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Honda Launches Redesigned HRX Lawn Mower

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ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Honda Power Equipment has introduced its newly redesigned HRX Series of lawn mowers. The HRX Series, Honda’s most premium residential lawn mower models, now feature the powerful new GCV200 engine that delivers 10 percent more power and torque than the GCV190 it replaces, along with design and technology features that produce a clean, smooth cut. The redesigned Honda HRX lawn mowers are the first Honda mowers to incorporate this all-new GCV200 engine.

New Engine for More Mowing Power; Improved Performance; Sleek Minimalist Look

Redesigned HRX Lawn Mower Delivers More Mowing Power
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  • The newly redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower, the company’s premium residential model, delivers 10 percent more power and torque and premium performance.
  • The Honda HRX lawn mower is the first Honda product to feature the all-new Honda GCV200 engine that delivers enhanced customer benefits in power output, maintenance, and usability through a larger fuel tank opening, easier oil changes, and reliable, dependable starting.
  • The Honda GCV200 engine is lighter than the GCV190 model it replaces.
  • The redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower provides an enhanced grass cutting experience for the user, with turf groomed to carpet-like perfection.
  • Five newly redesigned Honda HRX models, with a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $699, arrive at Honda dealers nationwide in January 2019.

First introduced in 2003, the Honda HRX Series pioneered the unique Versamow System with Clip Director®.  For the first time on any lawn mower, the HRX Clip Director® could easily enable bagging, mulching or simultaneous bagging and mulching of grass clippings in varying degrees through 10 separate settings—all without separate tools. The Honda Versamow System with Clip Director® was designed to be a complete mowing system delivering the ultimate in flexibility. The past 15 years of Honda research and development, combined with feedback from HRX users, have driven new advancements for this innovative lawn mower line. Today’s HRX Series of lawn mowers is designed to deliver the ultimate in flexibility and the most satisfying lawn mowing experience.
The redesigned Honda HRX Series lawn mowers feature three significant areas of technological and operational enhancements:

  • An all-new Honda GCV200 engine that delivers 10 percent more power and torque to the mower’s blades, to cut taller and thicker grass without stalling—saving time and wear on the engine. The newly redesigned Honda HRX Series is the company’s first lawn mower line to incorporate the new GCV200 engine.
  • A streamlined, innovative engine layout that saves time by making it easier for the user to fill the fuel tank, monitor and change the oil, access the sparkplug and air cleaner, allowing for faster, easier and reduced routine maintenance.
  • Innovative, modern styling—reflecting similar sleek, aerodynamic designs that can be seen across other Honda product lines, including automobiles, motorcycles and even jets.

Honda engineers incorporated changes into the HRX lawn mower line to provide a more powerful mowing experience for the user, while grooming grass to a carpet-like finish. Like the original Honda HRX Series, the newly enhanced HRX Series features the Honda Versamow System with Clip Director®. This system features a lever, located behind the engine cowling, that operates a sliding door between the lawn mower deck and the grass bag, allowing the operator to easily choose—or change—the preferred mowing option. The configuration also offers a setting for leaf shredding that recirculates leaves until they are small enough to pass into the rear-discharge grass bag.  The operator can perform all of these functions smoothly and without the tools or attachments required on most conventional lawn mowers.  Like all Honda lawn mowers, the Honda HRX offers reliable features designed to provide years of superior performance.

“The Honda Vision for 2030 is two-fold:  growth through the pursuit of quality and serving people worldwide with the joy of expanding the potential of lives. The newly revamped HRX Series of lawn mowers aspires to achieve this Honda vision,” said Will Walton, vice president, Honda Power Equipment. “With the newly redesigned HRX, Honda Power Equipment is offering a premium product that fuses innovative technological advancements with operational improvements that help consumers achieve a wholly satisfying experience in the pursuit of maintaining healthy, beautiful green spaces.”

Technology
More Power:  The Redesigned Honda HRX Lawn Mower Meets the All-New Honda GCV200
All five redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower models (see model descriptions in the below HRX lawn mowers section) are powered by the all-new GCV200 engine. A powerful addition to the Honda GC Series, and designed specifically for premium, residential power equipment applications, the new GCV200 delivers more power and more torque—10 percent more as compared to the GCV190 engine it replaces. The result? Improved durability and lifespan of Honda HRX mower models, superior cutting performance, and an enhanced HRX mowing experience for consumers.

