The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-24T07:59:11Z LeadershipHQ announces new program to become a leader for the future of work with Veriskills 2020-10-24T07:59:11Z leadershiphq-announces-new-program-to-become-a-leader-for-the-future-of-work-with-veriskills-1 At this point in time, we are facing huge issues globally - a fragile economy, pandemic and business recovery and the need to reinvent work, to name a few. Brilliant, courageous leadership is required now to reimagine the nature of our work, understand the way we engage with people and to build exciting new companies. You have the opportunity now to become a leader for the future of work by putting development ahead of any other priority through the LeadershipHQ Leadership Essentials Program. Take Your Leadership to the Next Level Imagine taking your leadership to the next level, going for promotions or new opportunities and applying for tertiary education as a Leader! LeadershipHQ are the leaders in leadership development and we now working with VeriSkills™ to train and coach leaders through our in-house or public One on One or Group Leadership Essentials Program and give them the leadership and human capabilities and skills for the future. Human capabilities are soft skills that are not tied to technical competence and are what sets humans apart in this growing world of automation. VeriSkills™ verifies courses against the framework to determine the human capability outcomes and their corresponding level of achievement attained on completion of various courses. Our Leadership Essentials course is now verified by Veriskills™ backed by QTAC’s 40 years of experience in the assessment of formal and experiential learning. The Leadership Essentials Program The Leadership Essentials Program is either a self-paced (not VeriSkills™) or a group and one on one leadership program which is delivered in-house and or via our online public program and it takes 6-9 months. It gives participants the human capabilities, tools, skills and resources to be the best person and leader they can be. Human Capability outcomes you will be awarded on completion of our Leadership Essentials program are as follows: ·      Initiative and Drive ·      Communication ·      Collaboration ·      Empathy   Click here to learn more about VeriSkills™ and the Human Capability Framework. This program and coaching will take your leadership skills to the next level! 2021 Enrolment options Leadership Coaching, Programs and Certification are all a unique and premium development for you and your leaders. Designed for emerging leaders, team leaders, SME’s and self-aware professionals with ambition to take their seat at the leadership table, be a courageous leader and take charge of their business. Leadership isn’t easy and sometimes we need help. Get in touch today to learn more about how to build leadership skills through the Leadership Essentials Program and set yourself up for success! View the Leadership HQ website for more information on LeadershipHQ and our programs:   For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts  0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 Maglia Nera Cycling Tours announces technology partnership with Australian made ‘GoCycle App’ 2020-10-23T07:20:37Z maglia-nera-cycling-tours-announces-technology-partnership-with-australian-made-gocycle-app The GoCycle App was launched in January 2020, at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia. It captured the eye of Maglia Nera Tours Director, Yvette Fuser, who identified the App’s potential immediately. Joining forces, the two businesses have extended the app’s capabilities, to include a ‘Charities’ functionality, allowing the running of ‘Virtual’ events during the COVID-19 period and beyond. The result is a new era for Charity Cycling Events – this feature can now be used by any charity organisation, around the world,  to run cycling events whether they be live or virtual, in a public or private manner. The first major charity to use this feature will be Maglia Nera Tours’ own ‘Tasmania Circumnavigation’ 100% Charity Ride^, which runs from 7-29 November. Entrants will have the choice of  three (3) different distances around Tasmania, that they can ride ‘virtually’, from anywhere in the world. GOCYCLE - EASY TO USE & GIVING BACK Developer of the GoCycle app, Jodie Van Elst, explained that the app was easy to use, effortlessly linking with Strava & Garmin Connect, to import rides directly to subscribers’ profiles, when subscribed to the ‘Pro’ version. GoCycle app initiator Greg Goodman said the app has many features that will appeal to both hard-core cycling enthusiasts and weekend bike riders. “It’s got something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have created an app that is encouraging new riders, both young and old to get involved’,” Mr Goodman said. “To help people stay active and mentally healthy during these challenging times, we’d like to give something back to the community.” The GoCycle App can be downloaded for FREE, using the ‘Lite’ version, where individuals can immediately manually record their rides and by default, begin tracking themselves riding around the Australian continent, some 18000+ kilometres.  Users can then upgrade to a paid ‘Pro version, which takes them to the next level, opening an array of features such as Challenges, Goals, linking with Friends, setting up Teams and Clubs, creating Events & connecting to Strava & Garmin Connect. It is also here that the ‘Charities’ functionality becomes available for any not-for-profit to use. MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser believes this collaboration is best described as  “collision of similarities… A collision of cycling passion - A collision for the love of outdoors - A collision of compassion - A collision to helping others” Note: ^Once a year, Maglia Nera Cycling Tours Staff and Volunteers join forces over two weeks to run the Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride. Staff & Volunteers donate their time and Maglia Nera Tours pays for their accommodation, transport, and meals. The result is Australia’s ONLY 100% CHARITY RIDE, where 100% of the monies raised goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries – there are NO administration deductions whatsoever. SAS named a Leader in real-time interaction management by independent research firm 2020-10-23T07:04:49Z sas-named-a-leader-in-real-time-interaction-management-by-independent-research-firm Cary, NC (Oct 23, 2020)2020 has required brands to have a deeper understanding of customers’ individual circumstances and a heightened sense of empathy in their customer interactions. Real-time interaction management (RTIM) is a critical component in helping brands create personalised experiences across all points of interaction. SAS has just been named a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Real-Time Interaction Management, Q4 2020 for SAS Customer Intelligence 360. In the report, Forrester says that users are “demanding – and leading vendors are delivering – even more sophisticated solutions that automate and optimise CX with real-time decisioning based on enriched data sets, experience-focused artificial intelligence (AI) that incorporates empathy and ethical best practices, and journey orchestration to ensure a mutual