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2018 video trends on the rise #streaming $PEEK.ca $BCOV $AVID $SNAP

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:46 PM on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

  • Video content will continue to soar in popularity in 2018,
  • As social media users become even more engaged with video thanks to the increase in engaging, stimulating visual imagery

When it comes to posting content on the internet, you have a lot of options. Not only do more and more platforms support video content, but an increasing number of websites are introducing live streaming features as well. Users can post photographs, videos, and even go live to interact with their friends, family, and followers through social media, and advertisers and entrepreneurs are increasingly invested in finding new and innovative ways to reach audiences through these channels. Across all social media platforms, in a wide variety of industries, among a large and diverse audience, video and live streaming services are gaining popularity; regardless of your reason for tapping into the power of social media, there are some video trends developing, and you should be watching them rise!

360 degree and shoppable videos

Another interesting video trend already on the rise is 360 video, which allows the viewer to control their perspective while watching the content, like a first-person perspective video game. And while virtual reality presents some really exciting potential, you don’t even need a headset to create or engage with 360 video content; these videos are easily played on smartphones and are frequently used for advertising. Thanks to the immersive nature of the technology, 360 video content catches more views, shares, and subscribers than standard video content.

As 360 video and virtual reality merge, 2018 will also see a surge in shoppable video content. Brands like Birchbox and GoPro are already testing shoppable video layers, in which users are able to swipe-to-buy after viewing an Instagram or Snap video advertisement. This allows brands to turn social video views into direct response sales, dramatically increasing conversion. More and more, companies will turn to video content to help them bridge the gap between social media scrolling and consumer actionables, like sharing, commenting, reacting, and purchasing.

Stream across multiple platforms

Streaming content is an integral component of faciliting comprehensive marketing programs. But today, consumers are consistently toggling back and forth between platforms, which means that there is often a disconnection of narrative or behind-the-scenes content. The problem is that most of us many content providers, including gamers and influencers, have certain bandwidth and processing limitations that make it difficult to stream to more than one channel at a time. If you’re sort of scratching your head a little, it’s ok; what it basically boils down to is that your home internet can only handle so much high-quality content.

Luckily, new technologies are emerging that make it possible to stream across more than one platform without sacrificing the quality of content or audience experience. Restream is one platform that makes it possible to broadcast live from up to 30+ different platforms across the world, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitter.

Why video content?

Video content will continue to soar in popularity in 2018, as social media users become even more engaged with video thanks to the increase in engaging, stimulating visual imagery. Not only will technological advances like virtual reality continue to create new and exciting mediums for video artistry, but services like Restream will make it possible for users to distribute their content across more platforms and share it with a wider audience. Live video streaming is the perfect way to connect with your audience, because people tend to attach on a deeper level thanks to the visually stimulating and interactive nature of a live broadcast. The more immersive the live content is, the better — live streaming has been used to conduct interviews, share live events, and grant exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, but its possibilities are nearly endless.

This post is part of our contributor series. The views expressed are the author’s own and not necessarily shared by TNW.

Source: https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/12/01/2018-video-trends-rise/

Indian students look to tech companies for education #edtech $BTRU.ca #betterU $ARCL $BPI $FC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:59 AM on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

  • Byju’s, has attracted more than 500,000 subscribers for its interactive online courses, aimed at children aged 10 to 18, with a mixture of video lessons and game-based practice.
  • “For the next generation, learning from a screen is a primary habit,” says Mr Raveendran, after demonstrating one of his colourful learning games on a tablet
  • Raised more than $200m from investors including US venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and China’s Tencent, which invested at a valuation of about $800m in July
  • Most prominent of a wave of Indian companies in the booming market.

Simon Mundy in Bangalore and Amy Kazmin in New Delhi December 3, 2017 3 Byju Raveendran smiles proudly as he shows off a video of his biggest ever live performance, when 24,000 young Indians crammed into New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium to hear his tips on high school maths. The young tutor’s star status reflects the huge importance attached to educational qualifications in India, where millions of high-schoolers compete for a limited number of places in well-known colleges that are seen as virtual guarantees of well-paid employment. But these days, Mr Raveendran is sparing little time for live sessions to focus on his core business: educational technology.

Since 2011, his company, Byju’s, has attracted more than 500,000 subscribers for its interactive online courses, aimed at children aged 10 to 18, with a mixture of video lessons and game-based practice. “For the next generation, learning from a screen is a primary habit,” says Mr Raveendran, after demonstrating one of his colourful learning games on a tablet. Byju’s – which has raised more than $200m from investors including US venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and China’s Tencent, which invested at a valuation of about $800m in July – is the most prominent of a wave of Indian companies in the booming market.

A report in May by KPMG and Google estimated that the country’s online education market generated sales of $247m last year, and predicted that this figure would grow to $1.96bn by 2021. While much of the current market is made up of professional training software, the report predicted that providers of primary and secondary “supplemental education” would become the biggest segment with sales of $773m.

A key driver, it said, would be burgeoning demand in mid-sized cities, where parents view their children’s success in school exams as a critical step towards upward mobility. “Only a quarter of our users are from the top ten cities. Students in smaller towns are even more aspirational, because they know the only way to make it is through education,” says Mr Raveendran, who grew up in a small south Indian village and learned English by listening to cricket commentary. In a room at the company’s Bangalore headquarters, dozens of employees are creating learning materials that range in sophistication from talking animated numerals for early maths students, to three-dimensional models of chloroplasts for high-school biology tutorials.

The slickly produced videos are driving demand for Byju’s offerings, with prices for a one-year course starting at Rs23,000 ($355) — nearly a fifth of India’s per capita gross domestic product. While the frugality of Indian consumers has been a headache for other internet companies, Mr Raveendran argues that digital education is viewed differently by parents already investing heavily in private schooling or tuition. For some Indian ed-tech companies, foreign markets have been more lucrative. Altaf Rehmani founded TinyTapps in 2015 to produce a suite of apps aimed at children under the age of six.

Its biggest markets have been the US and the UK, but Mr Rehmani hopes to capture more of the attention of domestic customers. “If you can prove that the product sells well outside India, then Indians will be more willing to buy,” Mr Rehmani says. “People in India are very brand-conscious.” Recommended Virtual tutors help India fill education and skills gaps India’s ‘islands of excellence’ distract from gaps in basic learning Foreign investors give Indian tech start-ups a boost Many lower-income Indian parents are faced with the more fundamental challenge of securing a basic education for their children, with public schooling undermined by overcrowded classrooms and undertrained teachers.

In 2016, only 43 per cent of Indian third-grade students were able to read a text designed for first-graders, according to educational charity Pratham. “Parents in any country have an outsized influence on a child during early childhood, and in India there are over 150m women who are illiterate,” says Sneha Sheth, co-founder of Dost Education, a non-profit organisation. Yet many illiterate Indians use mobile phones, and even the basic call function can be a powerful technological tool for education in poor households, Dost says. For Rs200, Hindi-speaking parents can call up daily to access Dost’s six-month audio course which guides them through simple exercises to support the mental development of small children, such as comparing the sizes of household objects.

But while most ed-tech enterprises in India are currently focusing on winning business from students and their families, some of the biggest opportunities will come from getting technology into schools, says Prachi Jain Windlass, a director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which has invested in several Indian ed-tech companies. Among them is ConveGenius, a producer of tablet devices loaded with learning materials in one of five Indian languages that are being used in schools on a trial basis.

ConveGenius has been overhauling its product since commissioning third-party research indicating that it made less impact on stronger students than on weaker ones, says founder Jairaj Bhattacharya. Such deep research is increasingly expected of entrepreneurs in this field, who face growing pressure from investors to demonstrate the efficacy of their technology in improving student performance, Ms Windlass says. “Before, technology was an end in itself,” she adds. “The assumption was that because kids find digital content engaging and entertaining and that they are watching, they are learning. That has changed.”

Source:https://www.ft.com/content/3e196c42-bd35-11e7-b8a3-38a6e068f464

FEATURE: betterU $BTRU.ca Connecting Global Education with the Indian Marketplace, Recently Executed LOI for $100M Equity Investment $ARCL $BPI $FC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:22 AM on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

 

CONNECTING GLOBAL EDUCATION WITH THE INDIAN MARKETPLACE

betterU Education Corporation Executes on Binding Letter of Intent for US$100 Million Equity Investment From a Hong Kong Based Investment Group

  • Entered into a binding letter of intent with Treasure Union Limited, a private company established and based in Hong Kong, China for an equity investment of $100 Million USD financing
  • US$3.00 per common share
  • Investment is scheduled to close on or before March 15th, 2018

WHY BETTERU EDUCATION?

