Daily Archives: September 5, 2018

TIDAL X: BROOKLYN Returns to Barclays Center on October 23, 2018

Fourth Annual Philanthropic Concert to Support Criminal Justice Reform

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, global music and video streaming platform, TIDAL, has announced the 4th Annual “TIDAL X: BROOKLYN” philanthropic concert taking place on Tuesday, October 23rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. This year, the streaming platform and partners are supporting criminal justice reform across the country. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will support criminal justice reform non-profit organizations such as REFORM and Equal Justice Initiative.

TIDAL Logo

Beginning today at 12:00PM ET, TIDAL members will have first access to tickets for TIDAL X: BROOKLYN by visiting TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN or the TIDAL App (mobile & desktop). The general public will be able to purchase tickets starting on Friday, September 7th at 12:00PM ET via Ticketmaster.

Since inception in 2015, the TIDAL X benefit concerts have raised more than 10 million dollars for social justice, disaster relief & recovery, and education causes. Each year more than 30 of the world’s premier superstars and most promising emerging artists gather to support those in need across the globe. Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Kaskade, Fifth Harmony, Jessie Reyez, Alessia Cara, Flatbush Zombies, Victory Boyd and much more have been a part of the stellar event — you can find more info here: TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN (Embed the video using the code here: http://tdl.sh/TIDALXBKPresale).

Fans worldwide will be able to learn more, tune-in to the show and participate in fundraising efforts at TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN.

The livestreamed benefit show furthers TIDAL’s commitment to supporting philanthropic endeavors and key social issues that the music community is passionate about, including Lil Wayne’s Social Wave For Change, T.I.’s TIDAL X: Money Talk Education Challenge as well as social justice initiatives from A$AP Ferg, The LOX, Damian Marley, Dec. 99th and more.

Media interested in covering the benefit concert can apply for credentials here: https://goo.gl/forms/QiYCNVzZweoBXHTs2

About TIDAL
TIDAL is an artist-owned global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans closer together through unique original content and exclusive events.

Available in 53 countries, the streaming service has more than 57 million songs and 235,000 high quality videos in its catalog along with original video series, podcasts, thousands of expertly curated playlists and artist discovery via TIDAL Rising. With the commitment of its owners to create a more sustainable model for the music industry, TIDAL is available in premium and HiFi tiers—which includes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) recordings.

For more information, please visit www.tidal.com.

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Honor Play Named “Best of IFA 2018” by Global Top-Tier Media

Honor’s first mobile gaming device is praised for “Crazy Fast” performance by the world’s leading consumer tech media

BERLIN, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Honor, a young, trendsetting, innovative smartphone e-brand, won a series of awards at IFA 2018 for the “Crazy Fast, Crazy Smart” Honor Play. Honor’s first-ever flagship gaming device was praised for its GPU Turbo and smart features, including the AI-powered vibration and 6.3-inch notch screen for exceptional gaming experiences.

Honor Play Named “Best of IFA 2018” by Global Top-Tier Media

At IFA 2018, the Honor Play secured nine awards from top-tier industry media, receiving the “Best of IFA 2018” award from Android HeadlinesDigital TrendsPocket-lintT3, and UbergizmoGear DiaryGeek Spin, Talk Android and Technobuffalo. Android Headlinescommended the Honor Play’s superior performance and impressive affordability, while Digital Trends recognized its graphical quality and seriously smart AI camera. Pocket-lint praised the Honor Play for the graphic performance provided by the GPU Turbo and its incredible affordability. T3 commended its performance speed, 6.3-inch FHD+ screen and gamer-centric hardware and software. The mobile gaming device was also praised by Ubergizmo for its Kirin 970 processor with GPU Turbo which it said offers exceptional performance at a competitive price point. Gear Diary recommended gamers buy the Honor Play’s Player Edition for its extraordinary design, while Geek Spin praised the Honor Play for its outstanding performance, all-round features and affordability. Talk Android and Technobuffalo also recognized the Honor Play’s superior performance and presented the Honor Play a “Best of IFA 2018” award.

