Spreadtrum Teams with MPT to Create WCDMA//HSPA(+) Flagship Smartphones
Spreadtrum Communications reported that its WCDMA//HSPA(+) chipsets SC7731C and SC7731G have been adopted by Burmese mobile operator Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) for its latest flagship smartphone models M40 and M50, which have been launched into the market.
According to a media release, as MPT was mapping out the strategy for their smartphones, for the flagships models, M40 and M50, they decided to go with Spreadtrum's WCDMA//HSPA(+) chipset to best meet the needs of the user base in Myanmar. As a result, the M50 adopts Spreadtrum 28nm WCDMA/HSPA(+) /GSM/GPRS/EDGE chipset SC7731G with an embedded quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor. It features a double-sided glass separated by metal frame design, a 5-inch HD on-cell 2.5D curved glass touchscreen, 1G RAM, 8GB storage, an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It is pre-installed with the Android 5.1, supporting dual-card-two-standby.
Based on the Spreadtrum quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 WCDMA/HSPA(+) /GSM/GPRS/EDGE chipset SC7731C, the entry-level M40 supports dual-card-two-standby and features a 4 inch 800*480 pixels touch screen, 512 M RAM, 4GB storage, a 2 MP rear camera.
"We feel honored to have been selected to be the provider of chipsets for the M40 and the M50, the latest smartphone models being launched by MPT," said Dr. Leo Li, Chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications. "Since the reform and opening up of Myanmar's communications industry in 2014, more than 3 million mobile phones and devices with Spreadtrum's 3G chip solution have been delivered into the Burmese market. Looking forward, Spreadtrum plans to continue working with MPT to design more feature-rich and affordable products and services, based on the needs of Burmese end users."
MPT Chief Commercial Officer Koichi Kawase commented, "Working with Spreadtrum to successfully launch MPT's flagship smartphones, M40 and M50, has proven to be an absolute pleasure for us. Our joint cooperation has enabled Burmese users to experience the MPT data network and get the most out of their intelligent mobile devices. MPT plans to engage in further strategic collaborations with core suppliers such as Spreadtrum, Mustel and Kingmao, as we continually seek to raise the bar on the performance of the mobile products that we anticipate delivering to the people of Myanmar, and better meet local needs."
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Gilt and Sarah Jessica Parker Unveil SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal Collection for Spring
Sarah Jessica Parker, in partnership with Gilt, kicked off the exclusive launch of SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal, Gilt’s first foray into bridal ready-to-wear that would have Carrie Bradshaw swooning.
The collection includes dresses, skirts, bodysuits and other pieces, ranging in price from $295 to $2,395 and from sizes 0 to 14.
"Collaborating with Gilt on my first bridal ready-to-wear collection was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Sarah Jessica Parker. "The team there is brilliant and allowed me to be imaginative and take risks as I was designing for the non-traditional bride. It has been quite fun to play around with colors, fabrics and details to create unique pieces for all kinds of brides." The collection, comprised of ten styles, is inspired by Parker's vision of a modern, non-traditional bride, and is designed to dress a woman for a variety of wedding milestone moments; from her bridal shower through her wedding reception. Styles offered are a unique mix of classic dresses and gowns, modern bodysuits, full skirts, and a jumpsuit. The color palette includes traditional bridal white, sleek black, plus pops of blush, poppy, light gray and blue.
Designed in collaboration with Gilt, the collection was produced in New York City utilizing fabrics like cashmere and stretch crepe sourced from Spain, Italy and France.
The pieces all feature carefully curated details like elegant bows, sophisticated cutouts, feathers, intricate embroidery and beautiful hand-stitched beading.
The actress and style icon is no stranger to chic bridal wear. Carrie Badshaw, famously played by Parker, took part in an elaborate bridal photo shoot in Sex and the City: The Movie. The shoot featured gowns from designers like Christian Lacroix and Lanvin. Parker famously wore a black wedding gown for her own wedding to Matthew Broderick in 1997.
"Not only is Sarah Jessica Parker's style known around the world, her point of view is one-of-a-kind," says Tom Ott, Chief Merchant of Gilt. "Sarah Jessica brings her impeccable taste and fashion sensibility to life in this collection. We think our customers will be delighted with the offering which is stylish and well-priced in the bridal category."
As part of the bridal launch, Gilt will also offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear line, each of which are complementary to the bridal collection.
To correspond with the bridal collection launch, Gilt City will present offers from some of Sarah Jessica Parker's favorite places in New York City.
The offers were each chosen as a way to help brides plan for and celebrate the big day with highlights including, Leather Spa, Lars Nord Studio Tailoring, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, among others.
Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection
Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.
The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.
"The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."
Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.
According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.
Available now in select stores and online at teaforte.com.
Expedia.com has released a year-end look at U.S. traveler behavior and trends for 2017, analyzing data to identify the most in-demand destinations, hotels, activities and more.
Among other insights, the roundup revealed:
- Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
- Disney Theme Parks topped the list of things to do
- The average hotel stay was two nights
- Top destinations based on 2017 air travel included major global cities like New York, London and Bangkok
- Popular tourist destinations included Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas