SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As a response to the extraordinary growth of outsourcing in the life science industry and the expanding number of contract research organizations (CROs) in Southern California, BIOCOM launched a new CRO website (http://www.biocomcro.org) as a way to inform our life science members of the vast array of services that our local CRO community has to offer. One of BIOCOM's members, 321 Medical Launch, designed and developed the website.
With time to market being a critical element in the success of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, life science companies can access a comprehensive CRO directory (powered by Assay Depot) and easily search for a CRO company based upon specific criteria. This directory provides ease of use while proving to be an invaluable resource. The website also features a drug development guide, which provides a detailed description of each phase of development and includes a list of CRO members who not only understand the key disease areas our members are working on but can assist in bringing safe and effective new treatments to patients. A resource section will also be available for companies to access best practices, FAQs and presentations from BIOCOM's educational event series.
"Over the last few years, the Southern California CRO cluster has proven itself to be unrivaled anywhere in the U.S.," said Joe Panetta, President and CEO of BIOCOM. "CROs have increasingly become invaluable partners for our life science companies by providing critical expertise essential to accelerating drug development thus allowing companies to utilize the services being offered here versus sending work overseas."
In addition to the website, BIOCOM assists our members in developing relationships with each other through an educational event series, a Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Workshop and targeted industry networking events. On June 28, 2012, we will be holding an event entitled, "An Industry Perspective on Working with CROs" where BIOCOM will address the growing trend of producing results with shrinking timelines and budgets while utilizing the resources and expertise available through outsourcing with CROs. Topics to be covered include reasons for outsourcing, reasons for not outsourcing, small and local versus big and global, key elements for a successful project, and Southern California as a CRO hub.
Our Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Workshop will be held on September 20, 2012 at the La Jolla Marriott. This interactive, hands-on workshop will assist in establishing the right type of relationship between CROs and life science companies, whether it is fee-for-service or a strategic partnership. Participants will learn how to evaluate potential relationships by establishing prerequisites and due diligence goals, aligning responsibilities and objectives, improving effectiveness through better communications and managing partner expectations.
BIOCOM is one of the largest regional life science associations in the world, representing more than 550 member companies in Southern California. The mission of the organization is to accelerate life science success. The association focuses on initiatives that position the region's life science industry competitively on the world stage, and on the development and delivery of innovative products that improve health and quality of life. This includes initiatives in capital formation, public policy, workforce development, and member services. More information about BIOCOM can be found at http://www.biocom.org.
CONTACT: Beth Kuch, +1-858-455-0300 ext. 110, mobile +1-808-561-4347, firstname.lastname@example.org
SparkFun Hosts Android Development Class with IOIO
Workshop will focus on using microcontroller to link Android devices to projects
BOULDER, Colo., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SparkFun Electronics (http://www.sparkfun.com), a provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, today announced an upcoming class dedicated to teaching students how to use IOIO (pronounced "yo-yo") to integrate an Android-based device into embedded electronics projects. The class, which will take place Saturday, June 30, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at SparkFun's headquarters, is aimed at intermediate-level development users.
Until recently, it was difficult to connect low-level hardware (sensors, motors, etc.) to Android devices. The IOIO (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10748) is a microcontroller board that bridges this gap and allows users to create custom Android apps (specifically for Android 1.5 and later devices) that control external pieces of hardware. The board provides robust connectivity to an Android device via a USB or Bluetooth connection, and is fully controllable from within an Android application using a simple and intuitive Java API -- so no embedded programming or external programmer is needed.
In this class, students will learn how to use their Android device to blink an LED, read a potentiometer, control a servo, and, if time permits, enjoy a stimulating open-ended session on connecting the Android device to a project that students bring with them to the workshop. The class will be led by Ytai Ben-Tsvi, the inventor of the IOIO, and is modeled after an MIT hack-a-thon Ytai taught in February of this year.
SparkFun engineers have also been working on an update for the IOIO. With the newest release of firmware 3.23, the IOIO's features include (but are not limited to):
-- Bluetooth connectivity - The Android app communicates with the IOIO
wirelessly. Instead of using a USB cable, you can use BT. The usage is
simple plug and play, and no modifications to the code are needed.
-- USB OTG (On-The-Go) support - This is a new USB standard, which allows
the IOIO to act as a USB host or device.
-- Open Accessory Support - This works with Google's new USB protocol, Open
Accessory. It allows the IOIO to initiate connections, which means users
don't have to mess with the USB debugging option on the Android.
-- Multi IOIO capability - Now, users can connect multiple IOIOs together
through one app. Multiple IOIOs can perform different tasks, all
communicating through a single app.
Space in the IOIO Development class is limited. To sign up or to read more about the course and its requirements, visit SparkFun. To learn more about SparkFun's IOIO microcontroller board, see (http://www.sparkfun.com/news/789#projects). SparkFun has also compiled several free IOIO project tutorials for users to reference at http://www.sparkfun.com/news/789#projects.
About SparkFun Electronics
Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects.
SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 140 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
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Merchant Services Made Simple through New Interactive Website
EXETER, N.H., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Affiliate marketer of merchant service solutions, MTR Credit Processing LLC, today introduced its new website (http://www.mrobinson.mymerchantplus.com), delivering cost-effective merchant services alongside explanatory videos to increase user awareness and understanding of services for the small to medium-sized business owner.
http://www.mrobinson.mymerchantplus.com serves as a single source solution for the small to medium-sized business owner looking to decrease overhead costs and increase bottom line profits. Through numerous merchant services affiliations and partnerships, the Company offers cash advances, medical advances, credit card processing, electronic check services, merchant account services, e-commerce gateways, solutions for non-profits, ATM machines and services, software and more.
A representative of the company explains, "The first step in shopping for merchant services, before ever reviewing proposals, is to educate yourself. We educate our merchants on best practices to ensure they're receiving the best possible rates when it comes to accepting electronic transactions."
Informational videos found on the website include topics such as an introduction to merchant services, instant online merchant solutions, mobile card processing, instant account services, interchange pass through, as well as compliance. According to the website, nearly 1 in 3 consumer purchases in the United States is made with a payment card. Because of the company's commitment to offering the most cost-effective services for its clients, both new and used merchant processing equipment is available.
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlo Gavazzi is proud to announce the launch of two new Eos-Array Web modules: the VMU-C Web Server and the VMU-W Cellular Wireless Modem, which further complement the Eos-Array, which is dedicated to the management, monitoring and control of systems for PV plants.
