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AkzoNobel launches new Dulux EasyCare™ Paint with Kindproof+ technology & anti-bacterial properties

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The newly formulated protective paint film delivers the benefits of KidProof+ Technology – Tough Stain Repellent and Anti-Bacterial, protecting your walls from both stains and bacteria

Karachi: AkzoNobel, the leading global paints and coatings company, launches the latest addition to their Paint Family, Dulux EasyCare™ paint. Eagerly anticipated by families, this premium quality protective paint offers the innovative Kidproof+ technology, which acts as a film coating that prevents and delays stains from penetrating deep into the walls, allowing for easy clean ups. In addition, the product comes with the benefit of Anti-Bacterial properties, adding a layer of protection to inhibit bacteria growth on walls.

A washable water-based emulsion for interior walls and ceilings, Dulux EasyCare™ provides a highly durable and smooth mid-sheen finish to masonry surfaces. Due to its stain repellent properties, common household stains* can be cleaned off easily. This is helpful especially for families with young children who are at the active age of exploration and experimentation. Also formulated with Dulux Colourguard™ Technology, colors are locked in to ensure walls look beautiful and fresh for longer.

Commenting on the new product, Mr. Jehanzeb Khan Chief Executive AkzoNobel Pakistan Limited said, “At AkzoNobel, we continue to focus on our innovative drive to deliver consumer centric products. Dulux EasyCare TM is a testament to our resolve to offer products that fulfill the needs of our consumers. Dulux EasyCare comes with Kids Proof Technology, a stain repellent paint with anti-bacterial properties, providing complete protection to your walls from tough stains and any bacterial build up.”

Saad M. Rashid, AkzoNobel Pakistan Business Manager for Decorative Paints said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce yet another consumer centric product under our brand of Dulux. Dulux EasyCare is the latest product designed in our Singapore lab offering protection to walls from stains and bacteria.”

Packaged in 1L, 4L and 16L cans, this tough stain repellant is offered in 47 ready-mix colors and is now available on shelves in Paint Shops nationwide.

* common household stains such as chalk, fluorescent pen, dust, mud, yoghurt, cupcake, ice cream, soda/cola, juices, soya sauce and chilisauce

 

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LG V30 Charts New Mobile Frontier with Premium Cinematography Capabilities

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Karachi / SEOUL, October 04, 2017:- LG Electronics (LG) took the wraps off the eagerly anticipated LG V30, the latest iteration of the company’s V series flagship smartphones. The LG V30 improves on the strengths of the V series phones in providing a whole new mobile experience and offering optimal multimedia features. The V30 features many industry innovations – the first F1.6 aperture camera lens, the first glass Crystal Clear Lens, the first OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos, premium sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC, sound tuning by B&O PLAY, and Voice Recognition. The V30 sets a new standard in the evolution of premium smartphones.

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Videos Like a Pro with F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens and Cine Video

The LG V30 features powerful video capabilities that make it a leader in the era of smartphone videography. The main camera on the rear of the V30 features an F1.6 aperture that lets in more light for brighter, more dynamic shots. Paired with the glass Crystal Clear Lens which delivers more accurate colors and clearer images than a plastic lens, the V30 is the most capable image capturing device in a smartphone. The second lens in the V30 dual camera is an upgraded 13MP wide angle lens with two-thirds less edge distortion than in the V20.

LG’s new Cine Video mode allows anyone to produce movies like a pro, thanks to its powerful Cine Effect and Point Zoom features. Users can now take high-quality videos enhanced by the cinematic hues of various movie genres with only a smartphone. While typical cameras only allow one to zoom in on the center of the frame, Point Zoom allows users to zoom in on any subject smoothly using the zoom slider, regardless of its position in the frame, another industry first. And Cine Effect provides a palette of 15 presets to give videos a unique movie-like look, from romantic comedy, summer blockbuster, mystery, thriller and classic movie, among others.

LG V30 supports LG-Cine Log which allows for greater creative flexibility when capturing videos. With the ability to preserve a wide dynamic range and color gamut, LG-Cine Log videos files can save far more accurate image details. LG-Cine Log also allows for recording video using log gamma curve for maximum flexibility in producing the look the user wants during post-production.