  • The ONLY Global Education Marketplace Serving India
  • betterU Partners With Adobe to Deliver Leading Digital Experience Programs in India
  • Capitalizing On Mobile Payments Structure Others Unable To Provide
  • Unique Ability To Collect From 200 Different Payment Methods in India
  • As A Result, Leading Global Online Education Providers Use BetterU
  • BetterU Receives 20 – 50% Of All Revenues Generated
  • Indian Government Mandate To Educate 500 million by 2022
  • Executed MOU with the Telecom Sector Skill Council to jointly support both organizations’ efforts towards the skilling of millions of professionals across India’s Telecom sector Read More

“There are many significant barriers for doing business in India and it took betterU over 3.5 years to put in place all the pillars required to support the world’s online educators. These barriers are making it difficult for other online educators to do business in India.”

Aphria $APH.ca to supply medical marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart $N.ca $TBP.ca $MCOA

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 1:19 PM on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
  • Aphria Inc struck a deal to sell medical marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest pharmacy chain
  • “Subject to Health Canada’s approval of Shoppers Drug Mart’s application to be a licensed producer, under the terms of the agreement the Company will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with Aphria-branded medical cannabis products,” a release from Aphria said. “It is expected the products will be sold online, as Canadian regulations currently restrict the sale of medical cannabis in retail pharmacies.”

Shoppers, or its parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd., have not been issued a licence to dispense cannabis yet, according to Health Canada’s list of companies registered to grow and sell medical marijuana. It was reported in November that Shoppers was searching for someone to serve as the pharmacy chain’s medical marijuana brand manager.

Vic Neufeld, chief executive of of Aphria, said his company had a five-year agreement with Shoppers as its “first and primary supplier,” and that every year of the deal included “minimum requirements on volumes that they must purchase from us for them to maintain the following year’s exclusivity.”

Based on the terms of the agreement, specific financial terms would not be disclosed, he said.

“This stems from our long-held belief that pharmacies can, and should, play an important role in the safe and secure distribution of medical cannabis in Canada,” Neufeld added on a conference call with analysts. “It gives Aphria a huge, huge lift when it comes to the shareholder value.”

Trading of Aphria shares was halted Monday afternoon, with the company’s stock price closing up 1.93 per cent, at $11.62. Shares of the greenhouse grower are up nearly 86 per cent for the year.

The supply agreement between Aphria and Shoppers has been reached approximately seven months out from Canada’s July 2018 target date for the legalization of recreational cannabis. It also follows Saskatchewan-based medical marijuana company CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. becoming the first licensed producer to sign a deal with a national pharmacy chain when it signed a letter of intent with PharmaChoice in March of this year.

Neufeld said that during the “many months” of conversations with Shoppers, they had only discussed medical marijuana sales, not recreational.

Neufeld also said the form of “exclusivity” Aphria had given Shoppers does not restrict the pharmacy from considering “other forms of intake products, medical devices by way of example.”

“However, there is an understanding that should we be able to service their needs we would be given an opportunity to bid on it,” Neufeld added.

According to Aphria’s most recent results, for the quarter ended Aug. 31, the company reported net income of $15 million and a 15 per cent increase in sales, to 852 kilograms or kilograms equivalent of cannabis.

“For a period of time, we will not engage in any other conversations or business transactions with other national pharmacy banners in excess of a certain size,” Neufeld said. “Have we excluded certain banners? Yes, however, for us it was very important to get Canada’s leading banner in alignment with the Aphria business model, and so that’s what we agreed to.”

gzochodne@nationalpost.com
Twitter: @geoffzochodne

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/ontario-cannabis-company-aphria-to-supply-medical-marijuana-to-shoppers-drug-mart

Peeks Social $PEEK.ca Announces $455k in Monthly Deposits and Record User Sessions $BCOV $AVID $SNAP

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:57 AM on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Peeks large

  • Peeks Social platform reached an all-time high of $455,000 in monthly user deposits
  • Over 2 million monthly user sessions in November 2017

TORONTO, Dec. 05, 2017  — Peeks Social Ltd. (TSXV:PEEK) (OTCQB:PKSLF) (“Peeks Social” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide updated key performance indicators (“KPIs”) relating to the Peeks Social platform. The Company is also very pleased to announce that the Peeks Social platform reached an all-time high of $455,000 in monthly user deposits and over 2 million monthly user sessions in November 2017.

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A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/562b7b0b-4f6b-45a4-8219-4959b3db0cdb

The table below provides a summary of select recent KPIs for the Peeks Social platform.

