Keynote will center on the growth of AI and the people behind the systems
SILICON SLOPES, Utah, Jan. 29, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- XANT, the revenue acceleration cloud platform, today announced that Susan Bennett, the original voice of the Apple's Virtual Assistant AI service Siri, will be delivering the keynote address during the inaugural XANT NEXT 2020 conference. The event will bring together customers, thought leaders and industry experts in the XANT network to discuss and further the development of AI within the world of sales and marketing.
Bennett's career began as a voice-over artist for prolific companies such as Delta Air Lines, Ford, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, The Home Depot, Visa and Cartoon Network. In June 2005, Susan was approached by ScanSoft looking for someone to be the voice for a database project involving speech construction. She spent the entire month of July in a recording booth, and the recordings from her session were used to create Apple's Siri. Through her voice, Apple's Siri became one of the first and most ubiquitous AI systems that began to build a human connection and a human-robot interface with whom individuals actually wanted to use and interact.
Bennett's keynote will be a highly entertaining and informational session as she shares her experience as "the first voice" of AI and being at the forefront of technology that has forever changed our personal & professional lives.
Other speakers that have been added to the NEXT 2020 lineup include:
NEXT 2020 will take place at The Grand America Hotel located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah from February 25 to February 28, 2020. To register for NEXT 2020, visit https://www.xant.ai/next2020/.
GoPro Releases Crowdsourced HERO8 Black and MAX Million Dollar Challenge Video, Awards Equal Cut of $1 Million to 45 Creators
HERO8 Black and MAX Deliver Industry-Leading Video Stabilization, Image Quality and Advanced Camera Features to Enable Every-Day Users to Produce Professional Quality Highlight Video Challenge Received More than 42,000 GoPro Customer Submissions from 104 Countries
SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- At 6 a.m. PST, GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) dropped its second annual Million Dollar Challenge video—a crowdsourced product highlight video to celebrate GoPro's new HERO8 Black and MAX cameras while championing the incredible passion and creativity of its customer community.
Owners of GoPro's new cameras were encouraged to submit inspiring videos featuring unique perspectives, spectacular visuals and captivating moments of activities or subject matters they're passionate about. The very best shots were selected by GoPro to be included in its GoPro Million Dollar Challenge product highlight video and the featured submitters will receive an equal share of one million dollars.
This year, creators from 104 countries sent in their HERO8 Black and MAX content for consideration, resulting in 42,000 video clips — nearly double the submissions from the year prior.
"The technology and ease-of-use of our HERO8 Black and MAX cameras makes it easy for everyday users to capture mind-blowing, professional quality footage of any activity," said Nick Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO. "HERO8 Black and MAX capture cinematically stunning content straight out of the box in the hands of even a novice user, and the GoPro Million Dollar Challenge is our way of celebrating both the insane capabilities of our newest cameras along with our customers' incredible creativity. Our world is such an awesome place filled with amazing people and you can see that clearly in this year's GoPro Million Dollar Challenge video."
GoPro's internal video production team watched every submitted clip, totaling more than 350 hours of video, to select the best moments and integrate them into a seamless celebratory GoPro anthem. Ultimately, 45 creators were selected for the final video earning $22,222 a piece—an equal share of $1 million—for their submission. No one was given advance notice of their inclusion—each learned of their award by watching.
For a complete list of GoPro Million Dollar Challenge award recipients, visit GoPro's news page, The Inside Line. For more information on the game-changing technology of GoPro's flagship HERO8 Black and it's versatile dual-lens camera, MAX, please visit gopro.com.
G-SHOCK's Latest Metal Timepieces Marry Luxurious Looks and Street Style
DOVER, N.J., Jan. 27, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces brand new GM6900 timepieces for Spring 2020, bringing an edgy, lux street-style look to a classic G-SHOCK silhouette. The all-new GM6900-1, GM6900G-9 and GM6900B-4 models are a nod to today's elevated streetwear style with their forged metal bezels.
Inspired by popular music icons and created for today's street fashion enthusiasts, the new timepieces come in a stylish chromatic colorway for a trendsetting look. Taking from the popular GM-5600, these models feature metal bezels with a unique, eye-catching accent buckle.
Sure to turn heads, the GM6900-1 features a silver bezel with a matching silver metal button while the GM6900G-9 stands out with a gold IP bezel and button. Additionally, the GM6900B-4 comes with a black IP and metal bezel, metallic red dial and transparent red band.
