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New service to measure and analyze best practices and competitive differentiators across a broader sample of websites

BOSTON, MA, United States, 28-Jul-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Many businesses want to delight customers around the world with a top-notch digital experience in their own language. However, a lack of knowledge and objective insights hampers their ability to convert their intentions into an effective experience and leaves their international customers with a sub-par experience. Now, global organizations can improve the global online customer experience with a new data product by CSA Research, the Localization Intelligence Analyzer, powered by LocHub. The Localization Intelligence Analyzer connects LocHub’s observed and crawled data to the research firm’s historical repository of data and insights; helping companies make strategic decisions that too often have been informed by anecdotal evidence and gut feel.

“LocHub uses the latest analytic and diagnostic software to provide near real-time intelligence. Think of it as a centralized, and user-friendly visual dashboard that offers a localization scoring system and points out errors you can address and remove. It’s as easy as inserting the URL of the website you want to crawl,” comments Rikkert Engels, CEO and founder of LocHub. “CSA Research’s Localization Intelligence Analyzer, powered by LocHub, allows global organizations to benchmark their performance and contextualize it based on a variety of factors to understand where they stand compared to their peers on multiple axes.”

Organizations use the data and analysis from the Localization Intelligence Analyzer powered by LocHub for:

  • Tactical Analysis: Benchmarks such as language or locale support and the depth to which the site has been localized help companies find and fix flaws in their global customer journeys and identify gaps compared to their competitors. These include performance lags, mismatched content, and other common and even exotic problems with multilingual sites.
  • Strategic Decisions: CSA Research can analyze the sequence in which languages have been added and analyze the incremental effect of language support on business objectives over time by correlating results with KPIs and other measures. By connecting that observed and crawled data to the research firm’s historical repository of data and insights, they can help companies make strategic, data-based decisions.

CSA Research is using LocHub’s unmatched crawling capabilities to expand its long-running Global Website Assessment Index and Digital Opportunity services.

“LocHub enhances and accelerates our firm’s ability to measure and analyze best practices and competitive differentiators across a broader sample of websites in today’s customer-focused digital experience,” adds Dr. Arle Lommel, senior analyst at CSA Research. “It broadens the reach of our empirical data that our clients use to inform their strategic decisions concerning market entry and support in global markets.”

Contact CSA Research to find out how to test the Localization Intelligence Analyzer’s capabilities and benchmark your website’s localization effectiveness.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

CDP Industry July 2021 Update: accelerated growth during the pandemic

MILFORD, CT, United States, 28-Jul-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Customer Data Platform (CDP) vendors grew at a record pace during the first half of 2021, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report. The semi-annual report found that a brief slowdown at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic was replaced by accelerated growth, increased funding, and strategic acquisitions as companies invested in CDPs to support pandemic-inspired transformation projects.

CDP vendors listed in previous reports added 6% more employees and 11% more venture funding during the first half of 2021, compared with 1% employment growth and 3% funding growth in the second half of 2020.

In addition, a near-record twenty new CDP vendors were added to the report. These were split about evenly between CDP start-ups and established businesses that added a CDP capability to existing products.

Industry growth is also reflected by a record eight CDP acquisitions and mergers during the period. Most buyers were customer engagement software vendors seeking a CDP to connect siloed components of multi-channel suites.

Growth was especially strong in the Asia Pacific region, whose share of industry vendors grew from 13% one year ago to 17%, share of employment grew from 10% to 14%, and share of funding grew from just 6% to 25%. Europe-based companies fell from 39% to 38% of vendors, from 32% to 28% of employment, and from 14% to 12% of funding over the same period.

The report estimates CDP Industry revenue for 2021 at $1.6 billion. This figure represents revenues for all CDP product sales worldwide, including CDP components within other systems such as marketing suites, message delivery systems, and ecommerce platforms. It does not include related services or in-house customer data system development.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

PayPerHead Set to Begin $3 Per Head Until Super Bowl Promo

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Jun-28 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Sportsbook software company PayPerHead is about to release its most extended promotion of the year. The company’s Super Bowl Promo begins in July and lasts until the 2022 NFL Championship.

The National Football League has added an extra game this season, pushing both the playoffs and the 2022 Super Bowl forward by a week. First scheduled for February 6, 2022, Super Bowl LVI now happens on February 13.

Per a University of Villanova study, 93% of U.S.-based sports bettors are interested in betting on the NFL. The same report said that 13% of American adults, or 33.2 million, said they planned on making a bet on an NFL game during the 2020 season.

The study also stated that 34% of American adults planned on making NFL wagers through an online sportsbook. The study estimates total non-recorded sports betting revenue at $70 billion per year.

PayPerHead product manager Nate Johnson said internal research is in line with the Villanova study. “The study said 69% of core sports bettors are male while most are between the ages of 23 through 34. Our agents have told me their players love the NFL and, yes, most are male and fit into the study’s age demographic.”

When asked why such a long promotion, Johnson said that wasn’t the plan. “Heading into 2021, we thought we might revert to our normal promotion schedule. We offered agents the $3 per head until Super Bowl promo in 2020 to help bookie software agents get by during the pandemic. It was such a success in 2020, though, that we decided to run it again this year.”

Johnson said the company has an advantage in the industry due to its proprietary software. “We use our software, which means we can integrate with third-party platforms much easier than other organizations.”

“Also, we only provide software. We don’t double as a sportsbook, which means bookie agents mustn’t worry about us stealing their players,” he said.

Johnson added that PayPerHead doesn’t hold back during their promotions even if it lasts for more than half a year. “When agents sign-up for the $3 per head until Super Bowl Promo, they can offer all add-on platforms, including Premium Props, the Premium Gaming platform with 3D options, and Live+. They can also use the Agent Payment Solution where they and players can deposit online into their accounts.”