Full monitoring of solar plants is accomplished by the combination of our existing Eos-Array modules: the VMU-S, VMU-P and VMU-O, along with the newly released EOS-Web modules, the VMU-C and VMU-W. VMU-S string level monitoring module, VMU-P the environmental measurement module and VMU-O the input/output module handle measurements and control function split into independent modules. The VMU-C Web module, acting as a compact web server, is able to gather data from EOS-Array modules, Inverters and Carlo Gavazzi AC Energy meters. VMU-C EOS-Web module, in combination with Eos-Array as a comprehensive control solution, is capable of showing the efficiency yield graphs, and handling the management of information, all accessible to the user through the web-browser. The VMU-W mobile modem unit can be added if wired internet connection is not available. The Eos-Web together with up to 11 Eos-Arrays are an ideal and cost effective solution for monitoring and controlling up to 1MW solar plants.
VMU-C Web Server Module:
-- Micro PC with web-server and web-service capability
-- Management of AC and DC measurements
-- BOS, performance ratio and yield efficiency calculation
-- Variables shown as graphs and tables
-- Alarm control with emailing and SMS capability
-- Can manage up to 18 VMU modules via local bus
-- Or up to 11 independent EOS Arrays
-- Can connect to one AC energy meter, one inverter
-- V, A, kW, kWh DC (with VMU-S) AC (energy meters)
-- Environmental measurements (with VMU-P)
-- Internal data storage up to 30 years
-- Optional data backup on micro SDHC memory
-- Two RS-485, one Ethernet, two USB ports
-- Dimensions: 2-DIN modules
VMU-W Cellular Modem for use with the VMU-C:
-- Mobile based communication for VMU-C module
-- Quad band GSM-GPRS-EDBGE standards
-- Dual band UMTS-HSPA standards
-- M2M SIM compatibility
-- Three versions: North American, Asian and European
-- Dimensions: 2-DIN modules
The Eos-Array, VMU-C and VMU-W Solar Management, Monitoring and Control Products are available from Carlo Gavazzi's North American network of sales offices / distributors or http://www.GavazziOnline.com.
Carlo Gavazzi's Market Development Manager will be speaking about "Comprehensive Performance Monitoring of Photovoltaic Systems" at Intersolar North America's "Innovative Exchange Stage" on Tuesday, July 10 at 11AM to 11:30AM at the Moscone Center, West Hall, Level 3.
Honeywell's Wi-Fi-Enabled Security and Automation Products Create a "Connected Home" for Busy Homeowners
LYNX Touch 5100 and Tuxedo Touch(TM) Wi-Fi Leverage Honeywell's Legacy in Security, Home Comfort
NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CEA LINE SHOW -- For busy parents who can't be two places at once, the next best thing is a home that can tell you what's going on with it, and can be controlled with a smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled device. This week, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is rolling out two new security and home automation products to make homes smarter: LYNX Touch 5100 and Tuxedo Touch Wi-Fi home controller.
Both products, the latest in Honeywell's "connected home" portfolio, are being showcased during CE Week, a weeklong gathering of consumer electronics brands, people and events.
The expansion of Honeywell's connected home portfolio, which also includes programmable thermostats and applications to remotely manage comfort and security, is being fueled in part by the proliferation of smartphones, owned by nearly half of U.S. mobile phone subscribers, according to Nielsen.
"Smartphones, tablets and other web-enabled devices are empowering families to connect to and control their homes like they've never been able to before, saving time and money and bringing peace of mind," said Ron Rothman, president of Honeywell Security Group."With these security and automation systems, you can disarm the security system for a child returning home from school, turn up the air conditioning on the way home from work, and watch as a package is delivered to your front door."
Homebuilders are reporting increases in the demand for home technology, with energy management and home automation systems installations at all-time highs, according to recent data from the Consumer Electronics Association.
Both the LYNX Touch 5100 and Tuxedo Touch Wi-Fi Touchscreen use Z-Wave(TM) technology to communicate with other home devices such as thermostats, lighting controls, shades and locks. The Honeywell Total Connect(TM) remote interactive service and applications give consumers access to their security systems from internet-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
Honeywell is demonstrating these products at booth #49 at the CEA Line Show June 27-28 in New York.
Honeywell (http://www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit http://www.honeywellnow.com.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements are also subject to risks and uncertainties, which can affect our performance in both the near- and long-term. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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New Wireless Keyboard Rechargeable, Washable for Healthcare Applications
AUSTIN, Texas, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- iKey®, the world's premier innovator of rugged computer peripherals, is proud to present the industry's first rechargeable wireless keyboard designed for infection control. To date, the SBW-97-TP(TM) is iKey's most innovative and flexible user-friendly design.
The SBW-97-TP is the first fully sealed, rechargeable, wireless keyboard on the market using QuickPair(TM) technology. QuickPair is the unique ability to pair to a USB dongle over a 802.11G wireless frequency without interacting with the host PC. Unlike traditional wireless keyboards, iKey's latest product does not require the user to press any buttons on the dongle or interact with the computer's operating system.
"Pairing the keyboard is only a two-keystroke procedure with any PC that has the USB dongle installed," Dave Huddleston, iKey Operations Manager, said. "This is an exclusive feature that allows the keyboard to be moved across various computers or workstations with ease."
Powered by a lithium ion battery, the keyboard has superior battery life of two weeks with regular use, and is easily recharged with its included micro USB cable. The keyboard only takes five hours to fully charge, and maintains full functionality while charging.
As with all of iKey's medical peripherals, the SBW-97-TP is engineered with infection control in mind. Ideal for use in operating rooms, nurses' stations, medical carts, and patient rooms, its case and silicone rubber keys are fully sealed, washable and compatible with hospital-grade disinfectants. Featuring a CleanLock(TM) key, the SBW-97-TP can be quickly and easily disabled during cleaning procedures.
"iKey's products are built to withstand difficult environments where standard keyboards will fail," Huddleston said. "A keyboard is one of the most commonly touched objects in any environment. As awareness of hospital-acquired infections grows, so has the need for washable input devices."
Measuring only 14.96" x 5.91" x 0.84" (w-h-d), the SBW-97-TP includes an integrated touchpad and 10-key numeric pad. Designed to be user-friendly, it also has three LED indicators for battery life, pairing and charging.
The SBW-97-TP's case is built from rugged, ABS polycarbonate plastic, and has an integrated VESA mounting pattern on the back. Perfect for use on carts and trays, the unit is also available with an optional magnetic mount, providing a hygienic alternative to Velcro, which may accumulate germs.
For more information on the SBW-97-TP, visit iKey online at http://www.iKey.com or iKey's YouTube
Channel for product demos and features
About iKey, LP.: iKey designs and manufactures rugged, sealed keyboards, displays, pointing devices for industrial, public safety, medical and military applications. A pioneer in its industry since 1989, iKey is known as an innovator of industrial computer peripherals. For more information, visit http://www.iKey.com.
Runzheimer Mobile(TM) App Now Available in iTunes® Store
Compatible with iPhone® and iPad®, the Trip Planning, Expense and Mileage Capture Application Increases Productivity of Mobile Employees
WATERFORD, Wis., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Runzheimer International® today announced the availability of Runzheimer Mobile(TM) for download through the Apple®( )iTunes®( )App Store(SM). The application provides mobile sales and service employees with tools for planning itineraries and driving routes while providing visibility to their client data on-the-go.
Runzheimer Mobile was developed to help mobile employees gain efficiency in the field. It enables access to daily itineraries and ensures correct navigation to planned locations. It also accurately captures mileage using GPS for adherence to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) mileage logging requirements and quickly captures and organizes expenses with receipt imaging using a smart device.
"Runzheimer Mobile is the gateway to all of our mobility solutions, helping to enhance the mobile worker experience," said Greg Harper, President of Runzheimer International. "We are excited to offer Runzheimer Mobile through iTunes because of how easy it will be to deploy to organizations and their employees."
The app requires an organization to be using Runzheimer Business Vehicle Services, Expense Source® or Mobile Device Services and is accessible once mobile workers are issued login credentials. To see the application in action, request a live demo of Runzheimer Mobile.
About Runzheimer International
Founded in 1933, Runzheimer International serves 60 percent of the Fortune 500 and numerous government agencies. Recognized for providing innovative solutions relating to Total Employee Mobility®, Runzheimer is the global leader in workforce mobility programs including business vehicles, business travel, corporate aircraft, employee relocation and compensation, and mobile device management. To learn more about Runzheimer Mobile, visit http://runzheimer.com/runzheimermobile.
SOURCE Runzheimer International
CONTACT: Susan Govea, Runzheimer International, +1-262-971-2255, email@example.com
Yodle Announces Integrated Mobile Online Marketing Solution for Its Small Business Customers
Yodle customers can seamlessly leverage shift in consumer online search from desktop to mobile devices
NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Yodle, a leader in localonlinemarketing, today announced the integration of a complete mobile solution into its core product offerings. The solution, which includes a mobile optimized website, as well as mobile ad bidding and distribution, has already been rolled out to most of Yodle's 30,000+ small business customers at no additional charge and will be delivered to its new customers moving forward. This approach is part of Yodle's ongoing commitment to generate quality inbound calls and emails at the lowest price possible from all available online marketing channels.
"Research shows that mobile search is expected to exceed desktop search for local information in the next three years," said Louis Gagnon, Chief Product and Marketing Office, Yodle. "Small businesses simply cannot afford to ignore the importance of leveraging mobile as a marketing channel but it is a complex exercise for them to undertake cost-effectively, which is why we see mobile channel optimization as a core feature of our marketing and technology platform. We want the transition from desktop to mobile to be as smooth and as economically efficient as possible for our small business customers."
With only seven percent of small businesses having mobile-optimized websites (source: BIA/Kelsey and vSplash) and with 51 percent of consumers more likely to purchase from businesses that have mobile-specific websites (source: Mobile Omnibus Survey), Yodle customers gain a significant competitive advantage. The look and feel of Yodle websites are now adapted and optimized for both desktop browsers and mobile devices.
Yodle's mobile ad bidding and distribution provide customers with further significant benefits. First, Yodle has leveraged existing distribution partnerships to expand customers' reach to 95% of all mobile browser search. From there Yodle's proprietary media bidding technology ClickRank(TM) now optimizes an appropriate combination of ad placements across both mobile and desktop channels for each customer, protecting them from an increased price per lead that could potentially be created by a sudden change in supply and demand across platforms. Going forward, Yodle remains committed to establishing additional mobile distribution partnerships, including planned expansions into in-app search queries.
"Early results for our integrated solution are already strong," added Gagnon. "Our customers are getting significant quality traffic through our mobile distribution and our new mobile optimized websites are converting that traffic into calls and emails at twice the rate that a desktop-only site would."
Yodle connects consumers to local businesses simply and cost-effectively. The combination of automated technology and comprehensive customer support makes Yodle simple to use. Yodle's offering is also ROI-driven: local businesses set a budget for which they receive calls and emails from qualified consumers. Today, Yodle delivers results for more than 30,000 local businesses. To do so, Yodle establishes a comprehensive desktop and mobile web presence, implements unique SEO techniques that support a "first-page guarantee", and deploys proprietary paid search technology that dynamically optimizes online media buys across multiple desktop and mobile outlets. Yodle's solution also includes display advertising, review/offer management and a simple performance dashboard. Yodle's competitive advantage is derived from the sheer scale of its local performance data across multiple industries. Yodle is ranked #26 in the Forbes list of America's most promising companies. For more information, visit http://www.yodle.com or go to the Yodle company blog. You can also follow Yodle on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Contact: Radley Moss; Director of Corporate Communications, Yodle; 212-542-5449; firstname.lastname@example.org
Gravitas Private Cloud Delivers Flexible Computing Resources On Demand To Alternative Asset Managers
Hedge funds, private equity firms taking advantage of extra security, reduced time to market, lower upfront expenditure and flexible computing resources in moving to the cloud
NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gravitas, a co-sourcing platform providing technology, risk and research services to the financial services industry, today announced the launch of Gravitas Private Cloud, an expandable, secure cloud solution based on leading converged infrastructure systems from VCE. The Gravitas Private Cloud is an industry vertical cloud, designed for the unique computing and hosting needs of alternative asset managers, from startup to established funds.
Gravitas Private Cloud combines the advantages of cloud computing - flexibility, scalability and lowered upfront costs - with the turnkey infrastructure and security that regulated financial firms require supported by the managed services required to run this effectively. The Gravitas Private Cloud enables deployment of a fully-functional IT system in days, as compared to weeks for traditional cloud solutions. It significantly expands Gravitas cloud services, which were launched in 2009.
Gravitas Private Cloud offers a secure turnkey solution for startup funds, and for established funds a secure multi-tenant cloud environment for hosting, development or disaster recovery. State-of-the-art VCE(TM) Vblock(TM) Systems enable secure isolation of client data while providing a flexible and powerful pool of integrated networking, computing, storage,virtualization and management technologies from industry leaders Cisco, EMC and VMware.
The Gravitas Private Cloud is situated in the Equinix NY4 data center in New Jersey, located just outside the New York metropolitan area. The company will soon roll out a similar service at the firm's Chicago Equinix CH4 datacenter.
"For our clients, the cloud enables freedom," said Gravitas CEO Jayesh Punater. "With the Gravitas Private Cloud, alternative asset managers have the opportunity to utilize infrastructure-as-a-service and have more flexibility to scale up or down as needed without security concerns. They can be assured that their technology will be as nimble and reliable as their investment decisions."