So why more torque? In the case of a walk-behind lawnmower such as the HRX, the size of the engine and its torque capabilities relate directly to the ability of the machine to tackle tough jobs and produce a clean, even cut. Because the engine is responsible for generating the torque power on a lawn mower, more torque means more force is being delivered to the blades, which results in easier and faster cutting—especially in heavy, thick grass where stalling is more prevalent.  In addition to delivering 10 percent more torque, the Honda GCV200 weighs, on average, six percent less than the GCV190. Overall, the new engine is sleek, user-friendly and the perfect power match for the infinite number of mowing combinations the Honda HRX mower offers for lawn care.

Innovative Honda design features, including an improved combustion chamber shape, advanced auto choke design, and easier fuel and oil filling, make the GCV200 engine convenient to use and operate. The new engine is more streamlined and more compact than other engines in the same class. The design of the Honda GCV200 also features the CycloFlow design, which strengthens turbulence in the cylinder and provides more stable combustion. The result is greater resistance to lower quality fuel and ease of starting, along with a smoother idle.

The design of the new Honda GCV200 is smart, simple and sophisticated, incorporating new features that serve to reduce maintenance time while improving serviceability for the redesigned Honda HRX mower models. GCV200 engine change points that enhance the HRX user experience include a larger fuel tank filler (a fuel spout with a 60 percent larger circumference than the GCV190 engine) for quicker and easier gas-ups with fewer spills; a longer, more extended oil fill tube for more convenient adding and draining of oil; a more easily-accessible, tool-less air filter that protects the engine from yard debris and dirty conditions; more direct access to spark plugs for quicker changes; and a carburetor with a simpler and more rugged stud bolt design. The Honda Auto Choke System (ACS) on the new GCV200 engine allows for dependable starts, regardless of hot or cold weather conditions. This automatic, user-friendly system eliminates the need for levers and cables, and once the engine is running, the ACS automatically adjusts to the optimal operating position.

Design
The Cut Above Takes on a Sleek, Minimalist Look
The first look at the redesigned HRX lawn mower reveals an arresting exterior design that perfectly depicts the mower’s high performance. The design is smooth and sleek with angles suggesting fluid, forward motion—and with its lustrous red engine cowling, unmistakably a Honda. The engine cover design suggests powerful aerodynamic movement, while the curves of the engine are replicated in the streamlined, gray NeXite® deck. Functional touchpoints, such as the fuel spout and oil dipstick, are visually prominent yet integrated into the overall design of the mower. The graphic design incorporates the familiar red Honda brand and the GCV200 engine logo. In total, Honda engineers have redesigned the HRX lawn mowers to visually reflect the same modern designs that can be seen across many Honda power product lines, including cars, motorcycles and even jets.

HRX Lawn Mowers
A Profile of Five Powerful Models
The Honda HRX217VKA, HRX217VYA and HRX217VLA models incorporate the Honda Select Drive® system, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial—enabling the selection of a maximum speed while also engaging/releasing the Select Drive® control handle to match the mowing stride.  Once the control handle is fully engaged, it sits flush with the lawn mower handlebar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience.

In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive® system, the updated HRX217VKA, HRX217VYA and HRX217VLA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut® System for superior cut quality. What’s more, the Honda HRX217VLA is a self-charging, automotive-style electric start model equipped with a small factory sealed absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery for effortless starting. The battery is mounted on the lawn mower’s handlebar and integrated with an automotive-style key switch—adding more convenience and ease to the operating experience. In HRX electric start models, electricity is fed to a small starter motor incorporated in the GCV200 engine.

Rounding out the HRX lawn mower lineup are the Honda HRX217HYA and HRX217HZA models, each equipped with a hydrostatic cruise control transmission. The HRX217HZA also features the automotive-style electric start system with a factory sealed battery with AGM technology for effortless, self-charging key starts. Targeting best-in-industry bagging performance, the Honda HRX Series lawn mowers integrate a 2.5-bushel capacity grass bag and MicroCut® blades that result in finer, more efficiently packed clippings.  Additional HRX features and benefits include:

  • The exclusive, easy-to-clean, rust-free NeXite® mowing deck, which allows clippings to circulate naturally for maximum mulching. This durable, impact resistant deck comes with a lifetime consumer warranty.
  • A variable speed hydrostatic transmission (smaller and lighter than on previous models) that offers infinitely variable speed control and the ability to set and maintain a constant pace regardless of conditions.  Speed is easily adjustable with the speed control lever. (HYA, HZA models)
  • The Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System that provides quick blade stopping without shutting off the lawn mower—allowing for bag emptying without restarting the engine and self-propulsion without the blade engaged. (VYA, HYA, HZA models)
  • Seven individual cutting heights—¾” to 4”.
  • 9” ball-bearing wheels.
  • Sealed control cables.
  • A five-year, full, transferable warranty.