“We want to develop long-lasting relationships. We’ve been around since 1997. So we know what it takes to run a successful, individually owned, online sportsbook. All we care about is helping bookies make money and run successful sportsbook companies,” Johnson said.

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PayPerHead Agents Ready for NBA & NHL Playoffs Revenue Boost

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-May-17 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — For PayPerHead agents, two of the most important events on the sports calendar happen in spring. The NBA Playoffs and NHL Playoffs both start in the second half of May.

Yearly, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, and National Hockey League sports betting generates $50 million to $80 million. Last August, when the NHL Playoffs and NBA Playoffs in Orlando happened simultaneously, U.S. sports bettors wagered a record $2.1 billion.

The August 2020 total was a 90.2% increase from August 2019. Recorded U.S. sports betting handle broke the August 2020 record in October, when American sports handicappers bet more than $3 billion for the first time.

Sports betting revenue information never provides a complete picture. PayPerHead agents don’t release betting revenue stats, which means statisticians underreport total sports wagering information. Agents are excited about a typical NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and NBA Playoffs.

The National Basketball Association finished their 2019-2020 NBA Season at Disney World in Orlando. The National Hockey League finished their season in two Canadian cities, Edmonton and Toronto. Although both leagues had exciting finishes, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals, neither league produced the same television ratings as they did in the past.

Per Nate Johnson, PayPerHead’s Product Manager, that could be because of new viewing avenues. “We offer video streams via our Live+ platform,” Johnson said. With Live+, agents can also offer players game trackers. The in-game betting platform allows players to watch, check out stats, and wager on games while they happen.

PayPerHead also has a Premium Props platform where players can bet on star performances. Johnson said that sports bettors could wager on how many points a player like Kevin Durant or James Harden scores in a game during the NBA Playoffs.

Johnson added that PayPerHead designs digital platforms to boost action. “Premium Gaming has the latest 3D options, we provide two live dealer platforms for agent flexibility, and agents and players can use multiple options to deposit into their accounts via the Agent Payment Solution.”

“During promotions or trials, agents can use all prime platforms for free. We expect all agents, but especially newer agents, to see a big boost in action during the NBA Playoffs and NHL Playoffs,” he said.

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PayPerHead Agents Expect 2021 Triple Crown Revenue Bounce Back

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Apr-28 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Because of the pandemic, the handle on the 2020 Kentucky Derby dropped significantly from the previous year. Handle on America’s signature horse race fell 49.8% from 2019. Churchill Downs didn’t run the race until September 5, four months after Derby’s traditional race day on the first Saturday in May.

PayPerHead agents are hopeful the 2021 Triple Crown results in a racebook revenue bounce back. The 2019 Kentucky Derby set a record handle of $165.5 million. 2019’s handle was 10% higher than 2018’s $149.9 million, which had been the previous record.

This year’s race lost star power after winter book favorite Life Is Good became injured. But Essential Quality is undefeated, owned by Godolphin, and trained by Brad Cox, who has ranked in the top ten in wins and earnings in the past four years.

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner won’t be the only undefeated horse in the race. Rock Your World, who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, has victories over grass and dirt. Known Agenda, the Florida Derby winner, and Hot Rod Charlie, who won the Louisiana Derby, will also enter.

Although three races comprise the Triple Crown, for agents, the Kentucky Derby is the most important. Per Nate Johnson, PayPerHead’s product development manager, the Derby attracts more betting action than any other thoroughbred event.

“The Kentucky Derby may be the most popular horse race in the world. In 2019, Japan saw $4.1 million wagered on the Derby. It’s also the one race that should produce action for almost all of our agents,” Johnson said.

PayPerHead agents see most revenue from the sportsbook, live in-game betting platform, and products like the digital casino and live dealer. Johnson said few agents rely on horse racing revenue but that all see horse racing action on the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

When asked about betting action on the Belmont, Johnson said it was hit or miss. “Everyone wants to see if the Derby winner can take the Preakness. If there’s a Triple Crown at stake, the same horse won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the Belmont could attract more action for our agents than the Derby.”

Johnson added, “Our agents count on the Kentucky Derby for racebook revenue followed by the Preakness. If different horses win the Derby and Preakness, the Belmont becomes just another horse race.”

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Decentralization and digital identity venture Manyone marks the 2nd year of its strategic collaboration with Blockchain@UBC

VANCOUVER, Canada, 15-Apr-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Manyone, a pioneering technology venture in decentralization and digital identity, is delighted to announce that 2021 marks the second year of the strategic collaboration between Manyone and The Peer Social Foundation and the Blockchain@UBC research cluster at the University of British Columbia.

This academic-industry partnership is one of the first to critically assess the feasibility of decentralized social media, explore engineering possibilities and configure the privacy and security implications of self-ownership of social media data.

Blockchain@UBC Graduate researchers gain research opportunities at Manyone and The Peer Social Foundation by applying for grants from MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex System), a Canadian non-profit research organization that fosters cross-sector collaboration and develops talents for the innovation ecosystem in Canada.

In the next year, UBC researchers will identify technical requirements for decentralized identities, design new system architecture, and explore the value and business models for blockchain-based identity management.

Chang Lu, Research Manager at Blockchain@UBC states that, “Manyone and The Peer Social Foundation offer an inspiring space for our students to sharpen their knowledge about blockchain. Their vision of decentralized social media represents a paradigm shift in the world of social networks. We are grateful that we can contribute to the shift”.

Michael Cholod CEO at Manyone and The Peer Social Foundation comments, “As a Vancouver based pioneering enterprise, we value the opportunity to work with academics and researchers in Canada to identify the social and organizational impact of decentralized identity and determine the privacy and security implications of self-ownership of social media data. The academics at UBC help us in understanding the bigger picture and how to look for real world solutions.”

