Tuesday, December 30, 2014
When it comes to the world economy, India is one of those very large “emerging markets,” alongside China and Brazil. These are three very large economies that are only recently beginning to show their potential and major economic power due to their large populations, technology innovations and increased business investments.
For Pan Global Corp. (OTCQB: PGLO), India presents an excellent growth opportunity with its population north of 1 billion people. With a country that houses nearly 15 percent of the world’s population within its borders, the energy and electricity needs of the country are astounding. Its needs are estimated to be about 1,000 terawatt hours (TWh), which makes it the fifth-largest energy consumer behind the U.S., China, Japan and Russia.
Producing that much electricity takes an “all of the above” approach and Pan Global Corp. is investing much of its resources in energy production solutions that go beyond oil and gas. With a lot of sunshine, wind and water resources in the country, Pan Global sees tremendous potential in developing solar, wind and hydroelectric energy for many citizens and residents of India. The Indian government announced that there are already 32 gigawatts of power being produced in the country by alternative or renewable means, and it has set an aggressive target of 41 GW of power by 2017. Part of this is expected to be a 4-gigawatt solar farm in north-central India, which would be about 10 times the size of any other existing solar farm in the world. Pan Global is focusing on India’s power needs, and expects to be heavily invested in this large growth opportunity.
For more information, visit www.PanGlobalCorp.com
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Well Power, Inc. (WPWR) Offers Highly Economical & Environmentally Sound Micro Refinery Unit Solution to Gas Flaring
As of August this year, U.S. production of crude oil and lease condensate exceeded a whopping 8.6M barrels per day, a figure not seen in nearly three decades according to the EIA. More than half that sum came from the top three basins alone, with the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico doing 1.66M bbls/day, the Eagle Ford Shale in the Western Gulf Basin of southeastern Texas doing 1.57M bbls/day, and the still rapidly advancing Bakken Shale in the Williston Basin of (primarily) North Dakota doing about 1.13M bbls/day.
Improved drilling efficiency has been a driving force behind rising production outputs, with a single rig able to drill four wells these days in a fraction of the time, compared to just one well per rig only six years ago. Drillers are able to successfully tap more of the target formation(s) as well, using advancements like multiple hydraulic fracturing stages. Even in tight formations like the Eagle Ford, where EIA data indicates a sharp rise in initial production rates over the last five years, the combination of technological advancements now in play industry-wide are translating into significantly improved overall output on a per well basis over the lifetime of each well.
One of the drawbacks to all this production spiking however is the flaring of excess natural gas at the wellhead, due in large part to how much our national pipeline and CNG/LNG infrastructural capacities have lagged behind. This problem is exacerbated by the baseline logistics of development too, with isolated wells that are difficult to tie-in to existing infrastructure being a consistent problem. In the Eagle Ford Shale alone during the first seven months of this year, over 20B cubic feet of natural gas was wasted, burnt off straight into the atmosphere, a figure exceeding the total for all of 2012. Such staggering waste and pollution unfortunately has not led to massive public outcry for improved offtake infrastructure, instead crippling regulations have slowly been creeping their way into the industry cost structure, gradually passing the price point increases right back to the consumer.
One of the companies at the forefront of the drive to solve this dilemma is Well Power, Inc. (OTCQB: WPWR), which has secured exclusive licensing rights the state of Texas to a proprietary, patented Micro Refinery Unit (MRU) based solution, and the company has the right of first refusal to license this emergent technology in the other states as well. This MRU solution is an assembly of already proven commercial technologies, combined with a proprietary micro-reactor system, which can rapidly process hydrocarbon and perform the necessary catalytic reactions to efficiently produce “green fuels” like diluents, drop-in (no-sulphur) diesel and pipeline-quality synthetic crude (Engineered Fuels™). The system can even be used to generate clean electricity for use by equipment, directly at the well-site, turning otherwise wasted gas, including stranded, shut-in, flared and vented gas (which is increasingly under the crosshairs of regulators who want to jack up permit costs or bar operations on emissions grounds outrightly), into increased profit margins.
Moreover, the MRU is extremely flexible and modular in its design, as well as being easily transportable (skid-mounted), scalable and customizable, making it the perfect fit for remote well or wildcat operations. The MRU skid can be tailored to meet site-specific requirements as well, with features like a two or three phase inlet separator for easily parting production fluids, the ability to handle custom sweetening or dehydration needs, or even do cogeneration and HVAC using the excess heat and pressure. Yet the system can still handle high yield throughput, easily taking on raw natural gas flows up to 250 Mcf. The MRU technology also allows operators to jumpstart production without having to wait for tie-ins, and there are increasingly attractive logistical benefits to simply selling liquid hydrocarbons (instead of natural gas) as well.
Crude production in Texas for 2014 is on par with the whole of last year so far according to the latest RRC (Railroad Commission of Texas) data. With figures indicating Texas’ crude production this year is just 34M bbls shy of 2013 totals, not even counting November and December, and given that natural gas production is on-track to hit parity with last year, such a solution as the one being developed by WPWR for gas flaring is now in higher demand than ever before, and for an increasing variety of reasons. On the global scale, over 40% of the world’s natural gas reserves (over 3k trillion cubic feet) are classified as stranded, giving Well Power an exceptionally large, target-rich playing field longer-term, one which is roughly equivalent to the combined oil reserves of the whole of Saudi Arabia.
To get a closer look at Well Power, visit www.wellpowerinc.com
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Mobile Lads, a developer of cutting-edge technologies designed to deliver ultra-secure, real-time transaction solutions for mobile commerce, will kick off 2015 with its entrance into the rapidly growing digital coupon industry – a move expected to benefit consumers, merchants and company shareholders.
Mobile Lads in October acquired the CouBox mobile software platform to take advantage of proliferating trend in retail ecommerce. January 1, 2015, marks the official launch of CouBox, an online platform that gives merchants the capability to heighten visibility of their sale and deliver coupons via website and mobile applications.
According to a report from eMarketer, more than 70% of digital coupon users were expected to use a mobile device to redeem a discount in 2014 – the number of digital coupon users is up 8% compared to 2013 and is forecast to steadily increase in coming years.
CouBox enables consumers to search for items, brands and stores and then digitally clip on-sale items directly to their mobile accounts for later use. Consumers can also share the coupons with friends and family via social media and CouBox’s single sign-on share methodology.
Using an exclusive algorithm, CouBox can help consumers find steeper discounts by searching for flyers and matching them with coupons. The pattern-recognition algorithm will also be able to anticipate which items will come on sale and when to make intelligent recommendations to CouBox users on which items to buy.
The Mobile Lads portfolio of offerings also includes the xmVerify, xmBilling and xmOne core technologies. The xm suite of technologies are unique transaction facilitators poised to revolutionize the way buyers, sellers, and credit/debit card processor interact with phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
For more information, visit www.mobilelads.com
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WRIT Media Group operates through two separate divisions to focus on expanding its presence in the digital media industry. Front Row Networks is engaged in content creation while Retro Infinity, Inc. and Amiga Games, Inc. focus on “retro” video gaming.
Front Row Networks was established to acquire and distribute live concerts in 2D and 3D format for initial worldwide digital broadcast into digitally-enabled movie theaters. According to the company’s website, Front Row Networks’ business plan is to present live concerts at lower ticket prices, to license the content for various distribution channels, and sell merchandise, such as clothing, music downloads, etc., where the live concerts are exhibited.
Throughout 2014, WRIT Media’s activity has largely focused on its retro gaming division. Retro Infinity specializes in licensing classic computer and console video game libraries and adapts and republishes the most popular titles for smartphones, modern game consoles, micro-consoles, PCs, and tablets. The goal is to leverage platform and classic game brands and proprietary technologies to create new revenue from dormant game libraries.
Amiga Games shares resources with Retro Infinity to adapt and republish the most popular titles from the Amiga family of computers for smartphones, modern game consoles, micro-consoles, PCs, and tablets. WRIT Media leverages the Amiga brand along with game brands of the past and proprietary technologies to create new revenue from classic games that have proven their ability to sell very well.
In February, WRIT Media announced a deal with Microsoft in which Retro Infinity/Amiga Games delivered its first 11 preview games, available on Microsoft’s Apps for Windows store, and the potential to deliver between 50 and 500 classic game titles to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
In the fall of 2014, WRIT Media announced its sponsorship deal with NASCAR via Rick Ware Racing. This deal was intended to leverage the reach of NASCAR’s nationally televised events as well as the social media campaigns surrounding these events to heighten the Retro Infinity brand. Retro Infinity used the sponsorship to display its brand on consumer gear and to steer consumers to various point-of-purchase opportunities, such as its website, app stores, iOS, Android and other mobile stores.
WRIT Media wraps up the year with key milestones in the books, including a $10 million equity line of financing and its acquisition of Amiga Games, and a software license agreement with long-standing industry player, Tommo, Inc.
For more information, visit www.writmediagroup.com
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CNBX) Proprietary Medical Marijuana Formulation is Ideally Suited for Broad Applications
Our scientific understanding of the efficacy of active cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, like THC, the primary psychoactive component, and CBD, a non-psychoactive component, has been systematically hampered by legislation for decades. As a growing body of medical and now even clinical data on the pharmacology of cannabinoids and the human body’s endocannabinoid system emerges however, in the U.S. alone, laws restricting marijuana, especially medical marijuana (MMJ), have been falling left and right. Minnesota and New York have recently both approved some form of MMJ legislation and MMJ is now legal in 23 states, as well as D.C., opening up a massive market opportunity, with companies like GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH) already seeing considerable upside from their growing pipeline of cannabinoid indications, like their Multiple Sclerosis spasticity and neuropathic pain drug Sativex®.
