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Tech Spotlight: Joan Meeting Room Solution




No more meeting room confusion, double bookings, or interrupted meetings. Display your meeting room reservations and book rooms on the spot with Joan. Make sure everybody has their meeting space when they need it.





Joan connects to your Wi-Fi and the calendar you already use (G Suite - Google Apps, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange and iCalendar). No need for additional software installations. It will display your calendar data at the meeting room door, where you need it the most. Learn More






Joan easily attaches to any surface with a set of elegant, self-adhesive magnets. Perfect even for modern glass partition walls. No cables, no hammering, and no need for an expensive office redesign. Learn How to Install





Joan is 99% more energy efficient than any other solution available. Forget about charging. Joan lasts up to three months on a single battery charge. Even more, Joan will remind you to charge the device in time with a friendly email. More About Charging




Most companies using Joan choose in-the-cloud hosting because it requires no maintenance. For those who prefer a more comprehensive view of their data and have in-house servers, on-premise hosting is also available. Learn More





You can easily upload your own logo or turn on the different interface language variations in the Joan Dashboard. Currently she speaks English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovenian ... and Klingon. Read More




About Joan

Joan is the most advanced digital door display and meeting room scheduling solution with impeccable energy efficiency. Powered by Visionect. Joan connects to existing calendars and infrastructure, and is the only true plug & play solution on the market.








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Tech Spotlight: Introducing the New Kitchen Essential, the Negg(TM) Maker



Peels boiled eggs in seconds with no hassle.

FAIRFIELD, Conn., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- An ingenious, yet simple new kitchen tool makes the irksome task of peeling a boiled egg quick and easy. With just a little bit of water and a few shakes, the Negg™ Maker peels boiled eggs in seconds with no mess.

Thanks to its patent pending design, which includes egg-shaped bumps on the inside to help facilitate the removal of the shell on the sides of the egg, it's possible to peel a dozen boiled eggs in under four minutes. This handy tool is perfect for the kitchens of both chefs and home cooks. It can also be a fun way to get children involved in cooking. Using the Negg™ Maker can mean hours of frustration saved especially for anyone preparing popular dishes like deviled eggs or those adhering to high protein diet regimes like the Paleo diet, for instance. Clean-up is easy, too. The 100 percent USA-made Negg™ Maker is dishwasher-safe and BPA free.

"Some household chores shouldn't be difficult. Peeling boiled eggs is one of them. I watched videos of the huge commercial egg peelers that churned out thousands of peeled eggs a day, and decided there had to be a portable solution for anyone peeling eggs. After much trial and error, we have come up with a great product. The Negg™ Maker, so simple, yet solves a long-standing kitchen nightmare," explains Negg™ Maker co-creator, Bonnie Tyler.

Together Negg™ Maker creators, Bonnie Tyler and Sheila Torgan, have been web developers, graphic designers, and marketers for more than 20 years. Prior to that, Tyler's expertise was setting up databases for non-profits, and Torgan's was in business development and sales promotion in San Francisco and New York. For the last year and a half, they have been working together diligently taking the Negg™ Maker through the stages of research, development, and rigorous testing. After many iterations, the prototype has been finalized and it is set to go into production.

For the opportunity to get the Negg™ Maker at a fraction of its retail value, it will be available for pre-order until November 30 exclusively through Kickstarter (where it was successfully funded in just over 24 hours.) Early adopters will get theirs in time for the holiday season.

Kickstarter Page: http://kck.st/2dWjbsG

For additional information about the Negg™ Maker please visit our website, http://www.peelanegg.com/ and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.







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Tech Spotlight: Introducing Qi Aerista: The Ultimate Wifi-Enabled Smart Tea Maker



SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2016, 11:00 ET - Keyway Innovations is proud to announce the launch of Qi Aerista, the ultimate WiFi-enabled smart tea maker. Qi Aerista will make the perfect cup of tea in just minutes, whether it's hot traditional tea, cold-brewed tea, or even exceptionally strong brew tea for your favourite milk tea. Starting today, people can support Qi Aerista on Kickstarter at getqiaerista.com.

“Tea is delicate and when brewed properly, makes a tremendous difference in taste, ” said Rick Ha, Founder and CEO of Keyway Innovations. “That is why we created Qi Aerista to simplify the brewing process for all types of tea. Even someone new to tea can enjoy a perfect cup every time.”

