"Raising the Skate"

"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," commands frontwoman Sadie Dupuis on the first cut off New England pop-punk outfit Speedy Ortiz's upcoming Foil Deer. While she's not the first alpha female to echo the sentiment, her confrontational enunciation and ironic cooing over the track's grungy, dizzying guitars are Dupuis' own distinct brand of chaos.

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"Don't Wanna Fight"

The alluringly murky production on the Shakes' new cut evokes the kind of schmutz-caked soul 45 you might discover in a rural junk shop that also sells M-80 explosives and candied hog jowls — the perfect funky feel for Brittany Howard's beef-squashing plea. Over a guitar line that recalls James Brown's "Cold Sweat," she shouts and hollers and hits a

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“The Metal East” – Rolling Stone

In their ’00s heyday, this Rhode Island noise-punk duo splattered audiences with quick, giddy blasts of DayGlo brutality — usually setting up on the floor right in the middle of the crowd rather than playing from a stage. They’re back after a six-year hiatus, hammering away like Sonic Youth gone speed metal to get your reaching for the Advil with a smile on your face.

"One Time"

You only live one time, so Migos offer a straightforward strategy for getting the most out of your days on Earth: Avoid repetition. The Atlanta trio affirm that the first cut is the deepest, the first chain is the brightest and first party is the most turnt. Their case adds up to — what else? — a great single.​

“No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”

Indie folk auteur Sufjan Stevens is already a master at musical vulnerability, but on the first single off his upcoming album Carrie & Lowell — named for his mother and stepfather — Stevens finds a strikingly fresh way to rip open his wounds for the world. On the atmospheric “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross,” Stevens is in peak form, melding religious imagery with heart-wrenching allusions to his short-lived relationship with his mother. Guided by the gentle finger-picking of a guitar, the track moves like the impending gloom of an overcast day and sounds just as morose and picturesque as one.

Busaba Eathai and MyCheck set hospitality industry benchmark for mobile loyalty

  • Restaurant group is first to reveal impact of mobile technology
  • New members increasing by 230% per month, 39% of app users are repeat diners
  • Average spend increasing 2.4% per month

London, UK, 19th February, 2015: Busaba Eathai, the UK’s leading Thai restaurant group, has revealed business impact and usage figures for its loyalty application, powered by mobile payment technology provider MyCheck. Busaba is the first full-service restaurant to release these statistics, setting the benchmark for mobile loyalty in the hospitality industry.

Busaba, which has 12 restaurants across London, and opens its flagship venue in Shoreditch on the 18th February, first implemented MyCheck’s mobile technology in summer 2014. Through the app customers are able to check-in, receive relevant offers, make a payment using a debit or credit card, or the customer’s PayPal account, and leave without waiting for the bill. The app includes a loyalty scheme called ‘Path to Enlightenment’, which uses gamification to provide customers with incentives, such as their favourite dish for free.

Restaurant

Restaurant

During January 2015, Busaba ran an advertising and direct marketing campaign for any customer using the application.

Usage and business impact figures for July 2014 and January 2015 are as follows[1]:
– New members: Increasing by an average of 230% per month
– Repeat users: 39% of app users are repeat diners, contributing 67% of daily transactions. Repeat visits from app users are increasing by 6.9% per month
– Revenue: Daily transactions have doubled from December to January
– Average spend: Increasing by 2.4% each month[2]
– Conversion rate: 74% of registered users have used the app to check-in and pay
– Engagement: Open rate for January emails was more than twice the industry standard[3]

In our experience loyalty comes when customers recognise they are valued, and receive relevant engagement that reflects their special status. In turn, we learn more about our customers and how we can better serve them. This is subtle but significant change in how to approach loyalty, where industry style basic discounting is replaced by sophisticated schemes made possible by mobile,” said Jason Myers, CEO, Busaba Eathai. “The app has become a critical tool, in our success as a business in an increasingly competitive environment. On checking the statistics reports we noticed that, one day in January that more than half of those that used our app were repeat users – a staggering statistic. We’re only just starting to tap into the potential of mobile.”

“We are positive about sharing these insights with the industry, as it shows there is a better way to drive customer loyalty than discounting” added Myers.