One of the major areas of cannabinoid research today is in treating neurological disorders and their effects, with a recent high-water mark being seen in the FDA approval of a CBD study in childhood epilepsy at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of New York University. This clinical trial of CBD in epilepsy would put highly quantified data down to extend the growing acceptance of MMJ, expanding data points like the successful use of the CBD-rich and essentially non-psychoactive Charlotte’s Web strain of cannabis to treat Dravet Syndrome (a form of severe and intractable epilepsy) in the Charlotte Figi case. The dramatic reduction of crippling seizures seen in the case of this one eight-year-old girl, whose story was made famous by chief of neurosurgery at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is one of the watershed moments in the MMJ industry and seemed to many in the medical community to validate earlier studies done by Stanford University showing an 84% seizure frequency reduction rate in children treated with a variety of (artisanal) CBD.
The growing understanding of the endocannabinoid system, as well as the crucial effects the CB1 and CB2 receptors play in regulating multiple neurological and physiological processes within the body, has led to growing acceptance in the medical community of MMJ and sparked a firestorm of pharmacological development work in CBD by numerous companies. The palliative care market in cancer alone for instance is huge, with tolerability of even chronic MMJ usage a leading factor among pain relief vectors helping to establish overall acceptance. Established opioid developers like (NASDAQ: CARA) are even getting into the game, developing products like their CR701 compound for neuropathic bodily pain as an alternative to comparably dangerous opioids, which may not even work for some patients who have opioid resistant pain.
One of the smaller hot properties in the burgeoning MMJ field today, and one which already has a functional orally-administered cannabinoid product, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals (OTCQB: CNBX), is a superb way for investors to get in on the action. CNBX’s flagship indication, Cannabics SR, is ideally suited to states in the U.S. like Minnesota, where only non-smokable MMJ preparations are currently permitted. Cannabics SR is a proprietary preparation of pure cannabinoids in capsule form designed for cancer patients as palliative care, yet its ingredients have immediate and broader applications as well, applications that are becoming increasingly apparent to healthcare professionals throughout the industry. Cannabics SR has been shown in observational studies to provide a solid 10 to 12 hours of steady-state therapeutic effects, making it an ideal indication for a safe and convenient once-daily dosing regimen.
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals has specifically developed Cannabics SR to deliver an effective one-two punch, using a dual delivery of oil-based compounds in order to provide both quick onset of therapeutic effects within the first 20 to 60 minutes, as well as long-lasting relief via a more concentrated cannabinoid portion within the capsule. This proprietary, sustained release formulation is prepared in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified facilities and the company has received certification from the Israeli Ministry of Health for an advanced R&D laboratory dedicated to cannabinoid science as well, a lab which they intend to utilize in pursing the cannabinoid-based anti-cancer therapy end of the spectrum further. The company has recently engaged with Mountain High Products LLC, Owner of the “WANA edibles” brand, for the commercialization of its products in the booming Colorado MMJ market. The company has also recently secured an IP licensing and collaboration agreement for the production and distribution of Cannabics SR in Spain with established regional entity Kalapa Holding, which has made a name for itself advancing a tailored medical cannabis therapy approach to the market, emphasizing direct connections between patients and doctors. Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is at the forefront of commercializing clinically tested cannabis-based products and is currently on-track to launch a series of clinical studies in leading medical centers across Israel, where the company’s R&D division is strategically located
With the domestic MMJ market estimated at around $2B annually by IBISWorld, on a CAGR of around 16.2%, CNBX’s move to tackle not just the U.S. market, but the EU and elsewhere, should make investor’s ears perk up. GlobalData pegs the neuropathic pain market alone at around just under $3B, with a projected CAGR of 3.19% through 2022, when they estimate the market will have grown to approximately $3.5B. Needless to say, there is a massive, target-rich environment for CNBX’s advanced cannabinoid medicines both at home and abroad, and as their pipeline develops further amid prevailing legislative acceptance of MMJ, shareholders stand poised to reap the rewards, while also helping patients in dire need.
To learn more about Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, visit: www.cannabics.com
Monday, December 29, 2014
Companies currently traded on the OTCQB have 120 days after their fiscal year end (FYE) to meet the marketplace’s new standards. Failure to meet the deadline results in a downgrade to the OTC Pink open marketplace.
Companies with an FYE of March 31, 2014, were the first group of OTCQB companies subject to the new requirements, which took effect earlier this year. The rollout will be completed on July 30, 2015, the compliance deadline for the last group of companies currently traded on OTCQB with a FYE of March 30, 2015.
As of the end of December, SEC-reporting companies whose FY ends September 30, 2014, have just around five weeks to complete the verification process. It’s a simple process, says OTC Markets, but one that can take several weeks.
Here’s what it takes to get the process started, per OTC Markets:
Step 1: Determine Eligibility
a) Meet the minimum ($0.01) bid price test
b) Must be SEC Reporting, Bank Reporting, or listed on a Qualified Foreign Exchange
c) Must not be in bankruptcy
Step 2: Submit an OTCQB Application and Agreement
Step 3: Provide the following information through OTCIQ.com: Once the application is submitted, the OTC Corporate Services team will activate your OTCIQ.com account
a) Must be current in all periodic reporting requirements on EDGAR
b) Verify basic information on your company and your company’s security
c) Post an Initial OTCQB Certificationon your company
Step 4: Submit the OTCQB annual fee
The OTCQB is an attractive listing for companies that do not yet qualify for listing on OTCQX. Benefits of trading on the OTCQB, per OTC Markets:
Minimum bid price test of $0.01 will remove companies that are most likely to be the subject of dilutive stock fraud schemes and promotion
Improved investor confidence through verified information, confirming the Company Profile displayed on www.otcmarkets.com is current and complete and providing additional information on officers, directors, and controlling shareholders
Greater information availability for investors through the OTC Disclosure & News Service
Transparent prices for investors through full-depth of book with Real Time Level 2 quotes.
For more information on the application process visit: http://www.otcmarkets.com/content/doc/otcqb-application-guide.pdf
For more information on OTC Markets visit: www.otcmarkets.com
Coastal Integrated Services wholly owned subsidiary, Simply Lids, Inc., has developed and patented a brilliantly simple concept that leaves you wondering why it wasn’t done decades ago. It’s basically the perfect lid for disposable beverage containers, a direct hit on a huge target market. The potential is staggering, reminiscent of when the pull-tab replaced can openers for beer and soda.
Current disposable lids are essentially no more than flimsy plastic with a tiny hole through which the consumer is expected to sip the hot or cold beverage. The opening has to be small to avoid on-the-move spillage, and the lack of a separate air-hole means the flow can be uneven. Fumbling with it in a moving vehicle can easily lead to spills or worse as a driver tries to find the spout while keeping eyes on the road, and the plastic lids themselves are weak and unreliable, especially when trying to carry more than one drink. Moreover, the huge volume of such disposable lids has now become a major environmental concern.
The Simply Lids solution addresses all of those problems with a cleverly designed slider that allows the drinking spout to be large, resulting in a straight-out-of-the-cup drinking experience that customers love, as if there is no lid at all. The patented mechanism (called Simply Slider) simultaneously operates a vent-hole for naturally smooth flow, and it can also be used as a straw opening when the slider is closed. The drinking experience is brought to a new level, while the risk of spills is virtually eliminated. In addition, the specially designed strong flat lids mean easy stacking for carrying multiple drinks, and there’s even a brail indicator on the side of the lid so you always know where the drink spout is located. The lid’s unique design contains more environmentally friendly plastic with a lower carbon footprint than standard lids, and it also allows vendors the opportunity for custom visual marketing imprints.
The Simply Lids design has already been enthusiastically received by many coffee sellers, winning an award at the Seattle Coffee Fest Show, and was an Edison Awards Nominee in 2012. It’s a product aimed at a multi-billion opportunity in the food services industry, and the company plans on being the leader in this sector. In the U.S. alone, the demand for cups and lids is projected to reach $10 billion in 2018.
For more information, visit www.coastalintegratedservices.com or www.simplylids.com
The Sibling Group is strategically targeting today’s rapidly-changing educational marketplace. The company is pursuing market expansion within this space and developing new products to take advantage of an intensifying global trend: the increased use of educational technology to boost student performance.
The company wants to address the world’s need for 21st century educational solutions and, as such, it is using complex technology and education management operations to enrich and expand the delivery of modern-day learning techniques via the use of multiple teaching, learning and assessment methods.
To accomplish its mission, the Sibling Group is accessing funds from public capital markets and applying them, using an integrated strategy aimed at improving Pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary education across the globe. The envisioned results:
• Better educated children and adults;
• Sustainable and cost-effective instructional models; and
• Reduced dependence on governmental funding.
The Sibling Group is specifically focused on providing robust, engaging solutions that increase and improve the learning opportunities for instructors and students through its Blended Schools Network (BSN) subsidiary.
BSN’s many offerings include:
• A benchmark-quality online curriculum with 192 master courses for the K-12 marketplace (all Common Core compatible);
• Professional development for teachers;
• Complete hosted course authoring tools;
• A learning management system environment featuring Blackboard and Canvas; and
• The new Language Institute, with online courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish, all oriented to meet today’s ESL requirements.
The BlendedSchools.net team provides online and on-site training on its blended learning training methods as well as conversion planning and implementation. The passionate staff is made of educators who are committed to supporting teachers and students, while simultaneously helping schools build and deploy the power of online and blended learning effectively.
For more information, visit www.siblinggroup.com
One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Geared Up for a Blowout Holiday Season with Well-Differentiated & Well-Executed Multicultural Line of Dolls
The U.S. has one of the most racially and ethnically diverse populations on the planet, with 2013 and 2014 census data indicating a continued and substantial growth in overall diversity. In the nation’s most populous state for instance, California, which has more people in it than the 21 least populated states combined, Latinos have become the largest single racial/ethnic group in the state as of this year, making up 39% of inhabitants. In Texas, census data combined with survey data indicates black-owned businesses are growing at a rate faster than the state average for all other businesses over the last decade, according to a report released this June from the BBR (Bureau of Business Research).
