The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-02-21T00:32:28Z Press Release: How to get a home loan post-royal commission 2019-02-21T00:32:28Z press-release-how-to-get-a-home-loan-post-royal-commission Friday 15 February 2019  Experts reveal how to get a home loan post-royal commission The events of the last 12-24 months have conspired to make it extremely challenging for Australians who are keen to buy property. From the APRA-led credit slowdown, which forced lenders to limit the number of investors and interest-only loans on their books to the Royal Commission, which obliterated the banks over their irresponsible lending practices and a nationwide slow-down in property price growth, a number of factors have made it harder to get a home loan now compared to a few years ago. Tighter lending criteria and longer processing times are making it difficult for even the most vanilla borrowers to secure finance – culminating in what some in the industry are calling “the near prime mortgage crisis”. With the recommendations from the banking royal commission hot off the press, the latest issue of Your Investment Property takes a deep dive into what homebuyers can do to get a loan in the current environment. “The royal commission called out the banking industry for its lax practices, such as its failure to thoroughly check living expenses. It’s now harder for borrowers to get a loan as lenders require them to list every single expense,” says Your Investment Property editor Sarah Megginson. “You need to present the best possible case regarding your ability to service a new loan, which is why we’ve spoken to the experts to get their tips on how to boost your serviceability.”  Your Investment Property’s tips on getting loan approval include: ·        Be prepared to look beyond the big four – while the big banks have tightened their loan application criteria, making it harder to access lending in the current mortgage market, smaller institutions and non-bank lenders can often be more flexible    ·        Talk to a broker – A reputable broker will help you find the best rates and most suitable loan products on the market and may be able to guide you to products you were not aware of  ·        Prepare early – The increased burden on banks to get it right when assessing applications means many lenders are asking for extra information, which can also affect application processing times. "It is a really confusing time for investors and there are so many unknowns, but one thing that history does tell us is that good quality property always rises in value, so don't let the current market confusion deter you from taking action,” says Megginson. The complete guide on how to get a loan in 2019 is available in the new issue of Your Investment Property magazine. Also in this issue, we profile a property investor who has survived plenty of ups and downs, including the GFC, to amass a portfolio worth over $9m; we walk you through the process of investing interstate; and reveal how to conduct your own DIY building and pest inspection when you find the right property. This and more in the March issue of Your Investment Property magazine, on sale from 14 February at leading newsagents and Coles supermarkets nationwide or available online.  -ENDS- COSBOA Release: Time for business to champion sensible responses on energy 2019-02-21T00:25:00Z cosboa-release-time-for-business-to-champion-sensible-responses-on-energy Today one of our major national newspapers is carrying a front-page story about the ongoing energy crisis and the potential economic risks that flow from political plans based around ideology not reality. Peter Strong, CEO of Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), responded saying; “Business knows that if you have a problem then you must address it with a plan that identifies and manages change and the risks - practically and comprehensively – you can’t stand still. It is time for our political parties to stop pandering to the extreme left and extreme right voices in their ranks – they must let the ‘sensible centre’ majority to be heard.” “Small business is frustrated and angry – we continue to feel the pain from ever increasing energy prices while farmers and businesses in regional communities face devastating losses from bushfire and floods of increasing severity.” COSBOA knows that small business people, like all Australians, want an energy system that provides reliable and affordable electricity while reducing GHG emissions. This can be done without destroying jobs and wrecking the Australian economy in the process. COSBOA will be holding an invite-only Small Business Energy Summit in Melbourne on 20 March to confront this issue head-on. This summit will focus on all challenges and develop a roadmap that is about change management and risk management. The Energy Summit will be working out ways small businesses can take control of their electricity usage and costs, in a way that is both affordable and environmentally responsible. Mr Strong added, “Many households have voted with their feet by installing rooftop solar panels. Doing this in a small business, operating in a building or shop they don’t necessarily own is harder, but not impossible.” “And it is not just about coal and renewables. There are major opportunities for Australia to better harness its vast reserves of natural gas to power Australia’s economy with lower carbon emissions, alongside coal and renewables. Yet many State/Territory governments appear to be asleep at the wheel in respect of these opportunities”. “We are going to assemble a team of partners (political leaders, business leaders – big, medium and small) to develop a practical plan that will work for Australian Businesses.” “We are delighted that Minister Taylor has agreed to open the forum and we will be inviting the other political leaders in this space to tell us how they could help Australian businesses (of all sizes) take control of their energy costs and responsibly reduce their GHG emissions”. Mr Strong finally added; “It is past time for action. The time for talk ended years ago.” Kemp recharges brand, bolstering automation and predictive analytics to propel enterprise app experience (AX) 2019-02-20T23:15:09Z kemp-recharges-brand-bolstering-automation-and-predictive-analytics-to-propel-enterprise-app-experience-ax SYDNEY, Feb. 21, 2019 – Kemp, the leader in powering always-on application experience (AX), today introduced enhanced automation and predictive analytics capabilities that further simplify the deployment and ongoing management of its load balancing and application delivery controller (ADC) software across decentralised, multi-cloud environments. To align with the company’s vision to transform the end-to-end lifecycle of application delivery for enterprises and service providers, Kemp has also refreshed its brand identity. Intelligence gathered from more than 60,000 Kemp global application deployments indicates that 48% of organisations see as many as nine incidents per week that, if gone undetected, could impact end-user application experience. In addition, Kemp finds 61% of AX related events are caused by application capacity issues such as failing or degrading application servers. The Kemp 360 AX fabric is designed to proactively solve this for enterprises and service providers. “Our DNA from the beginning has been about building invisible technology with a visible impact,” said Ray Downes, CEO of Kemp. “Now, Kemp is taking application delivery to the next level. As workload requirements change due to cloud and DevOps trends, we’re alongside our customers every step of the way, providing new levels of automation and frictionless deployment options to help them optimize and streamline application delivery with increased efficiency.” Kemp 360 defines next-generation of application delivery Since 2000, Kemp has consistently innovated to help customers ensure continuous application availability and security with many ‘firsts’, including, virtualised load balancers, app-centric software-defined networking (SDN) integrations, the per-app ADC deployment model, and metered licensing. In this next phase, Kemp is extending the capabilities of its Kemp 360 AX fabric to further simplify end-to-end application delivery lifecycle management: Day 0 – Kemp Virtual LoadMaster® and 360 Central® enables customers to streamline initial ecosystem assessment and deployment of fast and agile per-app ADC/load balancing for DevOps and traditional operations use cases. Central simplifies infrastructure transition planning by providing automated assessment reports that highlight peak performance, throughput, and utilisation across F5 Big-IP, AWS Elastic Load Balancer, Nginx, and HAproxy load balancers, and the applications those tools are in front of. Day 1 – Central simplifies per-app load balancer deployment and ongoing configuration management with automated zero-touch provisioning. The ability to define desired state of your load balancer estate combined with deep cloud platform API integration enables administrators to shorten time-to-market for new application services through auto-deployment. Day 2 – To address scale, complexity and AX issue management associated with day 2 operations, Kemp 360 Vision® increases observability of distributed workload ecosystems. By intelligently correlating data points across ADC instances, the underlying network, and backend applications, Vision provides early detection of developing AX issues and provides actionable insight to operators on possible causes before customers experience problems. By operating across, network, application, third-party load balancer and security domains, Vision is able to leverage the intelligence from tens-of-thousands of global application deployments to help customers prevent issues and shorten time-to-detection and resolution. According to research from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), 92 percent of enterprise network engineering and operations professionals have an initiative in place to expand their use of network automation, and 70 percent say this automation is a high priority. EMA analyst Shamus McGillicuddy said, “Kemp offers an end-to-end architecture that addresses many of the issues mentioned above, and we recommend enterprise application leaders evaluate this approach to determine if it meets their emerging multi-cloud and hybrid cloud requirements.” Many enterprises are finding frustration with the legacy approach to application delivery. ZK Research found that out of 1,000 enterprise survey respondents, a staggering 70% wanted to replace their current ADC Vendor, citing vendor lock-in, pricing and unnecessary complexity as key reasons. Availability The Kemp 360 AX fabric, including the extensive family of virtual and hardware LoadMasters, 360 Central and 360 Vision, is available from Kemp and its global network of channel partners. For basic services and QA/test use cases, DevOps professionals can start with Kemp’s Free LoadMaster at Kemp 360 Central is also available as a free trial download at About Kemp Kemp powers always-on application experience (AX) for enterprises and service providers. Leveraging an agile per-app ADC/load balancing consumption model, predictive analytics, and automated issue resolution, Kemp is radically simplifying how customers optimize, analyze and secure their applications across private and multi-cloud environments. Kemp counts more than 25,000 customers and 60,000 application deployments in 115 countries. Take control of your application experience at Contact David Quaid Kemp Technologies 1 646 885 6693 Kemp rallies partners around next-gen application experience for hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures 2019-02-20T23:08:33Z kemp-rallies-partners-around-next-gen-application-experience-for-hybrid-and-multi-cloud-infrastructures SYDNEY Feb. 21, 2019 – Kemp, the leader in powering always-on application experience (AX), today enhanced its global channel program and AX partner ecosystem with new innovations and resources designed to drive accelerated adoption of the company’s next-generation load balancing solutions. The Kemp AX partner ecosystem includes technology alliance partners, system integrators, distributors, value-added resellers, cloud service providers, managed service providers and solution consultants. In conjunction with the company’s refreshed brand identity and product enhancements also announced today, Kemp is aligning its partners with the most flexible licensing, deployment and management capabilities to help simplify the application delivery lifecycle for customers across data centre, cloud, hybrid-cloud or multi-cloud infrastructures. “In a hybrid or multi-cloud world, putting all of your applications behind a single load balancer or application delivery controller (ADC) can be futile, the best Application Experience (AX) will be when application services are dedicated to individual applications,” said Peter Melerud, co-founder and chief strategy officer for Kemp. “Our product enhancement presents an opportunity for partners to provide increased value to customers. With our per-app ADC deployment model and per-app analytics, our customers benefit from greater business agility and flexibility to migrate applications to the cloud as they see fit.” Enhanced technology and platform integrations With increasing adoption of cloud and multi-cloud architectures, platform ubiquity is more important than ever. As the first virtualised and cloud-ready ADC, Kemp is now extending its