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First Augmented Reality Interactive Children’s Book From iBO Live Now Available For Android Users

London, UK: 15th April 2014 – The first augmented reality interactive book launched by iBO Live last month, is now available to Android users. ‘The French Connection’, the second book in the Jack Hunter series of adventure stories by author Martin King, aimed at 8-13 year olds, incorporates augmented reality gaming technology and now offers young readers and gamers with an Android smartphone or tablet, the opportunity to actively participate in missions and hunt for treasure as they play the game alongside reading the book.
The Android version of the popular app launches in wake of research commissioned by Martin King and iBO Live which found that during the last school half term holidays, more than half of children (57 per cent) aged 8-13 years spent just one hour or less reading. It also discovered that 33 per cent of kids admit spending most of their time playing video games or on a tablet/smartphone. This highlights a growing problem: children simply aren’t reading enough and they would rather be playing games.  Authors need to be doing more to engage and excite youngsters.
Powered by an app from interactive book company iBO Live (also available on iOS and free for the first two levels[1]) on a mobile device, users scan the book’s cover and images within the pages and use their device to jump into the pictures to create their own adventure. Children can follow Jack and his friends back in time to 1392 to discover an ancient secret.
Clues are hidden within the book that take the reader to www.jackhuntergames.com, where they can solve extra puzzles to unlock further levels and even find an additional chapter in a secret chamber. Game levels are locked to prevent kids racing ahead in the game further encouraging them to read more in order to play more. Within the game is also a castle builder where participants can make their own battlements using blue prints they find in the game and there are plans to enable direct sharing of creations.
“From the moment readers scan the front cover of the book, every picture hides a clue,” says Martin King. “There are traditional adventure elements and some twists on convention. The hidden-object puzzles require the gyroscopic controls of your mobile device to explore environments in full 360-degree 3D, while the 3D jigsaw pieces not only need to be placed correctly but also orientated into the right position.”
Developers used the Unity 3D engine and Qualcomm Vuforia plug-in to create a deep-gaming experience combining point-and-click adventure elements with hidden-object puzzles and environment puzzles.
“Applying augmented reality to books allows the author to bring things to life and lift the story off the pages for the reader. The phrase ‘getting into a good book’ has never had more meaning,” comments Steve Marshall, lead developer at iBO Live. “Our high-end development methods build augmented reality experiences that quite literally change simple text or pictures into interactive 3D windows. This is one book you definitely can’t judge by its cover.”
The iBO Live version of Jack Hunter The French Connection, is available to buy now at Amazon and selected Waterstones and WHSmith stores. The interactive app is free to download now from Google Play as well as the App Store and is compatible with Android and most Apple devices*.
To see the book in action, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxiWR5j9bQM. If you are interested in reviewing the book or trying it out for yourself, please contact Berkeley PR – 0118 909 0909 / IBO@berkeleypr.co.uk
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Notes to editors
*The Jack Hunter interactive app is compatible with Android and Apple devices excluding the iPad 1 and iPhone 3G.
The Jack Hunter app is free to download and for the first two levels. After that, if the user has enjoyed the experience, they are able to upgrade to the full version for £2.99, unlocking a further eleven levels. There are also some in-app purchases available. For more information visit www.jackhuntergames.com
If you are interested in reviewing the Jack Hunter: The French Connection iBO Live book, please do get in touch with Berkeley PR 0118 909 0909 / IBO@berkeleypr.co.uk

This is the second book in the Jack Hunter series.

iBO Live
iBO Live is the company behind the interactive augmented reality books for children. The books allow young readers to experience 360° interactive game environment and unlock an ancient secret by using the latest in augmented reality technology.
After downloading a free app to a mobile device and scanning the front cover, children can create their own adventure, actively participating in missions, solving puzzles, finding treasure and even building their own castle in interactive 3D (i3D).
In February 2014, iBO Live launched Jack Hunter The French Connection, by Martin King, which marks a new beginning for augmented reality books. Augmented reality is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer generated sensory input such as sound, video or graphics. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing your current perception of reality.
Now, children can be swept away on their own adventures using stunning i3D technology. They can not only read the adventure but star in it too! The book is compatible with Android and most Apple devices, and is aimed at children aged 8 -13.
Jack Hunter The French Connection can be purchased at Waterstones, WHSmiths and Amazon and the app downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.
For more information please visit www.ibolive.com




Jack Hunter The French Connection
Jack Hunter The French Connection, by Martin King, is the first children’s interactive augmented reality book from iBO Live. This is the second book in the popular Jack Hunter series originally inspired by the author’s own adventures.
Twelve year-old Jack Hunter’s life couldn’t get any better. A local celebrity, captain of the school football team and getting ready for his first holiday abroad with best friends, Martin, Holly, BT and Jules.
Suddenly Jack and his friends find themselves caught in the middle of a robbery. Nothing is what it seems. What have Russian gangsters, stolen jewels, historical secrets and a famous movie star all got in common?
Can you solve the riddle of...The French Connection?
www.jackhuntergames.com
[1] The Jack Hunter app is free to download and for the first two levels. A further eleven levels can then be unlocked for a one off fee of £2.99. 

Stream Online Music and Stored CD Quality Music Directly on your Headset with STREAMZ, the World's First Smart Headphones

STREAMZ launches Kickstarter campaign to revolutionize headphones by adding voice control to its built-in Android music player with DAC and WiFi/Bluetooth web connectivity
Salt Lake City – April 9, 2014 – STREAMZ, the breakthrough smart headphones that eliminate the hassle of a separate music player by utilizing a built-in WiFi and Bluetooth Android Music Player, is thrilled to launch its Kickstarter campaign today.

Visit STREAMZ Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/1s6k6qo
Visit STREAMZ here: http://www.streamzmedia.com/
From now until May 1, backers can pre-order their STREAMZ with up to 36GBs of built-in storage, a 48kHZ/16 bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC), and a microphone that supports Google® Voice activated commands such as: search for music, skip track, volume control, selection of locally stored music or online music services such as Pandora® or Spotify®, and much more. 
An Android App developer’s kit is also available in a Kickstarter bundle to encourage software developers to create unique new Apps for STREAMZ.
“When it comes to entertainment people want the best quality and they want it now” said STREAMZ CEO Douglas Kihm. “You no longer need to bother with a separate player since it’s all built inside. Many people don’t want the hassle of carrying, connecting, and draining the battery of their phone or music player.
"Now you can easily and instantly enjoy all of your high quality entertainment from any device with one simple-to-use pair of headphones.”
Most phones and mobile music players have sub-par DACs and amplifiers so listeners are often forced to compromise sound quality for convenience.
For the first time ever; music lovers can enjoy pure, uncompressed high fidelity audio from absolutely anywhere with a headset that features a built-in music player, storage. DAC, amp, Bluetooth and WiFi.
STREAMZ is the first headphone able to store and autonomously play 44 kHz/16 bit CD quality music in formats including FLAC, ALAC, WAV and music from the soon to be released PONO music store.
Audiophiles will be able to purchase music directly from the STREAMZ MUSIC store. STREAMZ MUSIC currently contains an impressive catalogue of over 300,000 CD quality albums in 44kHz/16 bit FLAC, ALAC and WAV.
Pledgers are even able to purchase up to $300 worth of STREAMZ MUSIC that will be preloaded on to their headphones. Backers will also be able to download or stream their purchased music from their own cloud based Google Drive account.
STREAMZ allows you to enjoy your favorite movie or TV show with unparalleled sound by using an optional Bluetooth audio transmitter (TRANZ).
STREAMZ is also perfect for gaming, with audio so crystal clear and immersive that users feel as though they have been dropped right into the middle of the action. 
Along with its integrated keypad panel and voice control, users can use an Android or iOS smartphone App to search, browse and play music on STREAMZ. 
Pre-orders for STREAMZ begin at $299 ($200 below expected MSRP) for the 4 GB Model.
A 20 GB model is available for $349 and the ultimate 36GB plus accessories combo is available for $549 ($300 below expected MSRP).
Pledgers can visit http://kck.st/1s6k6qo or  http://www.kickstarter.com/ to pre-order their STREAMZ.
For additional information please visit http://www.streamzmedia.com/.
Technical Specifications

  • Android 1.6Ghz Dual Core Processor
  • Music RAM Storage ·  Up to 36 GB
  • 48 kHz/16 bit Digital Analog Converter
  • WiFi  801.11 B/G/N Enabled
  • Bluetooth V2.1 Connectivity
  • Two 50mm Dynamic Speakers
  • Over Ear Leather Cushions
  • Frequency Range · 20 HZ to 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range · 115 dB
  • Amplifier with Volume and EQ Control
  • Integrated Microphone 
  • Keypad Control Panel
  • Stereo Analog Input
  • Built-in Lithium Poly Rechargeable Battery
  • 5VDC AC/DC Power Charging Adapter
  • Android and iOS STREAMZ Manager App
About STREAMZ
STREAMZ was founded with the goal of introducing breakthrough wearable entertainment or “exotainment” products that dramatically simplifies and enhances people lives and entertainment experience.
Its flagship product STREAMZ Headphones, are the first WiFi streaming “smart headphones” that allow people to listen to high fidelity music and audio from multiple sources including online and from its own built-in storage, without requiring a separate music player. 
STREAMZ is a spin-off company of Mozaex (www.mozaex.com), a leading provider of Blu-ray entertainment servers. In its 30-year history Mozaex has shipped tens of thousands of computer entertainment products to world class companies including NEC®, Gateway®, IMAX® and custom home electronics dealers in over 30 Countries.
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Media Contacts

Valeria Guerra
Senior Account Manager
Max Borges Agency for STREAMZ
(305) 374-4404 ext. 120
ValeriaGuerra@maxborgesagency.com
Karina Castano
Account Executive
Max Borges Agency for STREAMZ
(305) 374-4404 ext. 158
KarinaCastano@maxborgesagency.com
Company Contact

STREAMZ
3785 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 USA
Phone · (01) 801 · 685 · 9000
Toll Free · 800 · 866 · 9797
Web · http://www.streamzmedia.com/ 
Sales · sales@streamzmedia.com

Scientists succeed in mapping the Genome of the Garden Gnome but is it too late for the UK's Gnome colonies?

Embargoed: 00.01 April 1st 2014 Editor’s note: Warning contains distressing pictures. 
http://youtu.be/S11jhR5qr58
Scientists have announced that, after years of research, they have managed to decode the Genome of the common Garden Gnome. The announcement coincides with a warning that a deadly fungus which lurks in compost heaps and flourishes in damp conditions could wipe out this entire endangered species by 2020 unless governments act to stem the tide of destruction.
The gnome genome contains nearly as many genes as its closest relative, the human, and its most remarkable feature is a growth hormone deficiency.
This major piece of research may come to nothing. The warning about fungal infection comes after latest research from GAFFI (The Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections http://www.gaffi.org/) shows garden gnomes around the country have suddenly, and mysteriously, become infected by fungal disease and are dropping like flies.
Normally shy and reticent, these generally resilient, stony-faced characters have been sighted in gardens all over the UK with pained expressions carved into their little features. 
At a secret location, in a suburban garden in the UK, an entire colony has been wiped out by the fungus which causes a condition known as Aspergillosis. GAFFI has obtained exclusive footage of the latest outbreak. It’s available on the GAFFI website (www.gaffi.org
GAFFI President Dr. David Denning, who is Professor of Fungal Medicine at the University of Manchester, says that fungal disease is known to affect almost 300 million humans across the globe but this is the first time Aspergillosis has been diagnosed in gnomes. He wants people who discover diseased gnomes to report it on the GAFFI website. (www.gaffi.org)
He explained: "Few people realise that these unlikely and endangered creatures are our oldest genetic cousins so we want to see if the unravelling of the human genome can provide a link to garden gnomes before it's too late for them and us. We are particularly concerned about the gnomes of Zurich, many of whom were badly affected by the financial crisis in 2008 and their immune systems are still at a very low ebb." 
It is rumoured that the world-famous forensic detective, Sherlock Gnomes, has been asked to look into the case.
For more information and exclusive photos and video footage of the now extinct, gnome  colony contact Susan Osborne, Director of Communications at The Goodwork Organisation on 07836 229208 or email susan.o@thisisgoodwork.org.  Professor David Denning is available for down the line or studio interviews.  
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Armin van Buuren redefines professional headphone design with launch of Philips A5-PRO

