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38-Year Minuteman Press Franchise in East Northport, NY Emerges from Pandemic With Record Sales Growth

Minuteman Press International Inc

When Cathie Loudon purchased her Minuteman Press franchise in East Northport, Long Island in 1984, her son Dave was 15 years-old. “I fondly remember working in the shop during my high school years, and then I started full-time in the family business in 1988,” says Dave. While the printing industry has certainly changed in the 38 years since the Loudon family first joined the Minuteman Press family, there are a few common threads that remain today. Dave says, “I have always believed in providing a personal touch and outstanding customer service. If we can deliver high quality products on time and make sure we are there for are clients whenever they need us, we have seen for nearly 40 years how that will generate positive referrals for our business.” This customer-facing approach and proactive outreach helped Minuteman Press in East Northport hold steady during the height of the pandemic in 2020 as they remained open and operating as an essential business. Then, as more businesses ramped up their production and promotion of goods and services, Dave and his team were able to achieve 66% sales growth in 2021 over 2020. And today, Minuteman Press in East Northport is on pace for another record sales year in 2022, including record monthly sales in April of 2022. Dave says, “There were clients that we reached out to who asked us to fulfill orders for essential items during the pandemic. Some of these clients are now asking us to fulfill bigger orders for even more items they need now that business is picking up.” Dave continues, “For many years, we’ve had a relationship with one of our startup clients. Suddenly, during the pandemic, they entered a boom period and have been growing ever since. What used to be smaller orders are now larger, more high volume orders that we are able to fulfill.” “Because we were open as an essential business, we remained there for our clients. We have seen an uptick in orders for wide format printing, as signage is in high demand. I also listen to my clients and suggest items that I know can help them grow, such as mailings with QR codes, apparel, and promotional items.” -Dave Loudon, Owner, Minuteman Press, East Northport, NY In addition to the usual outreach and customer service, Dave also invests in the Minuteman Press Internet Marketing Program. “Just sticking with the Minuteman Press system is really what has worked best for us and kept us going all of these years.” When asked about the evolution of the printing industry over the past 38 years, Dave says, “Digital printing, wide format, and the internet are the three biggest differences. We can do so much with in-house digital and wide format printing, which is a huge benefit for our turnaround times.” As for online competition, Dave says, “We get a good amount of people who come in asking us to clean up incorrect projects that someone else did online. When we fix orders like these, it helps us keep our reputation as the go-to local printer, and it leads many of them to use us from the first step the next time around. This helps us build and maintain our reputation, and generates more good will and referrals.” Dave has two pieces of advice for other business owners. “First, remember that customer service is one of your most powerful forms of relationship-building, and, in its own way, marketing.” “Secondly, it’s important to remind people about the tangibility and viability of print. Simply put, print makes an impact. Whether it’s signage, restaurant menus, or postcards with QR codes, print has the ability to draw people to your business, both in person and online.” Minuteman Press in East Northport is located at 281 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/ny/east-northport/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and see Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

September 12, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Gregorys Coffee Engages Trust Relations for Timely Communications Campaign

