Disneynature’s PENGUINS First Trailer

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Disneynature’s all-new feature film PENGUINS is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind BEARS and CHIMPANZEE, Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

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Compassion: Make 2018 The Year of Wonder


Wide Array of Consumer Products Based on #1 New York Times

Bestselling WonderTM Book Brand Launch Nationwide

New York, NY (January 22, 2018) — On the heels of the feel-good hit movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, and the longstanding #1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name by R.J. Palacio, Random House Children’s Books will continue the movement to inspire families, educators and young readers nationwide to #ChooseKind in 2018.  With over 9 million copies in print for the Wonder publishing program, and the extraordinary success of this fall’s film release, Palacio’s story continues to inspire millions across the country to show kindness, every day.

A heartfelt new array of products under the Wonder publishing brand are available now, and celebrate the positive themes of kindness, compassion, and inner beauty, featuring Palacio’s iconic Wonder illustrations.  Perfect for mindful kids, families and teachers who keep these sensibilities close to the heart, Wonder products make it cool to #ChooseKind.  A star player in the consumer products line is the 365 day Journal Set sprinkled with quotes from the beloved bestseller.  It offers a prompt each day that encourages children and their parents to practice kindness in the home, classroom and out in the world, a special memento when filled out!  A daily affirmation calendar, and Wonder stationery is available at Barnes  n’ Noble, Target, Amazon and more. Inspirational t-shirts are at Hot Topic, social expression accessories are available from Out of Print Clothing, jewelry is available at 10pm online, and classroom supplies are available at Raymond Geddes, Amazon and more. 

The “Daily Wonder” app is also available on iOS, and provides a precept for each day of the year celebrating goodness and strength.  Based on the second book of the Wonder series 365 Days of Wonder, also by R.J. Palacio, the app has something to inspire everyone.  Messages are drawn from popular songs, inscriptions from Egyptian tombstones, fortune cookies, and words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi, and everyday kids.  Fans can submit their own words of wisdom for potential inclusion into the app at http://choosekind.tumblr.com/contact.

Thousands of teachers nationwide have already chosen to certify their classrooms “Kind” using the FREE “Wonder Anti-Bullying Themed Resource Guides.”  All others interested in furthering the inclusive, anti-bullying discussion can take the #ChooseKind Pledge Online

Wonder was created by Palacio after an incident in her own life.  She and her two sons, were waiting in line to buy ice cream. Her youngest son, only three years old, noticed a girl with facial abnormalities and started to cry. Fearing his reaction would hurt the girl’s feelings, she left the scene abruptly.

“I realized afterward that I had handled the situation terribly,” stated Palacio.  “What I wished I had done was to turn the encounter into a teaching moment, showing my kids there was nothing to be afraid of.  “It made me wonder what it must be like for that child, facing a world every day that doesn’t know how to face you back.”

Palacio started work on Wonder immediately after the incident.  The inspirational story of 10-year old Auggie Pullman, takes readers through a journey faced with many difficulties as he attends private school for the first time after years of being homeschooled.

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J. Palacio was born and raised in New York City. She attended the High School of Art & Design and Parsons School of Design, where she majored in illustration. For many years before writing her debut novel Wonder, she worked as a graphic designer and art director. Palacio has written Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, and the picture book We’re All Wonders, which she also illustrated. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, their two sons, and their two dogs, Bear and Beau. Follow R.J on Twitter at @RJPalacio.









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ALS – What It Is and How You Can Help

When Sarah Coglianese was diagnosed with ALS, she was 33; her daughter Scarlett was just two years old. While Scarlett was learning to take her first steps, Sarah was beginning to use a walker—then, a wheelchair.

In an article forCNNabout her journey navigating motherhood with ALS, Sarah writes: “At first, I was drowning in all my inability, in all the ways I thought I would fail her as a mom. Then something unexpected started to happen. The things I couldn’t do for her, she started to do for herself. When she was 2, she dressed herself. By age 3, she was opening doors for me and helping with groceries. At 4, she could make a quiche, and these days she folds laundry and cleans her room with only the slightest bit of prodding. Sometimes, she gets a broom and a dustpan and starts sweeping the floor without being asked. If my foot slips off my footrest, she nonchalantly walks over and plops it back in place.”