On top of the IFA awards, the Honor Play also secured more than six editorial recommendations from top-tier industry media, receiving the “Digital Trends Recommended Product”, “Expert Reviews Recommended”, Pocket-lint’s “Editor’s Choice”, T3’s “Best Gaming Phone”, and the “Tech Advisor Recommended” and “Trusted Reviews Recommended”.

The launch of the Honor Play offers young people an unprecedented gaming performance and a 24/7 “Always On” entertainment experience. The global launch at IFA 2018 introduced two industry leading smartphone technologies to gamers and casual users: Honor’s GPU Turbo, which dramatically increases the graphics processing and computing efficiency, and the advanced AI camera technology.

“We are proud of the strong support from media and across the market. The Honor Play offers young people what they really want from their smartphone, an immersive non-stop gaming and entertainment experience. This recognition confirms the Honor Play is the ‘Game On’ moment the industry has been waiting for,” said George Zhao, President of Honor.

Launched in Berlin this August, the Honor Play is a mid-range performance beast designed with GPU Turbo, the ground-breaking graphics processing technology that meets the demands of young gamers for a “lightning fast” graphics processing capability and power consumption. The Honor Play also features an enormous 6.3 inch FullView display with an outstanding 89% screen-to-body ratio and a huge 3,750mAh battery that supports at least 4.5 hours of gaming. The Honor Play will be available at of €329 for purchase at HiHonor.com in global markets including Western Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), CEE & Nordic, Middle East, Russia, India and Asia Pacific.

About Honor

Honor is a leading smartphone e-brand under the Huawei Group. In line with its slogan, “For the Brave”, the brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, Honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers.

For more information, please visit Honor online at www.hihonor.com or follow us on: 
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About IFA Berlin

IFA is the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. It will take place at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds (ExpoCenter City) from 31 August to 5 September 2018. Alongside the event, IFA Global Markets will take place from 2 to 5 September at Station Berlin, bringing together buyers and OEMs / ODMs at Europe’s largest sourcing show for the electronics sector.

www.ifa-berlin.com

For more information contact:
Miranda Xie
+852-2963-6768

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Miami International Holdings Reports August 2018 Trading Activity for MIAX Exchange Group;

MIAX PEARL Sets New Monthly Contracts Record

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Miami International Holdings, Inc. today reported the August 2018 trading activity for its two fully electronic options exchanges – MIAX Options® and MIAX PEARL™ (together, the MIAX Exchange Group™). The MIAX Exchange Group collectively executed over 37.6 million contracts in August 2018 for a combined average daily volume (ADV) of 1,636,650 contracts, representing a total U.S. equity options market share of 9.80%.

Detailed volume statistics are as follows:

Trading Volume for MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL,

Monthly Comparison

Year-to-Date Comparison
Total Options Contracts Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg July 2018 % Chg Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg
Trading Days 23 23 21 169 168
U.S. Equity Options Industry 384,002,068 329,256,007 16.6% 333,216,875 15.2% 2,996,915,123 2,444,740,004 22.6%
MIAX Exchange Group 37,642,941 22,604,576 66.5% 32,584,587 15.5% 271,017,724 152,917,522 77.2%
MIAX Options 17,270,967 17,014,463 1.5% 15,070,924 14.6% 135,213,974 135,866,253 -0.5%
MIAX PEARL 20,371,974 5,590,113 264.4% 17,513,663 16.3% 135,803,750 17,051,269 696.4%
Options ADV Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg July 2018 % Chg Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg
U.S. Equity Options Industry 16,695,742 14,315,479 16.6% 15,867,470 5.2% 17,733,226 14,522,024 21.9%
MIAX Exchange Group 1,636,650 982,808 66.5% 1,551,647 5.5% 1,603,655 910,223 76.2%
MIAX Options 750,912 739,759 1.5% 717,663 4.6% 800,083 808,728 -1.1%
MIAX PEARL 885,738 243,048 264.4% 833,984 6.2% 803,572 101,496 691.7%
Market Share Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg July 2018 % Chg Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg
MIAX Exchange Group 9.80% 6.87% 42.8% 9.78% 0.2% 9.04% 6.25% 44.6%
MIAX Options 4.50% 5.17% -13.0% 4.52% -0.6% 4.51% 5.56% -18.8%
MIAX PEARL 5.31% 1.70% 212.5% 5.26% 0.9% 4.53% 0.70% 549.7%

