LAS VEGAS, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's largest film technology conference and exhibition, CinemaCon took place this week in Las Vegas. This year's most important cinema technology event was not only dedicated to Hollywood movie releases, the catwalks on the red carpet, or the film and content production companies, but also the cutting-edge high-tech equipment maker's debut at this exhibition. The leaders in laser display technology; CFG - Appotronics Digital Cinema Technology Co. Ltd (CFG Appo) and Barco both displayed their proprietary ALPDÂ® laser display cinema projectors at this exhibition, which drew prominent attention and applause from theatre owners and projector makers alike.
ALPDÂ® is a disruptive laser technology offering brighter image and substantial cost savings. It significantly enhances 3D film brightness and offers a unique 3D viewing experience. Further, ALPD provides seamless support to polarized 3D systems including high gain silver screens, which enhances the moviegoer's experience in viewing 3D content up to 10 foot lambert on the screen.
ALPDÂ® laser technology has solved the long existing RGB laser related speckle issue, which caused serious image quality and degradation. As a result, ALPDÂ® laser technology offers a speckle free bright image with a cost efficient, reliable and compact design for the projection industry.
"ALPDÂ® laser technology fully supports DCI standard and meets the required color performance, and its color uniformity and contrast specifications outperform all lamp based projectors. In addition the power consumption of the ALPDÂ® laser projection system is 50% lower than Xeon and RGB laser." Thereby making ALPD the leader in industry transformation focused on the replacement of lamp based projectors.
The CEO of CFG Appo, Dr. Yi Li, shared a brief history of ALPD laser technology development during a CinemaCon press conference. It all started in Silicon Valley more than 10 years ago, where a group of scientists led by Dr. Yi Li dedicated themselves to making a breakthrough in the solid state lighting frontier, for replacing lamp based projection system. After several years of tireless efforts they succeeded in developing a laser phosphor light source which is the fundamental technology behind ALPD laser.
CFG Appo leads the cinema world into the laser age
The Chinese film industry is leading the transformation into ALPD laser technology and CFG has been in the forefront of adopting the ALPD laser projectors, thereby giving the Chinese movie goers a head start, who have already enjoyed the crispy images of laser light source for a year. Mr. Lin, General Manager of CFG, sponsored the premiere of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in June 2014 at China Film International Movie Club of OCT Bay in Shenzhen, China. This year CFG Appo is sponsoring the premier of "Fast & Furious 7" in Lumiere Cinema Beijing with ALPDÂ® laser technology.
During 2015 CFG Appo plans to make retrofit installations at 300 ALPDÂ® laser light modules at selected cinema screens nationwide in China and in 2016, it plans to substantially expand the installation of ALPDÂ® laser technology to 3000 screens worldwide.
The cinema industry experts present at CinemaCon were very impressed by the ALPDÂ® laser project or demonstration, one expert stated that, "ALPDÂ® laser technology is truly a disruptive force for the projector light source, and it outdates other projection light source in just a blink of eye." CFEC, Mr. Lin Ming Jie concurred with the experts opinion and further added that he is very proud of the ALPD technology, which was created and developed in CFG Appo and has brought an enhanced movie experience to Chinese viewers, that could be duplicated in other countries soon.
About THX Ltd.:
Founded by George Lucas 30 years ago and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the certification of world-class cinemas and recording studios, premium audio systems for home and automotive applications along with high definition and 4K displays. THX develops and licenses new technologies and specifications for audio and video applications.
For more information on THX please visit http://www.thx.com.
Appotronics was originally founded in Silicon Valley in 2004 and is headquartered in Shezhen, China since 2010. Appotronics is a prominent global designer and developer of laser phosphor based light module for ultra bright light applications and holds more than 500 patents in the laser phosphor technology area. ALPDÂ® developed by Appotronics has been widely used in various display applications, including the world 1st 100" laser TV introduced by LG electronics in 2013 CES. Appotronics recently developed and introduced the brightest laser phosphor module for digital cinema projectors and is leading the transformation of lamp based cinema projectors to cutting-edge laser phosphor based digital cinema projectors.
Re-Order Past Meals and Check Order Status with New App for Apple Watch
NEW YORK and CHICAGO, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GrubHub, the nation's leading online and mobile food ordering and delivery service, today launched its Seamless App for Apple Watch. Also announced today are the company's plans to release a GrubHub app for Apple Watch in the near future.
The Seamless App for Apple Watch will give users instant access to re-ordering capabilities, with payment and other specific order details auto-populated from previous orders. The GrubHub App will be available for download in the coming weeks and allow diners to receive order status updates and notifications directly on the Apple Watch. Reordering capabilities will be rolled out in future GrubHub App updates.
"For more than 5 million active diners, convenience and ease-of-use are among our platform's greatest benefits," said GrubHub's Chief Technology Officer, Brian Lanier. "With roughly half of all orders coming in through mobile devices, the Seamless App for Apple Watch allows us to expand our on-the-go offerings, making it even easier for diners to order their next great meal and check the status of their orders, whenever, wherever."
To download the free Seamless App for Apple Watch, visit the App Store for Apple Watch. To find takeout restaurants available in your area, check out Seamless.com or GrubHub.com, and for more information on GrubHub and its portfolio of brands, please visit http://media.grubhub.com.
GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB) is one of the nation's largest portfolios of online and mobile takeout food ordering and delivery services. Connecting diners to more than 35,000 restaurants in 800 U.S. cities and London, the company's platforms and services strive to make takeout better through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. The GrubHub portfolio of brands includes GrubHub, Seamless, AllMenus, MenuPages, Restaurants on the Run and DiningIn.
Good news for iPad artists: Procreate 2.3 now supports the Intuos Creative Stylus 2
VANCOUVER, Wash., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Creating art on the iPad has just gotten a little bit more exciting with Wacom and Savage today announcing the compatibility of Procreate 2.3 with the Intuos Creative Stylus 2. Wacom designed this powerful pressure-sensitive stylus with the creative professional in mind, and Savage's Procreate is the application of choice of many artists when it comes to drawing and illustration on the iPad, so a natural creative synergy was waiting to exist. Customers long hoped to pair the precision and natural feel of the Intuos Creative Stylus with the powerful and fluid tools of Procreate. This creative vision is now a reality due to the collaborative efforts of the Wacom and Procreate teams.
The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 will be supported in Procreate 2.3 on all compatible iPads. Users of the iPad Air 2 can connect and use all the features of the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 in Procreate 2.3, but it will remain officially unsupported. Savage and Wacom will continue to work together to improve and expand compatibility with the iPad Air 2. Other exciting additions to Procreate version 2.3 include the all-new Light Interface, along with stability upgrades and bug fixes from previous editions. The integration in Procreate is an important addition to the selection of supported apps with the Intuos Creative Stylus 2, and both teams look forward to seeing what their customers are creating with their newly compatible tools.
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality.
Millions of people worldwide use the wireless and battery free pressure sensitive digital pen technology to operate their smartphones, media tablets or desktop computers and express their individual creativity. The company offers its products also as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom's interface technology, called Wacom feel IT technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most Tablet PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability of the brand to deliver a superior user interface experience.
Savage Interactive are the developers of the multi-award-winning illustration software Procreate for iPad. First released in 2011, Procreate has a unique combination of intuitive design, fluid speed and raw power, allowing artists to create exceptional digital art anywhere. Since winning an Apple Design Award in 2013, Procreate has become one of the most favoured mobile tools in the creative industry. In 2014, Savage released the highly-anticipated Procreate Pocket for iPhone, packing the power of Procreate into the device that's always on you.
Savage Interactive is a team of seven based in Tasmania, Australia, focused on creating high-performance tools for creative people.
For more information, please contact:
Douglas A. Little
Sr. Public Relations Manager
Wacom Technology Services, Corp.
Gameloft Unveils New Features Allowing 4 of Its Games to Interact with the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch Apps for Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dragon Mania Legends, Modern Combat 5: Blackout and Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War will be available on April 24th
PARIS, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Gameloft, a leading publisher of digital and social games, is announcing the release
of Apple Watch Apps for Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dragon Mania Legends, Modern Combat 5:
Blackout and Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War. Each of these Apple Watch Apps will allow
users to interact from their Apple Watch(TM) to their iPhone(R) and offer
These new Apple Watch Apps will allow players to receive notifications about new
events, track their progress in the game or collect resources (Dragon Mania Legends) from
their Apple Watch. In addition, Modern Combat 5: Blackout will offer character
customization options from their Apple Watch. Players can dive into battle with their new
character on their Apple device.
Gameloft was the first publisher to release 6 games when the App Store opened its
virtual doors on July 9, 2008 and continues to be one of the first developers to market to
release games perfectly optimized for each new iOS platform at launch.