technology partner integrations to include advanced tier status with VMware on AWS, Select status with Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), and advanced tier relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS). “As organisations distribute their workloads across hybrid cloud environments, the centralized application viewpoint is no longer central,” said Ivan Oprencak, director, product marketing, VMware Cloud on AWS. “This is where Kemp's integration with VMware Cloud on AWS will help customers in seamless and cost effective distribution, management and monitoring of workloads across hybrid cloud environment. This will definitely help customers accelerate their hybrid cloud journey.” New cloud service provider partnerships Kemp has extended its cloud service provider partnerships to include CenturyLink, Ceryx, ConvergeOne, Options IT and Kemp’s per-app consumption model for load balancing/ADC, combined with new automated centralized provisioning, simplifies how service providers can deliver and manage these solutions for customers. The xSP benefits from a more repeatable, instant-on deployment model, and metered licensing aligns with the xSP cost models to drive positive revenue day one. New tools to drive channel readiness Kemp is arming its channel partners with valuable sales, marketing and training tools to facilitate new market opportunities and to quickly grow the load balancing/ADC business worldwide. This includes resale and distribution partnerships in ANZ with Pacific Tech, Ingram Micro, SVA Distribution, Wowrack, ACW Distribution, SAPPLY, Secure One and more. Partner benefits include: Flexible pricing options: Perpetual, subscription and metered licensing TCO calculator: Compares metered, perpetual and competitive ADC licensing. Assessments: Evaluate multi-vendor load balancing effectiveness. Partner Central: Comprehensive access to sales and marketing enablement tools. Training: World-class training Margins: Competitive margins and incentives “CDW and Kemp have been partners for years and our mutual customers have benefited from Kemp’s innovative software,” says Brian Werth, category leader, enterprise networking for CDW. “CDW is excited to help champion application experience for customers of all sizes as their workloads and environments evolve with Kemp." “Our IT solutions and infrastructure solve 90% of the security and compliance regulations that our customers at the federal, state and local government have to fulfill, such as PCI, FIPS, NIST, FISMA and WAF, so that they can focus on what they do best,” said Claude Swanson, director of service Delivery at IT-CNP’s division. “At the government level, application experience takes on an expanded meaning. Our partnership with Kemp plays an essential role by providing a seamless, highly available, and secure experience for today’s rapidly changing application delivery environment.” About Kemp Kemp powers always-on application experience (AX) for enterprises and service providers. Leveraging an agile per-app ADC/load balancing consumption model, predictive analytics, and automated issue resolution, Kemp is radically simplifying how customers optimize, analyze and secure their applications across private and multi-cloud environments. Kemp counts more than 25,000 customers and 60,000 application deployments in 115 countries. Take control of your application experience at Contact David Quaid Kemp Technologies 1 646 885 6693 AIIA calls for cohesive national approach to upgrade digital skills at tertiary education level 2019-02-20T22:03:16Z aiia-calls-for-cohesive-national-approach-to-upgrade-digital-skills-at-tertiary-education-level Sydney, Australia – 21 February 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, is calling for a cohesive national approach to raise the standard of digital skills education and training at tertiary education institutions to better meet the demand for skilled digital workers. A staggering 46 per cent of Australian 15- to 19-year-olds participate in vocational education and training (VET). This provides a real opportunity to reach young Australians and provide them with digital skills to enhance their career options. Yet take-up of information technology courses ranked 12th out of 13 fields of education according to 2017 VET data. The Australian Government’s review of the VET system is an opportunity to develop a national policy that can align vocational training approaches and outcomes across all states and territories. This will enable Australia to maximise the benefits of the $6 billion annual VET investment and focus on growing digital skills in the workforce. Commenting on the importance of upgrading digital skills, AIIA CEO Ron Gauci, said: “The Government urgently needs to take every opportunity it can to ensure that Australian industry, businesses and the public sector have access to highly trained, digitally skilled young people that are ready to enter the workforce. “The development of a national policy for tertiary education digital skills and training that is backed by appropriate investment in the system will create opportunities for both students and industry. This will require the Government to assume a lead coordination role to ensure collaboration across each of the states and territories. “The alternative is to continue to offshore IT jobs to offset skills shortages in Australia, and increase the industry’s growing reliance on imported digital talent. “The low VET participation rate of older Australians reskilling for new careers is also a concern. Nationally consistent policies that encourage and support VET retraining of older workers in digital skills will benefit individuals and business alike - both on a local level and in regional areas where there is a digital skills shortage,” added Mr Gauci. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 Endace Named Winner in the 15th Annual Info Security Products Guide's 2019 Global Excellence Awards 2019-02-20T13:08:26Z endace-named-winner-in-the-15th-annual-info-security-product-guide-s-2019-global-excellence-awards AUCKLAND, New Zealand – February xx 2019  -- Endace announced today that Info Security Products Guide, the industry's leading information security research and advisory guide, has named the EndaceProbe Series 9200 Analytics Platform the Gold Winner in the 15th Annual 2019 Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards® in the Best Security Hardware Product (New or Updated Version) category, Silver Winner in the Security Investigation category, and Bronze Winner in Network Security and Management category. These prestigious, global awards recognize cybersecurity and information technology vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products, solutions, and services that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies. The EndaceProbe™ Analytics Platform uniquely combines the ability to losslessly record network traffic while simultaneously hosting network security and performance analytics applications. The new 9200 Series is the latest model EndaceProbe and sets new industry benchmarks for speed, density and storage capacity. By introducing built-in hardware compression and patented Smart TruncationÔ Endace has quadrupled the storage capacity, doubled the sustained recording speed and tripled the hosting capacity of this model compared to previous models – resulting in the world’s first petabyte network recorder in a single, 4-RU footprint. The dramatic increase in storage capacity offered by the new 9200 Series lets customers record weeks, rather than days of network traffic data, giving them the ability to go much further back in time to investigate security threats and breaches. “We are extremely proud that our EndaceProbe 9200 Series Analytics Platform has been recognized as a winner by Info Security Products Guide,” said Stuart Wilson, CEO of Endace. “And to receive not just one award but three, amongst such fantastic company, is truly tremendous.” “This success is a direct result of our relentless drive to stay customer-focused and make packet capture affordable for all enterprises, and above all a fantastic effort from a very talented team here at Endace. The awards further validate our commitment to our customers and their security needs and to the fantastic collaborative relationship we have with our Fusion Partners. It was great to see two of these partners – Darktrace and Ixia – also recognized in these awards: congratulations team.” Gartner Survey Reveals Digital Twins Are Entering Mainstream Use 2019-02-20T09:30:39Z gartner-survey-reveals-digital-twins-are-entering-mainstream-use STAMFORD, Conn., February 20, 2019 — Thirteen percent of organizations implementing Internet of Things (IoT) projects already use digital twins, while 62 percent are either in the process of establishing digital twin use or plan to do so, according to a recent IoT implementation survey* by Gartner, Inc. Gartner defines a digital twin as a software design pattern that represents a physical object with the objective of understanding the asset’s state, responding to changes, improving business operations and adding value. “The results — especially when compared with past surveys — show that digital twins are slowly entering mainstream use,” said Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner. “We predicted that by 2022, over two-thirds of companies that have implemented IoT will have deployed at least one digital twin in production. We might actually reach that number within a year.” While only 13 percent of respondents claim to already use digital twins, 62 percent are either in the process of establishing the technology or plan to do so in the next year. This rapid growth in adoption is due to extensive marketing and education by technology vendors, but also because digital twins are delivering business value and have become part of enterprise IoT and digital strategies. “We see digital twin adoption in all kinds of organizations. However, manufacturers of IoT-connected products are the most progressive, as the opportunity to differentiate their product and establish new service and revenue streams is a clear business driver,” Mr. Lheureux added. Digital Twins Serve Many Masters A key factor for enterprises implementing IoT is that their digital twins serve different constituencies inside and outside the enterprise. Fifty-four percent of respondents reported that while most of their digital twins serve only one constituency, sometimes their digital twins served multiple; nearly a third stated that either most or all their digital twins served multiple constituencies. For example, the constituencies of a connected car digital twin can include the manufacturer, a customer service provider and the insurance company, each with a need for different IoT data. When asked for examples of digital twin constituencies, replies varied widely, ranging from internal IoT data consumers, such as employees or security over commercial partners to technology providers. “These findings show that digital twins serve a wide range of business objectives,” said Mr. Lheureux. “Designers of digital twins should keep in mind that they will probably need to accommodate multiple data consumers and provide appropriate data access points.” Digital Twins Are Often Integrated With Each Other When an organization has multiple digital twins deployed, it might make sense to integrate them. For example, in a power plant with IoT-connected industrial valves, pumps and generators, there is a role for digital twins for each piece of equipment, as well as a composite digital twin, which aggregates IoT data across the equipment to analyze overall operations. Despite this setup being very complex, 61 percent of companies that have implemented digital twins have already integrated at least one pair of digital twins with each other, and even more — 74 percent of organizations that have not yet integrated digital twins — will do so in the next five years. However, this result also means that 39 percent of respondents have not yet integrated any digital twins; of those, 26 percent still do not plan to do so in five years. “What we see here is that digital twins are increasingly deployed in conjunction with other digital twins for related assets or equipment,” said Mr. Lheureux. “However, true integration is still relatively complicated and requires high-order integration and information management skills. The ability of to integrate digital twins with each other will be a differentiating factor in the future, as physical assets and equipment evolve.” Gartner clients can get more information from “Survey Analysis: Digital Twins Are Poised for Proliferation.” More information on the top technology trends for digital business can found on the Gartner Trends & Prediction Insight Hub. Learn more about the top trends to drive digital innovation to the core of your business at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019. Follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. *For Editors Results presented are based on a Gartner study of IoT implementation conducted July 2018 through August 2018. The research was conducted online among 599 respondents in six countries: China, Germany, India, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. Participating organizations were required to have an annual revenue of greater than $50 million with plans to deploy at least one-use case of IoT — no later than 2019. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organization size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit Hut34 Goes Live with World’s First Google-Powered Ethereum Wallet and Enhanced Wallet-As-A-Service Offering 2019-02-20T05:54:59Z hut34-goes-live-with-world-s-first-google-powered-ethereum-wallet-and-enhanced-wallet-as-a-service-offering Sydney, February 20 2019 – The Hut34 team has gone live with the world’s first Google powered cryptocurrency wallet. With a single click, users can securely, quickly and easily access their Ethereum and cryptocurrency tokens via their own Google credentials. The Hut34 Wallet beta launched late 2018 and since then a raft of exciting new features and functionality have been added to ease the public adoption of emergent token economies. “We are excited about the future applications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, but as it stands access to and using the technology is too hard and time consuming. Only the highly motivated are willing to cross the pain threshold to enter the space,” says Tim McNamara, Founder, Hut34. “This discourages consumers and corporates and is a real barrier to broader crypto adoption. We want to help solve this problem and we believe the Hut34 wallet is a critical contribution to crypto infrastructure to bridge this gap.” Hut34 have developed a better way to provide users with secure wallets that are both user friendly and accessible across any platform, meeting enterprise grade requirements. In fact, they are confident that a better wallet experience will spur the next step towards mainstream adoption in the crypto space. “For consumers we’ve built a solution that removes many of the friction points people hit. We’ve made sign-in super easy - leveraging the power of the Google and OAuth; removing the need to understand the intricacies of private key management to get up and running,” continues McNamara. “They can then securely store their Ethereum and crypto tokens and take advantage of the user friendly and easy to use functionality. What’s really important is that we have no access at all to the users funds at any time. The most important question to ask is ‘who has access to the wallet's private keys?’ - the answer should never be ‘the wallet provider’. Leveraging Google’s identity and security models means users can enter the crypto space seamlessly, maintain access to their addresses without having to store complex details, and not worry about anyone within our, or any other organisation getting access to their information.” In addition the Hut34 developers have launched an incredibly easy to use token conversion tool. This allows users to easily convert between Ethereum and other Ethereum based tokens. A lot of innovative technology and engineering hours went into developing this feature via a ‘decentralised exchange’ protocol called 0x (“Zero ex”). The power of this tech cannot be underestimated as it has removed the need for crypto asset exchange to happen via any third party – which is a potentially risky undertaking. With the Hut34 wallet, your crypto assets remain in your control at all times. To complement the wallet, Hut34 has also released its “Wallet-as-a-Service” or “WaaS” offering to help businesses get up and running on the Ethereum blockchain quickly and securely with their own custom-wallet implementations. “As we launched the, free of charge, Hut34 Wallet for individuals, we were also approached by various organisations launching their own blockchain projects. It was immediately apparent that extending our wallet technology to other businesses, would help them alleviate a lot additional development work and expense,” said Peter Godbolt, Co-Founder, Hut34.   Under this model, wallet services can be white labelled and branded. Corporates maintain the consumer facing interface and features can be enabled at their specification. Using the Hut34 Wallet, businesses can access the strengths of blockchain technology without requiring their development teams to re-skill into challenging new technology.  WaaS is well positioned to enable more businesses and developers to rapidly adopt blockchain technology as this trend gathers momentum. Hut34’s first deployment of their wallet technology is with - creators of Australia’s first regulatory compliant fiat backed token or “stablecoin” called AUDR.  They are also working on other WaaS implementations with exciting new commercial, community, and open science projects including Frankl, TrigID, Solara and the recently launched SevenMile Innovation Lab. Increased API functionality, DEX connectivity and fiat borrow capacity are also in the development pipeline for release in early 2019. The Hut34 Wallet is available at About Hut34 The Hut34 Project is building the tools for the new open data economy. Technology to allow both consumers and corporates to more easily easily control, manage, share, exchange and monetize their data and information. Connecting humans, A.I., bots and IoT sensors towards an open global data and knowledge economy. Find out more about Hut34 Project here ​ Travelling Tips From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-20T04:57:27Z travelling-tips-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Gold Coast Family Car Rentals prides itself on providing top service and best value for money deals, and they have gold medal Consumer Fairness status to prove it. However, CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson says disputes do sometimes arise when clients return hired vehicles, and they are usually because of misunderstandings regarding certain usage restrictions, and the higher bills that can result. Darryl says that all rental companies have restrictions on where their vehicles may be driven, with the smaller companies restricting users to local motoring only. Larger rental groups with multiple branch locations generally offer a wider scope of driving destinations.Darryl says that apart from when you want a car, the next question that his staff asks customers is where they want to go in the car. This is an early opportunity to discuss any usage area issues, preventing post rental negativity. His staff often suggest expanded usage zones where they believe that particular customers might enjoy travelling to popular attractions or areas that are “out of town”. All of Darryl’s rental contracts clearly describe the permitted driving areas, whilst most other rental companies, make no similar specification, relying on the fine print of their rental terms and conditions.Not Just Anyone Can Drive the Car Letting just anybody drive the rental car could cause serious problems if something went wrong, including leading to the insurance on the car being cancelled, and any claim nullified. Darryl points out that this is why all those other than the principal driver who might drive the