Qi Aerista’s patented circulative infusion system will heat and maintain a consistent water temperature specific to your tea type, then a circulative water flow optimally immerses and steeps the tea leaves with precise time control for optimal infusion. With its unique tea-water separation architecture, Qi Aerista addresses the problems of over or under-steeping of tea faced by today’s tea drinkers.

Qi Aerista includes 6 different preset brewing programs for cold brewing, floral, green, black, oolong, and milk tea. With Qi Aerista’s app, users can access advanced functions such as customizing water temperature and brewing time with per degree/second precision, managing the brewing process remotely, setting reservation timers, and discovering the world of tea.

“Qi Aerista has been showcased at various international tea events in 2016 and we’ve received great support and feedback from the tea community,” noted Karen Wan, co-founder of Keyway Innovations. “After years of developing Qi Aerista to provide an enjoyable tea experience, we can’t wait to bring this unique smart tea maker to tea lovers around the world”.

Qi Aerista is available in two colors for $99 exclusively on Kickstarter during the first 24 hours after launch. It will increase to $149 until the campaign ends on December 14, with worldwide shipping to backers starting in June 2017. Qi Aerista will retail for $239.


About Keyway Innovations:

Founded in 2013, Keyway Innovations is a hardware startup based in Hong Kong, focusing on delivering a quality tea experience to all passionate tea lovers around the world. Founders Rick Ha, Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, and Co-founder Karen Wan, CPA and Certified Tea Evaluator, lead the team. With their love for a good cup of tea and years of experience in R&D and financial management, their vision is to bring more tea lovers into the world of tea and reinvent people’s tea experience through simplicity and innovation. For more information on Qi Aerista Smart Tea Maker, visit www.qi-aerista.com or email us at support@qi-aerista.com.


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Crowdfunding Spotlight: E-Ink wallet – The next generation wallet



Say goodbye to traditionally boring wallets and to the hassle & inconvenience of losing the vital contents with your wallet. The trendy E-Ink Wallet will rock your personal glam with your own digital pictures and has built-in safety features that will mean your wallet will never be beyond your reach again, while storing your cash, credit cards and identification.




The E-Ink wallet allows consumers unprecedented personalization of wallet design. The beauty of the E-Ink wallet is that you can effectively have a feeling of using unique wallet every single day without using same boring style. The E-Ink wallet will guarantee that you are always unique among your friends.

The built-in GPS tracker also makes it possible for you to locate it anywhere in the world.




  • The innovative E-Ink displays allow you to customize the look and feel of the wallet via Bluetooth, with custom patterns or pictures.
  • Different individual pictures can be set on each screen simultaneously.
  • E-Ink display only consumes battery power during the picture updating process.
  • Complete flexibility means your wallet can bend in your back pocket without damage.
  • The screen’s transparent resin coating prevents scratching and improves durability.




The built-in GPS tracker with its pre-installed sim card, allows you to track your wallet anywhere anytime, without the usual distance restrictions of conventional Bluetooth trackers.



The built-in ringer will alert you when your wallet moves beyond 100 feet from you, ensures you never loose your wallet again.



The built-in battery pack has the energy capacity to change up to 10000 pictures from one full charge.

Depending on the number of image updates and activation of Bluetooth tracking, a full charging cycle will last from 3 to 6 months. To conserve power, Bluetooth will be used within a 100 feet distance and if the wallet or connected phone goes beyond that, GPS will be enabled automatically.




The easy to attach magnetic USB 3.0 charger is included. The tiny, slim charger is stored in the wallet, eliminating the need for bulky, external chargers.

The charger is compatible with USB ports on laptop, power banks, and other conventional charging devices. With fast charging feature, battery will be fully charged in just 20 minutes.




The user-friendly mobile app (for Android, iOS and Windows mobiles) allows you to download your favorite designs, and set them on your e-ink wallet immediately, track location, get alerts and check the battery status of wallet, all from the convenience of your mobile device.




E-ink Wallet made from 100% genuine premium leather, hand-made with precision and attention to detail for durability and offers a classic style without compromising the purpose of the basic wallet.

It satisfies the conventional purposes of a wallet with storage for coins and notes, up to four credit cards and one ID card, flash drives and its custom USB charger.









Can I wash E-Ink wallet?

Yes, the screens and circuits are completely waterproof. But gentle washing is safe.

How does the GPS tracking work?

The wallet’s pre-installed sim card enables  tracking from anywhere in the world, irrespective of the distance from you.

How can GPS be enabled?

In the interests of conserving battery life, GPS will automatically be enabled when your wallet is 100 feet away from phone.

