Big Fish Launches "CascadeÂ®" on Mobile Smartphones and Tablets
Free to Play, Cascade is A Brand New Spin on Match-3
SEATTLE, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you ready to try the game that's making everyone finally quit crushing candies? Cascade(Â®) from Big Fish is available today for free on mobile devices. With 140 handcrafted puzzles to solve, Cascade combines a Match-3 game with a Slot Machine in an entirely new, patent-pending game mechanic. This combination results in a game that is both familiar and entirely unique, requiring both strategy and luck.
The story of Cascade has you journeying alongside Jasper, a mole participating in the Great Cascade Gem Rush. Accompany Jasper through 10 hand-painted lands and meet his wildlife friends: bears, arctic foxes, and one otter who loves kayaking. You can also compete with your real-world friends for high scores, or you can ignore them entirely and Cascade will never make you spam them. There are no "friend gates", or "pay walls", or anything stopping you from playing through the game.
If 140 puzzles aren't enough, don't worry! Cascade also features a daily challenge puzzle and there will be regular updates with new lands, characters, obstacles, and gems. If you do get stuck on a puzzle, there are a variety of boosts that you can use to make things a little simpler, and a daily spin wheel that awards free boosts. If you like puzzles, animals, or shiny objects of any kind, Cascade will keep you coming back for one more spin.
-- Big Fish
-- Cascade Official Trailer
About Big Fish
Founded in 2002, Big Fish is the worldÂ¹s largest producer and distributor of casual games, delivering fun to millions of people around the world through its mobile distribution and e-commerce game platforms. As a consistent top 10 top-grossing worldwide iOS publisher and the #1 casual PC/Mac game producer, 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. Successfully transitioning the company from PC-centric to mobile-centric, the company's mobile revenues were almost 50% of its overall gross revenue in just under 3 years. Big Fish Casino leads the way and was the only casino game to be named on both of Apple's 2013 top-grossing iPad and iPhone charts. The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA, with regional offices in Oakland, CA, and Luxembourg.
Funkitron, Inc. is a top-quality game developer founded by casual game industry veteran David Walls in 2001. Funkitron is known for creating very fun and addictive games such as their latest funky hit "Cascade" and the #1 iPhone casino game "Slingo Supreme." Funkitron has also designed and developed other super fun games such as "SCRABBLE Blast", "Slingo Quest", "Boggle Supreme", "Poker Superstars", "Solitaire Kingdom" and "Word Bird Supreme".
Casio Showcases Four New Sampling Keyboards At Summer NAMM 2014
Part of the Sound eFX series the new keyboards Include Sampling Capabilities and Built-In Microphones
DOVER, N.J., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc., is hitting the stage with the launch of four new keyboards within their new line called Sound eFX - the CTK-2400, LK-170, LK-175 and LK-260. If you are a beginner with a burning passion for music, these new additions to the Casio portfolio offer a variety of sampling features that can capture audio which then can be played back from the keyboards. The result can be fun, amusing, and perhaps even inspiring. The latest digital keyboard introductions will be on display in Casio's Booth # 910 at Summer NAMM 2014, July 17-19, 2014 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.
"After more than 25 years since the introduction of its first mini sampling keyboard, Casio has taken sampling keyboards to a whole new level with the launch of the Sound eFX series," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instruments Division. "Casio is providing consumers with all the necessary features to create custom tracks including built-in microphones, various sampling modes and exceptional sound layering. It gives them a taste of what it's like to be a musician producing their own songs."
The sampling function in the CTK-2400, LK-170, LK-175 and LK-260 offers fun entertainment by enabling users to take various bits and pieces of music and create a sample. Long Sampling mode can create one sound up to two seconds and the Short Sampling mode can create up to five short sounds and tones; both modes offer ten different effects to choose from. With a built-in sampling microphone, users can also use their voice to record samples, which can be integrated into the rhythm.
All equipped with Casio's Step-Up Lesson system, these new keyboards have built-in songs that teach users phase-by-phase so they can learn at their own individual pace. With the LCD display, beginners can also learn both music notation and correct hand positioning, while Casio's innovative system evaluates performance so users can track their progress. Also, Casio's LK-170, LK-175 and LK-260 are all lighted keyboards which allow users to practice their song playing skills with the help of the lighted 61-Key Piano Style Touch-Response keyboard.
Other features include 400 built-in tones, 150 built-in rhythms (including 20 for piano play and 55 world rhythms), 110 songs, and USB capabilities. Each model also comes with a music stand and song book. The CTK-2400 for $169.99, LK-175 for $199.99 and LK-260 for $259.99 will be available at select retailer's nationwide beginning in September. The LK-170 for $199.99 will be available exclusively at Costco beginning in September. To learn more about Casio's portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit http://www.CasioMusicGear.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casiousa.com.
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Maclocks is First to Launch a Surface Enclosure and Secure Display Solution for Microsoft Surface Pro 3!
AUSTIN, Texas, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tablets and notebooks are both great, but wouldn't it be amazing if the two could merge. That is what Microsoft had in mind when they created the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, the newest sibling to join the surface series. The Pro tablet has not only gotten better, but also physically bigger. And just like always, Maclocks is the first to design and offer a Surface kiosk for the new Surface Pro.
Maclocks Surface Kiosk provides a ton of new ways to make the most of your Surface; as a display stand, an information kiosk, or even a full force workstation. Attach the enclosure to any swing arm or wall mount, grab the Type Cover keyboard and you have a mini work station. Place it next to your desk to float the Surface next to your computer as a second screen.
The surface security lock is a keyed lock, which makes it easy to access when tablet maintenance is required.
The Surface Pro 3 Enclosure is accommodating to the tablet's updated features, including the newer version of the attachable Type Cover keypad. Maclocks enclosure will fully secure and lock it in all together, so neither the device nor the keyboard can be swiped. This all-encompassing Surface Enclosure Kiosk solution will leave you worry free as your device and keyboard sit safely protected.
This quality hardware is constructed out of high grade aluminum, includes padding for the Surface, and it can accommodate our security cable lock. It is the ideal Surface Tablet security solution for all display settings. For optimal viewing, it can be used with the Swan Surface Tablet Kiosk in any environment that requires a level of elegance, such as hotel lobbies or spas. Retail and point of sale situations would take the most advantage of the Surface enclosure if used as a wall mount. We recommend the enclosure with a floor stand for those using the Surface Pro 3 in the healthcare or corporate world.
New KODAK PIXPRO SMART LENS Camera Now Available Through National Strategic Partnership With RadioShackÂ® Corporation
Latest SMART LENS Cameras for AndroidÂ® and iOSÂ® Smart Devices Available Now at RadioShack Stores and RadioShack.com
LOS ANGELES and FORT WORTH, Texas, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- JK Imaging Ltd., the worldwide licensee for KODAK PIXPRO Digital Cameras and Devices, announced today that its new SMART LENS SL10 Camera is now available at select RadioShack stores and RadioShack.com. As one of the largest national retail partners to offer consumers the camera in more than 1,600 stores by fall 2014 and on Radioshack.com, RadioShack is a pivotal partner in the U.S. launch of the new SMART LENS Camera.
Designed to work in tandem with smartphones for better quality photos, the SMART LENS Devices are highly portable and easily clip onto most Android and iOS smartphones, connecting wirelessly to bridge the benefits of advanced camera technology with the portability and convenience of users' existing phones.
The SMART LENS Cameras use the phone's screen as the camera display. Users have the freedom to control the camera via the phone's screen or use the SMART LENS Device's buttons to toggle, zoom and capture photos or 1080p HD videos. For even more flexibility, the SMART LENS Camera can be operated independently and up to 30 feet away from the smartphone, giving more freedom to take large group shots with the wide-angle lens while controlling the SMART LENS Camera via the phone as the interface.
"RadioShack is proud to be the first retailer to carry the KODAK PIXPRO SMART LENS Camera in-store. It's a game changing piece of technology, and is a perfect example of how we are evolving our customer experience by adding amazing new products and innovative solutions to our assortment every day," said Paul Rutenis, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer, RadioShack. "We're focused on delivering the kind of products that empower our customers to get the most out of technology, and the SMART LENS Device brings the power of an advanced camera lens literally to the palm of the consumers' hands."
The SL10 ($229.99 MSRP) includes 10x optical zoom, 1080p video and free Android/iOS apps for download, as does the 25x SL25 ($299 MSRP) optical zoom version. Both models are available in black and white. The SL25 will be available at RadioShack.com and in stores this fall.
"The SL10 is our first new product that does not look like a traditional camera and enhances where smartphone cameras sometimes fall short," said Mike Hackett, executive vice president, JK Imaging, Ltd. "With the growing trend of consumers capturing more photos than ever from their smartphones, the SMART LENS Cameras' powerful zoom capabilities ensure they aren't missing out on taking better quality photos."
For more information and for product availability, please visit: kodakpixpro.com.
About JK Imaging, Ltd.
JK Imaging, Ltd. is a privately held company headquartered in Los Angeles, California with additional sales offices worldwide. The executive team is comprised of experienced sales and marketing officers with extensive backgrounds in digital imaging and global distribution. JK Imaging, Ltd. services North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information, visit kodakpixpro.com
RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) is a leading retailer with more than 27,000 knowledgeable associates focused on connecting consumers with personalized solutions and discovering what's possible through the latest in consumer electronics. The company's updated product assortment incorporates national brands, industry-leading private brand products, mobile devices and wireless carriers. Customers can shop leading brands in headphones and speakers, wearable technology, smart toys and DIY supplies, connected home, power accessories and home entertainment at http://www.radioshack.com, or at one of the more than 5,000 locations in 26 countries. Find RadioShack on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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Edico Genome Raises $10 Million in Series A Financing to Commercialize DRAGEN Chip to Overcome Sequencing Data Analysis Bottleneck
Led by Qualcomm, Gregory Lucier Makes First Investment after Leading Life Technologies
SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Edico Genome announced today that it has raised $10 million in a Series A financing to commercialize its DRAGEN(TM) Bio-IT Processor, the world's first next-generation sequencing bioinformatics application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The financing was led by Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and included Axon Ventures and Greg Lucier, who made his first investment following his role as chairman and chief executive officer of Life Technologies. Concurrent with the financing, Mr. Lucier was appointed to the Edico Genome board of directors. Advisory board members include Eric Topol, M.D., professor of genomics, The Scripps Research Institute, Charles Cantor, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, Sequenom, and Nils Homer, Ph.D., genomics informatics leader, Broad Institute. The financing will be used for commercialization of DRAGEN, which is expected to broadly launch at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in October.