value exchange for both customer and brand.”Forrester also stated in the report that “SAS’ dedication to analytical decision-making gives it a competitive edge for decision arbitration, which is the heart and soul of RTIM. It continues to bolster its RTIM capabilities for business users, like journey analytics visualisation and digital experience orchestration.” Decision arbitration uses automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand customers in real time and decide the best possible customer interaction in that moment. Customer loyalty often hinges on delivering the right response in just a few seconds. For example, if a grocery chain can recognise when a first-time user of its online ordering website is having trouble and provide help in the form of simple video instructions or a pop-up chat window, it goes a long way toward showing empathy and fostering loyalty. In the report, Forrester said “SAS delivers RTIM via SAS Customer Intelligence 360, which provides customer engagement and digital intelligence on top of SAS Intelligent Decisioning. Many customers add these capabilities to SAS environments that include its broader range of data visualisation, advanced analytics, predictive modelling, AI, IoT, and event stream processing solutions.” SAS Customer Intelligence 360 provides adaptive planning, journey activation, and an embedded real-time decision engine – all fuelled by powerful analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities helping marketers to create and extend real-time, personalised customer experiences. SAS Intelligent Decisioning complements these capabilities by extending functionality beyond marketing – allowing users to automatically define real-time next best actions at scale across the thousands of daily operational decisions that comprise the entire customer experience landscape; decisions such as determining product pricing, setting credit limits or discovering fraud. In the Forrester evaluation, SAS received the highest scores possible in the customer recognition, innovation road map, market approach, performance and partner ecosystem criteria. “Today more than ever, engaging with customers requires real empathy, a clear understanding of customer needs and the ability to meet customers where they are in their individual journeys,” said Lisa Loftis, Principal in the Global Customer Intelligence group at SAS. “As consumers accelerate digital behaviours and willingness to adopt AI-driven and immersive tech (chatbots, smart devices, virtual, mixed and augmented reality), marketers must rethink their data management proficiency, analytical optimisation processes and automated decision-making capabilities. SAS’ positioning as a leader in this report reinforces our commitment to investing in systems that help marketers to authentically and dynamically personalise customer experiences while taking advantage of emerging technologies that facilitate engagement – particularly with SAS Customer Intelligence 360 and SAS Intelligent Decisioning.” For more information on the future of customer experience please visit Experience 2030. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2021 Financial Results 2020-10-23T03:53:50Z seagate-technology-reports-fiscal-first-quarter-2021-financial-results Revenue of $2.31 billion GAAP operating margin of 10.8%; non-GAAP operating margin of 12.7% GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.86; non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.93 Cash flow from operations of $297 million and free cash flow of $186 million Raised the quarterly cash dividend by 3% to $0.67 per share Approved a $3 billion increase to the share repurchase authorisation, bringing the available amount to $4.2 billion FREMONT, CA – October 22, 2020 - Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended October 2, 2020. "Seagate delivered solid September quarter results supported by strong recovery in the video and image applications market and healthy cloud data center demand, which drove double digit year-over-year revenue growth for our mass capacity storage solutions. We see indications for Enterprise demand to improve and we expect this to continue as the broader markets gradually recover, supporting our positive December quarter outlook and reinforcing our revenue expectations for the fiscal year," said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer. "Demand for data continues to explode, even through this current period of market uncertainty. As a leader in mass data management, Seagate is executing a technology roadmap focused on helping customers put their valuable data to work. We are on track to ship our first HAMR drives for revenue in December, which is an important industry milestone to support the growing need for mass capacity storage. We also have introduced CORTX, an open-source, object-storage software, along with Lyve Rack that together offer enterprises a simple, secure and efficient way to manage massive volumes of data. These developments illustrate our confidence in identifying and capturing future growth opportunities, and we are further underscoring the confidence in our strategy and long-term cash generation abilities with a 3% increase in our quarterly dividend and a $3 billion increase to our existing share repurchase authorisation." GAAP Non-GAAP FQ1 2021 FQ1 2020 FQ1 2021 FQ1 2020 Revenue ($M) $2,314 $2,578 $2,314 $2,578 Gross Margin 25.8% 26.0% 26.5% 26.7% Operating Margin 10.8% 10.8% 12.7% 12.8% Net Income ($M) $223 $200 $242 $278 Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.86 $0.74 $0.93 $1.03 The Company generated $297 million in cash flow from operations and $186 million in free cash flow during the fiscal first quarter 2021. Seagate maintained a healthy balance sheet and during the fiscal first quarter 2021, the Company paid cash dividends of $167 million and repurchased 1.5 million ordinary shares for $68 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.7 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 258 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter. All periods presented exclude share-based compensation from non-GAAP results. For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables. Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at Quarterly Cash Dividend The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.67 per share, which will be payable on January 6, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 23, 2020. The payment of any future quarterly dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements, distributable reserves, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board. Business Outlook The business outlook for the fiscal second quarter 2021 is based on our current assumptions and expectations; actual results may differ materially, as a result of, among other things, the important factors discussed in the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section of this release. The Company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal second quarter 2021: Revenue of $2.55 billion, plus or minus $200 million Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.10, plus or minus $0.15 Guidance regarding non-GAAP diluted EPS excludes known charges related to amortisation of acquired intangible assets of $0.01 per share, estimated share-based compensation expenses of $0.12 per share and restructuring costs of $0.01 per share. We have not reconciled our non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal second quarter 2021 to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because material items that may impact these measures are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, including, but not limited to, accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts, restructuring charges, strategic investment losses or impairment recognised, income tax adjustments on these measures, and other charges or benefits that may arise. The amounts of these measures are not currently available, but may be material to future results. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal second quarter 2021 to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. A reconciliation of our historical non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP equivalent is contained in this release. Share Repurchase Authorisation The available portion of Seagate’s share repurchase authority now amounts to $4.2 billion. The authorisation does not have a time limit and any share repurchases will be dependent on Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements, distributable reserves, and other factors deemed relevant by the Company. Investor Communications Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. Eastern that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at An archived audio webcast of this event will be available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at shortly following the event conclusion. About Seagate Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more about Seagate by visiting or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog. © 2020 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical fact. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, financial outlook for future periods, including the fiscal second quarter 2021, expectations regarding the Company’s products, our ability to ramp production, storage industry trends and market demand, shifts in technology, the Company’s ability to meet market and industry expectations and the effects of these future trends, the possible effects of the economic conditions worldwide resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and expectations on the Company’s business as well as dividend issuance plans for the fiscal quarter ending January 1, 2021 and beyond. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” "will continue," "can," "could" or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from the expectations described in this press release include, among others, those risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 3, 2020 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 7, 2020. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to us on, and which speak only as of, the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, unless required by applicable law. The inclusion of Seagate’s website addresses in this press release are provided for convenience only. 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Media contact: Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 Hostopia Australia drives momentum on AWS with 19% Q3 growth, joins AWS Service Delivery Program: Amazon EC2 for Windows 2020-10-23T03:16:43Z hostopia-australia-drives-momentum-on-aws-with-19-q3-growth-joins-aws-service-delivery-program-amazon-ec2-for-windows SYDNEY - OCTOBER 23, 2020 - Cloud services and hosting provider Hostopia Australia today announced it has recorded a 19% growth in Q3 for its AWS managed cloud customers, following investments made in nurturing and expanding its AWS certifications and capabilities.    The company’s managed cloud division Anchor has also become an Amazon EC2 for Windows Service Delivery Program partner reflecting the group’s experience and deep understanding of AWS, and as a trusted APN Consulting Partner with proven success delivering AWS services.    According to Hostopia Australia this growth has been driven by the COVID-19 pandemic  which is pushing many Australian organisations to transform. Businesses are looking to drive more efficiencies  and cost savings, as well as use this challenging, downtime time to rethink and modernise their infrastructure.    Darryn McCoskery, General Manager for Hostopia Australia commented: “COVID-19 has had a clear impact on our customers from an economic perspective, as well as customer experience expectations. As a result we see more organisations - in particular SMBs - rethinking their data centres and cloud technologies. Customers come to Hostopia to help them build more efficiencies within their environments, which is often critical to their resilience in the face of the pandemic”.   “In the past quarter we’ve seen a significant increase in our managed cloud customer base, and a growing demand  from Australian organisations looking to modernise their windows workloads with AWS as their preferred platform. This is why we are heavily investing in our AWS partnership and are, more than ever, committed to expanding our AWS capabilities and expertise in Q4 and beyond.”     Anchor helps aviation services expert Touchpoint Global optimise its AWS environment to build resilience in the face of COVID-19   Touchpoint Global provides logistics software to the aviation industry and took the challenge of the global pandemic as an opportunity to fine tune their operational efficiencies. It engaged Anchor to consolidate its AWS accounts in order to reduce the company's cost footprint across the AWS environment, particularly for its Windows workloads.   During this re-architecture, Anchor supported Touchpoint to maintain robust security capabilities and compliance with the global aviation's growing regulatory requirements, as the industry looks to return to business-as-usual. Specific features included an environment where Europe and APAC regions could remain separate for regulatory compliance purposes (i.e. GDPR), while facilitating secure communication between regions. A flow on benefit was the streamlining of Touchpoint’s AWS account management.   According to Angus Keech, Founder and CEO at Touchpoint Global: “As the pandemic hit the aviation industry, we worked with the team at Anchor to help improve efficiencies and significantly reduce costs, as well as create additional scalability to support our operations. Optimising and further securing our AWS environment continues to help us navigate those troubled times. It also means that we are well placed to seamlessly return to a 'new normal' and continue to comply with the tight regulatory landscape once the aviation industry rebounds."   Hostopia plans to continue investing in its AWS capabilities and expertise so it can support more organisations in the modernisation and optimisation of their AWS infrastructure. In 2020 alone, more than 35% of Hostopia Australia’s staff have gained AWS certifications.   “The growth we’ve seen in the past few months is expected to continue in Q4 and into 2021. This is why we will focus our efforts and investments into building an ecosystem of best-of-breed technology around our customers, and offer them agile solutions no matter their unique challenges”, said McCoskery.   “We see fantastic growth opportunities within the AWS ecosystem. Our Anchor managed cloud brand and AWS capabilities will be instrumental in supporting this growth next year and in helping more ANZ businesses navigate their unique cloud journeys and build resilience in the face of COVID-19.”   Give the Gift of Home Security and Peace of Mind this Christmas with EZVIZ 2020-10-22T23:31:30Z give-the-gift-of-home-security-and-peace-of-mind-this-christmas-with-ezviz Most Australians (80%) intend to take a domestic holiday(1) in the coming months, and along with planning their break away, Aussie households are also considering the security for their home and the things they most treasure while they are away. Global home security camera brand, EZVIZ ( offers a range of affordable indoor and outdoor home security cameras, that start from as little as $59, to put the power of home safety in the hands of everyday Australians. Ideal Christmas gift ideas for the home lover, pet-parent and DIY-er, EZVIZ home security cameras deliver intelligent detection features, anywhere, anytime and real time monitoring via the free EZVIZ App and easy setup, all at an affordable price. In the lead up to Christmas, tech lovers can also save up to 25% on the EZVIZ C6N Smart Wi-Fi Pan & Tilt indoor security camera, EZVIZ C1C Indoor Security Camera, EZVIZ C3N Outdoor Wi-Fi Security Camera, and EZVIZ C3A Wire-Free Outdoor Security Camera during Black Friday (27 November)  and Cyber Monday (30 November) sales. Visit the EZVIZ store on to access Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on specific EZVIZ home security cameras. EZVIZ C6N Smart Wi-Fi Pan & Tilt indoor security camera AUD$59 Available via: - For those who want to keep an eye on their prized muscle car in the garage while they’re away, or greet the kids as they walk through the door after school, or keep an eye on fur-kids at home while they’re at work, the EZVIZ C6N Smart Wi-Fi Pan & Tilt indoor security camera will be their eyes indoors when they’re not there. The EZVIZ C6N Smart Wi-Fi Pan & Tilt indoor security camera has zero blind spots, thanks to the combination of the motorised pan and tilt 360-degree field of view and smart tracking functionality. When movement is detected, the camera tracks motion while alerting the user with the image in real time. Equipped with Smart IR functionality, the C6N Indoor Wi-Fi Pan & Tilt camera uses advanced infrared lighting to capture more details in dim light and can automatically adjust the intensity of the infrared LEDs to prevent overexposure in night vision mode. Real time home monitoring can be achieved from anywhere, anytime using the user-friendly EZVIZ App. More information: EZVIZ C3W Colour Night Vision Wi-Fi outdoor security camera AUD$199 Available: - Protect your home even when you’re away with the EZVIZ C3W Colour Night Vision Wi-Fi outdoor security camera. The camera has three distinct night vision modes that produce vivid-as-day colour night video, thanks to the combination of spotlights, infrared lights, and motion-detection capability. To discourage intruders, the camera boasts Active Defence functionality which sets off a loud, user-adjustable siren, plus flashes from the two spotlights. Customisable voice alerts also serve as immediate deterrents for unwanted visitors. Keep your home protected and see any activity in real time from anywhere, anytime by using the user-friendly EZVIZ App. More information: EZVIZ C3X AI-Powered Dark Fighter outdoor security camera AUD$239 Available: - The EZVIZ C3X AI-Powered Dark Fighter is the first outdoor Wi-Fi security camera to integrate dual lenses and dual infrared lights to capture images and video with rich detail and realistic colour- even in low light conditions. Thanks to the camera’s built-in AI algorithms, users are alerted when people or vehicles appear in specified monitoring zones in real time via the free EZVIZ App. EZVIZ C3A Wire-Free Outdoor Security Camera AUD $199 Available: - The C3A  is a 100% wire-free video doorbell that is easy to install and lets you see and talk to whoever it at your door thanks to two-way talk functionality. You can speak directly to visitors before opening the door, or just as easily have a conversation with visitors when you’re away via the free EZVIZ App. The camera has a long-lasting 5,500 mAh rechargeable battery and a wire-free design. The C3A’s passive infrared (PIR) motion detection feature sends you an instant alert with images and videos captured when a visitor approaches. With a IP65 dust and water protection rating, you can setup the EZVIZ C3A in any outdoor location and it is ready to go. More information: To find out more about EZVIZ visit Editor’s Note: Download high resolution images for the EZVIZ home security cameras here.   ENDS Media Contact: Blue Planet Public Relations Maria Crema – 0402 239 929, Cathryn Buchanan - 02 9816 3277,   About EZVIZ Established in 2013, EZVIZ dedicates itself to creating a safe, convenient and smart life for users through its intelligent devices, cloud-based platform, and AI technology. The innovative products and services from EZVIZ can be applied to home, workplaces, stores, schools, and more. EZVIZ empowers partners to share our unique cloud services, and together we build a thriving IoT ecosystem. For more information, please visit us at Follow EZVIZ on Facebook and Instagram @EZVIZAustralia.   Sources: (1) Tourism Research Australia – Travel by Australians – March 2020 Not just your typical real estate agent: Whitestone Agency 2020-10-22T22:29:41Z not-just-your-typical-real-estate-agent-whitestone-agency At Whitestone Agency we provide an expert team who specialises in home sales, property management and rentals. By placing our clients at the centre of every decision made, we ensure you are completely satisfied with our level of service.  Whitestone aims to support and guide you through every step of the process. With a diverse team of experts with backgrounds in real estate, finance and engineering, Whitestone understands the power of experience and knowledge. A range of perspectives provides Whitestone with a competitive edge when it comes to providing service to Marsden Park real estate, Schofields real estate and The Ponds real estate.  At Whitestone Agency we are professional, efficient and stay well up to date with the current marketplace – Look no further.  For more information, please contact: Whitestone Agency t. 02 8845 4818 e. w. Bloor Property Management & Exposure by Design Announce Strategic Partnership 2020-10-22T20:28:39Z bloor-property-management-amp-exposure-by-design-announce-strategic-partnership Queensland, AU – Bloor Homes Property Management and Exposure by Design are pleased to announce their strategic partnership. It is a partnership that combines Bloor Homes Property Management’s leading property management services and Exposure by Design’s world-class online marketing strategies. Technology has a great impact on businesses today. Most companies are adapting to online marketing. Bloor Homes & Exposure by Design partnership bring together deep skills in property management and digital marketing. It is a partnership that undertakes to rebrand and reposition Bloor Homes Property Management in the marketplace.  Bloor Property Management brings you the top services for property investment. Whether you are a property owner or is looking for one, Bloor Homes has all the answers for you.  For you to learn more, visit the Bloor Property Management website at Exposure by Design is your go-to company if you need to improve your online presence. The company makes sure that your website content adds traffic and generate sales.  Learn more about Exposure by Design on their website. Go to Bringing to you 20 years of property management experience, Bloor Homes Property Management has built a reputation that’s trusted by the community. The company takes pride in managing a diverse range of properties. Exposure by Design has been around for over 10 years. Bringing your business online. The company prides in making your online presence remarkable.  Lily Allen announces collaboration with Womanizer 2020-10-22T09:28:55Z lily-allen-announces-collaboration-with-womanizer IN HER CONTINUING quest to create a more open, sex positive society Lily Allen has spent the past several months working with German brand Womanizer to create her very own product, the ‘Liberty’ set for launch on October 22.Lily joins the company as Chief Liberation Officer, leading the charge on their #IMasturbate campaign, raising awareness for sex positivity and female masturbation.Lily’s relationship with Womanizer began when she mentioned using their products in her Sunday Times best-selling memoir My Thoughts Exactly. Talking about discovering her own sexual pleasure while on the Sheezus tour, she wrote “And since you ask if I had to pick one vibrator above all the others, I recommend the Womanizer”, she said.According to a recent Womanizer survey[1] with 7,000 men and women from 14 countries, the international masturbation gap between the genders is still 68%. Men engage in the act about 156 times per year, while women only engage around 50 times a year on average.Lily and Womanizer want to challenge existing assumptions and myths with the #IMasturbate campaign and invite people to reflect on their own, often negative attitudes towards this topic.“Sex toys are still seen as a taboo subject because they are related to masturbation and female pleasure. Female pleasure in itself is a taboo subject. The only way to make taboo subjects no longer taboo is to speak about them openly, frequently and without shame or guilt.”Lily Allen’s ‘Liberty’ is available on from October 22, 2020.Wild Secrets press contact:[1] The representative survey was conducted in July 2020 in cooperation with Appinio. 7,000 men and women from 14 countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA) participated. Further results on request. Study: Digital payments fraud surges during pandemic 2020-10-22T07:30:06Z study-digital-payments-fraud-surges-during-pandemic (Cary, NC) 22 October 2020: Amid coronavirus-driven lockdowns and social distancing, proliferating mobile apps and online channels have proven vital lifelines. US mobile banking grew 50% in the first half of 2020, new registrations spiking 200% in April alone. Burgeoning online shopping and contactless payments propelled record e-commerce sales. This momentous digital shift has provided salvation in a time of crisis – but, as a new fraud report by Javelin Strategy & Research and SAS examines, it is also fuelling a multibillion-dollar fraud surge worldwide. “We have seen an increase of almost 35% in fraud attempts, which indicates that criminals are more active in breaking through digital channels, taking advantage that fraud strategies leverage normal behaviour. Nothing is normal from a transaction perspective in 2020,” said one senior fraud management executive at a global card processor who contributed to the study. Adapting mitigation efforts for a new normal The report, The Escalation of Digital Fraud: Impacts of the Coronavirus on Global Fraud Challenges, is based on independent interviews of payment and security executives from 20 countries in five regions – North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. Javelin conducted the interviews between January and September 2020. The research helped capture the pre-pandemic landscape through the various stages of pandemic shutdowns and early recovery efforts. Experts from Javelin and SAS explored the study during a complimentary, live webinar, Understanding Your Customer in a Digitised Landscape, on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. ET, now available on demand. They examined how COVID-19 has exacerbated payments fraud and other digital schemes – and how financial institutions can optimally respond. “The impacts of this fraud wave are being felt in much different ways due to accelerating digital payments adoption throughout the world,” said Stu Bradley, Vice President of the global Fraud and Security Intelligence Division at SAS. “Effectively combating the issue requires leveraging a wider set of digital data and a hybrid, multilayered approach to making decisions through the pandemic and far beyond. Advanced analytics is the common denominator that provides agility for what’s yet to come.” Among the study’s key findings and recommendations: Digital payments present an escalating global risk. Though prevalent payment technologies vary by region, fraud trends have significant commonalities across geographies. This indicates that criminals coordinate and share information more openly than do financial institutions, giving them a significant advantage in thwarting fraud controls. Cross-border fraud is increasingly common. Digital fraud is increasing in frequency and sophistication. Fraudsters and criminal networks’ arsenal of tricks is becoming as advanced as the technologies used to detect their activities. Social engineering, phishing and identity schemes, and the breadth of digital payment methods are shifting the odds in the bad guys’ favour. Organisations should be aware that new payment mechanisms are especially targeted due to ineffective risk mitigation controls at launch. Financial services organisations need layered technology and analytic capabilities to identify overlapping threats in real time. The complexity of criminals’ attack vectors demands a layered approach to preventing and detecting fraud, while also having a means to orchestrate strategies and investigation activities. Automated actions and predictive case management powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning can help reduce reliance on staff to monitor fraud activity and increase efficiency. Data is critical. Using data for real-time analytics and automated actions will be crucial to thriving in this new digital normal. Capabilities will vary based on technological maturity, but organisations at all stages have a common need for as much real-time data as possible to make effective decisions. Importantly, deploying cloud infrastructure for fraud management systems boosts data ingestion capabilities. Managing risk during payment transformation The transformation of payments – both in existing and new methods – requires financial institutions to understand all payment entry points. Protecting those entry points from digital fraud is considerably more complicated. “The move from omnichannel to multichannel, combined with the sophisticated nature of tools criminals have available to them, provides a road map for financial institutions to build their near- and longer-term fraud mitigation strategies,” said Krista Tedder, Head of Payments at Javelin Strategy & Research. “Without technology and operational improvements, financial institutions face significant reputational damage and financial losses. “While some improvements can be deployed quickly for more immediate relief, other advances will take months or years to develop,” continued Tedder. “The critical first steps are to start processing all data streams in real time and to combine identity management and transaction monitoring to not only identity fraud that has occurred, but to stop it even before it occurs. The financial services industry as a whole needs to better utilise available artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.” Since the start of the pandemic, financial institutions have tirelessly innovated to meet customers’ need for flexibility and immediacy. Now they must redefine how they protect themselves and their customers from the associated risks. Learn more about fraud analytics from SAS. About SASSAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. Premium Brand Quality Tyres Nearly New Recycled Secondhand Burleigh Gold Coast 2020-10-22T05:00:00Z premium-brand-quality-tyres-nearly-new-recycled-secondhand-burleigh-gold-coast Failure to Maintain Vehicle and Tyres Can Cost Owners Accident Payouts With the current costs involved in buying vehicles in the first place, as well as those accrued when they have to be repaired or replaced, vehicle insurance may seem like a must have. But to ensure its there with a payout, and a suitably-sized one at that, to meet the costs in the event of fire, theft, or a collision on the road, it has to be the right insurance, and the car owner has to keep the car and it’s tyres well looked after and maintained. According to Australian tyre recycler Chris Lett, it may be easy for vehicle owners to overlook worn tyres or delay replacing them for a while, but they won’t be overlooked by insurers if a claim is made, and that could cost the vehicle owner a great deal.To make sure they’re signing up for the right insurance policy, Lett says vehicle owners should be careful to read the small print in the policy documents carefully for exclusions, and following the agreement, owners should be sure to keep the car well maintained, and it’s insurer up to date in terms of its condition, or any repairs or changes that were made that were not connected to a claim. Otherwise, payouts may be withheld.Why Tyres and Changes Can Squash the PayoutLett says warn tyres are a big disqualifier. Not only are they dangerous but it will guarantee an unsuccessful claim, which is one of the reasons why it is so important to regularly check them and ensure they meet the legal tyre safety standards.He said the insurers who refuse payout when tyres are badly worn, justify this by citing how these tyres can raise the risk of collision by lengthening braking distance, damaging other vital parts, and loosening the vehicle’s grip on the road which can make it more likely to crash, slide or roll, particularly in wet weather, all of which are a valid argument. When it comes to changes made to cars, Lett says: “Most owners don’t realise that modifications to the vehicle such as a repaint job, can also cause a claim to be rejected, as the vehicle is not the same vehicle that the insurer originally agreed to cover.” Lett advises checking with the insurer before making any changes to the vehicle.Read: Best Premium Brands Nearly New Secondhand Recycled Tyres in Ashmore Gold CoastSometimes Vehicle Owners Don’t Have a ChoiceTo make sure the insurance taken out is the right one, vehicle owners do have a number of possible choices. But not when it comes to Comprehensive Third Party (or Green Slip insurance). All Australian car owners are required to have this, no matter which state they live in. CTP protects the driver from financial liability by covering the third parties involved if there’s an accident which results in injury.This includes passengers in the insured vehicle as well as other drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians (and any passengers they have), and all those travelling on public transport. Depending on the assessment of the claim, CTP may cover a number of costs such as general damages (pain and suffering), rehabilitation, care costs, loss of income, medical treatment, funeral costs, and even financial support for the surviving spouse, partner or dependents in the event of a fatal crash.However, as CTP does not cover vehicle and property damage, which can run into thousands, come into their thousands, Chris Lett of Branigans Tyres in Queensland, suggests motorists investigate having additional insurance to ensure peace of mind in such a situation.Read: Ashmore Gold Coast Second-hand Tread Premium Brands Nearly New Recycled TyresChoosing an Additional Insurance“The best option is the one that fits the vehicle owner’s needs the best,” explains Lett. Comprehensive car insurance, which offers the most protection, covers any vehicle damage caused by collision, malicious actions, theft, or weather, but it is also the most costly in terms of premiums, and therefore might not be warranted if the vehicle is old.This leaves Third Party Property Only, which, as its name suggests, covers only damage to the other vehicle or property, but not the policy owner’s. Fire and Theft Only policies cover the policy owner’s vehicle for fire damage and theft, but there is no cover included for damage caused in a collision.For further information, visit or call Chris and his team for Second Hand Tyres Gold Coast |Branigans Budget Tyres at the Service Centres at either Burleigh Heads (07) 5535 2660 or Southport (07) 5591 8633.Syndicated by Baxton Media, The Market Influencers, Your Digital Marketing Agency. American Pickups Left-Hand Drive Conversion Ford Imported Trucks Towing Vehicles 2020-10-22T05:00:00Z american-pickups-left-hand-drive-conversion-ford-imported-trucks-towing-vehicles Maracoonda Automotive: How Dedication Turned a Family Business Into a Market LeaderThere aren’t many places in Australia where you can get a brand-new mirror-image conversion of the super-powerful towing pickups the USA is so justly famed for. But Maracoonda Automotive has earned a name for perfection in its field. So much so that motorists will talk about “Maracoonda conversions” among those who share their enthusiasm for American-made pickups that can cruise the Australian countryside with a speedboat or horse float in tow.Even for its loyal customer-base, the fact that Maracoonda Automotive is a family-owned business with small beginnings remains something to wonder at and exclaim about. But their success, “Mamma Maracoonda” Anne Anderson says, rests on the dedication, skill, and a commitment towards excellence that took Maracoonda’s out-of-town location into a Mecca for those with specific towing-vehicle requirements.“American pickups have what it takes to power our leisure market,” she says, “and we have the skill, expertise, and experience to meet regulatory requirements while creating mirror-image conversions that are known for their reliability, power, and driver-satisfaction.”Read: Imported American Pickups High-Quality Left-Hand Drive Conversions in QueenslandFrom Workshop Floor to Left-Hand Drive Conversion ExpertAnderson may not have started her career as an automotive expert, but when her husband first started his business, the former hairdresser and cosmetician exchanged salon for workshop, happily getting her hands dirty while she learned the tools and skills of an entirely new trade. Today, she co-manages the business, although, she remarks wryly that some clients still want to talk to her husband despite her 40 plus years as mainstay of Maracoonda.In that time, she has seen the business of converting US-made vehicles change radically from a trade with little oversight to the highly-regulated industry it is today. Very few businesses have what it takes to comply with the new regulations, says Anderson, but with Maracoonda being focussed on quality from the outset, achieving compliance was easier than it may have been for some.Why Maracoonda Automotive Converted Imports Rule the RoadsAside from meeting the multitude of regulatory requirements that any business attempting imported vehicle conversions must achieve, Maracoonda Automotive has a competitive edge owing to the quality of its work and the customer service philosophy that it follows. Anderson admits that Maracoonda vehicles aren’t anything approaching “cheap.” But, thanks to its dedication to excellence, Maracoonda Automotive offers value and boasts a reputation that’s second to none.Clients’ relationship with Maracoonda don’t end once the sparkling new vehicle leaves its premises with a proud new owner behind the wheel. Once a perfect mirror-image conversion leaves the workshop floor, Maracoonda Automotive still goes the extra mile – or even the extra thousand miles – to meet its customers’ needs through after- sales service. And although “family-owned” may seem to hark back to another era, that includes employing cutting-edge technology to get and communicate diagnostics if there’s a mechanical issue.There are firms who do conversions for less than Maracoonda, but Anderson maintains that their clients are likely sacrificing something in terms of quality, personalised attention, and especially the after-sales service that goes with Maracoonda Automotive’s vehicles no matter where they may travel.That value continues to be recognised for years to come. When the time comes to sell up, Maracoonda conversions fetch premium prices. So much so, says Anderson, that many people who were considering a used Maracoonda conversion opt for a new import instead.Read: American Pickups Ford RAM Trucks Left-hand Converted Australian Towing VehiclesDedication Takes Maracoonda to the TopFrom assessing individual customer needs to undertaking the importation process and entire mirror-image conversion in-house, and following that up with customer service that’s second to none, this family-owned business has carved a niche as a market-leader in its field. And with its clients joining the family from the time they commit to a purchase until the time they decide it’s time for a new towing-vehicle, it’s no wonder that they keep coming back for more.For more information visit Maracoonda Automotive | American Pickup Truck Imports Queensland website or call Ann and her team of experts on 07 5496 7773.Syndicated by Baxton Media, The Market Influencers, Your Digital Marketing Agency. Children Eye Care Clinic Bondi Perceptual Vision Therapy Behavioural Optometrist 2020-10-22T05:00:00Z children-eye-care-clinic-bondi-perceptual-vision-therapy-behavioural-optometrist Classroom Behaviour May Reveal Vision Disorders Standard Eye-Tests MissA standard eye test with a perfect 20/20 eyesight score doesn’t prove all’s well with a child’s visual system any more than a school report stating that a child’s ready to start the next grade is a guarantee they will get anywhere near reaching their potential, according to Australian behavioural optometrists Gary Rodney and Jacqueline Gattegno. They say these reports also won’t reveal the often undetected or overlooked vision problems that statistics show, one in four schoolchildren (including some with 20/20 eyesight) are silently dealing with, without even realising they exist. And ultimately it may be left to low performance and aberrant behaviour in class to finally reveal them.Read: Bondi Eye Care Treatment Clinic Sydney Prevention Children Myopia Vision ProblemNot All Normals are NormalAccording to Gattegno, children, and often those around them, are totally unaware that there’s a vision problem, and are therefore unlikely to realise that vision errors could be behind low learning performance, and unexpected classroom behaviour which doesn’t seem to be in sync with the child’s personality traits or cognitive development.She says children don’t really see their vision as being anything but normal, because they haven’t experienced anything else. And while they may realise that they don’t see or experience things the same way their classmates do, they may tend to be reticent about discussing it with those around them, so many parents and teachers are left in the dark.Getting to the Bottom of Behaviour ProblemsRodney, founder of the Smart Vision Optometry system based in Sydney, says vision problems impacting on learning skills and classroom behaviour often involve focusing and eye-tracking issues, or a lack of teamwork between the eyes. These can affect the way children see their lives and how they function in them, and they can certainly impact on their understanding or perception of what is seen in the classroom, and how they react to it.He says that to work perfectly the visual system needs uninterrupted and perfect teamwork between the eyes and brain. The eyes harvest information provided by light rays and transmit it to the brain, where this information is decoded and processed into understandable and usable images. Any glitches in this system or shortfalls in the teamwork can bring about a similar outcome to that of a single player who’s out of form on match-day and so causes a sports team to lose a match which seemed like a certain win.Rodney says that, similarly, the out of sync behavioural patterns could be indicating that at least one team player is not performing well in the visual team, resulting in children having difficulty paying attention or concentrating; avoiding certain activities like reading or playing sport; and being reluctant when it comes to answering questions or really engaging in classroom discussions.Read: North Sydney Behavioural Optometrist Perceptual Eye Vision Treatment PreventionVision Testing and Therapy May be the SolutionFortunately, he says these patterns, and the vision problems causing them, can be identified by testing for visual perceptual and functional skill deficits, and any eye deficiencies which could be causing them. And in many cases these can be corrected using vision therapy provided this intervention is done timeously. On the other hand, relying solely on regular eye-tests could mean that these vision dysfunctions and impairments, which affect the way people see objects and interpret what they are seeing, can go untreated, or be misdiagnosed as a neurodevelopmental disorder such as ADHD, or other learning disorders like dyslexia.For more information on behavioural optometry, perceptual vision, vision therapy and its importance, or to book an appointment for a thorough eye or vision check-up,visit the Smart Vision website: Optometrists Sydney: Optometry Services For Children and Adults | Smart Vision; for specific information about Myopia treatment and prevention visit Myopia Prevention: Solutions, Control And Treatment In Sydney; and for detailed information about Myopia Treatment visit Orthokeratology In Sydney: The Non Surgical Alternative.To book an appointment for a thorough eye check-up, click here or Call the Bondi clinic on (02) 9365 5047 or the Mosman clinic on (02) 9969 1600.Syndicated by Baxton Media, The Market Influencers, Your Digital Marketing Agency. Online training creators can now unleash custom images for elearning 2020-10-22T04:59:05Z online-training-creators-can-now-unleash-custom-images-for-elearning Images for elearning are just too hard! Online training allows learners to access content in any location, from any device and at any time. Without the need for printed workbooks, the options to use digital media – audio, video and images for elearning – are plentiful. However, media takes time to create and use. Finding an image for elearning requires… - Searching for a suitable image which is royalty-free - Finding a high resolution of that image which can scale to any screen size - Cropping the image to the required size - Adding any addition image improvements – filters, text, mark-ups - Saving the image in a suitable format and size - Uploading the image into your eLearning authoring tool or learning platform If you need to create 20 images for eLearning per module, that’s a lot of effort and time. Not surprisingly, too many online training modules have too much text and too little media. The Solution: Tribal Habits + Pixabay + Doka While Tribal Habits already had fantastic building-blocks to present images uploaded by online training creators, this meant that those images had to be sourced and prepared outside the platform. This created a barrier, increasing effort and reducing the likelihood of our amazing image building-blocks being used in the first place. David King, Tribal Habits CEO said, "Tribal Habits approached this challenge by thinking outside the box. Unlike desktop-based software or old eLearning authoring tools, modern cloud platforms are able to easily integrate with exceptional technology from other companies. We were able to integrate two amazing technologies directly into our building-blocks." Pixabay image library This integration allows online training creators to search and import from over 2,000,000 royalty-free images. Using the Pixabay API, we can ensure that suitable images for elearning are suggested, that images are imported in a suitable size and that the entire ‘search and import’ process takes seconds. Doka image editor Once the image is imported, online training creators can then edit that image in location. The Doka image editor is both powerful and simple. Cropping images takes seconds, while creators can annotate images with text and diagrams, apply filters or resize the image. The implementation process for online training creators is seamless. Search, import, edit and save entirely customised images in seconds. Then use those images through-out many of the Tribal Habits building blocks. - Add captions (with dynamic image and caption resizing for all devices). - Add interactive markers to further annotate images with text or break-up large blocks of text. - Add audio to create narrated slideshows of images to tell a story or explain a process. These features are available for any organisation with a Creator package at no additional cost and are accessible in any Tribal Habits building block which supports images. More, better and customised images for eLearning Tribal Habits helps online training creators unleash images for elearning! In less than 30 seconds, you can: - Search over 2,000,000 royalty-free images suitable for eLearning - Immediately edit the image to crop, filter and annotate (text and drawing) - Save the image in a suitable format for all browsers - Use the image with dynamic captioning which resizes to any device - Add interactive markers, via Tribal Habits’ Hotspot technology, to combine text and images together - Create a narrated slideshow, with automated or recorded voiceover, to combine text and audio together - Insert images into any interaction, quiz or poll to bring colour to the page and visually represent key knowledge David King further said, "The combination of Tribal Habits amazing online training creation technology, combined with the Pixabay stock photo library and the powerful Doka image editor, gives online training creators the fastest, easiest and most enjoyable way to transform text-heaving training into engaging, media-driven learning." More information Tribal Habits is a groundbreaking cloud-based platform which makes online training easy to create, engaging to learn and simple to manage. Tribal Habits is fully developed, owned, supported and hosted in Australia, with over 75,000 users and growing. Contact us at or Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images and videos. Learn more at Doka allows high-performance JavaScript image editing in the browser. A beautiful and intuitive JavaScript image editor that works everywhere and is easy for developers to integrate. Learn more at Aussies Dreaming Of New Zealand 2020-10-22T04:08:59Z aussies-dreaming-of-new-zealand Fresh research released by Australian cashback service Kickback shows Aussies are busting for an overseas holiday. The survey of 500 Australians was conducted in October, with 73% of respondents saying they believe there is pent up demand for international travel after COVID restrictions ease. The figures show travellers are conflicted between a beach escape (24%) or reuniting with family and friends (25%), and that most respondents were dreaming of a trip to New Zealand. Significantly, most (74%) travellers believe the cost of flights and hotels will be higher for the next few years, with respondents more likely to use cashback or coupon sites such as Kickback to save money on their travel bookings. Kickback co-founder David Boyd said the findings were important. "These findings confirm that demand is strong and that the travel industry needs to be prepared to meet it. We just need to get through COVID first and see travel restrictions lifted as soon as possible." he said. Most respondents are keeping faith with travel providers, with many confident that airlines and hotels will be clean to a COVID safe level. And if respondents have points with loyalty points programs they are holding onto them until they can be used for travel. However, the uncertainty of Coronavirus means most are more likely to take out travel insurance. Travellers Kickback and Relax Brothers Andrew and David Boyd launched in early 2020. The platform now boasts more than 400 retailers and more than 6500 members. David Boyd said Kickback combines the rewards structure from frequent flyer programs to cashback, which means the more members shop with Kickback, the more cash back they earn. Mr Boyd added Kickback had a tiered system, meaning that the more members use the platform, the further they ‘level up’, unlocking cash bonuses and increased benefits. About the Survey Kickback, (, a website that helps shoppers earn cash back on their shopping, commissioned a survey of 500 adult Australians. The survey was conducted via Pollfish and Google in October, 2020. Click here to see the full results: Post Covid Travel Survey