Price and Availability
The newly redesigned Honda HRX Series of lawn mowers delivers customers more: more power, improved performance and grass groomed to carpet-like perfection. With a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $699, the new HRX models carry a five-year residential and a 90-day commercial warranty. The newly redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower lineup will be available at Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide in January 2019.

About Honda Power Equipment
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including generators, walk-behind and robotic lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers, string trimmers, outboard marine engines and small, general-purpose engines for residential, commercial and rental applications.

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Security specialists discovered Over a dozen iPhone apps linked to Golduck malware

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Security specialists state they’ve discovered more than a dozen iPhone apps covertly communicating with a server associated with Golduck, a historically Android-focused malware that infects popular classic game apps, according to a report by Techcrunch.

The malware, which was first discovered by Appthority over a year, for infecting classic and retro games on Google Play, by embedding backdoor code that allowed malicious payloads to be silently pushed to the device. At the time, more than 10 million users were affected by the malware, allowing hackers to run malicious commands at the highest privileges, like sending premium SMS messages from a victim’s phone to make money.

Now, the researchers say iPhone apps linked to the malware could also present a risk.

Wandera, an enterprise security firm, said it found 14 apps — all retro-style games — that were communicating with the same command and control server used by the Golduck malware.

“The [Golduck] domain was on a watchlist we established due to its use in distributing a specific strain of Android malware in the past,” said Michael Covington, Wandera’s vice-president of product. “When we started seeing communication between iOS devices and the known malware domain, we investigated further.”

The affected apps include: Commando Metal: Classic ContraSuper Pentron Adventure: Super HardClassic Tank vs Super BomberSuper Adventure of MaritronRoy Adventure Troll GameTrap Dungeons: Super AdventureBounce Classic LegendBlock GameClassic Bomber: Super LegendBrain It On: Stickman PhysicsBomber Game: Classic BombermanClassic Brick – Retro BlockThe Climber Brick, and Chicken Shoot Galaxy Invaders.

It was further discovered that the command and control server simply pushes a list of icons in a pocket of ad space in the upper-right corner of the app, When the user opens the game, the server tells the app which icons and links it should serve to the user, according to the enterprise security firm research(Wandera). They did, however, see the apps sending IP address data — and, in some cases, location data — back to the Golduck command and control server.
However, TechCrunch verified their claims, running the apps on a clean iPhone through a proxy, allowing us to see where the data goes. Based on what we saw, the app tells the malicious Golduck server what app, version, device type, and the IP address of the device — including how many ads were displayed on the phone.

As of now, the researchers say that the apps are packed with ads — likely as a way to make a quick buck. But they expressed concern that the communication between the app and the known-to-be-malicious server could open up the app — and the device — to malicious commands down the line.

“The apps themselves are technically not compromised; while they do not contain any malicious code, the backdoor they open presents a risk for exposure that our customers do not want to take.

“A hacker could easily use the secondary advertisement space to display a link that redirects the user and dupes them into installing a provisioning profile or a new certificate that ultimately allows for a more malicious app to be installed,” said the researchers.

 Security Specialist find over a dozen iPhone apps linked to Golduck malware

One of the iPhone apps, “Classic Bomber,” which was spotted communicating with a malicious command and control server. It’s since been pulled from the U.S. store. (Screenshot: TechCrunch)

That could be said for any game or app, regardless of device maker or software. But the connection to a known malicious server isn’t a good look. Covington said that the company has “observed malicious content being shared from the server,” but that it wasn’t related to the games.

The implication is that if the server is sending malicious payloads to Android users, iPhone users could be next.

TechCrunch sent the list of apps to data insights firm Sensor Tower, which estimated that the 14 apps had been installed close to one million times since they were released — excluding repeated downloads or install across different devices.

When we tried contacting the app makers, many of the App Store links pointed to dead links or to pages with boilerplate privacy policies but no contact information. The registrant on the Golduck domain appears to be fake, along with other domains associated with Golduck, which often have different names and email addresses.

Apple did not comment when reached prior to publication. The apps are appear to still be downloadable from the App Store, but all now say they are “not currently available in the U.S. store.”

Apple’s app stores may have a better rap than Google’s, which every once in a while lets malicious apps slip through the net. In reality, neither store is perfect. Earlier this year, security researchers found a top-tier app in the Mac App Store that was collecting users’ browsing history without permission, and dozens of iPhone apps that were sending user location data to advertisers without explicitly asking first.

For the average user, malicious apps remain the largest and most common threat to mobile users — even with locked down device software and the extensive vetting of apps.

If there’s one lesson, now and always: don’t download what you don’t need, or can’t trust.

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Retail Pro International Adds Reseller in Mexico, Increasing Specialty Retail Access to Unified Retail Pro POS

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Retail Pro International deepens investment in Mexico specialty retail with addition of another reseller partnership, POS Latinoamericana.

Folsom, CA, Jan. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Retail Pro International, developer of global, flexible Retail Pro POS platform, announces deeper investment in Mexico retail by expanding their existing local reseller channel in partnership with Naucalpan-based IT company, POS Latinoamericana.

Specialty retailers will benefit most from this partnership, gaining greater access to software that top retailers like Samsonite, Puma, Oakley, Adidas, Diesel and Under Armour use to centrally manage in-store and ecommerce retail – Retail Pro.

Current efforts for Retail Pro International include a focus on helping retailers unify data and operations in Retail Pro, a platform store-management software. Unified data gives end-to-end visibility, helping retailers accomplish the following:

Uncover areas for performance improvement
Improve replenishment across channels
Increase efficiency in store operations

Retail Pro International CEO, Kerry Lemos, comments, “Mexico has sophisticated retailers, with high demand for modern POS technology that helps maximize ROI with better data-driven store management. We are pleased to meet that need with the introduction of more Retail Pro resellers to serve this market.”

Retail Pro International VP of Channel Sales for Latin America, Shaff Kassam, adds, “Retailers are equipped to make the most of their Retail Pro software through our Retail Pro Business Partners. Our partners offer local IT support and training for retailers’ IT teams and provide technical expertise and consulting for tailoring Retail Pro software to a retailers’ needs and regional requirements.”

The developer currently supports 54,000+ retailers in 130+ countries via Business Partner services. The availability of this local support in regions worldwide gives retailers advantage when expanding to new markets in the global economy.

POS Latinoamericana CEO Hector Jaramillo comments, “We look forward to helping Mexico retailers improve productivity and competitiveness with Retail Pro software. Because the technology is localized for Mexico and is easily customized for a retailer’s specific business operations, we believe retailers will be better positioned to respond quickly to industry change and increase profitability.”

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ESS Technology Introduces Suite of USB CODECs featuring Audiophile SABRE DACs

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MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio and analog design, announced today a series of USB Low-Power Audiophile CODECs that feature QUAD DAC™ Technology. Intended for use in headsets and audio adaptors that demand high-quality sound, the new line of CODECs can support end-to-end audiophile quality.  The family is built around a low-power USB controller that supports USB 1.1 & 2.0, and can handle audio data rates up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM.  At its heart is the legendary SABRE® DAC audio converter with HyperStream® II modulation that provides the ultimate in sound quality and stable sound field. The integrated headphone amp delivers that performance all the way to the headsets with up to 2.0Vrms output voltage, ensuring plenty of headroom for demanding headsets.

The highly-integrated parts also include all the needed blocks to make designing a USB audio system simple, including jack detect, button detection and GPIO inputs/outputs for custom buttons or switches.  Reference designs are available for USB-C audio adaptors and USB-C headsets, and the parts can be easily customized using external EEPROM.

The ES9281PRO is the flagship of the new line and can provide best-in-class audio performance at 124 dB DNR and -112 Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N).

The ES9281PRO is the first USB product to offer an integrated hardware MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) renderer that makes MQA playback easy and cost-efficient.  MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as the standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms.  The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later.  The subsequent “unfolding” process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, including software included in smartphone applications.  The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC.  The ES9281PRO will automatically detect the MQA stream and engage the rendering; the entire process requires no additional design work.

An integrated Audio Signal Processor (ASP) allows for creating real-time audio filters for use as Active Noise Cancelation (ANC), customized Parametric Equalizer (PEQ), Sidetone, or other filter-based audio effects.

The ES9280PRO offers the same impressive audiophile features as the ES9281PRO but without the MQA rendering. Both products feature a wide range of additional input formats beyond USB.  In addition to the standard microphone support, they feature stereo line input and 8-channel I2S, allowing it to act as USB audio bridge for desktop audio player applications.

The third product in the line, The ES9270, offers a streamlined solution focused on creating high-quality headsets and dongles.  The ES9270 can provide 117 dB DNR and -110 Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N) and features the same low-power audio controller as the flagship, without the ASP or I2S bridge.  These parts are ideal for mainstream USB-C headsets and adaptors that still want great sound.

Samples, evaluation boards, and reference designs are available now for all three parts; in addition, the ES9281PRO will be featured for listening in the ESS demo suite at the 2019 CES show in Las Vegas, January 8th – 11th.  For more information, contact your local sales representative.

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