The new GM6900 timepieces come equipped with G-SHOCK features such as:
DENVER, Pa., Jan. 24, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Gold and silver may set the standard for commodities on Wall Street, but medieval steel was the metal that ruled the day on January 16 at Morphy's $2.3 million auction of the Susquehanna Collection. To the delight of a packed house that had gathered to bid on a 40-year collection of early Pennsylvania antiques and European heirlooms, a rare and outstanding early 16th-century composite suit of armor with royal provenance claimed top-lot honors at $270,600.
"The suit of armor was a constant source of interest in the run-up to the sale and a very popular attraction at the preview," said Morphy Auctions founder and president Dan Morphy. "We were contacted by collectors from all over the world who wanted to bid on it. They were very familiar with its provenance and importance."
The circa-1510 to 1520 Maximilian suit of armor, which is similar to an example shown in a book published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art titled Of Arms and Men: Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan 1912-2012, was assembled in the 1920s by Dr. Bashford Dean (1867-1928). Dr. Dean, who was the first president of the Arms & Armor Society and first curator of the Arms & Armor Gallery at The Met, used period elements in composing the historically accurate 75-inch-tall suit. Some of the components came from the distinguished collections of Carl, Prince of Prussia and the Princes Radziwill, Nieswiez Castle, Lithuania. Its pre-auction estimate was $75,000-$150,000.
The 219-lot Susquehanna Collection boasted many exceptional, historically significant 18th-century firearms. A pair of Revolutionary War flintlock pistols dated and marked for its original owner, "Robert Roberts 1775," had once been owned by R.H. Coleman, president of Remington Arms Co., and appeared in the July 1972 issue of The American Rifleman. Roberts served in the militia and participated in several engagements in Maryland, as well as at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown in Pennsylvania. The coveted guns, which were accompanied by extensive documentation, sold above estimate for $110,700.
Leading the selection of first-rate Kentucky rifles was a Jacob Kuntz (1780-1876) design with the Pennsylvania State Seal on its patchbox. Described by Dan Morphy as "undoubtedly one of the finest rifles Kuntz ever made," it was crafted in Philadelphia but displayed many of the Lehigh Valley characteristics typical of firearms Kuntz made while learning his trade in Allentown, Pa. It sold above estimate for $61,500. Another standout was a beautifully relief-carved Revolutionary War-era flintlock Kentucky rifle signed "J. Ferree," referring to a Lancaster County, Pa., gunsmith who produced guns and gun barrels under government commission during the Revolutionary War. Among its highly attractive embellishments are fleurs-de-lis, possibly a tribute to Ferree's French Huguenot ancestry. The rifle surpassed its estimate to reach $55,350.
An incredible collection of 18th-century powder horns was offered, none more profusely decorative than the 1763 example engraved with a map of Havana and such landmarks and sites as "Mooro" (Morro) Castle and Shepherds Battrey (Battery). Attributed to a British corporal posted in St. Augustine, Florida, during the French & Indian War and a presumed participant in the Battle of Havana, it sold for $50,430.
There was strong competition for a circa-1740 Philadelphia tall-case 8-day moon-phase clock made by Peter Stretch. The earliest known example of a clock with ogee feet, it more than doubled its high estimate, reaching $166,050.
Samsara Launches Pre-Sales for groundbreaking new generation of smart carry-on suitcase, introduced to the market at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Samsara Luggage announced today the launch of its online pre-sale for their next generation of smart carry-on suitcases with Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities, making Samsara the first to market this innovative technology.
Samsara unveiled its new generation of smart luggage at this year's CES. Forbes broke the news to its online audience calling the new product line "incredible." The review continues with, "A competitor of Away, Samsara wasn't content to stick a battery in their bag and call it smart."
The new Samsara smart carry-on features more breakthrough innovation including an IoT tracking solution that offers consumers the most accurate location data for their smart-case. The new generation builds upon the original model's ergonomic on-the-go workstation design with a sleeker smart unit that is accessible from the exterior of the case and features a portable wireless charging dock for cell phones. This new generation is currently available for pre-order on the Samsara website for $199 without the Hotspot feature or $279 with it.
"I'm so excited to offer our new generation of smart luggage at such a competitive price point during the pre-sale," says Atara Dzikowski, Co-founder and CEO of Samsara Luggage. "Adding durable polycarbonate to the product line in vibrant colors and styles offers our diverse clientele the options they want leading into peak travel season. As part of the company's continued efforts to create an effortless travel experience, we brought together exclusive tech features with an enhanced design to show our customers a better way to travel."
Samsara Luggage recently announced its partnership with Monogoto, an affordable and reliable cellular provider, to enable its new Wi-Fi Hotspot feature. Customers will be able to subscribe to Monogoto at a preferred rate and enjoy access to a secured Wi-Fi Hotspot while traveling.