Under Armour Founder and CEO, Kevin Plank, to take CES 2017 Keynote Stage

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ today announced that Under Armour Founder and CEO, Kevin Plank, will take the CES® 2017 keynote stage. Plank’s keynote will take place on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 and will focus on how technology is shaping athletic performance and lifestyle now, and in the years to come.Print

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, CES 2017 will run Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Kevin Plank is a true innovator,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “His story began as a college football player whose dislike of sweaty cotton t-shirts led to the founding of what is now one of the fastest growing athletic performance companies in the world. He continues to innovate by putting technology front and center at Under Armour. The company’s participation in CES underscores the ever-expanding breadth of our show and the consumer tech industry overall. We can’t wait to welcome Kevin to our keynote stage and hear what he has in store for a company that has already invested close to $1 billion in bolstering the digital health and fitness communities.

Plank has spent the last 20 years outfitting athletes in some of the world’s most innovative performance apparel, footwear and equipment. What began as a startup in his grandmother’s basement is now a global company on track to reach nearly $5 billion in revenue by the end of 2016.

Under Armour shared its vision for Connected Fitness at CES 2016 with the launch of UA HealthBox™, a suite of products designed to help athletes gain insight into their health, reach their goals and perform better. The company plans to take that focus a step further this year based on the input of the 185+ million members of its digital health and fitness community – the largest of its kind in the world.

The sports and fitness world is one where an athlete’s success hinges on milliseconds and millimeters; 95 companies that mirror Under Armour’s dedication to fitness and sports performance will exhibit in the Sports, Fitness and Health marketplaces at CES 2017.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Registration for CES 2017 is now open. Visit CES.tech for more information. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

A Holiday Gift Everyone Can Enjoy: Grubhub Introduces Gift Cards

Whatever The Holiday or Occasion, New Offering Makes It Easier Than Ever To Share The Gift Of Food With Friends And Family

Grubhub, the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform, has announced the launch of Gift Cards. Now, people can buy e-gift cards by visiting the Grubhub or Seamless gift card purchase pages.

GrubHub Logo

Grubhub logo. (PRNewsFoto/GrubHub)

Dedicated to moving eating forward and connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, the Company’s platforms and services strive to elevate food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub works with more than 45,000 restaurant partners in over 1,100 U.S. cities and London; and the Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, AllMenus, MenuPages, LAbite, Restaurants on the Run, DiningIn and Delivered Dish.

Grubhub Gift Card

(PRNewsFoto/Grubhub)

The Process is Simple:

  • Gift cards can be purchased online by visiting the Grubhub or Seamless gift card pages
  • Gift cards are available in e-card format and can be sent by email or printed at home
  • Customers then select from a wide variety of designs for various occasions or upload their own video or image. Additionally, customers will be able to personalize their Gift Card with a special message
  • Customers can choose a gift card for any dollar amount between $10-$1,000
  • Customers select the date they would like the gift card to be delivered
  • The Gift Cards do not expire can be redeemed by using a code at checkout

    Seamless Gift Cards

    (PRNewsFoto/Grubhub)

Grubhub works hard to bring joy to the moments that matter to our diners,” said Barbara Martin Coppola, Chief Marketing Officer, Grubhub. “We are excited that Gift Cards will offer an easy way for people to share the joy of mealtime with loved ones near and far, during the holiday season and other important moments in their lives

Grubhub helps you find and order food from wherever you are. How it works: you type in an address, and you are told the restaurants that deliver to that locale as well as showing you droves of pickup restaurants near you. Want to be more specific? Search by cuisine, restaurant name or menu item. Grubhub filters your results accordingly. When you find what you’re looking for, you can place your order online or by phone, free of charge. Grubhub also give you access to reviews, coupons, special deals and a 24/7 customer care team that tracks each order and makes sure you get exactly what you want. Eating out and in has never been so easy.

To find takeout restaurants available in your area, check out www.Grubhub.com. f you are interested in becoming part of the Grubhub Delivery team, please visit driver.grubhub.com. To find out how your restaurant can join Grubhub, check out get.grubhub.com.

First CES 2017 Keynote Announced: NVIDIA CEO to Address Latest in Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, Virtual Reality, Gaming

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ announced its first keynote speaker for CES® 2017: NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who will deliver the event’s preshow address at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, CES will run Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV.Print

NVIDIA has spent the last two decades pioneering Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) computing. It invented the GPU in 1996 and has evolved it into a computer brain that gives humans the power to simulate virtual worlds and gives computers the intelligence to understand the real world. NVIDIA is now the world leader in AI computing — turning science fiction into reality.

