SynologyÂ® Expands the Plus Series with DiskStation 1515+ and 1815+
High-performance NAS optimized for intensive tasks and encryption.
BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SynologyÂ® introduced its newest Plus series DiskStations, the DS1515+ and DS1815+. Both multi-bay NAS servers are designed to facilitate intensive data exchange, collaboration, and reliable backups for small and medium-sized businesses.
"The DS1515+ and DS1815+ are Synology's newest products based upon this new Intel Atom platform, a modern platform that is designed for embedded server applications. This new platform is designed to meet the needs of today's businesses, with encryption acceleration being part of the forefront of today's privacy standards, such as HIPAA environments," says Franklin Hua, Technical Marketing Manager.
Ideal for Sensitive Data
Featuring an IntelÂ® Atom(TM) processor C2000 family 2.4GHz quad-core processor with IntelÂ® AES New Instructions (IntelÂ® AES-NI) encryption, as well as a RAM module expandable to 6 GB for faster performance execution. Both scalable models are ideal for executing demanding tasks required for businesses working with sensitive data, and virtualization environments.
"Intel is committed to enabling SMBs with advanced yet cost-effective technologies to boost productivity," said Bev Crair, general manager of the storage division at Intel Corporation. "The Atom C2000 processor provides Synology NAS with an impressive level of encryption performance for file transfers, while the low energy consumption design keeps operating costs low - both of which are prime concerns for small businesses."
Impressive Speed, Reliability and Scalability
Equipped with four Gigabit LAN ports supporting Link Aggregation and failover reducing downtimes while ensuring writing speeds exceeding 420 MB/s for DS1815+ and 390 MB/s for DS1515+, nearly double the speed of their predecessors. Reading speeds exceeding 450 MB/s, makes both NAS adept at handling requests from a great number of users simultaneously. DS1515+ and DS1815+ can be scaled up to a raw capacity of 90 and 108 TB respectively by connecting DX513 expansion units via eSATA connections.
The two models support Synology High Availability (SHA) - users can take advantage of the units' multiple LAN ports to ensure the highest uptime and resiliency. The SSD read/write cache support further allows organizations to see a considerable boost in throughput while minimizing the cost per gigabyte. Certified by VMwareÂ®, CitrixÂ®, and Microsoft Hyper-VÂ®, both NAS servers can be seamlessly integrated into a company's virtualization environment and act as a powerful central storage.
DS1515+ and DS1815+ run DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, an intuitive web-based operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity to work. Synology was voted as "PCMag Business Choice Award 2013 winner" and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend for Small Business Storage.
Synology DiskStation DS1815+ and DS1515+ are now shipping globally. Synology DSM 5.1 is free to download for users who own a DiskStation or RackStation.
Synology at a Glance
Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium sized business markets. Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices; Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit http://www.synology.com for more information
Synology has a global presence with regional offices in the US (Bellevue, Washington), and the UK (London, England), Germany (DÃ¼sseldorf), and Taiwan (Taipei).
Synology is the registered trademark of Synology Inc. Intel and Atom are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other products and company names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective holders.
New ViaFit(TM) Technology Connects Cardio Equipment with Popular Wellness Tracking Devices and Apps
Integrated on Horizon Fitness and Vision Fitness cardio equipment, ViaFit wirelessly shares workout data with popular digital tools
COTTAGE GROVE, Wis., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Health Tech (JHT) introduces a new line of fitness equipment equipped with ViaFit, a wireless connectivity system that enables the machine to share workout data with popular fitness apps, tracking devices and social communities. Unlike other cardio equipment tracking software, ViaFit gives users the option to use the included workout tracking tools or connect to multiple third party apps and communities, including: FitBitÂ®, MyFitnessPalÂ®, FacebookÂ®, BodyMediaÂ®, MapMyFitnessÂ®, CarepassÂ®, RunKeeperÂ® and JawboneÂ® among others.
"ViaFit allows people to effortlessly transition from indoor to outdoor exercise activities without disrupting their fitness tracking methods." said Andrew Kolman, Director of Console Technology at Johnson Health Tech. "This new technology automatically does the tracking for you, simplifying the process and making it easier to reach your fitness goals."
ViaFit is not a paid service or temporary trial. The technology comes standard on a variety of Vision Fitness and Horizon Fitness cardio equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers and exercise bikes.
How it Works
Out of the box, ViaFit connects with any standard home Wi-Fi network. Once a connection is established, users are prompted to set up a free ViaFit account online at http://www.viafitness.com. A personal ViaFit account allows users to track their fitness progress on ViaFit's website or other
preferred third-party tracking programs. Important stats like time, calories, distance and heart rate are recorded and seamlessly shared across multiple platforms and stored in one main hub, eliminating the need for multiple tracking programs.
"We developed ViaFit because we saw the proven value of wellness tracking and wanted to make it easier for people to reach their health and fitness goals," said Nathan Pyles, president of Johnson Health Tech. "ViaFit offers a more holistic and effective experience by seamlessly connecting the exercise and nutrition tracking methods people are already using to their fitness equipment."
About Johnson Health Tech
Johnson Health Tech, the third largest fitness equipment manufacturer in the world, is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including Matrix Fitness, Vision Fitness and Horizon Fitness. The company manufactures a wide assortment of fitness equipment for both commercial and residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and strength training equipment.
Thermal Engineering Associates Offers Increased Power Density With Small TTC-1001 Thermal Test Chip
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermal Engineering Associates, Inc. (TEA) announced that its TTC-1001 Thermal Test Chip (TTC) has capability of supplying a power density of 261W/cm(2 )for performing Thermal Interface Material (TIM) testing, evaluating package thermal characteristics, and other applications requiring high density thermal flux. The TTC-1001 is a 1mm square Unit Cell design sold in wafer or chip form which can dissipate 300W over a 10x10 array (~1 cm square, each cell dissipating up to 3W).
As an example of high thermal density applications, TTC-1001 chips are used to simulate heat flux generation from high power transistors, small microprocessors and application-specific ICs (ASICS). The small cell size can easily be arrayed for SiN and GaAs transistors and RF Amplifier heat flux simulation.
The TTC-1001 may be ordered as a wire bond or bumped wafer with no minimum quantities. TEA has a wide range of backside metal options for various attachment methods and a variety of bump composition options. TEA will also dice wafers to customer specifications and requirements.
The TTC-1001 is available for immediate customization to customer needs and shipment lead times depend upon customization options.
About Thermal Engineering Associates:
TEA and its president, Bernie Siegal, have been providing thermal test and measurement hardware, software, and consulting services since 1973. Siegal has been chairman of the JEDEC JC15 committee and is the principle author of many MILSTD 750 thermal test methods. All major semiconductor companies, packaging companies, and many system level OEMs have utilized TEA equipment and/or services during its long history. Siegal is a founding member of IEEE SEMI-THERM and has delivered numerous papers and articles on thermal testing, simulation, and evaluation methods and techniques and is frequently sought out as a lecturer and expert in the field. http://www.thermengr.net
SOURCE Thermal Engineering Associates, Inc.
Thermal Engineering Associates, Inc.
CONTACT: Bill Ribble, firstname.lastname@example.org, (408) 202-3539
Move Over TomTom & Garmin: Telenav Subsidiary skobbler Launches "Scout", the First Free Premium App for Navigation and Maps
BERLIN, November 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
- "Scout brings an end to paying for premium navigation systems," says
Marcus Thielking from Telenav
- The free app offers worldwide maps with navigation (including voice guidance),
flexibility between online and offline modes (including one offline country map),
traffic and speed camera information, as well as travel information from Wikitravel
(iOS), TripAdvisor and Foursquare
- Optional features: offline maps of countries, continents or the entire world,
and real-time traffic (Inrix)
The first free global premium app for navigation and maps, "GPS Navigation, Maps &
Traffic - Scout," is now available for smartphone users on Google Play and in the iTunes
Store. Developed by Telenav's European team, formed through the acquisition of skobbler at
the beginning of the year, "Scout" provides worldwide online navigation and maps,
including offline use for one country, static speed camera warnings, as well as traffic
incident information from Inrix to inform users of potential delays.
Users can opt for premium features such as real-time traffic, and access to offline
maps of other countries, continents or the entire world, via an in-app purchase. The free
basic version of "Scout" is feature rich, providing more functionality than other free
navigation apps. Upgrading to offline maps for the whole of Europe along with lifetime
access to real-time traffic will still cost users only a fraction of the GBP50 or more
that comparable premium apps demand.
"Scout allows us to go head to head with TomTom and Garmin," said Marcus Thielking,
Managing Director at Telenav GmbH and co-founder of skobbler. "We have always provided
superior bang for buck and with online, offline, traffic and travel functionality, we now
simply offer the superior package - and we do so for free," he added. The combination of
premium quality with extremely broad functionality is made possible by using OpenStreetMap
(OSM). Thanks to OSM, "Scout" not only features the entire road network, it offers the
most complete coverage of pathways for pedestrians and cyclists on the market.
Another exclusive feature is Scout's hybrid technology, which provides flexibility
when switching between online and offline use:
- As with Google Maps, after downloading the app users immediately have
worldwide maps available online. Only very limited storage space is needed, while an
internet connection is required at all times.
- Unlike Google Maps, "Scout" also offers the option of full offline
functionality with all key features (e.g. turn-by-turn navigation and search)
remaining available, whenever the user chooses to install a specific territory. This
has advantages such as increased reliability (regardless of data reception) and no
unnecessary use of data volume (e.g. in the case of monthly data volume packages or
while roaming abroad).
- Offline maps can be installed, deleted and re-installed as needed, therefore
only using up storage space as and when required (e.g. while travelling to a
"Users have always been forced to choose between a high-cost, gigabyte-eating premium
navigation system, which was still unsuitable when walking from the car park to any given
destination, or a flexible online navigation and map solution like Google Maps. Scout
brings together the best of both worlds," Thielking added. "The result is a completely new
premium, all-in-one map and navigation experience. Scout is the first app to listen to its
users' needs and offer the best solution. It's the complete package."
Overview of "Scout" features:
- Worldwide maps and complete turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions
- in one app
- First OSM-based app that provides basic traffic information (free) and
optional real-time-traffic information (lifetime, no subscription) from international
market leader Inrix
- Static speed camera information
- Online and offline maps: exclusive "hybrid" technology can be activated at any
time; one offline country is already included for free
- Travel and local information: Wikitravel (iOS only), Trip Advisor, Foursquare,
- The most up to date maps of all premium navigation systems thanks to multiple
free updates each year
- Routing for cars, cyclists and pedestrians
- Various map styles (outdoor and night mode)
- Unique traffic sign recognition for speed limits and overtaking
"Scout" works with all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or above. The iOS app is compatible
with iPhone 3GS or newer, iPad (Wifi & cellular) as well as iPod Touch (with external GPS
receiver). Traffic feature is not supported on iPhone 3GS. The traffic sign recognition is
only available from iPhone 5 onwards.
For Android devices: Scout works on devices running Android 4.0 or higher. The traffic
feature is only available on the latest devices (released from 2013).
Those already using the skobbler navigation app for Android and iOS will receive
"Scout" as a normal update. Already purchased additional features will remain.
The OpenStreetMap (OSM) used in the app offers the latest and most detailed street and
route maps for cars, cyclists and pedestrians in many countries including Germany. The OSM
project works similarly to Wikipedia as a free community, mapping the entire world. The
OSM crowd is made up of over 1.8 million members and has doubled each year. skobbler is
the first company worldwide to use the free OSM data in a high-quality, professional way.
The Telenav subsidiary is now the market leader in OSM solutions. "Our premium navigation
system is made possible by to the exponential growth of the OSM-Crowd. A commercial fleet
of vehicles mapping the world, as used by Google and TomTom, is expensive and can't keep
up with the latest and complete data offered by the OSM community. Just as Wikipedia made
the encyclopaedia obsolete, in just a few years the OSM will make commercial cartography
irrelevant," Marcus Thielking said in closing.
About Telenav, Inc.
Telenav is a leading provider of location-based platform services. These services
consist of our map and navigation platform and our advertising delivery platform. Our map
and navigation platform allows Telenav to deliver enhanced location-based services to
developers, auto manufacturers and end users through various distribution channels,
including wireless carriers. We use our map and navigation platform as the basis for
delivering enhanced mobile applications such as our industry leading mobile navigation.
Our advertising delivery platform delivers highly targeted advertising services leveraging
our location expertise.
D-Link Helps Tech the Halls with Tips for a Fun, Safe and Trouble-Free Holiday Season
D-Link Offers Chance to Win Free Wi-Fi Smart Plug to Schedule and Control Holiday Lights
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 'Tis the season for crowded malls packed with holiday shoppers, spectacles of twinkling lights, and festive celebrations with family and friends at home and afar. In preparation for this very busy and most wonderful time of the year, D-Link is offering several tech tips to help make this holiday season fun, safe and trouble-free, from controlling the holiday lights remotely with your phone to keeping an eye on the house and the holiday packages delivered to your doorstep while you're away.
In an effort to ease some of the stress and cost of the holidays, D-Link is giving away Wi-Fi Smart Plugs (DSP-W215) to help people automate lights and decorations and keep an eye on energy usage over the holidays. Those interested in participating can submit a photo of their best holiday lights and decor to qualify for a free Wi-Fi Smart Plug (details available at http://blog.dlink.com/holiday/).
"While the holiday season is filled with magical moments for the little ones and plenty of good cheer, it also marks a time of year for increased crime and burglaries, leaving unattended homes vulnerable," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "Whether you're planning holiday travel or are headed to the mall for holiday shopping, there are several ways to 'tech the halls' this season in order to keep your home protected and safe while you're away."
D-Link offers tips to help make this holiday season safe and fun:
1. Keep Your Vacation to Yourself: If you wouldn't post a sign on your lawn
telling strangers you're away, you shouldn't do it online either. Be
careful what you post and share on social media sites, even if it is a
picture of a beautiful Hawaiian beach you want everyone to know about.
And be sure to switch off location services as well.
2. Control Those Lights...and Bills: Make it look like someone is home by
putting your holiday lights on a schedule. Using a Wi-Fi Smart Plug, you
can automate your lights and decorations, as well as keep track of how
much energy they are using. By creating on/off schedules for any device
plugged into the Smart Plug, you can control lights remotely, as well as
set usage limits so they will automatically turn off when the limit is
reached, helping to save some much needed holiday cash.
3. Post a Sign: According to a recent study(1), about 60 percent of burglars
indicated that the presence of a home alarm system would cause them to
seek an alternative target altogether. Making your home look like it's
tough to break into means there's a chance burglars won't even try, so
post security and surveillance signage around the perimeter of your home.
4. Detect Motion From Afar: By setting up a D-Link(Â®) Wi-Fi Motion Sensor
(DCH-S150), you can be alerted of any activity at home with a push or
text notification sent straight to your mobile device, and it always
helps to know when Santa has arrived with all the presents.
5. See for Yourself: When you're out of the house or traveling, the best
peace of mind is being able to check in on things to make sure everything
is secure. D-Link Wi-Fi security cameras allow you to see a live view of
your house from anywhere, anytime - right from your mobile device. These
cameras can also be used to make sure all your fragile holiday packages
are arriving safely and on time.
D-Link Solutions Availability and Pricing
D-Link's Connected Home and security camera solutions are now available throughout D-Link's vast network of retail and e-tail outlets in the United States. Detailed specifications are available online and retail pricing is as follows:
-- Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W110) - $39.99
-- Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) - $49.99
-- Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (DCH-S150) - $39.99
-- Wi-Fi Cameras - Starting at $39.99
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit http://www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/dlink) or D-Link's blog (http://blog.dlink.com/).
New Epson Home Cinema 5025UB Delivers High-Performance Full-HD for Under $2,000
Advanced Feature Set, Flexible Positioning and High Brightness Now Available for Home Enthusiasts and DIYers
LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide(1 )today announced the PowerLite(Â®) Home Cinema 5025UB, the newest addition to its high-performance line of 3LCD 2D/3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors. The new projector delivers home entertainment enthusiasts extraordinary image quality and bright, vibrant colors with 2,200 lumens of color brightness and 2,200 lumens of white brightness(2), up to 600,000:1 contrast ratio and advanced image processing technology for an engrossing big screen experience.
"The Home Cinema 5025UB projector provides home theater enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers looking to create the cinema experience at home with elite picture quality, 2D and 3D performance and installation flexibility at an accessible price," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager, Epson America. "Advanced features like Super-resolution with Detail Enhancement technology, handy lens shift, THX(Â®) display certification and a built-in cinema filter combine to create a versatile solution for a wide range of viewing applications."
Designed to deliver refined home theater performance, Super-resolution technology with Detail Enhancement defines edges and enhances surface detail for rich image quality that makes standard and high-definition content come alive. Users eager to watch their favorite content have the power to set the projector in almost any room with extensive vertical and horizontal lens shift range (96% vertical, 47% horizontal) and 2.1x zoom.
More about the Home Cinema 5025UB
-- Up to 3x brighter colors(3) and reliable performance with 3LCD, 3-chip
-- Five color modes in 2D and three color modes in 3D to easily adapt to
different viewing environments
-- Black-and-White Cinema color mode ideal for black and white movies
-- Easy, flexible installation with manual lens shift of up to 96% vertical
and up to 47% horizontal
-- Epson's exclusive 230W E-TORL(Â®) lamp offering high brightness and up
to 5,000 hours of lamp life(4 )
-- Two HDMI(TM) ports easily accommodate receivers, Blu-ray(Â®) players,
game consoles, Apple(Â®) iPad(5), Apple TV and more.
Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance
The color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today's high definition content, home theater enthusiasts want to enjoy movies with higher quality in both darkened home theaters and brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. For more information, visit http://www.colorlightoutput.com.
Availability and Support
The PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB is available now through select e-tailers and the Epson online store for $1,999(6). The model is backed by Epson's industry leading service and support, including toll-free access to Epson's PrivateLine(Â®) priority technical support, 90-day limited lamp warranty and free two-business day exchange with Extra Care(SM) Home Service. The Home Cinema 5025UB includes a two-year limited warranty. For more information, please visit http://www.epson.com/hometheaterprojectors.
Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce, and industry. Epson's lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 72,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: http://www.epson.com.
Note: EPSON, E-TORL and PowerLite are registered trademarks, and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. PrivateLine is a registered trademark, Extra Care is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
(1) Based upon Q3 2014 worldwide front projection market share estimates from PMA Research
(2 )Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.
(3) Compared to leading 1-chip DLP Home Entertainment Projectors. Epson 720p projectors are 3x Brighter; Epson 1080p projectors are consistently 2x and up to 3x Brighter. Based on NPD data, July 2011 through June 2012. Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions.
(4) Functionality may vary depending on hardware, application, and/or provider restrictions or limitations. Devices and cables not included.
(5 )Up to 5000 hours in Eco mode. Normal mode is up to 4000 hours. Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.
Starbucks Begins National Roll-Out of Powermat Wireless Charging in San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area Residents Can Now Wirelessly Power Up Their Phones While Visiting Their Local Starbucks
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Starbucks today unveiled Powermat wireless charging in approximately 200 of its stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. This launch is the first step in Starbucks strategic plan to offer Powermat throughout its U.S. locations, and to explore rollouts in Europe and Asia within the year.
"We are thrilled to offer our Bay Area customers the next level of convenience with Powermat wireless charging. This first market installation is a first step towards a national deployment of this amenity in our stores," said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks. "We were pleased with the customer response to the pilot tests we conducted over the past two years and we now expect an even greater level of customer satisfaction as we set forth to offer wireless charging capability on a national scale."