"Advancing and expanding the use of genomics in the clinic can only be achieved if researchers and physicians can quickly, efficiently and accurately process the immense amount of data generated from a human genome sequence," said Mr. Lucier. "Edico Genome's solution to speed data analysis and lower costs has the potential to have a large impact on many areas of medicine, particularly in oncology and non-invasive prenatal testing."
Jack Young, director, Qualcomm Ventures, added, "As sequencing volume increases, accelerated by the rapid decrease in cost exemplified by the arrival of the $1,000 genome, the opportunities for companies to enter the space and address the evolving needs for the industry grow significantly. We see the bottleneck shifting now to the analysis and transfer of the huge amounts of raw data generated by next-generation sequencers."
Edico Genome's DRAGEN Bio-IT Processor reduces the computational time required for analyzing a whole human genome from 24 hours down to 18 minutes. The company has demonstrated how one DRAGEN accelerator card can be used to analyze the data generated by a full HiSeq X Ten system producing 18,000 whole human genomes per year, which otherwise would take over 50 high-end computer servers. It is estimated this can result in a savings of approximately $6 million over four years.
This approach also reduces the need for clusters of large servers to process the data, reducing costs related to storage space and IT infrastructure. Edico Genome is completing validation studies with alpha customers that include clinical labs and sequencing centers and plans to submit this data for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Interested parties may apply for early access to the technology here.
"Adding more and more servers to manage sequencing data cannot be sustained. Edico Genome's solution is the world's first next-generation sequencing bioinformatics chip, an integrated solution that has the speed and accuracy to enable genomic medicine," said Pieter van Rooyen, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Edico Genome. "With Qualcomm Ventures, Mr. Lucier, and our other exceptional advisors onboard, plus Edico Genome's deep engineering expertise, we've recruited a formidable team to capitalize on the opportunity ahead of us."
The DRAGEN Bio-IT Processor is embedded on a PCIe form factor card and is provided with accompanying software as a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) platform that can be integrated into sequencing machines and next-generation sequencing bioinformatics servers. The processor is loaded with highly optimized algorithms for mapping, alignment, sorting and variant calling.
Edico Genome was founded in 2013 by Dr. van Rooyen, Robert McMillen, Ph.D., vice president of engineering, and Michael Reuhle, director of system architecture. The company became a member of EvoNexus, San Diego's only community-supported, fully pro-bono technology incubator, in May of the same year. For more information, visit http://www.EdicoGenome.com, or click here to view a video of Drs. Topol and van Rooyen discussing how to accelerate genomic medicine into the clinic.
Summer 2014 Issue of Xcell Journal Examines How Zynq All Programmable SoC-based Platforms Provide Effective Alternatives to ASICs and ASSPs
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced immediate availability of the summer 2014 edition of its award-winning user magazine, Xcell Journal. Issue 88's cover story takes a look at silicon finances, showing how the ZynqÂ®-7000 All Programmable SoC is far better suited than ASICs and ASSPs for building platforms, enabling enterprises to maximize profitability. The issue also includes a variety of fantastic methodology and how-to articles for Xilinx users of all skill levels. Xcell Journal is available as a one-click pdf download or in iPad/iPod-compatible ISSUU electronic magazine format.
Xcell Journal issue 88 includes numerous informative how-to articles for every technical skill level and features an article on how Xilinx's 20nm UltraScale(TM) All Programmable device architecture enables customers to create terabit systems. The issue also includes a fascinating feature on how scientists are using XilinxÂ® FPGAs in the South Pole to study the afterglow of the Big Bang and origins of the universe. Articles in this issue include:
-- Products, Profits Proliferate on Zynq SoC Platforms
-- The Search for Gravity Waves and Dark Energy Gets Help from FPGAs
-- Virtex UltraScale FPGA Enables Terabit Systems
-- Goodbye DDR, Hello Serial Memory
-- Design Reliability: MTBF Is Just the Beginning
-- Protocol-Processing Systems Thrive with Vivado HLS
-- In FPGA Design, Timing Is Everything
-- NI System-on-Module Brings Innovative Products to Market Fast
Additionally, be sure to visit Xilinx's new Xcell Daily, in which editor Steve Leibson highlights the daily happenings at Xilinx and the many remarkable innovations Xilinx users are bringing to market with All Programmable devices.
About Xcell Journal
Xcell Journal is an award-winning quarterly magazine that provides electronic designers of programmable digital systems with in-depth technical information regarding the latest advances in hardware and software technologies, systems, applications, services and support. This digital magazine is available free and is accessible on any standard Internet browser, requiring no software downloads and allowing readers to browse, search, make notes, email authors and click through to advertiser websites. For additional information, or to download individual Xcell Journal articles in PDF format, go to Xcell Online. To subscribe now, go to http://www.xilinx.performark.com/subscriptions/.
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration. For more information, visit http://www.xilinx.com.
NI System-on-Module (SOM) Technology to Play a Critical Role in Shaping the Future of Embedded Design
SINGAPORE, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments, the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world's greatest engineering challenges, has introduced theNI SOM <http://www.ni.com/som>. The first global product launched fromIndia, with NI introducing a major transformation in embedded technology for the world, the NI SOM combines the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable system on a chip (SoC) with supporting components such as memory on a small PCB and features a complete middleware solution and ready-to-go Linux-based real-time operating system (RTOS) already integrated. The NI SOM gives design teams the customizability of a SOM without the increased time and risk of developing custom software.
Joel Shapiro, Leader for Marketing, Emerging Markets Region, NI said, "The NI System on Module (SOM), combined with powerful LabVIEW libraries, enables engineers to transform their ideas into embedded products faster than any other tool available on the market.Â Healthcare devices, smart machines, and other applications that require embedded technology will benefit as the NI SOM not only speeds up, but also bridges design, prototyping, and deployment with a single platform."
The NI SOM enables design teams to deploy reliable, complex embedded systems faster because it is based on and has the same rigorous design standards as the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture. This architecture has already been used in high-reliability applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cataract surgery machines. NI, with this technology, aims to create a world of fresh possibilities for engineers, scientists and innovatorsÂ -- across life sciences, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and energy sectors.
We have evaluated several SOMs and embedded SBCs, and there is no comparison to the software integration offered by NI," saidSebastien Boria, R&D mechatronics technology leader at Airbus. "We estimate that our development costs with the NI SOM are a tenth of the costs of alternative approaches because of the productivity gains of NI's approach to system design, in particular to NI Linux Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA."
* Complete Middleware Solution: The NI SOM is shipped with a complete middleware solution out of the box to remove the time and risk associated with developing an embedded OS, custom software drivers and other common software components. * LabVIEW FPGA Integration: LabVIEW FPGA eliminates a design team's need for hardware description language expertise, making powerful FPGA technology more accessible than ever before. * NI Linux Real-Time: The NI SOM offers a robust Linux-based RTOS, which gives design teams access to an extensive community of applications and IP. * Shorter Prototyping Phase With CompactRIO: Design teams can use CompactRIO to quickly prototype their applications and then deploy them with the same code used for prototyping, which saves significant time and effort. For more information about the NI SOM, visithttp://www.ni.com/som <http://www.ni.com/som>.
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Curvature Empowers CIOs to Challenge Status Quo with Game-Changing Approach to Managing IT Infrastructure & Operations
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Curvature, an innovative IT infrastructure services provider, today announced its approach for transforming the delivery of multi-vendor, global technical support services. Formerly known as Network Hardware Resale, the company has unveiled a new name to better identify its evolution in becoming a global provider of independent IT infrastructure services.
Since its founding in 1986, NHR has become a strategic partner to more than 10,000 customers worldwide, spanning Global 1000 enterprises, small and mid-sized businesses, telecommunications service providers, financial institutions, government entities, educational institutions, and healthcare organizations. In the last 28 years, the company has partnered with clients to consistently offer the best IT solutions to meet business needs, this has resulted in the transformation from a basic reseller of pre-owned Cisco equipment-to a leading, independent supplier of vendor-agnostic IT infrastructure and operations services. Curvature is uniquely positioned to help CIOs regain control of how they procure, maintain and upgrade multi-vendor IT infrastructure.
According to Mike Sheldon, President and CEO of Curvature, the new name reinforces a long-standing commitment to offering customers choices and solutions that allow them to excel in meeting ever-increasing business and technology demands. "We firmly believe that our customers need to be in charge of their own IT destiny and not feel forced to depend solely on OEMs to guide crucial lifecycle management decisions. We chose the name Curvature because it represents a change in direction from the norm. The cornerstone of our approach has always been in allowing our customers to dictate their own terms in their IT purchases. However, in doing so, our value and services offering had long surpassed our former name-Network Hardware Resale."
Debunking the Five-Year Equipment Refresh Myth
Curvature's approach to services and equipment offerings is an essential proof point in debunking the myth that customers should upgrade their equipment every three-to-five years. With Curvature's NetSure services, the company gives customers an opportunity to extract more value from their IT infrastructures by extending timelines for equipment upgrades and IT refreshes.
In a recent commissioned Forrester Consulting study, entitled "Challenging the Status Quo on Maintenance Contracts and Refresh Cycles to Lower Costs,"Â research revealed that businesses miss an opportunity for significant cost savings when they buy into accelerated refresh cycles guided by OEMs.