From 2002 to 2007, the number of black-owned businesses jumped by 60.5% to 1.9M, with greater access to financing and improved entrepreneurship education driving the trend. Census Bureau projections through 2060 show non-Hispanic white populations peaking around 2024 and then declining by comparison with other segments, as the Hispanic population more than doubles over the same interval and the black population climbs by around 50% to 61.8M. The U.S. is expected to become a majority-minority nation by around 2043 according to Census Bureau projections.
This trend of growing diversity is finding expressions throughout every sector in the economy, with retail goods being a solid barometer of the change. With non-white spending power two years prior pegged around the $1.2T mark and estimates from marketing firm Geoscape that non-white spending power will become the dominant vector around the same 2040’s mark set for the country to become a majority-minority nation, the expressions of diversity in the tastes of retail consumers is following suit. One particularly telling category is the toy, doll and game market, for which IBISWorld’s report out this month indicates revenues of around $5B.
A relatively slow rate of growth in the category over the next decade (annualized rate around 3.2%) will make product differentiation and the ability of brands to hone their focus, increasing direct appeal to consumers from a growingly diverse population, more and more key to overall success. According to leading experts in the field of child development for instance, children can recognize race as young as three years, so it just makes sense that doll makers and consumers alike will continue to implement greater diversity among their product lines, reflecting the increasing ethnic diversity of the country’s population. Toy developers who can successfully capture the imagination and interests of the increasingly diverse U.S. consumer market will thrive, while those companies which fail to evolve will likely see hard times amid tighter margins.
Playing with dolls, still a popular pastime among young girls in the U.S., psychologically allows for a great deal of role expression, with the young girl not only seeing themselves in the doll to some extent, but the doll giving them a sort of template when it comes to fashion, attitude and broader life aspirations. Savvy toy makers who understand the psychology behind playing with dolls have moved to enhance the experience in more recent years, giving the dolls improved, personalized personas, even turning them into role models with their own well defined careers and goals, not just tiny plastic women.
This product differentiation approach of crafting tuned personas for each product offering is most well known in executions like Mattel’s (NASDAQ:MAT) Barbie™, which has a wide variety of extremely well-developed personas on a per product basis. However, as well-developed as the general personas might be, it is difficult for young Black, Latino, or Asian girls to pattern their own aspirations and attitudes after a character which does not look like them.
The Barbie franchise has made some appeals to the changing demographics of the U.S. over the years, stretching back to the introduction of Barbie’s black friend, Christie, in the 1960’s and leading up to a standalone Black version of Barbie in the 80’s, as well as a reboot in the year 2000. Unfortunately, these attempts to appeal to a wider and increasingly more diverse population of young girls have been seen as half-hearted by some consumers, with some even taking offense at the stereotypical nature of variations like the Mexican Barbie product from their Dolls of the World Collection for 2013 and 2014, featuring overly stereotypical garb, like a ruffled dress and mariachi outfit.
Well known doll designer Stacey McBride-Irby, who left Mattel™ after the successful launch of her more realistic “So In Style” line of African-American dolls in 2009, decided to change the doll game forever with the founding of the One World Doll Project, a subsidiary of One World Holdings, Inc. (OTC: OWOO), alongside Trent T. Daniel. Today, the company has a full line of ethnically diverse, fashion-forward dolls called The Prettie Girls!™, each with their own highly crafted persona. Stacey McBride-Irby’s vision to offer consumers well thought out executions of dolls that are not represented on today’s store shelves, has been a recipe for commercial success and increased market traction.
The dolls have won immediate favor among consumers and retailers alike on account of their well-crafted design and highly differentiated concept execution. The Prettie Girls! lineup features a high-school aged African, African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern Indian doll, each with their own fashion sense, career aspirations, extracurricular focus, and other personality traits. These multi-cultural dolls were extremely well received by major big box chain, H-E-B Stores, with the success of an initial foray leading to orders from ten more stores in the chain. A solid showing at the Toy Fair 2014, an online distribution deal inked with Toys”R”Us®, and a subsequent initial order from retail giant Walmart (NYSE:WMT) have all led up to the company’s prepping some 75k units in anticipation of a blowout holiday season, as young girls across the country find dolls on the stores shelves that not only look like them, but are styled for play and filled with soul.
For more information, visit: www.oneworlddolls.com/
IFAN Financial, Inc. (IFAN) Mobile Payment Technologies Bring Same-As-Cash Functionality to Smartphone
IFAN Financial continues to target the burgeoning m-commerce space with the development of highly disruptive solutions, made available via their wholly-owned iPIN Technologies and Mobicash America subsidiaries. The latest news from the company’s iPIN subsidiary, about having achieved significant development milestones on their smartphone card reader, mobile app and merchant network solution, is particularly bullish considering the amazing features this solution makes available.
