Jamestown Community College Utilizes HelpSTAR 2012 to Enhance Productivity and Provide Superior Service to Students and Staff
IT Department Depends on HelpSTAR for Organization, Efficiency and Ongoing Support for More than a Decade
OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HelpSTAR, a leading pioneer of help desk software, today announced that New York's Jamestown Community College (JCC), a comprehensive, regional, open-access institution that embraces academic excellence, relies on HelpSTAR to provide staff, faculty and students with reliable, efficient features that assist with help desk activities as well as online course and transcript programs.
Thirteen years ago JCC received a state grant to develop its IT department and increase the efficiency of incoming IT support calls. After searching for a software solution, the staff chose HelpSTAR for its ease of use and affordability. Today, Dave Gibson, JCC Help Desk/User Support and the JCC IT team, support three campuses, 600 staff and over 3500 students, utilizing HelpSTAR to drive efficiency above and beyond their normal help desk activities. His team oversees any technical support that is needed across the campuses from accessibility to the Internet from within the dorms to computer problems with staff and faculty.
"We have been using HelpSTAR for years and with the great new features in HelpSTAR 2012, our JCC IT team and I are more efficient than ever," said Gibson. "It's important to give accolades to vendors who go above and beyond, and HelpSTAR does just that. As far as I'm concerned, we'll use HelpSTAR until I retire and beyond. Simply put, they are outstanding."
Gibson and the JCC IT team rely heavily on HelpSTAR's Web Portal to assist with JCC login or online course problems, providing its customer base with the assurance that issues will be addressed in a timely fashion. Additionally, students and staff have found using the Web Portal to gain access to the Knowledge Based Articles extremely valuable and informative for looking up common problems. It provides them with the means to resolve many issues on their own. Gibson is most impressed by HelpSTAR's support staff and has found everyone to be exemplary, recalling instances where they received the support they needed within minutes, not hours.
"Supporting our clients' needs by providing them with tools to enhance their efficiency and productivity is always our top priority," said Igal Hauer, CEO of HelpSTAR. "Dave Gibson and his team rely on our software to provide superior features and top of the line support and we are excited to see how our Web Portal enhances their service initiatives."
HelpSTAR help desk software is an easy-to-use service desk collaborative suite that provides rapid issue, problem resolution and change management capabilities out of the box without the need for lengthy deployment and staff training. Designed for organizations with 10 to 500 support reps servicing 100 to 50,000 employees, HelpSTAR expedites problem handling through features such as intelligent queuing, various self-help tools and prompts such as alarms, follow-up reminders and automatic priority escalation. It offers both a built-in library of standard reports and custom query capabilities. HelpSTAR is available in both client/server and web-based versions running on Microsoft or Microsoft SQL. For more information, visit http://www.helpstar.com
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Salesforce Radian6 Delivers New Insights Technologies and Ecosystem
New Insights technologies enable social enterprises to understand sentiment, intent and demographics across multiple languages for billions of social conversations
World's first Insights ecosystem delivers breakthrough social analytics from industry leaders Clarabridge, Klout, Lymbix, OpenAmplify, OpenCalais, PeekAnalytics and Solariat
SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/), today announced new Salesforce Radian6 Insights technologies and ecosystem to empower social enterprises to manage the massive volume of social media conversations generated daily. With Insights technologies, social enterprises can now understand the meaning behind billions of social conversations across multiple languages with in-depth sentiment, intent, demographics and more. In addition, the Insights ecosystem delivers analytics from social leaders that can be easily integrated directly into the Radian6 dashboard. Radian6 Insights empowers customers to seamlessly access new actionable data, act on sales and service opportunities in real time, and implement more effective social marketing campaigns.
-- "In order for social enterprises to manage social big data, companies
need to move beyond the discovery phase and drive deeper understandings
of the who, what, where and why behind social media conversations," said
Marcel LeBrun, SVP and GM for Salesforce Radian6. "With the new
Salesforce Radian6 Insights technologies and ecosystem, companies can
drive real-time understanding and engagement with customers and
-- "Salesforce Radian6 has allowed us to listen, analyze, and engage with
our online communities," said Dr. Jason Thatcher, professor and
director, Clemson University Social Media Listening Center. "It is
critical that we are able to take listening to the next level to better
understand the meaning, sentiment and influencers that are reaching out
to the university."
-- "Listening platforms focus overwhelmingly on helping users monitor
social activity rather than act on insights found in social data. In
today's environment, once users discover insights, they must use other
technologies to act on their findings. Listening platforms must give
users tools to act on the insights they discover, such as social
management tools for customer support, reporting tools for research, and
data integrations for customer analytics," said Zach Hofer-Shall, senior
analyst, Forrester, The Social Intelligence Market is Immature,
Forrester Research, Inc., May 17, 2012.
Salesforce Radian6 Insights - Driving Actionable Insights
Every day, billions of posts are being created across blogs, Facebook, forums, Twitter, YouTube and more. All of this content on social networks has changed the landscape of social media monitoring. Discovering social conversations is no longer enough, social enterprises need tools to help them intelligently engage in those conversations. Radian6 Insights allows companies to understand sentiment, intent, demographics and more across the massive volume of social data, enabling companies to transform how they market, service their customers, generate leads and evolve their product lines.
Salesforce Radian6 Insights Technologies Include:
-- In-depth Sentiment Analysis: Companies can now determine if the emotion
behind each social post is positive, negative or neutral with advanced
sentiment analysis in seven different languages: Chinese, English,
French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
-- Natural Language Processing: Now social enterprises can instantly see
which posts ask questions, express wants or needs, flag any problems,
and then segment and take action accordingly.
-- Online Influence: Sophisticated social scoring systems measure who is
creating, engaging and reacting to social content, and what topics are
the most important to them.
-- Enhanced Demographics: Now, companies can learn more about the authors
of social posts including self-reported demographics like age, gender,
location, education, career, interests, social activities and more.
-- Intelligent Dashboards and Analytics: With sophisticated analytics,
companies can now filter through social conversation noise, identify
relevant conversations, and quickly take action. The benefits include
rich marketing campaign analysis, identification and triage of social
customer service issues, targeted social lead generation and more.
-- Trends & Emerging Issues: Get one-click lists of the most talked about
people, places and things, and identify problems before they escalate
with reliable detection of customer service issues.
Salesforce Radian6 Insights Ecosystem
Salesforce Radian6 has created the world's first Insights ecosystem to deliver best-of-breed social technologies -- from natural language processing to text analytics -- all in the Radian6 dashboard. With the Insights ecosystem, customers can select the best capabilities for real-time social analysis from trusted providers to suit their specific business needs, with seamless integration in Radian6. Partners will also benefit immediately by offering customers their data in real-time on the leading social listening platform.
Social leaders Klout, OpenAmplify and OpenCalais are now joined in the ecosystem by Clarabridge for text sentiment analysis, Lymbix for emotion and tone classification, PeekAnalytics for social audience measurement, Solariat for social intention analysis, and new capabilities from OpenAmplify for customer service insights.
Pricing and Availability
-- Salesforce Radian6 Insights technologies are generally available today
and included with Salesforce Radian6 deployments.
-- Insights ecosystem add-on packages from Clarabridge, Klout, Lymbix,
OpenAmplify, OpenCalais, PeekAnalytics and Solariat are now available in
the Radian6 dashboard. Partner packages are priced individually,
starting at $60 USD per month. Customers can select add-on packages
depending on their analytics needs.
-- Customers who purchase salesforce.com technologies should make their
purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.
With more than 100,000 customers, salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the social enterprise. Social enterprises leverage social, mobile and open cloud technologies to put customers at the heart of their business. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, the company's platform and application services allow customers to:
-- Create employee social networks with Salesforce Chatter, Salesforce
Rypple and Salesforce Force.com.
-- Develop customer social networks with the Salesforce Sales Cloud,
Salesforce Data.com, Salesforce Service Cloud, and Salesforce Site.com.
-- Connect with customers on public social networks with Salesforce Heroku
and Salesforce Radian6.
-- Empower small businesses to become social enterprises with Salesforce
Desk.com and Salesforce Do.com.
-- Extend a company's social enterprise with apps from the leading
enterprise app marketplace, AppExchange.
-- Run apps on Database.com, the first social enterprise database.
Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM." For more information please visit http://salesforce.com, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.
Virtual PBX Makes Business VoIP Accessible and Affordable for Any Business
Hosted PBX Technology Leader Removes Barriers to VoIP by Including Free VoIP Phones with Every Plan
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtual PBX, the pioneer and leader in hosted PBX phone systems, today announced new business VoIP packages that make VoIP and advanced digital phone services affordable to companies of any size. Innovation and economies of scale within the business VoIP market have enabled Virtual PBX to reduce plan costs by up to 70 percent.
In addition to its dramatic reduction in pricing, Virtual PBX is also offering the option for its customers to further reduce costs by paying for a year in advance, with annual plans starting at just $8.99 per month. Customers who choose to pay the year in advance will also receive up to 10 free VoIP phones, which include the most popular Polycom IP phones in the market. These one-year plans set Virtual PBX apart as the first major business VoIP provider to include quality VoIP desk phones and wireless handsets in high-value customer plans.
"Our new packages eliminate many of the concerns and risks related to deploying a high-quality business VoIP system," said Paul Hammond, CEO and president of Virtual PBX. "We're confident that these new plans deliver the highest value available today."
Changes to Virtual PBX's pricing plans and offerings include:
-- Flat-rate Plans:
-- Unlimited-use plans now start as low as $18.99 per month per user.
-- Annual plan customers can receive up to 10 free VoIP phones, a value
of $170 per phone.
-- No activation fees.
-- Usage-based Plans:
-- Plans now start as low as $8.99 per month.
-- New plans allow customers more minutes at a lower price with savings
of up to 70 percent.
-- Annual plans include up to 4 free VoIP phones, a value of $170 per
-- No activation fees.
"Voice over IP telephony often offers reduced costs, which are extremely important in this economy," said Larry Hettick, principal analyst with Current Analysis. "But up-front cost of buying new phones can be an issue, especially in the small business market. This move by Virtual PBX can help reduce the barrier to entry for their clients and make it easier for businesses to try VoIP."
Hosted PBX systems already eliminate the need to buy and maintain expensive PBX hardware. Now, small businesses can reduce monthly costs by replacing $50-$60 per month business land lines with under $20 per month "digital lines," while avoiding the expense of purchasing new phone hardware. Entrepreneurs can get their businesses up and running without the worry of up-front costs. This comes at a perfect time as the company has seen an increase in momentum since its implementation of its latest VoIP solutions.
About Virtual PBX
Virtual PBX believes you never get a second chance to make a good first impression especially when it comes to serving your customers. Our hosted PBX phone service gives small and medium businesses a professional, fully automated call answering and routing solution that can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Forget the hassles and costs of buying and maintaining your own PBX hardware. With Virtual PBX, your employees, whether in one location or far-flung, can focus on serving your customers while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike. For more information on how your business can benefit from our innovation and passionate commitment to great customer service, visit us on the Web at http://www.virtualpbx.com.
- MultiMi(TM) emerges from beta as a safe and smart way to connect with
AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG), the provider of internet and mobile security to 114
million active users, today announced that the free social desktop app MultiMi(TM) has
emerged from beta testing with a major update as a safe and smart way for people to manage
their online social networks.
MultiMi is a social media integrator that helps people stay in touch with the people
that matter in their life. Whether it's Facebook, Gmail, Twitter or any other platform,
MultiMi lets users stay in touch with one click. They can drag a tweet into an email while
simultaneously updating their Facebook status or move a photo from email into Flickr or
Picasa. Not only does MultiMi help users to seamlessly integrate multiple channels, it
protects people's online activity with AVG's renowned LinkScanner(R) technology.
"The post-beta MultiMi incorporates a year's worth of performance enhancements and
feature requests we received from many engaged and active social media consumers," said
Eidan Apelbaum, CEO of Zbang It, creator of MultiMi. "Our testers did a great job
providing us exactly the feedback our developers needed for us to evaluate, update, and
elevate the platform as compared to competing solutions."
Improvements resulting from the beta testing include:
- A major aesthetic overhaul
- Full home and tab customization
- Ability to edit and save photos from various sources
- A built-in RSS reader
- Support for Google Reader
- Support for Pocket (formerly Read It Later)
- The built-in browser now uses Chromium instead of Internet Explorer which
helped improve performance
"As people spend more time online and use multiple platforms to engage with one
another, we are constantly searching for ways to simplify, improve and better secure their
online experience," said JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies. "With MultiMi, AVG offers
users the tools to get the most out of Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.
Whether they want to post commentaries, tweet news, share holiday photos, or post images
of a new fascination - MultiMi makes the process fast and safe. With AVG's LinkScanner
security technology, MultiMi protects a user's personal information from the worst of the
MultiMi is available as a free download for Windows(R) at http://www.MultiMi.com
and supports a broad range of services including:
- Email -- Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, PoP3 and IMAP
- Social -- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
- Calendars -- Facebook, Google
- RSS -- Google reader and Pocket
- Photos -- Picasa, Facebook and Flickr
- Media -- YouTube
- Docs -- Gdocs, Box.net
- Chat -- Gtalk and Facebook
AVG's mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience, providing
peace of mind to a connected world. AVG's powerful yet easy-to-use software and online
services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG's software and
services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent
network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 114 million
active users as of March 31, 2012 and offers a product portfolio that targets the consumer
and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC performance optimization,
online backup, mobile security, identity protection and family safety software.
Zbang It LTD is an innovative technology company that specially designed to de-clutter
and provide an easy and efficient solution to reach and manage overwhelming amounts of
content people interacts with on a daily basis. Zbang developed a unique technology of
communication connectors that can communicate with any API and convert data into a
predefined structure which is fully scalable, small electronic footprint and fully
This technology is implemented in MultiMi to provide users with access to email,
Facebook, twitter and file storage services from one location. Using the same technology
we are able to connect to AVG Link Scanner technology and provide safe a secure surfing
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Pioneers Earn Big For Every HotList Merchant Signed
ATLANTA, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sionic Mobile today announced the opening of its U.S. million-dollar HotList fund covering more than 30,000 shops, restaurants and service providers nationwide. The Pioneer feature lets ION Rewards(®) app users sign up their favorite places from the HotList and get paid a bonus on top of the rewards paid every time ION offers are used there.
"Rather than paying a dedicated sales staff to knock on merchants' doors," stated Ronald Herman, CEO, "we are paying our ION users a one-time bonus and ongoing, instant rewards for every ION purchase."
There are no special codes or complex referrals. To invite a business owner or manager, ION users simply tap the HotList merchant name and enter an email address. ION automates the email message then tracks when the merchant signs up. That merchant becomes the ION user's rewards provider for life. No matter when any ION customer spends at that merchant using the app, the Pioneer gets rewarded.
Pioneers are rewarded in either cash or IONs. For ION users linking a commercial Dwolla account, all bonus and ongoing rewards are paid bimonthly in cash. All other Pioneers are rewarded instantly with IONs that they can spend like cash for anything at any ION merchant.
ION uses next-gen Dwolla payments so consumers can earn IONs by paying with their phone at any ION merchant, leaving their wallet in their handbag or pocket. With ION and Dwolla, there is no special chip or extra device required by either consumer or merchant and mobile payments are instant.
A true, greenfield opportunity, the ION marketplace is completely untapped and free for the taking. Visit http://www.ionrewards.com/pioneers.php or search ION Rewards in your favorite app store.
ION is the first, fully digital mobile payment and social loyalty app combining merchant offers, customer rewards and card-less payments in simple apps for phones and tablets. ION Loyalty(® )pays merchants for customer rewards and helps neighborhood retailers and restaurants increase sales and cut credit card fees. ION Rewards(®) pays consumers for buying things they already buy, paying with their phones, connecting with friends and signing up favorite places. The free apps support iOS and Android devices. Visit http://www.ionRewards.com or http://www.ionLoyalty.com.
Xilinx Ships First Artix-7 FPGAs - Raising the Performance Bar for Portable and Small Form Factor Applications at the 'Edge'
A new FPGA performance standard with the lowest power and lowest cost
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced first shipments of its Artix(TM)-7 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) family. The new devices extend the reach of FPGA technology to applications requiring performance capabilities traditionally served by Virtex® FPGAs, but the form factor of small, low-cost programmable devices. Makers of portable medical, hand-held radio, and small cellular base stations - and a host of other professional grade applications that sit at the edge of their respective technology infrastructures - can now leverage high-end All Programmable FPGA capabilities to a growing number of products and expand their markets.
For portable applications where advanced functionality remains paramount, Artix-7 devices deliver best-in-class system performance, power efficiency, compactness and low cost. With the first Artix-7 A100T device shipments to customers, all of Xilinx's 7 series and Zynq(TM)-7000 families are now available in silicon, marking another major milestone in Xilinx's rollout of its 28nm generation of devices.
"Xilinx introduced the Artix-7 family with edge applications in mind," said Dave Myron, Xilinx's director of FPGA platform marketing. "Artix-7 devices extend Xilinx's low-cost product portfolio established by the Spartan® families, which already play critical roles in applications ranging from 3D TVs, Automotive Infotainment, Industrial Control and Mobile Medical devices."
The Artix-7 family pushes performance limits at the lowest levels of power consumption because Xilinx chose TSMC's High-Performance, Low-Power (HPL) process for its 28nm generation portfolio. This means customers can achieve sub-watt total power consumption for battery powered applications like secure software defined military radios, where Artix-7 devices can offer 35 percent lower power consumption compared to competing solutions. Customers can combine the latest encryption IP and modem functions on a single chip for meeting size requirements while lowering BOM. Also, the rich integrated DSP capabilities in the largest member delivers 1,306 GMACs of signal processing performance for wideband waveforms, which is more than 3x the competition.
The Artix-7 family offers 65 percent lower static and 50 percent lower dynamic power consumption than previous generation devices while delivering up to sixteen 6.6 Gb/s transceivers, meaning builders of portable ultrasound equipment can achieve the highest image resolution for meeting JESD204B high speed serial interface standards. At the same time, they can extend battery life and meet safety standards while implementing a 128-channel beam former at 40 percent less power than alternative FPGAs.
For builders of microwave backhaul equipment supporting 4G rollouts around the world, Artix-7 devices enable developers to integrate modem and packet processing functions on a single device and have the highest performance per watt for delivering intelligent bandwidth. In a market where the 'Holy Grail' is a base station on a chip, Artix-7 devices give equipment manufacturers unprecedented levels of integration as well the programmability necessary to compete where market growth is out pacing standardization.
In Xilinx's two newest videos, Artix-7 devices demonstrate the robustness of the 6.6 Gb/s transceiver, the capabilities for DSP applications and the ultra low power characteristics of the family. These videos, a new white paper and other resources can be found on Xilinx's Artix-7 web page.
First Artix-7 A100T FPGAs are available today with production qualification scheduled for Q1 of CY2013. Designers can begin their Artix-7 family designs today using Xilinx design tools. For more information, please visit http://www.xilinx.com/products/artix7.
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.
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Rising Medical Solutions Deploys Advanced Technology Responding to Marketplace Demand
Single Sign-On API Provides Fast Track for Payers
CHICAGO, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising Medical Solutions (Rising) put its great in-house IT minds to work to answer the insurance industry's demand for greater efficiency. From creating real-time updates between an insurance payer's claims system and Rising's medical bill review system to building bill approval/denial functionality directly into a payer's claims system, Rising delivers technology integrations that aren't simply off-the-shelf.
Rising's latest "efficiency gain" is a single sign-on API (Application Programming Interface) that integrates easily with any insurance payer's claims system for easy, rapid access to the medical bill assessment process.