Will the sim card work in my country and why I can’t install my own sim?

Sim cards from only the best service providers in each country are pre-installed during the manufacturing process. Efficient design and in-factory waterproofing preclude post-manufacture sim installation. We are open to requests for preferred sim service providers.

Do you have any color options for the wallet?

The introductory wallets will be available in a chic black that is color-coded with the e-ink screen. pls re-write this line. Further color options will be considered from a research survey  from backers following the conclusion of the campaign.

Do you have plans to make wallets for women and passport holders?

Our design team is excited about adding additional custom wallets to our range in future. These will include wallets for ladies and passport holders. We would like to take direction from our supporters in this regard, and invite you to express your support for these additional designs, by purchasing a $5 perk. Attaining our minimum goal of 1000 responses will enable inclusion on INDEMAND following successful funding of the campaign. If we do not reach our response target by the end of the campaign, this amount will be refunded to backers who participated.



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Industry News: ORIG3N Unveils FUEL™, New DNA Assessment Test to Identify Your Unique Nutrition Needs



FUEL™ Genetic Test Launches at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston

BOSTON, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Diet and nutrition have never been a one-size fits all activity, but now, consumers will be able to learn exactly how their genes impact their nutritional tendencies, weight and overall health. Today, ORIG3N, a leader in regenerative medicine technology, unveiled FUEL™, a new genetic test focused exclusively on nutrition.

Introduced at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston, FUEL™ is designed to reveal genetic information that will remove some of the roadblocks along the path to optimal health. This will alleviate the frustration consumers often feel when identifying an eating plan that will work best for their unique sensitivities, metabolic factors and more.

FUEL™ is the newest member of the LIFEPROFILE suite of genetic tests, which identify how genes impact specific areas of one's body, providing insights into consumers' genetic makeup.

"There are several types of nutrition genes – from your likelihood to regain weight and have high cholesterol, to why you hate cilantro and how high your caffeine tolerance is," said Robin Smith, co-founder and CEO of ORIG3N. "Once you understand your genetic makeup, you can make choices to change your lifestyle in a way that's tailor-made for how your body works."

FUEL™ assesses the genes that impact your nutrition in the following areas:

  • Food sensitivities, including if you are lactose intolerant, your perception of bitter taste, your level of alcohol tolerance and whether you love or hate cilantro
  • Food breakdown factors such as your cholesterol and lipid counts and how your body stores fat
  • Genes associated with hunger and weight, including the gene that signifies hunger and fullness, appetite, propensity toward obesity, risk of addictive food behaviors, sweet tooth and tendency to re-gain weight you have lost
  • Vitamin conversion for beta carotene, vitamins A, B6, B12, D, E and folate levels

Other LIFEPROFILE™ tests include FITCODE™, AURA™ skin and SUPERHERO™ assessments.

FUEL™ retails $149.00.  For more information on ordering FUEL™, please visit: http://www.orig3n.com/lifeprofile/fuel/.

Disclaimer: This product is not a diagnostic test and cannot predict your future health. All data, text, images, and graphics associated with this product are for informational purposes only. Use of this product is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical judgment. Please consult your doctor if you have a question about a medical issue.

About ORIG3N, Inc.
ORIG3N is advancing the future of medicine through genetics and regenerative medicine research. The company is doing so by engaging directly with consumers and giving consumers the opportunity to understand their genetic makeup while building the world's largest crowdsourced library of blood samples to support induced pluripotent stem cell research. The cell repository, called LifeCapsule, is used to better understand the cellular and molecular foundations of genetically inherited disease. Thousands of people have already contributed to advancing the future of medicine and human genome research. The founders are serial entrepreneurs whose previous venture, ArtusLabs, was acquired by PerkinElmer in 2011.

For more information, visit www.orig3n.com.






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Industry News: Pingup Launches Food Ordering Bot on Kik



Pingup Brings First Local Food Transaction Experience to Kik Users in the U.S.


BOSTON, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pingup, the leading local services transaction platform with access to over 250 million monthly searches across their online publisher network, today announced the launch of the OrderNow food ordering bot in the Bot Shop of Kik Interactive. Through this partnership Kik users can order food for delivery or pickup from over 100,000 local restaurants.

The OrderNow bot will allow users to choose their food category (such as pizza, sushi, thai, etc.), select a local restaurant, and order their food for delivery or pickup. The bot is available nationally.