Trust Relations

Trust Relations, the fast-growing, strategic communications and integrated marketing agency, announced that it has partnered with Gregorys Coffee, a family-run specialty coffee company with 38 retail stores across the Mid-Atlantic, to launch a strategic communications campaign. Gregorys Coffee enlisted Trust Relations to revamp the company’s messaging and marketing materials, as well as execute on several brand activations as part of a targeted regional media outreach campaign to announce new brand offerings. The agency, which has a strong foothold in the New York media market, will also deploy a thought leadership campaign for Gregorys Coffee and its Founder, Gregory Zamfotis. “As our team and brick and mortar locations have expanded, we also have a lot of exciting plans in store for the remainder of the year,” said Gregorys Coffee Founder and CEO, Gregory Zamfotis. “I feel confident that April and the Trust Relations team can help us make the biggest splash and bring to life some of the creative ideas they shared.” Gregory grew up in the NYC food industry thanks in part to his immigrant, serial entrepreneur father who owned several casual, counter-service food establishments. His childhood was spent alongside his father operating the family businesses—and although he took a detour from the food sector to pursue an undergraduate business degree and enlist in law school—Gregory found himself drawn back to his entrepreneurial roots and passions for coffee and healthy food. With the help and guidance of his father, Gregory set out to create a specialty coffee shop that would provide amazing coffee and baked goods without sacrificing the guest’s precious time. Gregorys matches New York’s hustle-and-bustle culture––without compromising quality. All limited-edition coffees served at Gregorys Coffee are ethically sourced from small-operation coffee growers around the world, while the in-house baked goods are made from scratch by Gregorys. They also have an expansive vegan + plant-based offering that is second to none in the coffee industry. “We’re so excited to be working with Gregory and his rockstar marketing team on deploying some creative brand activations for Gregorys Coffee,” said Trust Relations President and Founder, April White. “The brand has witnessed more consumers seeking healthier food and beverage options without compromising taste, quality, or experience. We look forward to announcing Gregorys Coffee’s new products and developments in the months ahead and are honored to work with such a well-respected brand in the F&B industry.” For more information about Gregorys Coffee, go to www.gregoryscoffee.com/. About Trust Relations Founded in 2019, Trust Relations is a fully remote strategic communications firm that creates nimble and proactive “dream teams” for clients through a national network of the industry’s best and brightest practitioners. "Trust Relations" is a term coined by President and Founder April (Margulies) White to describe a new approach to strategic communications focused on communicating clients' authentic actions, values, and goodwill. In technology, trust relationships are an administration and communication link between two domains. In communications, they are a bond of mutual respect between a brand and the people it serves. The firm excels at identifying inspiring ways for clients to show their brand value by identifying supportive proof points and ideating creative activations that demonstrate their unique story and value proposition. For more information, visit https://www.trustrelations.agency. About Gregorys Coffee Founded in 2006 in Manhattan, New York, Gregorys Coffee is a coffee company offering a selection of premium coffee roasted locally in New York City paired with a health-first menu of homemade baked goods, sandwiches, and bowls served in their contemporary and chic cafes. As a family-owned-and-operated business, personal relationships are at the core of their company, making their customers—the “Gregulars”— their first priority. The brand's mobile app makes it easy to order ahead and pick up at the location of your choice as well as an incentive customer rewards program that offers exclusive perks, experiences, and products. With the belief that you shouldn’t have to choose between your time and your standards, Gregorys Coffee delivers quality, innovation, and service at their 38 locations across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and DC. From limited-edition single origin coffees to one of a kind cold brew concoctions, they take their coffee program seriously! Their drink menu also includes a diverse selection of teas, matcha, and iced and hot beverages that can be served in-house or to-go—offering convenience and quality with every cup. For more information, visit https://www.gregoryscoffee.com. Contact Details April White +1 323-216-8589 gregoryscoffee@trustrelations.agency

September 07, 2022 11:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Secure Like Swiss? The Data Privacy Company That Reports Globalizing Its Currency Options

Sekur Private Data Ltd

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are choosing to stay home, according to a new Pew Study. This may raise additional concerns around cybersecurity if more and more aspects of life go virtual. In 2021 the cybersecurity industry saw over $50 billion in spending worldwide, and this number is forecasted to increase as more work is done from home and more measures are needed to protect both company and private data. Individuals and businesses around the globe may need solutions that work locally for them. Sekur Private Data Ltd. (OTCQX: SWISF) is one company that reports trying to find innovative solutions to these data protection problems. Companies that are dependent on U.S.-based cloud servers such as Google Cloud, offered by Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), are also subject to a subpoena under the 2019 Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. Sekur is hosted in Switzerland to take advantage of the strict Swiss data privacy laws. It harnesses what its website describes as “proprietary military-grade encryption security” to protect its private, International Standards Organization (ISO)-certified data centers. Sekur says its platform provides secure messaging and email services as well as data storage, document management, and password management service — and that it also partners with companies like PartnerStack and Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) to host a Sekur Business Suite platform. It has recently expanded its operations, hoping to make its platform an appealing international option. Currencies And Chats Both Part Of A Global Push Sekur entered the American market in July 2021 and in July 2022 launched its multicurrency, multilingual platform. This was part of Sekur’s global mass market launch to make it available for both private and business use internationally. Sekur’s multicurrency platform enables customers to avoid paying the often-expensive bank and credit card fees on currency exchange. It also creates a more seamless experience, ensuring users can use the platform in their own language. Since Sekur launched the multicurrency platform, it has expanded to include eight currencies from over 30 countries. These are USD, CAD, AUD, NZD, SGD, CHF, EUR and GBP. This gives customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, any Eurozone country and the United Kingdom the ability to pay for the platform with their local money. Customers from outside these regions are still able to access the platform and will be charged in U.S. dollars. Sekur also plans to make its platform available in Japanese and accept JPY. Sekur saw a sales increase of 5,600% in the first quarter of 2022 when compared with the first quarter of 2021, while subscriber signups for the platform jumped by over 1,900%. This growth seems to be an indication that the multicurrency offering should foster even more growth Internationally, as Sekur is growing its global footprint.. Another component of Sekur’s platform, Chat-By-Invite, has as of August, enabled chats in 61 countries. Chat-By-Invite allows Sekur users to communicate securely via SekurMessenger by sending an SMS or email invitation to non-Sekur users. After hosting the conversation, the user who initiated the chat can delete the conversation from all users and at the server source. This initiative has been used by Sekur customers to communicate with people in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Csech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vatican City. This list suggests that Sekur may see future growth in South and Central America, where it already has seen some success, and Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. Sekur Private Data Ltd. is a Cybersecurity and Internet privacy provider of Swiss hosted solutions for secure communications and secure data management. The Company distributes a suite of secure cloud-based storage, disaster recovery, document management, encrypted e-mails, and secure communication tools. Sekur Private Data Ltd. sells its products through its websites www.sekur.com and www.sekursuite.com, and approved distributors, and telecommunications companies worldwide. Sekur Private Data Ltd. serves consumers, businesses and governments worldwide. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Corporate Department corporate@sekurprivatedata.com Company Website https://sekur.com/en/about