Photo capturing is even more advanced with the new V30. The camera’s Manual Mode takes on a whole new level of capability with Graphy. With Graphy, any shutterbug can produce quality photos simply by choosing the image and pressing the shutter. Available in Manual Mode, users can select professional images from the Graphy website or mobile app and apply the same presets such as white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO to photos taken with the V30.

Slim, Lightweight Design and OLED FullVision Display in Compact Body

The LG V30 builds on the strengths of the OLED FullVision display in a body that is surprisingly compact, slim and light. Even with a large 6-inch 18:9 OLED FullVision display, the V30 is 8mm shorter and 3mm narrower than its predecessor, resulting in a firmer, more confident grip. With a thickness of only 7.3mm and tipping the scale at 158g, the V30 is the lightest among smartphones in the 6-inch and over category. The tempered glass that covers both the front and back is curved all the way around the edge, resulting in a sleek, integrated look and feel.

The advanced dual camera module featuring a 16MP standard angle camera and a 13MP wide angle camera is smaller than the module in the V20, resulting in the near flat rear profile of the V30. For the smoothest and sharpest images, the main standard angel camera is supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Hybrid Auto Focus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus.

The QHD+ (2880 x 1440) OLED FullVision display offers faster response time with minimal afterimages when viewing an action-packed movie or playing a game with quick movements. The V30 takes full advantage of this rapid response time and the exceptional graphics delivered by the robust Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform to support Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality, mobile VR. With Daydream, users can explore new worlds, enjoy personal VR cinema and play games that put them in the center of the action.

 Personalized Superior Sound Backed by Hi-Fi Quad DAC

LG has equipped the V30 with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC with audio tuning by sound engineers from world renowned audio brand B&O PLAY – delivering an authentic and superior acoustic experience – as well as a set of earphones by B&O PLAY, also finely tuned for an optimal listening experience. 1 Digital filters adjust the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response of music with three filters which users can select. Four pre-programmed presets mix and match sound frequencies and decibel scales to produce the quality of audio found in professional earphones.

The V30 is the first global smartphone to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology that allows for the streaming of high-resolution audio. MQA captures the sound of the original studio master and folds it into a small file to make high-resolution audio easy to stream. The V30’s recording capability is upgraded as well, with a receiver that doubles as a microphone to capture a broader sound spectrum, from gentle chimes to thunderous drums.

 Equipped with Google Assistant and Voice Recognition

The Google Assistant on the LG V30 will feature unique capabilities specific to the phone. Saying “Ok Google, take a romantic Cine Video” will activate Cine Video preset to Romantic. Say “Ok Google, take a wide angle selfie” to launch the camera app with the setting on the front-facing camera wide angel mode. The Google Assistant on the V30 takes advantage of advanced signal processing enabling users to use the voice command, “Ok Google” even when loud music is being played. In addition, select LG appliances including a washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, air purifier, oven, air conditioner and robot vacuum are compatible with the Google Assistant when using the V30 and Google Home. Users can say, “Ok Google, talk to LG to wash my clothes” to start a load of laundry.

The convenience of the Second Screen which was introduced in past V series smartphones has evolved into a new Always-on Display (AOD) feature and Floating Bar. When the display is off, the AOD replaces the Second Screen by providing shortcuts to Quick Tools and Music Player without having to turn on the display. The optional semi-transparent Floating Bar can be customized with up to five apps for easy access to the most used applications. When not needed, the Floating Bar can be dragged off to the side so it doesn’t take up any screen space.

Now with four different options, security on the LG V30 is more advanced than ever. With Face Recognition, the V30 can be unlocked instantaneously using the front facing camera and without pressing any buttons even when the phone’s display is off. Voice Recognition uses a combination of the user’s voice and user-defined keywords (optimally three to five syllables) to unlock the V30. The reliable Fingerprint Sensor resides on the rear of the phone for fast, accurate security and Knock Code allows tapping a pattern on the screen to unlock the V30.

Inheriting Legacy of LG Premium Phones, Solid Durability and Safety

The V30 combines solid durability with safety with a slim and light design. One of the design aspects in the V30 that enhances durability and makes for tensile strength is an H-Beam structure, a construction technique found in modern buildings that integrate the edge with a metal frame. The phone also features Gorilla Glass 5, Corning’s most advanced tempered glass, on both the front and rear. The V30 meets U.S. Department of Defense requirements for durability, having passed 14 categories of the MIL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test making it compliant for military operations.