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is one of the worst diseases we know of. In people with ALS, motor neurons deteriorate leading to muscle weakness and paralysis. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, and most people live 2-5 years after their first signs of disease. There is currently no treatment or cure.

In 2015, Sarah launched #WhatWouldYouGive, a national campaign that challenges healthy people to give up an ability (e.g. voices, arms, hands, legs), to understand what life with ALS might be like and raise awareness and funding for ALS research. Sarah’s experience with ALS and her journey through motherhood leads her to believe that her disease will ultimately make her daughter stronger, braver, loving and empathetic—something we all hope for our children.

Linqia would give anything to help end ALS. That’s why we have been teaming up with the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI)–a non-profit biotech 100% focused on finding a treatment and cure–to build awareness of the disease and raise funds for research. We believe in the research efforts of ALS TDI and specifically in AT-1501, a very promising drug that could feasibly and finally change the trajectory of this disease. AT-1501 is on its way to clinical trial, but needs every last penny to advance. And fast.

We partner with ALS TDI through #WhatWouldYouGive, a national awareness and fundraising campaign that challenges healthy people to give up an ability to understand what life with ALS might be like. Last year alone, our company raised $15,000 through this campaign, 87% of which went immediately into the lab at ALS TDI.

So, where do you come in? This year, you will have the unique opportunity to partner with Linqia pro bono and join us in our national #WhatWouldYouGive effort. This is a chance to tell a story that truly matters, and to use your platform as an Influencer to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

In your posts, you’ll share a message of hope & education around ALS, empowering your audiences to take action i.e. make a donation online and pass the message forward. If you have a personal story or connection with the disease, share it. Be sure to speak to your role as a parent and how that influences your desire to commit to this cause.  If you wish to educate your audience on the efforts and advancements of ALS TDI, craft an authentic story that resonates with your audience members, because it means something to you.

The goal this year is to raise$50,000through our collective efforts. And up to$25,000will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous and very generous donor! Together, we can raise funds to help make ALS a thing of the past! It takes a village to get it done and we want you in our village!


50 Year Anniversary of First CES in New York


50 Year Anniversary of First CES in New York
117 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees at first-ever CES

Arlington, VA, June 27, 2017 –
The very first CES was held in New York City 50 years ago this week, June 25-28, 1967. The inaugural show attracted 117 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees with main exhibits at the New York Hilton Midtown on 6th Avenue and Americana of New York Hotel (now Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel) on 7th Avenue. Since then, CES has grown immensely, with more than 4,000 exhibitors and more than 180,000 attendees at CES 2017 this past January in Las Vegas. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), CES is the launch pad for innovation that changes the world.

“Over the past 50 years CES has evolved as the technology industry has changed, reflecting and helping drive the ever-expanding consumer tech landscape. We have succeeded throughout the years due, in large part, to our loyal customers, partners and the deep relationships we have made along the way,” said Gary Shapiro, president, and CEO, CTA. “We are honored to celebrate this anniversary and thank and celebrate our incredible industry partners, individuals, and companies who have been with us for five decades and have helped make our show the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.”

Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products. These include world-changing innovations such as the VCR (1970), the DVD (1996), digital radio (2000) and Blu-ray recording standards (released in 2002), as well as more recent technologies – such as consumer 3D printers, AR/VR, artificial intelligence, smartphones, tablets, self-driving vehicles, 5G wireless, the Internet of Things, drones and 4K Ultra HD Television.

The first CES featured products such as transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs, including the first solid-state TV. Top companies exhibiting at the first CES included: 3M, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Motorola with Lenovo, Panasonic – Matsushita, Philips, RCA (now a Technicolor brand), SANYO Fisher (now part of Panasonic), Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Westinghouse and Zenith (now part of LG). Major global brands from a broad array of industry sectors have presented keynotes at CES, including leading executives from BMW, Carnival, Ford, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix and Samsung.

Today, CES continues as the proving ground for innovators and has expanded to feature industries not traditionally connected to consumer tech such as food, travel, hospitality, health, transportation and much more. The show now touches every major industry as leaders from the entire innovation ecosystem come together to discover and experience the latest trends and network with peers. CES is where titans of tech mix with next-generation disruptors and where esteemed and highly sought after global leaders take the keynote stage to tout disruptive technology and envision new trends and markets.