In one click, payers can tap into RisingVISION(TM) - an adjuster bill approval portal - from their own claims system. As opposed to the typical bill assessment process, which is cumbersome, time-consuming and awkward requiring multiple log-ins.
Rising's technological innovation allows the user experience to go unbroken, benefiting the payer in many ways:
-- Saves Time: Customer's claims system feeds login credentials to the
Rising VISION(TM) site automatically. There is no need to log-in twice.
-- Smart Context: Users can click on a bill in their own system and be
brought right to where they need to go in Rising VISION(TM).
-- Lowers Administrative Burden: Eliminates the possibility of losing or
forgetting a user id/password combination.
-- Ease of Integration: There's no need to start from scratch. Clients can
retain their own technology investment and just merely integrate with
Rising's CJ Savas, Web Development Manager, speaks to Rising VISION's(TM) ease of integration: "We're integrating with our partners and clients in a way they want us to. We're bridging the gap by allowing clients to keep their own technology, while integrating seamlessly with us in a way that keeps them functioning at their optimal efficiency."
Midwest Insurance Company (Midwest) has experienced the benefits of the single sign-on API firsthand. "This system enhancement has significantly improved our efficiency flow, where we have realized a reduction in the bill lifecycle from days to hours, translating to accelerated payment processing to our medical providers," says Scott Vogl, Midwest's Chief Claims Officer. "With an accessible dashboard link to Rising's user-friendly VISION, we have viewing capability of the billing lifecycle for complete transparency. In the eyes of adaptability, Rising is many things above extraordinary."
About Rising Medical Solutions
Rising Medical Solutions is a national medical-financial solutions firm that provides medical bill review, hospital bill review and medical cost containment services to the workers' compensation, auto, liability and group health markets. Inc. magazine ranks the Chicago-based company as one of the fastest growing private enterprises in America.
About Midwest Insurance Company
Midwest Insurance Company (Midwest) is an Illinois domiciled insurance company that provides workers' compensation insurance for businesses and other institutions. The company Midwest operates in multiple states and has the lowest loss ratio, for the top 50 workers' compensation carriers in Illinois for the past 3 years.
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Heart IT Announces that SIAT has elected to acquire WebPAX® to Manage Medical Images in Multi-Hospital Setting.
WebPAX® Helps SIAT to Create a Medical Image Network in Order to Receive and Share Images Across Multiple Hospitals
DURHAM, N.C., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart IT, the global leader that pioneered the first FDA approved zero footprint medical imaging workstation announced today that the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), a branch of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), has elected to acquire WebPAX® in order to receive and share medical images across multiple hospitals.
SIAT is engaged in comprehensive and multi-disciplinary medical research. They required an effective system to allow them to readily receive and manage medical images from a number of hospitals (across a large geographical area) participating in medical research activities. SIAT also needed a way to make those images available to multiple scientists in different locations without having to purchase several, costly licenses for specialized viewing stations.
WebPAX® provided the perfect solution and helped SIAT create a Medical Image Network. WebPAX® offers the capability to easily upload medical images via the web from any location in the globe. Once the images have been acquired and stored in the database, SIAT scientists can view them from any computer with a browser without any specialized client software. The unlimited license (standard with all WebPAX®( )systems) meant significant savings for SIAT since they could use their existing computer infrastructure without additional license purchases. WebPAX® delivered the necessary technology to provide SIAT with a Medical Image Network easily and affordably.
About Heart IT
Founded in 2000 and headquartered near North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, Heart IT is a global leader in the medical image web enablement field. Their flagship product, WebPAX® is the first FDA approved zero footprint medical image workstation. It provides web-based medical image management technology and services to health care systems, large hospitals and private clinics as well as drug and device companies sponsoring multi-center clinical trials. Worldwide, WebPAX® systems currently provide secure web browser access to over one billion medical images. For more information visit our website at http://www.heartit.com.
As a branch of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in Southern China, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) was jointly established by Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen municipal government and Chinese University of Hong Kong in Feb, 2006. SIAT is an innovative national research institute committed to medical research, internationalization and industrialization. SIAT engages in comprehensive and multi-disciplinary researches in several divisions: "Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology" (SIIT); "Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering" (IBHE); "Institute of Advanced Computing and Digital Engineering" (IACDE); "Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology(IBB)."
Bionexo Announces Partnership with Insight Venture Partners
U.S private equity firm invests in Bionexo
SAO PAULO, July 17 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bionexo, the biggest electronic business community for the health care industry in Latin America and Europe, integrating hundreds of hospitals and the whole production chain through its web platform, has announced a growth capital investment from Insight Venture Partners.
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global private equity firm based in New York that invests exclusively in the software, e-commerce, Internet and data-services industries. The partnership with Insight aims to accelerate Bionexo´s domestic and foreign expansion plans, which are founded on robust organic growth. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"As a leader in our industry, Bionexo has a responsibility to continue innovating and to keep building a culture of transparency in the Ibero-American health sector. To capitalize on our new opportunities, we knew that it would be important to seek a partner who brings not only financial support but also expertise in the global technology/internet and e-commerce segments. We are truly excited about this partnership with Insight because they have proved to be highly knowledgeable about the opportunities in this sector, and share our vision for the future, said Mauricio De Lazzari Barbosa, Bionexo's CEO.
"Insight has a long-standing tradition of investing in companies that are "doing well by doing good" and Bionexo is just such a company," said Larry Handen, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners. "We are impressed by their commitment to innovation, transparency and efficiency. The company's solutions drive down third party costs by 10% to 35% through connecting hospitals to more than 13,500 suppliers across five countries. We look forward to supporting Bionexo's goal of making healthcare more affordable and efficient for suppliers, hospitals and patients.
Larry Handen will be joining the Bionexo´s Board of Directors to support the company´s strategic initiatives. During the transaction, Insight was legally represented by Mattos Filho Avogados and by Goodwin Proctor LLP.
Bionexo is a community made up of thousands of agents in the healthcare sector. Through its innovative web platforms, Bionexo integrates hundreds of hospitals with thousands of health care suppliers across the entire production chain, with a focus on developing sustainable businesses relationships, best results and encouraging transparency.
In its 12 years of existence, Bionexo has become an industry leader in the healthcare sector in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Spain. http://www.bionexo.com.br
About Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading private equity and venture capital firm focused on the global software, e-commerce, Internet and data-services industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $5 billion and made more than 150 investments. Insight's investment team evaluates thousands of companies globally, while Insight Onsite, a team of operations and growth experts works with expansion-stage companies providing advice and resources to build long-term success. http://www.insightpartners.com
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LivePerson Launches Powerful Text Analytics Solution, LP Insights, to Deliver Actionable Intelligence
Petco discovers critical customer experience trends with LP Insights in pilot program
NEW YORK, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a provider of real-time engagement solutions that increase conversions and improve the customer experience, today announced the launch of LP Insights -- a powerful text analytics solution that transforms "voice of customer" data and content into actionable insights.
LP Insights monitors, measures, and makes sense of customers' words, behavior, reasons for contact, buying patterns, and sentiments, delivering turn-key intelligence to any desktop. LP Insights can analyze chat transcript data as well as data from other channels -- e.g. survey results, web analytics, emails, call transcripts, social media -- to deliver actionable insights that empower a wide range of management initiatives across an enterprise.
Several leading brands are already seeing the value gained from implementing LP Insights in a pilot program. Petco Animal Supplies, a leading pet specialty retailer, deployed LP Insights to aggregate and analyze data from multiple customer touch points and gain a comprehensive understanding of customer sentiment across the online and in-store experience.
"At Petco, we're deeply committed to delivering the best service to our customers both online and in-store. By using LP Insights, we were able to 'connect the dots' between multiple sources of customer data and discover key areas for improvement," said Erin Smith, Petco's Director of Customer Care. "The LP Insights tool has revealed critical trends that we didn't even expect to find, helping us ensure we're providing products and services of the highest quality for our customers. Whether it's in one channel or another, your customers are speaking, and it's our job to hear what they're saying. LP Insights helps us to do that."
The LP Insights solution and dashboards are built to enable prompt identification of key trends and opportunities for improvement, including:
-- Business insights. Organizations can enhance products, processes and
policies based on a deep understanding of customer perspectives and
-- Chat program insights. Organizations can dive deeper into existing chat
programs to find new opportunities for increased conversions, program
optimization and cost reductions.
-- Agent insights. Organizations can add a true "voice of the agent"
perspective to the "voice of the customer" analysis, and fully
understand what phrases and content make customer interactions most
-- Social media insights. LP Insights can be used to create a social media
"listening" platform that enables a deeper understanding of how
customers perceive an organization's brand and how social media is
influencing their success.
"One of the main challenges companies face today is the ability to gain a 360-degree view of customer sentiment," said Rob LoCascio, CEO and Founder, LivePerson. "Early adopters of LP Insights, which include several leading brands, are discovering valuable opportunities to make immediate improvements in their product, service, and conversion strategies. LP Insights enables our customers to use the power of intelligence to make more meaningful connections with their customers."
To view Petco's video success story, click here. For more information on LP Insights, please click here.
LivePerson, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPSN) offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This "intelligent engagement" is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs. More than 8,500 companies rely on LivePerson's platform to increase conversions and improve customer experience, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, Sky, Walt Disney, PNC, QVC and Orbitz.
LivePerson received the CODiE award for Best Content Management Solution in 2012 and for Best Ecommerce Solution in 2011, and has been named a Company of the Year by Frost and Sullivan in 2011. LivePerson is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Atlanta, London and Melbourne, Australia.
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OAI: Insurance Scoring Bill Highlights Controversial Practice
LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week's introduction of a bill to end credit-based insurance scoring highlights a pricing tactic that many insurers use but that consumers may be totally unaware of, according to OnlineAutoInsurance.com.
Most consumers know that the amount of accidents they've cause in their recent driving history can affect their prices when they get quoted for car insurance. What they might not know is that being close to their debt limit, having a bankruptcy on record or seeking new credit can also affect how much they're quoted.