With user interface integration to Android achieved and successful data read/transfer from the card swipe attachment to the mobile app now validated, IFAN is set up nicely for finishing the transaction status call back functionality and front-end database (in order to support a merchant processing transaction) development milestones for this powerful solution. Once complete, this solution will not only offer consumers total control over their transaction data, it will give both retailers and consumers unprecedented price transparency, with blanket 1.5% per debit card swipe processing fees (compared to 2.7% for PayPal Here and 2.75% for Square), while simultaneously eliminating nearly any and all bank chargebacks, since the transactions are viewed as being same-as-cash.
With retail m-commerce up around 70% to just over $42B last year according to eMarketer estimates, a value that is set to jump another 37% next year to around one-fifth of all retail ecommerce sales (or 1.2% of all retail sales), the stage has been set for innovative payment technologies like the ones IFAN is rolling out. As smartphone and tablet proliferation continues to be quite strong, with around 8% and 4% growth respectively this year (some 243M units total shipped, or around 35% of the consumer electronics industry’s revenue), the demand for solutions that hand even greater control to the user will only increase as the number of mobile users increases.
The latest estimates from Goldman Sachs on m-commerce growth indicate that by 2018, retail sales will grow to some $626B, or about as much as ecommerce did in total last year, up sharply from just $133B during 2013. In the U.S., m-commerce sales are forecast to more than triple over the same interval, eventually raking in almost 33% of all ecommerce sales, as the broader ecommerce space beats expectations by the likes of Euromonitor, eMarketer and Forrester.
With such a huge, moving target for identity thieves (17% of all identity theft in 2013 was credit card related), the fact that the iPIN solution means merchants won’t even have access to the customer’s card information should be a real selling point to consumers who understand the everyday risks involved, especially after what seems like two years straight of high profile data hacks at major retailers like Target and Home Depot. In 2012 alone identity theft victims experienced over $24.7B in direct and indirect losses, nearly double the losses from burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other types.
IFAN’s Mobicash America subsidiary has also has posted some great news lately, with their next-gen online payment app, Quidme, approved for all Apple iPhones and tablets, as well as most Android devices. Quidme is something of an end-run on the cash transfer market, offering easy peer-to-peer transfers, as well as online payments between anyone with mobiles, tablets, or computers. The cash transfer market is changing rapidly, as consumers continue to take the power away from players like PayPal and Western Union with amazing new technologies. Western Union did 231M transfers worldwide last year, moving around $79B from person to person, or around an amazing 28 transactions per second, each with a percentage shaved off for profit’s sake. Most online alternatives can take days or even weeks to complete and Western Union (79% of which is consumer-to-consumer transactions) has survived largely on their ability to do instant transfers. However, this market is ebbing fast, as innovators in the mobile payment and cash transfer technologies space, like IFAN, come increasingly to the fore, spurred on by consumer demand from sectors like remittance.
Mobicash’s Quidme platform is a comprehensive, pure mobile solution that works without data coverage on any phone, enabling consumers to instantly transfer funds without having to expose their sensitive bank data to potential identity theft. This is a game-changer for remittances (sending money back home), which have an average transfer fee of around 8% and which generate triple the money every year as the entire global aid budget according to World Bank figures. Filipinos received more last year in remittances for instance (over $25B), than the value of the country’s entire electronics industry. Quidme’s ability to also act as a platform for paying bills and making purchases means it is a highly disruptive technology that can not only radically expand the available market for mobile payment access, it also has the potential to disrupt the very payment space as we know it.
Learn more about IFAN Financial by visiting: www.ifanfinancial.com
VistaGen Therapeutics is bringing human biology to the front end of the long and costly drug development process. Among the most troubling aspects of drug development are unexpected heart and liver toxicities that often arise during human testing. Applying its stem cell technology and the human heart and liver cells it produces from stem cells, the company’s new generation of customized biological assay systems have been designed to predict early in development how humans will respond to new drug candidates in the long run.
In the years since VistaGen was founded, its technological advancements are finally catching on and allowing the founders of the company to realize their dream: to create the type and quality of human cell-based biological assay systems that provide a real understanding of the potential therapeutic and toxic effects of new drug candidates long before they are ever tested in animals or humans. Today’s next-generation biological assays are indeed providing crucial preclinical human cardiac data, soon to be followed by human liver data, that will increase the likelihood of selecting safer therapeutics for clinical development.
VistaGen has focused on developing various offerings over the years, including a novel clinical-stage drug therapy that has emerged as a leading new drug candidate in the multibillion dollar global antidepressant market. These offerings include:
• AV-101 – an orally-available small molecule drug candidate VistaGen has under clinical development. This therapy has completed the first phase of development for the treatment of a number of neurological diseases and disorders. This list includes Major Depressive Disorder and chronic neuropathic pain, both disabling conditions affecting millions around the world.