Stores in the San Francisco Bay area are now equipped with 'Powermat Spots' - designated areas on tables and counters where customers can place their compatible device and charge wirelessly. In addition, Starbucks stores are offering Duracell Powermat "Rings" for purchase or loan that instantly upgrade any phone to wireless charging compatibility. The rings are being offered for in-store purchase at $9.99 and can alternately be borrowed and returned on a per-visit basis.
"The availability of Powermat Spots in Starbucks is transformative for San Francisco Bay residents who no longer have to worry about making it through their day with limited battery power," said Ran Poliakine, CEO of Powermat Technologies. "They know that the nearest charge is only as far away as the nearest Starbucks."
"This endeavor is a critical step in Duracell's vision to make dead battery anxiety a thing of the past," said Stassi Anastassov, President of Duracell at Procter & Gamble. "Smartphones will become more and more sophisticated and power hungry. Duracell has the solution."
Powermat Spots comply with the open standard set by the PMA - whose members include AT&T, Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, LG, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, TI and ZTE - resulting in a growing universe of devices and accessories that will charge seamlessly in Starbucks. Customers who are interested in locating a Powermat-enabled store can visit http://www.powermat.com to find their nearest location.
About Duracell Powermat
Duracell Powermat is the joint venture between Procter & Gamble's Duracell brand and Powermat Technologies. Duracell Powermat provides real-life power solutions for consumers both at-home and on-the-go at select retailers and at http://www.duracellpowermat.com. As part of the Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), Duracell has been powering people around the world for more than 40 years. Powermat Technologies is a pioneer and leader of the wireless power industry, and its technology forms the basis of the open standard set by the PMA - the platform of choice for such global leaders as AT&T, DuPont, Duracell, General Motors and Starbucks. To learn more please visit http://www.powermat.com, and follow Powermat via Facebook, and Twitter.
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at http://www.starbucks.com. For more information on this news release, contact us.
Anritsu Demonstrates World's First LTE Advanced Category 9 with 3x CA
-- Demonstration Uses Next-generation LTE Advanced Modem from Qualcomm Technologies and Anritsu MD8430A/RTD LTE Simulator --
RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Anritsu Company announces it has successfully demonstrated stable peak data throughput for a Category 9 LTE device and network simulator using 3x Carrier Aggregation (3x CA). Utilizing devices featuring an LTE Advanced modem from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Anritsu's MD8430A/RTD LTE Simulator, the Company was able to successfully show support of 3x Carrier Aggregation (CA) with three LTE FDD or TDD component carriers, each with a bandwidth of up to 20 MHz, allowing Category 9 end-to-end peak data rates of up to 450 Mbps in the downlink.
"Anritsu is pleased to work with Qualcomm Technologies in support of our latest advance to 3x CA," said Wade Hulon, President of Anritsu Company. "This achievement builds on our world's first announcement of Category 6 capability with Qualcomm Technologies in January. We look forward to enabling development of consumer devices that support this ultra-fast technology."
The MD8430A is a scalable LTE network simulator, with six models ranging from Functional Test Model (FTM) to Enhanced Test Model (ETM), and available software options for both LTE FDD and TDD for any model. The associated Rapid Test Designer (RTD) graphical test software enables quick scripting of tests, with an intuitive user interface as well as available layer 3 and lower-layer libraries.
About Anritsu Company
Anritsu Company is the United States subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments, as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.
Racklive Unveils RL-4216-3, 4U-3Node Server Platform, at SC14 to Lead Charge in the Big Data and Analytics Arenas
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the SC14 Conference, Racklive unveiled its RL-4216-3, 4U-3Node server platform. The RL-4216-3 platform was purpose-built leveraging direct input from key strategic customers, leading the charge in the big data and analytics arenas.
Each 4U-3Node platform houses an impressive 48, high-capacity, 3.5 inch hard drives. In addition, there are three independent, dual-socket system boards, supporting E52600 v2 processors, with up to 256GB of DDR3 memory, and an embedded LSI 3108 12 Gbps storage controller.
The Racklive engineering team leveraged the team's decades of shared experience, designing and optimizing highly efficient "roll-in-rack" data center solutions, and managed to mitigate the support and operational trade-offs common when deploying such dense converged platforms. Despite the distinctive minimal physical server footprint, each storage drive remains individually hot-swappable. Further, a highly-efficient, shared, rectified DC power solution, providing advanced monitoring and load distribution capabilities, was implemented to provide both full-power subsystem redundancy, and ultra-efficient power distribution.
While the RL-4216-3 was purpose-built with big data analytics solutions in mind, this platform is robust and powerful enough to exceed expectations for much broader solution sets, ranging from enterprise data warehousing to cloud deployments and beyond.
Stop by the Racklive booth (#959) at SC14 for a demonstration of RL-4216-3, 4U-3Node server platform in action, and learn how Racklive solutions keep critical data close at hand -- at less than half the cost of competitive platforms.
Racklive, a division of ASA Computers, founded in 1989, is a worldwide leader in data center infrastructure, including rack-level server, storage, and networking technologies. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to enable large-scale deployment of customer-defined architecture and turnkey integration services. For additional information please visit the Racklive website at http://www.racklive.com.
CONTACT: Karen R. Smith, Racklive, email@example.com, 650-230-8067
Increased Hold on Tablets and Phones by Over 300% with Griptipz - Kickstarter Launch Funds over 85% of Goal in Under 24 Hours
First line of protection for hand-held devices
DENVER, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Considered one of the largest, yet simplest, innovations in device protection, Griptipz offers users of tablets, e-readers and large format phones a new, natural way to secure devices in their hands.
Robin Schaffer, Griptipz Co-founder and CEO said, "With the average person owning over 3 hand-held devices, our focus was to create a secure, ergonomic solution when using these products. Not only are we saving devices, but more importantly, we're addressing the growing issue of 'overuse' injuries." By attaching low profile bumpers that adhere to the back of a device, in a pattern that matches the user's hand, the result is a greater, more comfortable, and natural hold.
Designed for comfort and security - Griptipz are soft, self-adhesive, ergonomic designed bumpers applied by the user to the flat back of devices and most covers providing a customized, natural place for fingertips to grip and pull against. The product helps reduce dropping, cramping, and awkward holding. Griptipz is turning to the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter to finance final production and bring the product to market. Griptipz were created and launched by a mom-daughter design, marketing, and sales team along with the backing of an assembled group of Colorado based Manufactures and Production facilities.
About Griptipz LLC.
Griptipz is a Colorado startup founded in Englewood, Colorado. The company is focused on bringing consumer device products to market that protect both the device and user. The Kickstarter campaign goes live the week of November 24.
Quantum Suppliers Aims to Cater to Price-Conscious Market with Top-Notch 10.1" Quantum View Windows Tablet
High quality 10.1" Windows tablet equipped with a free keyboard/case, Microsoft Office 365, and a one year manufacturer warranty
MIAMI, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Electronic manufacturer, Quantum Suppliers, aims to supply the price-conscious market with its new Quantum View Windows tablet. Created with productivity in mind, the Quantum View offers Microsoft Office 365, a free keyboard/case, and guaranteed manufacturer warranty for $325.
The Quantum View is a high-grade Windows tablet that blends speed and power in order to create a streamlined Windows experience. Since its release, the Quantum View has received positive reception from consumers worldwide. YouTube technology reviewers such as David Di Franco and XC Techs praised the Quantum View for its elite specifications and extensive features when compared to its expensive competitors.
The Quantum View Tablet retails at $325, but will be on sale for $299 on Black Friday and will remain at that price through Cyber Monday. "We want to ensure our customers receive the best possible deal when they shop for quality tablets this holiday season," said Alexander Pompee, Public Relations Manager of Quantum Suppliers.
About the Quantum View
The Quantum View combines the core elements of speed and convenience. Equipped with Windows 8.1 OS, 2GB ram, 32GB of onboard memory, and a slim price tag, the price-conscious market can finally enjoy the benefits of Windows 8.1 without sacrificing quality. The Windows tablet retails at $325 and is available on Amazon, Newegg and Quantum Suppliers' Website.
The Quantum View features:
-- 10.1" ClearType full 1280 x 800 HD display with 10-Point multi-touch.
-- 2GB of RAM
-- 32GB of HDD storage
-- Windows 8.1operating system
-- Lithium-ion polymer 3.7v 8000maH battery with 6-8 hours of battery life
-- Quad Core IntelÂ® Baytrail TM Processor: (2MB Cache, 1.55GHZ) with Intel
-- 2MP front and back cameras
-- Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 80.11 b/g/n connectivity
-- Micro USB, Mini HDMI, and headphone ports
About Quantum Suppliers
Quantum Suppliers is a Miami-based electronics manufacturer that produces quality electronics for the price-conscious market. Quantum Suppliers seeks to be a hub for quality products such as windows & android tablets, and mini PCs.
New Android OSIGUARD App Tackles Smartphone Thefts with patented Biometric authentication
App powered by OS New Horizon first ever to use unique 3D in-air movement signature to protect against smartphone theft & block access to private data
NEVE ILAN, Israel, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OS New Horizon, the leading developer of biometric-biology authentication and management technology to protect and secure personal and portable data on Smartphones today launched OSIGUARD, the first combined anti-theft & biometric app that protects your smartphone from being stolen while ensuring all of your data remains secure at all times. OSIGUARD is currently available for download on the Google Play store.
In recent years, smartphone thefts have been on the rise. Last year more than 2.3 million Americans had their smartphones stolen. Smartphone thefts account for 40% of all robberies in major US cities, and smartphone owners spend an estimated $30 billion each year replacing lost and stolen devices. OSIGUARD enables users to be fully protected from theft without having to install any hardware add-on. Activating OSIGUARD is simple; a short authentication process captures your unique anti-theft & biometric ID signature via an in-air movement. The app provides a step by step guide to create a unique 3D in-air signature, remembering and saving the personal air-movement enrollment pattern, keeping users completely secure.
OSIGUARD is the first biometric-based app that protects your Smartphone with all of your most valuable personal digital assets and your privacy. If anyone attempts to steal your phone, a loud alarm will sound - and only your in-air-movement can shut it down.