Grammy-nominated DJ collaborates with Philips to create the ultimate DJ headphones
Miami, USA – International DJ legend, Armin van Buuren and Philips reveal the latest release of their unique partnership today by launching the A5-PRO professional DJ Headphones at a private Miami Winter Music Conference performance. Specifically designed by Armin to meet his needs as a globe-trotting DJ, the Philips A5-PRO headphones are the essential tool for any serious DJ professional.
Armin and Philips worked closely together in the co-creation of the headphones, bringing together Armin’s industry insights and extensive experience as a world-class DJ, and Philips’ technical expertise and heritage in audio innovation. Combining a superior robust aluminum close-backed fit with ultimate source accuracy and clarity, the Philips A5-PRO headphones are designed for professional audio monitoring and mixing on the road.
“After my passport the first thing I take on the road with me is my headphones”, says Armin van Buuren. “Through my headphones I control everything. It needs to be a good piece of equipment because you’re using it the whole night of your DJ set.
“Philips believed in my idea for the A5-PRO and I believed in the idea Philips had”, adds Armin. “I wanted to develop headphones that have easily replaceable parts and that you can stylize: comfortable, with great sound, and durable.”
Tim Homewood, Creative Director, Philips, comments: “This collaboration is about using Armin’s experience to create an essential tool for the needs of professional DJs. It’s so much more than a simple endorsement – we created this headphone together from scratch.”
Offering unparalleled sound insulation, ideal when performing to large crowds, the replaceable bayonet mount cushions are available in three sizes, ensuring total comfort. Simply twist and click into place with the same secure mechanism as a camera lens, the foldable anodized aluminum form is easy to customize for optimum sound isolation.
The Philips A5-PRO headphones’ 50mm high-definition neodymium drivers offer high quality low-frequency sounds and are engineered for 3500mW high power handling. Source reproduction and sound clarity is second to none, enabling expert listeners to really listen and feel the sound.
The A5-PRO is the latest product in a range of tools for professional and aspiring DJs released as part of the ongoing collaboration between the two Dutch giants. Last year, Armin revealed the Philips M1X-DJ sound system which allows anyone to mix, play and share music in one multifunctional device.
Philips A5-PRO key features:
  • 50mm high-definition neodymium drivers
  • 3500mW max high power handling
  • Acoustic close back architecture
  • Dual sided locking cable inputs
  • Come with replaceable cushions 93mm soft isolating ear-cushions
  • Also available: replaceable 80mm on-ear cushions for on the go*
  • Also available: replaceable 110mm over the ear studio cushion*
  • 90 degree swivel ear-shell
  • Ultra compact folding design
  • Genuine leather headband, with soft inner cushion
  • Detachable coil cable
  • Detailed tech and acoustic specs
*Available for purchase separately 
For further information, please contact:
Mark Groves
Head of Global Public Relations and Internal Communications
Tel: +31 653 179 850 
E-mail: mark.groves@philips.com
About WOOX Innovations, a subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips N.V.
WOOX Innovations is dedicated to delivering meaningful innovation in connected entertainment. From great sound quality, to advanced technology and sophisticated design, we strive to improve the entertainment experience. Headquartered in Hong Kong, WOOX Innovations develops, markets and sells Philips branded audio, video, multimedia and accessories products worldwide. WOOX Innovations is a subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips N.V. For our latest news, go to www.woox.com/news/.

New Children's App Granted First U Rating From BBFC

Hopster Launches With Unlimited, On-Demand TV And Learning App For Kids Aged 2-6 No Ads, No Unexpected In-App Payments - Only Good Stuff
13 March, 2014 - LONDON, UK – Parents concerned about the quality of kids TV, bamboozled by the choice of mobile apps, or frustrated with ads and unexpected in-app payments need worry no longer. Hopster, the new unlimited, subscription based TV and learning app for preschoolers makes screen time good for kids and guilt-free for parents by combining world-class kids TV shows with fun learning games.
Family viewing habits are changing. Kid’s total time spent watching TV is in decline. Complementing the traditional big screen is a host of new devices and a range of new content. With over 60% of children aged 2-6 in the UK having access to an iPad and half of parents spending £10-14.99 a month on digital content, this new world has created new issues for parents. Research conducted for Hopster by specialist youth research agency Dubit, found that the expense of digital content, worries about in-app payments and concerns over quality programming topped a list of parents’ concerns. As kids use of digital continues to grow, there’s increasing desire for high quality, safe, on-demand content that parents can trust.
Developed in accordance with the UK Early Years Foundation, multiple international learning curriculums and leading educationalists, Hopster is the first app to ever be granted a U rating by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification), ensuring content is particularly suitable for preschoolers.
“The U rating is well recognised by parents in the UK as marking content that’s particularly suitable for younger children”, added David Austin, Assistant Director at the BBFC. “Our primary role is protecting children from unsuitable content and ensuring parents can make informed choices about what their children watch. The TV shows and games on the Hopster app are all classified according to the BBFC Guidelines, which are based on regular and large-scale public consultation exercises. By only providing content that is classified U, the Hopster app gives parents the confidence that their children are accessing age appropriate TV shows and games.”
How Hopster works
Hopster is available for iPad and designed exclusively for 2-6 year olds. You can download the app for free from the App Store and then unlock the full range of content for a monthly subscription fee of only £3.99 – which is easy to administer because it’s linked to your Apple account, and easy to cancel anytime if you wish.
Hopster’s library includes over 1000 episodes of world-class programmes that are available on-demand and will capture the imagination of any toddler. New episodes are added weekly from shows such as Babar, Madeline, Paddington Bear and 64 Zoo Lane to Monster Math Squad, Louis, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and Tractor Tom.
What’s more, the team behind Hopster has created a beautiful world that’s a pleasure for kids to swipe through and explore entirely on their own. And because there are no ads, and no sneaky in-app purchases, parents can rest assured they won’t be hit with a surprise bill or toy request from their toddler.
Nick Walters, Hopster Founder added, “Hopster’s a new type of kids TV service designed for touch screens first. The magic of touch screens is that they enable us to put two screens in one: combining brilliant TV shows and fun, learning games, all in a beautiful world that’s a pleasure to swipe through and explore. It’s a completely different experience from linear TV or conventional video on demand services. In fact, it’s never been done before and it’s an experience we think kids and parents are going to love.”
Hopster’s full range of programmes currently includes subscription video on demand episodes of kid’s favourites: Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Humf, Tractor Tom, Babar, Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Little Bear, Max & Rub, Maggie & The Ferocious Beast, SuperWhy, Madeline, Paddington Bear, Monster Math Squad, 64 Zoo Lane, Pablo the Little Red Fox and Louie. More will be announced in the coming months.
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Notes to Editors:
Research for Hopster was conducted by research agency Dubit in January 2014 amongst 1000 parents of children aged between two and six years old across the UK.