LG applied a heat pipe and a cooling pad in the V30 to dissipate heat quickly. The V30 can be used in any situation without worry thanks to its IP68 water and dust resistance. The phone is perfectly sealed from dust and can be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes without impacting the function. With Quick Charge 3.0, the V30 charges from empty to 50 percent in around 30 minutes. The V30 also offers wireless charging for the ultimate in convenience.

“The V series has always been demonstrating new practical mobile technologies that contribute to high quality content creation and the V30 has not lost sight of its roots,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With its F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens Camera and Cine Video mode, the LG V30 is designed to help create professional-looking content without professional-level complexity.”

Customers of LG V30 will receive USD 100 worth of in-game purchases when downloading and installing the popular game Beat Fever by WRKSHP. The games take full advantage of the phone’s immersive OLED FullVision display and high-quality audio capability.

The V30 will become available to consumers in South Korea starting on September 21 and will be followed by key markets in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The V30 with 64GB ROM will come in four beautiful elegant hues: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet 2 while the LG V30+ with 128GB of storage will be available in limited markets.

Visitors to IFA 2017 are encouraged to stop by LG’s booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin to see the exciting LG V30 for themselves.

Key Specifications: 3

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
  • Memory:
  • V30: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • V30+: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
  • Rear Dual: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) / 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9/ 120°)
  • Front: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 158g
  • Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Aurora Black / Cloud Silver / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet
  • Others: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / Crystal Clear Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Daydream / Google Assistant / UX 6.0+ / Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging

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Tetra Pak strengthens ice cream offering with acquisition of Big Drum

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (4 October 2017) Tetra Pak has strengthened its product offering for ice cream manufacturers with the acquisition of Big Drum Engineering GmbH, a leading supplier of filling machines for the industry.

The deal further extends the company’s ability to provide end-to-end solutions for food and beverage companies around the world, and reinforces its global leadership in the sector.
Tetra Pak already provides a full range of ice cream equipment, including raw material storage, mix preparation, continuous freezing and inclusion systems, as well as production solutions for moulded and extruded ice cream products. The acquisition of Big Drum will strengthen the company’s presence in the “filled” ice cream segment (e.g. tubs and cones) which represent approximately half of the global packaged ice cream market.

Monica Gimre, Executive Vice President, Processing Systems at Tetra Pak said: “This acquisition means we can now provide an even more extensive range of production solutions for ice cream manufacturers and expand our collaboration with them. This, in turn, will allow us to deliver even greater value, by securing efficiencies in technical service across a number of different lines, and offering portfolio-wide support to their product development and marketing activities.”

Big Drum, which is based in Edertal, Germany, is a leading provider of medium-to-high capacity filling machines for the global ice cream market. It is a highly-respected supplier to major brands, and is recognized for its innovation, quality, and performance.

Hans-Peter Trosse and Matthias Ruppert, Managing Directors of Big Drum, jointly stated: “We see significant growth opportunities through Tetra Pak. We are convinced that we will be able to provide stronger support to our customers, thanks to Tetra Pak’s worldwide presence, extensive sales and service channels, technical support and expertise in food manufacturing.”
Following the acquisition, all Big Drum managers and employees will remain with the company at their current location.

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LG unveils first BeoVision Eclipse TV in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

APR Karachi / SEOUL, October 10, 2017:- LG Electronics (LG) and Bang & Olufsen unveiled the result of their first collaborative effort in the home entertainment space with the unveiling of the BeoVision Eclipse TV to the world for the first time at IFA in Berlin.

The new BeoVision Eclipse TV, which will push the boundary of the premium TV experience, signifies the beginning and the very essence of the strategic partnership between LG and Bang & Olufsen, first announced in March 2016. LG’s groundbreaking OLED technology continues to amaze video experts and consumers alike while Bang & Olufsen’s celebrated design aesthetic and acoustic precision continues to excite audio enthusiasts all around the world. The marriage of LG’s OLED technology with its perfect blacks and superior picture quality and Bang & Olufsen’s sophisticated approach to audio is perfectly highlighted in the beautiful BeoVision Eclipse.

BeoVision Eclipse TV

The collaboration between LG and Bang & Olufsen on the BeoVision Eclipse TV commenced in 2016 with a completely clean slate. Two teams of engineers and designers worked across the nearly 8,000 kilometers and seven time zones separating Struer, Denmark and Seoul, South Korea to develop the first OLED TV to carry the coveted Bang & Olufsen name. The final product, as visitors to IFA 2017 will see, is truly a work of art.

“Consumers all over the world will immediately recognize LG’s unrivaled OLED and video processing technology inside this beautiful television crafted by Bang & Olufsen, a company with a strong heritage in design and sound,” said Lee Sang-woo, vice president of business strategy at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “We are looking forward to further developing this relationship going forward.”

The collaboration with LG Electronics marks the beginning of Bang & Olufsen’s strategy of expanding its technological capabilities and scale through partnerships. This allows Bang & Olufsen to focus on core capabilities within acoustics, design and craftsmanship, while further optimizing the company’s supply chain, development, production and service to improve the long-term profitability of the company.

“Bang & Olufsen and LG both share a long tradition of innovation and craftsmanship,” said Stefan K. Persson, executive vice president at Bang & Olufsen. “The strategic partnership between the two companies demonstrates the mutual desire to continuously push the boundaries when it comes to merging world-class design and cutting-edge technology. The result of this collaboration, the BeoVision Eclipse, is a true example of that.”

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AkzoNobel, AXA, Burberry and Carlsberg join group committed to 100 percent renewable power

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Lahore: Four multinationals have joined the RE100, a global initiative of major businesses committed to 100 percent renewable power.

In an announcement, the RE100 said that AkzoNobel, AXA, Burberry and the Carlsberg Group had joined its ranks, taking the number of companies committed to renewables to 100.

International non-profit The Climate Group, in partnership with not-for-profit charity CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), is behind the RE100 initiative.

Dutch paints and coatings business AkzoNobel has set itself the target of being carbon neutral and using 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, while insurance giant AXA has targeted 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025.

Meanwhile, fashion business Burberry wants to procure 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2022. Brewing powerhouse the Carlsberg Group will turn to 100 percent renewable electricity at its breweries by 2022, and aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, welcomed the new members. “By championing the compelling case for business action, we have reached 100 members three years earlier than expected,” she said. “Changes in the market such as the falling cost of renewables have also worked in our favor.”

Andre Veneman, AkzoNobel’s corporate director of sustainability, said the company had put, “considerable effort into learning how to source renewable energy in a cost competitive way and the opportunities for our business are huge.”

“We’re convinced that embracing renewable energy is an excellent way to create both short- and long-term value that will enable a true business transition,” Veneman added.
Other members of the RE100 include IKEA, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Google and Apple.

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HBL’S PROFIT REDUCES TO RS 1.6 BILLION WITH NY SETTLEMENT PAYMENT

Friday, October 20th, 2017

APR – October 20, 2017. HBL’s consolidated profit after tax for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 has reduced to Rs 1.6 billion as a result of the US $ 225 million settlement payment made to the New York State Department of Financial Services. Consolidated profit before tax for this period is Rs 18.8 billion, with earnings per share of Rs 0.87. As a result of the settlement payment, the consolidated Tier 1 CAR as at September 30, 2017 has reduced to 10.6%, with the total CAR at 13.6%.

Excluding the impact of the settlement payment, HBL’s consolidated profit after tax for the first nine months of 2017 is Rs 25.3 billion, and pre-tax profit for the first nine months of 2017 is Rs 42.5 billion, both 2% lower than for the same period in 2016.

HBL’s deposits have continued to grow, reaching Rs 2.03 trillion, and the Bank’s market share increased to 14.4%. The growth in deposits has come entirely through increases in CASA, with the domestic CASA ratio improving from 85.5% in December 2016 to 87.4% in September 2017. Domestic current accounts crossed Rs 600 billion, and the current account ratio as at September 2017 was 35.0% compared to 34.8% in December 2016. HBL has also stepped up its lending activities, with net domestic advances increasing by 14% over December 2016 and total net advances reaching Rs 847 billion.