OSIGUARD - Key Features:
-- Initial Registration enables via 3-D phone movement a unique in-air
-- PIN Code provides an additional 4-digit alarm release
-- Alternate ID provides an alternative method of identification
-- Alert Mode enables to trigger phone to shift into Alert Mode, ready to
detect a potential thief, by tapping a dedicated widget on the phone's
-- Switch between modes from the widget
-- Option for Suspected Theft generated alarm will trigger a very
"We are really excited to launch OSigard, the first ever anti-theft biometric app that serves as a complete safeguard against theft, blocks any attempt at physical probing into users' data on their smartphones, and secures complete privacy on mobile devices," said Gila Fish, Founder & CEO, OS New Horizon. "Our company's vision from day one has been based on developing a completely Personalized Central Authentication System (PCAS). We have developed state of the art biometric technology - in cooperation with the Polytechnic University of Madrid - to provide users an all-encompassing protection of their smartphone by authenticating smartphone owners in a smart and unique way, making it virtually impossible to forget or steal the biometric password. Our technology is not affected by light or dark environments or loud voice surroundings. OS New Horizon is a leading pioneer applying biometric technology to deliver full smartphone and personal data protection. In the near future we will launch the first hardware component from our proprietary POMM (Privacy on my Mind) eco-system."
About OS New Horizon Ltd.
OS New Horizon Ltd. is a global technology leader specializing in biometric authentication and management of highly-secured personal and portable data storage on Smartphone applications & mobile devices. Osiguard is the first Android app to be released, independent of any hardware, protecting your smartphone and your personal data privacy.
OS New Horizon is part of a $4.5 million EU funded FP7 project (7thFramework Program for Research and Technological Development) in collaboration with a consortium of international leading institutes across Europe, developing cyber security and privacy solutions in both (cloud) computing and mobile services, specifically addressing the pressing issues of identification, authentication and data management. The joint venture is developing the PCAS (Personal Centralized Authentication System) platform for an innovative, trustworthy, handheld device, known as the Secured Personal Device (SPD), enabling users to securely store their data, share the data with trusted applications, and to easily and securely authenticate their identity. OS New Horizon is developing the POMM (Privacy on my Mind) eco-system which is entirely based on biometric authentication, preserving all bio-ID data in a safe repository, protecting and securing data privacy. The POMM Biometric ID components will be used to authenticate money transfers, digital signatures and enable physical logins to the device. In addition, the platform will also enable biometric tokens for authenticated entry within secured corporate and enterprise level information systems and corporate digital signatures.
OS New Horizon is headquartered in Neve Ilan near Jerusalem, Israel and was founded in 2010.
Consumers are able to easily search through thousands of inventory items by simply
using a picture snapped from their iPhone to find similar products available at Macys.com.
The photo search app was designed in the Macy's Idea Labs in San Francisco, and the
software for the image recognition was developed and supplied by Cortexica - the world
leaders in mobile image recognition. The image search capability is a great example of how
Macy's is taking omni-channel to the next level, and their commitment to operating at the
forefront of consumer innovation.
Macy's is the latest retailer to incorporate Cortexica's findSimilar(TM) technology to
let their users upload wild images and find similar products on macys.com via their mobile
app and desktop. App users are able to snap a photo of an item using their smartphones
while web users can upload any image, whether from their desktop or anywhere on the web,
find similar items, and then purchase immediately. By making any image instantly
"shopable", Macy's is taking impulse buying to new heights.
Macy's recognized the importance of reducing the number of clicks between inspiration
and purchase and chose Cortexica's visual search technology findSimilar(TM) to make this
possible. Macy's is the first US retailer using this technology across multiple fashion
categories as the limitations of current text-based searching drives developments within
The Macy's Idea Labs Team developed the app, and Steve Semenzato, Co-Founder of
Cortexica said, "When it came to choosing a technology partner for the image recognition,
Cortexica was chosen based on the accuracy of the results that our Visual Cortexica also
provides the visual search behind the Style Thief application, which was recently launched
by Kate Bosworth, and they are recognized as the industry leader in fashion image
By introducing the image-recognition shopping app, Macy's is reacting to the role that
mobile devices play in how consumers search for, and purchase items of interest. Kent
Anderson, president of Macys.com explains the photo search application: "When our
customers see a look that they like on friends or on a celebrity, they can directly shop
for corresponding products from macys.com and buy them without a lengthy search."
Cortexica Vision Systems Ltd
Bessemer Building, South Kensington
London SW7 2AZ
AVG Extends Global Partnership with ALCATEL ONETOUCH
Providing Security across Emerging Markets on the Latest Android Devices
AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, November 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
AVG Technologies [http://www.avg.com ] N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the online security
company(TM) for 188 million active users, today announced that it has extended its
partnership with ALCATEL ONETOUCH, a leading smartphone brand to provide AVG's flagship
AVG AntiVirus PRO for Android(TM)
[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.antivirus&hl=en ] app on its latest
Android mobile devices. This agreement will help ALCATEL ONETOUCH's mobile customers stay
safe online from the moment they turn on their new devices for a safer and simpler online
This marks the latest milestone in the partnership which has been in place since 2011.
The AVG pre-loaded devices will be available across ALCATEL ONETOUCH's global customer
base, including a number of fast-growing, emerging markets such as India, Russia, Brazil
and Mexico. Customers get a free 90-day trial of AVG AntiVirus PRO for Android, after
which they can either purchase an annual subscription to retain its enhanced security
features or choose the default AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android option to ensure their
smartphone or tablet remains protected.
"Going online via a smartphone is fast becoming a standard activity for mobile users,
and understandably our customers want peace of mind to know that they are browsing
safely," said William Dowie, Global Portfolio Director at ALCATEL ONETOUCH. "We continue
to be committed to providing them with the best protection possible on our devices and our
ongoing partnership with AVG demonstrates our investment in this."
"We know that the emerging markets account for a large proportion of those going
online for the first time - and that mobile often provides the means for doing this.
ALCATEL ONETOUCH is one of the world's leading smartphone brands with a large presence in
these markets, and we believe our combined offering is a cost-effective and smart option
for new users there," said David Ferguson, General Manager Consumer & Mobile, AVG
AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android [http://www.avg.com/gb-en/antivirus-for-android ] was
the first mobile security application to exceed 100 million downloads on the Google
Play(TM) Store. [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antivirus ] With the
launch earlier this year of AVG Zen(TM), an application for Windows PCs and Android
smartphones and tablets, AVG has expanded its mobile portfolio to help consumers retain
control over their privacy, protection, and performance when using a connected device to
The roll out of AVG AntiVirus PRO for Android is effective immediately.
About AVG AntiVirus PRO for Android
Protect & Keep Safe:
- App Scanner: Helps stop, remove and prevent the spreading of viruses,
worms, and trojans
- File Scanner: scans your phone for viruses and removes them with a simple
click, ensuring your contacts, bookmarks, text messages, music and videos are kept
- Safe web surfing: actively checks web pages in real-time before you land on
that page. If it detects something suspicious, it prevents you from visiting the site.
- App Lock: protects your privacy by enabling you to lock your apps, thereby
securing them from being accessed by other people using your phone.
Find & Protect Your Phone:
- Phone Locator: helps you locate your phone if lost or stolen. Locate it
quickly via Google Maps or enable the SHOUT function which maximizes the volume of
your ring tone even if your phone is on "Silent"
- Phone Locker: keeps outside parties from accessing your personal
information by allowing you to lock your phone remotely via SMS or from controls
managed from the Anti-Theft service [http://www.avgmobilation.com/anti-theft ].
- Camera Trap: if AVG Anti-Theft [https://www.avgmobilation.com ] records 3
failed attempts by an intruder to unlock your phone, it takes a photo of them with
the phone's front-facing camera. The photo is then emailed to you with an alert to
the attempted break-in.
- Remote Wipe: helps preserve your privacy by enabling you to wipe all contacts,
photos, and calendars, your text messages, browsing history and SD Card.
- SIM Lock: locks your phone when the SIM card is replaced.
- Improve Performance: optimize battery, storage and mobile data usage.
- Task Killer: shut down apps that may affect device performance.
- Improved Battery Consumption: get notified when the battery is below the level
you set. Use the new Power Save button to turn off device functions that consume your
battery or use Auto Power Save to turn off several features that consume battery
automatically when the battery power reaches the level you set.
- Data Usage: keep track of your 3G/4G mobile data usage by getting
notifications as you approach your monthly data limit.
- Storage Usage: uninstall apps that you think use too much storage to free up
space on your device.
- App Backup: helps you back up all your apps to your SD Card so you never get
caught without your favorite games, utilities or feeds.
About AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG)
AVG is the online security company providing leading software and services to secure
devices, data and people. AVG has over 188 million active users, as of September 30, 2014,
using AVG's products and services including Internet security, performance optimization,
and personal privacy and identity protection. By choosing AVG's products, users become
part of a trusted global community that engages directly with AVG to provide feedback and
offer mutual support to other customers.
All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
European Data Center Operator, DEAC, Launches in US, UK and German Markets
DEAC - one of the fastest growing data center operators in Northern Europe - expands foothold to North America & Western Europe to support year on year growth
NEW YORK, November 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
DEAC - https://www.deac.eu/en - one of the largest independent data center
operators in Northern Europe, has announced plans to roll out services into the US, UK and
German markets. DEAC will offer secure data center support and IT outsourcing that have
proven to reduce IT costs for customers by up to 40% within three to five years.
DEAC has achieved success across Northern Europe and Russia providing a full range of
custom-built data center solutions to more than 2,500 customers in 40 countries, with a
customer list that includes customers in Retail, Telecommunications, IT and Manufacturing
- all the while continually growing its revenue over the last three years.
Andris Gail tis, Chairman, DEAC, comments, "We are one of the founders of IT service
outsourcing in Latvia and we plan to bring the expertise we have built up over the past 15
years into the US, UK and German markets, cementing our success as one of the fastest
growing IT companies in Northern Europe."