Learn more about 50 years of CES, access CES archive footage, see photos from 50 years of CES or read more about it on the CTA Blog.

High-definition video b-roll from CES is available for easy download on CESbroll.com. High-resolution photos from the show floor are available for easy download in our online photo gallery.About CES:

CES® is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

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Alexa or OK Google – Why not both?


The only Alexa-Enabled device with a built in touchscreen extends early bird pricing

New York, March 31, 2017 – The Clarity Speaker, the first standalone device to provide access to both Alexa and Google voice services, has announced the extension of its presale campaign to April 30, 2017, following an overwhelming response. Clarity, which is also the first and only Alexa-enabled product to boast a fully-featured touchscreen, has also announced that it will offer access to both Google Now and Google Assistant when it ships in June, well ahead of the rumored Amazon Echo touchscreen.

From blasting out favorite Spotify playlists to watching blockbuster movies, the android-powered touchscreen speaker offers great entertainment capabilities and acts as the hub for smart home automation while offering the power and skills of both Alexa and Google voice assistants. Clarity fuses the convenience and functionality of a conventional tablet with the dynamic possibilities of a smart voice-activated, connected speaker. During the extended presale period, Clarity can be purchased for $149 ahead of its shipping price of $199.

Awesome Audio 

Clarity is a powerful, super lightweight, super portable Bluetooth and WiFi connected speaker, ideal for listening to music, podcasts or audio books.  Content can be played from connected personal devices, internet radio stations or streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.

Its two 5-watt speakers and spacious sound chambers deliver exceptional sound performance, and at just 2lbs with a six hour playback battery life, Clarity can be enjoyed anywhere.

Two Voices Are Better Than one

Clarity is the first device to allow people to use both the Amazon Alexa and Google voice assistants. A range of service and skills can be accessed through simple voice commands, such as “Alexa read the news”,  “Alexa play Adele”, “Hey Google show me the route to the office” and “OK Google set my alarm for 7 a.m.”  Because Clarity also has a built in touchscreen, it can display as well as play results found by these services.

Hub of the Connected Home

With Clarity, users can control and manage every aspect of the connected home. Using voice commands to control Alexa or Google, or leveraging the 7-inch touchscreen, users can control a range of devices including Nest, TP-Link, Samsung SmartThings, Insteon, Ecobee, Wemo and Hue Personal Wireless Lighting.

There’s an App for That

Clarity’s 7-inch touchscreen and built in camera allows it act as an android powered tablet providing access to apps and services you would find on any traditional device. From watching Netflix movies to video chatting and Skyping with family and friends, users can access and enjoy any of their favorite apps from the Google Play store.

Tech Specs and Availability

Clarity will ship in June 2017, priced $199. An early bird price of $149 is available through to April 30, 2017, on Indiegogo. Its full features include:

  • Compact lightweight design – Dimensions 326 x 110 x 160mm | weight 2lbs
  • 7-inch multi-touch screen with 1280×800 resolution
  • Advanced near and far field capabilities
  • Alexa, Google Assistant and Google Now enabled
  • Powered by quad-core CPU
  • Two 5-watt speakers
  • Two megapixel camera
  • 16G internal memory with expandable storage via Micro SD cards available
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1600 mAh Li-Poly battery providing six hours of audio and 2.5 hours of video playback
  • WiFi (2.4G and 5G Dual-Band) and Bluetooth (4.0) connectivity


Clarity is designed and manufactured by Pan Sea Co., Ltd., a company with a proven track record specializing in intelligent electro-acoustic products such as SoundPad. Its team has more than 20 years of experience in consumer electronics and acoustic technology and has spent three years developing Clarity.

“The response and demand for Clarity has been fantastic, beating all of our expectations,” said Dake Liu, CEO of Pan Sea Co. “We are proud to have developed an intuitive device with a number of industry firsts and are extending our presale campaign after popular demand to give even more people the chance to secure the Clarity Speaker at a discounted price.”

For further information visit www.clarityspeaker.com