“The majority of restaurant loyalty programs are pretty generic and uninteresting. They typically involve sending coupons or other offers designed to entice customers to visit the restaurant during quiet times or periods of economic uncertainty,” said Gil Hazan, VP for Europe, MyCheck. “Increasingly we are seeing restaurants use mobile to give their customers a more personalised, memorable experience – one that begins in the restaurant and continues, through digital engagement, after they leave. Busaba’s success is evidence that mobile is able to deliver on its promise, to make a significant, and critically sustainable, business impact.”

“The Busaba app is really intuitive and easy to use. Paying the bill is so much easier and efficient. And of course the enlightenment rewards are highly addictive to earn and redeem. Can’t wait to climb up all the tasty steps and become fully ‘enlightened’,” said Busaba app user Muhammad.

The MyCheck mobile payment and loyalty application is integrated into Busaba’s existing Mission EPOS system, where the waiter receives an alert to say the bill has been paid and the account can then be closed.

Note to editors:
[1] Statistics are based on usage at twelve Busaba sites between 1st July 2014 and 31st Jan 2015
[2] Average spend statistics are from 1st July 2014 and 31st December 2014
[3] Based on Mailchimp benchmark of 22.56%

For more information download the case study here: http://info.mycheckapp.com/case-study

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Editorial contacts
Hayley Myles, CCgroup for MyCheck
MyCheck@ccgrouppr.com / +44 (0) 203 3818 7189

About MyCheck
MyCheck is a technology platform that enhances the merchant and user experience in hospitality via POS integrations. MyCheck allows restaurant groups and chains to own their own customized and branded mobile experience, either inside an existing app or in a new app that the company will develop for the brand. The platform is modular, so the operator chooses which functionalities to incorporate – pay-at-table, pay-at-counter, loyalty, CRM outreach, order ahead, delivery, etc. It is integrated with more than 27 POS systems.

After implementing the technology, merchants end up with not only a simplified and faster payment process, but more importantly, they discover powerful new ways to engage with their customers and deliver better customer service. Popular with restaurants, MyCheck lets customers settle and split the bill between friends, order a takeaway and even leave a tip without waiting for service staff.

For more information see http://uk.mycheckapp.com/ 

About Busaba Eathai
Conceived by Alan Yau with the first branch opening on Soho’s Wardour Street in 1999, Busaba Eathai is a modern Thai eatery. Busaba is a Thai flower, and Eathai is a fusion of the words ‘eat’ and ‘Thai’. Differing from formal dining establishments, Eathai represents a Thai casual dining venue, offering a simple yet sophisticated menu devised to feed you with minimal fuss.

Fifteen years on, Busaba still offers a much coveted flavoursome selection of freshly prepared stir fries, soups and curries. The menu also features Asian-inspired juices and smoothies, as well as a simple yet selective wine list.

For more information see http://www.busaba.com/

Oxehealth advances baby safety with camera-based vital signs monitoring

New technology, successfully trialled at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, will drive significant change in baby monitoring

Oxehealth, the camera-based health monitoring company, has developed software that will enable a new generation of smart video baby monitors to measure a baby’s vital signs without the need for physical contact or wearable devices.

Technology will drive significant change in baby monitoring

Technology will drive significant change in baby monitoring

Using its Oxecam technology, video baby monitors will be able to measure the heart and respiratory rate of a baby remotely. The technology will send accurate alerts to parents or caregivers when it detects sudden changes in vital signs, allowing them to react to potential health risks that otherwise would not be visible.

The software, which has been successfully trialled at the John Radcliffe Hospital, part of the Oxford University Hospitals Trust, demonstrated its abilities to monitor key vital signs continuously in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The accuracy of the product met the clinical standards expected of a medical product, opening the door to a whole new world of neonatal camera-based health monitoring possibilities.

“Virtually every new parent in the UK buys a baby monitor when they first have a child, and some will buy multiple monitors as they seek to find the best on the market,” said Jonathan Chevallier, CEO at Oxehealth. “Many current monitors with their passive audio visual feedback do not provide warnings of problems – other than baby distress. Building vital signs monitoring into these devices would enable constant feedback to parents on the baby’s heartbeat and breathing rate, providing considerable reassurance to parents and early warnings of any problems. This is a huge step forward in infant monitoring.”