Net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 reduced marginally, to Rs 62.0 billion, due to the spread compression caused by falling investment yields and competitive loan pricing. Non mark-up income of Rs 26.3 billion for 9M 17 was 18% higher than for 9M 16. Fees and commissions rose 13% to Rs 15.5 billion. The main contributors to the fee growth were home remittances, card related and consumer financing fees and asset management. Treasury related income increased by 43%; although capital gains contributed the majority of this growth, all segments demonstrated strong performances. The Asset Quality ratio improved to 8.2% as at September 30, 2017 and the coverage ratio was 91.4%.

While HBL’s capital ratios still remain above regulatory requirements, the Bank will be taking all measures necessary to restore its capital ratios to their previous levels as early as practically possible. Consequently, the Board of Directors, in its meeting held on October 20, 2017 has not declared an interim cash dividend for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. HBL had already declared and paid interim cash dividends of Rs 7.00 per share (70%) for the first two quarters of 2017.

HBL’s Board and management have taken serious note of the control and compliance issues. The Board and the Bank are committed to pursuing the highest standards of governance and have taken steps of structural changes and necessary remediation measures to ensure that HBL moves swiftly to bring these to a closure. The Board reiterates its objective of promoting a “zero tolerance” compliance culture and will take steps to ensure that this permeates through all levels of the organization.

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Dining on Emirates – the world’s largest flying restaurant

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

APR – Karachi Dubai, October 21, 2017 – Emirates serves more than 100 million meals a year with the same attention to detail in First, Business and Economy Class. Catering for more than 55 million dine-in guests a year travelling to and from 144 cities across 6 continents, no one understands global culinary trends better than Emirates as it serves destination-inspired cuisine onboard the world’s largest flying restaurant.

With a catering investment of US$1 billion per year, Emirates runs a round-the-clock kitchen with 1,200 chefs based in Dubai whipping up 12,450 recipes. The finely-tuned operation caters 590 flights a day with authentic local cuisines giving customers a taste of the destination they are going to. The airline also works closely with 25 catering partners around the world to provide the same quality of food for its Dubai-bound flights.

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Local flavour
Emirates’ focus on local flavour means it has food available from every region it flies to. Flights to Pakistan for example, offer authentic Pakistani cuisine served with specialties like raita, chutney, naan, paratha and traditional pickles to ensure an unrivalled food experience on board.

To keep up with regional and seasonal food trends, Emirates changes its onboard menus monthly and continually reviews its recipes.

The varied menus on each route are also reflected in the bread baskets served on board. Parathas, pooris, and naan bread are served on all six Emirates routes to Pakistan while flavoured breads or breads produced with a sourdough base are popular on European routes. On its Middle Eastern routes, customers get to enjoy Arabic bread – Markook – a very thin unleavened bread common in the region, and Manakesh which is either topped with Zaatar or Cheese.

In premium classes, meals are served on Royal Doulton tableware with Robert Welch cutlery specially designed for Emirates.

Global partners, best of local and artisanal produce
Emirates focuses on simple, well cooked dishes that emphasise fresh ingredients of the highest quality. The airline brings the finest products on board through long standing partnerships worldwide, and supporting local suppliers and artisans. This includes sourcing over 15,000 kilograms of Persian feta from the Yarra Valley in Australia each year. The olive oil served on board is exclusively from carbon neutral producer Monte Vibiano in Italy, a partnership that is now more than 15 years old.

Coffee and tea are the two most widely consumed beverages on board for Pakistanis. Emirates has been serving Dilmah tea across all its cabins for the last 25 years. Over 9.6 million tea bags are used each year with more than 10 tea varieties on offer, including an exclusive blend created for the airline served in First Class called the Emirates Signature Tea. Illy and Nespresso coffee can be found in premium cabins, where espressos and cappuccinos are the most popular requests. For Pakistan flights in premium cabins, Emirates serves other traditional beverages like Nimbu Pani, Mango Juice and Lassi.

Emirates also offers child-friendly meals for its youngest customers and dedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements which are designed with a team of nutritionists and chefs.
The airline also develops seasonal menus where possible, such as specially created boxes for those fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

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HBL WINS FIRE SAFETY AWARD 2017

Friday, October 27th, 2017

APR – Karachi: October 26, 2017, HBL was awarded with the ‘Best Fire Safety Practices in High Rise Buildings Award 2017’ during the Fire Safety Convention which was jointly organized by the Fire Protection Association of Pakistan and National Forum for Environment & Health at Hotel Marriott Karachi.