September 07, 2022 09:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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SIGMA Announces Development of 65mm T1.5 FF CINE Prime and 65mm T2.5 FF CINE Classic Prime Lenses, Plus Individual Purchase Option of All CINE Classic Prime Lenses

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the development of the 65mm T1.5 FF CINE Prime lens, an addition to the SIGMA CINE LENS Full Frame Prime line, as well as the 65mm T2.5 FF CINE Classic Prime lens. With the addition of these new 65mm lenses, SIGMA now offers a total of eleven full-frame compatible prime lenses in each line ranging from 14mm to 135mm, covering the full range of standard cine focal lengths. Additionally, effective with the introduction of the 65mm T2.5 FF CINE Classic Prime, lenses in this line may now be purchased individually. Prior to this announcement, the FF CINE Classic Prime lenses were offered exclusively for purchase as a ten-lens bundled kit. Pricing and availability of the 65mm T1.5 FF CINE Prime will be announced at a future time. Pricing and availability of all individual CINE Classic Prime lenses will be announced at a future time. Both new lenses will be on display at SIGMA Booth 12.C35 at IBC 2022, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022. SIGMA 65mm T1.5 FF CINE: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/65mm-t1-5 SIGMA 65mm T2.5 FF CINE Classic: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/65mm-t2-5-classic SIGMA CINE Classic Prime lenses: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/cine/cine-classics Development of FF High Speed Prime Line 65mm T1.5 FF Announced SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce its development of the FF High Speed Prime Line 65mm T1.5 FF, an addition to the offering of SIGMA CINE LENS interchangeable lenses for movie production. The 65mm T1.5 FF is a FF High Speed Prime Line lens that is compatible with large format digital cinema cameras. This is a prime lens that incorporates an optical system specially designed for cinema lenses to meet the stringent demands of this audience. As one of the few options compatible with the latest digital cinema cameras with large image sensors, it further expands the possibilities of movie production in the digital age. With the addition of the 65mm T1.5 FF, SIGMA will have a total of eleven 35mm full-frame compatible prime lenses ranging from 14mm to 135mm. The 65mm T1.5 FF announced at this time will be exhibited at IBC 2022, which is scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022. FF High Speed Prime Line 65mm T1.5 FF Launch: TBD Accessories: Cap, Lens Support Foot (SF-31) supplied Lens Mounts: PL (/i Technology compatible), EF and E-mount * The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change. * /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission. * For detailed specifications, please refer to the product specifications. #SIGMA #SIGMA65mmT15FF #SIGMACINELENS [ SPECIFICATIONS ] [ Product Information ] SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: https://www.sigma-global.com/en SIGMA CINE LENS: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cine-lenses/ FF High Speed Prime Line: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cine-lenses/line/ff-high-speed-prime/ [ Contact ] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA representative: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/ Development of FF Classic Prime Line 65mm T2.5 FF Announced SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the development of the 65mm T2.5 FF from the SIGMA CINE LENS "FF Classic Prime Line". The Classic Prime Line 65mm T2.5 FF adopts an optical system designed exclusively for the 65mm T1.5 FF cinema lens, but like the previously released FF Classic Prime Line lenses, the optical system is centered upon uncoated lenses. This configuration makes it possible to achieve both the high resolution that SIGMA CINE LENS is known for, as well as classic image expression with low contrast and beautiful flaring and ghosting effects. With the addition of the 65mm T2.5 FF Classic Prime Line lens, SIGMA now offers a total of 11 of these expressive 35mm full-frame prime lenses ranging from 14mm to 135mm. Both new 65mm cine lenses announced at this time will be exhibited at IBC 2022, scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022. FF Classic Prime Line 65mm T2.5 FF Launch: TBD Accessories: Cap, Lens Support Foot (SF-31) supplied Lens Mount: PL (/i Technology compatible) * The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change. * /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission. * From conventional cine lenses, it is not possible to apply for the Mount Conversion Service for this "FF Classic Prime Line". #SIGMA #SIGMAClassicPrimeLine #SIGMACINELENS [ SPECIFICATIONS ] [ Product Information ] SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: https://www.sigma-global.com/en SIGMA CINE LENS: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cine-lenses/ FF Classic Prime Line: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cine-lenses/line/ff-classic-prime/ [ Contact ] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA representative: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/ Announcement of the Start of Individual Sales of FF Classic Prime Line SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce that the FF Classic Prime Line, the latest lineup of SIGMA CINE LENSES will be available for sale individually. The FF Classic Prime Line will be exhibited at IBC 2022, scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022. LAUNCH: TBD #SIGMA #SIGMACINELENS #SIGMAClassicPrimeLine [ Common Specifications ] [ Individual Specifications ] [ Product Lineup ] [ Product Information ] SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: https://www.sigma-global.com/en SIGMA CINE LENS: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cine-lenses/ FF Classic Prime Line: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cine-lenses/line/ff-classic-prime/ [ Contact ] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA representative: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/ About SIGMA Corporation Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with over 30 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. For information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products. Follow SIGMA America on social media! SIGMA Photo: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram SIGMA Cine: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Contact Details SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA +1 631-201-7381 SIGMA.PR@sigmaphoto.com Company Website https://www.sigmaphoto.com/