That's because insurers in 47 states and the District of Columbia are allowed to price policies in part on the financial history of prospective policyholders. The practice is called insurance scoring, and at least three Democratic House members want it outlawed nationally. Last week, they submitted a bill to do just that.
Insurers have been engaging in the practice for more than a decade, and it has always had its supporters and opponents.
Those who support it point out that multiple studies have shown drivers with worse financial histories tend to file more and larger claims than those with better financial histories. By charging those with worse financial histories more and those with better histories less, they say, coverage is more accurately priced. By having more accurately priced coverage, low-risk drivers do not have to subsidize higher-risk drivers.
Those who oppose it say that the practice hurts lower-income drivers who have trouble covering car-related expenses in the first place. By charging them more for coverage, they say, insurers are only setting them up to make their financial hole even deeper.
If state-level pushes for bans on insurance scoring are any indication, the recently submitted bill has a long, perilous road ahead of it. Numerous bills have been submitted to state legislatures across the country to get credit out of the car coverage pricing process, but only Massachusetts has seen any success in recent history, and that bill only solidified an existing regulatory ban on the practice. The bills usually never make it out of the committees in which they're introduced.
OnlineAutoInsurance.com will continually be giving updates on the federal bill's progress.
To learn more about this and other coverage-related issues, head to http://www.onlineautoinsurance.com/ for informative resource pages and an easy-to-use quote-comparison generator.
SOURCE Online Auto, LLC
Online Auto, LLC
CONTACT: Ben Zitney of Online Auto Insurance, LLC, +1-909-784-2475, firstname.lastname@example.org
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RegScan, Inc., a Williamsport, Pa.-based compliance management company, proudly announces the release of its new State Registers databases!
RegScan's state registers contain up-to-date notices about new regulations and pending and final changes to existing ones. Like its Federal Register database, RegScan's state register databases will be updated as often as new information is published. Final and proposed rules are available for all 50 states and Washington D.C.
"Since 1987, RegScan has been providing its customers with the most current federal, state and international regulatory information available," said Ned Ertel, President and C.E.O. of RegScan. "State registers are a natural expansion of our Federal Register coverage. They provide our users with valuable news and information that can help them anticipate and plan for change."
Unlike other subscription-based registry sources, the RegScan databases are fully searchable online archives that contain the complete full-text of all final and proposed state rules (where available), not just summaries.
RegScan State Registers are fully integrated with the LookOut® Email Alert System. Use the pre-defined topical queries, or create your own custom term-based queries.
For individual subscribers, State Registers are an extremely cost-effective way stay up-to-date with regulatory changes in your state. Individual annual subscriptions can be purchased for as little as $89 per user per state. Economical corporate subscriptions are also available.
State registry data is compatible with all the advanced searching techniques that RegScan users have grown to expect. Advanced filters allow users to always retrieve relevant results. Users can search by topic, jurisdiction and agency, by citation, or by using specific keywords and phrases. Search tips are built right into the system, so even novice users can quickly become experts.
Founded in 1987, RegScan, Inc. provides regulatory compliance services to companies worldwide. RegScan has unique online tools for easy access to - and interpretations of - regulatory data. RegScan GCS 2.0 provides the regulatory information, while the Socrates compliance management system has the tools to manage the process.
Victron Energy B.V. Introduces the Skylla-i 24V Battery Chargers
ALMERE, The Netherlands, July 17, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Victron Energy has added two innovative battery chargers to its product range: the
Skylla-i 24/80 and 24/100. These two new battery chargers are Victron's answer to the
growing demand for modern, powerful battery chargers. The Skylla-i 24V battery chargers
are lighter and smaller than comparable models, allow remote control, enable to set a
maximum amount of shore side current and are NMEA 2000-certified.
Lighter and smaller
The new Skylla-i 24V battery chargers are significantly lighter and smaller than their
predecessors. Thanks to their 7 kilogramme weight, the new Skylla-i 24V models are 30%
lighter. Besides they are 35% smaller in volume.
Digital control panel
Thanks to the Skylla-i Control GX control panel, the Skylla-i 24V charge process is
easy to monitor and to control. The panel indicates the state of charge by means of energy
efficient LEDs. Besides, the panel allows setting the shore side current. Thanks to its
plug-and-play system, the Skylla-i Control GX is easy to install.
After having equipped the Victron Multi and Quattro Inverters/Battery Chargers with
PowerControl, the Skylla-i 24V has now also made the change. Due to its high power, the
Skylla-i 24V requires a large amount of current from the shore side supply. In order to
prevent the shore side supply's fuse from blowing, the user is able to set a maximum
amount of shore side current by means of PowerControl.
NMEA 2000 canbus
Thanks to the integrated NMEA 2000 canbus the Skylla-i 24V battery chargers can be
connected to an NMEA 2000 network. Besides, the battery chargers can be connected to self
designed SCADA systems by means of the NMEA 2000 canbus. This new development is
completely in line with Victron's open network philosophy: a perfectly operative network
in which all components seamlessly interact; regardless of the manufacturer. The Skylla-i
24V battery chargers will be NMEA 2000 certified shortly.
Victron Energy Profile
Power specialist Victron is constantly devising new solutions for power supplies in
extraordinary locations. The company is a leading supplier of self-sufficient off-grid
systems for the maritime, industrial, automotive, off-grid and rehabilitation markets. Its
product range includes sinusoidal inverters, sinusoidal chargers/inverters, battery
chargers, DC/DC inverters, switch panels, the intelligent Battery Monitor and more.
Victron Energy has earned itself an enviable and unrivalled reputation in the field of
technical innovation, reliability and durability. Its products are regarded worldwide as
being the No. 1 professional choice for self-sufficient electrical power generation. Check
out the website (http://www.victronenergy.nl [file://C:....usersGusers$Marianka
Pranger\Vertalingen\Juan Carlos (DE, FR, ES, SE, IT, PT, TR, CZ, CH
Files\Content.Outlook\FWRW2U7H\www.victronenergy.nl ]) for the most recent innovations.
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MTL Insurance Company Selects the Sapiens ALIS Policy Administration to Administer its Life Insurance and Annuity Business
ROCHELLE PARK, New Jersey, July 17, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Sapiens International Corporation [http://www.sapiens.com ], (NASDAQ and TASE: SPNS),
a global provider of innovative insurance software solutions, announced today that Oak
Brook, IL-based MTL Insurance Company, a member of Mutual Trust Financial Group, has
selected the Sapiens ALIS policy administration
[http://www.sapiens.com/life-insurance-software.htm ] system to administer its life and
annuity business. Using ALIS, in a phased-approach project, will enable MTL to update its
policy administration platform to more efficiently introduce new products, take advantage
of the latest technology and provide better service to its policy holders.
MTL Insurance Company develops, underwrites, and services individual life insurance
and annuities. The company, which specializes in the design and development of whole life
insurance, also offers universal and term life insurance, as well as annuities to
individuals, families and businesses.
Commenting on the ALIS selection, Mutual Trust's President and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Batza explained, "Following an extensive evaluation, we determined that ALIS was
best suited to meet our long-term strategic objectives. We were impressed with ALIS's rich
functionality as well as the technical architecture which will allow us to develop more
efficient processes and substantially improve our speed to market. The Sapiens
organization and its consulting staff took the time to understand our needs, and their
customer-focused approach was an important part of our selection process."
Ron Karam, President, Sapiens North America Insurance Division, concludes, "We are
extremely pleased with the opportunity to partner with MTL on updating their policy
administration infrastructure. We have already mobilized our team to implement ALIS and to
convert MTL's existing business from their legacy system. MTL represents our sixth
U.S.-based ALIS customer and 25th ALIS customer world-wide, further establishing Sapiens
as a market leader."
Roni Al-Dor, Sapiens's President and CEO, added, "We are proud to be selected by MTL
and welcome the company to our family of customers. Our presence in the insurance market
continues to grow as we partner with more customers to help them achieve their market and
About MTL Insurance Company
MTL Insurance Company, a member of Mutual Trust Financial Group and the flagship of
the group, was founded in 1904 with the belief that life insurance should be the
cornerstone of every family's financial plan. Today, the company continues to embrace this
goal by developing, underwriting and servicing individual life insurance and annuities.
The company is recognized in the industry as "The Whole Life Company"(R) because of its
leadership in designing and developing participating whole life products that offer very
early cash values and guaranteed premiums and death benefits. A mutual company, MTL has an
impressive record of paying dividends for more than 100 consecutive years.
About Sapiens International
Sapiens International Corporation (NASDAQ and TASE: SPNS) is a global provider of
innovative software solutions for the insurance industry. We offer end-to-end solutions
for the Life & Pension, Property & Casualty, and Reinsurance markets. We serve over 100
financial services customers, backed by a team of over 700 insurance experts, operating
through fully-owned subsidiaries in North America, the United Kingdom, EMEA and Asia
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this
release are forward-looking statements that are dependent on certain risks and
uncertainties, including such factors, among others, as market acceptance, market demand,
pricing, changing regulatory environment, changing economic conditions, risks in new
product and service development, the effect of the Company's accounting policies, specific
system configurations and software needs of individual customers and other risk factors
detailed in the Company's SEC filings.
Osnat Segev-Harel, CMO
D-Link Ships its First 802.11ac Router to Lead Next Generation of Wi-Fi
New Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L) Leverages 802.11ac Wireless Standard to Deliver Up to 1750Mbps Dual Band Wireless Performance for Today's Connected Home
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delivering gigabit wireless speeds, higher capacity and broader coverage for home networks, D-Link today announced its first 802.11ac router - the Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L) - is now available. The Cloud Router 5700 offers superior dual-band wireless performance of up to 1750Mbps for today's high-bandwidth gaming and HD streaming applications, and features D-Link's industry-leading Cloud App, allowing consumers to monitor and control the home network remotely. The Cloud Router 5700 provides users with easy access to manage and stream local content from a connected USB drive to mobile devices via D-Link's SharePort(TM) mobile app.