• CardioSafe 3D™ – the company’s human heart cell-based bioassay system that, following significant development, is demonstrating a propensity for being a clinically-predictive system for the preclinical cardiac safety screening of new drug candidates, including anti-cancer drug candidates such as kinase inhibitors, a new category of drugs that has revolutionized cancer therapy because of its increased target cell efficacy and reduced systemic toxicity when compared to classic cancer drugs and other therapeutic compounds. VistaGen is using CardioSafe 3D to expand its internal pipeline through various “drug rescue” programs. The goal of these drug rescue programs is to re-engineer or re-design (that is, rescue) once-promising new drug candidates developed by large pharmaceutical companies but abandoned before FDA-approval due to heart toxicity issues. The company believes the broad range of insightful heart toxicity data it can generate using CardioSafe 3D will give it a valuable head start in its and its collaborators’ efforts to re-design and develop a new, VistaGen-owned variant of these once-promising drug candidates, each with the same therapeutic potential as the original but without the heart toxicity issues.
• LiverSafe 3D™ – an innovative, customized, three-dimensional in-vitro bioassay system being validated to complement CardioSafe 3D for drug rescue applications. Using human liver cells produced from stem cells, the company is planning to use LiverSafe 3D™ to evaluate potential drug rescue candidates with metabolism and liver toxicity issues.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.vistagen.com
Growing Demand for Digital Security Creates Significant Opportunity for Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. (ECRY)
If the last year has taught us anything it’s the dire importance of online and personal data security. Big name retailers like Home Depot, Albertson’s, Target, Michaels, and Neiman Marcus were all the target of credit card fraud. Along with the recent email hack job at Sony Pictures, these breaches symbolize the adamancy of the criminal mindset, evolution of malicious skill in the digital age, and the vulnerability of merchants, consumers and individuals.
While criminal masterminds seem to be one step ahead, the $60 billion IT security industry is swelling with new players, research, anti-malware, encryption and products to mitigate if not eliminate data breaches. As such, experts forecast that the industry will see tenfold growth in the next 10 years as companies like Ecrypt Technologies hit the scene with advanced security solutions.
Ecrypt is an emerging provider of military-strength data security solutions for enterprise, government and military. The company’s flagship solution is Ecrypt One, an integrated email and encryption server designed to fortify the security of corporate communication, including attachments and mobile devices, against data breaches while eliminating phishing threats, malware infections and spam.
Ecrypt One’s primary feature, being “fully locked down,” appeals to security and privacy conscious organization, such as government, healthcare or other organizations bound by industry standards such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
The product safeguards communications with an organization’s third parties such as vendors and clients to eliminate concerns with incoming email from untrusted parties or phishing attacks. For trusted external parties, Ecrypt One provides a locked down, web-based email portal with limited functionality to enable email correspondence with the organization. Information sent from external accounts has strict content and anti-virus checking of attached files, which eliminates the need to perform email encryption between external parties.
Ecrypt One was also designed to eliminate human error. Granular role-based access controls ensure that administrators can only access resources relevant to their job. The administrator can also enable incoming email for users who need to interact with outside parties for roles such as customer support or sales inquiries.
As the world becomes increasingly dependent on the digital exchange of communication and personal information, security and privacy become more valuable. Ecrypt is positioned to benefit from this increasing demand by providing a solution for confidentiality, data breach prevention, government regulation compliance, and mitigated litigation risks.
For more information, visit www.ecryptinc.com
Bring You Own Device (BYOD) has the potential to bring with it numerous benefits such as greater innovation, better work-life balance and improved productivity. Conversely, it also increases pressure on IT to manage and secure data efficiently and effectively. IT professionals collectively will say that to do BYOD successfully is nothing short of the ultimate challenge. The top-of-mind issue involves the inevitable collision between the need to boost productivity through the use of mobile devices and the ultra-necessity to keep company networks and sensitive data therein secure and protected from criminal breaches.
Making sense and providing solutions amid the current BYOD demand and clutter is Cleartronic Inc. (OTCQB: CLRI). Company time, efforts and resources are aimed at leveraging its underlying intellectual property to create new, high-growth market applications, including the development of consumer products targeting large domestic and global markets.
VoiceInterop, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is a leading provider of end-to-end, unified communications systems and solutions. Its AudioMate Gateway product line, along with other hardware and software, provides unparalleled interoperability by harnessing the data management power of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other open communications standards. VoiceInterop solutions allow customers to seamlessly link a wide variety of otherwise incompatible communications devices and networks, including two-way radios, cellular phones, PDAs, and tablet PC devices into an integrated communication system.
Citing a highly noteworthy application, VoiceInterop has been chosen as a unified communications platform for several U.S. airports such as Dulles and Reagan to smaller, more regional hubs like Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International and West Palm Beach’s Palm Beach International. And especially during the holiday season, with weather forcing delays, cancellations and re-routing of flights everywhere, having a seamless and unified communication system can be vital to inform all employees of various flight changes, gate changes and travel advisories so airport staff and passengers have the latest information as quickly as possible to reduce or eliminate holiday travel frustrations. Critical information is sent and received over Android devices just as easily and seamlessly as on Windows or iOS devices. With practical solutions for an endless list of needs on the BYOD landscape, Cleartronic has surfaced as a central player to meet this demand.
For more information, visit www.Cleartronic.com
QualityStocks recently introduced QualityStocksTwits (“QSTwits”), a Web 2.0 site that collates Twitter’s investment discussions in real-time, enabling investors to track the web’s savviest investors as well as build their own following. QSTwits gathers data from Twitter on any company, big or small.
With QSTwits, users can eavesdrop on what traders are talking about right now or contribute to the conversation and build their own reputation. It also allows anyone to search the Twitter universe for tweets relating to a particular stock and use Twitter’s features directly within the application. Investors will also be able to quickly see which stocks are being discussed most.
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Friday, December 26, 2014
Dominovas Energy Corp. (DNRG) Offers an Ideal Distributed Solution for Burgeoning Global Stationary Generation Market
According to a report out in September this year published by MarketsandMarkets, the global fuel cell industry is on-track to hit upwards of $5.2B over the next five years, with unit shipments expected to climb roughly 244%. These extremely efficient and low-to-no environmental impact fuel cell systems are essentially micro reactors, utilizing a variety of core processes for energy generation:
• Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM) use a semi-permeable membrane that conducts protons and blocks gasses like oxygen and hydrogen
• Molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC) use high-temperatures and electrolytes, and are currently being developed primarily for standalone natural gas, biogas and coal-based utility-scale applications
• Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) use electrochemical conversion to produce electricity directly from oxidizing a given fuel type
Navigant Research paints an even brighter picture of the global fuel cell sector’s growth, with stationary fuel cell revenue seen as climbing from just $1.4B last year, to around $40B by 2022. Fuel Cell Today’s 2013 industry review shows fuel cell shipments grew 86% from 2011 to 2012, with the stationary category leading the pack on a record-setting 166.7 MW shipped during 2012. Stationary fuel cells were up 53% over the same interval to around 125 MW, with portable power generation systems nearly tripling (up 174%), as Asia continued to lead the sector overall, with approximately 61% of global consumption.
This is a relatively young but thriving space and fuel cells for grid-scale power are increasingly seen as a disruptive technology in an energy generation industry dominated by large utilities. The fuel cell production sector is still characterized by being populated with a small number of companies and just 20 key fuel cell players made up over 95% of all sector revenue at the end of last year, with notable examples being companies like Hydrogenics (NASDAQ:HYGS), Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG), Ballard (NASDAQ:BLDP), and FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ:FCEL).
One of the more interesting up-and-comers in the space today is Dominovas Energy (OTC:DNRG), whose patented RUBICON™ series SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) technology has a variety of distinctive features, like 50% plus fuel-to-electricity efficiency, reduced emissions, silent operation, and being ideal for distributed 100kW to multi-megawatt power array applications. The company’s cost-effective, technologically advanced and clean design isn’t just suited to a variety of standalone, multi-array and mega-watt distributed solutions, though; it is also highly fuel flexible with the ability to substantially reform a country’s existing resources. From diesel and biodiesel, to natural gas and syngas, RUBICON™ is a fuel flexible powerhouse that can even be easily integrated into fossil fuel-powered megawatt plants to improve the efficiency of their fuel stock utilization, while also sharply reducing overall emissions.
Moreover, the company’s approach to energy generation itself is similarly visionary, thanks in large part to the leadership of SOFC expert Shamiul Islam, PhD., who is DNRG’s EVP of their Fuel Cell Operations division and who has long been an advocate for the viability of SOFC platform solutions as a transformative force in the world of multi-megawatt scale generation. The company’s Distributed Energy Power System (DEPS) concept revolves around strategic deployment of modular SOFC solutions that are geographically, regionally and per-industry targeted, and which range from 100kW mobile systems to 200MW power plant implementations. This distributed approach, where dedicated RUBICON™ stations are developed in immediate proximity to manufacturing and plant facilities, as well as corporate offices, not only reduces the problem arising from overloaded electrical transmission systems, where over 40% degradation and loss is currently seen in over-capacity grids around the world, it vastly improves energy reliability. Scalable power generation when and where it is needed has long been the brass ring of the utility-scale world and fuel cell technology like RUBICON™ holds the key to making this dream a reality.
Another major benefit to DNRG’s RUBICON™ fuel cell systems are the built-in suite of remote monitoring capabilities, executed using proprietary and patented software owned by Dominovas to deliver true “5G”, or 5th generation wireless communications, optimizing the most useful aspects of both WiMax and WiFi. This highly customized remote monitoring capability is essential to the DEPS approach and each system is also anchored in an advanced OFDM array (orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing), resulting in a guaranteed minimum of 40 mbps throughput, and up to 140 mbps raw given specific enhancements.
With established strategic partnerships in manufacturing, supply chain management and deployment, the company’s recent MOU with Delphi Automotive PLC’s primary subsidiary to jointly develop SOFC-based electrical power generation equipment puts the company in an even more stable position to commercialize fuel cells on the multi-megawatt scale. The deal with Delphi will also handle adaptation and incorporation of Delphi’s own SOFC stack fuel cell technology, no doubt leading to an impressive stationary power application and the cooperative effort itself will help to further validate DNRG’s SOFC supply chain and manufacturing capabilities.
For more information on Dominovas Energy, visit: www.dominovasenergy.com