"We're thrilled to innovate alongside Apple and to be on the Apple Watch as soon as it
launches in order to offer an innovative way to interact with our games," states Gonzague
de Vallois, Senior Vice President Publishing at Gameloft. "Thanks to these new features,
we will continue to highlight our unique development approach and creativity. Gameloft is
present on the best digital platforms, now more than ever."
The Apple Watch Apps for Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dragon Mania Legends, Modern Combat 5:
Blackout and Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War will be available to download through future
updates starting April 24.
A leading publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft(R) has established itself as
one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for all digital
platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (including Apple(R) iOS,
Android(R) and Windows(R) devices), set-top boxes and connected TVs. Gameloft operates its
own established franchises such as Asphalt(R), Order & Chaos, Modern Combat or Dungeon
Hunter and also partners with major rights holders including Universal, Illumination
Entertainment, Disney(R), Marvel(R), Hasbro(R), Fox Digital Entertainment, Mattel(R) and
Gameloft is present on all continents, distributes its games in over 100 countries and
employs over 5,200 developers.
Gameloft is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (Euronext: GFT.PA, Bloomberg: GFT FP,
Reuters: GLFT.PA). Gameloft is traded OTC in the US (sponsored Level 1 ADR ticker: GLOFY).
(c)2015 Gameloft. All rights reserved. Gameloft and the Gameloft logo are trademarks
of Gameloft in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.
Big Fish Launches Two New Games for the Apple Watch
SEATTLE, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Fish Games, one of the world's largest producers and distributors of mobile games, is excited to announce two new games for Apple Watch, launching on April 24, 2015. These games take advantage of this innovative form factor and explore new frontiers of casual entertainment. With Apple Watch it is possible to create fun and meaningful game interactions that last mere seconds, but engage players throughout the day, connecting the game world to the real world in a more immersive way than ever before.
Big Fish Games is one of the first developers to create multiple games that are designed from the ground up to support the innovative features of Apple Watch. Big Fish will be launching its first two games with new and unique designs, in very different genres:
Lifeline... - Lifeline is a totally new experience: a playable story enabled by the iPhone and Apple Watch. Acclaimed writer Dave Justus (Fables: The Wolf Among Us) weaves a gripping tale through the aftermath of a crash landing on an alien moon. Playing out in real time, you will stay in communication with Taylor through notifications on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, making life or death decisions and facing the consequences together. Will your choices keep Taylor alive until rescue arrives?
Poll Party - Can you guess what people like? In Poll Party, global polls run throughout the day and your job is to bet on the results. What do players prefer, Facebook or Twitter? Who's the better hero, Batman or Superman? Is your peanut butter crunchy or creamy? Bet big to win big, see how you stand on the leaderboards, and beat your friends for bragging rights. Write your own polls and see how the world responds! With your Apple Watch you can answer polls and make your bets with a quick tap on your wrist, and see your results as soon as they come in. Who would win in a fight: pirates or ninjas?
"With Apple Watch, Big Fish is excited to push the limits of this technology and create innovative new game play experiences. We love making games that our players love to play, and this is an exciting new platform to explore," stated Colin Liotta, General Manager of 3 Minute Games, a Big Fish studio.
Big Fish plans to continue developing these titles and more as this new platform grows and evolves. Each of these games will be playable on iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch on April 24, 2015.
About Big Fish
Founded in 2002, Big Fish is one of the world's largest producers and distributors of mobile games, delivering fun to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Big Fish has distributed more than 2.5 billion games to customers in 150 countries from a growing catalogue of 450+ unique mobile games and 3,500+ unique PC games. Big Fish transformed from a leading PC game producer to a top grossing mobile publisher worldwide with a portfolio that includes top 10 grossing hit apps like Big Fish Casino and Gummy Drop!. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated and is headquartered in Seattle, WA, with regional offices in Oakland, CA, and Luxembourg.
Zola Revolutionizes the Wedding Industry With A First-Of-Its-Kind Registry App for Apple Watch
Receive gifts directly to your wrist from anywhere in the world
NEW YORK, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Zola, an innovative wedding registry designed for the modern couple, is making it even easier for the newly engaged to keep track of their wedding gifts with the launch of its groundbreaking Apple Watch App.
Seamlessly integrated across desktop and mobile, the new Apple Watch extension gives users the flexibility to track and manage gifts directly from their wrist. Designed for the always-on-the-go generation, the Zola App provides an innovative and hassle-free experience that puts the fun back in wedding planning.
"Our vision was to design this app around one of the happiest moments of a registry journey - the moment you receive a gift from a loved one," said Nobu Nakaguchi, Co-founder and Chief Design Officer of Zola. "Through the Gift Tracker feature on our Apple Watch app, users can experience that rush of excitement every time they get a new gift."
Special features include:
-- NEW GIFT NOTIFICATIONS: Actionable Notifications will alert you when you
receive a new gift from your Zola wedding registry in real-time.
-- GIFT TRACKER: Find a comprehensive list of every gift you have received
to-date with detailed information including the gift giver's name, date
and quantity purchased, total gift value and current delivery status.
-- SHIPMENT & DELIVERY MANAGER: Determine when and how you want your gifts
delivered. Choose to ship now, send later, virtually exchange or
transfer to cash funds.
-- WEDDING COUNTDOWN: Up-to-date countdown to your wedding day on your
The Apple Watch launch is the latest mobile product from Zola, a company that believes in the importance of technological innovation to meet the ever-changing needs of its users. The Zola iPhone App was launched in April 2014 and was designed to give newly engaged couples an experience that keeps up with their modern lives and fits into their daily routine.
"Engaged couples registered on Zola are tech savvy, lead busy lives, and the large majority of them use Zola via the iPhone app," said Zola CEO and Co-Founder Shan-Lyn Ma. "The launch of the Apple Watch app builds upon Zola's commitment to re-inventing the wedding registry to meet the ever-changing needs of today's always-connected couple."
Designed for the modern couple, Zola (http://www.zola.com), is a new kind of wedding registry website that combines e-commerce, a beautiful customizable interface and total flexibility to provide couples and wedding guests with a next generation hassle-free registry experience. Zola is the only site that allows engaged couples to register in one place for thoughtfully curated merchandise, experiences, services, cash and honeymoon funds plus anything from any store on the web. Unique capabilities such as Send It Later, Gift Tracker, Group Gifting, Virtual Exchange and integrated mobile access allow couples to create the registry of their dreams that reflects their personal taste and story.
JumpStartÂ® Launches School Of Dragons Expansion Pack - Icestorm Island
Game's First Expansion Pack Features Brand New Storylines & Viking Quests, Plus An Exclusive Dragon
TORRANCE, Calif., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- JumpStartÂ®, the leader in learning-based games for kids, today announced the release of Icestorm Island, the first-ever expansion pack for its wildly successful multiplayer game School of Dragons. With never before seen content and an exclusive baby dragon, Icestorm Island offers 50 quests for players to uncover the ancient secrets of this icy new world. Based on DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon franchise, School of Dragons has gained international popularity since its launch in July 2013. The learning-based game lets players embark on educational adventures alongside Hiccup, Toothless, and their favorite heroes from Berk.
"This is first release of its kind for School of Dragons as we continue to expand the brand and to deliver exciting new content to its 16 million players across the globe," said David Jaloza, the producer of School of Dragons. "As expansion packs become increasingly popular with fans of deep MMO style games, our team is responding with Icestorm Island, which serves up a seamless integration of learning-based content with compelling story lines. It's teaching kids core science concepts as they explore the Arctic with their favorite DreamWorks Dragon characters."
The Icestorm Island journey takes players deep into the Arctic where they are introduced to a Groncicle, a new baby dragon (exclusive to the expansion pack), who is struggling to thrive in the School of Dragons world. Vikings must venture out to find a more suitable home for the Groncicle in Icestorm Island. Led by an Archaeologist, players explore ancient ruins and Arctic caves, unearth the secrets and unlock the mysteries hidden within the ever-expanding School of Dragons universe.
As players journey from the Northern Lights to the depths of the Arctic ecosystem, the game incorporates core educational concepts in the areas of life, earth, and physical sciences, plus engineering technology. Icestorm Island covers 20 Next Generation Scientific Standards with its quests and expanded Field Guide.
JumpStartÂ® is the leader in learning-based games for kids. The reality is that kids today seek entertainment through gaming, yet the vast majority of kids' games do absolutely nothing to inspire their minds through learning. JumpStart changes that paradigm and brings a learning edge through epically fun gameplay. Because of the company's long history of excellence in providing learning-based products parents and families trust, world-renowned brands like DreamWorks Animation partner with JumpStart to develop various educational mobile and web-based games. To date, the company has released several critically-acclaimed titles, including Madagascar Preschool Surf N' Slide(TM) and School of DragonsÂ®, the ever-popular educational massively multiplayer online role-playing game. A subsidiary of Knowledge Holdings, Inc., the company is privately held and based in Torrance, CA. For more information, visit http://www.JumpStart.com, like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/JumpStart), or follow us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/JumpStart3D).