Dr. Victoria Lemieux, Blockchain@UBC Co-Lead and Associate Professor at UBC’s School of Information, further adds that, “We’re excited to delve further into both the technological and policy ramifications of Manyone’s vision of securing digital data free from manipulation or distortion and to support technical and social innovation in Canada”.

Manyone, with offices in Vancouver, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden is launching the world’s first decentralised secure messaging and identity sharing platform in April 2021.

Manyone is a pioneering technology venture that aims to deliver private secure networks, private digital identities, to increase enterprise productivity and digital security. Manyone actively works with The Peer Social Foundation. The Peer Social Foundation and Manyone believe in empowering a distributed internet where everyone can feel in control of their digital identity. They do this by delivering a self-sovereign digital identity and decentralized social platform for enterprise and consumers. A critical component of this is to work beside and support vital education, R&D and the open-source community to connect people, businesses and governments.Find out more here: www.manyone.one

SOURCE: EuropaWire

2021 NFL Draft Should Break 2020’s Record Betting Handle

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Apr-06 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 saw the most wagering dollars flow to the NFL Draft than in the draft’s history. Because of this year’s pool of college players, per head agents, those who offer free betting software, expect handle to significantly increase on the draft’s first round on Thursday, April 29.

Sports bettors wagered $20 million on last year’s draft. The $20 million represents the money Vegas sportsbooks and other U.S.-based sportsbooks accepted. Offshore companies and local bookies don’t release wagering handle stats. The overall number from betting on the 2020 NFL Draft may have eclipsed $50 million.

The first player chosen in 2020, Joe Burrow, had won the Heisman Trophy. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Burrow first. Ohio State player Chase Young went second to the Washington Football Team, and Young’s teammate, Buckeyes’ cornerback Jeff Okudah, went third to the Detroit Lions. A quarterback going first followed by a couple of defensive players is typical for the NFL Draft. Quarterbacks going with the first three picks in the draft has never happened.

2021 is unique because most analysts believe the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers, the teams with the first three picks, draft quarterbacks. The 49ers moved to third specifically to take a quarterback. The Jaguars have said they will draft Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence. The Jets said they would take BYU QB Zach Wilson. The odds on Lawrence and Wilson are so low that most draft handicappers won’t bet on either option. What the 49ers do with the third pick is where it gets interesting.

The latest rumor is that San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan wants Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. Before the 49ers moved up in the draft, many experts had Jones not going before pick 8 when the Carolina Panthers make their choice.

Agents don’t care so much about odds because, as one might expect, getting NFL Draft picks right is tricky. Each college football athlete represents a different betting option. Choosing who goes third, fourth, fifth, and so on correctly is close to impossible.

PayPerHead Product Manager Nate Johnson said that the company’s clients could offer betting on the NFL Draft for the first time. “Last year, we added a Premium Props platform to our offerings. Our agents can now provide betting options on the NFL Draft.”

Johnson said the props platform is a big hit. “Players love it because they don’t have to search for quarter and halftime lines. The NFL Draft is unique because it’s a single event. But most prop players like to bet on halftime and quarter lines.” Players also like to bet on individual sports star performances. “Agents should see a big uptick starting April 1. MLB started on the first, and baseball is tailor-made for prop betting,” Johnson said.

Johnson added that sports bettors love to wager on how many strikeouts pitchers get and how many hits, runs, and home runs batters account for in single games. “Our agents are excited about both the NFL Draft and the MLB Season. Most agents have seen at least a 15% rise in action after adding Premium Props. That rise could eclipse 20%, or even 25% once players get into baseball.”

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Transmetrics’ AI-powered demand forecasting and predictive optimization platform deployed by Egyptian shipping company Transmar

CAIRO, Egypt / AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 31-Mar-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The ‘AI platform for logistics’, as Transmetrics is often referred to, is successfully streamlining operations at Transmar, a leading carrier of containerized cargo between Egypt and its key partners in the region. Transmetrics’ demand forecasting and predictive optimization platform is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms.

With four decades of experience and a strong operational presence in Egypt, KSA, UAE and Sudan, Transmar has built a solid reputation in the market, founded on family values that drive the company’s ambition to offer the best in class service to its customers. Transmar owns and operates a large fleet of both dry and refrigerated containers, serves thousands of customers, and moves hundreds of commodities throughout the Middle East.

“We strongly believe in the power of Data. Transmetrics’ AI solution helps us leverage our 4 decades of operational experience, to make decisions both faster and smarter. As a regionally focused carrier we are more exposed to volatility. We’re excited about the capabilities Transmetrics will provide by helping see up to 12 weeks into the future, ensuring we have optimum planning and repositioning plans” said Ahmed el Ahwal, Commercial Manager at Transmar. In a recent study, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimates that repositioning empty containers in the shipping industry costs €13 to 17 billion per year (US$14 – 19 billion), which adds up to 8% of a shipping line’s operating costs.

Transmetrics software provides daily rolling AI-driven forecasts for the next 10 to 12 weeks based on the cleansed historical data and relevant external factors influencing the demand. The planning and system optimization tools suggest an optimal and actionable plan for the repositioning of empty containers as well as storage for the next 12 weeks. This also takes into account all the related costs. Stevedoring, gate costs, etc. as well as other variables, and business constraints. The system is equipped to consider repair and maintenance as cost variables which is now work in progress and being co-developed with Transmar.

