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Verizon Digital expands global content delivery network

As internet users increasingly demand high-quality content at lightning-fast speeds, Verizon Digital Media Services is responding by adding direct local connectivity from its network to many of the world’s largest broadband providers.

The expansion streamlines delivery and distribution to ensure high-quality user experiences and seamlessly handle traffic spikes as connected devices, user bases and file sizes continue to grow.

Since its acquisition of EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network, Verizon Digital Media Services has rapidly expanded the capacity of the Verizon EdgeCast CDN, adding more than 20 new points of presence, or POPs, in major cities around the world since January.

These cities include Warsaw, Stockholm, Milan, Vienna, Melbourne, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, Batam, Jakarta and Sao Paulo. The company also expanded its presence with additional POPs in many cities already served, including London, Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam.

These additions offer customers even greater connectivity and performance within these markets.

“The majority of our customers offer their services to a global audience. Our continued worldwide expansion means content is as close as possible to the end-user’s digital doorstep,” Verizon Digital Media Services chief marketing officer James Segil said.

He added, “Continuing to add points of presence to our network helps our customers deliver even their largest files quickly and efficiently no matter whether the viewer is watching video, shopping, gaming or sharing content.”

Each new POP is built securely on Verizon Digital Media Services’ latest generation of delivery servers, with pre-built dedicated space for rapid expansion. The POPs have multiple diverse connections into last-mile networks and are provisioned to support the full suite of Verizon EdgeCast services.

Located in one of the world’s busiest business gateways, Verizon Digital Media Services is now a part of a massive and diverse carrier-neutral Brazil, colocation site in Sao Paulo. Serving as one of the most important internet exchanges in the region, this Verizon-owned data center is in Sao Paulo’s high-tech corridor and has redundancy links across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

“Brazil is one of the biggest markets in the world and our customers have let us know how important that market is to them,” said Segil. “This new, full-scale POP in Sao Paulo is already outperforming the demand for lightning-fast response times.”

As demand grows from content providers and online consumers, Verizon Digital Media Services plans to add additional global POPs to meet that need, while the company continues to deliver Internet global traffic at top quality and at high speeds.

Verizon Digital Media Services provides blazing-fast and secure websites, the highest-quality video, and massive scale for exceptional multi-screen experiences — all while reducing costs. The end-to-end platform removes the complexities of connecting an increasingly mobile world and enabling businesses to securely leverage the cloud.

Google’s Android eyes TV market

The fight isn’t limited to content alone; the battle amongst various players is now all about who will come up with a smarter TV viewing experience. Launched recently, Google interface Android TV aims to do just that.

The new interface is an extension of Google’s operating system which will take Android to the living room in the form of its upcoming version Android L. It can run on various products mainly smart TVs, set top boxes (STBs), smart watches and cars. Google’s earlier TV product, Chromecast, that was launched in 2010 as a plug-in device for television sets allowed viewers to send data from their phones and tabs on to the big screen using wi-fi. The product had failed to excite users.

The USP of the new interface is that Android tablets, phones and watches can be used as remote control; all one needs is a D-pad and a microphone to send audio commands. The screen has three parts: recommendations, games and applications. It will also hold custom-made apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Pandora along with its own apps like YouTube, Hangout etc. The smart TV powered by Android TV can also reorganise its screen based on usage patterns.

All of Sony’s HD and 4k (ultra HD), Phillips, Sharp and TP Vision television sets will support Android TV from 2015. Asus and Razor are the only confirmed set-top boxes to have taken up Android TV to focus on gaming.

The software development kit for Android Auto will be launched later with Google’s list of nearly 40 partners such as Bentley, Ferrari, Audi, Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Suzuki, Skoda and Honda.

Android TV runs on various hardwares and isn’t restricted to just STBs unlike its competitors Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Its main objective is to enhance the internet viewing experience on television. Google will launch Android TV and Android L simultaneously post September 2014. names Studio Rendering as Top 3D Illustration and Animation Firm for June 2014, has honoured Studio Rendering with the best 3D illustration and Animation Company’s title for the month of June 2014.

The company was chosen based on its effective performance in an in-depth analysis of the solutions it offers. The recognition comes based on a thorough evaluation of its solutions.

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Antec Inc. ropes in ‘Team Brutality’ as Brand Ambassadors

Antec, one of the global leaders in high-performance computer enclosures, power supplies, and mobile accessories has tied-up with ‘Team Brutality’ (a team of Indian gamers) for promoting its PC Gaming products namely Power Supplies, Cabinets, Cooling and Accessories in the India market.

Commenting on the tie-up, Antec Inc marketing head – India Mamta Bhatia Fernandes said in a statement, “We are delighted to tie up with a strong gaming team like Brutality to be the Brand Ambassadors for our PC gaming products. This is our way to encourage the PC gaming as a sport and also create a great platform to engage with the gamers’ community in India. Antec along with Team Brutality will be actively involved to stress the importance of good quality PC Components for a great gaming experience.”

Team Brutality is one of the top PC gaming teams in India and has participated and won in many national and international PC gaming tournaments.  Apart from being a gaming team, Team Brutality is also actively involved in promoting the esports culture in India which is now gaining momentum with many tournaments held across India annually.

Ankit ‘V3nom’ Panth, one of the lead members of Team Brutality added, “When I think of brand Antec the feeling of optimism and joy immediately resonates. Antec gaming enclosure and PSU were the first ever products that I bought, when I began gaming professionally. I remember the sense of achievement that I felt. When I think about Antec, the first few things that come to my mind are Innovation, Performance, Unbeatable style and above all passion. I have been a huge fan of Antec since then, one of the most aspirational and iconic brands in the world and we, at Team Brutality are glad to finally get associated with them. Me and my team are really enjoying the Antec experience and will make them proud.”

With this tie-up, Antec Inc. plans to be more aggressive in India to offer a variety of award winning gaming PSUs, Cabinets & Cooling products to customers in India. Educating the gaming customers about its products offerings and opening up conversations will be some of the key highlights of this tie-up.

Original ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ set to return with an all new series

The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is back from obscurity and comic fanatics would be really pleased to hear that Marvel has finally given the series the much needed attention it requires post the sequels for three of its most eminent properties Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The Winter Soldier.

But, apart from the movie, The Guardians of the Galaxy originally introduced in 1969 bears virtually no relation to the outlaws to be seen in James Gunn’s film. Now, Marvel is going to take a chance on the original Guardians of the Galaxy one more time, this time with Dan Abnett as the scribe and art by Gerardo Sandoval.

Here’s what Marvel has to say about the new series, Guardians 3000:

Vance Astro, Yondu, Starhawk, Martinex and Charlie-27 are back and better than ever. Follow this cast of bombastic freedom fighters as they battle to gain control of the galaxy back from the hostile alien armies of the Badoon! But the Brotherhood of the Badoon are just the tip of the iceberg. The Marvel Universe of the 31st Century is a hostile and unforgiving place – with both new & classic foes from throughout Marvel history. A new threat has emerged disrupting the timestream in the past and the present, and it’s up to the original Guardians of the Galaxy to prevent the collapse of all reality! But to save the future, one must look to the past – and the discovery of a mysterious young girl named Geena Drake could hold the key to saving all reality…or destroying it!

Guardians 3000 is truly a case of you asked for it, we delivered!,” says Marvel Executive Editor Mike Marts. “Readers have been begging for the return of the original Guardians team for a long time…and we’re happy to debut this series right in the midst of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie excitement!”

With Guardians 3000 set to arrive in October, it’s certainly going to leverage from the movie releasing early August worldwide.

Cartoon Network gets ready to make a splash this monsoon

This monsoon Cartoon Network is pulling out all the stops to give children an unlimited dose of entertainment! The channel will air back-to-back movies with blockbuster premieres, new shows, revive popular classics and shower children with prizes throughout the season.

The bonanza begins with the premiere of one of the most popular and revered anime series. Cartoon Network brings back the Japanese anime ‘Pokémon’ with the latest season ‘Pokémon Black & Whiteevery’ every Monday to Friday at 12:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu set out to enter the Unova League, encountering new and mysterious Pokémon and battling rivals and Gym Leaders.

Speaking about the programming and marketing line-up, Turner International India, south Asia executive director and network head – kids Krishna Desai said in a statement: “With Cartoon Network at the helm of the genre, our aim is to continue to entertain and captivate children. This exciting and diverse line-up is the result of acclaimed original productions,popular acquisitions and to stellar partnerships. We are thrilled to bring back Pokémon, Kid Krrish and Dragons franchises and hope that kids will thoroughly enjoy them.”

From the multimillion dollar franchise of ‘How to Train your Dragon’, Cartoon Network and DreamWorks bring back the second season in the Dragon series called ‘Dragons: Defenders of Berk’ starting 13 July every Sunday at 4:30 pm. With old foes, new enemies and a new fearsome dragon threatening to destroy Berk, it is upto Hiccup and his fellow dragon riders to save the day!

On the original productions front, Cartoon Network will be airing a brand new series called ‘Kumbh Karan’ starting 13 July every Sunday at 11:00 am. The series follows the crazy and hilarious adventures of twin brothers – Kumbh, the perennially sleepy and hungry brother and Karan, the agile, better-looking version of his twin.  Additionally, award-winning franchise ‘Adventure Time’ returns with new episodes starting 14 July every Monday-Friday at 4:30 pm.

And for movie buffs and Krrish fans, Cartoon Network, Film Kraft and Toonz Animation are ready to launch the second movie in the ‘Kid Krrish’ franchise. ‘Kid Krrish: Mission Bhutan’ premiering on 19 July at 12:00 pm will see the superhero and his friends travel to Bhutan to save a Rudraksh that possesses ultimate alien technology from the evil Dr. Para. And by participating in the ‘Kid Krrish: Mission Bhutan’ contest on 19 July, 12:00 pm onwards, kids stand a chance to win prizes like Skateboards, Trampolines etc.

Another movie that is sure to enthrall kids is ‘The Adventures of Sindbad’ that will premiere on 20 July at 12:00 pm. The movie follows the mystical adventures of a boy named Sindbad and his grandfather as they attempt to discover a hidden treasure and defeat the evil sorcerer who has imprisoned the king of Bagdad.

Last but not the least, ‘Oggy and The Cockcroaches’ Season 4 returns every Monday to Friday at 5:30 pm with a unique contest called ‘When Oggy Met Olivia’ that gives kids a chance to win prizes like Cameras, PSPs, Digital Photo frames, etc.

So viewers of Cartoon Network have a great month to look forward for engaging content and also stand to win fabulous goodies.

Atypyical Typography by Pawel Nolbert

Warsaw artist and designer Pawel Nolbert has released “Atypical Typography”, a series of posters exploring form and rhythm of letters or pseudo-letters presented as half-realistic, half-illustrative figurative sculptures. The artworks were built from elaborate artistic painterly gestures into expressive arrangements, extending the aesthetic characteristic of typography.

Pawel Nolbert Letter 8

Pawel Nolbert Letter P

Pawel Nolbert Letter O

Pawel Nolbert Letter 4

Pawel Nolbert Letter A

Pawel Nolbert Letter Paints

Pawel Nolbert Letter Paint

Pawel Nolbert Letters

Jon Boutin: Apple Trees

Made by Jon Boutin. Music by The Eels.

Analog Studio: Quest Idents

With sound design as sparse as the visuals are dense, this ident for Quest is just one of 16 created by Analog Studio for agency HarrimanSteel. Audio by David Kamp.

From HarrimanSteel:

Most TV channels have their logo omnipresent, whereas our tact was to hide ours and encourage the viewer to go on a Quest to find it. Working with 3D wizards Analog we payed homage to the bustling, intricate scenes of ‘Where’s Wally’ and ‘Sgt. Peppers’ album cover, creating an expansive 3D world compiled of programme related objects and content.

Challenging the viewer to find the brand logo in this emporium of over 150 objects and curiosities. A task not made any easier by the distractions of animated objects and SFX leading the eye around the scene. For sound design we teamed up with super talented New Yorker David Kamp to create playful object sounds and sound bed.

Other idents in the series


Creative Agency : HarrimanSteel
Agency Creative Director : Julian Harriman-Dickinson
Agency Senior Creative : Tom Austin
Agency Design Team: Doug Stewart, Thomas Humeau & Charlie Patterson
Agency Producer : Sam Goldthorpe

CGI @ Production : Analog
Music & SFX : David Kamp