NTT DOCOMO Releases Open Web API Compatible with Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

Largest Mobile Phone Operator in Japan Releases “Device Connect WebAPI” for Mobile Device Connectivity

Vuzix® Corporation (VUZI), a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, today announced Vuzix M100 compatibility with NTT DOCOMO’s recent release of the “Device Connect WebAPI”, an open source application-programming interface (API) to provide connectivity with various wearable electronic devices. The release supports Vuzix’ award-winning M100 Smart Glasses. The API is currently being standardized by the Open Mobile Alliance the industry forum that is driving mobile-service standardization. Vuzix will be demonstrating the WebAPI running on Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses at the Digital Content Expo October 23 – 26, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Visit the following URL to learn more.

With more than 53 million customers, DOCOMO’s Device Connect WebAPI release now enables near seamless interoperability between devices, apps, and web pages utilizing server-virtualization technology running on smartphones. The Device Connect WebAPI also engages developers to reach customers on mobile, social and cloud platforms, to fuel mobile and multichannel innovation strategies. The common API allow developers to create apps compatible with a variety of devices including the M100 Smart Glasses, which usually require dedicated development kits.

DOCOMO’s new Open Web API allows developers to integrate services, sensors and other devices which will enable them to build completely new experiences based around the M100 Smart Glasses, fostering a more interactive experience and customized functionality. For example, a developer could link a wristband device of one manufacturer to operate Vuzix’ Smart Glasses, and likewise retrieve data from a pedometer and a bodyweight scale of different manufacturers, and then integrate the data for display with a single application or web browser.

“We’ve been working with DOCOMO for some time and are collaborating on how to open up the power of our M100 Smart Glasses to extend beyond the current capabilities, to create innovation, and increase the depth of the overall experience,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix. “Last year we demoed the M100 at the CEATEC Japan 2013 which received strong interest for our M100 Smart Glasses from the attendees at the event. DOCOMO sees that the wearable space is an exciting area to be in and is working with Vuzix to create an opportunity in the industry on a wider scope. We recognize the importance of being able to interact easily with other devices and sensors to harness creativity across the developer spectrum and provide a more varied experience for our users.”

The Device Connect WebAPI, available on www.GitHub.com, is currently being standardized as a Generic Open Terminal API of the Open Mobile Alliance – http://openmobilealliance.org, Vuzix is a member of OMA the industry forum that is driving mobile-service standardization.

feedly Pro search functionality getting a major update with performance improvements

Feedly developers today rolled out a major update of their search engine for Pro customers.

The company said:

Today, we’re very excited to give the feedly Pro community early access to a major new version of feedly Search. It is 10x faster, indexes the entire history of all feeds and saved items and allows you to slice up your results using filters and operators. Also for the first time, you can search beyond your feedly and discover great new content.

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It would be available through their mobile apps in the coming days.

Paragon Software, the world’s largest dictionary developer with 1500 titles for 38 languages, releases the latest report on reference apps trends in the mobile and PC markets

After the release of iOS 8, Android is still skyrocketing, while iOS remains the cash cow

Paragon Software Group, the world’s leading dictionary developer for mobile devices, tablets and PC, announces the major market trends in digital publishing with more than 1500 dictionary and reference applications downloaded and sold throughout the network of all major app stores worldwide in 2014. According to several major statistics companies, including analytic reports, the “education” and “reference” apps remain the leading categories for both Android and iOS. However, the growth for iOS apps is steadily decreasing, as the market matures. This tendency is confirmed with the recent findings of Paragon Software analysts.

Paragon’s reference apps for 38 languages were developed in partnership with the world’s leading publishers and are used by millions of users and academic institutions. The graphics below indicate Paragon’s key markets for downloads and revenues. The top countries include Germany, the USA, the Russian Federation, Austria and Switzerland. The German-speaking regions of Europe account for almost 45% of the company’s revenue and approximately 28% of downloads.

During the past two years, the mobile market has seen the increase in adaptation of the new freemium business model. The freemium model allows mobile users to test apps for free before purchasing them at app stores. Paragon Software has switched to the freemium business model giving dictionary users the option to preview and try out product features and learning tools to make the right choice in accordance with their personal language level and skills.

The freemium model especially benefits teachers and language instructors allowing them to select the most suitable content for their students when purchasing volume licenses. The freemium business model opened up better possibilities for users to preview apps to make sure they purchase exactly what they want. Unfortunately, the adaptation rate of digital reference products at educational institutions remains low. Many teachers reject the possibility of introducing the latest devices and dictionaries as apps to the classroom, still preferring exclusively traditional learning materials and print editions. Therefore, dictionary apps are still considered as supplementary materials in the classroom.

With the adoption of the new business models, the platform share for iOS vs Android apps has changed significantly. Android users for the three quarters in 2014 account already for 76% compared to 18% in 2013. However, the revenue share for Android apps remains the same as over the past 2 years. Many Android users expect to get apps for free or cheap, and are reluctant to pay for premium content.

The revenue distribution for mobile and desktop platforms has also changed in 2014. While iOS remains the cash cow, the combined revenue share of Windows Phone and Windows 8 has trebled. At the same time, the share of dictionary apps downloads for both platforms has decreased to 4.8% and 8%, respectively. The decrease in app downloads did not lead, however, to the decrease in revenue. There is a 2.5% growth in OS X revenue. This is mainly caused by the OS X growing popularity worldwide. Paragon’s report was compiled immediately prior to the release of iOS 8, but preliminary figures since 10 September show no significant change to this trend.

The recent survey by Paragon Software shows that the majority of the company’s customers are language learners, yet less than 10% are teachers. However, the number of business professionals — presumably communicating with colleagues in foreign languages — accounts for almost 20%. This confirms the trend of requirement for fluency in foreign languages by business professionals in the ever increasingly globalized working environment.

Full reports for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Windows PC and Windows Phone dictionary apps by Paragon Software can be found at: http://slovoed.com/press/en/22.10.2014/

Myntra.com Accentuates Wedding Season Jubilance with J.J. Valaya

The Leading Online Fashion Portal Gifts a Coveted JJ Valaya Wedding Lehenga to the Winner of ‘Be a JJ Valaya Bride’ contest

In an attempt to create beautiful memories for to-be-brides, Myntra.com, India’s online destination for fashion and lifestyle products, and J.J. Valaya, the undisputed king of wedding and bridal wear in India, today declared the much awaited winner of the ‘Be a JJ Valaya Bride’ contest. The winning bride was endowed with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of receiving a wedding lehenga worth close to Rs. 2 Lakh, gifted by Myntra and personally designed and handed over by J.J Valaya himself.


‘Be a JJ Valaya Bride’ was a social media campaign that was organised on Myntra’s Facebook page over the past few weeks, which required to-be-brides to send in their pictures and participate in the innovative online bridal contest. The contest received over 1,000 entries, a rare occurrence for any bridal contest, from which, the best caption and picture was chosen as the winner.

The winning bride to be, Iitishree Srivastava, a 38 year old resident from Gurgaon and a mother of an eight year old daughter, was extremely excited about availing the coveted JJ Valaya lehenga for her upcoming wedding.

Sharing the excitement, Iitishree Srivastava said, “This event has added dazzle to my wedding and this lehenga arrives at an appropriate time, symbolizing joyous blessings for a new start in my life.”

Speaking on the event, J.J. Valaya said, “It is truly an honour to share a bride’s moment of happiness, for it is one of the purest joys in the world. The bridal contest by Myntra.com has ensured that Iitishree’s wedding day will be etched in her memory forever and I am extremely pleased to have been able to contribute to her special day.”

Gautam Kotamraju, Myntra’s Chief Creative Officer said, “Myntra is committed to providing its customers and fashion evangelists with experiences that will enable them to look good on every occasion. Since the wedding season is round the corner, the ‘Be a JJ Valaya Bride’ contest was another initiative by Myntra to provide to-be-brides with fashion tips and give one lucky bride an opportunity to avail a JJ Valaya lehenga that every woman aspires for.”

The connoisseur of wedding fashion, J.J. Valaya shared with the audience, exclusive style tips to make the wedding day even more special for to-be-brides. From draping the bridal attire beautifully to getting the perfect blend of makeup, J.J Valaya’s session on wedding trends was a dream come true for the awe-struck audience.

The Lenovo RocStar- For the music lovers who are constantly on the go!

-An ultra-portable smartphone for the music lover in you-

To spice up this festive season, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today launched the Lenovo RocStar – a new music smartphone addition to its popular A series smartphones. The Lenovo RocStar comes with Dolby® Digital Plus to ensure crystal clear audio and an uncompromised music listening experience. It further packs-a-punch with the superior quality earphones that offers better quality sound than standard in-box earphones.

Powered by a 1.3 GHz Dual Core processor, the Lenovo RocStar offers consumers powerful and smooth performance for all their social networking needs. It also comes with a 4GB of built-in storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB) that lets you store huge music libraries. The smartphone sports a 5-megapixel fixed focus rear camera with flash and a 2-megapixel front camera that offer quality picture capturing experience.

The device sports a 10.16 cms (4) FWVGA (800×480 pixels) display which is ideal to enjoy watching photos, videos and games, and comes with the most up-to-date Android apps and KitKat 4.4. The Lenovo RocStar is also dual SIM compatible and is powered by a 1500mAh battery that lets you enjoy up to 10 straight hours of music without charging your device.

The Lenovo RocStar also comes bundled with the Guvera music app that lets you search instantly from over 10 million songs with unlimited streaming and create playlists that you can share with your friends.

In addition, the proprietary Lenovo DOit apps, like the award-winning SHAREit lets you share music and other files easily with your friends. The SYNCit apps helps one back up and restore all contacts, SMS messages and call logs conveniently, while SECUREit optimizes the device’s performance and protects it against viruses, spam and malware.

Priced at INR 6499 the Lenovo RocStar will be available in black, white and red colour variants. It will be available at thedostore.com, across 1,400 Lenovo exclusive stores and all leading telecom outlets from today.

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Gift your pets a Safe Diwali this year

Time of the year again for Indians to indulge in the festival of light and fireworks. Whilst Diwali celebrations can be great fun for people, pets can be left trembling, shaking, barking more and injured by fireworks. Light, noise and color can be frightening and chaotic for animals. Thousands of animals suffer burns every year from firecrackers. Moreover, animal shelters report a dramatic increase in pets lost during the commotion of the celebration.

“Loud fireworks displays cause noise, which can be stressful for our pets,” says N. G Jayasimha, Humane Society International/India managing director. “It’s best to choose small crackers and ensure a safe Diwali for our furry friends at home and around our neighborhood.”

Take precaution by following these simple tips:

Keep your pets indoors and in a familiar room. Pets have a heightened sense of hearing so the jolts and loud noises cause many animals to flee in search of safe haven.
Keep all doors and windows closed and draw the curtains to reduce the noise. Supply pets with enough food and water and ensure someone can stay with them to comfort them.
Store fireworks safely in a closed box, somewhere cool and dry, and out of reach of pets. Do not keep fireworks containers under stairs or exposed in passages.
Decorate with lights, lamps and diyas that are friendlier to the environment and animals by giving off less smoke and noise.
Refrain from bursting crackers near an animal shelter or zoo. Noise can cause panic and fear. Pollution from burning firecrackers is also harmful to their health.
Take dogs for a walk during the daytime before the celebrations begin. Never walk them near where others are lighting firecrackers.
Consult a veterinarian if pets are prone to acute anxiety or distress from loud noises. Check their availability during Diwali in case of emergency.
If you feed stray animals around your neighborhood, make sure that they are wearing tags labeled with their names and your phone numbers. In case they run away because of the merry-making, people who find them will be able to contact you.
Make a first aid kit in preparation for helping injured animals. Have a bucket full of water handy for emergency and for putting used sparklers into.
Ensure pets are wearing collars and identification tags with current contact information. All pets, even those kept indoors, should wear collars with identification tags at all times.
Keep contact information for local municipal corporations and surrounding shelters handy and approach them immediately in cases of lost pets. If you find a lost pet, either take her to the address on the tag or a local animal shelter.
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Media contacts: Navamita Mukherjee, 91- 998547276, nmukherjee@hsi.org

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — on the Web at hsi.org.

Google Nexus 9 pricing for India out (Rs. 28900 and Rs. 44900)

Google today revealed the pricing of the Nexus 9 Tablet for the Indian market. Two variants are listed on the Google Play Store.

Google Nexus 9 16 GB Wi-Fi would be sold for Rs. 28900.
Google Nexus 9 32GB LTE would be sold for Rs. 44900.

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