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Rovi Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ:ROVI) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

The Company reported second quarter revenue of $137.1 million, an increase of 6.1% compared to $129.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. The year-over-year increase in revenue was attributable to growth of 11.5% in the Service Provider and Consumer Electronics verticals, partially offset by expected continued declines in the Company’s analog business. Second quarter 2014 GAAP Loss from continuing operations, net of tax, was $2.7 million, compared to $5.7 million Income from continuing operations, net of tax, for the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter Diluted loss per share from continuing operations was $0.03, compared to Diluted income per share from continuing operations of $0.06 in the second quarter of 2013. After taking into consideration discontinued operations, the Company reported a second quarter GAAP Net loss of $2.6 million, compared to a $74.1 million loss for the same quarter of 2013. Second quarter Diluted loss per share was $0.03, compared to a loss of $0.75 in the second quarter of 2013.

On a non-GAAP basis, second quarter Adjusted Pro Forma Income was $39.5 million, compared to $41.6 million in the second quarter of 2013, and second quarter Adjusted Pro Forma Diluted income per share was $0.43, compared to $0.42 per share in the second quarter of 2013.

Adjusted Pro Forma Income and Adjusted Pro Forma Diluted income per share from continuing operations are defined below in the section entitled “Non-GAAP or Adjusted Pro Forma Information.” Reconciliations between GAAP and Adjusted Pro Forma results from operations are provided in the tables below.

“We delivered solid revenue growth in the quarter as our Passport guide product was accepted by America Movil for deployment, we signed new licensing agreements and expanded sales to existing customers,” said Tom Carson, President and CEO of Rovi. “We also took a number of actions during the quarter to strengthen our position for future product growth and licensing renewals, including re-financing our debt, hiring expertise for our cloud platform and acquiring a valuable Discovery-related patent portfolio. We remain very confident in Rovi’s strategy and look forward to continued progress during the second half of the year.”

Business Outlook

Rovi now anticipates fiscal year 2014 revenue of between $525 million and $550 million, and fiscal year 2014 Adjusted Pro Forma Diluted income per share of $1.52 - $1.80.

Conference Call Information

Rovi management will host a conference call today, July 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the financial results. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the conference are welcome to call 1-866-621-1214 (or international +1-706-643-4013 and reference the conference ID 73718222. The conference call can also be accessed via live webcast in the Investor Relations section of Rovi's website at http://www.rovicorp.com/.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through August 1, 2014 and can be accessed by calling 1-800-585-8367 (or international +1-404-537-3406) and entering access code 73718222#. A replay of the audio webcast will be available on Rovi Corporation's website.

Non-GAAP or Adjusted Pro Forma Information

Rovi Corporation provides non-GAAP Adjusted Pro Forma information. References to Adjusted Pro Forma information are references to non-GAAP pro forma measures. The Company provides Adjusted Pro Forma information to assist investors in assessing its current and future operations in the way that its management evaluates those operations. Adjusted Pro Forma Income and Adjusted Pro Forma Diluted income per share are supplemental measures of the Company's performance that are not required by, and are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted Pro Forma information is not a substitute for any performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted Pro Forma Income is defined as GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax, adding back non-cash items such as equity-based compensation, amortization of intangibles, amortization or write-off of note issuance costs, non-cash interest expense recorded on convertible debt under Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 470-20 (formerly known as FSP APB 14-1), mark-to-market fair value adjustments for interest rate swaps, caps and foreign currency collars and the reversals of discrete tax items including reserves; as well as items which impact comparability that are required to be recorded under GAAP, but that the Company believes are not indicative of its core operating results such as transaction, transition and integration costs, restructuring and asset impairment charges, gains from the release of Sonic payroll tax withholding liabilities related to a stock option review, payments to note holders and for expenses in connection with the early redemption or modification of debt and gains on sale of strategic investments. While depreciation expense is a non-cash item, it is included in Adjusted Pro Forma Income as a reasonable proxy for capital expenditures.

Adjusted Pro Forma Diluted income per share is calculated using Adjusted Pro Forma Income. The Company's management has evaluated and made operating decisions about its business operations primarily based upon Adjusted Pro Forma Income and Adjusted Pro Forma Diluted income per share. Management uses Adjusted Pro Forma Income and Adjusted Pro Forma Diluted income per share as measures as they exclude items management does not consider to be “core costs” or “core proceeds” when making business decisions. Therefore, management presents these Adjusted Pro Forma financial measures along with GAAP measures. For each such Adjusted Pro Forma financial measure, the adjustment provides management with information about the Company's underlying operating performance that enables a more meaningful comparison of its financial results in different reporting periods. For example, since Rovi Corporation does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle, management excludes amortization of intangibles from acquisitions, transaction costs and transition and integration costs in order to make more consistent and meaningful evaluations of the Company's operating expenses. Management also excludes the effect of restructuring and asset impairment charges, expenses in connection with the early redemption or modification of debt and gains on sale of strategic investments. Management excludes the impact of equity-based compensation to help it compare current period operating expenses against the operating expenses for prior periods and to eliminate the effects of this non-cash item, which, because it is based upon estimates on the grant dates, may bear little resemblance to the actual values realized upon the future exercise, expiration, termination or forfeiture of the equity-based compensation, and which, as it relates to stock options and stock purchase plan shares, is required for GAAP purposes to be estimated under valuation models, including the Black-Scholes model used by Rovi Corporation. Management excludes non-cash interest expense recorded on convertible debt under ASC 470-20, mark-to-market fair value adjustments for interest rate swaps, caps, foreign currency collars, and the reversals of discrete tax items including reserves as they are non-cash items and not considered “core costs” or meaningful when management evaluates the Company's operating expenses. Management reclassifies the current period benefit or cost of the interest rate swaps from gain or loss on interest rate swaps and caps, net to interest expense in order for interest expense to reflect the swap rates, as these instruments were entered into to control the interest rate the Company effectively pays on its debt.

Management is using these Adjusted Pro Forma measures to help it make budgeting decisions, including decisions that affect operating expenses and operating margin. Further, Adjusted Pro Forma financial information helps management track actual performance relative to financial targets. Making Adjusted Pro Forma financial information available to investors, in addition to GAAP financial information, may also help investors compare the Company's performance with the performance of other companies in our industry, which may use similar financial measures to supplement their GAAP financial information.

Management recognizes that the use of Adjusted Pro Forma measures has limitations, including the fact that management must exercise judgment in determining which types of charges should be excluded from the Adjusted Pro Forma financial information. Because other companies, including companies similar to Rovi Corporation, may calculate their non-GAAP financial measures differently than the Company calculates its Adjusted Pro Forma measures, these Non-GAAP measures may have limited usefulness in comparing companies. Management believes, however, that providing Adjusted Pro Forma financial information, in addition to GAAP financial information, facilitates consistent comparison of the Company's financial performance over time. The Company provides Adjusted Pro Forma financial information to the investment community, not as an alternative, but as an important supplement to GAAP financial information; to enable investors to evaluate the Company's core operating performance in the same way that management does. Reconciliations between historical and Adjusted Pro Forma results of operations are provided in the tables below.

About Rovi Corporation

Rovi is leading the way to a more personalized entertainment experience. The Company’s pioneering guides, data, and recommendations continue to drive program search and navigation on millions of devices on a global basis. With a new generation of cloud-based discovery capabilities and emerging solutions for interactive advertising and audience analytics, Rovi is enabling premier brands worldwide to increase their reach, drive consumer satisfaction and create a better entertainment experience across multiple screens. Rovi holds over 5,000 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Discover more about Rovi at Rovicorp.com.

Forward Looking Statements

All statements contained herein, including the quotations attributed to Mr. Carson, that are not statements of historical fact, including statements that use the words “will,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends” or similar words that describe the Company's or its management's future plans, objectives, or goals, are “forward-looking statements” and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's estimates of future revenues and earnings, business strategies, anticipated contract signings, and stock repurchases.

Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results and/or from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the Company's ability to successfully execute on its strategic plan and customer demand for and industry acceptance of the Company's technologies and integrated solutions. Such factors are further addressed in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014 and such other documents as are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time (available at www.sec.gov). The Company assumes no obligation, except as required by law, to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

ROVI BUSINESS AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS:

Discovery:

  • Approximately 178 million licensed households worldwide; 128 million excluding pre-paid licensees
  • Renewed set-top box guide product agreements for 26 cable operators in North and South America
  • Renewed and expanded territories included in Samsung IP Licensing agreement
  • Renewed Shaw Communications agreement covering both cable and satellite
  • Reached a key project acceptance milestone with America Movil for implementation of Passport. Passport guides are now being deployed, or beginning deployment shortly, in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala
  • Entered into multi-year licensing agreement with TP Vision for its retail TV brands in Europe
  • Acquired approximately 500 highly-relevant issued patents and pending applications worldwide from a widely recognized technology company
  • Signed first European advanced search agreement with Canal Digital Kabel in Norway

Data and Analytics:

  • Added data coverage for two more countries; now providing metadata for 62 countries
  • Signed first analytics contract with an advertising exchange and began the sixth analytics pilot program which is the first with a cable operator

Other:

  • Replaced existing $864 million credit agreement with a new credit agreement consisting of $825 million in term loans and a $175 million undrawn revolving credit facility on July 2, 2014
         
ROVI CORPORATION
GAAP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
(UNAUDITED)
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2014     2013 2014     2013
Revenues $ 137,062 $ 129,151 $ 279,512 $ 261,920
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues 24,769 19,754 55,955 48,325
Research and development 28,933 29,555 54,490 57,199
Selling, general and administrative 38,765 38,175 74,985 75,842
Depreciation 4,550 4,045 8,951 8,276
Amortization of intangible assets 19,330 18,781 38,020 37,436
Restructuring and asset impairment charges 3,505   1,319   5,682   1,933  
Total costs and expenses 119,852   111,629   238,083   229,011  
Operating income from continuing operations 17,210 17,522 41,429 32,909
Interest expense (13,196 ) (15,023 ) (26,759 ) (31,184 )
Interest income and other, net 1,597 1,059 1,835 1,688
Debt modification expense (1,047 ) (1,351 )
(Loss) income on interest rate swaps and caps, net (4,701 ) 7,489 (7,336 ) 6,445
Loss on debt redemption   (2,761 )   (2,761 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 910 7,239 9,169 5,746
Income tax expense 3,624   1,553   10,200   992  
(Loss) income from continuing operations, net of tax (2,714 ) 5,686 (1,031 ) 4,754
Discontinued operations, net of tax 74   (79,760 ) (55,874 ) (104,561 )
Net loss $ (2,640 ) $ (74,074 ) $ (56,905 ) $ (99,807 )
Basic earnings per share:
Basic (loss) income per share from continuing operations $ (0.03 ) $ 0.06 $ (0.01 ) $ 0.05
Basic loss per share from discontinued operations 0.00   (0.81 ) (0.61 )   (1.05 )
Basic net earnings per share $ (0.03 ) $ (0.75 ) $ (0.62 ) $ (1.00 )
Shares used in computing basic net earnings per share 91,019   98,256   92,246   99,404  
Diluted earnings per share:
Diluted (loss) income per share from continuing operations $ (0.03 ) $ 0.06 $ (0.01 ) $ 0.05

Diluted loss per share from discontinued operations

0.00   (0.81 ) (0.61 )   (1.05 )

Diluted net earnings per share

$ (0.03 ) $ (0.75 ) $ (0.62 ) $ (1.00 )
Shares used in computing diluted net earnings per share 91,019   99,334   92,246   100,098  
 

See notes to the GAAP Consolidated Financial Statements in our Form 10-Q.

 
ROVI CORPORATION
GAAP CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS)
(UNAUDITED)
         
June 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 266,113 $ 156,487
Short-term investments 175,837 365,976
Trade accounts receivable, net 85,082 104,386
Taxes receivable 511 1,907
Deferred tax assets, net 11,146 18,621
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 16,554 14,936
Assets held for sale   106,688  
Total current assets 555,243 769,001
Long-term marketable investment securities 137,643 118,658
Property and equipment, net 32,681 33,350
Finite-lived intangible assets, net 470,154 478,229
Other assets 15,597 16,907
Goodwill 1,337,435   1,298,448  
Total assets $ 2,548,753   $ 2,714,593  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 93,491 $ 94,560
Deferred revenue 20,514 9,848
Current portion of long-term debt 282,015
Liabilities held for sale   5,513  
Total current liabilities 396,020 109,921
Taxes payable, less current portion 10,060 44,038
Long-term debt, less current portion 861,798 1,186,564
Deferred revenue, less current portion 19,841 4,641
Long-term deferred tax liabilities, net 69,114 41,379
Other non current liabilities 23,480   14,834  
Total liabilities 1,380,313 1,401,377
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 130 128
Treasury stock (939,833 ) (816,694 )
Additional paid-in capital 2,313,770 2,279,196
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,307 ) (3,999 )
Retained deficit (202,320 ) (145,415 )
Total stockholders’ equity 1,168,440   1,313,216  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 2,548,753   $ 2,714,593  
 

See notes to the GAAP Consolidated Financial Statements in our Form 10-Q.