Other news and achievements include:

  • MIAX PEARL
    • New monthly record for contracts executed during August 2018
      • 20,371,974 contracts executed
  • MIAX Options
    • Over 1 billion contracts have now been executed on MIAX Options since its launch in December 2012
    • Enhanced its complex order system with the successful rollout of Stock-Tied Complex Order functionality in early August 2018

For further information regarding the MIAX Exchange Group, please visit www.MIAXOptions.com or contact MIAX Trading Operations at TradingOperations@MIAXOptions.com.

Corporate Communications Contact: Dominique Prunetti-Miller
(609) 897-1465
dprunetti@miami-holdings.com

About MIH and the MIAX Exchange Group

Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) is the parent holding company of Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX Options) and MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX PEARL and together with MIAX Options, the MIAX Exchange Group), two fully electronic options trading exchanges.

MIAX Options currently lists and trades options on over 2,800 multi-listed classes. MIAX Options’ unparalleled system throughput is approximately 38 million quotes per second. The average latency for a single quote on MIAX Options is approximately 17.56 microseconds for a full round trip. At the 99th and 99.9th percentiles, the latency on MIAX Options is approximately 25.69 and 57.67 microseconds, respectively.

MIAX PEARL launched trading operations on February 6, 2017 and currently lists and trades options on over 2,800 multi-listed classes. The average latency for a single order on MIAX PEARL is approximately 24.42 microseconds for a round trip. At the 99th and 99.9th percentiles, the latency on MIAX PEARL is approximately 32.35 and 60.38 microseconds, respectively.

The MIAX Exchange Group has assembled a team with deep rooted experience in developing, operating and trading on options exchanges, and its trading platforms have been developed in-house and designed from the ground up for the unique functional and performance demands of derivatives trading. MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL leverage the MIAX Exchange Group’s industry leading technology and infrastructure to provide their member firms with both traditional (MIAX Options) and maker-taker (MIAX PEARL) pricing structures. The MIAX Exchange Group’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, New Jersey. The MIAX Exchange Group also maintains a Miami Operations Center in Miami, Florida, which contains the Miami Annual Meeting and Conference Center and the offices of MIAX Technologies and MIAX Global.

In addition to MIAX PEARL and MIAX Options, MIH is the parent holding company of Miami International Technologies, LLC (MIAX Technologies), MIAX Global, LLC (MIAX Global) and MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald). MIAX Technologies is MIH’s technology subsidiary for the sale and/or license of the trading technology developed by the MIAX Exchange Group. MIAX Global focuses on merger, acquisition and joint venture activities of MIH. MIAX Global also provides technology and other services outside of North America, with its initial concentration being on Europe and Latin America. MIAX Emerald is MIH’s third options exchange and is expected to launch in Q1 2019, pending SEC approval.

Disclaimer and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities of MIH, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer; solicitation or sale would be unlawful. This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical or current facts of MIH, together with its subsidiaries, including MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL (collectively, the Company). Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company; the competitive position of the Company; potential growth opportunities available to the Company; the expectation with respect to securities, options and future markets and general economic conditions; the effects of competition on the Company’s business; and the impact of future legislation and regulatory changes on the Company’s business. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

 

Miami International Holdings Reports August 2018 Trading Activity for MIAX Exchange Group;

MIAX PEARL Sets New Monthly Contracts Record

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Miami International Holdings, Inc. today reported the August 2018 trading activity for its two fully electronic options exchanges – MIAX Options® and MIAX PEARL™ (together, the MIAX Exchange Group™). The MIAX Exchange Group collectively executed over 37.6 million contracts in August 2018 for a combined average daily volume (ADV) of 1,636,650 contracts, representing a total U.S. equity options market share of 9.80%.