Equipped with Broadcom's 5G WiFi (802.11ac) chip, the Cloud Router 5700 delivers the world's fastest wireless speeds at up to 1750 Mbps (1300 ac + 450 n) - three times faster than the fastest Wireless N technology. Easy to set-up and delivering faster speeds and greater coverage, the Cloud Router 5700 is ideal for wireless HD video streaming and multi-person online gaming. Using the 5GHz band, the Cloud Router 5700 allows for less interference and a cleaner connection. In addition, the Cloud Router 5700 provides future proof with support of the IPv6 standard and is backwards compatible with previous generation 802.11n wireless standards, ensuring that current products and networks do not become obsolete.
"D-Link's support of 802.11ac technology underscores an ongoing commitment to provide the industry's latest and most comprehensive home network," said Ken Loyd, director, consumer products, D-Link Systems, Inc. "Powered by 802.11ac technology, the Cloud Router 5700 not only tackles all the wireless needs of today's connected home with unparalleled wireless signal and strength, but also caters directly to today's mobile lifestyle with D-Link's mydlink Cloud Services that enable consumers to monitor internet activity and access content saved onto a USB thumb drive via the SharePort app."
More about the Cloud Router 5700
The Cloud Router 5700 delivers a range of performance and security features, including:
-- Up to 1750Mbps Wi-Fi with 802.11ac: 1300Mbps 802.11ac + 450Mbps Wireless
-- 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
-- App-enabled remote monitoring and control: mydlink Lite App
-- Easy media sharing: Wirelessly access videos, music and photos on your
iPad, iPhone or Android device from any connected USB drive with
SharePort Mobile app
-- Extended wireless coverage: Powered amplified wireless signal
-- Total Security: Complete set of security features including an SPI
firewall and WPA2 to protect your network against intruders
-- IPv6 Ready for future internet service performance, security and overall
"The improved speed and range enabled by our 5G WiFi technology make it the preferred solution for the new generation of wireless routers," said Dino Bekis, Broadcom Senior Director, Access and Wireless Entertainment Business. "D-Link routers based on 5G WiFi will deliver reliable video streaming, faster file transfers, and an overall more satisfying wireless experience."
Availability and Pricing
The Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L) is now available with a retail price of $189.99 at Amazon.com and Newegg.com. More information about the Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L) is available online at http://www.dlink.com/dir865l.
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit http://www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/dlink).
Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, buildings materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range.
Westcon Group Announces Acquisition of Triple AcceSSS IT
Brings Security Business Practice First Presence in Austria, Expands Swiss Operations, and Provides New Capabilities in Eastern Europe
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. and WR. NEUDORF, Austria, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced the acquisition of Triple AcceSSS IT. The deal brings Westcon Europe's security business practice its first presence in Austria and extends operations in Switzerland - closing a gap in the European footprint and allowing Westcon to address needs of customers in the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and Eastern European markets.
Founded in 2006, Triple AcceSSS IT is one of the leading value-added distributors in Austria. With an additional presence in Switzerland, the company offers a wide range of networking and security solutions, including: switching, routing, anti-virus software, application availability, content filtering, network access control and intrusion detection. Its vendor portfolio includes market-leading products from Juniper, Blue Coat, F5 Networks, Trend Micro, Sophos, BlueCat, Lifesize and others.
Today's announcement comes only a year after Westcon's acquisition of entrada Kommunikations GmbH in July 2011. entrada was the second-largest value-added distributor of security products in Germany and significantly expanded Westcon's reach across Europe. Triple AcceSSS IT solidifies Westcon's leadership reputation in the critical DACH region.
According to market analysts, the network security market in EMEA continues to show strong growth - breaking $670 million last year. This growth is largely attributed to more sophisticated security attacks and the increased use of personal devices in the corporate setting.
"The enterprise security market is one of the most important opportunities for distributors in all of IT. As companies face more complex threats, it's critical to find new ways to protect their business-critical information," said Willem de Haan, Vice President, Westcon Europe. "Time and again, Triple AcceSSS IT has proven its leadership. Their strong market presence in Austria and Switzerland along with a premier vendor portfolio, very much aligned to ours, will immediately expand our footprint and bolster our business in this key arena."
In addition to Austria and Switzerland, Triple AcceSSS IT's Eastern European customer base includes those headquartered in such countries as Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Slovenia, Bosnia and Croatia. The company also offers a broad range of professional services - from helpdesk and third-level support to training and advanced hardware replacement.
"In less than a decade, we've made our mark as one of the top security distributors in all of Austria. This success is largely based on our young, dynamic and knowledge-rich team that has earned the trust of vendors, reseller partners and their customers," said Walter Ludwig, CEO, Triple AcceSSS IT. "Westcon has a reputation as a top distributor in Europe - with a broad vendor portfolio and unmatched level of technical knowledge. Today's acquisition is a perfect fit and will help both companies take our businesses to the next level."
Westcon Group's security business practice provides all the necessary elements of end-to-end secure technology solutions. Its security, compliance, data center and cloud solutions include complementary best-in-class products -- supported by a comprehensive suite of professional support, operational, marketing and financial services. Westcon Security's global presence and expertise provides unique support and benefits to partners' global projects.
About Triple AcceSSS IT
Founded in mid-2006 by Walter Ludwig, Benedikt Mayer and Gerhard Domes, Triple AcceSSS IT easily made its way to become one of the top value-added distributions in Austria. Their young, dynamic and competent team has earned the trust of vendors, reselling partners and their customers, respectively. Being recognized as technically highly certified, they are ATC for most of their vendors, and do offer trainings ranging from one-day workshops to vendor certification courses to partners and their customers on a regular basis. Triple AcceSSS IT staff provides partners with best-of-class intense support such as solution design, renewal and license management, marketing, business development and finance.
About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon's teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group's portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Brocade, Fujitsu, Polycom, Juniper Networks, F5, Avaya, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit: http://www.westcongroup.com.
Revamped IDriveSync Simplifies Secure File Syncing Between PCs, Macs, Tablets and Smartphones
New software includes Facebook integration, Visual Sharing(TM) and faster syncing capabilities at industry's lowest price
LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pro Softnet Corp., a world-class provider of cloud storage, online backup, compliance and remote access solutions for consumers and business, today announced the completely redesigned IDriveSync, with new features and a user interface designed to deliver the best and most secure way to access data across multiple computers, tablets and smartphones.
New to the IDriveSync service is Visual Sharing(TM), a drag-and-drop online interface for sharing files. The interface allows users to easily set up a contact list. After locating files to share, users can drag-and-drop those files onto their contacts.
Also new is Facebook integration that allows users to link their Facebook account for easy access to contacts and sharing of photos or videos with Facebook friends via private messages or wall posts. Using this integration, photos can be uploaded once to an IDriveSync account and be available for both posting to Facebook and other uses.
IDriveSync is available at http://www.idrivesync.com/ and includes 5 GB complimentary storage space. Users requiring additional storage can purchase 150 GB for $4.95 per month or $49.50 annually; or 500 GB for $14.95 per month or $149.50 annually. Every IDriveSync account supports an unlimited number of connected devices sharing the same sync space.
The IDriveSync service also ensures better security and performance than its competitors through Pro Softnet's private cloud service with data transferred and stored using the highest level of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256).
"The explosion of mobile devices has made online sync a hot market today, but security is a top priority for users," said Raghu Kulkarni, Pro Softnet CEO. "We take pride in delivering a safe syncing solution through servers that are owned and operated by Pro Softnet, all at a low price point and I believe users will be very happy with this new version of IDriveSync."
Additional key features include:
-- Cross-platform functionality - IDriveSync is available for Windows, Mac
OS X, iOS and Android and devices are linked seamlessly so important
files are always accessible.
-- iPad document editing: IDriveSync supports the WebDAV protocol, which
allows iPad owners that have Apple iWork apps (Pages, Numbers & Keynote)
to edit and save documents stored on their IDriveSync account from their
-- Groups - IDriveSync allows users to create various contact groups for
easy syncing with coworkers, family and friends.
-- File versioning - IDriveSync will store up to the latest 30 versions of
every file synced to the service and only the latest version of each
file takes up Sync space - earlier versions are kept without counting as
-- Speed - IDriveSync offers 30 percent faster syncing capabilities for
larger data transfers when compared to similar services.
IDriveSync is created by Pro Softnet Corporation
Headquartered in Los Angeles County, Pro Softnet Corp. is a privately held company specializing in cloud storage, online backup, file sharing, remote access, compliance, sync and related technologies serving the consumer, small business and enterprise markets. Core products include IDrive®, IDriveSync®, IBackup®, RemotePC(TM) and EVS for developers. The company's popular services currently have more than 900,000 subscribers.For more information please visit http://www.idrivesync.com.
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Pro Softnet Corporation
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New keyword-based bid policies manage all Baidu advertising through Kenshoo
Kenshoo [http://www.kenshoo.com ], a global leader in digital marketing software,
today unveiled two new rules-based bidding policies designed to improve return on
investment for Kenshoo clients advertising on Baidu, the leading search engine for China.
"By fine-tuning the algorithm to more specifically address the nuances of Baidu's
competitive advertising environment, Kenshoo advertisers have a better opportunity to
improve performance on China's top search engine," said Philip Chiu, Managing Director,
Kenshoo APAC. "Kenshoo has brought many efficiencies to search and digital advertising,
and we will continue to deliver impactful and innovative advances to advertisers focused
on the APAC region."
Kenshoo's new rules-based bidding policies for Baidu, 'Increase Profit for Baidu' and
'CPA for Baidu,' will more specifically address intricacies of Baidu search advertising
than the general bidding algorithms available to advertisers directly through Baidu. As
top search engines and social networks around the globe continue to adjust their own
algorithms and technologies, Kenshoo engineers are constantly monitoring, tweaking,
measuring and optimizing the Kenshoo software to give advertisers an edge in the
"Kenshoo consistently delivers new competitive advantages for us,"said Sam Hu, SR
Manager SEM at CTRIP the largest travel brand in China, "Having the ability to manage
keyword bids in an environment that specifically addresses the nuances of Baidu should
make a tremendous difference for us and this is only the latest in a long line of
innovations for the China market from Kenshoo. They help us keep ahead of the
Kenshoo is a digital marketing software [http://kenshoo.com ] company that engineers
technology solutions for search marketing, social media and online advertising. Brands,
agencies and marketing providers use Kenshoo Enterprise, Kenshoo Local and Kenshoo Social
to direct more than $25 billion in annual client sales revenue. The Kenshoo Universal
Platform delivers automation, intelligence, integration and scale to make better marketing
investments. With campaigns running in more than 190 countries, Kenshoo clients include
CareerBuilder, Expedia, Facebook, KAYAK, Havas Digital, Hitwise, iREP, John Lewis,
LendingTree, Resolution Media, Sears, Starcom MediaVest Group, Tesco, Travelocity,
Walgreens, and Zappos. Kenshoo has 16 international locations and is backed by Sequoia
Capital and Arts Alliance. Please visit http://www.Kenshoo.com for more information.
Kenshoo is a trademark of Kenshoo Ltd. Other company and brand names may be trademarks
of their respective owners.
SANTA ANA, Calif., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TDUBZ is proud to announce the official launch of its website, TDUBZ.com. Their goal is to be the world's best online superstore featuring only goods made or assembled in the USA. The July 2012 launch coincides with the celebration of America's independence.
The retail site offers mobile device accessories, pens, knives, tools, messenger bags, flashlights, eyewear and outdoor sports accessories. If it comes from TDUBZ.com, it's either made or assembled right here in the USA. The main focus for TDUBZ is to build a site where consumers can find these products, while not having to research where they are being made. With a vast majority of products being manufactured overseas these days, many consumers look for a reputable place to buy American-made products. TDUBZ is putting their time, money and energy where their virtual mouth is, and doing that research. "If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. We realize it's getting harder and harder to buy American-made and TDUBZ.com is taking steps to change that," stated Jeff Whitten, co-founder of TDUBZ.
TDUBZ.com provides a streamlined user-experience, with clean graphics and bold presence. The secure shopping cart is quick, easy and user-friendly. TDUBZ.com selects only quality products that are made or assembled in the USA and are adding items and vendors weekly. Visit the new website at http://www.tdubz.com to see it's not only a fun and easy place to shop, but it offers the items you need and will feel good about buying.
Launched in July 2012 TDUBZ LLC. is the online Made in USA superstore featuring only Made or Assembled in the USA products. TDUBZ.com offerings include mobile device accessories, pens, knives, tools, messenger bags, flashlights, eyewear, outdoor sports accessories and more. http://www.tdubz.com.
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Delivers Office as a cloud service while harnessing innovations enabled by Windows 8
SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview. The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.
"We are taking bold steps at Microsoft," Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. "The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8."
Office at Its Best on Windows 8
-- Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to
keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and
zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and
access features with the touch of a finger.
-- Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features.
Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use
your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and
erase your mistakes with ease.
-- New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new
Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed
to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in
OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
-- Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains
new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will
be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.
Office Is in the Cloud
-- SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content
is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are
also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
-- Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including
your most recently used files, templates and even your custom
dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office
even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that
spot in a single click.
-- Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when
you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an
Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
-- New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based
subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future
upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world
minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple
installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.
Office Is Social
-- Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses.
You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly.
Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.
-- Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint.
View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity
feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.
-- People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in
Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with
pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from
Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
-- Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60
minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts
into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.
Office Unlocks New Scenarios
-- Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across
multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you --
take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch
easily back and forth.
-- Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and
easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large
and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within
documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
-- Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows
your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes
in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate
your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video
with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard
for collaborative brainstorming.
-- Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings,
presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these
multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.
While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced in the fall, Ballmer discussed three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:
-- Office 365 Home Premium -- designed for families and consumers. This
service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60
minutes of Skype world minutes per month.
-- Office 365 Small Business Premium -- designed for small businesses. This
service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website
tools and HD webconferencing.
-- Office 365 ProPlus -- designed for enterprise customers who want
advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage
in the cloud.
The customer preview is available at office.com/preview.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
The Hershey Company recently introduced the coolest and sweetest way to experience fresh breath with the launch of Ice BreakersDuo® mints--the ultimate "fruit + cool" flavor sensation. Ice BreakersDuo mints come in two flavors - Raspberry and Strawberry - and combine a sweet, fruity taste with the brand's signature cooling crystals and are available at retailers nationwide.
"Ice Breakers Duo mints offer fans the best of both worlds with a delicious and invigorating fresh breath experience that pairs a sweet, textured fruity side with a cool, smooth minty taste," said Anna Lingeris, spokesperson for the Ice Breakers brand. "We're excited to bring this duality to life through a special partnership with Pandora® and an interactive Facebook® app that gets fans involved by taking a look at both the sweet and cool sides of their personalities."
Pandora Chief Revenue Officer John Trimble said, "Our work with Hershey's allows us to capture the soundtrack of the Ice Breakers brand and gives them the opportunity to connect with their fans, while they are engaged and interacting with the best personalized music experience. We're delighted to offer Ice Breakers brand Facebook fans direct access to the exclusive Pandora radio stations and provide them with the option to share their favorite music discoveries."
Are you sweet or cool?
To celebrate the new line of dazzling mouth sensations, Ice Breakers brand is challenging fans to Duo It Better(TM) on Facebook with four different activities that will help them bring out the sweet and cool sides of their personalities including access to three exclusive Pandora radio stations--Ice Breakers Duo Sweet Station, Ice Breakers Duo Cool Station and Ice Breakers Duo It Better Station.
Ice Breakers fans can visit Facebook.com/Icebreakers to identify their personality duality through the following features:
-- Analyze - Facebook profiles say a lot about a person, so Ice Breakers
fans are invited to analyze theirs to find out where they land on the
sweet versus cool scale. Who wouldn't want to be "Sweet as a Koala Bear
Hug" or "Cool as a Snowman's Belly Button?"
-- Listen - Three custom Duo It Better Pandora radio stations offer fans
sweet and cool music, featuring mash-ups, collaborations and covers to
balance out the sweet and cool sides of their personalities.
-- Vote - In addition to listening to awesome tunes on the three Duo It
Better Pandora stations, fans can also vote for songs to add and remove
from their radio station. Let your sweet or cool voice be heard!
-- Create - Fans can Duo their profile picture by combining photos of their
sweet or cool side with that of a friend's and upload it to the Ice
Breakers' Facebook app.
Ice BreakersDuo mints are available in 1.3 oz containers and are now available at mass, grocery, drug and specialty retailers nationwide. For more information on Ice BreakersDuos mints, visit http://www.ice-breakers.com. For more information on the Duo It BetterFacebook tab, visit Facebook.com/Icebreakers.
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 12,000 employees. With revenues of more than $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey'sKisses, Hershey'sBliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Hershey also offers premium and artisan chocolate products under such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.
For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company's global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.
Summer In Philly Sizzles Thanks To GPTMC's 31 Days With Summer Love Facebook Promo
Promoting With Love, Philadelphia XOXO®, Contest Features 60 Prizes, Including Two Fuji Bikes
PHILADELPHIA, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning today, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) embraces summer in a major way with its 31 Days With Summer Love promotion, encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the many fun and only-in-Philly experiences available in the region. A component of GPTMC's popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, the facebook.com/visitphillysweepstakes features 60 prizes, including restaurant giftcards, attraction tickets, tour passes, hotel stays and a pair of grand-prize Fuji bikes--all valued at nearly $10,000.
From July 16 through August 15, fans of facebook.com/visitphilly will have a chance to win one of 31 inspired Philly prize packages--several of which include an overnight hotel stay. Fans are encouraged to check facebook.com/visitphilly daily to see what prize is up for grabs that day. Participants are permitted one contest entry per day. Prizes do not need to be redeemed on the day the winner is announced.
Here's a look at just a dozen of the only-in-Philly prizes up for grabs through August 15:
1. City Food Tour of choice, followed by an overnight at Le Meridien
2. Club-level tickets to the Real Madrid vs. Celtic FC soccer game and
dinner at Xfinity Live
3. A meal at Fish, followed by an overnight stay at the Loews Philadelphia
4. Tickets to the Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia exhibition
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along with a meal at the Water Works
Restaurant and Lounge
5. Two megabus.com tickets, a tour of the Bruce Springsteen exhibition at
the National Constitution Center and an overnight stay at the Courtyard
6. Two megabus.com tickets, admission to a ComedySportz show and an
overnight at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
7. A game of mini-golf at Franklin Square, a meal at SquareBurger and a
night at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
8. Peddler's Village getaway package
9. Two tickets to a regular-season Flyers game, plus a ride on the Zamboni
10. Passes to The Academy of Natural Sciences and an overnight stay at
Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City
11. A weekend at the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, plus dinner at Valanni
12. A ride on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad and accommodations at the
All who enter to win a prize package throughout the month will also be eligible to nab the grand prize on August 15: a pair of bikes from Philly-based Fuji and a couple of With Love-branded helmets. Fans who enter the contest once per day will be entered to win the top prize 31 times.
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region's vitality.
For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.
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IBM PureSystems Helps ValeCard Meet Demands of Business Expansion
First Brazilian PureSystems client seeking gains in performance, security and scalability
UBERLANDIA, Brazil, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and ValeCard today announced the first PureSystems project in Brazil. ValeCard - a GRUPO CEPHAS company spanning several industry sectors including finance, agriculture, real estate and healthcare - will use the new PureFlex system to streamline its datacenter operations and record keeping.
Facing rapid expansion of its business - with growth above 40 percent annually over the past three years - ValeCard needed a robust infrastructure to manage thousands of transaction records from contracts with large companies and government entities. Additionally, ValeCard needed to meet an ever increasing set of new regulations and standards for data availability.(1)
For example, BlockAuto (one of ValeCard's subsidiaries), will utilize the new PureSystems solution to locate and track vehicles. It receives updated geographic locations of all vehicles in its database every 30 seconds, and processes the data to an online portal for their clients use. Another subsidiary, DentalShow, will use the systems to process the queries of customers to hundreds of dental clinics. Additionally, ValeCard will be able to authorize transactions and monitor commercial supply throughout its network of more than 60,000 merchants and 3 million users. The security and scalability of PureSystems is critical for these operations, which must comply with the standards and technical certifications of various government agencies.