September 07, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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CATALYST EMPOWERS EMPYREAN WITH ‘BE’ CAMPAIGN

Catalyst Marketing Agency

Catalyst, a leading performance marketing agency, today announced the launch of a significant brand campaign for Empyrean, a top-tier technology and service-focused employee benefits administration provider. “We’re excited to have our ‘BE’ brand campaign in market, bringing awareness to Empyrean’s unique approach to building culture through benefits,” said James B. Stanton, Empyrean’s Vice President of Marketing. “BE” reinforces the vision, strategy, and purpose of Empyrean, channeling the company’s core value of helping organizations create a culture of well-being through meaningful benefits that truly matter. This results in better outcomes for participants, employers, brokers, and advisors across the country. “We selected Catalyst to be our partner for this campaign because of their ability to combine strategic thinking with breakthrough creative,” Stanton explained. “We asked them to build something which was both bold and clearly articulated who we are and how we help organizations.” “Together, we were able to co-create a very beautiful campaign which directly speaks to Empyrean’s mission by leaning on our expertise and taking creative risk,” said Catalyst’s Co-Founder and Chief Marketing and Growth Officer, Robin Emiliani. “It’s fun to see campaigns like this come to life and to build a better connection between a brand and its customers.” The ‘BE’ Campaign will run through the end of 2022. In addition, Catalyst provided Empyrean with other marketing services, including messaging, creative concepting, lead generation strategy, media, and an integrated campaign architecture. About Catalyst Catalyst is an award-winning creative marketing agency devoted to helping you reach your most audacious marketing goals. We exist to jolt your creativity—giving you the strategy and unexpected creative direction your business needs to capture your customers’ attention. Based in Denver, our team knows how to develop strong strategies and bring creative concepts to life. About Empyrean Since 2006, Empyrean has provided employers of varying size, industry, and benefit plan complexity with the innovative technology and best-in-class service necessary to accelerate their benefit strategies and bring their benefit programs to life. Empyrean is dedicated to delivering scalable and tailored experiences that empower participants to better understand, access, and engage with their benefit programs not just at enrollment time, but on a year-round basis. Contact Details Catalyst Marketing Agency Co-founder and CMGO Robin Emiliani +1 303-842-1189 robin@catalystmarketing.io Company Website https://catalystmarketing.io/

September 01, 2022 09:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Simple tips and tricks to tackle inflation and manage budgets this Back-To-School shopping season

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A recent poll from Morning Consult found that only 36% of parents can afford back-to-school shopping this year without any issues. The National Retail Federation’s latest back-to-school shopping survey also shows a third of families plan to cut back on other spending areas — in order to cover the cost of must-haves for the new school year. Even with so many people concerned about costs, back-to-school spending is expected to hit an all time high this year — a whopping $864 per household for K-12, and $1200 for college students. Despite all of these challenges, there are some simple tips and tricks to save every penny you can for back-to-school shopping and beyond: Look for Student and Seasonal Discount: Flash your student ID and many popular stores will give you discounted rates. You can also take advantage of student discounts through sites such as Unidays and Student Beans. College students usually get the most discounts but many stores have savings for grades K-12 too. Spread Out Payments Over Time with Reliable Buy Now, Pay Later Options: With rising costs, many consumers are looking for greater payment flexibility when making back-to-school purchases. ​Pay Later with PayPal lets you spread payments out over time.​ For purchases between $30-$1,500, you can select Pay in 4 1 and break the cost into four interest-free payments with the first payment due at time of purchase. ​ For those larger back-to-school purchases, you can select the new Pay Monthly 2 option and break the total cost into monthly payments over a longer period of time. ​Pay Later with PayPal gives you more choice in how you pay for purchases so you can select the option that works best for your budget. Learn more at paypal.com/buynowpaylater.​ Use browser extensions for coupons and cash back: You might think you’ve found the best deal out there, but there’s a good chance there are even better prices still waiting to be discovered. The Easiest way to make sure you’re paying the lowest prices — is to Install the PayPal Honey 1 desktop “browser” extension. This online shopping tool automatically discovers coupons at your favorite stores— and applies the best ones it finds at checkout. It even helps you layer savings by finding rewards that you can redeem for cash back. You can find it at: www.joinhoney.com Shop Refurbished: There are plenty of apps and sites out there to help you track down any used or refurbished items on your list. Whether you’re shopping for textbooks, electronics or clothing, you’ll pay less than if you were to buy the item brand new. Plus, you can usually find discounted items in “like new” condition on many platforms for free..​ Contact Details Your Update TV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