The record deposits for the month of November are reflected in the United States rankings for in app purchases in the social category on the Google Play Store.  As of Friday, December 1, 2017, Peeks Social was ranked #17. Comparable industry products include Music.ly at rank #14, Snapchat at rank #18  and Periscope at rank #23.

The Peeks Social platform recorded 2,090,400 user sessions for the month of November 2017, surpassing the previous record of 1,983,500 recorded in May 2017.  As previously announced on September 5, 2017, and October 31, 2017, the Company made a strategic decision in June 2017 to restrict access to content of a mature nature on the Android Platform. These changes had a temporary impact on Android traffic levels.  The Company made almost identical changes to the iOS app in January 2017.  The effects of the changes on the Android user base were similar to those observed on the iOS user base following the iOS change.  As mentioned in the October 31, 2017, press release, a similar recovery period was expected for the Android platform and that recovery has now occurred as shown in the figures above.

The Peeks app can be downloaded in either the Apple or Google app stores, or by visiting www.peeks.com.

Notes:

  1. These two KPIs represent the number of times the Peeks app was accessed by users and the average duration of use, respectively.  Data was provided through Google Analytics. For additional information on Google Analytics’ definition of “session” and the methods of calculating “sessions”, please refer to https://support.google.com/analytics .
  2. This KPI represents the total amount of external deposits into user wallets in the Peeks Social platform. Wallets may contain USD, CAD, or a digital currency inside the Peeks Social platform referred to as “coins”. Deposits to wallets may be made via credit card or in-app purchase. “Coins” are sold at a premium to their value in order to cover app store transaction fees and as an additional revenue source for the platform. These premiums are not included in this KPI. Deposits denominated in USD are translated to CAD using the monthly average exchange rate as published by the Bank of Canada. While the “gross deposits” is an important KPI for the Peeks Social platform, it is not a direct indicator of the Company’s financial performance.

For further information, please contact:

Peeks Social Ltd.
Mark Itwaru
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
647-992-7727
mark@peeks.com

David Vinokurov
Director Investor Relations
416-716-9281
davidv@peeks.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this Release.

Namaste $N.ca Announces Non-Binding Letter of Intent With O Cannabis Clinic for Management Services $ATT.ca $ABCN.ca $ACG.ca $ACB

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:44 AM on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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  • LOI represents a major milestone for Namaste in the expansion of its platform into medical cannabis sales using the Company’s innovative telemedicine application, and will provide an incredibly efficient platform for patient consultations and medical documentation issuance

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 05, 2017 – Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (CSE:N) (OTCQB:NXTTF) (FRANKFURT:M5BQ) is pleased to announce that it has signed an non-binding letter of intent (“LOI”)  with O Cannabis We Stand On Guard For Thee (“O Cannabis”) under which O Cannabis will provide patient consultation services to Namaste’s wholly owned subsidiary, NamasteMD Inc. (“NamasteMD”). Pursuant to the LOI, O Cannabis will provide management services to NamasteMD that will include patient consultations, education, strain recommendations and medical document issuance to qualified patients under the guidance of nurse practitioners. In addition to these services, O Cannabis will also be offering a select range of Namaste’s vaporizer hardware in their online platform.

This LOI represents a major milestone for Namaste in the expansion of its platform into medical cannabis sales using the Company’s innovative telemedicine application, and will provide an incredibly efficient platform for patient consultations and medical documentation issuance. NamasteMD customers will have the ability to connect to Namaste’s e-commerce platform through Namaste’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. (“CannMart”), which will provide patients with an online marketplace for medical cannabis products, including strains sourced from both domestic and international licensed producers. CannMart is a late stage applicant for a “Sales Only License” under the Canadian Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”) program. Namaste’s goal is to become Canada’s leading medical cannabis online retailer by leveraging its existing consumer base, along with utilizing its advanced expertise in e-commerce. In doing so, Namaste believes it can successfully convert and on-board patients at an accelerated growth rate and offer the best quality of care for its patients. Namaste believes that with its aggressive growth strategy and the implementation of NamasteMD, it will be able to accumulate a minimum of 18,200 patients within the first calendar year of operations. This figure is based on Namaste’s current site traffic of 1,000 unique visitors per day with a 5% conversion rate, which would generate 350 patients per week. Namaste expects each patient acquisition to cost on average $60 per patient, based on the terms of the LOI, which is currently lower than any industry standard for medical patients.