Egons Buss, IT Director of ELKO Group, confirms, "We have been working with DEAC for
more than six years, over which time we have used its data center services to reach a high
availability of business systems, outstanding technical performance 24/7 and business
contingency for a fair price. Outsourcing the management of data sets and the
centralisation of technical resources in DEAC data centers gives us the opportunity to
develop new products, significantly speeding up the processes related to concluding
transactions and the necessary high level data protection."
More information on DEAC's expansion can be found here:
DEAC is one of the largest, independent data center operators in Northern Europe,
offering secure data center services to over 2,500 customers worldwide.
Its latest data centre named Riga opened in 2009 and is the largest in the Baltics,
costing upwards of EUR6 million. Data centre Riga includes 500 server racks, TIER IV
security, ensuring uptime availability of 99.995%. A further secure data center is being
scouted on the East Coast for development next year. For more, please visit: http://www.deac.eu
Marketing and Development department group leader, DEAC
Ceramics Manufacturer 'Fires Up' its Production Line with Rethink Robotics' Baxter
Du-Co Ceramics Integrates Robotics Into Ceramics Parts Manufacturing Process
BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Du-Co Ceramics is the latest complex material manufacturer to leverage robotics as an innovation platform, adding Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot to its ceramic parts production line. Baxter works alongside the Du-Co team to place ceramic parts into a saggar, readying the parts for firing in the kiln.
Du-Co Ceramics is a leader in the 'Made in America' movement, creating and distributing technical ceramic products around the world. Headquartered in Saxonburg, PA, Du-Co employs more than 250 employees at two separate manufacturing facilities in the United States.
"As a custom shop, every day presents a new challenge on the plant floor. Most automation solutions don't have the flexibility needed to respond quickly enough to these changes in demand - but Baxter does," said Josh Rupp, Process Engineer at Du-Co Ceramics. "Baxter picks up and moves parts four at a time - allowing us to respond in record time."
With one Baxter deployed for less than a month, Du-Co already has plans to use a second Baxter in their process. After a smooth integration into a pick-and-place task, Du-Co envisions Baxter handling machine tending and bulk handling tasks in the future. Baxter can rapidly adapt to changes in process and parts allowing Du-Co to improve operational efficiency while maintaining precision and quality in its complex ceramics parts.
"Du-Co Ceramics is an excellent example of a manufacturer looking to balance flexibility with efficiency, precision and cost," said Jim Lawton, CMO of Rethink Robotics. "Like many of the manufacturers we work with, Du-Co is maintaining a competitive edge by building the factory of the future, leveraging smart, adaptive automation solutions that can quickly adjust to dynamic environments."
Rethink Robotics, Inc. helps manufacturers meet the challenges of an agile economy with an integrated workforce, combining trainable, safe and cost-effective robots with skilled labor. Its Baxter robot, driven by Intera, an advanced software platform, gives world-class manufacturers and distributors in automotive, plastics, consumer goods, electronics and more, a workforce multiplier that optimizes labor. With Rethink Robotics, manufacturers increase flexibility, lower costs and can invest in skilled labor--all advantages in fueling continuous innovation and sustainable competitive advantage.
Committed to accelerating robotics innovation in manufacturing and beyond, Rethink Robotics' Baxter Research Robot gives academic and corporate research environments a humanoid robot platform with integrated sensors and an open software development kit for creating custom applications.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the company is funded by Bezos Expeditions, Charles River Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Two Sigma Ventures. For more information about Rethink Robotics, please visit http://www.rethinkrobotics.com.
Contact: Gil Haylon, 1-617-969-9192, firstname.lastname@example.org
Polaroid Fotobar Brings Digital Photos to Life with Grand Opening of Three Micro-Retail Stores in Los Angeles
- Experiential Retail Destination Debuts First Location in Culver City -
BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as Polaroid pioneered instant photography over 75 years ago, Polaroid Fotobar is reinventing how consumers interact with our digital photos today. The fun, new experiential retail concept is opening three locations in the Los Angeles area, with the first debuting today at Westfield Culver City (6000 Sepulveda Blvd.). Customers will experience the instant gratification of printing their memories and bringing them to life to decorate their world.
The new store, located in Center Court near Pinkberry and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Two more Los Angeles area stores will open in early December in Canoga Park (Westfield Topanga) and Arcadia (Westfield Santa Anita).
The innovative 300-square-foot micro-stores are instantly recognizable by their cube shape and iconic Polaroid Color Spectrum logo. Customers are invited to take a seat at the Fotobar and transform their pictures instantly - from their smartphone, Facebook or Instagram - into three different size Polaroid pictures which can be collected in unique Polaroid shadowboxes or other Polaroid picture accessories. Professional and knowledgeable retail associates known as "Fototenders" are available onsite to help at every step of the way.
"Over one billion pictures are taken every day, and Polaroid Fotobar is a fun, easy way to take them from your Facebook timeline to your wall at home," said Warren Struhl, the company's founder and chief executive officer. "Polaroid Fotobar is all about recapturing the magic and instant gratification of creating cherished pieces of art with your pictures."
Holiday shopping at Polaroid Fotobar is a snap with an extensive selection of custom frames, displays and unique photo products crafted from a variety of materials including canvas, acrylic, metal, glass and bamboo. In addition to a refurbished '80s classic like the Polaroid 600 Series OneStep instant camera, one of the original box camera designs, Polaroid Fotobar also features the brand new Polaroid Cube lifestyle action camera for $99. Weatherproof, shockproof, mountable and built to handle everything you can imagine, the Polaroid Cube features a distinctive 35mm square,one-button design, a rugged, rubberized exterior, and built-in magnet allowing it to attach to bicycle handlebars, helmets and more.
Polaroid Fotobar is expanding its micro-store retail concept with four additional California locations opening during the holiday season in Westfield malls in San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. These will join traditional stores currently operating in South Florida and Las Vegas. To celebrate these grand openings, the company is hosting a sweepstakes now through the end of the year at polaroidfotobar.com/win. Ten lucky winners will be chosen at random to win a free year of Polaroid pictures.
About Polaroid Fotobar
Founded in 2012, Polaroid Fotobar is the first-of-its-kind, fun, and experiential retail destination that is changing the paradigm of how people "liberate" their photos and turn them into innovative and memorable products. Each location offers the ability to instantly print your pictures --wherever they may reside --including the exclusive Polaroid Classic Border Logo picture format in several different sizes. In addition, customers can turn their favorite photos into an extensive selection of custom and unique photo products from a variety of materials including canvas, acrylic, metal, glass, bamboo and more. Polaroid Fotobar locations also offer an array of Polaroid-branded products and feature "Fototenders," available to offer friendly, expert and hands-on support to assist customers as they instantly turn their best photos into lasting memories. Additionally, many Polaroid Fotobar products are available on the web at Polaroidfotobar.com.
Polaroid is one of the world's most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands. It features a rich, 75-year history that began with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value that the brand has long stood for. Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo, rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing, serves to designate genuine Polaroid-branded products. For more information, visit Polaroid.com.
Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum, Polaroid Cube, Polaroid OneStep and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As football season heats up and passionate rivalries are reignited, NFL fans everywhere can step up their game as OtterBox(Â®) announces the expansion of NFL-themed cases to the new Apple(Â®) iPhone(Â®) 6. OtterBox, the No.1-most trusted brand for smartphone protection, announces Defender Series cases featuring all 32 NFL team logos are available now.*
Through a relationship with Verizon Wireless(Â®) and officially licensed by the NFL, fans sporting the new iPhone 6 can show their team spirit and protect their smartphone from accidental damage throughout the season.
"The expansion of our NFL-themed lineup to top new devices like the iPhone 6 is a huge win for football fans," said OtterBox CEO Pete Lindgren. "The trusted, engineered protection provided by an OtterBox can make the difference between your smartphone surviving a big hit or spending the rest of the season on the sidelines."
The Defender Series includes a built-in screen protector and utilizes a full polycarbonate shell and exterior slipcover to help guard smartphones from accidental drops, dust and scratches.** A holster-style belt clip is included for hands-free carrying and doubles as a portable media stand for iPhone 6 NFL cases.
NFL-themed Defender Series cases are available with all 32 NFL team logos for a variety of devices on otterbox.com and verizonwireless.com for $64.95. For more information, visit otterbox.com.
Founded in 1998 with a line of dry boxes, OtterBox(Â®) has evolved into the No. 1-selling case for smartphones in the U.S. and a global leader in mobile device protection.*** Its diverse lineup of protective solutions for handheld technology protect, connect and enable a mobile world. OtterBox has been a six-time honoree on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. and was named one of "America's Most Promising Companies" by Forbes Magazine. The company is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., with offices in San Diego; Boston; Cork, Ireland; and Hong Kong.
For more information, visit otterbox.com. We've Got Technology Covered.
* No. 1-most trusted case brand source: The NPD Group/U.S. Consumer Tracking Service, 8/2013-7/2014
** Defender Series NOT protective against water. Will provide added protection against bump, drop and shock.
*** No. 1-selling smartphone case source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection/Units Sold 7/2013 - 6/2014
ZigBee 3.0 Creates Single Open, Global Wireless Standard for Devices
ZigBee Alliance unifies application standards for Internet of Things
SAN RAMON, Calif., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBeeÂ® Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, today announced the unification of its market-leading wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0. This standard will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices and give consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services that will work together seamlessly to enhance everyday life.
The new standard unifies ZigBee standards found in tens of millions of devices delivering benefits to consumers today. The ZigBee 3.0 standard enables communication and interoperability among devices for home automation, connected lighting, energy efficiency and other markets so more diverse, fully interoperable solutions can be delivered by product developers and service providers. All device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available to developers in the new standard.
"Happy consumers are the core driving force of all Philips hue activities. Consumers expect their smart devices to just work and be simple, and we continue to deliver new and rich lighting centric experiences that are easy to control and create," said Filip Jan Depauw, Head of Marketing & Partnerships at Philips Connected Lighting. "The ZigBee protocols are a key enabler to achieve this, and the broader ZigBee 3.0 standard further enables seamless communication across different domains and will therefore allow us to offer even greater functionality to our users. Interoperability made simple empowers new use cases and happy consumers."
