CHICAGO, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Global market research company Euromonitor International will discuss the latest tech-driven trends shaping commerce in the webinar "Top 5 Digital Consumer Trends in 2018," on Thursday, February 22 at 9 a.m. CST. Michelle Evans, head of digital consumer research at Euromonitor International, will dive into five digital trends that continue to change the path to purchase.

Digital life converges in super apps

According to Euromonitor International, China dominates mobile internet subscriptions with more than 1.1 billion, approximately three times the US. WeChat is the top social platform globally with more than 1 billion users.

Company expands commitment with Alliance for a Healthier Generation by setting bold goals in 120 markets around the world to evolve the Happy Meal menu

OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb 15 (Bernama) -- Today, McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) announced an expanded commitment to families, supporting the company's long-term global growth plan by leveraging its reach to impact children's meals, access to reading, and keeping families together through Ronald McDonald House Charities. By 2022, McDonald's will make improvements to the Happy Meal menu across 120 markets to offer more balanced meals, simplify ingredients, continue to be transparent with Happy Meal nutrition information, reinforce responsible marketing to children, and leverage innovative marketing to help impact the purchase of foods and beverages that contain recommended food groups in Happy Meals.

"We recognise the opportunity that we have to support families as one of the most visited restaurants in the world, and remain committed to elevating our food, celebrating the joy of reading, and helping those in need through Ronald McDonald House Charities," said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's President and CEO. "Given our scale and reach, we hope these actions will bring more choices to consumers and uniquely benefit millions of families, which are important steps as we build a better McDonald's."

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb 15 (Bernama) -- GST AutoLeather, Inc. ("GST" or the "Company"), a leading developer and manufacturer of automotive leather, announced today that it has obtained the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for the sale of substantially all of the assets of the Company and its foreign subsidiaries to GST Lender Acquisition Corp., an entity formed by the Company's Senior Secured Lenders and majority controlled by Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C.

The Court's approval followed an auction completed on January 13, 2018 where GST Lender Acquisition Corp. was the successful bidder with a winning bid of $166.9 million. The Company anticipates that the sale will be completed in the next 60 days, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb 15 (Bernama) -- MIPS, the provider of the widely used MIPS processor architecture and IP cores, and NetSpeed Systems, Inc. announced today a strategic partnership to deliver interoperable solutions that enable leading-edge performance in SoCs for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications. The companies will provide deeper integration of their products so that designers will be able to utilize the advanced performance features of the MIPS Warrior I-Class I6500 processors effectively with NetSpeed's Gemini network-on-chip IP. NetSpeed will be the preferred interconnect partner for MIPS providing coherency between multiple MIPS processor clusters and the rest of the SoC. MIPS designed its Warrior I-Class I6500-F processors to address the functional safety and performance requirements of emerging autonomous applications. NetSpeed Gemini-the industry's only cache coherent interconnect to achieve ASIL D Ready ISO 26262 certification-enables architects to achieve the full performance potential of their heterogeneous architecture designs.

AI capability is becoming ubiquitous in a growing number of applications including autonomous driving, voice-powered personal assistants like Siri and Alexa, facial recognition, predictive text and many more. AI, and particularly ML, requires a different kind of processing platform than those commonly used for traditional software programs. This is because with traditional software, human programmers provide the primary intelligence. With AI, however, the technology must analyze very large quantities of historical data to identify patterns, create behavior models and, essentially, program itself. This requires a great deal of compute capability with very high performance and low latency for real-time applications.

NEW YORK, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- CALVIN KLEIN today announced that the brand's Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, presented his Fall 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC runway show at the American Stock Exchange in New York City last evening.

"This collection is an evolution of my idea of CALVIN KLEIN - of a view onto American society - but now wider, universal. It's an allegory for a meeting of old worlds and new worlds, relating to the discovery of America, the 1960s Space Race, and the twenty-first century information age. Reflecting the notion of democracy, there is no cultural hierarchy: the mixes emancipate clothing and references from their meanings, from their own narratives, and collage them to discover something different - a different dream. More than anything else, this collection is about freedom. A word that defines America, and CALVIN KLEIN." - Raf Simons, February 13, 2018

TOKYO, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- NRI SecureTechnologies, Ltd., (NRI Secure) and GE Digital announced today that NRI Secure is the Asia-Pacific region's first independent company recognized as an accredited certification authority for the industry-leading Achilles Communications Certification (ACC) program Worldwide. This designation permits NRI Secure to independently provide the full ACC service to their customers, from testing and evaluation to certificate issuance. Through the ACC program, NRI Secure will evaluate the network robustness of the devices used in connected control systems and operational technology (OT) networks, allowing them to be more confidently used in the Industrial Internet.

"We are pleased to have NRI Secure as a third-party certifier of Achilles. Today many devices and machines, such as turbines, medical devices and control systems, are connected to and interact on a connected OT network," said Felicia Nicastro, Senior Cyber Security Director, GE Digital. "If control of heavy machinery or physical devices is lost due to a cyberattack, the damage could be significant. These OT environments require OT-specific technology to fortify embedded and connected systems and reduce the risk associated with cyber-related threats," Nicastro said.

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Collaboration Among Western and Eastern Universities Crucial in Preparing Global Talents

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- Collaboration among Western and Eastern Institutes of Higher Learning (HEIs) is crucial now, more than ever, in developing global graduates with balanced knowledge of the East and West. Graduates with knowledge and experience of both power blocks will be more employable in the global economy said Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, the Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia, in his speech at the EURIE (Eurasia Higher Education Summit) 2018 in Istanbul this morning.

Speaking to some 2,500 delegates which consists of educators from the Eurasian region and all parts of the world, Minister Idris said that Malaysia has a comprehensive approach in redesigning higher education for Industry 4.0 and welcomes international collaboration, especially on student mobility, academic mobility and research collaboration.