August 31, 2022 02:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Bernie Sanders Fined $15,000 by FEC for Hiring of Foreign Nationals

Coolidge Reagan Foundation

First Amendment watchdog Coolidge Reagan Foundation (CRF), on the heels of securing a record 6-figure fine against Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the DNC, announced it has secured a five-figure fine against Senator Bernie Sanders. In a filing not yet made public, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) acted on a 2019 Complaint CRF filed exposing illegal activity by the Bernie Sanders campaign. The CRF Complaint exposed how the Bernie Sanders campaign hired foreign nationals in violation of federal election laws designed to prevent international actors from meddling in U.S. elections. As part of a conciliation agreement with the FEC, the Bernie Sanders campaign must pay a fine of $15,000. Additionally, the Sanders campaign must agree not to contest the findings of the FEC and must cease and desist from further law-breaking. “I find it incredibly ironic and not at all surprising that the same people who were so outraged by the Russia hoax were at the same time violating laws to prevent foreign influence in our elections,” said Dan Backer Counsel to Coolidge Reagan Foundation. “The Bernie Sanders campaign got caught willfully and knowingly allowing foreign nationals to participate in the strategy, planning, and tactical implementation of campaign activity.” The original Complaint may be found here. The Conciliation Agreement will be posted by the FEC within the next 30 days. The Complaint alleged in part that, “…Due to the high profile of Cesar Vargas, Erika Andiola, and Maria Belén Sisa as leading activists in the undocumented community, there is reason to believe that respondents are ‘foreign nationals'…and in violation of…directly or indirectly participated in the decision-making process of persons with regard to the election-related activities…” The Bernie Sanders Conciliation Agreement follows another recent Coolidge Reagan victory at the FEC from a 2018 Complaint resulting in a $113,000 fine against Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for lying about their funding of the Russia Hoax dossier. “Our track record is strong. We went after Hillary, and we won. We went after Comrade Bernie, and we won, again,” Backer continued. “While those on the radical left may not care about the truth, we do. Our determination is unwavering, and we expect the FEC will agree with us again as we call out additional violations in FEC Complaints we have filed.” ### Please visit https://www.coolidgereagan.org/. For more information or to schedule an interview with a CRF spokesperson, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or danrenejr@gmail.com. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 danrenejr@gmail.com Company Website https://www.coolidgereagan.org/

August 31, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Introducing Aquamorphic Design: the creative and human-centric design behind the new OPPO ColorOS 13