ZigBee 3.0 defines the widest range of device types including home automation, lighting, energy management, smart appliance, security, sensors, and health care monitoring products. It supports both easy-to-use DIY installations as well as professionally installed systems. Based on IEEE 802.15.4, which operates at 2.4 GHz (a frequency available for use around the world), ZigBee 3.0 uses ZigBee PRO networking to enable reliable communication in the smallest, lowest-power devices. Current ZigBee Certified products based on ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link are interoperable with ZigBee 3.0. A complete list of standards that have been merged to create ZigBee 3.0 can be seen on the website at http://www.ZigBee.org.
"The ZigBee Alliance is addressing the critical need for application level standardization," said Mareca Hatler, Director of Research with ON World. "This announcement will build on the Alliance's leadership across the Internet of Things, while continuing to provide the foundation for innovative products and services for smart homes, connected lighting, and other high growth markets."
ZigBee 3.0 is currently undergoing testing. Many Alliance members, including The Kroger Co., Legrand, NXP, Philips, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, Wincor Nixdorf and V-Mark have been actively involved in the development and testing process. The draft standard is available to members of the ZigBee Alliance today and is expected to be ratified in Q4 2015. ZigBee 3.0 demonstrations are planned for the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015.
"The ZigBee Alliance has always believed that true interoperability comes from standardization at all levels of the network, especially the application level which most closely touches the user," said Tobin J. M. Richardson, President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. "Lessons learned by Alliance members when taking products to market around the world have allowed us to unify our application standards into a single standard. ZigBee 3.0 will allow product developers to take advantage of ZigBee's unique features such as mesh networking and Green Power to deliver highly reliable, secure, low-power, low-cost solutions to any market."
Attend a free online ZigBee Alliance webinar on December 2, 2014 titled "ZigBee 3.0 - The Open, Global Standard for the Internet of Things" to learn more about the standard. The webinar will be held from 8:00-9:00 am PST and feature Alliance member experts. Space is limited so please register today at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6974386235874703106.
ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee offers the only open, global wireless standard enabling everyday simple and smart objects to work together and help you control your world. ZigBee is the leading standard for monitoring and control used in consumer, commercial and industrial markets around the world. The Alliance is an open, non-profit ecosystem of approximately 400 organizations developing and promoting standards defining the Internet of Things for use in homes and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ZigBee.org
The ZigBee Certified program ensures that products built using ZigBee 3.0 function as expected and products from different manufacturers interoperate with each other. The certification of products is also a critical part of the Alliance's standards development process. Unlike other standards organizations, the testing and certification of products is required before any ZigBee standard is released for use. The ZigBee Certified process allows manufacturers to deliver a variety of products to customers of all types who can benefit from the simplicity of ZigBee control. To learn more about the ZigBee Certified program, visit: http://zigbee.org/zigbee-for-developers/zigbeecertified/.
Sangfor Technologies Earns Recommended Rating from NSS Labs
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Sangfor Technologies, a global leader in network devices, has been recognized as one of the leading web application firewall (WAF) vendors in a recent report from NSS Labs. Sangfor's M5900-F-l next-generation firewall earned the coveted "Recommended" rating after it successfully passed numerous tests for effectiveness, performance, stability & reliability, management & configuration and total cost of ownership (TCO) by NSS Labs. The "Recommended" rating demonstrates that Sangfor has been able to consistently provide world-class network solutions to its customers, enhancing the security and effectiveness of their networks.
NSS Labs, a leading research analysis firm, conducts the most comprehensive third-party testing in the industry, providing real-world research and analysis to organizations. A "Recommended" rating from NSS indicates that a product has performed well and deserves strong consideration from customers. Only the top technical products earn a "Recommended" rating from NSS -- regardless of their market share, company size or brand recognition.
The high-quality technology of a "Recommended" product
The "Recommended" rating indicates that Sangfor's M5900-F-l next-generation firewall is highly secure. In testing, it blocked 96.11 percent of WAF attacks and remained effective against every evasion technique employed.
Sangfor had the highest performance in testing, with the M5900-F-l registering a blazing 76,616 connections per second (CPS) when tested by NSS Labs. "The CPS is higher than the vendor claimed performance. Sangfor rates this device at 5 Gbps, which would be 25,000 CPS at 21KB object size," according to the NSS Labs report.
Additionally, Sangfor's M5900-F-l next-generation firewall also proved extremely cost-effective. At $2.07 TCO per protected CPS, it was one of the most affordable devices tested.
A legacy of affordable excellence
For clients already familiar with Sangfor's products, the results of the latest NSS Labs tests are no surprise. With a track record of more than a decade of sustained success in Europe and Asia, Sangfor Technologies has created a worldwide operational network that includes 28,000 customers, 680 global channel partners and 33 distribution networks across the world. Prominent corporations such as Toyota, Canon, Shell, Caterpillar, JVC and Panasonic are current Sangfor customers.
As a provider of cost-effective solutions for mid-market enterprises, Sangfor offers network devices that keep capital expenditures and operational expenses low along with significant return on investment -- even for companies with very tight IT budgets.
TheM5900-F-land other Sangfor next-generation firewall solutions are now available in the United States. For more information, please contact Sangfor Technologies USA at http://www.sangfor.net.
About Sangfor Technologies
Sangfor is a global provider of networking devices and services. Sangfor offers the latest networking technologies for midsize enterprises at an affordable cost. With 55 offices around the world, Sangfor has proudly helped more than 28,000 customers to increase their network efficiency and productivity while reducing IT costs. Leveraging its current success, Sangfor Technologies USA aims to make significant improvements in WAN optimization technologies for midsize enterprises. For more information, please visit http://www.sangfor.net.
Casio Puts The Pedal To The Metal With Limited Edition Infiniti Red Bull Racing Timepiece
New EDIFICE ERA300RB-1A Offers Striking Design and Intelligent Features
DOVER, N.J., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc., an official team partner of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team, is pleased to announce its latest limited edition EDIFICE men's timepiece - the ERA300RB-1A. Fueled by Casio EDIFICE's mantra "speed and intelligence," the ERA300RB-1A's sophisticated design emphasizes the vitality of motorsports racing.
"The Red Bull Racing Team's energetic culture and drive to succeed served as our inspiration for the development of our newest EDIFICE timepiece," said David Johnson, Vice President of Casio America, Inc.'s Timepiece Division. "Casio has been an Official Partner of Red Bull Racing since 2009 and we look forward to collaborating on additional timepieces in the future that continue to evoke a sense of velocity and motorsports energy."
The EDIFICE ERA300RB-1A is equipped with Casio's Twin Sensor Technology and offers a digital compass with needle indicator and bearing memory along with a thermometer. This new limited edition timepiece also provides a variety of other features including an auto UV-LED light (Neon Illuminator), 1/20(th) second chronograph w/100 lap memory, countdown timer, 100M water resistance, five daily alarms, and world time for 29 cities.
Designed with a black IP bezel and solid stainless steel band, the ERA300RB-1A watch dial incorporates Red Bull Racing's blue and red team colors as well as its dynamic logo. Casio's limited edition ERA300RB-1A will be available at select retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $500. For more information on Casio's EDIFICE men's watch collection, please visit http://www.Edifice.Casio.com.
Casio's EDIFICE collection reflects a distinct sense of style by providing men with features that are ideal for professional and weekend lifestyles. The collection speaks to men who aspire to contribute all they can whether they are in the boardroom or the ballpark. With a variety of aristocratic, sleek styles, Casio's EDIFICE timepieces possess features including multi-layered dials, world time, daily alarms and more. Made with strong, comfortable band materials of resin and stainless steel, each style exudes an attractive, sophisticated look. For additional information on Casio's EDIFICE line of timepieces, please visit: http://www.EDIFICE.Casio.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casiousa.com.
New chipset to help drive innovation for tablets, phablets and handheld gaming devices
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today unveiled the industry's first  Embedded DisplayPort(TM) (eDP(TM))-to-MIPI(Â®) dual-Display Serial Interface (DSI) converter chipset. The new TC358860XBG chipset enables the 4K2K ultra high definition (UHD) experience for handheld electronic devices such as tablets, phablets and portable gaming systems.
"In the high-performance, feature-driven mobile market, consumers are always looking for the next big thing," said Deepak Prakash, senior director for the Logic LSI Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. "By creating this chipset that enables 4K resolution displays to operate at low power, Toshiba will help ensure that the next generation of handheld products delivers the most advanced, highest-definition viewing experience available."
The TC358860XBG chipset incorporates both video format conversion and compression technology to support 4K2K high-resolution displays. Employing both high-speed serial interface industry standards with low power operation capability in one chip enables UHD 4K displays while maintaining handhelds' low power consumption requirements. The chipset also delivers the high refresh rates - beyond 60 frames per second (fps) - needed to enable a "living room" quality gaming experience in a handheld gaming system.
The TC358860XBG provides eDP incoming data (RX) support for VESA eDP v1.4. This includes eight types of bitrate support, ranging from 1.62 to 5.4 Gbps; maximum 1Mbps AUX channel support; and native and I2C-over-AUX transaction support. On the outgoing data side, the chipset supports MIPI dual-port DSI with maximum 1.0Gbps/lane link speed interface and a total data transfer capability of 8Gbps. The device is housed in a 5.0 x 5.0 mm FBGA65 package with 0.5mm ball pitch.
TC358860XBG chipset samples are available now; mass production will begin in March 2015.
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2013 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, April 2014). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
 Based on Toshiba research as of November 18, 2014.
VESA(Â®), DisplayPort(TM) and eDP(TM) are trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, and/or registered service marks owned by the Video Electronics Standards Association. MIPI is a registered trademark of MIPI Alliance, Inc.
Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice.
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ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is now offering clients and merchants Apple Pay, an easy, secure and private way to conduct payment transactions.
Apple Pay will work in stores with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Apple Pay makes shopping as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID.