“We are thrilled to announce this new partnership with Transmar. It goes to show that the AI revolution in logistics is happening worldwide. I look forward to the results we will achieve together with the great team at Transmar” said Jon Fath, CEO of Transmetrics. “This requires deep knowledge of logistics processes because it is still a very hands-on business. Big Data methods, which are used in our product, support our client’s team in finding smarter ways to reposition their assets so that the Transmar local agencies have the right amount containers available when they need it.“

“Transmetrics’ solution helped our team to more accurately allocate our assets. Its monitoring tools and automated forecast result in improved turntime of our assets. Actually, it is a Double Win: our customers benefit from even better services and our team gets state-of-the-art support from AI,” El Ahwal said.

Transmetrics and Transmar also identified a number of next steps to further increase the benefits of Transmetrics solutions such as cabotage management functionality and a management dashboard. The dashboard will include cost reporting and is expected to show how the supply chain will look like for the next 3 months due to its predictive capabilities. “After implementation, Transmetrics is still giving us very professional and pleasant customer service, being open for discussions on product enhancements and being always available for questions and corrections on the data or on the logic where it is needed”, said Hossam Houta, Asset Manager at Transmar.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Bookies Expect the 2021 MLB Season to Drive Big Betting Action

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Mar-23 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Like almost every sports league based in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic affected baseball. MLB teams played a 60-game regular season in 2020, which is why American bookies are thrilled that on April 1, Major League Baseball begins a typical 162-game regular season.

In most MLB Seasons, U.S. sports bettors wager around $40 billion on baseball. 2021 should easily break the $40 billion mark due to the 162-game schedule and rising demand. Not only that, but the most popular teams in Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, are also the favorites.

The Dodgers won the 2020 World Series for the first time since 1988. Heading into the 2021 season, the defending champions are the favorites to repeat, which makes sense because Los Angeles signed Trevor Bauer, the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner. If the Dodgers win back-to-back titles, they will be the first team to do so since the New York Yankees took home trophies in 1999 and 2000. The Yankees added former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.

Other teams like the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago White Sox, have attracted World Series future action. Those three teams upgraded their starting pitching rotations as well as their batting line-ups.

PayPerHead product manager Nate Johnson said the company provides platforms attractive to baseball handicappers. “Our Live+ and Premium Props platforms are perfect for baseball bettors. Live+ has game trackers and video streams. Props offer individual performance options like how many strikeouts Clayton Kershaw (the Dodgers ace pitcher) gets in a game. The best part is that agents and players can fund their accounts through the Agent Payment Solution via methods like bitcoin, credit and debit cards.”

Johnson also added many agents expect an uptick in action from their Premium Casino platforms. “Our premium platforms often add 15% or more as it is. Agents believe that players will flock to Premium Casino during baseball season because it’s got the latest 3D cinematic slot games. You have to remember, baseball is a great sport, but there’s a lot of downtimes, and players like to bet and watch baseball games live while also playing a few hands of blackjack or the slots.”

When asked if PayPerHead had anything special planned for the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball Season, Johnson said the organization does. “We almost always have a trial going, and we run multiple promotions. Right now, the trial is our March Madness special, where new agents pay $4 per head until April 4. On April 5, non-PayPerHead agents can expect a brand new $3 for 3 weeks trial celebrating the MLB’s 2021 start.”

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U.S. Bookies Starting to See Interest in Esports Rise Dramatically

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Mar-09 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — In the past, professional bookmakers in the United States didn’t think much about esports. Most considered it to be on par with horse racing and even though bookies offered it, but it wasn’t one of the more essential options. But, since mid-2020, though, the bookie viewpoint regarding esports has shifted significantly. Once a novelty, pay per head agents, bookies who use sportsbook software, have signed on more and more esports betting players. The increase in action can be traced and part of the reason to the fact that most online sportsbooks offer betting on Counter-strike (CS:GO), League of Legends (LoL), and Dota 2 matches.

CS:GO, League of Legends, and Dota 2 are the three most organized esports globally. Dota 2 is so popular that later this month, on March 25, Netflix will release an anime show starring Valve Dota, one of the game’s main characters. Twitch, the online streaming service, also broadcasts the most important and most essential esports matches. What’s interesting is that all three are older games. Dota 2 came out in 2013. League of Legends calls 2009 its birth year, and Counter-Strike began on Microsoft Windows in 1999.

Similar to what happens with the NFL, NBA, and MLB, esports enthusiasts latch onto specific teams and players. The two most popular games, Counter-strike and League of Legends, are attractive to different regions worldwide. The top four ranked CS:GO teams are from Russia and European nations. The best League of Legends teams call South Korea and China their homes.

Riot Games, which developed League of Legends, runs all regional tournaments and the LoL World Championships. Valve, Counter-Strike’s creator, runs major Counter-strike tournaments throughout the world. Valve also created Dota 2. The main Dota 2 event is The International. Valve shelved The International in 2020 due to the coronavirus. Although Valve has not released the dates for The International in 2021, most believe it will happen in Stockholm, Sweden, sometime in August.

When asked about esports, PayPerHead product manager Nate Johnson said, “Any time you’ve got a tournament with a $34 to $40 million prize pool, like The International, our agents will see action on those matches.” Johnson also added that players have helped esports popularity rise. Astralis Counter-Strike player Dev1ce, Nicholas Reedtz is his real name, has earned over $1.29 million. “Every CS:GO fan on the planet knows who Dev1ce is,” Johnson said, “which is why whenever Astralis plays, you can be sure Twitch is streaming it.”

Asked specifically about esports in the U.S., Johnson said, “U.S. bettors, to a large degree, have yet to catch on, which is why many of our agents haven’t seen a rise in esports betting action.” Johnson said that could soon change. “The Overwatch League is based in the United States and Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner, has a stake in Boston Uprising. Other major sports league figures are getting involved. As more football, baseball, and basketball figures get involved, esports should gain in popularity here in the states.”