OPPO

“A good design is about initiate dialogues amongst modern civilisations, and responding to people’s needs. The ultimate goal of any piece of product design is to relieve people of their difficulties and to enhance our quality of life.” - Xi Zheng, Director of Software Design, OPPO SHENZHEN, CHINA - Media OutReach - 31 August 2022 - In the modern digital age, people have long become used to gaining easy access to vast amounts of information through various technological devices. As people’s reliance on smart devices increases, and with the costs of device usage and maintenance keeps on surging, technology has not only brought more about convenience to our live, it also inevitably gives rise to anxiety. The over-abundance of information is drowning out people’s capacity to reflect, at the same time forcing them to live in the fear of missing out. Aquamorphic Design of OPPO ColorOS 13 That’s not all. Social instability, the deterioration of our natural environment, and the global pandemic have all forced us to adapt and evolve to the ever-changing external environment, and to thrive in a future of uncertainty. As the spearhead to our future, designers are tasked with critically tackling the uncertainties to reassess our potential to thrive and to make contributions to the world around us. ColorOS is a highly-customized, efficient, intelligent, and richly designed Android based OS from OPPO, with over 500 million global monthly active users. In the latest version of its ColorOS, OPPO hopes to adapt to people’s needs through constantly exploring the interactions between technological devices and modern users, as well as understanding the spiritual relationship between the nature and human beings. The OPPO ColorOS provides users with the right solutions, the convenience, and the naturalness of integration between technology and humans, reaching an impeccable synthesis of innovative technology and modernistic aesthetics. In August 2022, ColorOS welcomed a new chapter in its history with ColorOS 13, introducing the brand-new, human-oriented Aquamorphic Design. Aquamorphic Design on the ColorOS 13 aims to deliver a highly popular aesthetics through its organic and minimalistic interpretation, with a functional goal to solve our everyday problems in this information-booming era. With ColorOS 13, we encourage users to live a vibrant and gratifying lifestyle, looking forward into uncertainties with optimism, courage and determinism. Echoing with the modern aesthetics: the Aquamorphic Design Nature breeds all life, and water is the essence of life on earth. Through the exploration and expression of the laws of nature, OPPO has weaved its vitality into technology with Aquamorphic Design on ColorOS 13. It took more than 100 engineers over half a year to perfect the Aquamorphic Design — a concept which aims to give ColorOS 13 unlimited possibilities by enabling it to adapt itself to any environment. This concept takes inspiration from the multifariousness, compactability, and openness to interactions in the unlimited physical possibilities of water molecules – from its ubiquitous vapourous form to its sharp, tough ice-like rigidity. Like water, ColorOS 13 represents OPPO’s root determination for innovation, adaptability to changes, and intrinsic simplicity. We aim to sense and adapt to different devices and user habits, and redefine the relationships between people and the digital world with ColorOS 13. All the while, users interacting with ColorOS 13 are required no additional effort to learn. ColorOS 13 inconspicuously and gently bearing the weight to assist users for an accommodating, personal, and intuitive experience. To counteract the feeling of fatigue brought by the pandemic, the first port of call in bringing this natural vitality to ColorOS 13 was to completely overhaul the visual elements in the OS. ColorOS 13’s color theme is inspired by the hue transition on the skyline between sunrise and sunset. From the sapphire of a sunrise to the orange of a sunset, this color gradient is applied to the system space and icons, bringing users a sense of vitality and inclusiveness. This evolving color is anchored around a central shade of blue, which not only reflects the OS’s aqueous theme, but also induces the feeling of serenity and reliability. In a similar way, the icons, windows, cards, and input boxes in ColorOS 13 all feature more rounded and organically gentle contours to mirror the flow of water and symbolize the endless vitality of life. Typography and Card-Styled Layout The OPPO Sans font in ColorOS 12 recentely won a Red Dot Design Award — has also received an update in ColorOS 13. The font features slightly wider text for a more stable appearance, while the text layout has been updated to create a more stereoscopic present that accentuates clarity, improves readability and visual comfort on a variety of screen display sizes. Creating a systematic and convenient user experience in the often disorderly and complex information system is also central to us. We came up with a new solution to avoid information overload — the Card-Styled Layout. It classifies and intergrates scattered information to simplified interface presentation, enlarging the most important information and re-arranging it in an easy-to-read layout. This new design enables users to quickly get hold of the desired information they need most with the least amount of effort, all without noticing the magic of the design working tirelessly away in the background, mirroring the inconspicuous and gentle appearance of water in nature – being important, yet appearing weightless. During the refinement process to the Control Center, controls have also been grouped and classified using the Card-Styled Layout to create a clearer information hierarchy, amplify commonly used information, and group similar information all in one accessible place. The soft Aquamorphic Effect from of Aquamorphic Design in ColorOS 13 allows every interaction to feel completely natural and fluid, while providing a soothing sensation that brings the user closer to nature. For example, the Fingerprint Unlock and Optimize functions are accompanied by an animated ripple effect. When the device is charging, water droplets converge to the middle of the screen. When switching between interfaces, a Gaussian blur effect creates the realistic visual sensation of looking at the bottom of a lake through the water, with the background image appearing faintly below. On top of these design touches, the Shadow Reflective Clock mimics the transistions of the sun’s rays from dawn till dusk, and the shadows casted by moonlight. The