"We are constantly looking for ways to help improve the financial well-being of our clients and part of that is offering solutions that make banking simpler, more convenient and safer," said Beverly Ladley, SunTrust's client segments and solutions executive. "The addition of Apple Pay provides SunTrust clients with an innovative, secure option to make purchases."
Security and privacy are key elements of Apple Pay. When clients add a SunTrust credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on their device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the card.
When clients use Apple Pay in a store, restaurant or other merchant, cashiers will no longer see their name, credit card number or security code, helping to reduce the potential for fraud. SunTrust clients have Zero Liability protection when making payments with SunTrust credit or debit cards through Apple Pay. If they use a rewards card, they'll continue to earn with every qualifying purchase made through Apple Pay.
SunTrust Merchant Services is also offering Apple Pay equipment so merchants can facilitate the "tap and pay" transactions. More information on those services can be found at http://www.suntrustmerchantservices.com.
About SunTrust Banks, Inc.
SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of September 30, 2014, SunTrust had total assets of $186.8 billion and total deposits of $136.5 billion. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through its various subsidiaries, the company provides mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com.
-- Continuing to build on the company's unparalleled leadership in HPC
innovation, at this year's SC14, DataDirect Networks (DDN) is revealing
broad customer adoption and latest performance testing of its Infinite
Memory Engine (IME(TM)) burst buffer and application acceleration
-- Ideal for a broad range of performance-hungry HPC applications, such as
real-time analytic processing and modeling of Big Data across Life
Sciences, Oil and Gas, Research and Financial Services industries among
others, where support for high bandwidth and high IOPS workloads is
essential, DDN is placing previews of IME technology into leading HPC
facilities around the world and currently has placed test beds in over a
dozen Top100 sites.
-- Planning for exascale, accelerating time to discovery and extracting
results from massive data sets requires organizations to continually
seek faster and more efficient solutions to provision I/O and accelerate
-- DDN's IME is the world's first, application-aware, non-volatile memory
enabled acceleration engine and buffer cache. IME resides between the
high-performance compute and parallel file system in an HPC environment,
and maximizes compute utilization without crippling the storage
back-end. By virtualizing SSDs across the entire environment into a
single fast tier of storage, users now can take advantage of the
declining price of commodity hardware and deliver near in-memory
performance to accelerate I/O, reduce latency and provide greater
operational and economic efficiency.
-- Providing multiple advantages over any competing technology, IME
delivers scale-out data protection with distributed erasure coding,
seamless integration with both LustreÂ® and GPFS(TM) environments,
intelligent adaptive data placement, POSIX compatibility and
standards-based HPC application interfaces.
-- IME is designed for HPC users looking to benefit from technology that
delivers orders of magnitude improvements in checkpointing and
I/O-intensive HPC application performance.
-- Heralding a major step forward in DDN's software defined storage
strategy, the new IME technology demonstrates DDN's focus on designing
state-of-the-art HPC and Big Data solutions, which also include WOSÂ®
Object Storage technologies as well as DDN's highly optimized SFA
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IME Decouples Physical Storage from Compute Resources to Redefine the I/O Provisioning Paradigm, Driving Increased I/O and Application Performance, Flexibility and Lower Total Cost of Storage
-- IME enables organizations to separate the provisioning of peak and
sustained performance requirements with up to 70 percent greater
operational efficiency and cost savings than utilizing exclusively
disk-based parallel file systems.
-- Inserting IME between the compute and parallel file system removes POSIX
semantics that bring cluster performance to its knees due to the
proliferation of small and mal-aligned I/O that can often make up 90
percent of the HPC workload. By shielding parallel file systems from
fragmented I/O in cache, with IME users now can run jobs at or near line
rate with more jobs in parallel resulting in faster time to insight.
-- Unlike simple burst buffer technologies that have been designed for
write-intensive, large file sequential operations such as
checkpoint-restart, IME enables acceleration across a wide array of HPC
applications and workloads with no application modifications required.
-- In addition, IME enables greater flexibility and choice for end users
due to its non-vendor-captive software-based approach. DDN's open, no
vendor lock-in solution provides extreme flexibility in how users can
architect their environments and a wide selection of specialty and
commodity hardware platforms and components.
-- Molly Rector, CMO, EVP Product Management and WW Marketing at DDN
"DDN's IME delivers a wide range of advances that will enable the next generation of high performance computing capabilities. IME is a complete game changer in application acceleration, performance optimization, SSD utilization and high-performance storage. Years of development and investment from some of the greatest minds in high performance computing have delivered IME as a transparent solution to any data-intensive HPC application. Building on DDN's unparalleled leadership in delivering extreme performance, and with more than a dozen active test beds in use today, this announcement delivers once again on DDN's leadership in HPC."
-- Gilles Civario, Senior Software Architect, ICHEC
"DDN's IME can transform the I/O-bound problem back into a compute-bound problem. Using IME, ICHEC is seeing a 3x acceleration of the entire Tullow Oil production application -- not just the I/O portion. Clearly there is great potential for this technology in this and other sectors."
-- Tommy Minyard, Phd, Director of Advanced Computing Systems at TACC
"TACC is very excited to participate with DDN to perform large scale testing of DDN's IME on Stampede, currently one of the world's fastest supercomputers. This type of joint partnership testing enables TACC to prove powerful leading-edge advanced computing technologies for the open science community."
-- IME is available in limited release today as part of DDN's IME testbed
-- Connect with DDN at SC14
-- More on IME
-- Follow DDN via Blog and Twitter
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is a leader in data center infrastructure for Big Data and Cloud Storage applications. Our data storage and processing solutions and professional services enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, financial services, media production, and security and intelligence organizations. Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise. For more information, go to http://www.ddn.com or call +1-800-TERABYTE (837-2298).
Microchip Introduces New Low Cost PIC32MX1/2/5 32-bit Microcontroller Series With Feature-Rich Peripheral Mix and Large, Scalable Memory Configuration
Latest PIC32MX1/2/5 Series Enables a Wide Range of Applications, Including Digital Audio, BluetoothÂ®, Industrial Connectivity, USB and General-Purpose Embedded Control at Lower Prices
CHANDLER, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- [NASDAQ: MCHP] -- Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced a new series of its low-cost, high pin count 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). By blending the key features of Microchip's existing PIC32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, this latest PIC32MX1/2/5 MCU series delivers designers the benefits of a rich peripheral set for a wide range of cost-sensitive applications that require complex code and higher feature integration at a lower cost.
With up to 83 DMIPS performance and large, scalable memory options from 64/8 KB to 512/64 KB Flash/RAM, these new PIC32MX1/2/5 MCUs are ideal for executing the Bluetooth(Â®) audio software required for low-cost Bluetooth audio applications, such as speakers, consumer music-player docks, noise-cancelling headsets and clock radios. Flexible, easy-to-use CAN2.0B controllers are also integrated into these MCUs, with DeviceNet(TM) addressing support and programmable bit rates up to 1 Mbps, along with system RAM for storing up to 1024 messages in 32 buffers. This feature allows designers to easily employ CAN communication schemes for industrial and automotive applications.
The new series boasts a wide variety of additional features, including four SPI/I(2)S interfaces for audio processing and playback, a Parallel Master Port (PMP) and capacitive touch sensing hardware for graphics and touch-sensing interfaces; a 10-bit, 1 Msps, 48-channel Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC); as well as a full-speed USB 2.0 Device/Host/OTG peripheral. To maximize data throughput, each MCU includes four general-purpose direct memory access controllers (DMAs) and two dedicated DMAs on each CAN and USB module.
In addition to their rich mix of integrated hardware peripheral features, these MCUs are supported by Microchip's powerful MPLAB(Â®) Harmony software development framework, which simplifies the software development process by integrating the license, resale and support of Microchip and third-party middleware, drivers, libraries and real time operating systems (RTOSs). Specifically, Microchip's readily available software packages, such as Bluetooth audio development suites, Bluetooth Serial Port Profile library, audio equalizer filter libraries, various Decoders (including AAC, MP3, WMA and SBC), sample-rate conversion libraries, CAN2.0B PLIBs, USB stacks, and graphics libraries can rapidly reduce the development time of applications, including Bluetooth connectivity, digital audio, consumer, industrial, medical and general-purpose embedded control.
"The smart peripheral mix and large, scalable memory options of this new 32-bit PIC(Â®) MCU series enables innovative solutions in the consumer, industrial, medical and general-purpose embedded control markets, at lower price points and with greater design simplicity," said Rod Drake, director of Microchip's MCU32 Division. "Additionally, our MPLAB Harmony software development framework makes it easy for designers to get their applications to market faster."
The PIC32MX1/2/5 series is also supported by Microchip's free MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE), the MPLAB XC32 compiler for PIC32, the MPLAB ICD3 in-circuit debugger and the MPLAB REAL ICE(TM) in-circuit emulation system. New development tools that were created to support this PIC32MX1/2/5 series include the PIC32MX1/2/5 Starter Kit (part # DM320100, $69.99), PIC32MX570F512L Plug-in-Module for Explorer 16 Development Board (part # MA320015, $25) and PIC32MX270F512L Plug-in-Module for Bluetooth Audio Development Kit (part # MA320017, $25).
Pricing & Availability
The new PIC32MX1/2/5 MCUs with the 40 MHz/66 DMIPS speed option are available now, in 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages and 100-pin TQFP packages. The 50 MHz/83 DMIPS speed option for this PIC32MX1/2/5 series is expected to be available starting in late January 2015. Pricing starts at $2.75 each, in 10,000-unit quantities.
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/Homepage-110314a.
Note: The Microchip name and logo, PIC, and MPLAB are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. REAL ICE is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.
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Innovative Devices Launches Next-Generation Device with Intuitive Full 3D Motion Control
BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The mouse created a revolution in computing upon its release, but little about the device has changed since then. The Mycestro, a wearable, wireless 3D mouse worn on the finger, delivers a groundbreaking product to this long stagnant market. Innovative Devices today announced the general availability of the Mycestro, delivering all of the same functionality as a traditional mouse with increased mobility. To learn more, visit: http://www.mycestro.com.