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Provincial Minister Sindh for Labor & Transport, Mr. Nasir Hussain Shah was the Chief Guest and distributed the awards. Awards were given in 22 different categories like Oil Companies, Airlines, High-Rise Buildings, Chemical Industries, Laboratories, Fire Safety Vendors, Power Generation Companies etc. This is the sixth consecutive time that HBL has won this award.

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V Series Smartphone from LG Offer Next-Generation Audio Functions

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Karachi / SEOUL, October 27, 2017:- The upcoming V series smartphone from LG will offer next-generation audio functions unseen in a smartphone before for a personalized sound experience that is also easy to use. Developed in conjunction with long-time experts in the audio space the LG V30 is a perfect example of the partnership strategy behind developing the perfect mobile device for audiophiles.

Building on the Hi-Fi Quad DAC first introduced by its predecessor, the LG V30 features a 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS Technology’s SABRE ES9218P. LG’s Hi-Fi Quad DAC presents two new features: digital filters and sound presets. While the original Hi-Fi Quad DAC emphasized delivering Hi-Fi sound as close as possible to the original source by minimizing distortion and white noise, Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC offers more customizable options.

LG V30 Angle (2)

Digital filters, normally only available in expensive digital audio players, improves the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response with filters that can be customized to personal tastes. In developing sound presets, LG engineers studied the characteristics of popular tones and identified the best combination of sounds to create four optimal pre-programmed settings: enhanced, detailed, live and bass. Even with ordinary equipment, LG V30 users can experience much of the high-quality audio enjoyed by listeners using expensive headsets.

The Hi-Fi Quad DAC controls left and right audio signals separately, adjusting balance in such detail that listeners will feel as if they are standing in the center of a concert hall. LG has managed to cut the distortion rate down to 0.0002 percent. The less information lost when converting digital data into analog waveform, the clearer the resulting sound is. The audio paths are wider than ever in the V30 so it can process large, high-quality audio files without any lag and with greater accuracy.

The LG V30 also includes technology from partner company MQA Ltd. that facilitates high resolution audio streaming, the next big trend in mobile music. This allows the V30 to combine its stellar Quad DAC with MQA technology for a listening experience that will touch the heart as well as the ears. Music fans can enjoy high-resolution audio without the inconvenience of downloading huge files or using up large amounts of mobile data to get great sounding music through the V30.

What’s more, the HD Audio Recorder in the V30 features the capability to use the audio receiver of the phone simultaneously as a microphone (Receiver-as-a-Mic or RAM). The RAM can record loud sounds clearly, so the LG V30 can record a wider dynamic range of sounds, from a whisper to a thunderstorm, without distortion.

“With the V30, LG and our partners are pushing the boundaries of smartphone audio to enable a more bespoke listening experiences,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The combination of its advanced Hi-Fi audio technology and the superb images generated by its OLED FullVision display makes the LG V30 a true multimedia powerhouse.”

With the V30, LG continues its close partnership with B&O PLAY. B&O PLAY refined the audio capabilities in the V30 by fine-tuning the overall sound experience and adding its own exclusive touch. A set of high quality B&O PLAY earphones comes bundled with the V30 for hours of listening pleasure with style.

“For most people, listening to the music they love is a fundamental part of their lives and they expect the same uncompromised experience and quality from their headphones as they do from the mobile device they source music from,” said John Mollanger, CEO of B&O PLAY. “That’s why B&O PLAY is very excited for our long-term partnership with LG and satisfying global music lovers world over.”