car at some point during the rental period also need to be registered when the rental contract is signed. Many operators require all drivers to be present, with their drivers’ licences in hand, when the contract is signed, however, his company is happy to accept licence details over the phone for supplementary drivers.Watch Where You Drive ItIf a car rental company does not advertise that you can drive their vehicles “off road”, or on beaches, they do not permit such activity. The vast majority of rental companies do not allow their vehicles to be driven on unsealed roads, the more understanding rental companies have created exceptions to such a ban to allow for unsealed areas of roads under repair or for access to holiday resorts or private residences.Darryl is only aware of a couple of rental companies that allow their cars to be taken on licenced car ferries, despite such vessels being an integral part of the Australian transport infrastructure. In some areas, there are time of day restrictions in relation to rental cars – remote areas generally exclude driving between sundown and sun up. The issue is knowing whether you are in such an area.Whilst there is reasonable freedom for cross border travel between Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Queensland, almost every car rental operator excludes cross border travel into or out of Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia.However, those who choose to ignore the challenges these terrains offer, and the restrictions placed by most car rental operations on where their rentals may be driven, could well find themselves in trouble when they check their account at the end of the rental period, as it could be a lot steeper than expected due to vehicle damage or for breaching the restrictions.How Far Can You Go?Usage zones which set boundaries on the area within the rental car can be driven, and the distances that can be cover in a day or during the entire rental period, may differ from one car rental to another. In some cases, unlimited distance allowances are offered when the rental period is longer than 3 days. And it may sometimes be possible to extend usage zones for a single day or for the entire period at a small extra insurance cost. Darryl says in most cases these changes can be negotiated beforehand to fit a planned itinerary or phoned in if plans suddenly change. Drivers should always interpret unlimited distance allowances to mean “unlimited distance allowances within the permitted usage area”.Keeping on the Right Side of the LawDarryl warns that renters will end up carrying the bill (and the penalty points) should they contravene any road rules or traffic laws. When and how they pay is dependent on how and when they receive the ticket and fine. If the fine notice is attached to the car, or given to the driver in person, payment must be made directly by the driver before the expiry date on the notice. If this notification is ignored, both the authorities and the car rental operation will add penalties to the amount before it is deducted from the renter’s credit card. If it’s a camera fine, it will still ultimately reach the driver, but with steeper added costs. Generally, an unpaid parking fine will be sent to the rental company as registered owner, with a small additional fee added for a registration search. The rental company will add their service fee to this amount and charge the renter. Service fees vary between rental companies, some charging $25 or less, others charging $99 to $150. Speed camera fines require the rental company to make a statutory declaration as to the identity of the person responsible, statutory declaration fees vary from $25 to $250, depending on the rental company. For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city and into the Gold Coast Hinterland in a rental car, learn more details about these restrictions, or book a guaranteed best value for money Gold Coast car rental, all it involves is booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Ant Williams Journeys To The Arctic To Become the Deepest Man Under Ice 2019-02-20T03:47:17Z ant-williams-journeys-to-the-arctic-to-become-the-deepest-man-under-ice Melbourne, Australia: Today, Ant Williams, a Psychologist and freediver, announced his intention to break the World Record for the deepest ever freedive (breath-hold dive) under ice. In March, Ant and his support crew will travel to Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, to a frozen fjord to cut a hole in the metre thick ice. Ant will then dive down to reach the world record depth under ice in a discipline called constant weight. Of this ambitious challenge, Ant Williams said, “My ICE DIVER world record attempt is the culmination of a personal and professional journey. Years ago, I chose what I perceived to be an extreme sport for myself – freediving – to see if I could overcome fear, anxiety, and my own nerves. With this project, my team of 8 are undertaking something at the outer edge of an extreme sport. On average the temperature will be minus 20 degrees centigrade each day. We have real risk from exposure to harsh weather and dangers that are new to the crew members – multiple snowmobiles riding across frozen lakes, chainsaws cutting deep holes in the ice, and all of this in remote wilderness locations. The objective of the adventure is to answer one question – how deep can a person dive underneath the ice? An additional goal with the ICE DIVER project is learning how to reduce risk on a challenging project. My aspiration is to translate what I learn into my leadership development work to help others balance their own risk – in business and life." Throughout March, Ant Williams and his team will hit the following milestones in the lead up to his world record attempt in the final week of March: ● Ant will ease into his record attempt by first travelling to New Zealand to undertake deep water training in the cold waters of Lake Taupo. ● After New Zealand, Ant and his support crew will travel to Lake Päijänne in Finland to continue his deep water preparation in frigid waters. ● In the final week of March, Ant Williams and team head up to Kirkenes, Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle. They will travel 10 km each day on snowmobiles to a frozen fjord and spend the first day cutting holes in the ice. Each subsequent day will be spent on Ant’s world record attempt to become the deepest man under ice. The current record is – 65m, Ant is going for – 80m. About Ant Williams: Ant is a Business Psychologist who has held senior leadership roles in management consulting firms and now specialises in Leadership Development and executive education with his firm, Modus Leadership. Ant Williams first trained as a Sport Psychologist, then became a