"A great advantage of ValeCard is to serve its clients with customized projects. To keep this feature in the environment of high growth company, we maintain our capabilities beyond our current technology needs," said Jose Geraldo Ortigosa, ValeCard Operations Manager. "IBM PureSystems gives us freedom to grow, increase our availability, allow the creation of a hot environment for Disaster Recovery and puts the company in the right direction by using new technologies such as Cloud Computing."
ValeCard anticipates that the project will generate gains in performance, enhanced data protection, a significant increase in system scalability and provide a complete integration of the new environment with legacy data. This is critical to simplifying the administration and management issues that have resulted from the frequent acquisitions that the organization has made.
ValeCard will also benefit from the functionality of the IBM SmartCloud that is provided by PureSystems. IBM SmartCloud computing helps clients to reduce operating costs and speeds development time and delivery of new environments for the user.
PureSystems, introduced in April, is the result of $2 billion in research, development and acquisitions over four years and has been designed to help change the economics of IT, to help organizations reduce IT costs and complexity and put more resources towards innovation and growth. With PureSystems, IBM has taken the unprecedented step of completely integrating all of the technology components - virtualized servers, storage, networking and cloud management software - needed to enable a customer to turn on a private cloud system within minutes. In addition, the highly scalable PureSystems cloud is delivered with built-in security and no single point of failure.
(1) The solution includes the IBM Flex System Enterprise, IBM Flex System Manager, four compute nodes x240, a POWER module p260, two IBM Storwize V7000 systems, a TS3200 tape, four IBM B24 switches and a PureFlex System 42U rack, using SmartCloud Software for the creation of a private Cloud and iTSM for backup.
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ORLANDO, Fla., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced the launch of version 2.0 of its popular cloud-base consumer antivirus service, Panda Cloud Antivirus, for both its Free and Pro editions. The new version is fully compatible with Windows 8 Release Preview and incorporates a new smart community-based firewall and many other improvements.
Since the initial release of Panda Cloud Antivirus 2009, millions of users around the world have benefited from award-winning free antivirus protection and minimal resource consumption that it provides via its Collective Intelligence technology.
Thanks to a new cloud-based disinfection engine, the new Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.0 offers even better malware detection and disinfection capabilities, as proven by tests conducted by renowned independent laboratories such as AV-Test.org and AV Comparatives.
The new Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition optimizes security by adding behavior-based scanning technologies, a feature previously only available in the Pro Edition. Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.0 incorporates a series of improvements aimed at defending users against an increasingly sophisticated and diverse set of threats such as rogueware and ransomware; neutralizing malware capable of getting past antivirus programs; and adapting its scanning techniques and sensitivity to the risk posed by each malicious item.
Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.0 removes all malware traces after neutralization which increases its disinfection capabilities. Additionally, it has a lower impact on system performance, and scans more than 50% faster than earlier versions of the program in on-demand scans. "The new version of Panda Cloud Antivirus improves disinfection rates and reduces the memory footprint," said Pedro Bustamante, senior research advisor at Panda Security. "Thanks to the useful feedback of our beta tester community we have improved this product yet again, providing maximum PC protection and disinfection power with minimum impact on PC performance."
Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro Edition
Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro Edition includes all the features of the Free Edition plus a new smart community-based firewall that automatically stops intrusion attempts and data leakage. In line with the product's philosophy, the firewall minimizes user intervention by automatically managing application permissions based on the real-time knowledge gathered from Panda Security's global user community. The new firewall incorporates an intrusion detection system and adapts its behavior based on the network type the user is connected to such as home, work, or a public place.
To download Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.0 for free, please visit: http://www.cloudantivirus.com. In addition, to mark the launch of the new solution, Panda Security has teamed up with CNET, the popular download portal, to give away 5,000 one-year licenses of Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro Edition from: http://www.download.com.
About Panda Security
Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world's leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 56 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain.
Panda Security collaborates with Special Olympics, WWF and Invest for Children as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.
Hotels.com® Makes Travel Booking More Social With Introduction of Deals Facebook App
New Facebook App Makes Travel Recommendations Based on Friend Activity
LONDON, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotels.com®, the leading authority on destination travel for consumers searching for hotel deals, amenities and availability, announced today the launch of its Deals Facebook app, which delivers tailored deals that are informed through user preferences and friend activity.
Hotels.com Deals incorporates social recommendations, sharing and discovery into the travel booking process by letting users see the most travelled-to places within their networks and as to where their friends have recently visited. The app showcases destinations that are most prevalent in each user's network and also allows users to "Wish List" their favorite destinations to surface relevant content.
"We at Hotels.com are pioneering a new approach to social recommendation and discovery on the Facebook Platform," said Nigel Pocklington, CMO, Hotels.com worldwide. "This application and the algorithm behind it, surfaces friends' popular destinations and matches that with great hotel deals. This creates a powerful social context that will drive travel recommendations and enable users to find their ideal destination."
Hotels.com Deals also integrates activity from Welcome Rewards(TM), Hotels.com's industry-leading loyalty programme that lets customers earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed. Welcome Rewards members can view their account activity, including free night status and upcoming stays.
Travellers looking to book a hotel can also use the new Facebook app to easily research all current Hotels.com deals, find the most frequently booked destinations, view hotel star rating and guest reviews, and check rates and availability.
Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking website with more than 150,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, negotiating the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 6.5 million Guest Reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards(TM), customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 65,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will refund the difference. Travelers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at http://www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index(TM), which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at http://www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hotelsdotcom, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcom and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.
About Brand Networks
Brand Networks is the leading provider of social software and marketing services to global brands and agencies. The company is one of eight firms that have earned three Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) badges, for Apps, Page Management Tools and Ad Management Tools. Brand Networks provides marketers with a suite of solutions including Go LOCAL, Story AMP and Social PIX, to grow, manage, monitor and measure brand presence on the Facebook Platform. By combining innovative software, agency services, and comprehensive analytics into a holistic approach, the company delivers the most effective marketing solutions to the world's most liked brands. Brand Networks is headquartered in Boston with offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Rochester, NY. For more information, please visit http://www.brandnetworksinc.com.
Clipboard Highlighted in Latest "Beauty of the Web" Internet Explorer 9 Ads
Clipboard now available in IE9 optimized experience and featured in the IE9 Gallery
BELLEVUE, Wash., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Clipboard, the best way to clip, save and share anything online, announced it has been included in the Microsoft "Beauty of the Web" advertising campaign airing on TV, internet and in theaters throughout the summer. As part of the campaign, Clipboard is featured in the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Gallery providing users more seamless access to their Clipboard content when using IE9.
Providing a native Windows app feel, notable enhancements of Clipboard on IE9 include:
-- Windows 7 Taskbar - Access Clipboard with one click by adding the "heart
clip" logo favicon to the Windows 7 Taskbar. Simply drag the "heart
clip" from the URL from the top left corner of your IE9 browser to the
Windows 7 Taskbar.
-- Jump Lists - Access the pages, topics and profiles you visit the most on
Clipboard, such as "hot clips" and "new clips," directly from the Jump
List feature. Easily access the Jump List by right clicking on the
"heart clip" favicon on your taskbar.
-- Notifications - Receive live notifications from Clipboard on your "heart
clip" favicon when your clips are liked, shared, or if you have new
Clipboard provides a new way for people to get things done by saving the content that matters most. The ability to more easily access Clipboard while working on projects and tasks in Windows 7 is a key component in how the company sees its users saving parts of the web to Clipboard. Whether it's clipping news articles, social media updates, appointment information, or planning the purchase of a new car, a summer vacation, or your big wedding, Clipboard strives to help organize and drive busy lives forward.
Check out the new commercial here on YouTube. Learn more about Clipboard's IE9 updates, including screenshots, by visiting the Clipboard blog. You can also learn more about how Clipboard works in this video.
CONTACT: Anne Culp, Weber Shandwick for Clipboard, +1-206-601-9218, aculp@WeberShandwick.com
Samsung combines super-bright photography with easy sharing in the new SMART CAMERA EX2F
The new model boasts the world's brightest compact camera lens for
pursuing your passions
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a
global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies,
has announced the launch of the EX2F, the latest model in its growing
range of Wi-Fi-enabled SMART CAMERAs. Following the success of the EX1
with F1.8 lens, the new model is engineered to deliver super-bright
photography thanks to its F1.4 lens, the brightest in any compact
The high image and video quality of the EX2F also comes with the
advantage of being able to store and share images remotely using Wi-Fi
functionality. Encompassing Full Manual Control in a strong but
lightweight body, the EX2F is ideal for DSLR-owners looking for more
portable equipment to capture images spontaneously and subtly, and for
photographers looking for a step-up in quality from their
point-and-shoot whilst retaining ease-of-use and portability.
"We created the EX2F to show that taking great pictures doesn't have to
involve carrying a heavy and bulky DSLR wherever you go. Because the
best shots often arise when you least expect them, the EX2F delivers
manual control and stunningly bright image quality in a light and small
body," said Craig McLennan, Vice-President, Consumer Electronics at
Samsung Canada. "The EX2F is the perfect compact on-the-road companion
for the DLSR user who expects the best image quality for capturing
their passions, while still enjoying full creative control."
The EX2F combines a number of features to deliver incredible picture
quality in all conditions. With the segment-leading advanced F1.4 24mm
Lens, the wide range of aperture steps delivers clear images and video
even in very low light conditions. These are easily controlled using
the professional front wheel key and Dual Dials, which enable switching
between parameters and modes quickly for greater manual control.