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Are we Nearly There Yet? Under 12s Bored 49 Minutes into Their Long-Haul Flight

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Emirates reveals the secret to keeping your kids entertained on the plane with the Child Boredom Quotient

  • Under 12s bored 49 minutes and 47 seconds into their long-haul journey
  • Top 3 worries for parents when travelling with their children on a plane include entertaining their children (64%), disturbing other passengers (43%) and keeping their kids hydrated (23%)
  • Sitting sweetly: 41% of parents admit that they have resorted to bribing their children with sweets, chocolate and crisps in exchange for good behaviour whilst on a flight
  • A third of parents (33%) also rely on electronic babysitters by loading up their phone or tablet with their favourite games, apps, television episodes, and films
  • Emirates launches the Child Boredom Quotient – helping parents work out exactly when their kids will get bored and what to do about it

Karachi/Dubai, October 31, 2017: Young flyers will take just 49 minutes and 47 seconds to ask the dreaded, ‘’are we nearly there yet?’’ so with parents battling the boredom threshold, Emirates has teamed up with Dr Sandi Mann, a psychologist and boredom specialist at the University of Central Lancashire to find a solution. Dr Mann has worked with the airline to create the Child Boredom Quotient (CBQ), helping parents identify the exact moment their kids will get bored so they can enjoy stress-free travel.

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The study of more than 2,000 UK parents of under 12s alongside observations of children during their playtime helped Dr Sandi Mann categorise activities into Active (A), Passive (P), Interactive (I), Creative (C) or Sensory (S) to formulate the CBQ, and ultimately help parents mix the perfect blend of activities to catch boredom before it sets in.

The findings which also saw two thirds of parents (64%) worry about entertaining their children and 43% expressing concern about their children disturbing other passengers, found little travellers aged 3 – 4 to be the most volatile. Bribery techniques such as giving out snacks (41%) in exchange for good behaviour were often used just to keep the peace. Other tried and tested methods of distraction for parents include employing electronic devices (33%) even if they’re not allowed at home, handing out new toys (27%) to keep their tots happy or trying to tire out their children by running around the airport before boarding (16%).

Dr Sandi Mann, psychologist and boredom specialist, University of Central Lancashire comments: “Parents of children aged 3-4 will start to find that this is when their children are physically very active, gaining independence and when they need more sophisticated things to entertain them than they did when they were younger.

For instance, the ‘electronic babysitter’ whilst popular for a flight may not work for all age groups and parents of younger children will find that they have less attention span for this than older ones. Breaking up this passive activity for active or creative ones will stop children becoming bored, restless and disruptive.’’

However, it’s not just bribery that parents resort to when travelling with their children on a plane. An honest 7% revealed that they simply try to relax with an eye mask to block out the disturbance.

When engaging in an activity on board, films are the most popular for keeping children occupied from around 40 minutes for the youngest age group (0-2) to 1 hour 45 minutes for the oldest (11-12). This is followed by games either on a smart device or on the inflight entertainment system (keeping kids occupied from 30 minutes for the youngest to 1.5 hours for the oldest).

Meanwhile, creative pursuits such as drawing was the most popular until age 9 when quizzes and puzzles become more engaging. Colouring and sticker books have most appeal to the younger ages.

Dr Sandi Mann further comments: ‘’Very young children don’t need very sophisticated toys for a plane journey and will be most amused by things in the environment – including people and of course their parents. For example, this could be ‘I Spy’ whilst, regular walks up the aisle are good for toddlers for exercise and for pre-toddles to change the visual environment. Don’t forget singing and interactive games like peekaboo are also great.

Older children can be given simple materials like notebooks and pens, puzzle books and comics. Ensure that they take breaks every so often to walk up and down the plane and try to restrict the passive viewing just like you might at home. Don’t be afraid of them being bored as left to their own devices with a few basic materials, they will find creative ways to engage their brains.’’

Jade Cobbs, Emirates Cabin Supervisor, comments: “We understand that parents often dread the idea of travelling on a long-haul flight with bored children.

However, parents need not wait until the boredom alarm sets off. Whether it’s utilising the Cabin Crew to provide your kids with activity packs to watching the family friendly TV shows and movies on Emirates’ ice entertainment system, families can avoid the boredom threshold via some pre-prepared activities, interactive games or inflight entertainment.’’

Dr Sandi Mann has created a suggested guide for how to structure a plane journey for each age range. The activities are categorised as Active (A), Passive (P), Interactive (I), Creative (C) or Sensory (S) and the idea is that by mixing these up and stopping an activity at the right time, boredom and restlessness will be minimised.

Passive – watching films, listening to music

Active – walking up and down the aisle, playing with a pack of cards

Creative – drawing, colouring books

Sensory – refreshments

Interactive – reading a storybook, chatting

The CBQ tables are attached as well as a guide to Emirates’ top tips for travelling with children.

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