About O Cannabis
O Cannabis offers affordable medical cannabis telemedicine appointments to patients across Canada, allowing timely access to quality medicine in remote and under-serviced regions; from Yukon to Newfoundland and everywhere in between. O Cannabis has built a name for themselves by offering unparalleled patient education and industry leading follow up care. O Cannabis patients report their appreciation for the easy and fun telemedicine experience, O Cannabis’ streamlined approach to medical document issuance and the exceptional care patients receive at each step of their medical cannabis journey.

Terms of the LOI
Under the terms of the LOI, the O Cannabis management team will be responsible for the general operation of NamasteMD’s platform and will provide the following services:

  • Patient Qualification
  • Patient Onboarding
  • Education
  • Recommendations (strains and dosages)
  • Follow-up Care
  • Medical Documents
  • Self-titration Training
  • Maintaining 75% patient retention rates

In return for these services, Namaste will pay O Cannabis as follows:

  • CAD $60 for each patient approval, being a patient consultation resulting in the issuance of a prescription for medical cannabis
  • 50% of the net profit for “platinum” packages, as will be outlined in the definitive agreement
  • 5% of the gross revenue collected for patients where medical cannabis is sourced from local licensed producers
  • 10% of the gross revenue collected for patients where medical cannabis is sourced from international licensed producers
  • 15% of the gross revenue collected through the sale of Namaste’s vaporizers and cannabis ancillary products, which O Cannabis will add to its website
  • The issuance of 15,000 common share stock options to the O Cannabis management team

Closing of the proposed definitive agreement will be contingent on negotiation and execution of definitive documentation containing standard terms, representations and warranties and indemnities for an agreement of this nature, approval of the agreement by each party’s respective board of directors and shareholders, if applicable, and by the Canadian Securities Exchange, if applicable.

NamasteMD is an innovative application that connects patients with medical practitioners through a secure video conference call and incorporates industry-leading facial recognition technology, including instant age and identity verification using data feeds linked to federal databases.  The O Cannabis management team is a highly trained group of medical professionals that offer industry leading care for their patients. Through the NamasteMD platform, patients will be offered a variety of packages that will include both free and paid options. Once a patient receives a medical document, they will have access to purchase directly from CannMart’s medical cannabis marketplace. The Company expects full launch of NamasteMD, including the app for both Apple and Android platforms, to be in operation and accepting patients as soon as December 15, 2017.

Management Commentary
Sean Dollinger, President and CEO of Namaste comments: “With many of these exciting initiatives now in place, Namaste believes it has successfully created the necessary infrastructure to become a leader in medical cannabis sales in Canada. In addition to Canada, Namaste believes this infrastructure can be easily implemented into other progressive jurisdictions where medical cannabis legislation is in place, and fully intends on exploiting all markets where Namaste has existing operations and market presence. Our goal now is to focus heavily on patient acquisition through our existing database of consumers and to accelerate growth through our e-commerce platform.”

About Namaste Technologies Inc.
Namaste is the largest online retailer for medical cannabis delivery systems globally. Namaste distributes vaporizers and smoking accessories through e-commerce sites in 26 countries and with 5 distribution hubs located around the world. Namaste has majority market share in Europe and Australia, with operations in the UK, US, Canada and Germany and has opened new supply channels into emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Namaste, through its acquisition of Cannmart Inc., a Canadian based late-stage applicant for a medical cannabis distribution license (under the ACMPR Program) is pursuing a new revenue vertical in online retail of medical cannabis in the Canadian market. Namaste intends to leverage its existing database of Canadian medical cannabis consumers, along with its expertise in e-commerce to create an online marketplace for medical cannabis patients, offering a larger variety of product and a better user experience.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Sean Dollinger”
Chief Executive Officer
Direct: +1 (786) 389 9771
Email: info@namastevapes.com

Further information on the Company and its products can be accessed through the links below:
www.namastetechnologies.com
www.namastevaporizers.com
www.namastevaporizers.co.uk
www.everyonedoesit.com
www.everyonedoesit.co.uk

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION This press release contains forward-looking information based on current expectations. These statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements. Although such statements are based on management’s reasonable assumptions, Namaste assumes no responsibility to update or revise forward looking information to reflect new events or circumstances unless required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks including various risk factors discussed in the Company’s disclosure documents which can be found under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com. This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The CSE has neither reviewed nor approved the contents of this press release.