Detailed volume statistics are as follows:

Trading Volume for MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL,

Monthly Comparison

Year-to-Date Comparison
Total Options Contracts Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg July 2018 % Chg Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg
Trading Days 23 23 21 169 168
U.S. Equity Options Industry 384,002,068 329,256,007 16.6% 333,216,875 15.2% 2,996,915,123 2,444,740,004 22.6%
MIAX Exchange Group 37,642,941 22,604,576 66.5% 32,584,587 15.5% 271,017,724 152,917,522 77.2%
MIAX Options 17,270,967 17,014,463 1.5% 15,070,924 14.6% 135,213,974 135,866,253 -0.5%
MIAX PEARL 20,371,974 5,590,113 264.4% 17,513,663 16.3% 135,803,750 17,051,269 696.4%
Options ADV Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg July 2018 % Chg Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg
U.S. Equity Options Industry 16,695,742 14,315,479 16.6% 15,867,470 5.2% 17,733,226 14,522,024 21.9%
MIAX Exchange Group 1,636,650 982,808 66.5% 1,551,647 5.5% 1,603,655 910,223 76.2%
MIAX Options 750,912 739,759 1.5% 717,663 4.6% 800,083 808,728 -1.1%
MIAX PEARL 885,738 243,048 264.4% 833,984 6.2% 803,572 101,496 691.7%
Market Share Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg July 2018 % Chg Aug 2018 Aug 2017 % Chg
MIAX Exchange Group 9.80% 6.87% 42.8% 9.78% 0.2% 9.04% 6.25% 44.6%
MIAX Options 4.50% 5.17% -13.0% 4.52% -0.6% 4.51% 5.56% -18.8%
MIAX PEARL 5.31% 1.70% 212.5% 5.26% 0.9% 4.53% 0.70% 549.7%

Other news and achievements include:

  • MIAX PEARL
    • New monthly record for contracts executed during August 2018
      • 20,371,974 contracts executed
  • MIAX Options
    • Over 1 billion contracts have now been executed on MIAX Options since its launch in December 2012
    • Enhanced its complex order system with the successful rollout of Stock-Tied Complex Order functionality in early August 2018

For further information regarding the MIAX Exchange Group, please visit www.MIAXOptions.com or contact MIAX Trading Operations at TradingOperations@MIAXOptions.com.

Corporate Communications Contact: Dominique Prunetti-Miller
(609) 897-1465
dprunetti@miami-holdings.com

About MIH and the MIAX Exchange Group

Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) is the parent holding company of Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX Options) and MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX PEARL and together with MIAX Options, the MIAX Exchange Group), two fully electronic options trading exchanges.

MIAX Options currently lists and trades options on over 2,800 multi-listed classes. MIAX Options’ unparalleled system throughput is approximately 38 million quotes per second. The average latency for a single quote on MIAX Options is approximately 17.56 microseconds for a full round trip. At the 99th and 99.9th percentiles, the latency on MIAX Options is approximately 25.69 and 57.67 microseconds, respectively.

MIAX PEARL launched trading operations on February 6, 2017 and currently lists and trades options on over 2,800 multi-listed classes. The average latency for a single order on MIAX PEARL is approximately 24.42 microseconds for a round trip. At the 99th and 99.9th percentiles, the latency on MIAX PEARL is approximately 32.35 and 60.38 microseconds, respectively.

The MIAX Exchange Group has assembled a team with deep rooted experience in developing, operating and trading on options exchanges, and its trading platforms have been developed in-house and designed from the ground up for the unique functional and performance demands of derivatives trading. MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL leverage the MIAX Exchange Group’s industry leading technology and infrastructure to provide their member firms with both traditional (MIAX Options) and maker-taker (MIAX PEARL) pricing structures. The MIAX Exchange Group’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, New Jersey. The MIAX Exchange Group also maintains a Miami Operations Center in Miami, Florida, which contains the Miami Annual Meeting and Conference Center and the offices of MIAX Technologies and MIAX Global.

In addition to MIAX PEARL and MIAX Options, MIH is the parent holding company of Miami International Technologies, LLC (MIAX Technologies), MIAX Global, LLC (MIAX Global) and MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald). MIAX Technologies is MIH’s technology subsidiary for the sale and/or license of the trading technology developed by the MIAX Exchange Group. MIAX Global focuses on merger, acquisition and joint venture activities of MIH. MIAX Global also provides technology and other services outside of North America, with its initial concentration being on Europe and Latin America. MIAX Emerald is MIH’s third options exchange and is expected to launch in Q1 2019, pending SEC approval.