“The 2021 Overwatch League starts play on April 16. So our agents could see a rise in esports action around that time,” Johnson added. “But agents mustn’t wait until April 16. Almost every week, there are multiple CS:GO, LoL, and Dota 2 tournaments. Now’s the time for agents to start telling their players about esports betting with all the exciting options now available.”

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Manyone to launch the first decentralised secure messaging solution by Mid-2021

VANCOUVER, 24-Feb-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Manyone Inc., a pioneering technology venture in decentralization and digital identity, is delighted to announce that it has entered into a new strategic relationship with the globally renowned University College London (UCL) Centre Blockchain Technology (CBT).

This partnership will support research conducted by UCL CBT’s Senior Research Associate, Dr Geoffrey Goodell, to explore and evaluate end-user technology systems, infrastructure, business imperatives, and regulatory policy to support the privacy, dignity, and market power of individual persons in the emerging digital economy. The research is aimed at identifying the requirements and approaches for systems whose features specifically support the advancement of truly consensual trust relationships, the empowerment of local communities, and the public interest.

Vancouver-based Manyone believes in empowering solutions and technologies with the potential to produce a new, distributed internet where everyone can feel safe, secure and in control of their digital identity.

Dr Paolo Tasca, Founder and Executive Director of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, notes that, “On behalf of UCL and the Centre for Blockchain Technologies, I am delighted to begin our new partnership with international industry partners Peer Social Foundation and Manyone. We are grateful for their support and recognition of the impactful research being done to meet our shared ambitions. Thanks to their generosity we will continue our proud tradition of enabling academic research with real-world application.”

Michael Cholod CEO at Manyone and Executive Director of The Peer Social Foundation comments, “As a dedicated group of decentralists, our teams look to find ways to free communication from manipulation and control by protecting individual, business or governmental digital identities. Part of that mission is to work with the most respected and knowledgeable people in the field. The team at UCL represent some of the best thinkers in the area and we’re honoured to work with them.”

Dr Geoffrey Goodell, Senior Research Associate at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, specifically ads that, “The funding from The Peer Social Foundation and Manyone will provide vital resource to explore and evaluate user-controlled identity management, decentralised social networks, and tokenisation as vehicle for authorisation without identification. Our partnership will support the advancement of trusted relationships in the digital economy, the empowerment of local communities for the benefit of public interest. I am excited to deepen our collaboration and share our insights.”

Manyone, with offices in Vancouver, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden are looking to launch the first decentralised secure messaging solution by Mid-2021.

Manyone is a pioneering technology venture that aims to deliver private secure networks and private digital identities, to increase personal and enterprise productivity and digital security. Manyone actively works with The Peer Social Foundation on education and research into topics of interest to consumers and enterprise. The Peer Social Foundation and Manyone believe in empowering a distributed internet where everyone can feel in control of their digital identity. They do this by delivering a self-sovereign digital identity and decentralized communication and sharing platform for enterprise and consumers. A critical component of this is to work beside and support vital education, R&D and the open-source community to connect people, businesses and governments.

Find out more here: www.manyone.one and http://blockchain.cs.ucl.ac.uk/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

American Bookies See Soccer’s Popularity Rise

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Feb-25 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Most U.S. bookmakers understand that after the Super Bowl, they must turn their attention to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. After the tournament, pay per head agents concentrate on the NBA and MLB. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a new revenue opportunity. Soccer’s popularity has continually climbed in the United States. It could break out the way a winning stock does this spring and summer.

FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, usually begins their World Cup Qualifying Tournament two years before the WC. However, because of the pandemic, the organization pushed the UEFA World Cup Qualifying tournament out to 2021 and 2022. The first days of play are on March 24 and 25 this year. Matchday 10, the final days of group play, are on November 16 and 17. But UEFA World Cup Qualifying isn’t the only major tournament happening this spring and summer. The UEFA Champions League is to their Round of 16. The UCL Final happens on May 29.

PayPerHead Product Manager Nate Johnson said sports bettors are the leading cause for the rise in soccer betting action. “In 2020, players looked for other options. The NCAA cancelled the March Madness Tournament, and the NBA and NHL paused their seasons. Not only that, but MLB played a 60-game regular season. Soccer returned to play quicker than any of the U.S. based sports leagues. It also helps that there are so many soccer leagues and soccer matches to choose from.”

U.S. broadcast outlets like Fox Sports 1, NBC Sports, and ESPN have helped introduce American bookies and players to the sport. U.S. sports networks air Champions League, English Premier League, Series A, and Bundesliga matches.“The networks may be the most important reason for the rise in soccer betting action,” Johnson said. “Teams like Manchester City and Man United, two of the most popular soccer teams, both play in the English Premier. Bayern plays in the Bundesliga. NBC’s streaming network, Peacock, shows most EPL games while FS1 showcases Bundesliga teams.”

The action has helped bookies maintain their monthly revenue after football season. But Johnson added a word of caution. “Make no mistake. Soccer has a long way to go before it approaches the action on football, basketball, or baseball. But the rise in betting activity is encouraging. Not only that, new soccer league seasons start at the end of August, and 2022 is a World Cup year. So our bookie software agents have reason to be bullish on soccer betting action. They must be careful about relying too much on it, though.”

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Henrik Stampe joins Mono Solutions as the Company’s new CEO

COPENHAGEN, 15-Feb-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions, part of Bauer Media Group, strengthens its leadership team with the appointment of Henrik Stampe as CEO, effective 15th February 2021.

Henrik will report to Natasha Zharinova, President of Bauer Media Group’s Business Area SME Services. Besides his responsibility for Mono Solutions’s daily operations he will have an additional focus on the commercial teams.

