a leader in creating exciting, large-scale interactive marketing experiences, with more than 2,500 events produced in 2015 alone. Their collection of professionals assist companies in finding innovative ways to connect people and brands in a world with increasing marketing noise.


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FILE PHOTO -- A Verizon sign is seen at a retail store in San Diego, California, U.S. on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said on Wednesday it would offer its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G "pre-commercial services" in cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company had said last July that it laid out plans to conduct trials for its 5G network this year. New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times and up to maybe 100 times faster than today's 4G networks, with the potential to connect at least 100 billion devices with download speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second. AT&T Inc said in January that it planned to test its high-speed wireless 5G network for customers of its online streaming television service, DirecTv Now, in Austin, Texas.

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