"Pingup is focused on automating local commerce through buttons and bots," said Mark Slater, CEO, Pingup. "We are the leader in aggregating over 180,000 local merchants for native, real-time transactions on online publishers and social platforms. Kik's messaging platform and bots are the natural evolution for this digital utility. The OrderNow bot has the potential to become the teenage generation's go-to method for food ordering."

Pingup holds the patents in managing user chat experiences with businesses and is bringing its API-powered local transaction capability to a broad range of leading-edge consumer platforms and interfaces.

About Pingup
Pingup is the nation's largest transaction platform for local services businesses, using proprietary technology to connect hundreds of thousands of local merchants with leading publishers such as Bing, Yahoo, YP, Citysearch and Superpages that have over 100 million monthly users and 250 million monthly local searches. Pingup aggregates over 180,000 US businesses, more than triple OpenTable's quantity in the US and continues to add thousands of businesses each month. The company is headquartered in Boston's Innovation District and backed by Avalon Ventures. For more information visit http://pingup.com. Follow us on Twitter:@pingupapp.

About Kik Interactive
Kik Interactive, Inc., connects the world through chat. The company is the maker of Kik, a chat platform with more than 300 million registered users where people can chat with friends and connect with chat-based experiences. Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive, Inc. is headquartered in Waterloo, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto. For more information, please visit: kik.com.

Contact: Heather Sears heather@pingup.com (617) 752-1691





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Industry News: Jim Beam® Unveils Groundbreaking “Drinkable Wearable,” Jim Beam® Apple Watch




A new way to enjoy a refreshing shot of Jim Beam® Apple, from the innovators behind the World's No. 1 bourbon

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology fans all over the world woke up this morning anticipating some truly revolutionary technology news, and Jim Beam®, the world's No. 1 Bourbon, provided it by sharing its latest innovation: the Jim Beam® Apple Watch.

A preview of the first generation Jim Beam Apple Watch, the world's most innovative "drinkable wearable" can be viewed on YouTube, and is available for pre-order on www.JimBeamAppleWatch.com. It's a slick, stylish accessory that conveniently packs a 1.5 oz. shot glass right on your wrist, allowing you to connect with friends over refreshing shots rather than refreshed newsfeeds.

Each Jim Beam Apple Watch is aged in a rackhouse at the Jim Beam® American Stillhouse in Clermont, Ky., alongside barrels of bourbon. The watch's streamlined interface opens and closes manually on demand. And, while it doesn't tell time, it does save time, eliminating the need for a last-minute shot glass search.

"Critics may ask, 'What good is a watch that can't tell time?' " said Fred Noe, Jim Beam's 7th Generation Master Distiller. "We actually think we've created a watch that helps you make time. Who doesn't want to make time for friends, family and a refreshing Jim Beam Apple shot or cocktail?"

Released in 2015, Jim Beam Apple has quickly become one of the most successful line extensions in the seven generation history of Jim Beam, delivering refreshingly crisp cocktails in record numbers to bourbon drinkers, bartenders and now, Jim Beam Apple Watch users.

For a limited time only, the Jim Beam Apple Watch will be available for pre-order at: www.JimBeamAppleWatch.com while supplies last. Priced the same as the suggested retail price of a delicious 750mL bottle of refreshing Jim Beam Apple, the Jim Beam Apple Watch costs just $17.99.

Jim Beam Apple marries the taste of crisp, green apples and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, resulting in a perfect balance of apple and delicious bourbon, with a light, juicy twist. Jim Beam Apple is sold at the suggested retail price of $17.99 for 750mL, and in bars and retail locations nationwide. Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 100mL, 375mL, 750mL, 1L and 1.75L.

For more information on the Jim Beam Apple Watch, check out the video and visit www.JimBeamAppleWatch.com. To learn more about Jim Beam Apple, visit the Jim Beam website, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher's, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Jim Beam® Apple, Apple Liqueur infused with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 35% Alc./Vol.

©2016 James B. Beam Distilling Co., Clermont, KY. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.



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Tech Spotlight: The Dyson Pure Cool™ Link purifier



Keep yourself cool this summer.

Purification all year round.

Dyson purifiers remove 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. In auto mode, your purifier will automatically monitor indoor air quality, and adjust airflow accordingly. So once the air in your room is clean, it stays clean.


And a purifying fan when you need it.

If it’s hot, you might need personal cooling and purified air throughout the room. But there's no need for two machines - your purifier’s more powerful settings will generate smooth, long-range airflow to cool you.