Key findings of this survey include:
* Up to 79 percent of those polled reported refreshing their wired networking infrastructure every five years, based on industry averages guided by OEMs; * 81 percent of the respondents bought maintenance from their OEM, yet cited little value; responses around the biggest challenges with their existing services were motivated by misrepresentation of cost savings, new fees and inflexible pricing schedules; and * 80 percent of survey respondents would look to third-party maintenance options. Delivering Greater Value with Hybrid Support Services
According to Forrester, the total economic impact of acquiring new network hardware, pre-owned network hardware, and maintenance contracts from Curvature can yield hardware, maintenance and warranty cost savings; improve service efficiency; reduce network downtime and provide asset recovery revenue.Â Curvature's NetSure customers can deploy hybrid network services to augment and/or replace OEM maintenance at up to 50-to-90 percent cost savings.
InÂ "Challenging the Status Quo on Maintenance Contracts and Refresh Cycles"Â Forrester Consulting indicated, "In today's economic conditions, businesses highly prioritize expense management, placing continual pressure on departments to maintain or reduce operating budgetsâ¦.After surveying 304 IT decision makers, Forrester found that even though IT budgets are under constant scrutiny, businesses have defaulted to vendor influence, which has blinded them to the rewards of extending hardware life cycles and third-party maintenance solutions."
For a leading financial services firm, maintaining aggressive support with stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs), hot spares, and field support in remote locations are key to ensuring the highest levels of network redundancy. In order to safeguard equipment that is no longer covered under SMARTnet as well as support gear slated for removal or upgrade during its contracted maintenance period, the company added Curvature'sÂ NetSureâ¢ <https://www.curvature.com/Maintenance>Â technical services to complement their existing SMARTnet support. The resulting hybrid services model has produced a multitude of benefits, thanks to Curvature's responsive customer service, investment in quality processes, speed of equipment delivery and cost-effective field support.
Barracuda NG Firewall Now Available in Azure Virtual Machines Gallery as part of Microsoft Azure Certified
Barracuda NG Firewall version 5.4.3 Extends Support for Microsoft Centric Deployments
CAMPBELL, Calif., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA), a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, today announced the availability of the Barracuda NG Firewall Vx in the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Gallery as part of the new Microsoft Azure Certified program. The newest version - Barracuda NG Firewall version 5.4.3 - extends support for Microsoft deployments in the areas of Windows Remote Desktop Services, virtualization and public cloud, enabling customers to further capitalize on their Microsoft investments. Barracuda is presenting its Azure Certified solutions at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this week in Washington, DC.
"Microsoft is excited to have Barracuda's security solutions available in the Azure Gallery as part of our Azure Certified program," said Garth Fort, general manager, Cloud and Enterprise Partner Marketing, Microsoft. "We've worked closely with Barracuda engineering, solutions architects and sales teams to create a great customer experience and make it easy for customers to leverage the Barracuda NG Firewall and Barracuda Web Application Firewall to move their applications into the Azure cloud securely."
The Barracuda NG Firewall includes capabilities such as:
-- Extended support for Microsoft Azure - delivers next-generation
firewalling capabilities and high-speed (>1 Gbps) site-to-site secure
remote access from on-premises networks to Microsoft Azure or Vnets
within Microsoft Azure, and enables organizations to deploy securely
interconnected multi-zone network architectures.
-- Full user awareness for Windows Remote Desktop Services - provides user
awareness even when multiple users on a Remote Desktop Server are behind
a single IP address.
-- Support for Hyper-V virtualization - supports Microsoft Hyper-V
deployments in addition to VMware.
Both the Barracuda NG Firewall and the Barracuda Web Application Firewall are available in the Azure Gallery as part of the new Microsoft Azure Certified program announced this week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Barracuda is keynoting the session Transformation to the Cloud: Security Risks, Challenges & Best Practices on Wednesday, July 16, at 4pm ET, in Room 103B of Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Visit the Barracuda / Microsoft Azure Certified landing page to learn more about all Barracuda solutions - including the Barracuda Web Application Firewall and the Barracuda NG Firewall - in the Azure Gallery
Blog Post: Barracuda NG Firewall and Barracuda Web Application Firewall Now Microsoft Azure Certified
Blog Post: Barracuda at Microsoft World Partner Conference
Pricing and Availability
The Barracuda NG Firewall Vx is a virtual appliance that runs on Hyper-V and VMware environments and is sized based on target numbers of users. Pricing for virtual appliances starts at U.S. list price $1799 USD.
The Barracuda NG Firewall for Microsoft Azure is available today in the Azure Gallery as part of the new Microsoft Azure Certified program.
International pricing and availability vary based on region.
About Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA)
Barracuda provides cloud-connected security and storage solutions that simplify IT. These powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 organizations worldwide and are delivered in appliance, virtual appliance, cloud and hybrid deployments. Barracuda's customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end network and data security. For additional information, please visit http://www.barracuda.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the functionality and performance of Barracuda NG Firewall products and compatibility with Microsoft Azure. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control and that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could materially affect the Company's business and financial are set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update the forward-looking information to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date of this press release.
Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the US and other countries.
PLANO, Texas, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KingsIsle Entertainment donned a pair of waders, packed a virtual tackle box and went fishing today--with an all new, magical fishing sport in Wizard101.
"Ever since we created Wizard101, we knew we wanted to bring the magic of fishing to The Spiral," said Josef Hall, vice president and creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment. "After six years of sustained success, we've now stocked the lakes and streams from Wizard City to MooShu with all kinds of fish and have given players a cool way to catch them."
Fishing in Wizard101 involves casting magical orbs into bodies of water to act as both a lure and a float, drawing nearby fish to it and bobbing up and down when they bite. All your big whoppers and small fry fish are available to sell for a profit, to use in crafting recipes or to show off in your characters' houses.
"We've taken an everyday pastime and turned it into a magical, rewarding and funny experience with a deep collection system," said Hall. "Players will love showing off their new tanks full of 'Codfather,' 'Brain Sturgeon,' and 'Sharkspeare' fish they'll now be catching."
Log on to Wizard101 today at http://www.Wizard101.com and be on the lookout in the Wizard City Commons for Lucky Hookline, the Fishing Trainer, who is happy to train players in the fine arts of angling as a Wizard.
KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating high-quality online games which provide entertainment for the entire family. KingsIsle games have received numerous honors, including the Parent Tested Parent Approved Media Seal and recognition by the National Parenting Publications Awards. KingsIsle's first game, Wizard101, was named Best MMO of 2010 by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine, Best Family MMO of the Decade by Massively.com and the #1 Best Family Game of 2009 by MMORPG.com. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas. Information about the company's games, which include core titles Wizard101 and Pirate101, can be found at http://www.kingsisle.com/corporate/products.
KingsIsle, Wizard101 and Pirate101 are trademarks or registered trademarks of KingsIsle Entertainment Inc.
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NI System on Module Helps Engineers Develop Embedded Systems Faster, With Less Risk
The NI sbRIO-9651 System on Module (SOM) offers a complete middleware solution along with an intuitive approach to FPGA programming.
AUSTIN, Texas, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world's greatest engineering challenges, today announced the NI SOM. It combines the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable system on a chip (SoC) with supporting components such as memory on a small PCB and features a complete middleware solution and ready-to-go Linux-based real-time operating system (RTOS) already integrated. The NI SOM gives design teams the customizability of a SOM without the increased time and risk of developing custom software.
"We have evaluated several SOMs and embedded SBCs, and there is no comparison to the software integration offered by NI," said Sebastien Boria, R&D mechatronics technology leader at Airbus. "We estimate that our development costs with the NI SOM are a tenth of the costs of alternative approaches because of the productivity gains of NI's approach to system design, in particular to NI Linux Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA."
The NI SOM enables design teams to deploy reliable, complex embedded systems faster because it is based on and has the same rigorous design standards as the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture. This architecture has already been used in high-reliability applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cataract surgery machines.
"Today's embedded monitoring and control applications are more complex than ever before, and tighter deadlines and rising costs only increase stress for system designers," said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems marketing at NI. "Studies show that design teams using the LabVIEW RIO architecture can solve complex embedded problems in half the time compared with traditional custom design approaches."
-- Complete Middleware Solution: The NI SOM is shipped with a complete
middleware solution out of the box to remove the time and risk
associated with developing an embedded OS, custom software drivers and
other common software components.
-- LabVIEW FPGA Integration: LabVIEW FPGA eliminates a design team's need
for hardware description language expertise, making powerful FPGA
technology more accessible than ever before.
-- NI Linux Real-Time: The NI SOM offers a robust Linux-based RTOS, which
gives design teams access to an extensive community of applications and
-- Shorter Prototyping Phase With CompactRIO: Design teams can use
CompactRIO to quickly prototype their applications and then deploy them
with the same code used for prototyping, which saves significant time
For more information about the NI SOM, visit http://www.ni.com/som.
Since 1976, NI (http://www.ni.com) has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world's greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries - from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics - use NI's integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.
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ROBLOX Unveils Android Version of Award Winning Game Creation Platform
#1 Online Gaming and World Creation Site for Kids and Teens Invades Google's Marketplace
SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ROBLOX, the Internet's largest user-powered game creation, development, and gameplay platform, today announced the launch of ROBLOX Mobile for Android. Released initially in the Google Play marketplace, the newest version of the ROBLOX platform is free to play, bringing with it a cross-platform user base of over 60 million players across multiple operating systems (PC, Mac, and iOS).
The Android version of ROBLOX Mobile allows users to play, interact, and chat with friends using the world's most popular mobile operating system. They can interact with other players on desktop or mobile, regardless of operating system, tapping into an engaged global community. The new app will receive regular updates, and gives players access to Android-exclusive virtual items, as well as ROBUX (the ROBLOX virtual currency), and Builder's Club membership - all available for purchase with Google Play Store gift cards or traditional payment methods.
"We're excited to bring the expansive world of ROBLOX to Android users around the world," said David Baszucki, CEO, ROBLOX. "Unleashing our platform on one of the largest and most diverse mobile markets in existence is another step in the evolution of our platform to bring innovative digital experiences to new users, while opening up a vast library of gaming and development options to a previously untapped audience."
ROBLOX gives game creators access to user-friendly scripting and development tools, allowing them to create engaging games in nearly any genre. Multiplayer capability, gameplay physics, social interaction, hosting, moderation, and more are handled by ROBLOX's cloud-based system. The platform's Android iteration will expand ROBLOX's global userbase, opening the floodgates for even more developers to benefit from the platform's Developer Exchange Program. Known as DevEx, the program allows developers to generate income by exchanging virtual currency earned from their ROBLOX games for cash. The more players a game has, the more it can earn. To date, the program has resulted in over $315,000 in payouts to creators looking to turn casual fun into college funds and new businesses.
With millions of young gamers around the globe, ROBLOX offers players no shortage of entertaining choices - from adventure and role playing games, to battle arenas and first person shooters - catering to casual and hardcore gamers alike. For more information on ROBLOX, please visit http://corp.roblox.com/.
On ROBLOX, you make the game. ROBLOX is the largest user-powered content site in online games and the #1 entertainment site for kids and teens (comScore) with more than 3 billion page views and 60 million total engagement hours each month. ROBLOX gives players powerful tools to make and share fantastic games. With an expanding arsenal of development features and an engaged and growing global player base, ROBLOX gives players the fuel to launch into indie game development.
Magic Software Launches New Enterprise Mobility Release with User Experience Enhancements and Component-based Mobile Accelerator Framework
Magic xpa Application Platform 2.5 features improved user experience functionalities. Magic Mobile Accelerator Framework provides reusable components for fast time-to-market of enterprise-grade mobile apps
"As mobile enterprise apps become increasingly critical to business success,
enterprises are seeking solutions that let them create a variety of apps for popular
mobile operating systems and devices, quickly and cost-effectively. However, we know that
if apps don't provide attractive and intuitive user experiences, they won't be used,"
states Ami Ries, Vice President, Research and Development at Magic Software Enterprises
Ltd. "Magic has drawn on our mobile experience to add new capabilities that enhance the
user interface and increase developer efficiency. This new release demonstrates Magic's
continuing commitment to providing our customers with the ability to easily create
multiple modern business applications with minimum effort, meeting the needs and
expectations of end users as well as their business," adds Ries.
The proven, code-free, metadata-based Magic xpa Application Platform
[http://www.magicsoftware.com/magic-xpa-application-platform?utm_source=PR ] provides an
easy-to-use, highly-productive and cost-effective development and deployment environment
that lets organizations and ISVs quickly create multi-channel mobile and desktop business
apps. Mobile enhancements in the Magic xpa 2.5 release include:
- Enriched User Experience: New form animation and color options, enhanced
navigation features including native tab bars and navigation drawers, support for
customized keyboards and additional native controls.
- Greater Platform Extensibility: Streamlined integration between the Magic
platform and native code lets developers add more native capabilities.
- Improved Developer Productivity: Improved native integration environment makes
developers more productive.
- Push Notifications: Developers can add push notifications across iOS and
- Support of Additional Databases and Technologies: Compatible with latest
database versions (e.g. Oracle 12) and technologies (e.g. message queuing services).
Magic is also introducing its Mobile Accelerator Framework that includes pre-built
component-based development modules and best practices. The reusable components speed
development and reduce resources required to create multi-platform mobile applications.
Magic Mobile Accelerator Framework contains standard components for a wide variety of
important features, including: User Interface and Display, Navigation, Graphs and
Charting, Location Services, Synchronization, Device and Application Auditing, and more.
More information about Magic's new Mobile Accelerator Framework can be found on our
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uncertainties. Regarding any financial statements, actual results might vary significantly
based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, risks in product and
technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product
conditions, both locally and abroad, release and sales of new products by strategic
resellers and customers, and other risk factors detailed in Magic's most recent annual
report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Magic has made every effort to ensure that the information contained in this press
release is accurate; however, there are no representations or warranties regarding this
information, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Magic assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions that may occur in this press
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NextWorth Solutions Announces New Trade-in Partnership with Wireless ZoneÂ®
NextWorth Solutions launches trade-in program in over 375 retail locations with special promotion supporting the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving, Inc.
BILLERICA, Mass., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NextWorth Solutions, a leader in consumer electronics trade-in programs, today announces a new trade-in program agreement with the Wireless ZoneÂ® system, the largest Verizon Wireless franchise in the country. After a successful pilot program, NextWorth Solutions is managing the trade-in program in over 375 Wireless ZoneÂ® stores.
The Wireless ZoneÂ® trade-in program allows customers to trade in their used consumer electronic devices and receive a Wireless ZoneÂ® gift card which can be used towards a new device, accessories or any other purchase at a Wireless ZoneÂ® store. Consumers can conveniently trade in their iPhones, iPads, Smartphones, eReaders/tablets, and iPods through the program.
"We are thrilled to be powering a trade-in program for the largest Verizon Wireless franchise in the United States," said Jeff Trachsel, CMO of NextWorth. "Trade-in is becoming an increasingly important way for retailers and carriers to enable customers to upgrade faster and for less, and we look forward to helping the Wireless ZoneÂ® system drive its business forward."
To help launch the program, NextWorth will be donating $2.00 for every trade-in to the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving, Inc. The Wireless Zone Foundation for GivingÂ® is a collaborative giving program that supports organizations dedicated to improving the communities in which Wireless ZoneÂ® stores operate and their owners and employees live. The special promotion will run through the months of July and August.
"NextWorth not only brings expertise in the trade-in business, but also serves as a comprehensive solutions provider for our stores," says Susan Suhr, President & Director of the foundation and Chief Administrative Officer of Automotive Technologies, Inc., parent company of the Wireless ZoneÂ® brand.
"Kicking the trade-in program off with a promotion that will raise substantial funds for the Wireless Zone Foundation for GivingÂ® highlights how powerful a tool trade-in can be for Wireless ZoneÂ® stores, our customers and our communities."
NextWorth has fundamentally changed the way people buy, own and disown consumer electronics. As the first company to roll out a multi-channel, multi-category national trade-in program, NextWorth has used this expertise to create the best, most efficient trade-in program for all types of businesses. Not only do NextWorth trade-in programs help drive business, they also help limit e-waste by giving a second life to electronics.
NextWorth has been defining, running and optimizing trade-in programs for major retailers nationwide since 2006. The NextWorth team has more than 100 years of combined experience in the CE trade-in industry. Its unique combination of expertise, team and platform enables it to provide unparalleled trade-in support and experience to its partners, driving their key business objectives. Through the delivery of turnkey in-store and online trade-in platforms, NextWorth is out to fundamentally change the way people buy, own and disown consumer electronics.
About Wireless Zone
Founded in 1988 as "The Car Phone Store", the Wireless ZoneÂ® system has become the nation's largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. Most stores are independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. In 2012, the company grew to more than 450 locations thanks to its recession-friendly and finance-friendly model. The Wireless ZoneÂ® system includes approximately 400 retail stores in 28 states and is franchised and operated by Automotive Technologies, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.wirelesszone.com.
CONTACT: Angela Malerba, The CHT Group, 617 226 7188, Angela@thechtgroup.com
Swich: Wireless Smartphone Charger - Kickstarter Hit
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
The latest success from Lutman Design Studio is taking over the world. Swich is a
wireless charger presented in a Kickstarter campaign. It's a stand for smartphones,
designed in wood and ceramics. It's easy to use and a fashionable mobile appliance,
assisting users to charge the battery and access phone apps in a completely new way.
The classic Swich stand is featured in fine ceramics and American walnut, it resembles
waves striking against the shore. It's a unique wireless charger in terms of design and
material selection. The charging stand is an allusion to tradition and resilience. This
mobile accessory puts your phone on a classy and timeless charging stand, indicating a
historic background of materials and showing off an inspiring form.
Swich is also equipped with a special, brand new function. It's designed to adapt to
screen rotation needs. The head of the stand can rotate along with the phone to turn the
screen in the preferred position. Users can place the device vertically or horizontally
and are also able to switch the position at any time with a simple turn.
Boris Lutman and his creative team designed Swich in Lutman Design Studio, a small
studio from Slovenia, a European country in the Mediterranean. They have been working in
design for 10 years now and have strong confidence in their latest worldwide project. The
design and artwork is the signature they have branded on the eye-catching product.
Ziga Godina + (386)-40-233538 / email@example.com
Mentor Graphics Launches Comprehensive Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Software Development
WILSONVILLE, Ore., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the embedded software industry's first comprehensive solution for heterogeneous multicore system-on-chip (SoC) development. Heterogeneous architectures are those which combine two or more different types of microprocessors or microcontrollers. They enable the development of advanced embedded systems that consolidate functionality and connectivity to produce high-performance embedded devices. Mentor Graphics is delivering an integrated development solution that spans device configuration, deployment and system optimization for multi-operation system devices that include the LinuxÂ® platform, real-time operating system (RTOS), and bare-metal applications. This solution helps design teams to quickly develop high-performance applications for industrial, medical, automotive, telecommunications, networking, and consumer electronics products.
The Mentor GraphicsÂ® embedded development solution for heterogeneous multicore systems adds several new features that can execute natively or with a hypervisor. These features include:
-- Support for the remote processor framework (remoteproc) for MentorÂ®
Embedded LinuxÂ®, NucleusÂ® RTOS and bare-metal applications. This aids
in the configuration, development, deployment and management of
operating systems and applications across heterogeneous SoC cores
-- Scalable implementations of VirtIO, rpmsg and the Multicore
Communications API (MCAPI) across operating systems to provide efficient
inter-processor communication (IPC) for separated device subsystems
-- Graphical debugging and performance analysis tools that enable a
system-wide, synchronized perspective across operating systems and
"Next generation SoCs enable the development of unique embedded systems by extending today's multicore homogeneous architectures with heterogeneous cores," stated Markus Levy, president of the Multicore Association and chairman of the Multicore and the Internet of Things (IoT) Developers Conferences. "Mentor Graphics' continued investment in embedded software and delivery of an integrated heterogeneous multicore development solution will enable embedded developers to more easily take full advantage of these complex heterogeneous SoCs."