“Henrik has an extensive background in sales and a great understanding for the dynamics of digitally-driven markets. He is a seasoned leader and manager with a results-driven, hands-on attitude and a passion for bringing the best out of people“, says Natasha Zharinova. “I am delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Henrik brings more than 25 years of experience in senior sales and commercial roles in a digital and technology-driven environment, having worked for companies such as the Danish app development agency Nodes, tech giants like Microsoft and IBM and the anti-food-waste start-up Too Good To Go.

“I am honoured and excited to be joining the Mono Solutions team, at a time when marketing technology is the lifeline for most businesses. I look forward to building on the team’s fantastic work so far by continuing to provide our reselling partners and SMEs around the world with outstanding services and a future-proof technology,” says Henrik Stampe.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Anna Mossberg, Silo AI: svenska företag riskerar att förlora sin konkurrensfördel utan AI

STOCKHOLM, Sverige, 10-Feb-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Anna Mossberg, den nyutnämnda MD:n för Silo AI Sweden, tror att svenska företag riskerar att förlora sin konkurrensfördel utan AI. I sin nya roll siktar hon på att lösa de två stora utmaningarna som hindrar införandet av AI, brist på förståelse och svårigheten att hitta talang.

”Som styrelseproffs diskuterar jag dagligen med C-nivån. Företag har AI och digitalisering i sina strategier, men väldigt få har en vision om hur AI kan förändra deras verksamhet. Med AI kan man accelerera sin väg mot framgång men man måste börja experimentera och faktiskt göra saker, inte bara prata om att göra saker.”, säger Mossberg.

Endast 16 procent av de nordiska CXO:erna anser att de har en mycket god förståelse för hur AI kommer att påverka deras affärsmodell, enligt en ny rapport från McKinsey*. Tidigt införande av AI kan enligt McKinseys uppskattning fördubbla ett företags kassaflöde till 2030 jämfört med företag som inte använder sig av AI.

”Företagen som är ledande inom AI vet vilken typ av talang som behövs. En av de viktigaste drivkrafterna bakom Silo AIs förmåga till att leverera förstklassiga AI-lösningar har varit ett obevekligt fokus på att anställa de skickligaste talangerna inom området, och det är vad vi nu kan erbjuda de svenska företagen.”, Kommenterar Mossberg.

Mossberg har under större delen av sin karriär arbetat inom tech- och telekombranschen på bolag som Telia, Deutsche Telekom och Google. Hennes senaste operativa roll, innan Silo AI, var som affärsområdeschef på Google Sverige. Sedan dess har hon arbetat i styrelser i flera ledande nordiska företag, såsom mediekoncernen Schibsted, ledaren inom varumärken för den nordiska dagligvaruhandeln, Orkla, och Swedbank samt det schweiziska telekomföretaget Swisscoms styrelse.

Silo AI, ursprungligen från Finland, har blivit Nordens största privata AI-laboratorium med 130 AI-experter på tre år. Silo AI grundades av bland andra professor Peter Sarlin och ex-Nokia CTO Tero Ojanperä, och siktar på att bli det ledande europeiska AI-företaget och överbrygga klyftan mellan banbrytande AI-talang och konkreta affärsproblem.

* How artificial intelligence will transform Nordic businesses. McKinsey & Company: https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/mckinsey/featured%20insights/artificial%20intelligence/how%20artificial%20in…

Silo AI

Silo AI är det största privata AI-labbet i Norden. Vi är en pålitlig partner, och med hjälp av artificiell intelligens stärker vi våra kunders konkurrenskraft i deras produktutveckling. Vi bygger AI-baserade lösningar och produkter för att möjliggöra självkörande fordon, industri 4.0 samt smarta enheter, nätverk och städer. Silo AI ger sina kunder unik tillgång till AI-expertis i världsklass samt infrastrukturen Silo OS, som accelererar AI-utveckling och -produktionssättning. Silo AI grundades 2017 och är på god väg att bli Europas ledande AI-företag med kontor i Helsingfors, Åbo, Uleåborg, Stockholm, London och Palo Alto.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Bookies are Ready for NCAA March Madness to Return

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Feb-10 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Sportsbook software companies like PayPerHead are gearing up for what should be an exciting NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Called March Madness, the three-week event starts on Thursday, March 18, and finishes on Monday, April 5, with the 2021 NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship.

The NCAA canceled the 2020 tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although the pandemic remains, the body that governs college sports says there are no plans to cancel this year’s event. Instead, in early January, the NCAA declared that all games would take place in Indiana, with the majority of the sixty-seven NCAA Tournament games happening in Indianapolis.

Traditionally, the March Madness Tournament produces the second most sports betting action of the year. Historically, the Super Bowl drives the most wagering action. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is a close second. With no tournament in 2020, bookie software agents relied on other gambling, like live dealer casino betting, to replace lost revenue. This year, per head agents are excited about the return of March Madness and expect pent up demand from customers.

Pay-per-head companies, the organizations that provide bookmakers’ software to run their businesses, are also excited. PPH sportsbook provider PayPerHead.com will run a promotion starting on February 8 to the college hoops title game on April 5. During the promotion, new customers only pay $4 per head for the company’s Prime Package. Per product manager Nate Johnson, the low price encourages non-customers to discover how PayPerHead is different.

“We’ll never be the low-cost leader,” Johnson said, “because our digital platforms provide player stickiness. The stickiness means players stay on our platforms longer, which means that with our platforms, agents make more money.” Johnson also added that the $4 per head promotional rate includes Live+, the company’s updated in-game betting platform. Johnson said Live+ includes game trackers and video streams. “Players have access to game stats that help them make informed live bets. They can also view games through video streams.”

After the $4 March Madness promotion ends, the company believes most customers will stay. “Our software is the best,” Johnson said. “We also provide things that other organizations in the per head industry don’t. Agents can pay and collect online, offer two separate live dealer casinos, provide their players a props platform, and offer 3D casino games. We’ll even help you create a branded website, and if you’re a master agent, we just developed reseller tools.”

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No Negative COVID Effects on NFL Betting Action

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2020-Dec-08 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Leading price per head sportsbook software company PayPerHead.com recently announced that the coronavirus pandemic had no adverse effects on the amount of revenue their agents have acquired since the start of the 2020 NFL Season. In doing so, the software company echoed statements from other sportsbook organizations.

In hindsight, sportsbooks should have expected muted effects from the coronavirus pandemic. Before the NFL season began, the American Gaming Association released a national survey of expected sports betting activity for the 2020 National Football League season.

The survey showed that an estimated 33.2 million adults living in the U.S., that’s 13% of the population, planned to wager on NFL games. 20% of those surveyed, around 6.6 million, said they were wagering in brick and mortar, physical sportsbooks.

8.6 million adults, 26%, said they’d make what the industry calls casual bets, wagers in pools, in fantasy contests, or by purchasing squares. Another 50% said they’d bet with friends, family members, or coworkers.

In 2019, 18% said they’d wager in a physical sportsbook. Among the three categories, brick and mortar establishments are the only ones that saw their expected football sports betting activity rise. Expectations for casual bets, fantasy contests, pools, and squares, was down from 31% in 2019. Last year, 53% said they’d wager with friends, family, or coworkers.

The category where expectations rose the most was NFL bets on online platforms. 34% said they’d make a bet through an online sports betting platform. That was up 5% from 2019. So far, the numbers have proven correct.

If anything, the pandemic has caused NFL wagering handle on sites like those that Payperhead.com agents run to increase. The company stated that the rise in betting across all sectors, sports, live dealers, digital casinos, and racebooks saw a bump this year.

Nate Johnson, PayPerHead’s Product Manager, said about the NFL bolstered betting action. “Once the National Football League said they’d start their season on time, our agents saw an influx of future bets on things like league MVP and the Super Bowl.”

Now over ten weeks into the season, agents have witnessed no drop-off in football betting action. “People are at home all the time. Although Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, etc., have a lot of content, there’s only so much sports bettors can take. As long as the NFL plays games and as long as those games are on television, players will bet on pro football, which means our agents will profit.”

About PayPerHead:
Founded in 1997, PayPerHead is the leading choice for serious bookies. The company’s Agent Payment Solution (APS) is the only in the PPH sportsbook industry that allows for online collections and payments. Bookies can offer their players two live dealer casinos, a variety of digital casino games, a new premium casino, live in-game betting, a poker room, wagering options on 80+ sports leagues, and horse racing. PayPerHead also has a best in industry referral program so agents can add to their profitability and prides itself on providing industry-leading, top-class customer service with over 20 plus years of experience.

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PayPerHead Releases Premium Casino Platform

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2020-Nov-11 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Payperhead.com, the world’s leading bookie software provider has released one of the most advanced digital casino platforms in the per head industry. Called the Premium Casino, the company expects the newest addition to their current suite of bookmaking platforms to help customers ride the growing online casino gaming wave.

In 2007, 24% of U.S. citizens had visited an online casino. By 2016, that number had grown to 64%. Just last year, the U.S. online gambling market, counting sports betting, casino wagering, bingo, and miscellaneous betting games, had grown to $53.9 billion. From 2020 through 2027, Gaming analysts expect that number to grow by a compound annual rate of 11%.

Digital casinos saw a sharp increase in the first half of 2020 after major sports leagues like the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League shut down their seasons. Also, the NCAA canceled their annual basketball tournament which had become the most wagered on sports event in the United States, even surpassing the Super Bowl. Because of the lack of available betting options, players turned their attention to online casinos and the variety of entertainment they bring.

Many of those players continue to make wagers in digital casinos. Gaming platforms like PayPerHead’s premium option provides advantages that other types of online digital casinos don’t at the moment. The company’s Premium Casino offers more blackjack tables, high-definition 3D games, and is mobile compatible with every available operating software including Android and Apple.

According to Payperhead.com Product Manager Nate Johnson, the company didn’t have to find a new casino platform to offer their clients. PayPerHead’s customers were happy with the live dealer casino option as well as the current online digital casino, but after seeing how much action both had driven during the coronavirus pandemic, the organization decided to provide new offerings.

“We’ve added a new live dealer casino about a month ago. And now, with the Premium Digital Casino, our customers can offer their players even more with hundreds of additional games. When our bookie agents do that, they make more money,” Johnson said.

Johnson also added that PayPerHead’s goal has always been and will always be to help their customers to be as successful as possible. “We get paid when our pay per head agents succeed. If they fail, we fail, which is why we are always looking to add features and tools and profit-making platforms like the new Premium Casino.”

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Syniti expands collaboration with SAP to help customer’s move to SAP S/4HANA

BOSTON, MA, U.S.A., 20-Oct-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Syniti, a leading Enterprise Data Management company, today announced its latest strategic collaboration with SAP Data Management and Landscape Transformation (DMLT) Services for customers moving to SAP S/4HANA via selective data transition (SDT).

SAP’s Data Management and Landscape Transformation (DMLT) Services is a dedicated service provider within SAP for data migration and management. They assist customers moving to SAP S/4HANA using a defined approach and best practices for a smooth overall transition. Their expertise covers all transition paths to SAP S/4HANA and their DMLT Migration Workbench now includes SAP Advanced Data Migration by Syniti™ for customer specific transition scenarios.