Automatically monitors, reacts and purifies.

You can easily monitor your indoor air quality and see live air quality metrics – straight from your Dyson Link app.

- Monitors indoor and outdoor air quality.
- Reacts automatically or with remote control.
- Reports your usage and air quality history.



Set it and forget it

Dyson purifiers remove 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. In auto mode, your purifier will automatically monitor indoor air quality and adjust airflow accordingly. So once the air in your room is clean, it stays clean.



Introducing automatic night-time mode. Even for the lightest sleepers.

At the push of a button, your purifier will continue to monitor and respond to air quality while you’re asleep – but only using the quietest settings.



Sweeps the whole room.

Using an independent motor for smooth oscillation, Dyson purifiers project and circulate purified air across the room.



Sits on a letter-sized piece of paper.

The Dyson purifier's footprint is so small that it can sit comfortably on a letter-sized piece of paper. So you can position it anywhere in the room.



Find a Dyson Air Multiplier™ machine that suits your environment






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Company Spotlight: Airtable – Organize Anything



Airtable is a modern database created for everyone

Airtable was founded on the belief that software shouldn't dictate how you work -- you should dictate how it works. Our mission is to democratize software creation by enabling anyone to build the software tools that meet their needs. Creators and creatives around the world use Airtable to do everything from cattle tracking to filmmaking, and they have great things to say.

Our team brings experience from building and scaling products touching millions of people at Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft, Dropbox and other leading technology companies. We take pride in our product, and strive hard to provide the best possible experience for you, even if it requires creating new technologies and design paradigms along the way.

Airtable is an independent, private company headquartered in San Francisco. The company has raised over $10 million in funding from notable investors including: CRV, Caffeinated Capital, Freestyle Capital, Data Collective, Founder Collective, CrunchFund, Box Group, Kevin Mahaffey, Brennan O'Donnell, Joshua Reeves, Othman Laraki, Michael Birch, Villi Iltchev, Ben Ling, Eric Wu, Aaron Harris and Ashton Kutcher.




As simple as a spreadsheet

Airtable looks like a fast and flexible spreadsheet, but it's actually a relational database that can store almost anything.




Save time by working together
Airtable's built for collaboration and lets you share your data, chat with teammates, and see changes as they happen.




Manage your data from anywhere
Airtable syncs across all your devices to keep your data up-to-date wherever you go. Our mobile apps make it easy to add and remove data, attach files, and collaborate with your team.







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Seamless mobile and web access
In addition to its grid-based desktop web interface, Airtable offers a mobile app that neatly formats your table rows as easily tappable cards. It's much more than just a pretty view: you can add and remove rows and columns, attach files, share tables, and nearly anything else you can do on your desktop. All changes are instantly synced to all your devices.






Simple content integrations
Attach files directly to the rows in your table with integrations to over 12 services, including Dropbox, Box, Evernote, and Google Drive. With visual inline previews of your images and documents, your tables become an elegant visual container for your content.




Effortless collaboration
Easily share your tables and see changes as they happen. View a living history of who made what change, and when. Chat and mention teammates in the context of your tables - it's all built right in.




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Tech Spotlight: The Hurom HO



The Hurom HO Juicer works as smooth as it looks. You’ll love its smooth lines and soft corners and simple operation, but you’ll love its silky juice even more. The twin-winged auger runs at only 43 RPM, so you get a higher yield and even more nutrition. Plus, the auto-pulp feature means your juice is perfect every time, just the way you want it.

The HO Slow Juicer is a revolutionary juice extractor that uses Hurom's patented Slow Squeezing Technology (SST) to gently, quietly, and quickly squeeze a vast variety of ingredients into delicious, vibrant fruit and green juices and vegan nut milks. SST retains heat-sensitive phytonutrients and delicate enzymes essential to health that can be otherwise compromised by the eviscerating effect of loud high speed blades in traditional juicers and blenders. Hurom’s blade-less screw-like auger uses gravity to pull in ingredients into its grooves and our powerful energy efficient AC induction motor spins it at only 43 rotations per minute resulting in a mortar and pestle action that works by masticating and cold-pressing raw foods. This process minimizes oxidation, aeration, and separation on the cellular level and results in gorgeous, smooth, delicious, richer-color juice full of water soluble fiber that delivers 4x the absorption rate and up to 60% more nutrients than eating fruits & vegetables.

The HO includes a drying rack for easy cleanup and breakdown. The Hurom HO comes in White is available for $439 at www.hurom.com






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