automatic shifts between lights and shadows of the clock adjust gradually depending on the time of day and night by the use of device, creating a vivid reminder to the beauty in the passage of life. ColorOS 13 includes an upgraded Quantum Animation Engine with improved animative details and the simulations of mechanical trajectory movements and stationary states of virtual objects. This makes the animations feel even more lifelike and connected to the natural world, reducing the sense of detechment between the the digitial world and the reality. Behavioral Predictions has also been added to process multi-gesture operations and provide intelligent, accurate, and rapid visual responses. For example, if a user slides up on the screen to exit an app and to abort a previous instruction to open the app, the system would respond immediately by suspending the previous opening instruction and to proceed directly to the real-time aborting response. Color OS 13 provides a cutting-edge technology to promote the operating fluency to a new level. Meeting the needs of today: new functions built on the latest technology The pandemic has completely changed the way we live our lives, introducing us with a novel remote-working mode that requires the simultaneous use of multiple devices has placed fresh demands on user experience. ColorOS 13 has been upgraded to address the users’ evolved demands by introducing a series of intelligent functions designed for the needs of today. As more smart devices are introduced into our lives, the demand for a reliable central OS that operate in tandem with the variety of hardware is vital for users to make the most out of their devices. When concurrently working on a computer, smartphone, or tablet, ColorOS 13’s upgraded Multi-Screen Connect improves multitasking by enabling users to switch between devices in a more seamless and natural manner, therby increasing work efficiency. Meanwhile, the Adaptive Layouts of the ColorOS 13 ensure that users can enjoy the same familiar and consistent experiences on devices with different screen sizes, such as mobile phones and tablets, without any additional learning. ColorOS 13 also inherits the Red Dot Award-winning Two-Finger Split Screen function from ColorOS 12, which offers more flexibility and efficiency for multitasking on larger screens. After addressing the core and universal needs of most users, ColorOS 13 is also designed to provide a more personalized and customized experience. Users can choose from a variety of design elements and theme colors in the system according to their own preferences, and add Home Screen Widgets that suit their usage habits, customizing their own operating system to display information that is personalized to their needs. The Always-On Display (AOD) in ColorOS 13 has also been purposely designed to prioritize the presentation of important information, while also acting as a buffer to protects users from unnecessary and superfluous message disruptions. This allows users to concentrate their attention only on direct and concise information, with minimal diversions on time-consuming and redundant information. Through the Smart AOD, users can review the statuses of food delivery without turning on the home screen of their phone. OPPO has also entered into a partnership with Spotify that brings convenient music control to the AOD. User can access to to information more convenient in a quicker manner, all whilst minimizing power consumption too. Moreover, ColorOS 13 provides a variety of options for users who want to customize their AOD. OPPO has been working closely with the Bitmoji team to bring it to the AOD, enabling users to create personalized virtual avatars that mimic their won facial features and expressions to create unique Bitmoji and use it as their AOD wallpaper. “Virtuous Innovation” for digital wellbeing: striking a balance between digital life and the reality Always-On Display – Insight, Spotify and Bitmoji, Homeland OPPO aims to promote and spread positivity through the experience of ColorOS 13. One such example is the introduce of Blossom Wallpaper, which has been designed to help people better balance their digital wellbeing. The wallpaper shows an animated plant with petals that decolorise gradually as mobile phone use increases. When the time spent on the device exceeds a user-set limit, the texture of the plant would change gradually, reminding users to take a break from the use of devices. ColorOS 13 also introduces the Insight AOD with a color display bar that tracks phone use over a 24-hour period. Each time the user unlocks the phone, a new mark is created on the bar to represent phone use. Non-invasive reminders like these are a great way to help users find a better balance in life. Futhermore, to call for a greater awareness of environmental protection, ColorOS 13 includes a special series of “Homeland” AOD wallpapers, including the images of penguins, polar bears and clown fish. The wallpapers symbolize the rise of global temperature that brought about drastic changes to these animals’ natural habitats, raising awareness for the climate change issues. Looking back on the evolution of ColorOS over the years, ColorOS 13’s Aquamorphic Design follows many of the signature traits that have been part of the previous version of the operating system in its early days. Starting with ColorOS 7, OPPO repositioned ColorOS to focus on delivering a smooth and delightful user experience through its emphasis on the simpler Infinite Design Concept. Building on from this, ColorOS 11 brought personal expression to a new level, focusing on greater user customization without sacrificing the fundamental smoothness of the user experience. In ColorOS 12, OPPO introduced its Inclusive Design Language for the first time, combining both simplicity and personalization to a more comfortable and unified user interface through the addition of innovations such as 3D icons, the Quantum Animation Engine, and Omoji. Due to these advances, ColorOS 12 received four Red Dot Design Awards in 2022. Creating the ideal operating system is is no mean feat. OPPO accumulation of experience through multiple iterations of innovative designs and features, OPPO able to bring Aquamorphic Design on ColorOS 13 to users. By bringing users with a more naturalistic and intuitive experience, OPPO hopes to to create a harmonious environment for users to interact with their devices through ColorOS 13, at the same time appreciating the vitality of life no matter what the future holds. Contact Details OPPO Media Contact press@oppo.com Company Website https://oppo.com/en/proposal/