“We’re excited to increase our collaboration with SAP and provide even more ways to accelerate customers seamlessly to SAP S/4HANA,” said Kevin Campbell, CEO of Syniti. “The combination of DMLT expert services and Syniti’s certified software significantly improves clients’ experience and accelerates their value when moving to SAP S/4HANA.”

This strategic collaboration between DMLT leveraging SDT and Syniti’s certified software, provides customers the best of greenfield and brownfield approaches for accelerating SAP S/4HANA deployments for any application environment with a trusted, flexible and fast way to migrate. This offer is available now and you can read SAP’s press release here for additional information.

“This SAP solution is envisioned to increase customer value more than any other solution in the marketplace and ensure the customer’s move to SAP S/4HANA will be completed with the best-in-class data quality, speed, savings, predictability and efficiency,” said Stefanie Kuebler, Global Vice President of Data Management & Landscape Transformation at SAP. “This combination of Syniti’s powerful software and SAP’s premium services, provides customers the highest degree of customer success, best-in-class software and expert services.”

Syniti is a leading Enterprise Data Management company and certified SAP Solution Extension (SolEx) partner, whose software is resold by SAP with deployment options available on premise or in the cloud. Projects using SAP Advanced Data Migration by Syniti are recommended by SAP and experience significant savings, such as:

  • 303 percent three-year return on investment with an average eight-month payback on investment
  • 46 percent faster completion of data migration projects
  • 96 percent reduction of unplanned downtime

According to an IDC White Paper, sponsored by Syniti and SAP, “The Business Value of SAP Advanced Data Migration by Syniti” was published June 2020 and is available for download at http://www.syniti.com/businessvaluestudy.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

PixelPlex Notifies about the Update of Their Blockchain Development Services Webpage

New York City, NY, 2020-Oct-16 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The leading blockchain services provider PixelPlex informs their clients about the changes introduced on their webpage devoted to blockchain development.

PixelPlex has shared more details about their work in the blockchain domain, pointing out that they implement their knowledge of AI, IoT, and cybersecurity services to achieve the most impressive results. Their team comprises true and devoted professionals who are responsible for delivering advanced and safe blockchain solutions.

The company can boast of completing 50+ blockchain projects, which have enabled the clients to increase security, efficiency, and ROI of their businesses. On their webpage, PixelPlex also admits that they cooperate with 50+ universities and have 20+ institutional-grade projects in the company’s portfolio.

According to PixelPlex, their team is capable of delivering projects of any complexity and any size. They offer the following services: Custom Blockchain Development & Integration, Cryptocurrency Exchange Development, Blockchain Consulting, Cryptocurrency Wallet Development, Enterprise Blockchain Development, ICO & STO Development, DApp Development, Smart Contracts Development & Audit, Mining Pools, Blockchain Game Development, Block Explorers. What’s more, they scrupulously select platforms and features for each project and always make sure that they’ll achieve a satisfying result.

As PixelPlex admits, they provide their services to various industries, where their crafted and ingenious solutions have managed to bring about positive changes and live up to the clients’ expectations. So far, the company has successаlly partnered with the business from such spheres as Supply Chain Management, Health Care, Retail and eCommerce, Social Media, Real Estate, Gaming.

Additionally, it’s pivotal to mention that PixelPlex is considered to be a trustworthy blockchain services provider for the FinTech industry. On their updated webpage, they give an opportunity to get better acquainted with such tremendous FinTech projects as Qtum, Echo, ProPool, Blockcerts, Obito, Bitnetwork, MyBIT, Arbitrage, and Resorts STO along with enterprise-level solutions based on such blockchain platforms as Hyperledger, Stellar, and Quorum.

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U.S. Presidential Election Wagering Heats Up

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2020-Oct-08 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election on Nov. 3 has already proven one of the most contentious in American politics’ history. From now until the first Tuesday in November, neither candidate, incumbent Donald Trump nor challenger Joe Biden, figures to become less combative. And local bookies have already taken a significant amount of bets from players; meaning this could be the most profitable election for independent bookmakers in US history according to Payperhead.com.

The Democrats’ dislike of Trump and Republicans’ fear for a Biden Presidency has already led to one of the most wagered upon Presidential Elections ever. On Sep. 1, a leading sportsbook accepted a massive over $67,000 wager on Donald Trump.

Although Biden remains the favorite, wagers like that have driven Trump’s odds down on sportsbook software platforms like PayPerHead. Since the large wager, Trump and Biden have had their first debate, Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Mike Pence have also debated, and President Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus.

A Supreme Court Justice Senate Confirmation Hearing and two more Presidential Debates could determine where wagering action lands before Election Day. The second debate between Trump and Biden is on Oct. 15, while the third organized verbal showdown takes place on Oct. 22.

In 2016, PayPerHead saw an uptick in U.S. Presidential Election betting about two weeks before American citizens headed to the polls. The wagering trends appear to be on a similar path with the bulk of election bets most likely happening in the fifteen or so days before the election, just like what happened four years ago.

In the last Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton held a percentage lead in the national polls with about two weeks to go. Clinton remained the favorite, but Trump gained more wagers the closer the U.S. got to choosing their next president. Overall wagering, bets on Clinton and Trump, also significantly increased in the final stretch before the election.

PayPerHead Product Manager Nate Johnson expects action in the final fifteen days before Nov. 3 to resemble what happened in 2016 with one caveat, PayPerHead doesn’t know where the action will land. Johnson said, “We saw action on Trump. This year could be different with players backing Biden. Not that our agents care…but they love all the action.”

“Bookie agents on the PayPerHead platform don’t care so much about where the action goes because they’ve got tools to manage action no matter which candidate their players prefer,” Johnson said. He added, “We expect a flood of wagers on our platform after the second debate. If Trump performs well, everyone will know he’s over the coronavirus. Hopefully, they both perform well, and our agents see action on both candidates.”

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