The Competitive Advantage of the Oxecam:

  • Many current video monitors only provide a video feed of the baby with no contextual health information, making it impossible for a parent to determine whether their baby is just asleep or potentially has a much more serious problem.
  • Monitors are designed to give parents the freedom that comes with the comfort of knowing that their baby monitors are keeping an eye on their little ones. Many video monitors currently on the market are not able to detect and alert parents to accurate signs of health related problems, meaning parents end up extensively checking their monitors and maybe even needing to do physical checks. Oxecam is able to send accurate alerts of sudden changes in vital signs which is often an early indicator of ill health giving parents what they want from their baby monitors, peace of mind.
  • The ability to monitor babies’ vital signs without the need for contact is a significant advantage in baby safe vital signs monitoring. Contact based devices can be uncomfortable and irritate delicate skin especially amongst pre-term infants. Using camera technology we can also eliminate the need for potentially dangerous cables from mat based devices and [potentially] harmful close proximity wireless transmitters.
  • Utilising camera technology only, there is potential to reduce the cost for parents wishing to monitor vital signs, as contact and wearable devices may need to be replaced as they can become easily damaged, worn and outgrown and often depend on integrated rechargeable batteries which decay over time.
  • Contactless monitoring offers a significant benefit for active babies. While asleep or laying in their cots it can be hard to maintain reliable sensor connection in any contact-based monitors (in effect these are totally impractical) as the baby moves around.
  • The Oxecam can provide ongoing monitoring through the night (and day) simply – it can also alert to a number of risk factors such as the baby turning onto its stomach or covering itself in bed clothes.

Oxehealth is a spin out from the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Its monitoring technology is also being funded to monitor patient wellbeing in other situations such as; secure hospitals (Broadmoor) and post-operative cancer and renal wards. Its technology is based on algorithms, which monitor patient movement and breathing for signs of distress, as well as heart rate and other parameters that can be measured to assess the patient’s wellbeing.

“Oxehealth’s technology promises to revolutionise the world of baby monitoring – turning a passive video monitor into one that provides genuinely useful health information. In a world in which people are choosing to install and use cameras in ever more settings, this is just one example of how Oxehealth’s technology will invisibly monitor personal health enabling us all to live safer, healthier and longer,” added Jonathan.

Notes to Editor:
Oxehealth Ltd is a biomedical software development company spun out from the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering in 2012. Oxehealth is focused on the continuing innovation of its Oxecam technology which turns cameras into healthcare monitors. It does this by using a range of software products with embedded intelligent algorithms which combine three key attributes: complex signal processing to allow accurate non-contact monitoring; machine learning, to provide personalised healthcare models; and clinical validation.

Initially developed at the University of Oxford in the research labs of world-leading scientist Professor Lionel Tarassenko and backed by IP Group plc., Oxehealth’s patented Oxecam technology enables digital cameras to monitor individual physiology and provide accurate healthcare information with a number applications in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Oxehealth continues to extend the potential of camera technologies for healthcare monitoring, having developed camera-based vital signs monitoring algorithms, clinically validated at the Oxford Kidney Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital.

For further information, contact Louise Fielding-Smith, at lfieldingsmith@thecommsco.com or on 01962 677 002, 07877 340671.

"Juicy Wiggle"

Some cite LMFAO's bottom-shelf novelty hits as everything that's wrong with today's music. "Juicy Wiggle" (from the group's Redfoo) makes the case that pop has been shamelessly silly all along, attempting an unlikely fusion of contemporary EDM and Fifties rock. This is how the hop would have sounded if your grandma knew about Jell-O shots.

"The Best Room"

Eight years have passed since Modest Mouse put out a new album, and if the urgency and absurdity of the Pacific Northwest crew's new single is any indication, frontman Isaac Brock must be crawling out of his skin. It's a frenetic onslaught of paranoia, silliness, endlessly elastic rhythms and swirling guitars — all of which adds up to some classic Modest Mouse.

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"False Hope"

Sleepless, lonely Laura Marling paints a bleak picture: Women go crazy, her neighbors beg for help through the walls and she hears animals dying — it's like a folk-rock Walking Dead, right down to the chilling strings that swell around the song. By the time she reaches the final verse, she asks, "Is it still okay that I don’t know how to be at

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: “False Hope”