world-ranking athlete in his own right when he successfully dived -100m (330ft) straight down on a single breath of air in a World Cup competition. ### US Aussie Rules star scores CMO job with Carbon Black 2019-02-20T03:41:39Z us-aussie-rules-star-scores-cmo-job-with-carbon-black SYDNEY, Feb 20, 2019 — Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud, has announced that Brad Rinklin, a seasoned industry leader with more than 20 years of experience in B2B technology and cybersecurity marketing, has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Ranklin is a former Australian Rules star, who was mentored by Sydney Swans great, Paul Roos, the man credited with starting the U.S. national team while living in Los Angeles. Ranklin is based at the company’s headquarters in Waltham, Mass., and leads all marketing activity. He joins Carbon Black after spending more than two years as CMO at Eze Software, an investment software company. Prior to Eze Software, Rinklin held multiple leadership roles (including CMO and SVP of Global Alliances) at Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM). Brad Ranklin was introduced to Aussie Rules football in 1999 while living in Arizona. He was introduced by a former teammate from the Baylor University soccer team, where Brad was a goalkeeper. A group of Aussie lawyers wanted to create a team based in Phoenix that could join the CAFL, a division of the USAFL. Brad was invited to the team’s practice and immediately fell in love. In his inaugural game, against the Santa Cruz Kangaroos, Brad was tasked with playing fullback against John Ironmonger, the former Australian rules footballer who played with the Sydney Swans and Fitzroy in the VFL/AFL. Brad enjoyed success throughout his inaugural season and was invited to join the U.S. Revolution, America’s national team. He went through various combines and tryouts and joined the first ever U.S. team to go to Melbourne in 2002. Brad was named vice captain of the squad. “It was an amazing experience,” Brad said. “We were playing on hallowed grounds of Aussie Rules against some of the best teams in the world.” Brad played for the U.S. Revolution from 2002 until 2008, playing in Australia in both 2002, when the U.S. finished fifth, and in 2005, when the team finished the world tournament in third place, losing to Papua New Guinea by 1 point in the semifinals. During the 2005, tournament, the team became the first to defeat Ireland. Brad, who played at 191cm and 93kg, played both forward and fullback throughout his career, which extended back to the U.S., where he played for the Boston Demons. After hanging up his boots in 2012, Brad was named to the ‘Team of the Decade’ and was one of four Revolution players to be named to the USAFL Hall of Fame. Later he served on the board of directors for the USAFL. About Carbon Black Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK) is a leading provider of next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud. Leveraging its big data and analytics cloud platform – the CB Predictive Security Cloud – Carbon Black consolidates prevention, detection, response, threat hunting and managed services into a single platform with a single agent and single console, making it easier for organizations to consolidate security stacks and achieve better protection. As a cybersecurity innovator, Carbon Black has pioneered multiple endpoint security categories, including application control, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and next-generation antivirus (NGAV) enabling customers to defend against the most advanced threats. More than 4,600 global customers, including one-third of the Fortune 100, trust Carbon Black to keep their organizations safe. Carbon Black and CB Predictive Security Cloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of Carbon Black, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. Contact David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Carbon Black. +61.2.7903 9567 Facebook marketing expert, business strategist and advisor Dr Adam Arnold shares his knowledge as a prominent thought leader in Celebrity Publishing’s, 2019-02-19T23:39:24Z facebook-marketing-expert-business-strategist-and-advisor-dr-adam-arnold-shares-his-knowledge-as-a-prominent-thought-leader-in-celebrity-publishing-s Sydney, 18 February, 2019 – Dr Adam Arnold, the highly successful business owner, advertising expert and micro-business digital marketing trainer will appear alongside the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Brian Tracy and Dr Rosina McAlpine in the latest edition of the bestselling ‘Think Big’ titles. How does Dr Arnold generate thousands of leads and tens of millions of dollars of revenue for his clients? He uses his experience of owning and running a profitable healthcare business and applies this and his continuing knowledge to other companies and organisations. Dr Arnold is now a revered business advisor, strategist, lecturer, online marketing trainer for micro-businesses as well as a Facebook advertising authority. ‘Before you set up a single ad, you'll need to crawl inside your customer's head,’ Dr Adam Arnold. Dr Arnold’s chapter in Think Big focuses on Facebook advertising and, in particular, how to generate 25-40 new customers on demand. His knowledge of the social media platform unveils how to fine-tune your ad spend so that it targets specific customers. He is at pains to point out that readers must be prepared to do their research and get to know their customer inside and out, telling them: ‘If you want to create a solid revenue stream by attracting new customers to your business, you’ll first need to take these steps: 1. Turn off your phone 2. Lock the door 3. Draw the blinds and 4, Grab a notebook.’ As well as running an advertising agency and an acclaimed training program for micro businesses, Dr Arnold is regularly called upon to give lectures and seminars. THINK BIG: INSIGHTS FROM SIR RICHARD BRANSON AND INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS release date February 18, 2019. The book shares strategies, advice and knowledge from highly successful leaders that readers can apply to advance their business, career and lifestyle. Quotes throughout the book offer daily inspiration.   