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Pix-Star, the Photo Frame with an Email Address, Can Now Receive Audio Files
HONG KONG, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pix-Star, the company that first made it possible to send photos and short video clips directly to digital photo frames via email, has done it again: The award-winning Pix-Star photo frame (https://www.pix-star.com/) can now receive audio messages sent from the Android, iPad, and iPhone Pix-star app.
With the addition of audio receiving capability, Pix-Star becomes the only frame on the market that can receive all multimedia files--photos, video, audio--from email or the Pix-Star app.
It's a distinction that makes Pix-Star the frame of choice for those who want to bridge the technology gap with older loved ones. Want to give Grandma the grandkids' latest school pictures? Email them to her Pix-Star frame. Would Grandpa enjoy seeing his grandson's first baseball game? Surprise him by sending the video right to his frame. Milestone anniversary coming up? Send them a fun audio clip of the whole family wishing them a happy anniversary.
"The possibilities are endless," explained Herve Robin, CEO of Pix-Star parent company Spheris Digital Ltd. "In designing Pix-Star frames, we really wanted to create something that would facilitate family connections across the miles and generations. Being able to send audio clips right to a loved one's frame lets them share in life's milestones and shortens the distance between family members."
Available in 10.4- or 15-inch sizes, Pix-Star Wi-Fi frames are cloud-connected, enabling them to access photos on Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Smugmug, Google Plus, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other cloud-based applications. Photo, video and audio files can be emailed directly to the frame, or sent from a smart phone with the Pix-Star app. Users can even set their photos to music by streaming Internet radio to the Pix-Star frame. The 10.4-inch frame can store up to 20,000 photos; the 15-inch frame can store up to 15,000.
Because Pix-Star is dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction for the life of its frames, audio and video receiving capabilities are available not just on brand-new Pix-Star frames, but also on all Pix-Star frames sold after November 1, 2014.
"We want Pix-Star to be an extension of the family, to help fill the spaces in between visits with the people our customers hold dear," said Robin. "In order to do that, we focus on providing the highest quality product and customer service. We are constantly introducing new features to the Pix-Star frame, and we don't charge anything extra for the email service or Cloud storage, which is unlimited, as well as on the upgraded features on frames purchased after November 1, 2014. It's just the right way to do business."
In the U.S., Pix-Star frames are available on Amazon, Frys.com, Sears.com, Hermanstreet.com, and directly from Pix-Star.com. Canada, Ireland, the U.K., Spain and France, Pix-Star frames can be purchased on Amazon or from Pix-Star.com.
Pix-Star, owned by Spheris Digital Ltd., has been designing, manufacturing, and selling connected photo frames since 2007. With more than two decades of combined experience in telecom, software and Web design, Pix-Star team members have long been involved in the development of products and concepts combining wireless technology and innovative Web service applications. Pix-Star products are designed to help friends and loved ones easily share life's milestones and day-to-day happenings. Learn more at https://www.pix-star.com/
OpenTable's Glance provides reservation details and navigation to the restaurant; Actionable Notification prompts diners to Pay with OpenTable
SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today released its app experience for Apple Watch.
"We're excited to be one of the first apps available for Apple Watch and eager to continue to build upon this foundation," said Jocelyn Mangan, Senior Vice President of Product Management at OpenTable. "Our Apple Watch app is a natural extension of our popular iPhone app and Pay with OpenTable feature, and it offers an innovative and convenient way for diners to engage with OpenTable while they're on the go."
At a glance, the OpenTable app for Apple Watch reminds diners of their upcoming reservation, shows them how to get there and keeps them on time with an elegant countdown interface. The app also notifies diners when they're dining at a participating Pay with OpenTable restaurant and prompts them to view and pay their check with a couple of taps of their OpenTable app for iPhone, which is integrated with Apple Pay.
Diners can get OpenTable for Apple Watch on the App Store or in the Apple Watch App on iPhone; find out more information on the OpenTable blog.
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 16 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company's website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 760 million diners around the world. The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.
OpenTable, OpenTable.com, OpenTable logos, and other service names are the trademarks of OpenTable, Inc. and/or its affiliates.
MicroStrategy Unveils Usher for Apple Watch Providing Enterprise Security Capabilities
Transforms Apple Watch into a Digital Key to Secure and Unlock Applications, Workstations, or Physical Entryways
TYSONS CORNER, Va., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MicroStrategyÂ® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, today announced that MicroStrategy Usher(TM) is now available for Apple Watch. Enterprises deploying Usher will now be able to use Apple Watch as a secure digital key, enabling wearers to log into enterprise business systems, unlock devices, validate personal identity, and open physical entryways with a simple gesture or tap.
One of the first Apple Watch integrations directly addressing the needs of the enterprise, MicroStrategy Usher for Apple Watch leverages the unique features of the Apple Watch, including Glances, Notifications, and Force Touch, seamlessly enabling the new device to be used for a broad range of business security applications. The app is designed to detect a vast range of business systems, hardware and physical entryways as users approach. Users receive push notifications on their Apple Watch prompting them to unlock their workstation, log into a system, or open a doorway with a simple tap or gesture on the device.
"Apple Watch is the ideal platform to replace the password, plastic card, and metal key," said Michael Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated. "By integrating Apple Watch, iPhone, and Touch ID with enterprise applications, resources, and business processes, Usher for Apple Watch brings a new level of convenience, capability, safety, and security to the marketplace."
Usher for Apple Watch is part of the MicroStrategy Usher platform, which launched in early 2015. MicroStrategy Usher is an enterprise-grade security solution that provides secure authentication for business processes and applications across the enterprise. The platform replaces traditional forms of identity such as IDs, passwords, and tokens with biometric mobile identity and multi-factor authentication, all from a single mobile app. Usher provides streamlined administrative capabilities that let organizations easily set up and enforce biometric security with geo-fencing, time-fencing, and Touch ID access on mobile devices.
About MicroStrategy Incorporated
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms. The Company's mission is to provide enterprise analytics, mobility, and security platforms that are flexible, powerful, scalable, and user-friendly. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Analytics Platform, MicroStrategy Mobile, and MicroStrategy Usher are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
QVC for Apple WatchÂ® is now available in the US, UK and Germany
WEST CHESTER, Pa., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, will allow consumers to engage with QVC content via real-time updates and notifications within the Apple Watch(Â® )app. Initially available in the US, UK and Germany, QVC for Apple Watch(Â®) will sync with and extend the functionality of the QVC app for iPhone(Â®).
With a tap of the QVC icon (the 'Q' logo) on the home screen, customers can see QVC's most popular content - the 'Item on Air,' the product currently being shown live on air, and the Today's Special Value(Â®), QVC's best find of the day. Another tap brings up a close-up product shot with pricing and product details. Customers can then complete their transaction on their iPhone. Additionally, users who opt in to receive push notifications will see real-time alerts of what's currently on air on the Apple Watch home screen, and will be able to see additional information by clicking directly on the QVC icon.
"As wearables continue to serve as an extension of the mobile and tablet experience, the Apple Watch app demonstrates QVC's commitment to investing in new technologies that deliver a fun, seamless and intuitive customer experience," said Alex Miller, senior vice president, digital commerce at QVC. "Our customers tend to be early adopters of technology and we believe they will enjoy this new way of discovering the latest from the brands and products they have come to love, now with a simple glance at their wrist."
QVC for Apple Watch will continue to evolve, offering new features and capabilities over time.
"The functionality of the app will only continue to get more robust. With customer feedback over time, we plan to provide users with a more interactive and engaging on-body experience," continued Miller. "The developer team here had a lot of fun with this, and we know our customers will enjoy it too."
Last year, QVC introduced Apple's Touch ID((TM)) sensor technology for its iPhone app, giving customers the option to log in to their QVC accounts using just their fingertip to authenticate their identity. QVC also introduced enhanced second screen capabilities on the QVC app for iPad, synchronizing products on air to a consolidated product view on the iPad, and further establishing its necessity as a companion tool during QVC on-air programming.
"The launch of the Apple Watch app is the most recent milestone of our multi-year strategy to build a robust and scalable global technology platform," said Venkatesh Natarajan, vice president of IT commerce platforms at QVC. "The strategy's underlying technology architecture has been instrumental in delivering new capabilities efficiently to our customers across the globe. It also enables us to be more agile and capable of incorporating new features, like TouchID, with ease."
The QVC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is available for free in the App Store. The Apple Watch app, also available on a user's iPhone, works with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world's leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company's website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.