Successful use of heterogeneous multicore SoCs that combine multicore micro-processors and multicore micro-controllers extends beyond the traditional use of Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) and Asymmetric Multi-Processing (AMP) approaches. The new integrated solution from Mentor Graphics addresses many of the challenges designers face with heterogeneous systems including:
-- Configuring and deploying multiple operating systems and applications
-- Booting multiple operating systems efficiently and in a coordinated
manner across micro-processors and micro-controllers
-- Communicating between isolated sub-systems on a multi-core processor or
between heterogeneous processors
-- Visualizing interactions between multiple operating systems
"Mentor Graphics' market-leading embedded software technologies and advanced multicore devices from Texas Instruments create an ideal ecosystem so that our customers can develop leading-edge products with ease," stated Adrian Valenzuela, marketing director, Texas Instruments. "Mentor has a unique and comprehensive solution to manage the complexities of multicore heterogeneous development."
About Mentor Embedded
The Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division enables embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Embedded developers can create systems with the latest processors and micro-controllers with commercially supported and customizable Linux-based solutions including the industry -leading Sourcery(TM) CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux products. For real-time control systems, developers can take advantage of the small-foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus RTOS. For more information, visit http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software.
About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.
(Mentor Graphics, Mentor and Nucleus are registered trademarks and Sourcery is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owner.)
The registered trademark LinuxÂ® is used pursuant to a sublicense from LMI, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a world-wide basis.
Jawbone's entirely new food-tracking interface for UP helps you simply log food and water, quickly assess the healthiness of foods, and easily track progress toward your target weight.
The UP Insight Engine(TM) provides intelligent guidance around your food choices, calorie consumption and weight goals, helping you understand how each of those is related to activity and sleep.
"UP and UP24 have inspired millions of people to get engaged in their own health - we've shown that living better really is a universally popular proposition," said Travis Bogard, vice president of product management and strategy at Jawbone. "For the nearly three out of four Americans that are overweight or obese*, living better often includes weight loss. Our new food and weight features for UP, combined with some exciting new food apps we've added to the platform, make UP the most complete solution for weight management and a healthy lifestyle."
Simplified Weight Management
Jawbone's new and intuitive food-tracking interface for UP delivers an easier, smarter way to track what you eat and manage your weight:
-- Personalized Food Library: Quickly see and select from the foods you eat
most frequently, right from the front and center of your food-logging
screen. More than a quarter of meals logged in UP include regularly
consumed items, making easy access to them a time-saving shortcut. UP
also surfaces foods that are commonly paired with the items you're
eating via Jawbone's intelligent food database. Enter eggs, and UP will
show you other items that may be included in your meal, like bacon,
toast, or potatoes.
-- Access to Restaurant Menus: With half of meals in the US eaten outside
of the home**, UP now lists dining establishments nearby based on your
location and lets you quickly log menu items from many restaurants you
visit. Quick access to menus lets you instantly select what you're
eating and automatically import calorie information when available. At
local restaurants where nutrition information may not be on hand, add
nutrition details and UP will save it in your library for future visits.
Jawbone's data science team will aggregate data entered from multiple
users, making it available to the entire UP community for a more
complete restaurant menu database.
-- Food Score: Use UP's food detail screen to quickly evaluate how healthy
a dish is at a glance. UP shows you the breakdown of healthy nutrients
to less healthy nutrients for any given item, along with a new Food
Score to help you quickly asses the overall healthiness of individual
items and full meals. You'll also see a rolling average of the score
throughout your entire day.
-- Weight Goal: Log your weight and set a personal goal in the app to see
your progress toward your target weight. UP will recommend a daily
calorie goal and balance calories burned versus calories consumed to
show you your remaining allowance for the day. And as you log new meals,
a convenient progress meter shows you the number of calories you've
already consumed - and how many you'll be adding with each new item.
-- Insights: A completely redesigned Insight Engine for UP makes its
intelligent guidance and useful health tips even more accessible and
intuitive. Complete with new food-specific insights and opt-in "Today I
Will" commitments, you'll be motivated to try original recipes,
reinforce your diet with fiber and protein, and start building new food
habits to keep you on track.
New Food Apps on the UP Platform
Jawbone teamed up with several meal planning and delivery services to take the UP system a step closer toward the promise of automatic logging and customized meal recommendations:
-- Order a fresh, chef-prepared meal from the daily menu of Munchery, now
in San Francisco and Seattle, and have it delivered that night. When you
connect your Munchery account with UP, each meal ordered will be
automatically entered for you in UP's food-logging system, including
detailed nutrition information.
-- Use HealthyOut to order healthy meals from nearby restaurants
nationwide, at any time.
-- Use the Prep Pad WiFi connected scale from The Orange Chef Co.(TM) to
create recipes that can be automatically logged in UP. Prep Pad can also
factor in your activity from UP to provide more personalized meal
-- Get meal plans and recipes from PlateJoy that are tailored to your
preferences and customized based on your activity and sleep from UP -
complete with ingredients delivered to your home.
-- And coming soon, you'll be able to choose recipe recommendations from
NuMi(TM) by NutrisystemÂ® that are personalized based on your calorie
goals, lifestyle preferences, and the time of day. UP will automatically
log the recipes you select, and NuMi will use your activity and calorie
information to make even smarter recommendations.
Backed by Industry-Leading Experts
Jawbone's new weight management system and food tracking tools have been backed by leading dietitian Ashley Koff, RD, an international nutrition expert and regular commentator on health and food issues.
"Food journaling is proven to be an effective method for weight management and weight loss, but writing everything you eat down with pen and paper isn't convenient for most people. What Jawbone has developed is a really simple solution to this challenge," said Koff. "While calorie counting is a key part of weight management, the balance of your nutrient intake is equally, if not more, important. It's great to see a simple Food Score - intelligently developed using several nutrient ratios - alongside calorie counts in the UP system to show you at a glance how well-balanced your food is."
Development of the new features has been led by Laura Borel, a product manager at Jawbone and founder and former CEO of Nutrivise, a consumer nutrition company acquired by Jawbone last year. Nutrivise delivered personalized and automated meal recommendations based on a user's unique biometrics and dietary preferences, and was voted "most promising health company" by Stanford Medicine X in 2012.
Available on July 16
UP by Jawbone(TM) 3.2 for iOS is available today as a free download from the App Store. The UP or UP24(TM) wristband is required for the app.
JawboneÂ® is a world-leader in consumer technology and wearable devices, building hardware products and software platforms powered by data science.
Jawbone's UPÂ® system helps people live better by providing personalized insight into how they sleep, move and eat. Its open API - the UP Platform - includes an ecosystem of apps and services that integrate with UP to offer new, customized experiences. The company's approach to lifestyle tracking is unique, with over 600 patents granted or pending related to its ecosystem and wearable technology manufacturing processes.
Jawbone is also the creator of the best-selling JAMBOXÂ® family of wireless speakers, the award-winning Jawbone ERAÂ® BluetoothÂ® headsets, and NoiseAssassinÂ® technology.
Headquartered in San Francisco with offices globally, Jawbone products are available in over 40 countries around the world.
Visit Jawbone.com/trademarks for a list of trademarks owned by AliphCom dba Jawbone.
IO Customer Grows Data Center Capacity to Deliver High Availability, Secure Services
PHOENIX, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IO, a worldwide leader in software-defined data center technology, services, and solutions, today announced CCNET has expanded its data center capacity at IO's New Jersey data center. CCNET works with IO to deliver managed hosting services to automotive, financial services and healthcare companies, industries where compliance issues are paramount.
"IO has enabled us to transform our data center," said Christian Barbu Nicholas, chief technology officer at CCNET. "We can provision new capacity in the increments that meet our growing business needs. IO provides us an enterprise-scale data center with well-engineered power and security. They have been very responsive to our increasing requirements."
CCNET leverages IO's Data Center as a Service (DCaaS(TM)) to quickly scale to meet growing customer demand for high-touch and advanced IT solutions and services. The company has a global reach that spans the United States, Canada, South America, Asia and the EU.
CCNET chose to expand its IO New Jersey presence because the data center provides concurrent maintainability and 24x7x365 security. IO New Jersey is SSAE16 SOC1 Type 2 compliant, and has Tier III certification for design documents from the Uptime Institute.
"Our clients have a range of business objectives," Nicholas added. "IO allows us to provide custom solutions to address each client's high availability and security requirements."
Founded in 2007, IO is a worldwide leader in software defined data center technology, services and solutions that enable businesses and governments to intelligently control their information.
Cyberworld Studios, To Publish Game For Record-breaking Motion Picture
SALT LAKE CITY, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/-- Cyberworld Studios, Inc. (OTCPINK: DEQI) announced today that it will co-publish a mobile game version of a record-breaking worldwide major motion picture with the former LucasArts group and have the game available this year.
The motion picture is still the highest grossing movie made, beating out the likes of Titanic at the box office. The movie grossed over $2.788 Billion worldwide.
Under its agreement with Booster Pack, Cyberworld will co-publish the game with Booster Pack. Booster Pack has begun development of the game in its development facilities located in Singapore.
Cyberworld is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, which ranks among the top 10 cities in the country for gaming and game development software. The Company has seen a significant shift toward market efficiency among large game developers and has moved to capitalize on this continued shift.
"We could not be more excited about this game," said the Company's CEO, Macleans Geo-JaJa. "Our team of publishers and producers have done a wonderful job of directing us to top games and top talent and it has all culminated in our participation in this A+ game," said Geo-JaJa.
Kent Byers, one of the founding members and CEO of Booster Pack commented; "We look forward to working with Cyberworld on this and other projects that we have on the table. We are very excited to have found such a great partner to assist us with such a large project and I am certain we will have other opportunities to work together on future games," said Byers.
About Cyberworld Studios, Inc.