For more information, review copies, to arrange interviews and all other details about Dr Adam Arnold; please contact: Dr. Adam Arnold Chief Marketing Strategist Web Profit Maximizer a: Suite 307 / 1 Burbank Place, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 w:   e: Amazon link: Bruce Bryant, CEO and founder of Stylequity Advisory, is to feature as a prominent thought leader in the new book by Celebrity Publishing: 2019-02-19T23:36:42Z bruce-bryant-ceo-and-founder-of-stylequity-advisory-is-to-feature-as-a-prominent-thought-leader-in-the-new-book-by-celebrity-publishing-1 Sydney, 18 February 2019– Commercial visionary, business strategist and implementor Bruce Bryant will feature with Sir Richard Branson, Brian Tracy and Les Brown in the latest of the bestselling ‘Think Big’ titles. Bruce founded Stylequity in 2007. His vision of “unlocking realistic opportunities’ for medium-sized businesses has seen him develop the 3A Outcome Strategy which helps organisations to understand, process and implement the three A’s of Assessment, Alignment and Action into a strategic, measurable and success-yielding plan.   “Success comes from focus. Plan it—do it—bank it!” Bruce Bryant Bruce, originally from South Africa, also lived in the U.K before settling in Sydney, Australia with his wife and son. He holds a variety of academic and professional qualifications, including chartered accounting, marketing and corporate finance. He was also a committee member of the Turnaround Management Association in Australia. Bruce helps business owners from a broad range of industries (from construction and agriculture through to media and communications). “Opportunities are a-plenty—you can realise the success you want from your business with  the right planning, focus, and activity!”  Bruce Bryant. THINK BIG: INSIGHTS FROM SIR RICHARD BRANSON AND INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS release date February 18, 2019. The latest in the Think Big series shares strategies, advice and knowledge from highly successful leaders to advance their business, careers and lifestyle. Quotes throughout the book inspire and allow the reader to gain daily motivation.   For more information, review copies, to arrange interviews and learn more about Bruce Bryant; please contact:   Bruce Bryant CEO, Stylequity +61 403 946 825  Amazon link:   Australian health and wellness guru Rachel Cohen to feature as a prominent thought leader in Celebrity Publishing’s: 2019-02-19T23:34:24Z australian-health-and-wellness-guru-rachel-cohen-to-feature-as-a-prominent-thought-leader-in-celebrity-publishing-s-1 Sydney, 18 February 2019– Rachel Cohen, life coach, fitness and Tai Chi instructor, nutritionist and public speaker will appear alongside the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Cydney O’Sullivan and Dr Adam Arnold in the latest of the bestselling ‘Think Big’ titles. Cohen has spent the last twenty years building her Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition brand aimed at the 40+ market and is now considered one of the country’s leading experts. “Rachel’s inspiring programs, training, and support have changed my life. I’m so much healthier, fitter, and happier than I ever thought possible.” —Layne Frost, Newport, New South Wales Why does Cohen market to the over 40s? It was while working at her former company Polymedia (a successful event production company) that she witnessed how stress and exhaustion affected her colleagues. Around the same time, she also saw both her parents succumb to lifestyle diseases. Cohen vowed to make a difference and help people to improve their physical and mental health through fitness and wellbeing. Cohen left Polymedia and launched full time into Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition. Her continuing education, development and determination have seen her strive to change people’s lives for the better. Her renowned ‘five truths’ plan uses the latest research and science to give people actionable strategies to help slow down ageing and stay fit, healthy and young. Turning her back on gimmick diets and fitness fads, Cohen shares her latest findings and health and fitness rules with Think Big readers: ‘It’s time to stop putting your health and wellness on hold until you find more time to pay attention. The clock is ticking!’ she says.   THINK BIG: INSIGHTS FROM SIR RICHARD BRANSON AND INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS release date February 18, 2019. It shares strategies, advice and knowledge from highly successful leaders that the reader can use to advance their businesses, careers and lifestyle. Quotes throughout the book inspire and allow the reader to dip into the book to gain daily motivation.   For more information, review copies, to arrange interviews and all other details about Rachel Cohen; please contact:   Rachel Cohen Email: Facebook: Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition @xpertezefitness Amazon link: Bestselling author, award-winning international speaker and communications consultant Cydney O’Sullivan features as a prominent thought leader in Celebrity Publishing’s: 2019-02-19T23:08:22Z bestselling-author-award-winning-international-speaker-and-communications-consultant-cydney-o-sullivan-features-as-a-prominent-thought-leader-in-celebrity-publishing-s Sydney, 18 February 2019– Cydney O’Sullivan, Entrepreneur and expert in mentoring business owners to build their authority and become influencers will appear alongside Sir Richard Branson, Brian Tracy and Dr Rosina McAlpine in the latest of the bestselling ‘Think Big’ book titles. In Think Big, Cydney shares her lauded STARS Success System, a formula usually reserved for her high-paying clients. From writing a book and establishing yourself as an expert in your niche, to scaling and expansion plans, Cydney shows readers how to think clearly, aim for their business goals and achieve sought-after success time and time again, regardless of their given industry. With multiple high revenue business ventures to her name, Cydney’s chapter is a condensed version of her well-used and well-documented Celebranding vision that has helped business owners and fellow entrepreneurs generate through the roof sales and establish themselves as authority figures.    “From multi-millionaires to cutting edge resource providers who are creating tools to make social marketing fast, fun and easy, Cydney has gathered insights that will make a difference to the bottom-line of any business. Cydney’s book Social Marketing Superstars, and her Millionaires Academy training program show you how to adapt your business to the new rules of “world of mouth marketing”! —Dr Daryl Grant, Internet Marketing Consultant THINK BIG: INSIGHTS FROM SIR RICHARD BRANSON AND INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS release date February 18, 2019. This new release shares strategies, advice and knowledge from highly successful leaders that the reader can use to advance their businesses, careers and lifestyle. Quotes throughout the book inspire and allow the reader to dip into the book to gain daily motivation.  For more information, review copies, to arrange an interview and all other details about Cydney O’Sullivan; please contact:   Contact details: Cydney O’Sullivan E: W: Amazon link: