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Is it time? Locals sound off on desirability of Apple Watch prior to April launch
March 22, 2015
Staff writer Last September, after years of speculation, Apple formally announced the Apple Watch, its first entry into a new product market since the iPad's launch in 2010. By that time, other tech firms had long since released their own smartwatches. Some, such as Sony and Samsung, were already several generations deep into their wearable product lines. Despite the increasingly crowded smartwatch field, however, critics and consumers were holding their breath, waiting to see if Apple's smartwatch -- or "iWatch," as the rumor mill insisted on calling it -- could ignite the same fervor for wrist-based computing that the iPhone and iPad had done for smartphones and tablets. "For the smartwatch industry's future outlook ... the entry of Apple's 'iWatch' will be the biggest driver to boost the market's overall shipments," according to a 2013 report by analysts at DigiTimes Research.

Data Modul's easyTouch introduces new USB controller with Atmel's T Series
March 19, 2015
HIGHLIGHT: Data Modul AG, which manufactures and distributes LCD flat panel displays, has announced that its multi-functional touch solution, easyTouch, has introduced a new USB controller with Atmel's maXTouch T Series.

New BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
March 19, 2015
March 19 -- With the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW has carved out yet another new vehicle segment. With its generous space, versatility and groundbreaking flexibility, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is the world's first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and fully meet the mobility requirements of young families. Compact yet capacious.

Peerless-AV(R) Introduces New SmartMount(TM) Carts and Stands to "Get It Right" in Educational, Residential, Corporate, and Commercial Applications; New Line of Carts and Stands Are Cost-Effective, Safe, and Aesthetically Pleasing
March 19, 2015
Peerless-AV(R), the leader in innovative audio and video solutions and accessories, is pleased to announce the expansion of its line of SmartMount(TM) video carts and stands. To fit seamlessly into any environment, Peerless-AV's new line of SmartMount(TM) carts and stands offer a clean and aesthetically pleasing appearance. These new products offer the ultimate solution for virtually any location making them ideal for a variety of applications, including K-12 and higher education institutions, commercial/corporate buildings, and residential homes. In lieu of purchasing multiple displays for multiple rooms, users can now order one display and create a mobile solution that is used in numerous locations, helping everyone to "Get it Right" while saving time and money. In addition, all new SmartMount(TM) carts and stands are UL tested and certified, ensuring the safety of the products that enable mobility without the fear of tipping or structural failure.

The MMA announces results from first-ever cross-marketing effectiveness research (SMoX)
March 19, 2015
The Mobile Marketing Association's Smart Mobile Cross Marketing Effectiveness (SMoX) study reveals optimised mobile spend to be in the double digits of the total marketing mix... The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has released the findings from its Smart Mobile Cross Marketing Effectiveness (SMoX) study. Conducted in combination with Marketing Evolution and InsightExpress, the study assessed the economic value of mobile compared to traditional marketing channels by closely examining real, in-market campaigns from Coca-Cola, Walmart, MasterCard and AT&T.; According to the study, the optimal spend for mobile (based on total campaign spend) is in the double digits - far more than most marketers are currently allocating.

Garmin unveils vivosmart activity tracker, 'offer price' at Rs 10,990
March 19, 2015
Garmin India on Thursday announced the launch of vivosmart, available only on Snapdeal for now, which an activity tracker bundled with a fitness band that allows smart notifications. The gadget is available at an offer price of Rs 10,990. With this launch, Garmin added another wellness device to its product shelf.The vivosmart will send vibration alerts for calls, texts, calendar reminders, emails and more from a smartphone nudging the users towards a more active lifestyle with personalised daily goals.

California State Legislature bill updates 18/03/2015; BILL NUMBER: SB 30 AMENDED
March 19, 2015
California State Legislature has issued the following bill updates: BILL NUMBER: SB 30 AMENDED BILL TEXT AMENDED IN SENATE MARCH 17, 2015 INTRODUCED BY Senator Gaines DECEMBER 1, 2014 An act to add Section 1708.5.5 to the Civil Code, amend Section 502 of, and to add Sections 487k and 487l to, the Penal Code, relating to civil actions. theft. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

California State Legislature bill updates 18/03/2015; Senate BillNo. 140 Introduced by Senator Leno
March 19, 2015
California State Legislature has issued the following bill updates: Senate BillNo. 140 Introduced by Senator Leno (Principal coauthor: Senator Pan) (Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Ting) (Coauthor: Senator Hernandez) (Coauthor: Assembly Member Chiu) January 26, 2015 An act to amend Sections 22950.5, 22958, and 22962 of the Business and Professions Code, to amend Section 1947.5 of the Civil Code, to amend Section 48901 of the Education Code, to amend Section 7597 of the Government Code, to amend Sections 1234, 1286, 1530.7, 1596.795, 104495, 113978, 114332.3, 114371, 118910, 118925, 118930, 118935, and 118948 of, and to repeal Section 119405 of, the Health and Safety Code, to amend Section 6404.5 of the Labor Code, to amend Section 308 of the Penal Code, to amend Sections 561 and 99580 of the Public Utilities Code, and to amend Section 12523 of the Vehicle Code, relating to electronic cigarettes. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST SB 140, as introduced, Leno. Electronic cigarettes.

The best smart watches for all your needs
March 19, 2015
Choosing the best smartwatch for your specific style is a tough task given the rate the market is expanding, not to mention the top smartwatches that landed last year from the likes of LG, Motorola and Sony. There are so many great watches to choose between, from the Android Wear army to the latest Samsung watches, and the Apple Watch release is coming soon as well. If you're in the market for the latest tech then take a look at this smartwatch guide to try and help those looking to make the right decision. Whether you're looking for functional, stylish or down-right blingy, there's timepieces for everyone. Best all-round smartwatch LG G Watch R (300$) Chosen for its blend of style, tech and usability the LG G Watch R controversially gets our vote as the king of smartwatches. Yes, it's too masculine for everyone, but the round 320 x 320 AMOLED screen blows most smartwatches out of the water and Android Wear currently leads the way as a wearable ecosystem. What's more, the 410mAh battery offers two days of power where its rivals only offer one. Don't forget though that the new LG Watch Urbane duo are due to land anytime soon.

Samsung Electronics presents new models of smartphones GALAXY A5 and GALAXY A3
March 18, 2015
Samsung Electronics presented the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, offering a refined, trendy design and the most advanced functions to support social networking. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, both devices empower younger consumers to quickly and easily capture meaningful moments, connect to social media and share their daily lives.


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