Cesium Presents the 2016 Montreal Cesar Awards!


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Team is a word that manifests itself regularly in our daily vocabulary. It is because we truly believe in our team, and every partnership that we have built over the years, that we wanted to illustrate to you just how much we appreciate you!

It is after numerous team brainstorming sessions and an amalgamation of great ideas that we decided to launch the Cesar Awards; a fun, tasteful and unique awards evening designed to show you how much we appreciate all our partners. At Cesium we do things differently, the Cesium way!

The awards evening took place in Montreal, Quebec on February 18th, 2016 at a Montreal hot spot called Scarlet Exclusive, located in the beautiful and historic Old Montreal area. Through meticulous coordination with the very cooperative and organized staff at Scarlet Exclusive we were able to transform the cozy restaurant into a red carpet ready venue. A stage was installed along with red velour curtains, 8 foot Oscar statues and of course, a red carpet!  This award themed evening could not be complete without a professional DJ and photographer, to ensure that all our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had beautiful keepsakes from this unforgettable night!

The Cesars were hosted by our very own dynamic duo: Senior Account Manager, Massimo Bono and Operations Manager, Corey Darbyson. They did a brilliant job hosting the evening and did not hold back on the humor. The whole room was filled with laughter and enjoyment from start to finish. We even had a few of our guests reach the point of tears. The awards were divided into 3 categories: Vendor, Customer and Employee. The Cesars were designed to be a fun acknowledgement of our unique and valued relationships with our partners and Cesium team. We are very glad to say that the evening continued with dancing, mingling and a lot more laughter long after the last award was handed out!

This is a night that was put together so that we could laugh at ourselves, have fun together, and first and foremost, recognize our amazing customers and partners who contribute greatly to our success! Every day we strive to work hard, make a difference and have fun while doing it. That is exactly what we achieved; the night was a great success and enjoyed by all! The Cesar Awards  truly encompass the values that Cesium believes are imperative to success and are a testament of what can be done when a hard working and dedicated team is in place!

Once again, we thank you all for making Cesium’s success possible and we look forward to seeing you all next year!


Rethink what a phone can do – Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge


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Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 edge

 Samsung introduced two new highly anticipated flagship devices at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) on Sunday February 20th: the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.The key overall differences from last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 models include improved ergonomics (they’re very comfortable to handle and use), bigger batteries, water resistance (IP68) and the return of expandable storage.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is built similarly to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6, with a 5.1” Quad HD Super Amoled Display at a pixel density of 577 ppi. It also uses an “always on” display that shows notifications, battery power, etc. You’ll be happy to know that power usage is less than 1% per hour for this new feature. The Galaxy S7 edge is built with a 5.5” Quad HD Super Amoled Display at 534 ppi.

Samsung has designed these new models with an improved camera! Last year DXOMark ranked Samsung’s GS6 lineup of phones as having the BEST camera amongst mobile phones: http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Moto-X-Style-Mobile-review-Style-and-Substance/Ranking)

This being the case, it is hard to believe Samsung could design the GS7 and GS7 edge cameras to be even better, but they have!

How? By constructing the GS7 and GS7 edge camera with a better aperture lens (f/1.7 from f/1.9); this allows for more light to enter the camera. They also made the pixel size larger from 1.12um to 1.4um. Overall, they rank this camera 95% better in low light conditions over the GS6 lineup.

The cameras  also integrates a new dual pixel camera sensor which acts a lot like your own eye. Every single pixel in the sensor focuses ultra fast; I personally tried this and was amazed at how quick it reacted and adjusted. No delay at all and optical image stabilization (OIS) still remains!

Next, these new phones are also faster! Samsung has bumped the RAM in the phones from 3GB to 4GB. Both devices sport the new OctaCore Exynos 8890 processor; this is an 8 core processor that also utilizes the Vulkan API. Basically the same processing power you see in many high-end gaming PC machines. This makes the phones 67% more powerful in higher GPU performance and 80% more efficient in CPU usage, than their predecessor.

Samsung has also increased the battery size of these phones, while making the overall phone a little thicker than the GS6 lineup (0.2mm thicke). The GS6 had a 2550 mAh battery. The GS7 now has a 3000 mAh battery. The GS6 edge had a 2600 mAh battery, whereas the GS7 edge has a 3600 mAh battery.

Next…the return of expandable storage! North America will see Samsung ship the 32GB version of the GS7 and GS7 edge; you can then expand your storage with a microSD card at up to 200GB!

Fast wireless charging still exists. The GS7 & GS7 edge still use MicoUSB, despite rumours of USB Type-C coming.

The GS7 & GS7 edge are also water resistant and dust proof with an IP rating of IP68. This means they can be submerged in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes! Of course, the occasional splash of water won’t hurt them. In fact, Samsung encourages you to run them under water to “clean them up.” Amazing!

To summarize: These new Samsung devices are better and more polished versions of the GS6 series. Increased battery life, better cameras and expandable storage are great additions. Users will love the improved ergonomics and the speed of these phones. The GS7 will be available in Onyx Black and Silver Titanium. The GS7 edge will be available in Silver Titanium. Stay tuned for the release!




Mobile Accessories Manufacturer Readjusts as it Gears for Expansion

BREA, California—February 17, 2016—Verus®—known for its mid-to-high-end Apple® and Android™ cell phone cases and covers—is announcing a complete company rebranding initiative in the 2016 fiscal year to accompany its expanding product line-up and changing corporate philosophy. The Verus brand and all of its properties—with the exception of older product lines nearing discontinuation—will adopt the VRS Design™ name and insignia effective immediately. Products in stock already branded as Verus will continue to be sold until depletion.

The decision revolves around design and fashion as focal points of all upcoming product launches in response to the current climate of rapidly changing consumer demand in the mobile accessories market especially. Other efforts have been made to further dominate the target demographic of professionals in their 20s and 30s: to create deeper immersion into the brand’s new design language, VRS Design is also diversifying its product portfolio beyond cell phone and tablet cases to include a wider range of offerings.

About Verus

Originally named after the Latin word for “true,” Verus was founded in South Korea as a manufacturer of third-party Apple accessories. The company first opened its North American branch in Brea, California in 2014 as its global operations headquarters and has since entered Canadian online and retail distribution channels. Verus products are available in over 40 countries worldwide, and annual revenue currently exceeds 50 million USD.

Flagship products include the popular Damda series, a cell phone case and wallet hybrid; the Layered Dandy, a PU leather wallet case; and the High Pro Shield, a minimalistic, brushed metal design case.

For additional information, visit vrsdesign.com

Press Contacts
Grant Suk
VRS Design, Marketing Manager
(714) 494-9549

VRS Design, Verus, and all related logos and symbols are trademarks of Verus USA, LLC. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.