 
ROVI CORPORATION
ADJUSTED PRO FORMA RECONCILIATION
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
(UNAUDITED)
         
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
        Adjusted         Adjusted
GAAP Adjustments Pro Forma GAAP Adjustments Pro Forma
Revenues:
Service providers $ 102,695 $ $ 102,695 $ 92,845 $ $ 92,845
CE 29,839 29,839 26,058 26,058
Other 4,528     4,528   10,248       10,248  
Total revenues 137,062 137,062 129,151 129,151
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues (1) 24,769 (1,161 ) 23,608 19,754 (982 ) 18,772
Research and development (2) 28,933 (3,766 ) 25,167 29,555 (5,592 ) 23,963
Selling, general and administrative (3) 38,765 (8,263 ) 30,502 38,175 (9,812 ) 28,363
Depreciation (4) 4,550 4,550 4,045 4,045
Amortization of intangible assets 19,330 (19,330 ) 18,781 (18,781 )
Restructuring and asset impairment charges 3,505   (3,505 )   1,319     (1,319 )  
Total costs and expenses 119,852   (36,025 ) 83,827   111,629   (36,486 ) 75,143  
Operating income from continuing operations 17,210 36,025 53,235 17,522 36,486 54,008
Interest expense (5) (13,196 ) 3,683 (9,513 ) (15,023 ) 5,704 (9,319 )
Interest income and other, net (6) 1,597 (1,182 ) 415 1,059 1,059
Debt modification expense (1,047 ) 1,047
(Loss) gain on interest rate swaps and caps, net (7) (4,701 ) 4,701 7,489 (7,489 )
Loss on debt redemption       (2,761 )   2,761    
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 910 43,227 44,137 7,239 38,509 45,748
Income tax expense (8) 3,624   1,010   4,634   1,553     2,564   4,117  
(Loss) income from continuing operations, net of tax $ (2,714 ) $ 42,217   $ 39,503   $ 5,686   $ 35,945   $ 41,631  
 
Diluted (loss) income per share from continuing operations $ (0.03 ) $ 0.43   $ 0.06   $ 0.42  
Shares used in computing diluted net earnings per share (9) 91,019   582   91,601   99,334   99,334  
 
(1) Adjustments to cost of revenues consist of the following:
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
Equity based compensation $ 1,161 $ 926
Transition and integration costs   56  
Total adjustment $ 1,161   $ 982  
(2) Adjustments to research and development consist of the following:
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
Equity based compensation $ 3,601 $ 5,546
Transition and integration costs 165   46  
Total adjustment $ 3,766   $ 5,592  
(3) Adjustments to selling, general and administrative consist of the following:
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
Equity based compensation $ 7,218 $ 9,193
Transition and integration costs 1,045   619  
Total adjustment $ 8,263   $ 9,812  
(4) While depreciation is a non-cash item, it is included in Adjusted Pro Forma Income From Continuing Operations as management considers it a proxy for capital expenditures.
(5) Adjustments eliminate non-cash interest expense such as amortization of note issuance costs and the convertible note discount recorded under ASC 470-20 (formerly known as FSP APB 14-1) and reclassifies the current period benefit from the interest rate swap to interest expense.
(6) Adjustment eliminates $1.2 million in other income for the release of Sonic payroll tax withholding liabilities related to stock option review.
(7) Adjustment eliminates non-cash mark-to-market gain or loss related to interest rate swaps and caps and reclassifies the current period benefit or cost from the interest rate swap to interest expense.
(8) Adjusts tax expense to the adjusted pro forma cash tax rate.
(9) For the 2014 period, since the adjustments resulted in Adjusted Pro Forma Net Income, shares used in computing diluted net earnings per share were adjusted to include dilutive common equivalent shares outstanding.
 
ROVI CORPORATION
ADJUSTED PRO FORMA RECONCILIATION
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
(UNAUDITED)
         
Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
        Adjusted         Adjusted
GAAP Adjustments Pro Forma GAAP Adjustments Pro Forma
Revenues:
Service providers $ 200,730 $ $ 200,730 $ 180,443 $ $ 180,443
CE 59,379 59,379 64,524 64,524
Other 19,403     19,403   16,953     16,953  
Total revenues 279,512 279,512 261,920 261,920
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues (1) 55,955 (2,485 ) 53,470 48,325 (2,294 ) 46,031
Research and development (2) 54,490 (5,989 ) 48,501 57,199 (10,861 ) 46,338
Selling, general and administrative (3) 74,985 (15,525 ) 59,460 75,842 (18,685 ) 57,157
Depreciation (4) 8,951 8,951 8,276 8,276
Amortization of intangible assets 38,020 (38,020 ) 37,436 (37,436 )
Restructuring and asset impairment charges 5,682   (5,682 )   1,933   (1,933 )  
Total costs and expenses 238,083   (67,701 ) 170,382   229,011   (71,209 ) 157,802  
Operating income from continuing operations 41,429 67,701 109,130 32,909 71,209 104,118
Interest expense (5) (26,759 ) 7,915 (18,844 ) (31,184 ) 11,688 (19,496 )
Interest income and other, net (6) 1,835 (1,182 ) 653 1,688 1,688
Debt modification expense (1,351 ) 1,351
(Loss) gain on interest rate swaps and caps, net (7) (7,336 ) 7,336 6,445 (6,445 )
Loss on debt redemption       (2,761 ) 2,761    
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 9,169 81,770 90,939 5,746 80,564 86,310
Income tax expense (8) 10,200   (839 ) 9,361   992   6,777   7,769  
(Loss) income from continuing operations, net of tax $ (1,031 ) $ 82,609   $ 81,578   $ 4,754   $ 73,787   $ 78,541  
 
Diluted (loss) income per share from continuing operations $ (0.01 ) $ 0.88   $ 0.05   $ 0.78  
Shares used in computing diluted net earnings per share (9) 92,246   765   93,011   100,098   100,098  
 
(1) Adjustments to cost of revenues consist of the following:
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
Equity based compensation $ 2,485 $ 1,943
Transition and integration costs   351  
Total adjustment $ 2,485   $ 2,294  
(2) Adjustments to research and development consist of the following:
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
Equity based compensation $ 5,814 $ 10,082
Transition and integration costs 175   779  
Total adjustment $ 5,989   $ 10,861  
(3) Adjustments to selling, general and administrative consist of the following:
June 30, 2014 June 30, 2013
Equity based compensation $ 13,856 $ 17,655
Transaction, transition and integration costs 1,669   1,030  
Total adjustment $ 15,525   $ 18,685  
(4) While depreciation is a non-cash item, it is included in Adjusted Pro Forma Income From Continuing Operations as management considers it a proxy for capital expenditures.
(5) Adjustments eliminate non-cash interest expense such as amortization of note issuance costs and the convertible note discount recorded under ASC 470-20 (formerly known as FSP APB 14-1) and reclassifies the current period benefit from the interest rate swap to interest expense.
(6) Adjustment eliminates $1.2 million in other income for the release of Sonic payroll tax withholding liabilities related to stock option review.
(7) Adjustment eliminates non-cash mark-to-market gain or loss related to interest rate swaps and caps and reclassifies the current period benefit or cost from the interest rate swap to interest expense.
(8) Adjusts tax expense to the adjusted pro forma cash tax rate.
(9) For the 2014 period, since the adjustments resulted in Adjusted Pro Forma Net Income, shares used in computing diluted net earnings per share were adjusted to include dilutive common equivalent shares outstanding.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a global leader in embedded systems, today added 96 new products to the Spansion® FM4 Family of flexible microcontrollers (MCUs). Based on the ARM® Cortex®-M4F core, the new MCUs boast a 200 MHz operating frequency and support a diverse set of on-chip peripherals for enhanced human machine interfaces (HMIs) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The rich set of periphera...

SYS-CON Events announced today that Aria Systems, the recurring revenue expert, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Aria Systems helps leading businesses connect their customers with the products and services they love. Industry leaders like Pitney Bowes, Experian, AAA NCNU, VMware, HootSuite and many others choose Aria to power their recurring revenue business and deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everything it touches smarter – smart devices, smart cars and smart cities. And lucky us, we’re just beginning to reap the benefits as we work toward a networked society. However, this technology-driven innovation is impacting more than just individuals. The IoT has an environmental impact as well, which brings us to the theme of this month’s #IoTuesday Twitter chat. The ability to remove inefficiencies through connected objects is driving change throughout every sector, including waste management. BigBelly Solar, located just outside of Boston, is trans...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Matrix.org has been named “Silver Sponsor” of Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Matrix is an ambitious new open standard for open, distributed, real-time communication over IP. It defines a new approach for interoperable Instant Messaging and VoIP based on pragmatic HTTP APIs and WebRTC, and provides open source reference implementations to showcase and bootstrap the new standard. Our focus is on simplicity, security, and supporting the fullest feature set.
Predicted by Gartner to add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is based on the idea that devices, systems and services will connect in simple, transparent ways, enabling seamless interactions among devices across brands and sectors. As this vision unfolds, it is clear that no single company can accomplish the level of interoperability required to support the horizontal aspects of the IoE. The AllSeen Alliance, announced in December 2013, was formed with the goal to advance IoE adoption and innovation in the connected home, healthcare, education, aut...