Disclaimer and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities of MIH, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer; solicitation or sale would be unlawful. This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical or current facts of MIH, together with its subsidiaries, including MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL (collectively, the Company). Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company; the competitive position of the Company; potential growth opportunities available to the Company; the expectation with respect to securities, options and future markets and general economic conditions; the effects of competition on the Company’s business; and the impact of future legislation and regulatory changes on the Company’s business. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

 

Belvedere Vodka Joins Forces With Acclaimed Artist Laolu Senbanjo For Global Collaboration Including Stunning Limited Edition Bottle

Partnership to feature a global series of powerful co-created art experiences and bottle launch events this fall

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Belvedere Vodka, the original super premium vodka that stands for taste and character, is excited to announce its global partnership with award-winning visual artist, musician, and activist Laolu Senbanjo, including a striking limited edition bottle available in-store globally September 2018. With an artistic vision to reveal the beauty within each of his subjects, the new limited edition bottle visually brings to life Senbanjo’s interpretation of the complexity, nuance and character of the Belvedere liquid.

Belvedere Vodka 2018 Limited Edition Bottle

A Brooklyn-based Nigerian-born performance and visual artist, Senbanjo’s main artistic medium is the skin; he is best known for his body-painting featured in Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning visual album, “Lemonade.”  He’s graced the cover of the Washington Post, and has been featured in TheNew York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, BBC, CNN, and NBC. In addition to Beyoncé, he counts artists including Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Alek Wek, and Danielle Brooks among his collaborators.

Senbanjo applies his mantra, “Everything is My Canvas,” to mural designs, fashion partnerships, live art events and installations, and now to the new limited-edition Belvedere Vodka bottle. The first Belvedere bottle with high-quality full-wrap sleeve technology features a flowing design with sharp edges that represent the water and rye working together to produce dimension and taste. Subtle skin-sense texture, which reacts to UV lights, is used to bring another sensory component to the bottle. The charcoal coloring and distinct shapes create complex, story-rich designs, which draw heavily from his Yoruba heritage.

“When Laolu paints a subject, each design is unique to what he believes depicts their inner beauty. This phenomenal message is seamlessly in line with our mission to reveal the unexpected beauty in life,” said Rodney Williams, president of Belvedere Vodka. “Also as a social advocate and former human rights attorney, Laolu’s philosophies align with our commitment to community and creating positive action in the world; in this case, the program supports the (RED) organization and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, a cause we’ve been supporting for 8 years.”

“As an artist I get to share my soul with people around me, my environment and the world and I’m able to channel my experiences like my journey as a human rights attorney and as a Nigerian,” said Laolu Senbanjo. “The Belvedere bottle design came from that inspiration as well as doing a lot of research about what Belvedere is at its core, like the rye and the pristine water. The bottle is an amazing blend of my art and bringing to life what Belvedere stands for – and I get to be a part of giving back to society, which means a lot to me.”

Belvedere Vodka and Laolu will reveal the limited edition bottle at an event planned for Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week in September. The bottle will support the global fund to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa. Widely available beginning September, the bottle comes in 70cl, 75cl, 1L and 1.75L sizes.

ABOUT BELVEDERE VODKA
Produced in the one of the world’s longest continuously operating Polish distillery that has been making vodka since 1910, Belvedere was the first to generate a new standard of excellence by establishing the super-premium vodka category. Today, Belvedere’s distinctive taste and uncompromising integrity are recognized internationally by discriminating vodka enthusiasts who appreciate its dynamic and complex character. Crafted using only superior grade Polska rye and water from its own local pristine source, Belvedere is all natural, contains no additives nor added sugar, and is produced in accordance with the legal requirements of Polish Vodka. Its taste profile is structured, elegant and balanced, with a subtle sweetness, rich mouthfeel and smooth, clean finish. For more information visit https://www.BelvedereVodka.com.

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