Fusion Scores 3-year Cloud Solutions Agreement With “Major Family Entertainment Center & Restaurant Chain”

NYC-based Fusion is a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, and is a Single Source for the Cloud®. Fusion’s advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including cloud communications, contact center, cloud connectivity and cloud computing. Fusion’s innovative, yet proven cloud solutions lower their customers’ cost of ownership and deliver new levels of security, flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment.

Fusion recently announced that it has secured a $1.1 million, three-year cloud solutions agreement with a major family entertainment center and restaurant chain. The popular chain looked to Fusion to consolidate its communications services across several hundred locations in the United States. The chain is currently reviewing a multiple site deployment in Canada to further support its network optimization efforts.

Fusion’s dedicated solutions integration team facilitated the onboarding of the account for an expedited installation process, exceeding the customer’s expectations for rapid deployment and seamless integration with existing applications and workflows. Fusion’s all-in, fully integrated solution met the chain’s requirement for a single source to provide the highest quality services at competitive pricing across its rapidly expanding chain of popular establishments. The chain also looked for a solution that could support the integration of locations across the border into Canada, a growing territory for the well-known entertainment and restaurant chain.

Dan Foster, Fusion’s Chief Revenue Officers stated, “We’re proud to help the management team of this major organization focus on serving their growing base of customers, relieving them of the need to divert precious resources to manage their wide-ranging and expanding voice and connectivity network. We look forward to growing with the company and improving productivity across the enterprise with the always-on, reliable communications solutions required for businesses to compete, succeed and grow.”

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Fusion Wins $1.1 Million, Multi-Year Contract to Provide Cloud Communications Solution for a Major Restaurant Brand

Fusion (FSNN), a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has secured a $1.1 million, three-year cloud solutions agreement with a major family entertainment center and restaurant chain. The popular chain looked to Fusion to consolidate its communications services across several hundred..

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Amazon Creates 300 New Machine Learning, Software Development, Digital Entertainment, Cloud Computing Jobs in San Diego

Amazon.com, Inc.  (AMZN), the world’s largest retailer, has announced its expansion of its San Diego Tech Hub and its intentions to develop 300 new high tech jobs in fields that include machine learning, software development, digital entertainment, and cloud computing.

Amazon’s new 85,000 square foot office expansion resides Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.’s Campus Pointe in the University Town Center neighborhood of San Diego. With the opening of the new office, Amazon can now more than double its tech workforce in the area. Since 2011, the company has created over 39,000 jobs in the state of California and invested more than $19 billion in the state.

The Tech Hub in San Diego is just one of the 17 Tech Hubs beyond Seattle. The Tech Hubs employ over 17,500 people all across North America who invent and create new products and services for Amazon customers. San Diego’s teams work to develop software systems that drive AmazonFresh, PrimeNow, Amazon Web Services, supply chain tech, and prevention of fraud and abuse on Amazon.

The company will celebrate its latest California investment by hosting Mayor Faulconer, Assemblymember Gloria, and other community leaders on September 6th for the grand opening event of its new San Diego Office.

Nate Wiger, General Manager of Amazon’s new San Diego office stated, “Amazon is excited to create more tech jobs in San Diego – a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation.  We look forward to more than doubling our investment in the area, and hiring local talent to fill exciting roles across Amazon. Thank you to all our partners across the city and the state for helping us create these new jobs, and contributing to the already vibrant innovation economy in San Diego.”

Amazon tops LinkedIn’s 2018 Top Companies list with the #1 spot. The company is renowned for providing comprehensive benefits to all its employees.

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Amazon expands San Diego Tech Hub and announces plans to create 300 high tech jobs

(AMZN)— Amazon today announced an expansion of its San Diego Tech Hub and plans to create 300 new high tech jobs in fields including software development, machine learning, cloud computing, and digital entertainment. To accommodate the job creation, Amazon has opened a new 85,000 square foot office..

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Check out the Programmable Shape-shifting Metal

Scientists at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have created a programmable, shape-shifting metal. Sounds unreal? The unreal sounding breakthrough is very real! Scientists use electrical charges, apply to liquid metal, and coax it into 3D shapes. This new, extremely promising material can be programmed to alter its shape.

Electric fields are used to shape the liquid and the areas are created using a computer so both the position of the metal and it’s form can be manipulated dynamically.

Professor Sriram Subramanian, head of the INTERACT Lab at the University of Sussex stated, “Liquid metals are an extremely promising class of materials for deformable applications; their unique properties include voltage-controlled surface tension, high liquid-state conductivity and liquid-solid phase transition at room temperature. One of the long-term visions of us and many other researchers is to change the physical shape, appearance, and functionality of any object through digital control to create intelligent, dexterous and useful objects that exceed the functionality of any current display or robot.”

Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have also created a new metal alloy by marrying indium and gallium. The metal alloy exists in a liquid state at room temperature and can capacitate liquid metal transistors, flexible circuitry, and hopefully self-repair circuits in the future.

These new molten metals, which are being referred to as “electronic blood”, have the potential to completely change computing to generations to come. IBM has also joined in the development of electric sustenance with is REPCOOL or Redox flow electrochemistry that is used for power delivery and cooling. The project is based on the structure and power supply of the brain where the blood capillary system cools and supplies energy to the organ. They believe that in using electronic blood, the same effect can be applied to overheated computers.

The first applications of Electronic Blood are expected to take place in 2030.

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American Express & GreenSky Collaborating To Help Vendors Expand Via Digital Payments

Dow 30 component American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

American Express has announced its alliance with GreenSky, Inc. as part of a strategy to bring enhanced digital payments and financing capabilities to help vendors expand their businesses and allow consumers more flexibility in the way they choose to finance their purchases.

With the collaboration of the two companies, U.S. merchants within the American Express network and their customers will be able to access GreenSky’s point-of-sale financing solutions. Home improvement and elective healthcare merchants who accept American Express can increase their sales by offering qualifying customers with more options to finance larger purchases. Customers will be able to apply for installment loan financing using GreenSky’s mobile app, online or over the phone and will be able to receive a decision typically within 60 seconds.

Together, the companies plan to captain a digital direct loan option that will be a platform for eligible American Express consumer card members to allow them to search for merchants participating within the GreenSky network and to also finance their purchases at participating American Express merchants of their choice within or outside the GreenSky merchant network. Initially, the direct to consumer loans would be offered in five cities in the U.S. in the home improvement category.

David Zalik, CEO and Chairman of GreenSky stated, “We’re excited to work with American Express, a global leader in the payments industry that is known for its commitment to providing exceptional value to its customers. We’ve long admired American Express and all that the brand stands for. Combining our industry-leading technology platform with the security and backing of American Express will allow us to continue innovating to meet evolving customer needs.”

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DowDuPont Adds New & Valuable Members to Advisory Committees

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that seek to lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

DowDuPont has announced the addition of new members to their Agriculture, Materials Science, and Specialty Products Divisions’ Advisory Committees.

The two new members of the Advisory Committee of the Agriculture Division (Corteva Agriscience) include:

  • Michael O. Johanns, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Former Senator and Governor of Nebraska
  • Greg Page, Former Chairman and CEO of Cargill

Four new members joined the Advisory Committee of the Specialty Products Division (DuPont):

  • Ruby Chandy, Former President, Industrial Division of Pall Corp.
  • Luther C. (“Luke”) Kissam, IV, Chairman, President and CEO, Albemarle Corporation
  • Steven Sterin, EVP, CFO of Andeavor and President of Andeavor Logistics
  • Raymond J. Milchovich, Former Chairman and CEO, Foster Wheeler AG

The new members of the Advisory Committee of the Materials Science Division (Dow) include:

  • Jacqueline Hinman, Former Chairman and CEO of CH2M
  • Daniel Yohannes, Former Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The caliber of the individuals we have attracted to join the Advisory Committees for the Agriculture, Materials Science, and Specialty Products Divisions speaks to the importance and potential of each of our businesses in their industries and end markets. With the additional expertise contributed by these new members, the Advisory Committees are exceptionally well equipped to support the division leadership teams as they move rapidly toward separation next year.” -Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont

Along with the new advisory committee members, Jacqueline K. Barton and Richard K. Davis have been appointed to the DowDuPont Board of Directors to fill the vacancies created by member retirements and transitions.

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Is “Gaming Disorder” Considered a New Mental Health Problem Now?

The World Health Organization has announced that compulsively playing video games is now considered a mental health condition, verifying the fears of many parents.

The World Health Organization or WHO, hopes that in identifying “gaming disorder” as a separate addiction, will assist government, health care workers, and families in being more vigilant and prepared for identifying the risks of the condition. The condition is still extremely rare, having no more than 3% of gamers affected.

While gaming disorder has been accepted as new problem with scientific evidence to back it, Dr. Joan Harvey of the British Psychological Society, is concerned about unnecessary concern among parents of video gamers that the new disorder might cause.

“People need to understand this doesn’t mean every child who spends hours in their room playing games is an addict, otherwise medics are going to be flooded with requests for help,” she said.

Many believe that the new classification of the disorder is imperative to helping the people hooked on video games seek help, especially since they are typically teenager or young adults unwilling to seek help for themselves.

The addiction seems to be best treated using psychological therapies, although some medicines might work too.

While WHO has approved the proposal of the addiction, the American Psychiatric Association has not declared gaming disorder as a new mental health problem stating that it is “a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion”.

The majority of the scientific literature on compulsive gamers has been based off of evidence from young Asian men. The studies have shown that people who are consumed in Internet games, have certain pathways in the brain that are triggered in a direct, intense way, similar to the way a drug addicts brain is affected by a given substance.

“If (video games) are interfering with the expected functions of the person — whether it is studies, whether it’s socialization, whether it’s work — then you need to be cautious and perhaps seek help.” – Dr. Mark Griffith, Professor of Behavioral Addiction, Nottingham Trent University

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Intel & Micron Ship Industry’s First 4bits/cell 3D NAND Technology

Micron Technology (MU) is a world leader in innovative memory solutions. Through their global brands — Micron, Crucial®, and Ballistix® — their broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies, including DRAM, NAND, NOR Flash and 3D XPoint™ memory, is transforming how the world uses information. Backed by nearly 40 years of technology leadership, Micron’s memory solutions enable the world’s most innovative computing, consumer, enterprise storage, data center, mobile, embedded, and automotive applications.

Dow 30 component and tech giant Intel Corporation (INTC) designs manufacture and sells computer, networking, data storage, and communication platforms worldwide. The company operates through Client Computing Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Programmable Solutions Group, and All Other segments. Its platforms are used in notebooks, desktops, and wireless and wired connectivity products; enterprise, cloud, and communication infrastructure market segments; and retail, automotive, industrial, and various other embedded applications. The company offers microprocessors, and system-on-chip and multichip packaging products. It also provides NAND flash memory products primarily used in solid-state drives; and programmable semiconductors and related products for communications, data center, industrial, military, and automotive markets. In addition, the company develops computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization, and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. It serves original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, industrial and communication equipment manufacturers, and cloud service providers.

Leveraging a proven 64-layer structure, Intel & Micron have introduced, produced and shipped a new 4bits/cell NAND technology that achieves 1 terabit (Tb) density per die or the world’s highest-density flash memory. They also are continuing to progress on their development of the third-generation 96-tier 3D NAND structure which provides a 50% increase in layers and thus reinforcing their leadership in producing the world’s highest Gb/mm2 areal density. The companies suggest that by leveraging four planes vs the competitors’ two planes, the new Intel and Micron NAND flash memory can write and read more cells in parallel thus delivering faster throughput and higher bandwidth at the system level. The new 64-layer 4bits/cell NAND technology enables denser storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings for read-intensive cloud workloads while being appropriate for consumer and client computing applications, providing cost-optimized storage solutions.

Micron Executive Vice President, Technology Development, Scott DeBoer stated,  “With the introduction of 64-layer 4bits/cell NAND technology, we are achieving 33 percent higher array density compared to TLC, which enables us to produce the first commercially available 1 terabit die in the history of semiconductors. We’re continuing flash technology innovation with our 96-layer structure, condensing even more data into smaller spaces, unlocking the possibilities of workload capability and application construction.”

RV Giridhar, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Technology Development stated, “Commercialization of 1Tb 4bits/cell is a big milestone in NVM history and is made possible by numerous innovations in technology and design that further extend the capability of our Floating Gate 3D NAND technology. The move to 4bits/cell enables compelling new operating points for density and cost in Datacenter and Client storage.”

 

 

 

 

 

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DowDuPont Plans $100M Expansion of Texas Based Sabine River Works

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

DowDuPont has announced its $100 million investment plan to expand the manufacturing capacity and modernize the facilities at the Sabine River Works in Orange County, Texas. The investments and improvements will be made over the next two years and will expand the production capacity of the facility so that it will be able to support the growing demand for specialty materials that are manufactured at the SRW site. Specific materials manufactured at Sabine River Works include Surlyn®, Nucrel®, Fusabond® and Vamac® product lines which are used in food packaging, transportation, and consumer goods.

This joint investment will aid the customer growth of both the Packaging & Specialty Plastics part of DowDuPont’s Material Science Division and the Transportation & Advanced Polymers business of DowDupont’s Specialty Products Division.

“This is another great example of the power of our historic merger and our ability to quickly respond to customers’ growing needs. We see tremendous potential to deliver more supply of these iconic specialty products to our customers in the food packaging and consumer goods markets.” -Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics

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Tesla Fails To Meet Analyst Quarter Expectations But WorldWide EV Sales Expected to Grow

Elon Musk’s Tesla (TSLA) reported this week that their deliveries totaled 29,980 vehicles in the quarter. The deliveries included 8,180 Model 3 sedans, 11,730 Model S luxury sedans and 10,070 Model X SUVs.

FactSet polled a number of analysts and they confirmed that 38,000 vehicles were expected to be delivered by Tesla in the quarter & that 12,300 were to be Model 3 sedans.

Tesla had less than $1 billion at the end of Q3, less than the companies stated minimum comfort level. With this understanding many believe that Tesla may be seeking a raise in the near term.

Regardless, of the quarter by quarter expectations of Tesla and its funding issues, it is still exciting to see the growth and the adoption of electric powered viehicles overall worldwide and in the US. Note that UBS forecasts “in 2025, a massive 16.5 million electric vehicles will be sold – equal to almost one in every six new cars sold.”

Shares of TSLA are currently trading at $304.80 up +$17.86  or +6.22% today.

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Tesla shares gain and bonds rally as liquidity fears ease, but analysts still think capital raising may be needed

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China’s Alibaba Buying Ele.me (“hungry yet?”) for $9.5B

China’s Alibaba (BABA) is reported to be buying local delivery startup Ele.me, which means “hungry yet?” for $9.5B. Ele.me operates delivery people on motorbikes across China. Zhang Xuhao, Ele.me’s founder, will become chairman of the company, while Wang Lei, vice president of Alibaba Group, will become the chief executive officer.

Ele.me is in a fight with Meituan Dianping, a Tencent Holdings (TCEHY) backed startup, to gain control of the Chinese local delivery market.

Meituan Dianping is seeking to go public this year at a valuation reported to be in the $60 billion range.

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Alibaba Bets Big On Local Delivery in a $9.5 Billion Deal

Alibaba Bets Big On Local Delivery in a $9.5 Billion Deal..

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