Austin Creative Technology Studio Takes Laughter Seriously
AUSTIN, Texas, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to comedy, Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology studio in Austin, TX, takes laughter seriously, as evidenced by their sponsorship of the Moon Tower Comedy & Oddity Festival for the second year in a row. The fourth annual festival, which boasts such headliners as Patton Oswalt, Wanda Sykes, Maria Bamford and John Mulaney, and runs April 22-25.
While most companies are content to have their logos appear throughout the festival, Chaotic Moon produced five, two-minute comedic videos of their own that ran before the fifty-plus shows across the festival's seven theatre venues.
"We have a good relationship with Ben Lamm, Chaotic Moon's CEO," said Jim Ritts, CEO and executive director of The Austin Theatre Alliance, "so we knew whatever they were planning was going to be hilarious and well-executed."
Turning the concept of sponsorship on it's head, Lamm decided it would be funnier if they portray themselves as a company the festival instantly regrets partnering with. Even Ritts was surprised by the companies' bold, self-deprecating theme: Chaotic Moon Studios, "The Sponsor From Hell."
"Most people think comedy and technology make strange bedfellows," said Lamm, "but not us. We pride ourselves on designing premium, user-centric digital experiences for the biggest brands in the world. Just like great comedy, when a digital product sucks, it's immediately obvious. Both require incredible focus, talent and creative innovation."
For Chaotic Moon, the festival is a great opportunity to support local and international comedy talent. "It's also a great event for our clients and let's us reward our entire organization," said Lamm. "Our team works very hard, they deserve to kick back and have some fun at the show."
The videos feature a series of increasingly outrageous exchanges between Lamm, played by Chaotic Moon's EVP of Technology, C.K. Sample, and the actual Jim Ritts. Among other things, the sketches parody the involuntary tattooing of festival comedians, an attempted blackmailing of Jerry Seinfeld and a menacing taser drone employed to persuade Ritts into Lamm's way of thinking. The rest of the cast is made up of Chaotic Moon employees, including a cameo by Mike Erwin, Chaotic Moon's co-founder and CFO, as an annoyed elevator repairman.
Originally, Lamm was cast to play himself, but his heavy travel schedule, due to the company's rapid growth and new offices in Dallas and Houston, caused a last minute casting change. "I was bummed, but I knew C.K. and Jim would kill it, and they did."
NEW YORK, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MLBAM officially announced R.B.I. Baseball 15, with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo on its cover, launched today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The mobile version of R.B.I. Baseball 15 is available for a one-time price of $4.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This year's edition of the iconic game delivers new features to fans' mobile gaming experiences, including regular roster updates based on Major League transactions and the following:
-- SAVING SEASONS: New to mobile - save a season progress mid-game.
-- BALLPARKS: Newly crafted authentic MLB ballpark designs for all 30
-- ROSTERS: Set an active 25-man roster from each franchise's 40-man
-- STAT TRACKING: Track batting and pitching statistics in season mode
-- GAMEPLAY SETTINGS: Pick the competition level - Easy, Medium or Hard.
R.B.I. Baseball 15 is developed by MLBAM and officially licensed by MLB and MLBPA. It also is available as a digital download for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, and the PlayStation(Â®)4 computer entertainment system.
Also coming this year, R.B.I. Baseball 15 will be available for personal computers (PC, MAC) via the Steam platform, expected to launch next week. The Steam platform also currently has R.B.I. Baseball 15 available for pre-order. The game also will be launching soon on Google Play for supported Android smartphones and tablets.
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Holographic Optical Technologies Launches Kickstarter, Offering True 3D Holograms
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Holographic Optical Technologies, innovator in the field of medical holography, has made its Voxgram hologram technology available to the consumer market through its just-launched Kickstarter campaign:
The company is debuting its first consumer product through the campaign, the eight-inch Voxbox hologram viewer. This product is offered as a reward, along with its more established, medical-grade unit, the Voxbox Pro.
Kickstarter backers may choose from a variety of prerecorded 3D holograms, but the company also encourages its backers to think big, and is thus offering an option allowing backers to create their own custom holograms. According to the campaign, "nearly any set of 3D data" can be made into a custom Voxgram hologram, including 3D photographs, video game characters, or architectural and engineering models.
Tech-savvy backers will also be able to choose the company's Developer Kit as a reward. This kit includes all of the electronic and optical hardware needed to build a Voxbox hologram viewer, and the 3D printer files needed to produce the viewer's structural components and exterior housing. The company invites backers to incorporate the Voxgram Developer Kit to their own creative projects, and hopes to make low-cost holography accessible to all.
The company's larger, 22-inch Voxbox Pro is being offered at a discounted rate to encourage physicians and professionals to bring holography into their practices. Medical holography has obvious benefits to physicians for diagnostic purposes, and, patients can also benefit the most from seeing a hologram. When a patient sees a Voxgram hologram, they immediately have a better understanding of their condition versus viewing other forms of medical imaging such as 2D images from CT and MR scans.
Other industries may also benefit from holography. Architects and engineers can show the details of their projects as easily understandable holograms. Real estate professionals can use holography for display or advertising to give potential buyers full color, 3D models of properties without leaving the office.
The company hopes to use this campaign as a showcase for how true 3D holography may enter mainstream culture. Since Voxgram holograms can be made from almost any 3D data, the applications are nearly limitless. Any field where visual media is used, such as advertising, entertainment, education, the arts, and science can be enhanced through the use of holography.
WatchGuard Technologies Targets 'Time Crime' in its Newest Fireware Operating System Upgrade
Up to 80 percent of employee web time has nothing to do with work; 'cyberloafing' or 'time crime' can drain organizational profits as much as network breaches
Fireware OS upgrade makes it easy to set time and data quotas; also includes ability to set policies using names not numbers so "188.8.131.52' is now 'http://icanhas.cheezburger.com/'
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA Conference -- WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader in multi-function firewalls, today announced the newest version of its agile FirewareÂ® Operating System, which makes it easy to control the amount of data employees have access to, including when and for how long. Given that up to 80 percent of employees' time on the Internet each day has nothing to do with work,(i) it's estimated that organizations lose as much as $4,500 per employee every year due to "cyberloafing" or "time crime."(ii)
"Most companies realize that employees perform better with a breather and limited non-work-related activity, but the key is to find a balance between the two," said Brendan Patterson, director of product management for WatchGuard. "Our newest version of Fireware OS, 11.10, makes it easy for IT pros to find the right mix by setting time and data quotas to ensure employees are happy without compromising productivity."
Fireware's new quota capabilities also extend to WatchGuard's guest access features. This allows hospitality and retail organizations to set parameters for guest access - ensuring no one guest can negatively affect the performance of the network for others.
The value is already clear for beta customers of the new Fireware OS upgrade. "It's excellent," said Jack Estes, managing partner at Aegis Technologies Partners. "For a relatively small company, this had immediate impact on productivity."
In addition to the time and data quota features, the new software also allows network administrators to set policies for websites using names not numbers, including a "wildcard" ability to conveniently cover multiple domains with one policy.
"Using names not numbers is not only easier and more intuitive for IT pros to set policies, our wildcard functionality means they can catch all IP addresses within a given domain without having to set policies for each one," said Patterson. "A good example would be icanhas.cheezburger.com, memebase.cheezburger.com, failblog.cheezburger.com, it goes on and on. Having that wildcard ability to collectively capture all those sites gives the IT pro tons of efficiency in putting policies against particular groups of websites."
Patterson adds that Fireware's names not numbers functionality also takes considerably less processing power than competing solutions because WatchGuard does not do a reverse look up during each transaction to update IP addresses. "While our solution has the processing horsepower, it's not necessary to waste it on this function. WatchGuard's approach is a much more efficient use of resources," notes Patterson.
WatchGuard Fireware 11.10 is available for all WatchGuard XTM and Firebox network security appliances, and is available to customers starting in April 2015. For complete feature information please click here.
For additional statistics on cyberloafing at work, download the WatchGuard infographic today.
About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuardÂ® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-of-breed security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.
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(i) Kansas State University, Computers in Human Behavior, January 2013
(ii) Learnstuff.com, Social Media At Work, October 2012
Appster Provides Acceleration Of App Availability For The Apple Watch For Start-ups And Small Businesses
To Help Drive Innovation on the New Apple Watch, Appster is Providing a Limited-Time Promotion of a Free Apple Watch App to Companies that Select Appster to Build Their iPhone App
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Appster, Australia's and North America's fastest growing mobile app and product development company, today announced a limited-time promotion for all companies that want to have an app for the Apple Watch. This promotion is a fast, cost-effective way for businesses to establish mindshare and market share among Watch owners, whom some analysts predict could approach 40 million worldwide by the end of this year.
Developing for the Watch requires special skills in areas such as power efficiency, minimization of data communications, leveraging a tethered device usage model and the form factor's unique UX/UI design considerations. High-quality app development also is key for ensuring that the Watch category gets off to a great start and lives up to its potential.
Appster enables businesses to ensure that their Watch apps provide a great user experience from day one, creating a positive buzz and ultimately convincing more people to buy a Watch, thus expanding the app's addressable market. Appster also is a way for those businesses to avoid the challenge of justifying internal development overhead on a device that, at least initially, has a smaller user base than the smartphone and tablet markets.
"Apple Watch will enable businesses to play a bigger, better part in their customers' lives, which is why savvy business owners know they need a Watch app immediately," said Mike Wehrs, Head of Appster's US Operations and Global Chief Marketing Officer. "This promotion is an ideal opportunity for those visionaries to begin serving Watch owners, leveraging the buzz that Apple has created and establishing their leadership in a major new device category."
For details on how to participate in this promotion please call +1-844-APPSTER (+1-844-277-7837).
Appster is the fastest growing mobile app and product development company in Australia; on track to becoming the most disruptive and innovative app company in the world. Founded in 2011 by Mark McDonald and Josiah Humphrey, Appster is more than an app company. Appster is an ideas and execution company which endeavours to solve real issues for startups and small businesses.
With offices currently in Australia, India and America, Appster works with disruptive game changing entrepreneurs and large enterprises looking to innovate business models with mobile-first technology.
Designed for professionals and high-end photo enthusiasts, the new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL2470Z2) standard zoom and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL1635Z2) wide angle zoom lenses deliver significant improvements in image quality, ghost reduction and AF performance over their predecessors and add a rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design.
The new zoom lenses are ideal partners to Sony's alpha A-mount family of interchangeable lens cameras, including the highly acclaimed alpha99 and alpha77 II models. With the addition of an optional mount adaptor, they're also compatible with alpha E-mount cameras such as the alpha7 series.
The new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II models achieve legendary ZEISS image quality thanks to ZEISS T* coating on their optical surfaces that minimizes ghosting and flare plus aspherical and ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements that suppress aberration and minimize distortion.
Additionally, the new models feature enhanced AF capabilities compared to their predecessors, delivering approximately 4x the subject tracking speed thanks to their SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system and faster, more powerful processing in the lens LSI. This advanced AF performance makes the new lenses an ideal complement to the impressive 4D focus system on select alpha camera bodies like the alpha77 II model, and a great choice for shooting fast moving subjects like sports, wildlife or young children.
Pricing and Availability
The new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL2470Z2) standard zoom and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL1635Z2) wide angle zoom lenses will be available this June for about $2100 and $2250, respectively.
The new lenses and all other Sony alpha camera bodies and accessories are sold at authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.
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Turing Robotic Industries to launch first Turing Phone
Groundbreaking device brings unprecedented materials and authentication technology to the smartphone market
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Turing Robotic Industries (TRI), the pioneer in trustworthy mobile device technology, today announced that its flagship Turing Phone will launch in summer, 2015. The first-of-its-kind smartphone is a breakthrough in trustworthy communications and mobile engineering.
Using TRI's decentralized authentication technology, each Turing Phone is capable of directly verifying the identity of other Turing devices without the need for a third-party Key Center. This end-to-end authentication creates a protected communications network that is entirely insulated from cyber-threats and privacy intrusions. Within this circle of trust, users can exchange sensitive data such as social security numbers or bank wiring instructions and know that the information will reach only the device intended.
TRI's technology provides a dramatic improvement over the logic of Identity-Based Encryption, because both the master public key and the unique private key are anonymously pre-bundled into the phone.
"Building trustworthy communications on the mobile internet has been a challenge," said S.Y.L. Chao, CEO of TRI. "Our vision with the Turing Phone is to help mobile users navigate within a circle of trust. We're beginning with the smartphone and plan to rapidly extend this technology into robotics and other domains linked to the Internet of Things, where security concerns are a huge impediment to innovation."
The Turing Phone also features a revolutionary design that is both tougher than conventional materials and more sustainable from a production perspective. The Turing Phone is molded from a single unit of Liquidmorphium(TM), an amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel and silver that provides greater tensile strength than either titanium or steel, protecting the phone from shock and screen breakage.
Liquidmorphium(TM) was developed by Prof. Lugee Li, founder of New Technology and Material, Inc., and material scientist Dr. Atakan Peker, co-inventor of the liquidmetal alloy. The Turing Phone body can be produced at a near 100 percent yield rate with minimal waste.
"With efficient production using Liquidmorphium(TM), the Turing Phone can be produced at a cost and scale that will allow trustworthy networks to develop exponentially," says Li.
Inspired by Alan Turing's work in mathematics, cryptography and artificial intelligence, Turing Robotic Industries Corp. (TRI) builds trustworthy mobile technologies. The company's mission is to help individuals and organizations create trustworthy networks in which communications and data are safe from cyber threats. The Turing Phone, the company's flagship liquid-metal phone, facilitates this mission by employing a decentralized authentication methodology using static key exchange. Turing's anonymous key distribution infrastructure is able to provide unique identifiers and trustworthy connectivity for an infinite number of devices. Turing Robotic Industries is based in San Francisco, California and Shenzhen, China. To learn more, visit http://www.turingri.com
Allegro DVT is well-known in the field of video compression and currently has two
- Broadcast business unit: development of OTT & IPTV encoding software and
appliances for broadcasters and service providers
- Semiconductor business unit: development of compliance streams and hardware
video IPs for chipset manufacturers
Keepixo has been created to rationalize these two entities and to focus more
efficiently on the rapidly growing software-based head-end market.
"Over the last 10 years, Allegro has developed world-class software-based head-end
solutions. Our technology has been used by more than 130 customers including 40 tier-1
operators. Thanks to this unique expertise, Keepixo is perfectly positioned to benefit
from the rapid expansion of the software-based head-end market," said Pierre Marty,
Allegro DVT's CEO.
Keepixo is dedicated to offering a complete range of components that broadcasters and
service providers need for creating their OTT TV preparation & delivery chain, including:
- Genova Live: high density software-based live H.264 / HEVC encoder. Up to
18 HD HEVC services per RU
- Genova File: file encoder for 4K 10 bit VOD
- Genova Origin: for delivery, including Catch-Up, Start-Over, Time-Shift and
Using software as its base, the Genova product line facilitates deployment, and can be
quickly upgraded with new functions or codecs for the rapidly changing OTT environment.
"The creation of Keepixo will improve our visibility, brand awareness, and our ability
to develop innovative solutions for our customers," said Jerome Blanc, Keepixo's Product
Keepixo will be exhibiting its products under its new name for the first time at TV
Connect, booth 154.
About Allegro DVT
Allegro DVT is a major player in the field of H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, VP9 solutions,
including industry standard compliance test suites, and AVC/HEVC/VP9 encoder, codec and
decoder hardware (RTL) IPs. Allegro DVT products have been chosen by more than 80 major IC
providers. For more information, visit Allegro DVT's website or contact
Keepixo is a leading provider of software-based head-end solutions for IPTV & OTT. It
offers live and file video encoders, and delivery solutions to provide advanced functions
such as Catch-Up, Start-Over and nPVR. Using its cloud-ready software solutions, Keepixo
can combine the best of performance, flexibility and scalability giving its customers
tailored solutions. For more information, visit Keepixo's website or contact us at
Whirlpool Brand Launches #ItsAllCare to Celebrate the Different Ways We Care
"LunchBox Dad" and Whirlpool Want to See the Unique Ways Your Family Cares
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This spring, as people recognize moms, dads and teachers, what better time to highlight the unique ways people choose to care for one another daily? That's why Whirlpool brand, along with Beau Coffron of the popular blog Lunchbox Dad, is inviting people from around the country to shoot a video or take a photo of the special, unexpected, creative or sometimes even crazy ways people express care, using the hashtag #ItsAllCare or uploading at whirlpool.com. Everyone may do the washing, drying, cooking and cleaning a little differently, whether it is Dad's signature pancake flip or Mom's quirky mop dance, but no matter how it is done, #ItsAllCare.
"I started making my kids these bento box lunches with a twist, because it was my way of having fun with them. It's inspired other families, which is why I'm excited to be partnering with Whirlpool to share my own creations," said Beau Coffron, author of the blog Lunchbox Dad. "I love that they are encouraging people to celebrate their unique approaches to the daily cooking, cleaning, or washing and sending the message that no matter how it's done, it counts. That's powerful."
Whirlpool brand is continuing its mission to prove the value of care that its products are part of everyday. As an extension of the Every day, care(TM) campaign, #ItsAllCare is about showing how even the smallest acts of care can have a powerful impact on the people in our lives and the world in which we live.
"People are already sharing such amazing examples of care on social media. It's important to fuel the conversation and shine a light on the meaningful impact even the smallest acts of care can have and often times bring laughter and joy," said Jon Hall, senior brand manager Whirlpool brand. "Being able to show your loved ones care in your own unique way is exactly what #ItsAllCare is all about."
If you think you or your loved one has a funny or silly way they show care, be sure to join in on the conversation by visiting whirlpool.com or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/whirlpoolusa or Twitter at @WhirlpoolUSA using the hashtag, #ItsAllCare.
About Whirlpool Brand
For more than one hundred years, Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families. Whirlpool brand is designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations - whether that means most flexible refrigerator storage for all types of family needs, induction technology for efficient cooking and easier cleaning or laundry pairs that sense and adapt to clothes with the latest in connected technologies. Whirlpool brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool Corporation is also one of Habitat for Humanity's largest corporate partners for over 15 dedicated years, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool brand, please visit Whirlpool.com/everydaycare or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/whirlpoolusa or Twitter at @WhirlpoolUSA. Additional information about the company can be found at whirlpoolcorp.com.
About Beau "The Lunchbox Dad"
Beau Coffron is a married dad with three kids who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has appeared on Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, as well as other television shows. He has also been featured in places such as ABCNews.com, The Huffington Post,Yahoo.com, and in People Magazine. He and his daughter have been on television and radio multiple times showing families useful products and teaching them how to make creative lunches. They have also taught classes on healthy and fun eating for Whole Foods Market. He also blogs for The HuffingtonPost and LifeOfDad.com.
Good Technology Enables Enterprise Security, Manageability and Business-Class Collaboration for Apple Watch
Device policy control and Good Work now available on Apple Watch for IT to manage and secure corporate email and calendar notifications on "wear your own devices"
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Good Technology(TM), the leader in secure mobility, today announced it is the first enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendor to support policy management and business-class productivity on Apple Watch(TM) devices. Good is now providing management and control of Good Work(TM) email and calendar notifications, while Good Mobile Device Management supports iOS 8.2 MDM controls for Apple Watch as well. Built on the Good DynamicsÂ® Secure Mobility Platform, these capabilities allow enterprises to unite usability and enterprise-grade security while delivering investment protection to IT in the ever-changing mobility landscape.
Wearable technology is transforming the enterprise mobility conversation. IDC estimates a market of 111.9 million units by 2018(1), and the rapid growth of wearables being brought into the enterprise will soon require companies to embrace these connected devices as they did with smartphones and tablets. Likewise, it's imperative that IT has policy controls available to support wearables, increasing employee productivity and device choice without endangering sensitive corporate data.
"The success of secure mobility for enterprises depends on their ability to embrace new devices and enable seamless, secure access to enterprise data without impacting the amazing consumer experiences of the products themselves," said Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO of Good Technology. "Good's leadership in mobile security and rapid pace of innovation enabled us to deliver support for Android Wear with our Good Work app in March. Today we are proud to announce support for the Apple Watch, demonstrating our continued commitment to provide the management and security tools our customers require."
Good Work support for Apple Watch is available immediately. With Good Work a user now has the ability to glance at a wristwatch to quickly scan email subjects and see basic details about upcoming meetings. IT administrators can easily control the content of the notifications via a simple web based management console. For example, IT has granular permissions to configure whether the level of detail shown in notifications is sender and subject only, or generic. For organizations that implement MDM policies on devices, Good supports the new Apple Watch wrist detection restriction.
According to Forrester Research's "The Enterprise Wearables Journey" report from March 2015, wearables are now a legitimate enterprise priority. "Even just a year ago, enterprise wearables remained more theoretical than practical. But, as Forrester predicted, the enterprise became the hotspot for wearable technology. Today, 51 percent of technology and business leaders identify wearables as a critical, high, or moderate priority for their organization."(2)
(1) IDC, "Worldwide Wearable Computing Market Gains Momentum with Shipments Reaching 19.2 Million in 2014 and Climbing to Nearly 112 Million in 2018, Says IDC," April 10, 2014.
(2) Forrester Research, "The Enterprise Wearable Journey," J.P. Gownder, March 26, 2015.
About Good Technology
Good Technology is the leader in secure mobility, delivering solutions across all stages of the mobility lifecycle for enterprises and governments worldwide. Good offers a comprehensive, end-to-end solutions portfolio, consisting of a suite of collaboration applications, a secure mobility platform, mobile device management, unified monitoring, management and analytics, and a third-party application and partner ecosystem. More than 6,200 organizations in 189 countries use Good Technology, including 100% of the FORTUNEÂ® 100 commercial banks and aerospace and defense firms as well as leaders across healthcare, manufacturing and retail. Learn more at http://www.good.com.
Statements concerning industry growth, future prospects, business outlook, and product availability and plans are forward looking statements that involve a number of uncertainties and risks. This information is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. It is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality and the development, release and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at Good's sole discretion.
Apalon Launches Top Rated Utility Apps for Apple Watch
Popular Apps Weather Live, Speak & Translate and More Now Available for the Small Screen
NEW YORK, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Apalon Apps, a top 10 developer of iOS applications worldwide and an operating business of IAC, today announced the release of several of its most popular apps for the Apple Watch in conjunction with the device's official launch on April 24: Weather Live, NOAA Radar Pro, Speak & Translate. Collectively, these apps (including free versions) have already been downloaded more than 18 million times by iOS users worldwide.
"Our apps have always been designed to deliver real utility - such as weather forecasts and language translation - in a beautiful and fun way, which makes smart watches an exciting new platform for us," said Peter Skoromnyi, Apalon co-founder and chief strategy officer. "For our initial set of Apple Watch apps, we focused on optimizing the most valuable data points at a glance, capturing everything in a single screen at a single moment - transforming the Apple Watch into a true extension of an iPad or iPhone."
Apalon's apps for the Apple Watch include:
A beautiful weather app, Weather Live provides users with accurate forecasts accompanied with live weather scenes that change depending on real-time conditions. Weather Live for Apple Watch offers eight adjustable weather parameters, along with accurate forecasts for the day's coming hours. Available for $1.99.
NOAA Radar Pro
NOAA Radar Pro alerts users to severe weather conditions via push notifications on the Apple Watch, eliminating the need to reach for a phone if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Available for $1.99.
Speak & Translate
With advanced voice recognition technology, users receive an instant translation with voice to text in 100 languages. Simply speak to your watch and translation happens right from the wrist. Available for $9.99.
About Apalon Apps
Operated by Mindspark Interactive Network, an IAC consumer applications business focused on providing software and application solutions, Apalon is a leading mobile development company with one of the largest and most popular app portfolios in the world, reaching more than 20 million monthly active users. A unique blend of passion and skills are at the core of the company's DNA, driving the team to produce top-rated, award-winning mobile experiences for millions of people around the world. Apalon's portfolio includes well-known titles such as Weather Live, My Alarm Clock and Calculator Pro. Learn more at http://www.apalon.com.
D-Link Now Shipping Weatherproof 802.11ac Outdoor Wireless Access Point
IP67-Rated Access Point Ideal for the Most Challenging Business Environments
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- D-Link today announced immediate availability of its new Wireless AC1200 Concurrent Dual Band Outdoor Access Point with PoE (DAP-3662). Designed with weather-resistant features and an IP67-rated housing, the DAP-3662 is an ideal solution for creating outdoor wireless hot spot networks in high-demand business applications.
The DAP-3662 delivers reliable, high-speed wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standard, with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 867 Mbps using the 5 GHz band(1). It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands.
"In addition to outdoor applications, the DAP-3662 can be installed in environments where challenging or harsh conditions exist," added Steven Olen, director of product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "This includes manufacturing plants, industrial automation facilities, convention halls, stadium facilities, airports, school campuses, golf courses, marinas or virtually any venue requiring a robust, high performance wireless solution."
The DAP-3662 was designed for maximum flexibility and utility. It has internal omnidirectional antennas, supports operating temperatures between -22 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and has two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, so it can also bridge to other wired networks. It can be powered directly via the network cable using Power over Ethernet (PoE) from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3af. An innovative mounting bracket supports installation on a pole, wall, or ceiling with ease. And integrated GORE(Â®) Venting Technology repels water while ensuring pressure equalization inside the device as weather conditions change.
Additional benefits include:
-- Strong Security and Authentication Features: Maintains a highly secure
network with WPA/WPA2 Personal/Enterprise encryption, MAC address
filtering, wireless LAN segmentation, SSID broadcast disable, rogue AP
detection, wireless broadcast scheduling, and up to eight VLANs per band
for implementing multiple SSIDs.
-- Multiple Operation Modes: Supports Access Point, Wireless Distribution
System (WDS) with Access Point, WDS/Bridge, or Wireless Client operation
-- Captive Portal: Supports built-in Authentication and Billing Options.
-- Multiple Management Options: Manageable via web (HTTP), Secure Sockets
Layer (SSL), Secure Shell (SSH), and Telnet. For advanced network
management, administrators can use D-Link(Â®) Central Wi-Fi Manager to
configure and manage multiple access points remotely from different
-- Limited Lifetime Warranty: Carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty,
furthering D-Link's commitment to product quality and long-term customer
The new DAP-3662 wireless access point is currently available for $489.99 through D-Link's vast network of channel partners, including value-added resellers and distributors and online retailers. Detailed specifications are available online at D-Link's website.
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 us.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/d-link) and Spiceworks (http://community.spiceworks.com/networking/d-link).
(1)Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 and 802.11ac specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range.
Canon Europe Acquires Lifecake to Accelerate Growth in Digital Consumer Services
LONDON, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Canon Europe today announces that it is acquiring London-based digital start-up
Lifecake, marking a major step in the development of Canon's digital consumer services
business. This brings Canon closer to its ambition to play a part in every image taken no
matter what device is being used, and enables the business to establish a presence within
London's 'Tech City'.
Lifecake is the company behind the Lifecake photo-sharing app for families, which
allows parents to store, organise, share and relive key moments of their children's lives.
With Lifecake, parents can create photo and video timelines that the whole family can
experience on smartphones, tablets, computers and in printed photobooks.
Alberto Spinelli, Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe, says: "Today, we are
all taking more photos on more devices than ever before but often become overwhelmed and
even disconnected from them. We would all like to be able to quickly find our photo as we
remember a moment - at the swipe of a finger - and relive it on any screen, or print it to
hold. At Canon, we are building digital services to help people do just that with tailored
"Lifecake is an extremely exciting addition to the Canon Group, providing a digital
service that makes it easy for families to take control of their ever-increasing number of
photos. This acquisition fits perfectly with our vision to give everyone taking photos the
tools to bring their stories and experiences to life - and engage with them whenever and
wherever they choose."
CEO and co-founder of Lifecake, Nicholas Babaian comments: "With the reach and
technology of Canon, we'll strap booster rockets onto our service. At the same time, our
team will accelerate the growth of Canon's digital services ecosystem. But we're most
delighted that our existing and potential customers will know their precious memories are
safe with one of the most trusted brands in photography - a company that's helped families
capture and relive moments for nearly 80 years and will continue to do so for generations
Lifecake is currently available in English language worldwide. Today sees the launch
of additional language versions in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Lifecake was born when one of the founders travelled 6,000 miles to be at the birth of
his nephew. The experience was amazing but upon returning home, the distance felt
enormous. He wanted to feel more connected and soon found others who felt the same.
The start-up team of parents, aunts and uncles worked together previously at some of
the biggest names on the Internet - including Skype, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Qualcomm - and
are based in London, England.
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IG Group launches first trading app on the Apple Watch
MELBOURNE, Australia, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IG Group is the first online trading platform to launch an app for the Apple Watch, reflecting the company's commitment to providing the latest in cutting-edge technology to help clients tradein international markets.Â
IG Group's new offering has the company's existing world-class trading technology at its heart and reflects the business's aim of offering innovative, market-leading functionality. It will be available immediately following the launch of the watch in nine countries on 24th April. This is IG's and Apple's first move into wearable technology and offers a new and more instantaneous way to trade and monitor the financial markets, complementing more traditional mobile technology.
The IG Watch app will automatically install if the iPhone has already been downloaded and clients will be able to access the markets with a one-tap login. You will be able to trade any one of IG's 10,000 markets on the app, including over 90 FX pairs and 6000 global shares, as well as options, indices, binaries and commodities.
Given IG Group's global reach, the app is also fully localised and available in 12 languages (including Chinese).
A tech savvy solution to stay ahead of the markets
IG Group is committed to technological innovation and providing clients with a variety of opportunities to trade the financial markets. Given the watch is Apple's most personal device ever, IG has simplified the trading experience to allow effective trading on a small personal device. Personalised watchlists allow clients to view the markets relevant to them and open positions from them.
Furthermore, your iPhone app push notifications will come through automatically on to your wrist so you can constantly stay on top of your trading.
The economic calendar keeps you informed of the day's major financial events. It takes the current date and time from the client's Apple Watch and uses this data to display a list of macroeconomic events from that moment up until the end of the day. Clients will be able to see how these events affect their positions and act on actual figures the moment they're announced.
An Investment Trends report on retail trading behaviour compiled in the last six months has highlighted that between 72% and 88% of traders inAustralia, Hong Kong and Singapore currently use a smart device for trading, with a further 8% to 15% saying they plan to start. On these grounds, we expect the app to be well received byAsia-based traders.
Tamas Szabo, IG's Head of Asia Pacific comments, "Launching the first trading app on the Apple Watch proves IG Group's commitment to providing world-class technology for our clients. Apple has a track record of transforming everything they have gone into, just as IG has transformed online trading. We are excited to be part of this latest development, and to have created something we feel our clients will truly value.
"The launch of this app follows IG's revolutionary stockbroking platform launch in the UK, which is soon to be launched inAustralia, offering traders and investors alike the most complete way to gain exposure to global equities. These innovations clearly demonstrate that improving the client experience through superior technology is at the heart of what IG does.
"We believe that trading on a watch is another important step in simplifying the trading and user experience. The features and functionality have been developed to ensure clients can access markets and execute trades in a simplified and immediate manner. Not only will IG's clients have the best of IG's 40 years of trading experience at their fingertips, they will also have access to the best available technology."
For further information, please contact:
Head of Research
03 9860 1758
Head of Operations
03 9860 1793
Notes to Editors
IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial marketsÂ -- including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries.
Established in 1974, IG's aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is already an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world's No.1 provider of CFDs* and a global leader in forex, and it launched an execution-only stockbroking service in the UK andIreland in September 2014.
It is a member of the FTSE 250, with offices across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the US, where it offers limited risk derivatives contracts via the Nadex brand.
*Based on revenue excluding FX, published financial statements, July 2014.
Diablo III(R): Reaper of Souls(TM)? China Open Beta Now Live
SHANGHAI, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) today announced that Sanctuary's gates have been thrown open to all Chinese heroes, as open beta testing for Blizzard Entertainment's award-winning action role-playing game Diablo III(Â®): Reaper of Souls((TM)) is now live in China. Players throughout China are now able to join the army of nephalem and embark on a challenging journey to save Sanctuary from the demonic forces of the Burning Hells!
An array of new features and highly replayable content is included with the open beta test. The Crusader, a veritable war machine made human, has joined the game's other five playable classes -- barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk and demon hunter. In addition, players are able to unlock Act V, the latest chapter of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and embark on a dark and perilous journey through terrifying landscapes; explore the legendary city of Westmarch; and slay countless minions, each hell-bent on bringing their heroic quest to a grisly end -- all culminating in a climactic confrontation with Malthael, the Angel of Death. Players can also unlock Adventure Mode, a new game mode that gives players the freedom to go anywhere and slay anything.
"We want to thank our closed beta testers for helping us put the finishing touches on the Chinese version of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're pleased to now be able to welcome players across China into the open beta, and we can't wait to see everyone in Sanctuary."
"We're very excited to be launching the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls open beta test in China through the joint efforts of Blizzard and NetEase and the incredible support of passionate Chinese players," said William Ding, CEO and founder of NetEase, Inc. "The NetEase team will continue to work closely with Blizzard to ensure that Chinese gamers receive the best experience possible in this truly epic game."
With the start of open beta testing, players will be able to purchase the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Premium Package or Digital Deluxe Package for RMB198 or RMB388, respectively, in the in-game Shop, unlocking the Crusader class, Act V, Adventure mode, and a wealth of in-game bonuses.
The Premium Package contains the Crusader class, Act V, Adventure mode, Face of Death Portrait Frame, 4 additional Stash Tabs, and 8 additional Character Slots. In addition to all the content in the Premium package, the Digital Deluxe Package contains extra in-game bonuses, including Bottled Cloud and Bottled Smoke Dye, Angelic Wings, Spectral Hound Minion and Aesthetic Artifacts, a Class Sigil, two World of Warcraft(Â®) in-game companion pets: Fetish Shaman and Treasure Goblin pets, a set of StarCraft(Â®) II Diablo-themed Battle.net(Â®) portraits and Malthael-themed decals, and a playable hero in Heroes of the Storm((TM)): Valla the Demon Hunter.
Chinese players who just want to try out the core game experience will be able to conquer the first four Acts of the Diablo III campaign and level their characters up to 70 for free.
In celebration of the China open beta test, any player who purchases either the Premium Package or the Digital Deluxe Package in the next 30 days will receive a special in-game souvenir -- Wings of Valor. The first 10,000 players who purchase the Digital Deluxe Package will additionally receive a limited-edition memorial badge, engraved with a unique serial number, to commemorate the Diablo III China launch.
Download the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls client now. See you in Sanctuary!
To learn more details about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls China open beta testing, please visit the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls China official site: http://www.diablo3.com.cn.
About Blizzard Entertainment
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft(Â®)and the Warcraft(Â®), StarCraft(Â®), and Diablo(Â®)franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (http://www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes nineteen #1 games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
About NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular online games, e-mail and e-commerce services, advertising services, mobile applications and games and web portals. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, NetEase operates some of the most popular international online games in China, including World of Warcraft(Â®), Hearthstone((TM)): Heroes of Warcraft((TM)), StarCraft(Â®)II and Diablo III(Â®): Reaper of Souls((TM)). For more information, please visit: http://ir.netease.com/.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Blizzard Entertainment's and NetEase's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase generally use words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," "future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Blizzard Entertainment's and/or NetEase's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Blizzard Entertainment's titles generally, the popularity of Diablo III among Chinese players and the effect of future expansion sets on the game, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, the risk that Shanghai EaseNet will not be able to operate Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft or other games licensed by it from Blizzard Entertainment for a period of time or permanently due to possible governmental actions, the risk that Shanghai EaseNet or NetEase will be subject to penalties or operating restrictions imposed by governmental authorities in the PRC resulting from the operations of their online games, including suspension of their Internet service or other penalties, the risk that changes in Chinese government regulation of the online game market may limit future growth of Blizzard's or NetEase's revenue in China or cause revenue to decline; industry competition and competition from other forms of entertainment, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as real-time strategy, action-role-playing and massively multiplayer online games, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Blizzard Entertainment and/or NetEase, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers who can create high quality "hit" titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and of NetEase's most recent annual report on Form 20-F and other filings and submissions with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Blizzard Entertainment, Activision Blizzard and NetEase, as the case may be, as of the date of this release, and none of such parties assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment, Activision Blizzard or NetEase and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond their respective control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
For further information contact:
Vice President, Global Communications
Public Relations Director
(+86) 21-3133 0700
Warner Bros. And DC Entertainment In Partnership With Mattel Launch DC Super Hero Girls, A New Super Hero Universe Designed Just For Girls, Slated For Fall 2015
BURBANK, Calif., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launchDC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Â Featuring DC Comics' most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens,DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.
Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative yearsâprior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics' icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl,Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.Â
"DC Entertainment is home to the most iconic and well-known Super Heroes including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl," saidDiane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. "DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters.Â I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls."
The initial launch of DC Super Hero Girls in Fall 2015 will include an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishingâproviding opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play.Â TV specials, made-for-videos, toys, apparel, books and other product categories will begin to rollout in 2016.Â
"Developing a Super Hero franchise exclusively for girls that includes all of the key components of a comprehensive entertainment experienceâfrom content to consumer productsâis something we are excited to be doing in conjunction with our great partners," said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.Â "It's really an honor to be part of this cultural moment and to be delivering a concept so rooted in a relatable and empowered theme that the characters of DC Comics are uniquely able to present."
As master toy licensee, Mattel is collaborating with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Consumer Products onDC Super Hero Girls' narrative creation, interactive digital activations and ultimately a toy line launching in 2016.Â Mattel category-leading firsts include a line of characters for the action figure category, an area of the industry that has been primarily developed with boys in mind, and fashion dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses.
"Partnering with the best and being the best partner is of paramount importance," saidRichard Dickson, President, Chief Operating Officer, Mattel.Â "Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, theDC Super Hero Girls franchise will further expand our already powerful girls portfolio. We know Super Hero is a culturally relevant theme and theDC Super Hero Girls franchise will engage and inspire girls, providing cues to explore heroic acts through play and into real life."
The Random House Books for Young Readers imprint of Random House Children's Books has been appointed the master publishing partner for the franchise and will be creating a portfolio of books that will bring theDC Super Hero Girls world to life, beginning in Spring 2016.Â Random House's publishing program will be complemented by a series of original graphic novels from DC Entertainment.Â The LEGO Group will also be key to building theDC Super Hero Girlsfranchise, leveraging their experience and success engaging girls in creative construction play to bolster this universe through an array of LEGOÂ® building sets designed to inspire girls' imaginations.Â Additionally, consumer products partners around the world will be engaged in creating a merchandise line dedicated toDC Super Hero Girls across all key categories.Â
About Warner Bros. Consumer ProductsWarner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC EntertainmentDC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.Â DC Entertainment works in concert with Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
About Warner Bros. AnimationWarner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom andJerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit â A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, as well as Mike Tyson Mysteries for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films â including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies â for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy AwardsÂ®, 35 EmmyÂ® Awards, theGeorge Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
About MattelThe Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel's portfolio of best-selling brands includes BarbieÂ®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot WheelsÂ®, Monster HighÂ®, American GirlÂ®, Thomas & FriendsÂ® and Fisher-PriceÂ® brands, including Little PeopleÂ® and Power WheelsÂ®, MEGAÂ® Brands, including MEGA BLOKSÂ® and RoseArtÂ®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. With worldwide headquarters inEl Segundo, Calif., Mattel's companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us atwww.mattel.com <http://www.mattel.com>, http://www.facebook.com/mattel <http://www.facebook.com/mattel>Â or http://www.twitter.com/mattel <http://www.twitter.com/mattel>.
About Random House Children's BooksRandom House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children's Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company's website, Kids @ Random (http://www.randomhousekids.com <http://www.randomhousekids.com/>) offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children's Books is a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
About The LEGO Group The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund,Denmark, and main offices in the U.S., UK, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 byOle Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the spirit of its founder: "Only the best is good enough", the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored atwww.LEGO.com <http://www.lego.com/>.
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Warner Bros. And DC Entertainment In Partnership With Mattel Launch DC Super Hero Girls, A New Super Hero Universe Designed Just For Girls, Slated For Fall 2015
Mattel to Launch Company's First Action Figures for Girls
Unprecedented Initiative to Include Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos, Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products
Random House Children's Books to be Master Publishing Partner The LEGO Group to be Exclusive Construction Partner
BURBANK, Calif., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launch DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Featuring DC Comics' most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.
Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years--prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics' icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.
"DC Entertainment is home to the most iconic and well-known Super Heroes including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl," said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. "DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters. I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls."
The initial launch of DC Super Hero Girls in Fall 2015 will include an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing--providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play. TV specials, made-for-videos, toys, apparel, books and other product categories will begin to rollout in 2016.
"Developing a Super Hero franchise exclusively for girls that includes all of the key components of a comprehensive entertainment experience--from content to consumer products--is something we are excited to be doing in conjunction with our great partners," said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "It's really an honor to be part of this cultural moment and to be delivering a concept so rooted in a relatable and empowered theme that the characters of DC Comics are uniquely able to present."
As master toy licensee, Mattel is collaborating with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on DC Super Hero Girls' narrative creation, interactive digital activations and ultimately a toy line launching in 2016. Mattel category-leading firsts include a line of characters for the action figure category, an area of the industry that has been primarily developed with boys in mind, and fashion dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses.
"Partnering with the best and being the best partner is of paramount importance," said Richard Dickson, President, Chief Operating Officer, Mattel. "Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will further expand our already powerful girls portfolio. We know Super Hero is a culturally relevant theme and the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will engage and inspire girls, providing cues to explore heroic acts through play and into real life."
The Random House Books for Young Readers imprint of Random House Children's Books has been appointed the master publishing partner for the franchise and will be creating a portfolio of books that will bring the DC Super Hero Girls world to life, beginning in Spring 2016. Random House's publishing program will be complemented by a series of original graphic novels from DC Entertainment. The LEGO Group will also be key to building the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, leveraging their experience and success engaging girls in creative construction play to bolster this universe through an array of LEGOÂ® building sets designed to inspire girls' imaginations. Additionally, consumer products partners around the world will be engaged in creating a merchandise line dedicated to DC Super Hero Girls across all key categories.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit - A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, as well as Mike Tyson Mysteries for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films -- including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies -- for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy AwardsÂ®, 35 EmmyÂ® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel's portfolio of best-selling brands includes BarbieÂ®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot WheelsÂ®, Monster HighÂ®, American GirlÂ®, Thomas & FriendsÂ® and Fisher-PriceÂ® brands, including Little PeopleÂ® and Power WheelsÂ®, MEGAÂ® Brands, including MEGA BLOKSÂ® and RoseArtÂ®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel's companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at http://www.mattel.com, http://www.facebook.com/mattel or http://www.twitter.com/mattel.
About Random House Children's Books
Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children's Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company's website, Kids @ Random (http://www.randomhousekids.com) offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children's Books is a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
About The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in the U.S., UK, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the spirit of its founder: "Only the best is good enough", the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at http://www.LEGO.com.