The Company is engaged in the business of developing and publishing video games and mobile software applications ("Apps") of all types, that are available to gaming, healthcare and financial sectors. The Company also serves as a business incubator for companies engaged in the business of developing video games and gaming related software. The Company seeks to provide companies access to investment capital, management, industry expertise, business services and financial planning, as well as office and development space.
Booster Pack was founded by former LucasArts Singapore games producer Kent Byers; lead designer Shane Gavin; senior engineer Chris Chu; and lead artist Benjamin Chevalier. Booster Pack is currently working on its first game, which is set to debut late this year. Their first round of funding, which includes an investment from its lead investor, Cyberworld Studios, as well as investment from Ariel Star Group and Kathrein Ventures, will be used to develop that game, as well as fuel post-launch marketing and player support costs.
Forward-Looking Statements - Statements about the Company's future expectations and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term are defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. The above information contains information relating to the Company that is based on the beliefs of the Company and/or its management, as well as assumptions made by any information currently available to the Company or its management. When used in this document, the words "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plans," "projects," and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or its management, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current view of the Company regarding future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including the risks and uncertainties noted. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or projected. In each instance, forward-looking information should be considered in light of the accompanying meaningful cautionary statements herein. Factors that could cause results to differ include, but are not limited to, successful performance of internal plans, the impact of competitive services and pricing and general economic risks and uncertainties.
MediaTek Realizes 480fps Full HD Super-Slow Motion on Smartphones
HSINCHU, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaTek today announced the arrival of Super-Slow Motion Technology, a world-first smartphone camera feature that enables smartphones to create 480 frames per second (fps) 1080p Full HD videos and playback at 1/16 speed. This high-end technology is featured in MT6595- and MT6795-powered devices, delivering a premium multimedia experience on mobile for consumers everywhere.
The Super-Slow Motion Technology reinforces MediaTek's continued commitment to delivering premium technology to the smartphone market and enabling limitless possibilities for consumers across the globe.
The Super-Slow Motion Technology controls several subsystems that work in concert, beginning with the Sony IMX220, 20.7MP sensor, which is used to capture the videos. The captured high fps videos are then passed through MediaTek's advanced image processing pipeline, ensuring that each processed frame is of premium quality while displaying the image in excellent clarity and detail.
Additionally, users may edit their videos as much as they like while retaining total control over the duration and location of the Super-Slow Motion segment on the video timeline. Once a Super-Slow Motion video is rendered, users can then easily share it with friends and family.
"Advances in technology, such as the 480fps Full HD Super-Slow Motion camera feature, allow MediaTek to push conventional boundaries and make premium mobile features accessible to everyone on the planet, aligning with our Super-mid market strategy of providing rich features at reasonable prices," saidJeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit.
MediaTek Launches 64-bit True Octa-core(TM) LTE Smartphone SoC with World's First 2K Display Support
HSINCHU, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaTek today announced MT6795, the 64-bit True Octa-coreâ¢ LTE smartphone System on Chip (SoC) with the world's first 2K display support. This is MediaTek's flagship smartphone SoC designed to empower high-end device makers to leap into the Androidâ¢ 64-bit era.
The MT6795 is currently set to be the first 64-bit, LTE, True Octa-core SoC targeting the premium segment, with speed of up to 2.2GHz, to hit the market. The SoC features MediaTek's CorePilotâ¢technology providing world-class multi-processor performance and thermal control, as well as dual-channel LPDDR3 clocked at 933MHz for top-end memory bandwidth in a smartphone.
The high-performance SoC also satisfies the multimedia requirements of even the most demanding users, featuring multimedia subsystems that support many technologies never before possible or seen in a smartphone, including support for 120Hz displays and the capability to create and playback 480 frames per second (fps) 1080p Full HD Super-Slow Motion videos.
With the launch of MT6795, MediaTek is accelerating the global transition to LTE and creating opportunities for device makers to gain first-mover advantage with top-of-the-line devices in the 64-bit Android device market. Coupled with 4G LTE support, MT6795 completes MediaTek's 64-bit LTE SoC product portfolio: MT6795 for power users, MT6752 for mainstream users and MT6732 for entry level users. This extensive portfolio allows everyone to embrace the improved speed from 4G LTE and parallel computing capability from CorePilot and 64-bit processors.
Key features of MT6795:
* 64-bit True Octa-core LTE SoC with clock speed up to 2.2GHz * MediaTek CorePilot unlocks the full power of all eight cores * Dual-channel LPDDR3 memory clocked at 933MHz * 2K on device display (2560x1600) * 120Hz mobile display with Response Time Enhancement Technology and MediaTek ClearMotionâ¢ * 480fps 1080p Full HD Super-Slow Motion video feature * Integrated, low-power hardware support for H.265 Ultra HD (4K2K) video record & playback, Ultra HD video playback support for H.264 & VP9, as well as for graphics-intensive games and apps * Support for Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150Mbps/50Mbps), as well as modems for 2G/3G networks * Support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac/BluetoothÂ®/FM/GPS/Glonass/Beidou/ANT+ * Multi-mode wireless charging supported by MediaTek's companion multi-mode wireless power receiver IC "MediaTek has once again demonstrated leading engineering capabilities by delivering breakthrough technology and time-to-market advantage that enable limitless opportunities for our partners and end users, while setting the bar even higher for our competition," saidJeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit. "With a complete and inclusive 64-bit LTE SoC product portfolio, we are firmly on track to lead the industry in delivering premium mobile user experiences for years to come."
MT6795-powered devices will be commercially available by the end of 2014.
MediaTek and Japan Display Unveil Industry's First Mobile 120Hz Display Technology
HSINCHU, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Â MediaTek today unveiled the latest technology that enables 120Hz display on mobile devices, revolutionizing the high-end mobile experience. The breakthrough is made possible by combining Japan Display's leading panel technology with MediaTek System on Chip's (SoC) processing capabilities, resulting in a vastly superior mobile experience than ever before.
Breaking the barriers of the 60Hz refresh rate to which smartphones have been limited to date, MediaTek and Japan Display have pushed the display's refresh rate to 120Hz, promising smooth scrolling and crystal clear view relative to a common 60Hz display. Capable of rendering content at 120 frames per second (fps), the MT6595 and MT6795 also enable the ultimate display clarity and motion fluency on 120Hz displays, improving all aspects of mobile experiences â from camera recording, video playback, and gaming, to the entire user interface (UI) experience.
Key to this breakthrough is MediaTek's Response Time Enhancement Technology, which significantly decreases the display's response time and reduces motion blur experienced on 60Hz display by up to 50%, bringing everything on the screen to life with crisp and smooth motion. In addition to the Response Time Enhancement Technology, MediaTek ClearMotionâ¢ featured in the SoCs ensures full utilization of the 120Hz display with automatic frame rate conversion for content that is standard 24fps and 30fps videos and displays them in 120fps, putting the best and smoothest viewing experience in the hands of consumers around the world. These advancements are a demonstration of MediaTek's commitment to developing high-quality solutions that foster limitless creativity and innovation.
Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit, said, "MediaTek is proud to pioneer yet another innovative technology in the mobile space. 120Hz mobile displays are not only a pleasure to view and use, but they also ensure mobile users can see every aspect of detailed screen action with the maximum possible fluidity. We're pleased to have partnered with Japan Display to revolutionize the mobile experience for consumers to experience premium technology."
iON Camera Introduces New CamoCAM Action Camera For Fishing And Hunting Enthusiasts
iON CamoCAM is the First POV Camera Optimized for the Great Outdoors; Skinned in Official Realtree XTRA-Designed Camouflage and Includes Hunting/Fishing Mount
ORLANDO, Fla., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- iON America, the global consumer electronics company that brought Shoot/Share(TM) Wi-Fi connectivity to point-of-view (POV) iON Camera, today unveiled the iON CamoCAM(TM), designed specifically for fishing and hunting enthusiasts, where camouflage gear is critical to success.
CamoCAM retails for $299.99 USD and is debuting in Walmart stores and Walmart.com this fall.
The versatility of the CamoCAM makes it the perfect addition to any outdoor activity. CamoCAM is skinned with official Realtree(TM) XTRA-designed camouflage and includes a Realtree XTRA camouflage mount at no extra cost. The mount's easy lock technology makes it perfect to affix to the barrel of a firearm, fishing net and the stabilizer bar on a compound bow. In addition, the CamoCAM pairs perfectly with all of iON's existing mounts including suction cups, helmet mounts and more, making the CamoCAM an essential part of all year-round activities and any hunting or fishing trip.
Outdoor sports enthusiasts can now shoot and share high quality video images, while benefitting from the compact size, light weight, fully-waterproof design (with no unsightly, expensive added case needed as with competitor products), Wi-Fi connectivity and ease-of-use benefits that have made iON Cameras so popular.
The CamoCAM boasts a 14-megapixel sensor delivering superior image quality while capturing up to 60 frames per second HD video. Additionally, the CamoCAM's unique one-touch-recording feature allows silent activation of the camera with the flip of a switch. Unlike other POV cameras, there are no loud beeps to alert game and scare off that trophy buck.
A 180-degree lens provides the widest field of view, allowing users to capture more of the scene, and long-life battery provides up to 2.5 hours recording time, ensuring the camera remains fully functional to capture any and every moment.
With the addition of the accessory Wi-Fi PODZ(TM), CamoCAM users can easily upload their videos to social sites via iON's iOS or Android apps for smartphones and tablets. The iON app enables use of an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or late-model Android phone or tablet to review videos, stop and start recording, change all camera shooting modes, trip the shutter for still images, check battery life, and more.
"The iON CamoCAM is a first-of-its-kind device geared specifically for hunting and fishing enthusiasts," said Giovanni Tomaselli, CEO, iON America. "Whether you are hunting, fishing or simply enjoying the outdoors, we have created a camera designed to fit your specific wants and needs."
Complete details on the CamoCAM and iON's full line of cameras, mounting kits and accessories can be found at ioncameras.com.
About iON Camera:
iON Camera pioneered the concept of Shoot/Share(TM) Wi-Fi connectivity in point-of-view (POV) cameras with its aerodynamic and fully-waterproof Air Pro, Speed Pro, Adventure and The Game lines. Designed for pros and amateurs alike, iON cameras make it easy to capture and share high-definition video and still images, with Wi-Fi connectivity and free cloud storage. For more information, please visit http://www.ioncamera.com and its social sites: @iONCamera on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Realtree is the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 1,500 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. In fact, Realtree is one of the nation's leading contributors to conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Buckmasters American Deer Foundation. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and other television networks, as well as through Realtree.com and many other outlets.
Users of Esri ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 and Above Easily Can Browse and Import Oblique Imagery Into the Workflow
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The benefits of viewing and working with oblique aerial imagery now are available to users with the latest versions of ArcGIS for Desktop geographic information system (GIS) software. The Sanborn Map Company's Oblique Analyst tool lets users leverage the multiple-view advantages of the company's Oblique Imagery Solutions like never before.
Sanborn's Oblique Imagery Solutions products comprise aerial imagery that gives users multiple views of any location. Sanborn captures the imagery using five separate state-of-the-art cameras at once, resulting in the highest quality oblique data available today. The imagery is georeferenced and delivered to users in a format that makes it easy to view, analyze and use effectively.
Oblique Analyst presents all five views of a building or structure--nadir and four 45Â° oblique angles--and provides the ability to select any view as the primary one. A built-in compass feature lets users know the current view as they pan and zoom around a project area. Oblique Analyst also pinpoints the project area on an overview map, and its addressing feature quickly locates specific addresses. Oblique Analyst is included with the purchase of Sanborn's Oblique Imagery Solutions products.
About Sanborn Oblique Imagery Solutions
Maintaining its tradition as a technology leader, Sanborn utilizes the MIDAS (Multi-cameras Integrated Digital Acquisition System) from The Netherlands-based firm Track'Air. Known for the reliability of its Canon EOS 1Ds Mk3 cameras (the company offers a per-camera shutter guarantee of 1 million photos), consistent image quality and rapid collection capability, the system ensures maximum performance and value for Sanborn's oblique imagery customers.
About The Sanborn Map Company
Sanborn is a preeminent leader in the exploding geospatial industry, delivering state-of-the-art mapping solutions to customers worldwide. Using cutting-edge technology, Sanborn specializes in high-quality aerial and mobile LiDAR, aerial orthophotography, 3-D modeling and visualization, oblique aerial imagery, indoor LiDAR mapping, and geospatial software development. The firm currently operates a fleet of 14 aircraft across the United States. Sanborn's technology advantage, innovative image processing expertise, a local presence nationwide and project management proficiency deliver unmatched value to its global customers.
Advanced Imagination(TM) and Captured Dimensions team up to deliver 3D Printing and Imaging to virtual and physical gamers globally
DALLAS, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Imagination(TM), the creators of BoardCraft(TM), the next generation of 3D interactive mobile gaming, have teamed up with Captured Dimensions to provide cutting edge 3D printing technology to users of the Board Craft(TM) Eco-System. Gamers create their own board game utilizing Advanced Imagination's Virtual 3D gaming Eco-System and not only have ability to play online globally with other players within the system but in addition, can 3D print the game board and associated packs for play in the real world. Advanced Imagination's proprietary technology has successfully gapped the rift of virtual and reality board gaming through its proprietary gaming sandbox technology.
The bridging of both companies technologies is the next strategic course in delivering a cutting edge gaming experience for today's avid gamer and enables personalization in a way that has yet to be captured in the mobile, electronic and physical gaming industry.
About Captured Dimensions - An industry leading team of technologists and artists with an unbridled passion for the world of 3D Printing and a strong desire to digitize anything and everything. With several 3D Scanning tools in their arsenal, they can capture a huge array of subjects in high quality for use in digital media or 3D Printing. The company has digital studios in Dallas, TX and Hong Kong.
About Advanced Imagination - Advanced Imagination(TM) is a new, leading edge mobile gaming company founded by industry veterans who have worked with some of the most recognized gaming companies in the world.
With over 45 combined years of AAA title development, Advanced Imagination(TM) has a wealth of talent and passion that brings a backlog of new, ground breaking ideas to disrupt the mobile, console, tablet, and PC gaming worlds.
Advanced Imagination's(TM) team is comprised of industry leaders in Engineering, Creative, Art and Development. This multi-disciplined group has worked with major players in the game industry such as EA, Atari, Sega, Microsoft Studios, Epic and Ion Storm.
Advanced Imagination's flagship gaming Eco-system BoardCraft(TM) is slated for release in 2015 and has offices in Dallas, TX and Mountain View, CA.
Additional information can be found at the company's Facebook fan page or the corporate web-site.
Introducing LeapTV(TM), The First Educational, Active Video Gaming System Designed Just For Kids From LeapFrog
With a library of over 100 educator-approved video games and videos, LeapTV provides video game fun and entertainment designed specifically for young children that is filled with learning and active play.
EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:LF), the leader in children's educational entertainment, today unveiled its first educational, active video gaming system, LeapTV(TM). Just like its no. 1 selling line of LeapPad children's tablets, LeapTV is designed from the ground up specifically for children ages three to eight years old. This innovative new video game console system changes the way children learn by combining activity and movement with best-in-class educational curriculum.
With simple and intuitive user interfaces created with first time players in mind, LeapTV includes a unique transforming gaming controller that has been specifically designed for children's small hands and limited dexterity. In its regular configuration, it enables classic gameplay, but with the simple press of a button it easily transforms into a motion controller and LED pointer controller. The LeapTV system also features a motion-sensing camera that puts a child directly in the game and a unique console design that elegantly integrates into most homes.
LeapTV's extensive Learning Library for 2014 includes more than 100 fun video games and videos all developed or selected by LeapFrog's in-house learning experts.
"It is shocking that less than one percent of the tens of thousands of video game titles are rated appropriate for children under the age of six years. We know that young children want to experience new ways to play through technology earlier than ever, but parents quickly discover that there are very few solutions that are developmentally appropriate or educational for young children," said Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos, director of LeapFrog's Learning Team. "At LeapFrog, we built LeapTV from the ground up to make it the best first video gaming experience for children. From the simple user interface to the innovative controller with a built-in 'hint' button and a world-class Learning Library all designed or approved by our Learning experts, LeapTV gets children's minds and bodies moving while engaging in learning fun."
Three Unique Ways to Play
The LeapTV video game system puts learning in motion with three ways to play: body motion, pointer play and classic control.
-- Body Motion: Children become the star of their own game. The
motion-sensing camera captures a child's moves and instantly puts them
into the game as they explore activities like dance and martial arts.
Children can run, hop and tip-toe or wave their arms to defend goals,
karate-chop fast-moving blocks, scuba dive and more.
-- Pointer Play: Pointer play takes pretend play to new levels of
engagement. The controller transforms into a pointer with a simple twist
and lets kids snap jungle vines, slice through coconuts, swing from
building to building and more.
-- Classic Control: Classic control puts fun at a child's fingertips. They
can press the A and B buttons for fast-paced gaming, or tilt and shake
the controller to sled through an enchanted garden or race in a classic
Gaming Just Got Smarter
The LeapTV video game system gets kids into the action while teaching a range of skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. LeapTV provides access to LeapFrog's Learning Library of more than 100 game cartridges, game downloads and videos all designed or approved by LeapFrog's team of gaming and learning experts. Unique to LeapFrog, the Learning Team includes a full-time in-house team of five learning experts, all with PhDs in various specialties including education, child development and educational psychology.
All LeapFrog games draw from 2,600 skills that address the whole child, including reading, math, science and creativity, and seamlessly blend LeapFrog's comprehensive curriculum into age-appropriate gameplay and videos that keep children learning while having fun. With LeapTV, every child can learn and play in a way that is appropriate for them. Select games in the LeapFrog Learning Library adapt to each child's level starting with age or level, and then automatically adjust the learning for just the right challenge.
"At LeapFrog, we strive to offer the best first experiences for children whether through our top-selling family of LeapPad tablets, the recently unveiled LeapBand activity tracker that encourages and rewards children for getting up and active, and now our incredible new educational, active video gaming system, LeapTV," said John Barbour, chief executive officer at LeapFrog. "Our experiences engage, entertain and educate in a unique way where children are having fun while they learn. LeapTV is the perfect example of how we infuse learning through an innovative gaming experience, from exploring math while playing sports to learning how to read while dancing to fun music. In every way, LeapTV has been designed from the ground up, just for children."
The LeapTV system includes console, motion-sensing camera, camera mount, transforming controller with wrist strap, HDMI cable, 16GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi for downloads apps (sold separately).
The LeapTV system (MSRP $149.99, for children 3-8 years old) will be available online and at major retail locations holiday 2014. Game cartridges (MSRP $29.99, for children ages 3-8 years old) will be available online and at major retail locations, and downloadable games and apps (starting at MSRP $5.00 and up, for children ages 3-8 years old) will be available via the LeapFrog App Center. For more information, visit http://www.leapfrog.com/leaptv.
*By the end of 2014.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child's love for fun. With experiences that are personalized to each child's level, LeapFrog helps children achieve their potential through LeapFrog's proprietary learning tablets, learn to read and write systems, interactive learning toys and more, all designed or approved by LeapFrog's full-time in-house team of learning experts. LeapFrog's Learning Path, the ultimate guide for parents on early childhood, is designed specifically to help support and guide their child's learning with personalized ideas and feedback, fun activities and expert advice. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Learn more at http://www.leapfrog.com.
ThinkGeek beams into San Diego Comic Con 2014 with functional Star Trek Phaser
Scotty in engineering is still working out how it was done.
FAIRFAX, Va., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ThinkGeek is proud to announce the reveal of The Wand Company's latest Universal Remote Control - a Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control. This exceptionally accurate and highly detailed working replica will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con on July 23 and can be experienced first-hand at ThinkGeek's booth (#3849).
Created from meticulous 3D scans of the last known hero prop from the original Star Trek series, the Phaser Universal Remote Control is a fully functional gesture-based universal remote control suitable for controlling many home entertainment systems and other IR controlled devices.