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#Blockamoto.io signs strategic partnership with #RaiStone Agency for #blockchain and #tokenization $IDK.ca $HIVE.ca $CODE.ca $BLOC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:38 AM on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Threed capital

  • Blockamoto.io Corp, has signed a strategic partnership with Rai Stone Agency (www.raistone.me) for blockchain and tokenization
  • Agency is a blockchain launchpad focused on preparing companies looking to create a Token Generation Event with expertise on business development, legal governance, and sales/marketing
  • Rai Stone Agency is a Partnership formed in Ontario where by one of the partners is a company controlled by Sheldon Inwentash, the CEO of ThreeD Capital

TORONTO, Dec. 05, 2017 – ThreeD Capital Inc. (“ThreeD” or the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Blockamoto.io Corp, has signed a strategic partnership with Rai Stone Agency (www.raistone.me) for blockchain and tokenization.

Rai Stone Agency is a blockchain launchpad focused on preparing companies looking to create a Token Generation Event with expertise on business development, legal governance, and sales/marketing. Rai Stone Agency is a Partnership formed in Ontario where by one of the partners is a company controlled by Sheldon Inwentash, the CEO of ThreeD Capital.

The collaboration between Blockamoto.io and Rai Stone Agency will ensure the acceleration of early stage funding to blockchain solutions to reach to a Minimally Viable Product as well as a successful token generation event prior to the distribution of tokens.

The partnership will add a much needed institutional level due diligence to companies using blockchain.

About Blockamoto.io

The name Blockamoto.io pays homage to the name behind the person who designed bitcoin and the first blockchain database, Satoshi Nakamoto. Blockamoto.io is an early stage investor platform that supports companies who use blockchain to enhance the value of new and existing ventures. We look at disintermediate blockchain paradigms for deployment and distribution of relevant tokenization across a full spectrum of verticals.

About Rai Stone Agency

Rai stone aims to be a leader in funding innovators and their ideas, through the widespread adoption of blockchain technology. The team at Rai Stone is comprised of experienced entrepreneurs with a collective history of successful launches and innovations between them. Rai Stone provides practical knowledge, experience, and end-to end consultation when it comes to helping businesses raise funds through the development of cryptocurrency-based crowdfunding applications.

About ThreeD Capital Inc.

ThreeD is a publicly-traded Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on opportunistic investments in companies in the junior resources, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain sectors.

ThreeD seeks to invest in early stage, promising companies where it may be the lead investor and can additionally provide investees with advisory services, mentoring and access to the Company’s network in order to earn increases to the Company’s equity stake.

For further information:
Gerry Feldman, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Feldman@threedcap.com
Phone: 416-606-7655

FEATURE: American Creek $AMK.ca encounters high grade Au/Ag at Treaty Creek north of, and in the same system as #Seabridge Gold $SA $SEA.ca KSM project

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:27 PM on Monday, December 4th, 2017

AMK: TSX-V, OTCBB: ACKRF

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Encountered numerous high grade gold/silver intercepts in preliminary drilling at the new HC zone at the Treaty Creek Project Read More
  • Additional gold discovery of 5.1m of 9.57 g/t gold from 249.35m to 254.45m Read More
  • Tudor Has Discovered a New Gold Zone at Treaty Creek: 110 M of 0.909 g/t Gold, Upper 316 M of Hole Yet to Be Assayed
  • Specimens from the Electrum property average 27,092 gm/tonne silver and 248 gm/tonne gold. Read More
  • Tudor has now completed the previously announced Magnetotelluric survey and has commenced drilling Read More
  • Hole CB-16-03 returned 0.526 g/t gold over 629.7 meters
  • Included within this wide 629.7 meter interval is 338 meters of 0.70 g/t gold
  • Also included 54 meters (from 88 to 142 meters) of 1.117 g/t gold and 122 meters of 0.965 g/t gold
  • Reports That JV Drill Program is Well on Its Way to Defining a Gold Resource

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Sony $SNE Details #Blockchain Use for Education Data #Blockstation $IDK.ca $HIVE.ca $CODE.ca $BLOC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:22 AM on Monday, December 4th, 2017
Dec 4, 2017 at 07:30 UTC
  • New patent filing from Sony highlights how the Japanese tech conglomerate may be using blockchain as part of an education platform.
  • In August, Sony announced that it was working with IBM to build a suite of educational services, which would use the tech in part to secure student records and form part of a system for sharing that data between agreed-upon parties.