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Embracing the Explosion in Short-Form Video Popularity

QYOU Media

Short-form video content is a craze which has swept social media and offers marketers the best return on investment, according to HubSpot. So how are media and social media outfits capitalizing? This article discusses the issue in relation to Meta Platforms (NASDAQ: META), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Tencent Holdings (OTCMKTS: TCEHY) and QYOU Media ( TSX: QYOU ) ( OTCQB: QYOUF ). QYOU Media ( TSX: QYOU ) ( OTCQB: QYOUF ) operates as a media company, producing and distributing content created by social media influencers, artists and digital content creators on television networks, satellite television, over-the-top media and mobile platforms. The company also manages influencer marketing campaigns for major film studios and key household brands. The company’s most recent earnings showed that revenue for the quarter ended 30 June 2022 came in at a record of CA$6.88m, up by 163% compared to the same period in 2021. This represents the highest quarterly revenue in QYOU Media’s history. It’s another quarter of enormous year-on-year growth from the business, which has developed a unique model to capitalize on the popularity of short-form video and the exciting opportunity on offer in India. The unique offering is a blend of social media marketing and TV entertainment. QYOU Media helps advertisers to connect with influencers on social media, while also producing TV shows constructed from the most popular Indian social media stars’ short-from video content. It’s a model which ensures simple creation of simple, cheap and engaging shows which are building attractive audiences for advertisers to reach out to on four already thriving channels operated by QYOU Media ’s Indian entertainment brand, The Q India. The channels have found success so far, with The Q’s flagship Hindi language channel being viewed by 113 million people per week, according to stats released in April. More is on the way too, with a new channel dedicated to videogames set for launch in September. Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Platforms ( NASDAQ: META ) operates as a social technology company. The company builds applications and technologies that help people connect, find communities and grow businesses. Meta Platforms is also involved in advertisements, augmented and virtual reality. The social media giant’s most recent earnings showed that the company earned $28.8bn during its second quarter, which constituted a drop of 1% compared to the same period last year. Additionally, net income was down by 36% at $6.7bn. Meta Platforms is most notably seeking to capitalize on the popularity of short-form video through its Instagram platform. For example, the company is consistently releasing new features for video-editing and sharing on the platform. These include the July announcement of the company’s enhancement of Instagram’s Reels feature with new innovations such as giving users the option to preload audio and clip placeholders to use as templates in new videos they create. However, the news from Meta Platforms’ short-form video technology is not all positive. Advertisers are reportedly struggling to get their heads around the Reels feature, which is available on Facebook as well as Instagram. The company is even urging advertisers to conduct tests using rival social media platform TikTok in order to optimise their content for the platform. Alphabet Inc ( NASDAQ: GOOGL ) operates as a holding company and is headed by Sundar Pichai. The business, through its subsidiaries, provides web-based search, advertisements, maps, software applications, mobile operating systems, consumer content, enterprise solutions, commerce and hardware products. Alphabet Inc’s latest earnings update showed that its revenues climbed by 13% to $69.7bn in the three months ending 30 June. However, the same period saw net income decline from $18.5bn in the second quarter of 2021 to $16.0bn. YouTube ads revenue came in at $7.3bn, while the company gains further revenue from the video platform through subscriptions to its premium service. Like other social media and online media giants, the platform is attempting to get users hooked on its short-form video offering. Alphabet Inc is achieving some success here too, having notably attracted 1.5 billion users to the YouTube Shorts feature. In order to encourage continued growth of the feature, the company put together the YouTube Shorts Fund. This initiative is a $100m fund for distribution over the course of 2021-2022, which all YouTube Shorts creators are eligible for. The idea is, at the end of each month the platform distributes funds to the creators who have attracted the most views and engagement, essentially functioning as a reward for bringing new users to the platform and keeping them Interested. Alphabet Inc is clearly hoping that a creator first stance will help them win the battle for supremacy among short-form video platforms. Tencent Holdings Limited (OTCMKTS: TCEHY), helmed by Ma Huateng, operates as a holding company. The company, through its subsidiaries, provides social networking, music, web portals, e-commerce, mobile games, Internet services, payment systems, entertainment, artificial intelligence and technology solutions. The business serves customers worldwide. The company’s most recent earnings showed that revenues had dropped by 3% compared to the comparable second period of 2021. Operating profits were also lower as the business saw margins compressed. This is the first drop in sales reported by the business since 2008 and many investors appear concerned that Tencent Holdings Limited’s future prospects have been damaged by China’s struggling economy. Though social media users and investors in the West might not be clued in, Tencent Holdings Limited is another major player attempting to capitalize on the growth of short-form video. The company’s WeChat platform has short-form video functionality and with a total user base of more than 1 billion people Tencent Holdings Limited has a huge platform through which it can push this content format. However, with the parent company now showing a downturn in revenues as well as its first reduction in workforce, WeChat might not be destined to hold the throne as the top dog in China. Indeed, it’s worth noting that the business faces intimidating competition from ByteDance, the company behind TikTok. ValueTheMarkets.com News Commentary IMPORTANT NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER PAID ADVERTISEMENT This communication is a paid advertisement. 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