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Ericsson and UNICEF launch global partnership to map school internet connectivity

KISTA, Sweden, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and UNICEF announced today a global partnership to help map school connectivity in 35 countries by the end of 2023. Mapping the internet connectivity landscape for schools and their surrounding communities is a critical…

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KISTA, Sweden, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and UNICEF announced today a global partnership to help map school connectivity in 35 countries by the end of 2023. Mapping the internet connectivity landscape for schools and their surrounding communities is a critical first step towards providing every child with access to digital learning opportunities. 

This joint effort is part of the Giga initiative. Launched last year and led by UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Giga aims to connect every school to the internet. Ericsson is the first private sector partner to make a multimillion-dollar commitment to the initiative and does so as a Global UNICEF Partner for School Connectivity Mapping.

According to the ITU, 360 million young people currently do not have access to the internet. This results in exclusion, fewer resources to learn, and limited opportunities for the most vulnerable children and youth to fulfill their potential. Improved connectivity will increase access to information, opportunity, and choice, enabling generations of school children to take part in shaping their own futures.

“The deepening digital divide is one of the many inequalities that the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored,” said Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, Partnerships, UNICEF. “School closures, coupled with limited or non-existent opportunities for remote learning, have upended children’s education worldwide. Our partnership with Ericsson will bring us closer to giving every child and young person access to digital learning opportunities.”

In addition to funding, Ericsson will commit resources for data engineering and data science capacity to accelerate school connectivity mapping. Specifically, Ericsson will assist with the collection, validation, analysis, monitoring and visual representation of real-time school connectivity data. The data generated through the mapping will enable governments and the private sector to design and deploy digital solutions that enable learning for children and young people. Ericsson will also engage its extensive customer base to further advance the goals of the Giga initiative.

“Ericsson is uniquely positioned to be a key partner in helping address this important issue due to our technology expertise, global scale, decades of experience in public/private partnerships, and proven results connecting students and educators,” said Heather Johnson, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson. “Working together with partners, like UNICEF and the ITU, amplifies the potential impact of school connectivity and is a concrete first step in helping bridge the digital divide globally.”

“ITU brings a history of technology policy advocacy and regulatory expertise to the vital mission of connecting every school in the world,” said Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau. “We are thrilled that Ericsson will join Giga and help build the mapping tools necessary to make connecting every school a reality.”

The UNICEF-Ericsson partnership also contributes to the Generation Unlimited Global Breakthrough on Digital Connectivity that aims to give young people digital skills so they can fully and meaningfully participate in the digital economy. Generation Unlimited is a global multi-sector partnership to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people. Additionally, the partnership supports UNICEF’s recent COVID-19 Agenda for Action in which the organization called for global action to keep children learning, thereby requiring the prioritization of internet connectivity in rural and remote areas.

Follow our progress and see current school mapping efforts at www.projectconnect.world. Or, for more information on this important initiative and how to get involved, please visit www.gigaconnect.org.

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Listen to a podcast interview with Heather Johnson, Head Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson, and Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director for Partnerships at UNICEF, about how the partners are accelerating school connectivity: https://soundcloud.com/ericsson-news-podcast/ericsson-and-unicef-to-accelerate-school-connectivity

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Photo: © UNICEF/UNI232328/Noorani   

About Ericsson 

Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com

About ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the specialized United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of nearly 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. Established over 150 years ago in 1865, ITU is the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world. For more information, visit www.itu.int

About Generation Unlimited

Generation Unlimited is global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens. It connects secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering every young person to thrive in the world of work.

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org . Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

UNICEF does not endorse any company, brand, product or service.

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Casio Unveils Limited-edition Timepiece In Collaboration With World-renowned Esports Gaming Team FaZe Clan

DOVER, N.J., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Casio G-SHOCK pays homage to one of the world’s most prominent and influential gaming organizations, FaZe Clan, with a custom DW6900 timepiece. The limited-edition collaborative timepiece is cloaked in FaZe Clan’s signature red tiger camo…

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The new DW6900FAZE20-4CR model also comes with customized packaging in a sleek, red tin and box featuring FaZe Clan’s red tiger camo and boasting the FaZe Clan logo.

“G-SHOCK is a brand that all of us grew up on,” says FaZe Clan’s VP of Marketing Taav Cooperman. “We loved the idea of bringing it into our world and creating something tangible with this special collaboration, giving some of our gaming culture to the iconic brand we love so much.”

This collaboration comes on the heels of several successful partnerships that FaZe Clan has teamed up on in the past year, working with brands like Anti Social Social Club, The National Football League and Beats by Dre.

The limited-edition DW6900 timepiece boasts the brand’s iconic triple-graph face design and staple functions such as a Flash Alert and one-of-a-kind EL backlight that displays “FAZE UP” within the digital display when lit.

The DW6900FAZE20-4CR also comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology including: 

  • Shock Resistance
  • 200M Water Resistance
  • Flash Alert
  • EL Backlight with Afterglow
  • 1/100 Second Stopwatch
  • Multi-Function Alarm
  • Countdown Timer
  • 12/24 Hr. Time Formats

The DW6900FAZE20-4CR will retail for $150 and be available for purchase starting November 27, 2020 at the G-SHOCK Soho Store, fazeclan.com, and gshock.com.

About G-SHOCK

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.” www.gshock.com 

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casio.com/home

About FaZe Clan

Since its inception in 2010, FaZe Clan has established itself as the world’s most prominent and influential gaming organization known for its disruptive original content and hyper-engaged global fanbase of 230 million combined across all social platforms. FaZe Clan holds an unrivalled position at the epicenter of gaming, sports, culture and entertainment, driving how the next generation consumes content, plays and shops. Their roster of 85 influential personalities consists of world-class gamers, engaging content creators and a mix of talent beyond the world of gaming, including NBA star Ben Simmons, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. and Lil Yachty. The organization’s unmatched esports division includes eight competitive teams in Fortnite, FIFA, PUBG, PUBG Mobile, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty League (Atlanta FaZe), CS:GO and VALORANT with dozens of world championship trophies among them. In addition, FaZe Clan has become a sought-after fashion and lifestyle brand through an inspired apparel line and limited-edition collaborations with partners including Champion, NFL, Manchester City FC, Lyrical Lemonade, Kappa, CLOT, LA Kings, and more. Follow us @FaZeClan, @FaZeApparel and @FaZeUpdate.

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Ben Bridge Jeweler Launches Ultimate Seahawks Proposal Sweepstakes

SEATTLE, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ben Bridge Jeweler, the distinguished family-run fine jeweler with over 70 retail stores in 10 states and one Canadian province, announced its “Ultimate Seahawks Proposal Sweepstakes,” in which it will give away the ultimate proposal, including a…

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From now to January 13, 2021, contestants can sign up through the Ben Bridge website and Facebook page. They will then be encouraged to complete various activities like fun quizzes or photo uploads to Instagram. Each activity completed earns a chance to win weekly jewelry and Seahawks prizes, as well as the ultimate grand prize package.

The Grand Prize Package, totaling over $34,000 in value, includes:

  • A $30,000 custom Bella Ponte by Ben Bridge ring with a Signature Forevermark Diamond center
  • Two Seahawks jerseys
  • Name recognition around the Seattle Seahawks stadium, Lumen Field
  • A VIP tour of Lumen Field
  • A meet and greet with the Seahawks’ mascot Blitz
  • An incredible on-field proposal
  • A celebratory dinner in a luxe suite inside the stadium
  • A special appearance from a Seahawks Legend

The weekly jewelry prizes will highlight one of Ben Bridge Jeweler’s proprietary brands or select partners, each chosen for its unique story and/or its thematic blue/green color. The total value in weekly giveaways is over $18,000, including:

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Quantum Integration’s IoT Platform Proves to Be the Ideal Solution for Electronics Hobbyists

Following a successful Kickstarter release, the highly anticipated Quantum Q-Server and Q-Clients have been well received by its backers.

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Following a successful Kickstarter release, the highly anticipated Quantum Q-Server and Q-Clients have been well received by its backers.

Press Release updated: Nov 24, 2020 07:16 PST


Quantum Integration, following a successful Kickstarter campaign for its complete Internet of Things (IoT) platform for hobby enthusiasts, has announced that its Quantum IoT platform has been well received by early supporters. Earning praise for its ease of use, versatility and the control it provides users without coding knowledge, the Quantum IoT platform is ideal for those with the passion to create wireless projects.

The Quantum IoT platform was designed from the ground up for novices and experts alike to give users the freedom and control to create without learning complex coding languages. “I’ve purchased a few different Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits during the last year for my own learning and for teaching my kids how to be builders and creators,” according to John A., in a recent testimonial. “While each platform has different strengths and weaknesses, the Quantum Q-Server and Q-Clients are great because they allow you to start building projects in less than an hour with no coding required and no need to install complex development tools.”

“But what really makes the Quantum platform unique is that these are Internet-enabled and wireless-enabled projects. This not only allows your Q-Clients to communicate wirelessly with each other, but you can also control and interact with the Q-Clients through your web browser.” This means users have the potential to develop a powerful IoT network, controlling things like remote temperature sensors, automated and smart home projects, and even robots.

He goes on to add, “While it is possible to accomplish similar results with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, it would take weeks or months to learn the skills and write the code to accomplish the same thing on these other platforms that can be done in minutes or hours on the Quantum platform.” With the Quantum IoT platform, users can get to building quicker than ever before, developing their own automations, firmware, and apps. 

For more information or to purchase a starter bundle visit: https://quantumintegrate.com/.

About Quantum Integration Inc.

The Quantum IoT platform enables electronics hobbyists to create wireless devices from a simple button to home automation and robots, and control it with custom apps and firmware without coding, all through a central server. The power of making! ​​For more information, visit www.quantumintegrate.com.

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