Huang co-founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since then as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. Noted by Harvard Business Review as one of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs, he is a recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Association and has received other accolades, most notably the Daniel Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California, and an honorary doctorate from Oregon State University. He is also a founding honoree of the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

The Autonomous Vehicle Marketplace — formally known as Vehicle Intelligence — has grown by 75 percent since its inception at CES 2014. NVIDIA will exhibit alongside automotive manufacturers in the North Hall at CES 2017. Plus, more than a dozen CES conference sessions are dedicated to autonomous vehicles and vehicle technology.

NVIDIA plays a central role in some of the most important technology forces changing our world today,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Its work in artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, VR and gaming puts the company on the leading edge of the industry. Mr. Huang is a visionary CEO who consistently anticipates trends well before their arrival. I am especially pleased to welcome him to the keynote stage given the growth we’ve seen in all of these areas on the CES show floor.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

For a sneak-peek into Huang’s CES keynote address, check out what NVIDIA has to say about it. Registration for CES 2017 is now open. Visit CES.tech for more information. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Releases “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360” Virtual Reality App

App Captures Experience of Blockbuster Exhibition at Its Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has launched an immersive 360-degree virtual reality (VR) app for Apple and Android mobile devices, “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360.” The app allows audiences to explore in 3-D the entirety of the museum’s 2015 blockbuster exhibition, “WONDER,” presented at its Renwick Gallery. It expands the visitor experience through emerging technologies and is the first VR mobile app that the Smithsonian has published.unnamed

The museum has always embraced new technologies to bring our collection to people wherever they are,” said Betsy Broun, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “We’re excited to use the latest virtual-reality technology to add a new dimension to the museum experience.

The Renwick Gallery is the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s branch for contemporary craft and decorative arts and is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25).

WONDER” was the Renwick’s most popular exhibition to date, attracting more than 730,000 visitors from November 2015 through July 2016 and creating a sensation on social media. Nine leading contemporary artists — Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grade, Maya Lin and Leo Villareal — created site-specific, gallery-sized installations from an array of unexpected materials. “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360” offers users a virtual walk-through of the museum with 360-degree, 3-D panoramic views of all nine artists’ installations and videos of the artists discussing their works.

The app content was created by the museum’s media and technology office; the technical development came from software tools developed by San Francisco-based InstaVR Inc. It is available for free download via iTunes for iOS devices and Google Play for Android. Although a VR headset or viewer is not required to use the app, the 3-D feature can only be experienced when using such a viewer, such as Google Cardboard.

“‘Renwick Gallery WONDER 360‘ is our first major experiment with VR, and we’re excited to keep exploring the potential of this emerging technology,” said Sara Snyder, chief of the museum’s media and technology office. “The app captures the ‘WONDER’ exhibition as a moment in time and lets you carry the beauty of that experience around in your pocket, anywhere in the world. It represents a whole new way of sharing art with the public.”

Learn more about the project on the museum’s website at www.americanart.si.edu/multimedia/wonder360/.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries. Its National Historic Landmark building is located at Eighth and F Streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook,YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest, Flickr, iTunes U and ArtBabble. Smithsonian information:(202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: americanart.si.edu.


New Elvis Presley Album The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra To Be Released October 21

New Album, On Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, Features Powerful Elvis Vocal Performances With Brand-New Orchestral Accompaniment

Follow Up To The Global Phenomenon “If I Can Dream” Released In 2015

Hear The First Single From The New Album, “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” at www.ElvisTheMusic.com

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, on October 21, 2016. This remarkable new album is the follow up to last year’s huge global phenomenon If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which topped charts worldwide and sold over 1.5 million copies.405303

The Wonder Of You focuses on the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads, featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises. Standout tracks include a sultry new version of the “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” the heartfelt emotion on “Kentucky Rain,” a stunning new take on the classic “Always On My Mind,” and the fun, upbeat “I‘ve Got A Thing About You Baby.”

Elvis always loved the great, operatic vocalists,” says Priscilla Presley, executive producer of The Wonder of You. “We often talked about his interest in recording material that allowed him to perform in that space. It’s exciting to hear him on these recordings, performing with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via the magic of Abbey Road Studios. He would have loved these performances and I’m very happy that we were able to make this dream come true for Elvis and his fans.