"The Star Trek Phaser is one of the most iconic pieces of sci-fi gadgetry," said Chris Barnardo from The Wand Company. "We've spent hundreds of hours creating a collectable prop replica gadget that will bring new levels of action and enjoyment to Star Trek fans as they boldly go on their adventures."
Seamlessly blending functionality and perfect form, the 1:1 scale Phaser is equipped with 10 authentic phaser firing sounds, tactile force-feedback, a customizable personal lock code, and can store up to 36 remote commands.
The Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will be available at ThinkGeek.com beginning early November 2014. For more information please visit http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1db4.com. If you are visiting San Diego Comic Con and would like to make an appointment to see the Phaser in person, please contact Jessica Darrican, Jessica@maxborgesagency.com.
ThinkGeek, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geeknet, Inc (NASDAQ: GKNT), is the premier retailer for the global geek community. Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans' imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is a geek in everyone and invite you to Join In. Geek Out. Learn more at thinkgeek.com
Scholastic To Launch TombQuest(TM), A New Multi-Platform Action Adventure Series, In February 2015
"Book 1: Book of the Dead" by Michael Northrop Brings the Thrill and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt to Life
Joins Scholastic's Collection of Bestselling Multi-Platform Series with More Than 22 Million Books in Print, and Integrated Online Game Community with More Than 3 Million Registered Users to Date
NEW YORK, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company and the pioneering publisher of the bestselling multi-platform properties The 39 Clues(Â®), Infinity Ring(Â®) and Spirit Animals((TM)), announced today that it will publish its next multi-platform series, TombQuest((TM)), simultaneously in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in February 2015. The mystery of ancient Egypt comes to life in this thrilling action adventure spanning five spellbinding books by acclaimed author Michael Northrop and linked with an interactive online game. The first title, Book of the Dead, will launch in print and digital formats in February 2015, with the second book to follow in May 2015. The five-book series for readers ages 8-12 also will feature hidden puzzles and coded messages on the covers which kids can unlock to reveal key plot points.
There are currently more than 22 million copies of Scholastic's industry-leading multi-platform books in print in the United States alone, and its vibrant online game community has more than 3 million registrations to date with the average user spending approximately 26 minutes online. In December 2014, the TombQuest online game (http://www.scholastic.com/tombquest) will launch in beta format. With TombQuest, Scholastic has developed its most viral game to date, built around the social and interactive concept of "create, play, and share." Kids become the "game masters" as they design their own ancient Egyptian maze complete with treasure, traps and monsters, and challenge their friends to play. The highly engaging game is complemented by a safe and moderated online community where kids can chat about the books, write fan fiction, share the games they have built, and learn more about ancient Egypt.
"TombQuest is a thoroughly engrossing page-turner that hurtles its characters on a non-stop adventure through the mysteries of ancient Egypt," said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade Publishing. "With the online game, kids are encouraged to broaden their imaginations, create their own worlds, and share them with their friends. TombQuest is the culmination of everything we've learned to date and we look forward to reaching millions of kids worldwide with this immersive new reading experience."
TombQuest follows two kids--Alex and his best friend Ren--who awaken the magic of ancient Egypt. When Alex's mother uses the Egyptian Book of the Dead to save him, she cracks open a door to the afterlife accidentally unleashing five evil ancients: the Death Walkers. Alex and Ren must set off on an impossible quest that takes them around the globe--and into the afterworld--in order to save his mother and lay the Death Walkers to rest once and for all!
About Scholastic's Multi-Platform Properties:
Since launching the groundbreaking The 39 Clues series in 2008, the first of its kind in publishing history, Scholastic has continued to innovate and solidify its stake on the multi-platform space with the launch of the New York Times bestselling Infinity Ring time travel adventure and the Spirit Animals fantasy series. Each of these multi-platform series is comprised of books in print and digital form, combined with fully integrated and immersive online games that extend the reading experience. There are currently more than 22 million copies of Scholastic's multi-platform books in print, and more than 3 million registered online game users in all 50 states and 191 countries worldwide. The books have been translated into 28 languages.
About Michael Northrop
Michael Northrop's debut novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and his young adult thriller, Trapped, was published in 2011 to great acclaim. His first middle grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library and was an NPR "Backseat Book Club" selection. Northrop worked as an editor at Sports Illustrated for Kids for many years, and he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Visit him online at http://www.michaelnorthrop.net.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at http://www.scholastic.com.
Toshiba Introduces New Ultra-Low ON Resistance Load Switch ICs
Featuring Reverse Current Blocking and Thermal Shutdown Function
IRVINE, Calif., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced two new ultra-low ON resistance load switch ICs, the TCK111G and TCK112G, for power management in portable/mobile devices, such as smart phones, that require high-density board assembly.
The new load switch ICs offer reverse current blocking and a thermal shutdown function. In addition, they feature ultra-low switch ON resistance, low quiescent current and a wide input voltage operation from 1.1 V to 5.5 V. Switch ON resistance is only 8.3 m at 5.0 V and -1.5 A for load conditions. The TCK111G and TCK112G also feature an inrush current suppressing slew rate control driver and output auto-discharge function (offered as an option on the TCK112G).
Available in a 0.5 mm pitch ultra-small package WCSP6C (1.0 mm x 1.5 mm, t: 0.5 mm (typ.)) the new devices from Toshiba are well-suited to smart phones but are also targeted to tablet PCs, portable audio players, digital cameras, camcorders, games and other small mobile devices.
-- Low ON resistance:R(ON) = 8.3 m (typ.) at V(IN) = 5.0 V, -1.5 AR(ON) =
8.4 m (typ.) at V(IN) = 3.3 V, -1.5 AR(ON) = 8.4 m (typ.) at V(IN) =
1.8 V, -1.5 AR(ON) = 8.5 m (typ.) at V(IN) = 1.1 V, -1.5 A
-- Wide input voltage operation: V(IN) = 1.1 to 5.5 V
-- Reverse current blocking
-- Inrush current reducing circuit
-- Thermal shutdown function
-- Built in auto-discharge (TCK112G)
-- Pull down connection between CONTROL and GND
-- Ultra-small package: WCSP6C (1.0 mm x 1.5 mm, t: 0.5 mm (typ.))
Part number Function
limiter Reverse current blocking Thermal shutdown Output auto-discharge Control pin connection
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TCK111G Built in Built in Built in N/A Pull down
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TCK112G Built in Built in Built in Built in Pull down
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Operation Logic table
1.1V ? VIN ? 5.5V (Ta = -40 to 85Â°C)
Control "High" Output Q1 ON ON
-------------- --------- --- ---
Discharge Q2 ? OFF
------------ --- ---
Reverse current block Active Active
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Control "Low" Output Q1 OFF OFF
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Discharge Q2 ? ON
------------ --- ---
Reverse current block Active Active
--------------------- ------ ------
Control "OPEN" Output Q1 OFF OFF
-------------- --------- --- ---
Discharge Q2 ? ON
------------ --- ---
Reverse current block Active Active
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Pricing and Availability
Toshiba's new ultra-low ON resistance load switch ICs are available now. Budgetary pricing is $0.20. Please contact your local Toshiba Sales Office for samples and pricing.
*About Toshiba Corp. and TAEC
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2013 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, December 2013). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.
Red Lion Launches N-Tron Series Gigabit Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Injectors
New 1000-POE+ Delivers Gigabit Speed and Eliminates Need for Separate Power Cables for PoE Devices
YORK, Pa., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the addition of the N-Tron series Gigabit 1000-POE+ Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) injectors to its industrial networking solutions portfolio. Red Lion's new injectors deliver both power and data over a single Ethernet cable to any PoE+ or PoE-enabled device, eliminating the need for additional power cables.
"Factories and other industrial sites need ways to add new technology without disrupting existing networks," said Harry Forbes, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group. "Industrially hardened products like Red Lion's N-Tron series POE+ injectors allow administrators to easily add new IEEE 802.3at devices and take advantage of Gigabit Ethernet speed, which provides insurance against obsolescence."
The 1000-POE+ is a plug-and-play, unmanaged injector designed to enhance the performance of industrial PoE devices. With a single industrial Gigabit Ethernet port for connectivity to any IEEE 802.3af/at-compliant hardware, the 1000-POE+ is ideal for such applications as security cameras, panel displays and wireless access points in oil and gas, water/wastewater, utility, transportation, mining and factory environments. Providing up to 30 watts of output power and a wider operating temperature than many competitive offerings, the 1000-POE+ injectors enable users to conserve wiring space and cost while ensuring reliable operation in extreme locations.
"Gigabit Ethernet is quickly becoming the standard in industrial networking, as more video applications, sensors and other devices require faster, higher-volume voice, video and data transfer," said Diane Davis, director of product management, networking at Red Lion Controls. "The combination of PoE+ and Gigabit makes our new N-Tron 1000-POE+ injectors particularly useful for video camera and other applications requiring high-speed communications without needing to run separate power cables."
Other features of the 1000-POE+ include:
-- Rugged compact design: perfect for space-constrained applications
-- Extended environmental specifications: -40 degrees to 80 degrees Celsius
operating temperature guarantees reliability in the most extreme
-- Redundant power inputs: 10-30 VDC keeps PoE devices online in the event
of a power supply failure
-- LED status indicators: quick, at-a-glance visual indicators ensure power
and connectivity status
-- Hardened metal DIN-rail enclosure: built to support industrial rugged
standards for outdoor use
For more information about Red Lion's N-Tron series Gigabit 1000-POE+ injectors, please visit http://www.redlion.net/1000POE+.
About Red Lion Controls
As the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, Red Lion has been delivering innovative solutions for over 40 years. Our award-winning technology enables companies worldwide to gain real-time data visibility that drives productivity. Product brands include Red Lion, N-Tron and Sixnet. With headquarters in York, Pennsylvania, the company has offices across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Red Lion is part of Spectris plc, the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company. For more information, please visit http://www.redlion.net/together.