The application from Sony, published last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), points to how that might work in practice.

For example, “nodes” on the education network could be run by teachers, students or other parties that might need access to those records. It refers to how “educational experiences” would be cemented on the chain after being signed by the relevant users.

As the application explains:

“In this example, the [blockchain], which is a trust chain, may be used to store information such as education experiences, certificates and so on of a user. The information contains, for example, studying which courses and possessing which certificates. In addition, based on concepts of a smart contract and a smart property, knowledge may also be exchanged, transacted and transferred via the block chain as a property.”

The filing, entitled “Electronic Apparatus, Method for Electronic Apparatus and Information Processing System,” hints at other possible uses for the tech as well, including for connecting vehicles across a common network.

That “Internet of Vehicle” network would, as envisioned, enable cars to report road conditions to one another, according to the application’s authors.

“By applying the electronic apparatus of the present disclosure to a vehicle (i.e., a node), trust can be transferred between uncorrelated entities using the [blockchain] technology, and real and valid real-time road conditions information is obtained in real-time according to the consensus,” they wrote. “In this way, decentralized real-time road conditions observation and further a navigation system may be realized.”

Sony image via Vytautas Kielaitis / Shutterstock

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/sony-patent-filing-details-blockchain-use-managing-education-data/

PyroGenesis $PYR.ca Signs Non-Disclosure Agreement with Second Global Aircraft Engine Manufacturer $DDD $SSYS $ PRLB

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:43 AM on Monday, December 4th, 2017

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  • Signed a non-disclosure agreement with a second global aircraft engine manufacturer.
  • Name of the Client has been withheld and will remain confidential for competitive reasons
  • “We are very happy to have signed an NDA with a second global aircraft engine manufacturer in less than a month, and we look forward to developing a more substantive relationship with them,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis.

MONTREAL, Quebec, Dec. 04, 2017 — PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX-V:PYR) (OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech corporation (the “Corporation” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, announces today that it has signed a non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) with a second global aircraft engine manufacturer. The name of the Client has been withheld and will remain confidential for competitive reasons.

“We are very happy to have signed an NDA with a second global aircraft engine manufacturer in less than a month, and we look forward to developing a more substantive relationship with them,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “I must once again caution readers not to draw any premature conclusions from this announcement. Though, once again, it does signal an interest in our capabilities, and yes, that interest does come from a very discerning, demanding, and sophisticated party, we are still at the very preliminary stages and there is no guarantee that anything of any commercial value will materialize from these efforts. We feel that these recently concluded NDAs are material in the sense that they confirm both our strategy to become a powder producer to the additive manufacturing industry, as well as our premise that there is a significant demand within the additive manufacturing industry for our products.”

PyroGenesis is the inventor of Plasma Atomization – a plasma-based process that produces small, spherical, metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) industry, particularly 3D printing, and which has become the gold standard.

The Corporation recently announced the successful completion of the ramp-up of its first (1st) plasma atomization system since announcing, in 2015, that it would become a supplier of powders to the AM industry. During ramp-up, the Corporation not only received several sample purchase orders, but also developed new Intellectual Property which effectively allows the manufacture of very narrow particle size distributions, at higher production rates, with little-to-no waste. The Corporation feels that this breakthrough could be even more game changing than its original Plasma Atomization patent.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides technical and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and 3,800 m2 (approx. 40,900 square feet) manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and technical services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian corporation on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com

About PyroGenesis Additive.
PyroGenesis Additive, a division of PyroGenesis Canada Inc., the inventor of Plasma Atomization, specializes in providing plasma atomized spherical metallic powders with some of the most spherical, pure, dense, and highly flowable properties, which are highly sought after in the Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) Industry. With PyroGenesis’ extensive plasma expertise, PyroGenesis Additive is not only able to convert traditional metals and alloys into high purity spherical powders, but also create specialty powders on an exclusive basis. The versatility of the process allows PyroGenesis Additive to quickly adapt to a customer’s needs both in terms of Particle Size Distribution (PSD), and type of metal powders required. The metal powders produced by PyroGenesis Additive are ideal for the additive manufacturing, aerospace, biomedical, thermal spray, and metal injection molding industries.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Corporation’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Corporation with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Corporation’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

For further information: Rodayna Kafal, VP, Investor Relations and Communications, Phone: (514) 937-0002, E-mail: ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com

 

Source: GlobeNewswire (December 4, 2017 – 8:35 AM EST)