405302

Elvis Presley at Abbey Road Studios in London, recording With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

This autumn will also see the world exclusive live concert experience featuring Presley backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, for a six date UK arena run in November. Fans will have the chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music – the biggest selling solo artist in history (having sold an astonishing one billion records worldwide), on screen, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing renditions of songs from If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You.

As with the first time we stepped into this amazing world – it is the extraordinary intimacy of Elvis’s vocal performances that is truly breathtaking,” says Patrick. “The exquisite and effortless way he takes us on an emotional journey with him through delicate sensitivity to power and grace all within a magical 3-minute song. It’s a wonderful, wonderful privilege for which we are truly grateful.” Continue reading

New George Michael Film and 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1’ Coming Soon

Sony Music is proud to announce Listen Without Prejudice 25, the reissue of George Michael’s iconic album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1, coming soon.gm_lwp25

In celebration of the album’s reissue, Channel 4, BBC Worldwide and Sony Music have commissioned Freedom: George Michael (w/t), a stunning new film, narrated by Michael. It co-stars Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Mark Ronson, Mary J Blige, Tony Bennett, Liam Gallagher, James Corden, Ricky Gervais, the Freedom! ’90 video supermodels (Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista) and more.

International distributor BBC Worldwide will also be making the film available to clients and broadcasters around the world. The US premiere will air on Showtime, broadcast date to be determined.

A remastered version of George’s stunning 1996 MTV Unplugged performance will also be available as an album for the very first time as part of the Deluxe Box Set and 2CD Edition. The concert took place at the Three Mills Island Studios in East London on Friday 11 October, 1996 and featured George playing ten of his finest songs from the Wham!, Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 (Freedom ’90) and Older eras in an intimate setting. Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 will also be reissued on vinyl and digital.

listen-without-prejudice-vol-1

Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 Album Cover

Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1. was Michael’s second solo album. Arranged, produced and almost completely written by Michael himself, it eloquently confirmed him as a pioneering, agenda-setting artist. The staggering success of George’s first solo album Faith resulted in him becoming one of the few artists who could shift millions of albums worldwide. This, of course, was a dream scenario for the label but George had different plans.

Unable and unwilling to be a 24-hour pop star, constantly in the media spotlight, George felt he needed to follow his artistic instincts regarding how his work should be presented. He decided he would not appear on Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’s album cover or be available to physically promote the album beyond select interviews, but instead gave the label the David Fincher-directed Freedom! ‘90, which featured five of the most recognizable beauties on the planet, lip-syncing the lyrics in his place. This resulted in a difference in opinion between George and the label over how the album was promoted.

A multi-platinum-selling worldwide chart-topper which reached Number 1 in the UK (where it outsold Faith and went 4X platinum),Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 was the sound of a precedent-setting, boundary-pushing global superstar going his own way.

Shortly after the album’s release, George met his great love Anselmo Feleppo. His anger at Anselmo’s tragic early death, together with his frustration over how the US label had marketed his album contributed to his decision to embark on the traumatic court case with Sony. This left him blocked creatively for almost two years, during which time he made a conscious decision to channel all his energy into challenging the standard recording contract and fighting a corner for all artists. George lost the case but gained the personal and artistic freedom he craved.

Twenty-six years on, George and Sony are long reconciled. Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1. remains a remarkable, timeless work, from the beautifully judged protest songs Praying For Time and Mother’s Pride, to the intimate Cowboys & Angels, via the autobiographical Freedom! ‘90. This was music George Michael felt truly committed to.

Directed by BAFTA nominee Phillip Smith, Freedom: George Michael (w/t), tells the gripping, dramatic story of the making of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, the court case which followed and George’s personal struggle and pain as he loses Anselmo. Many have tried and failed, but George succeeded in reuniting the Freedom! ’90 video’s five supermodels. Other contributors include world famous artists such as Stevie Wonder whose They Won’t Go When I Go was Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’s only cover; Elton John who describes the album as George’s “masterpiece”; Liam Gallagher who says George has “Lennon in him”; Mary J Blige who reminds us that George “broke all the rules for everybody”; Tony Bennett, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ricky Gervais, French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt and James Corden. There are contributions from some of the record company executives who were so uncomfortable facing one of their major artists in court and from the case lawyers.

Today George Michael still continues to touch people with his words and music. This year alone has seen an unprecedented amount of film, TV, and game sync licenses using his music.

Fast Company Announces The Second Annual Fast Company Innovation Festival

Featuring Melinda Gates, Tim Armstrong, Cher, Samantha Bee, Danny Meyer, Joe Jonas And More3034007-slide-s-12-whats-the-difference-between-a-logo-and-a-symbol

Fast Company announces its second annual Fast Company Innovation Festival, taking place November 1-4, 2016 in New York City. Over the course of the week, the festival’s theme of “Find Your Mission. Deepen Your Purpose” will bring together extraordinary personalities from the worlds of business, technology, design, and entertainment for bold conversations, hands-on workshops, and exclusive inside company tours. The festival will also feature an array of gatherings such as the social enterprise breakfast, where exceptional people from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations will network to discuss their shared goal of improving the world. To purchase tickets and to see complete festival information, go to www.fastcompany.swoogo.com/innovationfestival.

Innovation Festival attendees will design their own agenda, selecting from a series of high-level keynote conversations taking place at New York University‘s Skirball Center; intimate panel discussions and lively happenings at Civic Hall, a community center for civic innovators in the Flatiron District; and more than 100 Fast Tracks—behindnewhousead-300x180-fcny-the-scenes tours of some of the most creative companies and institutions across New York City.

Fast Company is one of the world’s leading business media brands, with an editorial focus on creativity and innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with its sister publication Inc. and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

  • Melinda Gates, Philanthropist and Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCo
  • Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani
  • Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL Inc.
  • Neil Blumenthal, Cofounder and co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • Samantha Bee, Host “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
  • Cher
  • Joe Jonas, DNCE
  • Kevin Jonas
  • Phil McIntyre, Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder, Philymack
  • Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director, Black Girls Code
  • Hugh Evans, Cofounder, Global Citizen
  • Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO, FEED
  • Emily Weiss, Founder and CEO, Glossier
  • Eileen Fisher, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Eileen Fisher, Inc.
  • Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud, Founder of Alf Khair and Cofounder of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association
  • Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group
  • DeRay Mckesson, Activist
  • Mike Krieger, Cofounder and CTO, Instagram
  • Janet Mock, Author and TV Host
  • Sam Kass, Food Entrepreneur

Fast Company is proud to welcome this year’s Festival sponsors from across the most innovative and forward-thinking industries, from automotive to biotechnology, who will be represented on panels, Fast Tracks, and on-site activations.

Audi of America is the Official Vehicle of the 2016 Fast Company Innovation Festival. Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will be joined by visionary industry experts across sectors to host a productivity-meets-creativity-themed Fast Track, moderated by a Fast Company editorial representative. The interactive experience will explore the challenge faced by truly disruptive products and services to gain widespread adoption.

Marriott International is the Official Hospitality Partner for the Fast Company Innovation Festival. Marriott International will create engaging experiences for attendees that highlight the lifestyle portfolio of brands including Autograph Collection Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, and Renaissance Hotels. In addition, this year’s annual Innovation By Design Awards will be presented by Marriott International including a celebration and reception hosted at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel.

GE and Intel will host an interactive panel discussion on new Ecomagination research that explores how companies across sectors are using digital innovation to address big global issues such as water, energy and efficiency.

As one of the world’s leading and largest global communications agencies, Weber Shandwick has a pulse on the challenges brands face engaging with people in an interdependent world – and the opportunities for companies large and small to place purpose at the heart of their marketing approach. At Civic Hall, Weber Shandwick President Gail Heimann will join leading global brands and influencers in a conversation about what it takes to evolve a legacy brand for a new purpose-driven world.

Bristol-Myers Squibb presents a conversation on the Civic Hall stage with Chief Commercial Officer Murdo Gordon and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and leading cancer researcher, Siddhartha Mukherjee on the evolving nature of cancer treatment and its business impact.

CES® will offer a Recharging Coffee Bar and Charging Station, allowing attendees to connect over refreshments while learning about C Space at CES 2017, the program designed for advertising, content, entertainment and marketing professionals.

Fjord will host a partner Fast Track at their New York studio, demonstrating that there is no such thing as failure with a behind the scenes look at the tools, processes, and spaces powering the Fjord continuous design approach to rapid innovation.