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HEGA Acquires Online Cryptocurrency Derivative Trading Platform To Further Enhance Teleman App’s Functions

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HEGA Incorporation Limited (“HEGA” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that the company has completed the acquisition of 55% equity interests in Novel Idea Holdings Limited (“Novel Idea”), at a consideration of HK$45 million from a Hong Kong listed company.

Novel Idea is principally engaged in developing and operating an online cryptocurrency derivative trading platform – DeriveX. The newly developed platform is available on both desktop and mobile, and provides easy-to-use Bitcoin (BTC) call/put option trading. The company is looking to integrate its content into the Teleman App to both enhance its existing contents, and create synergetic effect.

HIMSS AsiaPac19 Conference & Exhibition Will Address Issues in the Shifting Paradigm of Healthcare

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Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society Asia Pacific (HIMSS APAC), supported by the Ministry of Public Health Thailand, will organize the HIMSS AsiaPac19 Conference & Exhibition from 7-10 October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand at the Centara Granlated & Bangkok Convention Centre.

HIMSS AsiaPac19 is into its 13th installment as an annual regional conference that has been held in countries/regionsincluding AustraliaMainland ChinaHong KongMalaysiaSingaporeSouth Korea and Thailand. The theme of the event is Empowering Value Creation.

As the healthcare paradigm shifts due to factors such as the advancement of technology and the changing expectations of healthcare stakeholders, HIMSS AsiaPac19 will offer global best practice for over 1,200 expected attendees from over 30 countries to plan for, implement and commit to creating quantifiable and sustainable healthcare for patients and consumers. This will be achieved through tracks critically examined by esteemed global thought leaders and speakers throughout HIMSS AsiaPac19:

  • Sustainability & Growth
  • Patient Experience
  • Cyber Security
  • Unlocking the Value of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Value-Based Care
  • Health 2.0

Other highlights of HIMSS AsiaPac19 include the 2nd regional HIMSS Asia Pacific CXO Dialogue, where C-Suite and industry leaders discuss policy, and current and future trends in healthcare; the Health 2.0 showcase with live demonstrations of healthcare innovations from budding entrepreneurs; and niche workshops and hospital tours for attendees to participate in.

Mr. Simon Lin, Vice President of HIMSS Asia Pacific, said: “Digitalization in healthcare is picking up pace in the region, public and private health systems alike. We are excited to be part of these digital transformation, and thrilled to be presenting some of these stories at this year’s conference. In addition, locally in Thailand, its 4.0 initiative is propelling huge digital investments in the country, healthcare being a prominent vertical especially with Thailand’s healthcare tourism being a vital economy driver. Returning to Bangkok this year, HIMSS will continue to collaborate with healthcare stakeholders in APAC to drive workforce development and private-public collaborations, with the ultimate aim of reforming health through information and technology.”

Assistant Professor Korpong Rookkapan, MD, Chairperson of the HIMSS AsiaPac19 Organization Committee and Executive Consultant of Bumrungrad International, Thailand, said: “At this moment, we are at a critical point in deciding where healthcare digital transformation is heading to. As a member of the HIMSS AsiaPac19 Organizing Committee for the past 3 years, I know that there are many champions of healthcare in the Asia Pacific region who have achieved much and are ready to share inspiring stories, and we are bringing them to HIMSS AsiaPac19 to strengthen collaboration within the community and learn and grow together.”

The call for demonstrations for the Health2.0 showcase is still open to provide solutions that aid chronic disease management. More information can be found at: https://www.himssasiapacconference.org/

Privacy coin, Zcoin ($XZC), now listed on Vinny Lingham-backed Exchange, OVEX, with ZAR pairing

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Zcoin ($XZC) — an open source, decentralised privacy cryptocurrency — has now listed on Vinny Lingham-backed cryptocurrency exchange, OVEX, with a South African Rand (ZAR) pairing.

“Zcoin’s listing on OVEX will create the opportunity for traders to fill the vacuum in offering privacy with the introduction of $XZC to the South African market especially with the ZAR pairing that opens door to it being readily adopted in the country. This is an exciting development and opportunity to expand in a rapidly developing country where cryptocurrency trading volumes are on the increase,” says Poramin Insom, Founder & Core Developer of Zcoin.

OVEX’s is the most advanced cryptocurrency exchange in South Africa and offers traders both simple and advanced modes to suit the needs of different traders on a secure and trusted platform.

“We’re excited about the potential for growth on this coin, privacy coins are an essential part of the crypto ecosystem and we’re very excited to give South Africans access to this opportunity,” says Jonathan Ovadia, CEO of OVEX.

As part of the official listing, Zcoin and OVEX will be hosting a community-focused event in Woodstock, Cape Town, to introduce $XZC to users on the platform. Interested attendees can find out more here.

Most recently, Zcoin became the first cryptocurrency to be usable at any of the five million merchants registered via Thailand’s nationwide QR code system through the Satang App.

In July 2019 it also rolled out Sigma, the first live zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) protocol to offer strong financial privacy without trusted setup.

Zcoin has been actively working on the Sigma privacy protocol since early 2018 and the mainnet launch of Sigma marks the first in a series of upgrades in Zcoin’s privacy protocol.

Sigma’s eventual replacement, the highly anticipated Lelantus which has garnered academic interest, is Zcoin’s own independent innovation that further improves on Sigma’s capabilities by removing the need of fixed denominations and hiding transaction values. Lelantus is currently in development and scheduled to go on testnet in early 2020.



Financial Data Exchange Refines Vision for Consumer-First Financial Data Sharing Practices

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The Financial Data Exchange, LLC (FDX) has published a new white paper laying out the group’s core principles: The Five Principles of Data Sharing. The principles serve both as operating principles for FDX, as well as guidelines for the financial services industry on the essential elements of a secure, transparent consumer-first approach to the sharing of financial data.

The Five Principles of Data Sharing are derived from and influenced by thought leaders in the financial industry as well as regulatory entities and worldwide standards bodies. They are:

  • Control: Consumers should be able to effortlessly grant, modify and revoke access to their financial data for applications or services they desire to use.
  • Access: Account owners should have access to their data and the ability to determine who will have access to their data.
  • Transparency: Individuals using financial services should know how, when, and for what purpose their data is used and know who they have permissioned.
  • Traceability: All data transfers should be traceable. Consumers should have a complete view of all parties that are involved in the data-sharing flow.
  • Security: Service providers need to ensure the safety and privacy of data during access and transport and when that data is at rest.

“Consumers should be empowered to leverage and benefit from their financial data, which has the ability to improve financial literacy, financial decisions and convenience,” said Don Cardinal, managing director of FDX. “In charting the financial industry’s course towards a more open, connected ecosystem, we believe these principles will protect consumers and are the bedrock upon which any data sharing should occur.”



Exadel Partners With ADAX Tech for Decentralized Exchange Development

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Exadel, a global leader in digital software engineering solutions, and ADAX a security token exchange, today announced that they are partnering to build and deliver a custom, blockchain-based Decentralized Exchange Software (DEX 2.0) focused on trading financial and non-financial assets.

ADAX will provide Exadel strategic advisory and technical consultation related to digital assets and blockchain-based exchange services. ADAX will have exclusive first rights to implement the software and solutions developed during this collaboration.

Speaking to the partnership, ADAX President Wojtek Kaszycki, said: “Similar to ADAX, Exadel is committed to innovative financial products and seamless experience for users. Combining our experience in the digital asset space and Exadel’s software solutions expertise, this partnership will help Exadel build a more robust decentralized exchange and enable ADAX to integrate more advanced trading technology and products. It will complete our mutual vision to provide professional decentralized multi-asset trading solutions to international markets.”

“We are proud to be partnering with ADAX to bring the business value of blockchain to life,” said Fima Katz, CEO, and founder of Exadel. “Like Exadel, ADAX is committed to delivering quality solutions and the joining of our areas of expertise is sure to produce an innovative blockchain-based Decentralized Exchange Software (DEX 2.0). We are looking forward to working closely with the ADAX team.”

ADAX recently launched its Nominated Advisors Program: nomad.adaxtech.com, to build a strong ecosystem of experienced traditional finance advisors supporting issuers on their way to tokenization, listing on the exchange and fulfilling post-listing obligations. Exadel will provide the highest level of integration services for dealers, brokers, and other ADAX Exchange market members.

Akamai Recognized as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Commercial CDN 2019 Vendor Assessment

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Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, today announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders category in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Commercial CDN 2019 Vendor Assessment. As a Leader in the report, Akamai is recognized for its market reach, capabilities and innovation in the areas of web performance, media delivery, cloud security and network operations across its highly distributed global CDN infrastructure.

“Major CDN providers are refocusing their effort on the edge to address new demands for real-time video streaming, security and IoT,” said Ghassan Abdo, research vice president, IDC. “Akamai is a leader in delivering edge services, provides its content delivery services to a vast number of global enterprises and has comprehensive solutions and services offerings for web performance, media delivery, cloud security, and network operator solutions.”

To compile the report, IDC identified and examined eight providers by scale and scope that provide CDN services across the globe. Based on structured discussions, surveys and interviews with market leaders, participants and end-users, the study evaluates these CDN providers in terms of their ability to offer services and strategies to grow and innovate in the marketplace.

As a result of this evaluation, Akamai was named a Leader in the CDN market assessment, recognized for its established position and largest footprint in the market, as well as several differentiators. Specifically, the report highlights the following strengths:

  • Capacity, performance and reliability assurance: Akamai’s network capacity is estimated to be around 90-120 TBps. Akamai delivers average daily web traffic of more than 40 TBps, and peak traffic exceeded 83 TBps in March 2019.
  • Security: Akamai has had a robust edge security offering for quite some time and clearly aims to further expand its cloud security services offerings. Akamai has extensive threat intelligence and insights, interacting with 130TB of data, over 1 billion devices and 100+ million IP addresses daily.
  • Media Delivery: Akamai has a comprehensive media delivery suite of services, which it continues to enhance in key areas such as live event streaming delivery, managed services, performance and latency improvements.
  • Innovation: Akamai continues to expand its services and capabilities beyond CDN and leverages innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to address new areas like IoT, DevOps and blockchain.
  • Services teams: Underpinned by highly qualified services teams and its reach into many verticals, Akamai is very well capable in guiding its clients on how to deploy and leverage its CDN and edge services to reach its full potential and proven business benefits.

“For more than two decades, Akamai has helped customers deliver content that engages audiences, drives business and provides flawless online experiences on any device, anywhere and anytime,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. “From web performance and media delivery, to cloud security and network operator solutions, this is a dynamic industry. Being named a CDN Leader by IDC validates our ongoing commitment and tireless innovation to provide market-leading solutions that help our customers securely conduct business on the internet.”

Parliamentary Secretary Kate Young announces investment to help prepare young Canadians for tomorrow’s jobs

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Canada needs a workforce savvy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), capable of taking on challenges to compete in the digital economy. That’s why, to prepare the next generation of Canadian workers to succeed in the increasingly digital economy, the Government of Canada is supporting millions of young Canadians in improving their digital skills.

During a visit to the London Public Library today, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility (Accessibility), on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced a $1.5 millioninvestment in Let’s Talk Science as part of the second phase of the Government of Canada’s CanCode program. Through this project, Let’s Talk Science will deliver coding and digital skills programming to over 115,000 students across Canadaand provide 7,000 educators with training on embedding coding, computational thinking and digital skills into their teaching practice.

Let’s Talk Science is a national, charitable organization that engages youth in hands-on STEM activities and learning programs, such as science experiments. This organization opens doors for youth to study and work in these fields in the future. This investment will ensure that more girls—and members of other under-represented groups—gain and maintain an interest in STEM from an early age.

CanCode gives students from kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to learn digital skills, like coding, data analytics and digital content development, including artificial intelligence. The program also helps Canadian teachers acquire the know-how to incorporate new digital skills and technologies into their classrooms, and it encourages young women, Indigenous peoples and members of other under-represented groups to pursue careers in STEM.


SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Attain Celebrates 10 Years

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Attain, LLC, a leading management, technology, and strategy consulting firm, announced that the company is celebrating its 10th anniversary today. Though Attain recognizes August 28 as a milestone date for the firm, more importantly, it remembers that today also marks the 56th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“I am humbled by the impactful results we have delivered and am incredibly proud of the firm that we have created. The driving force behind Attain’s success—and our greatest asset—is our innovative and talented team,” said Greg Baroni, Attain Chairman and CEO. “Together, we have laid the foundation for an enduring legacy, and will continue to innovate, unafraid to disrupt the status quo to find new ways to add value for those we serve, and to make a lasting impact that changes the world,” he continued.

In its first ten years, Attain has grown from a start-up to an elite consulting firm, with more than 750 employees across 40 states and the District of Columbia. Established in 2009 by Greg Baroni and John O’Neill, the company was founded on three core principles—built-to-last, next-generation, and values driven—and is recognized as a sought-after consulting firm known for digital transformation and innovation. Attain brings value to more than 100 clients, including:

  • Modernizing one of the most critical infrastructure systems for a federal financial regulatory agency through the implementation of DevOps and agile processes, reducing production incidents by 95%.
  • Implementing a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution to improve contact center call operations, eliminating errors, and reducing response time by 90%.
  • Designing and implementing an artificial intelligence (AI) cluster, including computational research and cyber analytics, for a federal research organization, and building one of the world’s largest supercomputers.

“The markets we serve continue to recognize our commitment to excellence. Over the past ten years, we have received over 30 awards, including Consulting magazine’s Best Firms to Work For, The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces, and, most recently, as one of Consulting magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms for the fourth consecutive year,” said Manish Agarwal, Attain President and COO. “These awards are acknowledgements of our strong and competitive growth, and validate Attain’s reputation in the market as a premier consultancy and employer of choice,” Agarwal said.

In addition to client work, Attain continues to focus on serving the community, supporting more than 20 charitable organizations and donating nearly $2 Million dollars to date, including to the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital AreaThe Women’s Center, and the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.

Segra International to be a Lead Genetics Partner in Shoppers Drug Mart and TruTrace Technologies Pilot Traceability Program for Medical Cannabis

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TruTrace Technologies Inc. (CSE: TTT; OTC: TTTSF) (“TruTrace” or the “Company“), creator of the first fully-integrated blockchain platform that registers and tracks intellectual property for the cannabis industry, and Segra International Corp. (“Segra“), an agriculture technology company, today announced that the two companies have entered into a letter of intent (“LOI“) to establish Segra as a primary genetics verification provider for TruTrace.

Pursuant to the LOI, Segra will be a lead genetics partner in the Shoppers Drug Mart (“Shoppers“) and TruTrace Technologies medical cannabis verification pilot program recently announced at the World Cannabis Congress (the “Pilot Program“). The Pilot Program is intended to increase transparency, interoperability and product identification within the medical cannabis industry.

Segra will extract DNA from cannabis samples processed at its Genotyping and Molecular Lab Services Division and will provide unique DNA fingerprint codes, allowing for objective confirmation that as-supplied lots of cannabis remain isogenically pure to original reference material.

“Genetic verification is an essential element of our goal to establish traceability and help medical professionals match therapeutic outcomes to specific genetic and chemical profiles,” said TruTrace Technologies CEO Robert Galarza. “As the program scales, we need genetic testing to be completed quickly, efficiently and reliably, and we believe Segra is the right partner to deliver on each of these attributes.”

“Reliable customer experience lot-to-lot is crucial both for the consumer, and for the seller – particularly with cannabis, where individuals often must initially determine variety and dosing to meet their needs,” said Dr. John Brunstein, Segra’s Chief Scientific Officer. “We’re excited to be able to apply our genetic tracking method to assist TruTrace, Shoppers Drug Mart and the participating LPs in this Pilot Program as part of a comprehensive solution to this need.”

The Pilot Program will use TruTrace’s StrainSecure™ technology as a central hub for identity management, asset tracking, validation, and product authentication. StrainSecure will also serve as a master registry for standardized testing, product verification, and quality assurance.

Galileo Changes Legal Name to Reflect Position as Industry Leader in Financial Technology

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Galileo, the company that powers the world’s leading fintechs, announced today that it has updated its legal name to Galileo Financial Technologies, Inc. from Galileo Processing, Inc. The company will continue to be known informally as Galileo.

“What we bring to our fintech, financial institution and investment firm clients goes far beyond processing,” explained Galileo CEO Clay Wilkes. “The small, but meaningful, change to our legal name more accurately captures the capabilities of our sophisticated payments platform, including the power, speed and simplicity of our open APIs and the full-stack support for the functionality that must sit behind efficient and secure financial services.

“Galileo’s APIs give global fintech leaders the ability to use our powerful technology platform to innovate in the banking and payments ecosystem,” he continued. “They can use our platform to  move fast to begin issuing payment credentials, with the confidence to grow and scale profitable businesses.”

World leading fintechs—including Chime, KOHO, Robinhood, TransferWise, Varo and many others—use Galileo’s payments platform in a variety of use cases, such as challenger banking, lending, consumer payments, commercial payments, gig economy applications and wealth management solutions. Earlier this summer, the company announced Galileo Money+, a new product that enables registered investment advisors to create white-labeled bank accounts.

With more products in the pipeline and an aggressive roadmap for adding new platform features, Galileo continues to enable its clients to challenge the status quo in payments.

Check out Galileo at www.galileo-FT.com.

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