Using hand gestures and thumb actions, Mycestro wearers are able to enjoy:
-- Plug-and-play functionality: The Mycestro works with any software or
application that a person would normally use with a mouse on their
computer, tablet or other device. It works out of the box with Windows,
Apple, Linux and Android operating systems.
-- Compact, lightweight design: At only a half-ounce, the Mycestro will not
interfere with a user's typing or writing.
-- Unrestricted experience: The Mycestro is unrestricted to physical
surfaces, making it ideal for airplanes, hospital rooms, crowded
meetings and other cramped environments. The Mycestro will work up to 30
feet from its dongle, plugged into the USB port of the device under
control, and a full battery charge will last about eight hours of normal
-- Good news for tired hands: The Mycestro has the potential to alleviate
some types of repetitive stress injuries associated with overuse of
traditional computer mice.
-- Ultimate control: Mycestro users are able to download the free Control
App for Windows or OS X operating systems to customize and fine-tune
control of their device. Updates to the firmware provide enhancements to
the battery life, improved cursor calibration and more. The Control App
is available at: http://www.mycestro.com/product-category/downloads/
Stephanie Takai, CEO, Innovative Devices, said: "Our founder and CTO, Nick Mastandrea, set out to create a more intuitive and less disruptive way of interacting with our computers after watching a businessman struggle to use his mouse on a plane. From our incredible reception on Kickstarter through the development process, it has been exciting for all of us at Innovative Devices to be participating in the launch of a transformative technology. We are thrilled to be making the Mycestro widely available, freeing people from their desks and improving how users interact with their devices."
About Innovative Devices Inc.
Innovative Devices Inc. (formerly Innovative Developments, LLC) is the home of the Mycestro, a wearable human-computer interaction device capable of gesture control and 3D motion. Launched on Kickstarter in February 2013, the Mycestro raised the largest fund at the time for an Ohio project. The Mycestro is compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux and Android operating systems. Innovative Devices is proud to be headquartered in the greater Cleveland area of Northeast Ohio. For more information please visit http://www.mycestro.com or call 216-916-1100.
Radeeus Creates Peer-to-Peer Broadcasting With New Music Sharing App
DMI's Application Design Expertise Creates the Ultimate Shared Music Experience with Global Headphone Splitter
BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The soundtrack to each person's life is ever-evolving based on mood, activity and environment. Allowing others to share and participate in these shifting experiences in real time makes music discovery that much more intimate, engaging and consistently fresh. Digital Management, Inc. (DMI) announced today the launch of a mobile app, Radeeus, a patent-pending social broadcasting platform designed to deliver a new level of social music sharing.
Music is more fun when experienced with others. This is the premise of Radeeus, an app that creates a shared music experience that is seamless, scalable and highly intimate.
-- Global headphone splitter: The Radeeus app provides users with their own
personal channels to play music for each other and listen together in
real time, no matter where in the world they are, acting as a global
-- Delivered by DMI: Radeeus chose DMI's full-service capabilities to bring
their dream of creating a seamless, shared music experience to life. The
app is available now at the iTunes App Store.
-- Universal social music promotion and sharing: For artists, celebrities,
athletes, brands, organizations and venues, Radeeus acts as a tool for
promotion, distribution, and sales, as each user now has a channel to
push a greater volume of digital content at a more rapid, fuller, and
easily consumable pace to directly engage with fans. Building on top of
streaming services like Spotify and Soundcloud, Radeeus is positioned as
a service-agnostic social layer, enabling users to search, access and
share all of their favorite tracks and playlists from their favorite
sources all in one place.
-- Easy to use, rich functionality: Users log into the app with Facebook
login; search and view music information; search, follow and listen in
to other users in real time; like and favorite songs; and receive
notifications from users they follow. Radeeus will soon add comments to
enhance the shared experience.
Ryan Rockefeller, CEO, Radeeus, said: "Our objective was to develop a backend platform capable of integrating with any kind of music streaming service, and then let users sync up with others in real time in order to create a uniquely intimate, human and hyper-social music discovery experience. DMI delivered an app with a rich feature set and an intuitive design. We are thrilled to offer this new way of connecting to the world."
Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI founder and CEO, said: "Real time music sharing is a natural step in the progression of the social networking sphere. Radeeus captures the zeitgeist, both of this generation's ingenuity, and the desire for an engaging social media experience. Our development experts worked closely with the Radeeus team at every step to ensure that their vision was realized."
DMI is a leading provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services, including mobile strategy, mobile UX and app solutions, omni-channel commerce, mobile brand and marketing, big data management and analytics, and secure mobile device, app and data management. The company's commitment to excellence in service delivery has resulted in dramatic growth and an expanding client base that includes hundreds of Fortune 1000 commercial clients and all fifteen U.S. Federal Departments. DMI is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with satellite offices all around the world. Additional information is available at http://www.dminc.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
Way To Gold is a game with a golden twist, this strategic puzzle game, and promises to deliver addictive fun. A select user group has been testing the game for the past few months and can vouch for the game being super addictive and thrilling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X19CM4plLw8
Way To Gold involves a plot four like game play. The user needs to drop and arrange gold nuggets (called nuggies) in sequence of four or more. Trick Shots are there to help blast away roadblocks created by chunks of coal. The main objective of the coal chunks is to outsmart your attempt to plot sequences. Way to Gold is a game of wits and tactics.
The players advance through each level by connecting pieces, till they make it to the end and win the grand prize, a 24K gold coin worth Up To $500 or cash equivalent.
The game is based on the Freemium model and can be enjoyed by players of all ages. It does give users the option to make in app purchases for trick bombs, to advance levels quicker and reach higher scores. But at no point is the user under any obligation to do so, they can play from first to the last level and never have to worry about paying. The power ups can also be obtained by breaking the barrels, which show up during the game. The game and ability to win is the same whether you earn power ups or purchase power ups.
Way to Gold has already created a significant fan following on Social Media. To follow the game please visit https://www.facebook.com/WayToGoldGame.
Way to Gold marks the foray of RKTOnline in the mobile gaming industry. RKTOnline Inc is a Silicon Valley based mobile gaming company. For more information on the game or the company visit our website http://waytogold.com.
Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses Exclusively Available on Amazon.com
Company's Award Winning M100 Smart Glasses Available for Pre-Order Now
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In anticipation for the holiday season, VuzixÂ® Corporation (OTCQB: VUZI), a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, today announced that a special prosumer version of its award-winning M100 Smart Glasses will initially be exclusively available on Amazon.com.
"This marks a major milestone for us and increases our ability to sell our products directly to consumers," stated Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix. "We are thrilled with the opportunity to offer our M100s--exclusively on Amazon--as the technology is really gaining traction and people are seeing the benefits of what our hands-free smart glasses have to offer." Vuzix' M100 Smart Glasses are available for purchase through Amazon's Wearable Technology store.
The M100 Smart Glasses include custom eyeglass frames made for the M100 by Rochester Optical, an accessory battery and a premium leather carrying case. The eyeglasses can be upgraded to match the user's prescription at one of the more than 13,000 optical partner stores of Rochester Optical.
The M100 Smart Glasses is a cutting-edge hands-free wearable computing device that pairs with a user's smartphone or available WiFi connection, offering text, video, email, mapping, and augmented reality through its personal display and computing system. The Vuzix M100 contains a virtual display with integrated camera for videos and snapshots. Running an Android OS the voice and hand gesture controlled M100 is designed to run applications in standalone operation or when connected to the internet, and works with thousands of existing applications with many more native applications in development.
About Vuzix Corporation
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets. The Company's products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 39 patents and 10 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation every year starting from 2005 to 2015 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (VUZI.QB) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.
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Certain statements contained in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to the M100 Smart Glasses, the impact and sales success of the M100 Prosumer version, among other things, and the Company's leadership in the Video Eyewear and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as "believes," "may," "expects," "anticipates," "should" and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company's beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company's actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at http://www.sedar.com or http://www.sec.gov ). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.
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Infortrend Launches SSD Cache for EonStor DS 1000/ DS 3000 Series
- Delivers better performance, quicker response, and more intelligent deployment
TAIPEI, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- InfortrendÂ® (Public TPE: 2495) today announced a new SSD Cache for EonStor DS 1000 and EonStor DS 3000 systems. The feature allows SSD cache capacities of up to 3.2TB, improving performance by up to 16 times while response time is lowered by as much as 88%. The Infortrend SSD Cache is easy to install and manage, offering a convenient tool for SMBs to gain better performing storage.
Cache is fundamental to storage, especially read-intensive applications. SSD Cache allows fast SSD to be used to extend the cache pool capacity of storage systems so that vital (or high "hotness") applications run faster. Infortrend's EonStor DS 1000/DS 3000 systems tested with SSD Cache technology show up to a 16-fold increase in cache IOPS figures, while saving as much as 88% on response time.
Infortrend's SSD Cache moves copies of the most frequently-accessed data from HDDs to SSDs automatically. This intelligent deployment makes SSD Cache implementation seamless. Thanks to the simple and intuitive GUI, virtually no effort is required for maintenance or additional management.
"SSD Cache adds to a range of SSD-optimized features offered by Infortrend systems, enabling the future of better performance and improved efficiency customers demand. This is particularly important for SMBs," commented Thomas Kao, Senior Director of Product Planning at Infortrend.
SSD Cache is now available for the EonStor DS 1000/DS 3000 Series.
Founded in 1993, Infortrend Corporation (Public TPE: 2495) is a leading provider of high performance networked storage solutions focusing on quality, reliability, choice, and value. Fueled by technological expertise, Infortrend storage has been widely deployed in demanding applications by users across commercial and industrial markets. Core brands include the ESVA, EonStor DS, EonStor, and EonNAS product families. For more information, please visit http://www.infortrend.com.
InfortrendÂ®, ESVAÂ®, EonStorÂ®, SANWatchÂ®, and EonPathÂ® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infortrend Technology, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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