The world's brightest compact camera lens
The EX2F's F1.4 24mm wide-angle lens is approximately four times as
bright as a F2.8 camera lens. A further development is that the lens
unit now consists of eleven elements in nine groups, with four
aspherical lenses and two high refractive lenses. Combined, these
provide a 20% increase in the amount of light on the sensor, a 20%
increase in image quality and a 10% increase in zoom ratio.
The lens on the EX2F also incorporates a Neutral Density (ND) filter,
giving the user greater control over exposure time in different
conditions and making photos appear more neutral in situations of
over-exposure. It also allows for shooting at a very shallow depth of
field, so users can isolate their subjects from backgrounds to create
stunning portraits. To make bright images clearer, the EX2F also
includes Dual IS (OIS and DIS) to minimize the effect of shaking -
particularly useful in low-light situations.
Housed in a sleek yet durable high-intensity magnesium body, more
commonly found on DSLR models, the EX2F combines high-end image quality
with convenience and speed. For those accustomed to the level of
creative control on DSLRs, the EX2F allows for shooting in RAW mode for
professional standard pictures.
The EX2F also encompasses Full Manual Control as well as Aperture and
Shutter Priority modes. The Dual Dial and front wheel keys also allow
users to quickly and easily adjust exposure for effortless pro-style
control. This is all combined into a body that is compact and light,
making it possible to carry the camera anywhere for spontaneous shots
without the complication and intrusiveness of a weighty DSLR.
Bright and intuitive display
The 3.0" Swivel AMOLED display is perfect for lining up great shots and
viewing them under any light conditions - and does so whilst consuming
little battery power. The screen responds swiftly and displays images
in high contrast, while the swivel display allows picture-taking from
low and high angles - even self-portraits. The screen also incorporates
Samsung's Smart Panel user interface, which integrates all parameters
into one display for easy control over the end result.
Shooting and sharing from anywhere
The EX2F is the latest in Samsung's SMART CAMERA range of Wi-Fi-enabled
cameras, which take the combination of high-quality imaging paired with
connectivity to a new level. Wi-Fi connectivity enables the secure
storage of images through Auto Backup to a PC or saving to the Cloud.
In addition, sharing to social networking sites such as Facebook or
Picasa is easy - or pictures can be sent via email.
The EX2F's Mobile Link opens doors for connectivity with smartphones,
without even having to resize images or video. Users can also access
the Remote Viewfinder to use their smartphone's screen to frame shots
from a variety of angles. Through the SMART LINK button, all these
functions can be accessed with one touch for simplified sharing and
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and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or
About Samsung Electronics Canada
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New Online Tee Time Booking Engine Puts Control Back Into Owners Hands
Currently Available in Atlanta, Play18.com is Adaptable for Nationwide Expansion
ATLANTA, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to regain control over pricing and tee time availability from third party booking engines, the Georgia Golf Course Owners Association (GGCOA), with support from the National Golf Course Owners Association, announced the launch of Play18.com to offer a solution that benefits both golfers and course management. The new service was created in collaboration with course owners, golf professionals, online tee time experts and other golf associations to develop a service model that provides users with the most convenient and easy to use booking experience for golfers, while allowing course owners to control the price and availability for their own course.
Developed to create a more competitive landscape and to help course owners regain control of their tee time inventory, Play18 is free for courses to participate, no trade times required, and 100 percent of the green and cart revenue goes directly to the courses. The service works by pulling available tee times directly from the golf courses' website, where the best available price can be found. For added convenience, users create a personalized account where they can list their favorite courses, receive special promotional codes and have access to exclusive rewards offered directly by the courses.
"The current third party online tee time service that is available today is grossly taking advantage of the distressed course owners by offering extremely low rates that are damaging to the course as well as the entire golf industry," said Joe Guerra, president of GGCOA. "Play18 is a win for everyone. It provides golfers with the best price possible while giving course owners full control of how they price and list their available tee times."
Easy Market Adaptation
Currently available in Atlanta, with additional major market launches pending, the technology has been strategically designed for golf associations nationwide to utilize in their markets. Powered by Quick 18 Solutions, the technology includes direct access to all major tee sheet and POS providers, making it simple for Golf Professionals to operate. The tee time booking service technology is ready for online use and for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile platforms.
For Associations and Courses interested in learning about how to launch the Play18 service in their market, contact Matt Brown at email@example.com.
All-New FARO Vantage, a Revolution in Laser Tracker Design, Delivers Elite Performance in a Remarkably Compact Package.
FARO shrinks the size of its industry-leading laser tracker by 25 percent while adding a host of new features that increase range and improve efficiency for customers.
LAKE MARY, Fla., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world's most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the Vantage, a true laser tracker that combines disruptive new features and a supremely portable design. Enhancements like SmartFind, Multiview and integrated Wi-Fi® expedite measurement routines for unprecedented speed and efficiency. Dramatic reductions in size and weight make the device so portable, it can simply be carried on board an airplane and stored in an overhead bin. "The Vantage is a revolution," said Ken Steffey, Director of Product Management for the FARO Laser Tracker. "This device, and its combination of features, accuracy and portability, is unlike anything this industry has seen. The Vantage will be the standard for laser trackers going forward."
Though the Vantage is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than its predecessor, FARO has included new in-line optic systems that actually improve long-range measurement by 45 percent to up to 80 meters (160m diameter). Integrated Wi-Fi eliminates tethering to laptops. The result is a portable tracker that captures more measurements with fewer device moves, and shorter routines, than ever before. Along with standard shipping cases, the Vantage is packaged with an all-new backpack and roller board that can be stowed in an airline overhead compartment, so it can be transported anywhere, anytime, quickly and conveniently.
Two of the new features found only in the Vantage - SmartFind and MultiView - increase productivity by reducing measurement time. The SmartFind system responds to simple gestures from the operator and allows the Vantage to quickly find the desired target whenever its beam is lost or broken. The patent-pending MultiView system utilizes two integrated cameras that let users point automatically to specific, difficult-to-reach targets.
Other new features like the water and dust resistant IP52 rating mean operators can rely on the Vantage through precipitation and moisture that can cause other laser trackers to fail. The Vantage's TruADM technology provides the accuracy needed for everyday, real-world applications where the differences between absolute distance measurement (ADM) and interferometer (IFM)-based measurements are, for the most part, insignificant. Unlike technologies that require an IFM system to assist their ADM system, FARO's TruADM simplifies the process. Enhanced, predictive algorithms in this patented, fifth-generation technology allow quicker capture of dynamic measurements by simply scanning with the target.
"FARO has developed a more portable, durable laser tracker that incorporates remarkable performance, ease-of-use and more. We're proud to be able to introduce such a complete solution to the marketplace," explained FARO CEO Jay Freeland. "It truly is a no-compromise solution for our customers."
FARO is the world's most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.
Worldwide, approximately 14,000 customers are operating more than 28,000 installations of FARO's systems. The Company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Fla., its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branches in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan.
icix Announces Solutions to Help States Meet Healthy School Meal Standards
icix Launches get6cents.com and Customized Software Modules for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Compliance and 6-Cent Reimbursement
DENVER, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- icix (http://www.icix.com), a cloud-based collaborative commerce solution that enables suppliers and their customers to exchange mission-critical information in real time, today announced the launch of http://www.get6cents.com, which provides an overview of a highly configurable icix solution for states, school districts, and schools to use for validating the legally mandated improvements in school nutrition under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA).
At a time when school foodservice directors are under more pressure than ever to provide healthy meals to students, icix is providing much-needed real time support in the areas of reimbursement, food safety and recalls, and professional standards and training.
"We have developed the industry's only configurable solution to help the education sector comply with this critical legislation that will drive significant improvement in the foods our kids eat every day," said Paul Touw, Chairman and CEO of icix. "The First Lady, USDA, and state and local officials across the country have and continue to work hard to provide better meals for children at this critical phase of their development. icix looks forward to supporting their efforts with our cost-effective HHFKA solution that will be available by the compliance deadline of October 1, 2012."
icix will provide in-depth tutorials of its solution at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference in Denver this week through Wednesday (7/16/12 - 7/18/12) in Booth 2213. The icix solution includes full integration of all tools provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the states, including spreadsheets and reporting templates.
Under the leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act into law in 2010. A primary provision of the bill provides a 6-cent bonus to states for every healthy breakfast and lunch they serve. Across the country, schools serve more than 12 million breakfasts and 32 million lunches each day. The Act, and subsequent regulations issued by USDA, mandate significant improvements in the nutritional makeup of school meals.
The period to begin compiling menus started July 1, 2012. Formal implementation of the Act begins October 1, 2012 and continues on a phased schedule for a period of years. In addition to a 6-cent bonus for every healthy meal, USDA will make $94 million available to the states in 2012 and 2013 for technical assistance in implementing the Act's requirements.
"The icix web-based software platform can be used by states, districts, and schools to track, manage, and report on their performance in meeting these requirements. Key modules include:
-- USDA Spreadsheet Integration
-- Food Information
-- Certification/Attestation Documents
-- State Validation Reviews
-- State Administrative Reviews
-- State Reporting
icix has offered solutions for a range of issues covered by the Act for many years. Some of the nation's largest food distributors and retailers use icix solutions such as Product Recall, Product Specification, Product Test, Incidents, Compliance, and Product Certification to help ensure the health and safety of the nation's food supply. Millions of purchase orders per day are already checked for adherence to regulatory requirements on the icix network.
These existing and proven icix applications, as well as additional icix development of tools for parents, can help USDA and the states execute the following additional provisions in the Act:
-- Recalls (Section 308)
-- Tools for Parents (Section 209)
-- Food Safety (Section 302)
-- Professional Standards (Section 306)
-- Food Programs (Section 331)
icix is an industry developed collaborative commerce network that enables organizations to interact and share mission critical information that codifies their relationships with their trading partners. More than 20,000 businesses and 85,000 individual facilities actively connect on the icix business network, including 4 of the world's top 10 retailers, and 82 of the top 100 food suppliers. icix members include Sysco, US Foods, Costco, ConAgra, Hanesbrands, Lowe's, and Walmart. Visit http://www.icix.com or call (877) 888-4249 for more information.