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Google Trekker Ends Up In Parking Garage

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I am a person who is easily amused, but I will admit that certain technologies, which have become canon at this point in human history, still manage to invoke childlike bewilderment in my mind. For example, to this day I will gawk in sheer amazement at the sight of amateur magic tricks. It can be as simple as successfully finding my card, all prestidigitation astounds me. Let me clarify that the shock factor, for me, has nothing to do with the science behind the tricks, I’m well aware that science is all sleight-of-hand. It’s those moments where I let my guard down and stop trying to make rhyme or reason of what is happening in front of me and simply believe. When Google (GOOGL) launched the “Street View” function of Google Maps back in 2007, it was simply incredible. The very notion that Google (GOOGL) cars drove every street in the world, equipped with a 360-degree camera, and created a virtual map for navigators, travelers, and commuters everywhere, was mind-blowing for me. 

Google (GOOGL) has since expanded its Street View program from streets around the world to virtually every reachable piece of land on the planet because of the Google Trekker program.  The purpose of the program, which first began in 2011, was to allow everyday travelers to strap on the 44-pound device to their backpacks and carry the camera pack to places that Google Maps cars would have a difficult time reaching. According to Google Trekker testimonials, people and organizations have taken the backpack-sized mapping system everywhere from 3,000 feet up El Capitan in Yosemite to floating the canals of Venice to exploring the ancient city of Petra. 

On Tuesday, after nearly eight years of travelers carrying around the 44-pound piece of tech, Google (GOOGL) announced changes to the Google Trekker camera in a blog post:

“Over the years, we’ve gathered feedback from people and our partners who have used the Trekker around the world. Today, we’re upgrading the Trekker so that our partners  — like tourism boards, airports, and transit operations — can better capture places and their stories. The new Trekker has a sleeker design and is lighter in weight, making it easier to carry. The camera has also been updated with increased aperture and higher resolution sensors that will capture sharper imagery.”

Danny Cheung, Technical Program Manager, Google Street View

In addition to Google’s (GOOGL) announcement of the lighter, sleeker design for Google Trekker, the company announced their new “trekker loan program” which will allow anyone to apply for a Trekker “to capture high-resolution imagery to share the stories of places they love with the world on Street View.” After analyzing the Trekker loan program application, I have come to the conclusion that acquiring one of these devices for my morning commute is not the purpose of the program. What can I say, I really want to test one of these things out.

Similarly to previous iterations of Google Trekker, the new version can be attached to any vehicle imaginable. Google boasts that “cars, boats, or even ziplines” can be used with Trekker. 

In an industry wrought with data breaches, elderly governing officials’ misunderstanding of technology and its purposes, Google (GOOGL) remains one of the top contenders for creating products to bring society seamlessly into the future. Even though I am disappointed that I cannot obtain a Google Trekker, the new device will help future generations navigate the planet with ease. 

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4 Security Penny Stocks To Watch

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As Threats Arise, Security Stocks Take Center Stage In 2019

With the Federal Reserve’s meeting coming, the general market is bracing for anything. Meanwhile, penny stocks are continuing to climb at absurd rates. Trading penny stocks as of late has brought many investors fruitful profits and they look to continue this trend. Here are some security penny stocks to watch for the remainder of June 2019:

Security Penny Stock #1
Liberty Defense Holdings (SCAN.V)
Market Cap: $46.404M

Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) is a security company looking to take the industry into the next century. Liberty’s HEXWAVE product is a 3-dimensional scanning device that can detect weapons and threats of any kind. The product can do this both with speed and discretion ensuring privacy for citizens.

Liberty signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the soccer team FC Bayern München to beta test HEXWAVE in their arena. They join an ever-growing list of places that have signed MOU’s to beta test Liberty’s product. This MOU expands its ability to comply with and test the market requirements for their product internationally.

“The reception to our HEXWAVE product has been fantastic and we are excited about working alongside FC Bayern Munich, a team that is a household name in both Europe and North America, […] Our ability to deploy in both indoor and outdoor settings, with covert and overt applications, sets us apart and has also been driving increasing interest from the market.” 

Bill Riker, CEO of Liberty

Security Penny Stock #2
Magal Security Systems (MAGS)
Market Cap: $101.371M

Magal Security Systems Ltd. (MAGS) provides security solutions both online and physical. Some services provided include identifying potential security problems, integrating new systems, and custom designs for any type of security needs.

Recently, Magal received a $5.5 million contract for its advanced perimeter intrusion detection system. The system prevents people from illegally crossing border fences and walls.

Dror Sharon, CEO of Magal, stated, “Magal is a world leader in perimeter intrusion technologies. Our growing wins of orders such as this – providing sensors for active international borders, is due to the decades of experience that we have in providing systems that have more than proven themselves in-the-field.”


Security Penny Stock #3
Rekor Systems (REKR)
Market Cap: $27.502M

Rekor Systems Inc. (REKR) is a company that has developed surveillance technology to enhance public safety, banking, and traffic management. Primarily, the company takes their advanced software, which utilizes machine learning and upgrades IP cameras to the next level. This reduces the cost when collecting highway tolls and helps manage traffic congestion.

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Throughout June, Rekor Systems has been gaining recognition and application across the US. On June 3rd Rekor obtained a contract to start deploying its Mobile LBR-2 vehicle recognition systems. After this deployment on the 3rd, the LPR-2 system North Carolina law enforcement placed an order. On June 12th, Colorado highway authorities chose Rekor’s cloud system called NUMERUS to read enhance their license plate reading.


Security Penny Stock #4
BIO-key International (BKYI)
Market Cap: $18.03M

BIO-key International Inc. (BKYI) is a security technologies company that is pushing past the limits of fingerprint scanning. BIO-key provides a plethora of finger scanning products that provide security for your computer, hard drive, and the government. They have a partnership with Microsoft to develop biometric sign-in for Windows 10.

The company recently announced that a foreign defense ministry ordered more BIO-key deployment for secure access to Microsoft applications.

“We were delighted that such a capable and prestigious technology team determined that BIO-key met their security and scalability requirements and have now made follow-on investments to grow their user base.  Defense Ministries are constant targets of cyber-attacks, and we are glad to help them step up authentication to the highest assurance with NIST-verified accuracy and FIPS compliance.”

Jim Sullivan, SVP of BIO

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Disclaimer: Pursuant to an agreement between MIDAM VENTURES, LLC and Liberty Defense Holdings Inc. Midam was hired for a period from 04/15/2018 – 5/15/2019 to publicly disseminate information about Liberty Defense Holdings Inc. including on the Website and other media including Facebook and Twitter now extended through June 21, 2019. We were paid $350,000 (CASH) for & were paid “0” shares of restricted common shares. We may buy or sell additional shares of Liberty Defense Holdings Inc. in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, provide public dissemination of favorable Information. FULL DISCLAIMER HERE

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How Tech Is Making Life Easier

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Ever since the technology boom, the average citizen in developed countries has seen their standard of living increase substantially. It would have been unimaginable to think people would have devices that could connect them to other people across the globe in seconds.

A More Convenient ‘GrubHub’?

ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG.CN) is a delivery service that allows customers to order almost any type of good. This ranges from your next pair of jeans to a cheeseburger and even to marijuana. The delivery service allows consumers to get anything delivered within in an hour. ParcelPal is making strong moves to become the world’s premier delivery service. They are based out of Vancouver and taking steps to expand throughout Canada.

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ParcelPal has reached many milestones already and they are just getting started. The company has completed over 2 million deliveries which showed the company’s tremendous growth. ParcelPal received top-notch recognition from Amazon, where they achieved Gold Status for the excellent completion of their Amazon work order.

Recently, ParcelPal has integrated into the Canadian e-commerce powerhouse called Shopify. ParcelPal is bringing two companies, Choom Holdings and Kiaro, into Shopify’s space. This allows Shopify customers to order recreational and medical marijuana through the integration.

ParcelPal’s President and CEO, Kelly Abbott, explained, “Shopify is the main e-commerce platform in Canada for cannabis. Our integration onto the Shopify platform allows us to easily integrate and begin executing within the space.”

A Powerhouse in Technology – The APPL Of Investors Eyes

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Apple, no not the fruit, is one of the leading companies in technology innovation. Starting off with their Mac computers to the iPod and now the revolutionary iPhone. This company paved the way for the cell phone industry inspiring LG, Pixel, and the Samsung Galaxy. In addition, they continue to produce one of the best computers in the world.

Apple was the first company to reach a $1 trillion market value. Although it has slightly decreased, that is not stopping them from transforming the technology landscape. The company recently held its annual keynote address where they discuss upcoming innovations. This year they announced some big-time improvements. This included iOS 13, a new Mac Pro computer, the iPadOS, and macOS Catalina.

 The World is a Much Smaller Place

Social media has grown alongside the development of the internet. It has created new job opportunities, industries, and social interaction psychology. Companies like Twitter have made it possible for someone in Iowa reach across the globe to citizens in Australia. Twitter is one of the prominent social media platforms that has thrived in our current internet age.

Ever since Donald Trump was elected, Twitter has become a prominent source for political discourse and news. This development brought more users to their platform and which helps increase their revenues. Their main source of revenue comes from advertisements and the more people that see the ads the more they cost.

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Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) to Collaborate with FC Bayern München to Beta Test HEXWAVE

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VANCOUVER and MÜNCHEN, Germany, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Liberty Defense Holdings, Ltd. (“Liberty”) (TSXV: SCAN; FRANKFURT: LD2), a leader in security and weapons detection solutions, is pleased to announce that the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the German soccer team, FCBayern München (“FC Bayern”), a German football club based in Munich, Bavaria (“Bayern”) to beta test HEXWAVE.

Allianz Arena, the home of FC Bayern, has a 75,000-seating capacity and is the second largest arena in Germany.

HEXWAVE uses low-power, radar imaging and artificial intelligence primarily to detect and identify weapons, while enabling a layered defense strategy for a venue, meaning the ability to detect threats at the perimeter of the property without obstructing the movement of large groups of people.

“The reception to our HEXWAVE product has been fantastic and we are excited about working alongside FC Bayern Munich, a team that is a household name in both Europe and North America,” said Bill Riker, CEO of Liberty Defense. “Our ability to deploy in both indoor and outdoor settings, with covert and overt applications, sets us apart and has also been driving increasing interest from the market.”

Product testing in actual facilities, in partnership with organizations such as FC Bayern, are a crucial part of the product development process for HEXWAVE to ensure that the product is aligned to market requirements. Testing in Europe will likely take place following the initial testing in North America.

Beta testing involves testing HEXWAVE in a live environment with the initial Alpha testing to occur at Liberty’s Center of Excellence laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia.

Oliver Meßthaler, head of security FC Bayern München said, “We look forward to working with Liberty Defense to assess the capabilities of the HEXWAVE product.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with FC Bayern and have them sign on to become the first early adopter in Europe of this advanced technology,” added Riker.

The weapons detections systems market size is expected to reach over US$7.5 billion by 2025, up from US$4.9 billion today, with public venues such as stadiums comprising 20% of the market. Europe alone is expected to make up 24% of this global market, according to a 2018 report from Homeland Security Research Corp.

On Behalf of Liberty Defense
Bill Riker
CEO & Director

About Liberty Defense
Liberty provides security solutions for concealed weapon detection in high volume foot traffic areas and has secured an exclusive license from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a technology transfer agreement, for patents related to active 3D radar imaging technology that are packaged into the HEXWAVE product. The system is designed to provide discrete, modular and scalable protection to provide layered, stand-off detection capability. This is intended to provide a means to proactively counter evolving urban threats. The sensors with active 3D radar imaging and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced automatic detection are designed to detect metallic and non-metallic firearms, knives, explosives and other threats. Liberty is committed to protecting communities and preserving peace of mind through superior security detection solutions. Learn more: LibertyDefense.com

About FC Bayern München
Football-Club Bayern München AG., commonly known as FC Bayern München, FCB, Bayern Munich, or FC Bayern, is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria (Bayern). It is best known for its professional football team, which plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system, and is the most successful club in German football history, having won a record 29 national titles and 19 national cups. Allianz Arena has a 75,000 seating capacity and is the second largest arena in Germany.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

When used in this press release, the words “estimate”, “project”, “belief”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “plan”, “predict”, “may” or “should” and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Although Liberty believes, in light of the experience of their respective officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and information in this press release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because the parties can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements and information in this press release include, amongst others, information relating to the expectation for development of HEXWAVE and future Beta testing. Such statements and information reflect the current view of Liberty. There are risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in those forward-looking statements and information.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the development of HEXWAVE and future Beta testing. These fluctuations may adversely affect the price of the Liberty’s securities, regardless of its operating performance. There are a number of important factors that could cause Liberty’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated or implied by forward-looking statements and information. Such factors include, among others: currency fluctuations; limited business history of the parties; disruptions or changes in the credit or security markets; results of operation activities and development of projects; project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses; and general market and industry conditions. The parties undertake no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of their securities or their respective financial or operating results (as applicable).

Liberty cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on Liberty’s forward-looking statements and information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Liberty has assumed that the material factors referred to in the previous paragraph will not cause such forward-looking statements and information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.

The forward-looking information contained in this press release represents the expectations of Liberty as of the date of this press release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Liberty does not undertake to update this information at any particular time except as required in accordance with applicable laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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