A number of existing clients have migrated onto the new Gravitas Private Cloud which is now available to new firms. "Vblock systems enable Gravitas to provide an optimized IT infrastructure that ensures secure and scalable performance, which are key requirements for their clients," said VCE President Frank Hauck. "Fully virtualized Vblock systems are an ideal foundation for asset managers to build cloud infrastructures that support mission critical applications securely and confidently, while providing the agility, efficiency and performance so important for today's enterprise IT operations."
Gravitas is a leading provider of co-sourcing solutions for technology, investment operations, risk and research support to the alternative investment and financial services industry. Founded in 1996, the company provides hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative asset managers with unique and flexible co-sourced offerings for systems integration, technical support, software development, investment operations, risk analytics, investment research support and more. From co-sourcing and advisory through implementation, Gravitas designs creative solutions that give clients the operational freedom to invest, innovate, and scale. The company is based in New York with offices in Chicago, Greenwich, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, India.www.gravitas.co
VCE and Vblock are registered trademarks or trademarks of VCE Company LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.
Red Bull Soundstage And Worldwide Pants Announce Musicians And Songs Selected To Be Featured In "We Made This Movie" Film & Crowd Sourced Soundtrack
Red Bull Soundstage Finalists will compete to perform on The Late Show With David Letterman
LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldwide Pants, which produces the Late Show with David Letterman, in partnership with Red Bull Soundstage, an innovative music program that helps artists actively take control of their careers, has announced the 4 contest winners who will be featured in the upcoming independent film, We Made This Movie. The film which is directed by Rob Burnett (CEO Worldwide Pants) and co-written and co-produced by Jon Beckerman will premiere in an online event hosted by SnagFilms on September 20 followed shortly by a Video on Demand and Digital release.
The contest called for musicians to submit songs to accompany four key scenes from the film which were voted upon by the voting public and curated by the film's actors and producers. Additionally, the top 24 submissions will be entered into online voting for the "Audience Choice" award which will provide an emerging artist the career-boosting opportunity to perform live on the Late Show with David Letterman during the week of the film's premiere in September.
FIRST-EVER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK CREATED FROM NEW WEB PLATFORM
"Going in, we crossed our fingers and hoped we'd get four usable songs for our movie. Very early in the listening process, however, panic set in -- the good kind. The quality of the music submitted by Red Bull Soundstage artists created an embarrassment of riches. We listened to nearly 1,200 songs and all we could ask was, 'How many of these can we fit in the film?'" explained Burnett. "We're thrilled to be able to expose these emerging artists to a wider audience, but I'd be lying if I didn't say the thing that matters most: Red Bull Soundstage made our film better. Much, much better."
DRUM ROLL PLEASE
The four scene winners are...
-- "Daylight" by Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Christian Bitto
accompanies the scene Run to the Chicken Plant.
-- "Save Me" by Of Gentleman and Cowards, a four-piece pop rock band from
Ontario, Canada will accompany the scene Funeral Drive.
-- "Like A Star" by Miami-based songbird Laura Ault will set the mood for
the scene LeBron Walks Kelly Home.
-- The sounds of "Confession" by Los Angeles band D'Artagnan will be set to
the scene Everyone Quits.
In addition to the top 4 scene winners, the film's producers will include additional tracks from the 1,200 songs submitted songs in the official "all Red Bull Soundstage" soundtrack for the film. The full list of the songs that will be featured in the film and soundtrack are available at redbullsoundstage.com. Starting on July 18 until August 7, 2012, fans can go the Red Bull Soundstage website to vote for their favorite artist to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman.
WE MADE THIS MOVIE
We Made This Movie is about five high school seniors set out to make a silly comedy movie, but accidentally end up making a dramatic and moving movie about their actual lives. The film will premiere in New York City on September 20, with a red carpet event and simultaneous, free live streaming of all activities and the movie. The movie will then be available on VOD and digital platforms, including cable and satellite, iTunes, Amazon, VUDU and Xbox Live, via distribution partner SnagFilms. For all information on the We Made This Movie project, please go to the film's website http://www.wemadethismovie.com or follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Red Bull Soundstage is an innovative new music program that helps emerging artists actively take control of their careers. Through Soundstage, Red Bull and its partners and friends are hooking artists up with unique gigs, industry recognition and essentials to take their careers to the next level. http://www.redbullsoundstage.com
Worldwide Pants Incorporated is the Emmy-award winning, independent entertainment company that David Letterman founded in 1993. WPI creates original content for television and film, as well as for new media platforms including broadband and wireless. The company's successful network productions include The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ed, and the Knights of Prosperity.
SnagFilms features free, sponsor-supported, on demand viewing of more than 3,000 award-winning, fiction and non-fiction titles from some of the greatest names in film. SnagFilms' curated collection can be viewed on its own website, with a selection of films distributed via a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as Comcast's XfinityTV.com, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, AOL/Huffington Post, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs -- and with a broad range of titles available via its applications for tablets and connected TVs. SnagFilms also offers select titles via pay video on demand with partners reaching nearly 90% of U.S. video on demand households, including Comcast, iN Demand, Verizon's FiOS, DIRECTV and launching soon on DISH Network. Digital platform partners include iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon, VUDU, Xbox Live, YouTube Movies, and launching soon on Samsung Media Hub.
CONTACT: Nyla Hassell, Red Bull Soundstage, +1-310-460-5154, email@example.com; or Tom Keaney, Worldwide Pants, +1-212-843-8088, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Clare Anne Darragh, SnagFilms, +1-646-861-0843, email@example.com
LEAWOOD, Kan., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This Independence Day, families across the country will be celebrating with picnics, barbecues, and of course, fireworks. But few will be thinking about ways they can prepare for their future and avoid the financial fireworks that can wreak havoc on a pocketbook.
To help people manage their money and avoid the most common financial pitfalls, M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group has introduced an informational website - Helpful Steps at http://www.bmoharris.com/helpfulsteps.
"Education and planning can go a long way to creating a secure financial future," said Brad Smith, M&I Kansas City President. "We're here to help people build long-term financial strength, which in turn, will strengthen communities in the Kansas City area."
To get started on the path to success, Smith offers some advice.
-- Pay bills on time. Not paying bills on time is one of the most common
mistakes - especially for young people - and the fees incurred can have
long-lasting consequences, not to mention the negative impact on your
-- Write a budget and stick to it. This is the guide to income vs.
spending, and it can make or break an individual's financial standing.
The budget should be updated and checked regularly, to ensure that
spending is on target.
-- Prepare for retirement. It's never too early to start saving for
retirement - especially with the rising cost of health care. Take
advantage of any employer-sponsored retirement plan, but if those aren't
available, set up a 401(k) or IRA to auto-withdraw from your checking
account each month.
-- Avoid credit card debt, and know your interest rate. Interest rates have
risen in recent years, which means that even small purchases can turn
into large debts if not paid off immediately. Educate yourself on the
terms of your card agreement and minimize spending to avoid debt
-- Diversify your investment dollars. Working with a professional financial
advisor will help provide the best strategies for you to reach your
-- Regularly monitor banking account activity. This will ensure you have a
good understanding of where your money goes, how much you have in
various accounts, and will also offer the opportunity to spot fraudulent
About BMO Harris Bank
Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 650 branches and approximately 1,350 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.
Auto Data Direct Partners with AutoManager to Provide NMVTIS Vehicle Histories
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Auto Data Direct (ADD) today announced its partnership with AutoManager, a national leader in dealer management software. ADD, a Florida-based automotive data services company, will provide AutoManager access to vehicle history reports from the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS).
The NMVTIS database is a U.S. Department of Justice information system that contains automobile information from states DMVs, insurance carriers and the salvage industry. Beginning July 1, 2012, California law will require a NMVTIS report be provided for every used vehicle offered for retail sale in that state. If the NMVTIS report indicates a junk, salvage or total loss history, the dealer will be required to place a red warning label on the vehicle, alerting the consumer to the issue.
"Our partnership with ADD allows AutoManager dealers to perform low-cost, comprehensive vehicle history checks from anywhere - whether it's in the auction lanes using AutoManager Mobile; at the dealership using DeskManager; or even managing their website and inventory from home using WebManager," said Kami Tafreshi, C.E.O. of AutoManager. "Given how aggressively we have priced these reports, it makes sense to run a NMVTIS report on every vehicle a dealer intends to buy."
The announced integration will allow AutoManager dealers to order and view reports from any of AutoManager's dealer applications. Dealers can access NMVTIS reports on their entire inventory at once, or on one vehicle at a time, depending on their need. The low-cost reports, which are offered at as little as $1.00 each, are available in both English and Spanish, to better serve a bilingual customer base.
"We're very pleased that AutoManager has chosen to work with ADD to offer this important dealer and consumer tool," said Jim Taylor, President of ADD. "We've spent the last twelve years developing internet-based tools for the automotive industry that offer compliance and efficiency. This integration will be especially beneficial to California dealers who will be required to run a NMVTIS report on any used vehicle sold."
For more information on AutoManager's services for independent and franchise dealers, visit their website at http://www.automanager.com or call 800-300-2808. For information on ADD's NMVTIS vehicle history report solutions, visit their website at http://www.add123.com or call 866-387-1767.
San Mateo Chamber of Commerce & Comcast Announce Completion of State-of-the-Art Broadband Network for Local Businesses
"Digital Downtown" to Offer Turbo-Charged Services and Opportunities for Economic Growth
SAN MATEO, Calif., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Mateo Chamber of Commerce and Comcast announced today that the unprecedented project to radically upgrade the broadband network in San Mateo's downtown underground utility district has been completed. Working closely with the City of San Mateo, the two organizations have finished the months-long endeavor which enables local businesses in the downtown area to connect to advanced telecommunications services and turbo-charged Internet speeds.
As a result, hundreds of businesses, from high-tech start-ups to medical offices, will now have access to Comcast's business-class offerings, which will be delivered over a state-of-the-art optical fiber backbone. The expansion allows for download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 10 megabits per second. Bandwidth up to 10 gigabits per second will be available for businesses with the largest data needs.
The project that many have called the "Digital Downtown" was the brainchild of The EDGE, an initiative of San Mateo's Chamber, which is committed to identifying and overcoming obstacles to economic growth in San Mateo. After listening to the concerns of San Mateo's business community and collaborating with the City of San Mateo, EDGE leaders approached several broadband providers late in 2010 to investigate how higher-speed broadband could be brought to downtown. Comcast was the only provider to engage the group and offer to make a major capital investment to achieve The EDGE's goal.
The completion of the public/private economic development initiative was officially announced last night at a celebration event held at Astaria Restaurant in Downtown San Mateo. Officials toasted The EDGE and Comcast for successfully working with downtown businesses, property owners, and city government for months to ensure that the project delivered maximum benefit to downtown while minimizing any impacts to the underground utility district.
"I am very proud of the efforts by a group of passionate individuals that made this happen," said Linda Asbury, President, San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce. "The EDGE, the Chamber, Comcast and the City worked seamlessly together to make downtown San Mateo a vibrant hub for business."
"Comcast's investment, the EDGE and Chamber of Commerce's ideas, and the cooperation of the City of San Mateo will continue to make Downtown San Mateo even more attractive to businesses of all types," said Brandt Grotte, Mayor of San Mateo. "We are honored and proud to partner in this public/private/non-profit manner, and know that our local workplaces, not to mention the citizens of San Mateo, will all benefit from the increased data density and content richness available through these new services from Comcast."
"Comcast is ecstatic to bring our best-in-class products and services to this exciting and rapidly growing part of the City of San Mateo," said Mark O'Leary, vice president of Comcast's Business Services division in Northern California. "The San Mateo Chamber, The EDGE and the City of San Mateo were terrific partners in this complex endeavor, and its successful completion is a victory for every party involved - especially local businesses."
"It is exciting that Downtown San Mateo has taken the initiative to go digital," said Gary DeSantis, owner of San Mateo Lockworks. "Having a preeminent fiber-optic backbone will allow traditional businesses like ours to process transactions more quickly and serve customers better, and will allow start-up internet businesses to scale up as they develop."
About The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce
The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business on the mid-San Francisco Peninsula. Representing hundreds of member businesses employing more than 20,000 workers, the Chamber works for a stable economy and a vital community in the San Mateo area by promoting business and the public interest through representation, advocacy and sponsorship. The Chamber organizes and funds programs that support the economic, civic, cultural and educational excellence of the San Mateo area.
About Comcast Business Services
Comcast Business Services, a unit of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a modern, company-owned fiber network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Class Internet, TV and Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.
Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Class Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Metro Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Metro Ethernet services are significantly faster than T1 lines and other legacy technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in more than 20 major US markets.
New Patent-Pending Social Notes Platform Lets Users Share Restaurant Menu Item Reviews
SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eat24.com, the world's largest web and mobile food delivery and takeout platform, today announced the launch of a new patent-pending social Notes platform that lets users create reviews and ratings by dish, not just restaurant, and share feedback with the entire Eat24 user community. Eat24's Notes platform made its initial debut in a May test pilot program before launching nationwide for all registered users this month. Notes expands on current Yelp reviews for Eat24 partner restaurants by letting users find and create more specific content describing items they liked, loved or wouldn't recommend and why.
"With Eat24 Notes, you don't have to read through five pages of reviews - you can quickly find out which Pad Thai your neighborhood loves and which sushi rolls you need to avoid," says Eat24 Co-Founder Nadav Sharon. "The Notes tool takes Yelp reviews to the next level by focusing on the product instead of just the restaurant."
Eat24 Notes also functions as a personal tasting journal, allowing users to write notes to themselves about dishes they've tried. When it's time to re-order, they can use Notes to recall what they liked and didn't like before. Publically shared Notes are visible on Eat24 restaurant menu pages and in user profiles, creating a unique community where users not only interact with restaurants via reviews but see what people in their neighborhood have to say about different dishes. Beyond reading and sharing Notes, users can "re-note" something to their own profile for future reference.
With the launch of Notes, Eat24 is not only reshaping the world of online food ordering and delivery but the way users look at reviews and what they expect from them. Eat24's access to over 20,000 restaurant menus in 750 cities nationwide provides an enormous database of menu items for users to review. The more Notes that are created and shared, the more valuable this new platform will become, making Eat24 a place for fast and easy online food ordering and an ideal hub for real and honest community reviews.
"It's been exciting to see how quickly our users responded to the new Notes platform," Nadav says. "In the first 24 hours after the launch, users created over 14,000 entries. Now with less than a month behind us with a test group, we've already climbed to over 100,000 user-created Notes. We look forward to seeing even more growth and to rolling out new features to make our Notes platform even better."
Eat24 Notes empowers foodies by fusing social media and food. To discover more about Eat24, please visit http://www.Eat24.com.
Eat24, the premier destination for fast and easy online food ordering, brings users access to over one million dishes from 20,000 local restaurants in 750 cities nationwide. Through the company's free service on Eat24.com, customers can search for local restaurants by cuisine, dish or proximity to home, read user reviews, receive exclusive discounts and complete their order in one streamlined process from start to finish. Founded in 2008, Eat24 is a privately held company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area. To learn more about Eat24, please visit http://www.Eat24.com, facebook.com/eat24hours and http://twitter.com/eat24.
MokiTouch Creates First Android Kiosks with Remote Management
Leverages Interactivity and Customization Capabilities of Android Tablets to Enable Better Customer Engagement without Costly Custom Development
LEHI, Utah, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MokiMobility, a provider of cloud-based mobile device management for single-purpose iOS and Android devices, today launched MokiTouch for Android tablets. The customizable browser app, available at http://MokiMobility.com/mokitouch, enables retailers, hotels and other customer-facing businesses to create in-store kiosks using Android tablets and then, unlike any other Android-based kiosks, remotely manage the app and the Android tablet itself, removing default apps, pushing WiFi settings, and even remotely rebooting the device.
Creating customer kiosks, digital signage and point-of-sales systems - all currently dominated by the Windows operating system - has long been of interest but traditional PCs, laptops and touch interfaces are ill-suited for these specific applications and require very costly custom development - with project costs ranging from $3,500 to $10,000 per device.Android tablets are attractive alternatives, providing highly interactive - and customizable - experiences at a much lower overall cost. For example, MokiTouch, Android tablets and secure enclosures are less than $1000 per device.
"Android tablets continue to create many new use cases for innovative consumer technologies, saving costs and helping retailers, hoteliers and even doctors better engage with their customers," said Tom Karren, CEO, MokiMobility. "Creating kiosks and point-of-sale systems - and then being able to remotely manage these devices individually or as a group - will let them better retain customers, capture sales and keep track of a good portion of their business from the cloud."
Unique features of MokiTouch include:
-- Custom Buttons - Merchants can define up to four custom buttons that
appear along the bottom of the browser that point to any URL they
specify. Think of them as handy bookmarks so the user can jump to any
site or page merchants want them to see.
-- Clear Private Data Button - MokiTouch clears private data each time it
refreshes to home, wiping out any credentials and personal information
the previous user may have entered. Merchants can also turn on a button
that gives users the ability to clear their data when they leave. While
a button is redundant, since MokiTouch will automatically clear the
data, it helps users know they are protected and gives them control over
when it happens.
-- Faster Remote Management - As soon as an administrator hits save on the
updated kiosk settings within the MokiManage app management console,
those settings are sent directly to the device and merchants will see
the changes live within a couple of seconds. Each time the app is
launched, it will continue to check-in with MokiManage to make sure it
has the latest settings.
MokiTouch is powered by MokiMobility's +MDM, which provides the remote app management and device management platform. MokiMobility provides the APIs and the web-based device management console to enable remote management of iOS and Android devices. MokiTouch runs on Android tablets with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. For more information about +MDM, visit http://www.mokimobility.com
Based in Lehi, Utah, MokiMobility enables independent software vendors, developers and solution providers to build compelling solutions that include cloud-based mobile application and device management for the iPad and Android devices. As a result, developers have greater control over the complete experience, enabling more engaging and new customer experiences leveraging iOS and Android tablets in new ways. For more information, please visit http://www.mokimobility.com or follow us on Twitter at @mokimobility
ValueOptions and American Well Partner to Deploy the First National Behavioral Telehealth Network
NORFOLK, Va. and BOSTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ValueOptions(®), a health improvement company that specializes in emotional wellbeing and recovery, and American Well(TM) today announced a partnership to bring critically-needed behavioral healthcare to patients wherever they are, whenever they need it. Using American Well's industry-leading Online Care telehealth solution, ValueOptions will transform behavioral healthcare by offering members immediate, live and clinically meaningful consultations.
With American Well technology, ValueOptions will develop a first-of-its-kind, national network of telehealth-enabled providers. Through Online Care, ValueOptions members will have secure and private access to skilled behavioral specialists from home, work or any location where they have Internet connectivity. Telehealth removes many barriers to healthcare such as distance, mobility and time constraints and can help lessen the stigma sometimes associated with behavioral health.
Online Care provides ValueOptions an efficient and convenient solution to dramatically enhance behavioral healthcare access and quality for its diverse membership, which includes both commercial and public sector employees and their families; military servicemen and women and their dependents; as well as Medicaid, Medicare and dual eligible populations.
"With over 130,000 provider locations, we have one of the nation's largest behavioral health networks. However, the reality is that there are still not enough providers to serve the growing demand for quality behavioral health services in every corner of the United States. Access to care is an issue for many," said Heyward Donigan, president and CEO of ValueOptions. "Growing demand for telebehavioral health services is evidenced by the speed at which reimbursement is accelerating. Today, 34 state Medicaid programs have recognized the need and the value of telehealth services. These 34 states already reimburse for such services, and 14 states are mandating telehealth reimbursement. Additionally, we continue to witness increased demand for telehealth in the Federal marketplace as well as a growing interest in our commercial business segments."
"Online Care telehealth allows us to bring behavioral health directly to our members," adds Dr. Hal Levine, chief medical officer of ValueOptions. "Whether location or transportation inhibits access, or perhaps a member is simply having trouble taking that important first step toward engaging available services, telehealth enables us to connect with the member where they are - not just where they are located, but where they are in mindset when it comes to seeking treatment."
ValueOptions will harness telehealth to reduce the rate of missed appointments and increase compliance. Moreover, with Online Care, ValueOptions will build a more efficient, more convenient model for care delivery that will complement existing in-person services, lead to better health outcomes for members, enhance the bottom line for providers, and eventually, reduce costs for the system of care.
"We look forward to joining forces with ValueOptions to increase access to the highest quality behavioral health," said Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, CEO of American Well Systems. "Behavioral health has become one of the most challenged areas in healthcare, and in parallel one of the most fertile grounds to benefit from telehealth. Higher patient need exacerbated by socio-economic vulnerabilities and geographical mismatch between supply and demand, position telehealth to play a transformative role as a much-needed solution. We are honored to partner with ValueOptions - an industry pioneer - in moving the needle on the availability and accessibility of behavioral health services from coast to coast."
ValueOptions is a health improvement company that serves more than 32 million individuals. On behalf of employers, health plans and government agencies, we manage innovative programs and solutions that directly address the challenges our health care system faces today. A national leader in the fields of mental and emotional wellbeing, recovery and resilience, employee assistance, and wellness, ValueOptions helps people make the difficult life changes needed to be healthier and more productive. With offices nationwide and a network of more than 130,000 provider locations, ValueOptions helps people take important steps in the right direction. We help them live their lives to the fullest potential. Visit http://www.valueoptions.com for more information.
About American Well
American Well(TM) brings healthcare into the homes and workplaces of patients. Its Online Care Suite is the industry's leading telehealth solution, connecting providers and patients for live, immediate, and clinically meaningful encounters using the Web or phone. With its patented technology, the Online Care Suite removes traditional barriers to healthcare access - such as geography, mobility, and time constraints - while enabling providers to deliver quality care in a flexible, convenient manner, generating revenue along the way.
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Motorola Mobility Continues to Innovate Passive Optical LAN Infrastructure Portfolio
New modular workgroup terminal efficiently serves high-density IP enabled device environments
HORSHAM, Pa., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility continues to enhance the capabilities of its Passive Optical LAN solution with the introduction of the WT24004 (Workgroup Terminal). Leading the migration to the smart, simple and connected enterprise, Motorola's WT24004 further reduces network complexity by consolidating Passive Optical LAN (POL) connectivity in applications with a high concentration of end users and IP-enabled devices, such as wireless access points, security badge readers and security cameras(1).
Motorola's WT24004 is a high-density rack-mounted modular workgroup terminal providing up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports and is designed to support a full range of advanced data, IP voice and IP video services over a converged fiber-based LAN. The WT24004 also supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) which is increasingly more important as many IP-enabled devices, such as wireless access points, are deployed in areas where local power is not readily available. With the addition of the WT24004 to its POL portfolio, Motorola continues to create value for the enterprise by further simplifying LAN deployment at a dramatically lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over traditional LAN architectures. Motorola's POL and WT24004 suit the needs for most high-density-Ethernet deployment environments found in health care, financial services, campus, government agencies and military applications.
"As POL gains momentum in the enterprise networking market, new opportunities are emerging to extend the many benefits of this technology," said Shaun Harker, Business Development Manager, Passive Optical LAN Product Team, SAIC. "While the majority of our customers require four port work group terminals directly at the desktop, the WT24004 serves as a ideal fit for those higher density requirements in labs, conference areas, and wherever above-ceiling devices need to be accommodated in larger numbers. As an early adopter of the WT24004 and a reseller of Motorola's POL solution, SAIC recognizes the value of this high-density, modular workgroup terminal, and we look forward to offering it to our customers."
"CIOs are seeking alternatives to optimizing their overall cost of operations while avoiding additional program and budget cuts," said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager, Network Infrastructure Solutions, Motorola Mobility. "Motorola's cost disruptive POL solution provides IT organizations the ability to dramatically improve TCO, while greatly simplifying LAN deployment and operations. The high-density WT24004 is another step in improving deployment economics over that of traditional LAN architectures."
Key benefits for Motorola's WT24004 include:
-- Easily deploy ultra high-speed data services, Voice Over IP (VoIP), and
IP video to high concentrations of users and devices;
-- Leverage the modular nature of the workgroup terminal to achieve greater
-- Efficiently power stationary Ethernet devices, such as attached VoIP
phones, wireless access points and security cameras, thereby providing
energy savings for additional cost benefits;
-- Create a more reliable and secure (128-bit AES) LAN infrastructure that
reduces the total lifecycle costs of IT infrastructure;
-- Support users and devices throughout the enterprise with line-rate
gigabit services at distances of up to 20km from the Enterprise
Aggregation Switch (EAS);
-- Reduce total lifecycle costs, complexity and operational requirements
associated with traditional multi-tiered and legacy data networking
technologies, while maintaining top levels of uptime so that employees
can stay productive.
Motorola's WT24004 is available now. For more information, please visit here.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
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(1) Based on internal( )Motorola Mobility research. Cost savings includes up to a 55 percent reduction in capital costs and up to a 75 percent reduction in overall operational costs, for combined Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) savings of up to 65 percent over traditional LAN architectures.
Use Your Mobile Device to Get Rewards for Watching TV: Viggle(SM) Lands on Verizon Wireless Android(TM) Devices
Daily 1 Million Point Giveaway to Celebrate Launch
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Revolutionizing mobile entertainment, Viggle Inc., and Verizon Wireless today announced that Viggle((SM)), the popular rewards-based loyalty program for television, is now available to Verizon Wireless customers with Android((TM)) devices. To celebrate the launch on the Verizon Wireless network, Viggle announced a daily 1 million point giveaway.
Viggle transforms the television viewing experience by allowing users to accumulate points by checking into the television shows they're watching, playing games and puzzles about their favorite TV shows and interacting with special branded media. Customers can then use Viggle points on a wide array of rewards such as movie tickets, gift cards, wireless accessories, music and more, and they can also convert points into charitable donations.
"Viggle is another way Verizon Wireless customers can experience the power of 4G LTE, which delivers video and other information faster and smoother than before," said Ed Ruth, director, new market development/business development, Verizon Wireless. "Viggle's rewards-based loyalty program provides a valuable interactive mobile experience for our customers, allowing them to look at television in a whole new way."
"Working with Verizon Wireless lets us share Viggle with a broader audience across a variety of platforms," said Greg Consiglio, senior vice president, business development at Viggle. "We've seen a lot of excitement around the ways the app adds to the television viewing experience for consumers, and we're excited to expand to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Android subscribers so they can further enjoy their mobile devices."
Verizon Wireless customers can download Viggle on a wide range of smartphones and tablets from Verizon Apps, Verizon Wireless' mobile storefront, and Google Play. There is no charge to download the app, but a Verizon Wireless data plan is required and usage may count toward a customer's data allowance.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Viggle is a loyalty program for television that gives people real rewards for checking into the television shows they are watching. Available for Android, Apple iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, Viggle automatically identifies the television shows its users are watching and awards them points when they check-in. Viggle users can redeem their points in the app's rewards catalogue for items such as movie tickets, music, gift cards or they can convert them into charitable donations. For more information, visit http://www.viggle.com, follow us on Twitter @Viggle or like us on Facebook.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. All information provided in this press release is as of June 27, 2012. Except as required by law, Viggle Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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Safe Communications Presents Its First "Family Day" In Conjunction With Nick Cannon.
GALA "FAMILY DAY 2012" EVENT TO BE HELD IN SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Safe Communications, Inc. (Pink Sheets: SGTB). Safe Communications announced today that its "child safe" virtual world, Kuboo.com, along with award-winning actor, comedian, TV entertainer and Kuboo spokesperson Nick Cannon will be presenting their first Family Day event this fall. Entitled "Family Day 2012", the event is an opportunity for family members, relatives, and community to gather together for games, prizes, rides, and some surprise entertainment.
The spectacular event will be held at Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica California on October 6, 2012. For more information and current updates, go to our website at http://www.FamilyDay2012.com.
Safe Communications provides secure email and web texting service free of charge through its kids site, MouseMail.com. Parents must register their children and pre-approve all contacts. Any unapproved contacts or inappropriate content will be diverted directly to the parent for further action. In addition, the company offers totally secure video chat that also requires parental contact approval. Safe Communications is accepting a limited number of people to test and review its beta version of the most advanced safe 3D virtual world, with individualized Avatars, for small children called KUBOO. Those interested in participating should visit http://www.KUBOO.com. The KUBOO world will be filled with educational features, age appropriate games as well as interactive capabilities with approved contacts.
About Safe Communications:
Safe Communications, Inc. provides open and secure family communications that are in step with today's advances in social media. While protecting our most precious asset, our children, our systems are designed to enhance the quality and frequency of day-to-day communications among family members. We allow users to experience the marvel of advanced technology without fear or danger.
Safe Communications' products, led by MouseMail.com, are designed for the modern family on the go. Early detection devices warn parents of potential abuse and inappropriate content, allowing secure, open exchange with loved ones and friends. Safe Communications designs products so that your children can enjoy the electronic ride without being exposed to potential harm or abuse. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at http://www.mousemail.com or http://www.Kuboo.com .
BBQ on a Budget Plus Other July 4 Cookout Ideas - New from eMeals
Also Enter to Win a $650 Big Green Egg Grill on eMeals' Facebook Page
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for a Fourth of July cookout menu that won't break the bank? Knockout burger recipes? Other inspirations for your Independence Day festivities? Online email planning service eMeals.com has posted a bumper crop of ideas on its blog and Pinterest page - plus a chance to win a Big Green Egg grill worth $650 if you enter the sweepstakes at eMeals' Facebook page by July 9.
First, for frugal holiday entertaining, check out the BBQ on a Budget on the eMeals blog. You'll find recipes for Pork and Veggie Skewers, Veggie Pasta Salad and a Banana Pudding layered with vanilla wafers that can be assembled in a trifle dish, creating a colorful spread for eight or more guests.
Also on the blog you'll find two homemade BBQ sauces (there's a third on eMeals' Facebook page) as well as a series of 'clean eating' side dishes and indulgent desserts that launched this week with one new recipe to be posted every day through July 4.
If you're looking for something really different (and healthy, too), take a look at the free Veggie Burger recipe made with brown rice, baby Bella mushrooms and two kinds of summer squash. It's one of five burger options on a bigger Fourth of July menu that is available free to both new and existing eMeals subscribers on their personal member's page. The complete feast also includes eMeals' Ultimate Burger, Open Faced Mediterranean Lamb Burgers with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce, Bruschetta Burgers and Taco Burgers with Chipotle Cream - plus Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes with Chipotle Ketchup, Broccoli & Red Cabbage Slaw, and an appropriately red, white and blue Blueberry Cobbler topped with homemade strawberry ice cream.
Other patriotic party ideas can be found on eMeals' Fourth of July Pinterest board, ranging from free flag printables to keep kids occupied and enough Stars and Stripes-themed desserts to feed the whole neighborhood.
It's all part of eMeals' campaign to help families make quick work of getting dinner on the table.
For about $5 per month, eMeals provides weekly meal plans with taste-tested recipes and corresponding grocery lists that simplify meal planning as well as reducing family grocery bills by an average of 30%. Subscribers can choose from more than 30 specialized menu options ranging from classic family meals to clean eating, low-fat, gluten-free and more. The grocery lists further speed the meal planning process and provide the plan-ahead benefit of once-a-week grocery shopping, eliminating unnecessary purchases and extra trips for forgotten items.
eMeals.com has been the market leader in online meal planning since 2003, having provided a simple and affordable dinnertime solution to hundreds of thousands of busy people everywhere. The eMeals team constructs and publishes more than 30 delicious meal plans and corresponding grocery lists every week based on food style preferences, family size and the current sales at selected grocery stores. Dinner menu plans include classic family meals, low-fat, portion control, low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian, clean eating, and the natural and organic plan. For more information, please visit http://www.emeals.com
Nirvanix Arms MSPs to Enter the Cloud Storage Market at HostingCon 2012
Virtual Cloud Storage Service Provider Package Speeds MSPs Time to Revenue
SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nirvanix, the leader in enterprise-class cloud storage services, today announced that it will offer its Virtual Cloud Storage Service Provider Package at HostingCon 2012. With this package, MSPs can resell or white-label the range of Nirvanix cloud storage services--private, hybrid, or public deployment options--and rapidly enter the multi-billion dollar cloud storage market with a proven, enterprise-class solution. By joining with Nirvanix, MSPs not only enhance their portfolios with a referenceable industry-leading solution, but also can accelerate their growth with an annuity-based revenue stream.
Cloud Storage Demonstration and Free Test Drive
Nirvanix will demonstrate its CloudNAS® gateway software to show MSPs the ease with which their customers can start backing up, archiving and collaborating with the simplicity of One Click to the Cloud(TM) in minutes--not days, months or years, as with conventional storage boxes, while lowering costs with usage-based pricing.
"Test Drive the Cloud" is a promotional offer of 1TB of cloud storage for free for 30 days to qualified show attendees. This offer enables MSPs to test drive the Nirvanix cloud as their customers will without making a financial commitment.
When: July 17-18, 2012
Where: Booth 124, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA, USA
Nirvanix is the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services designed specifically for customers with expectations of extreme security, reliability and redundancy. Under its CloudComplete(TM) portfolio, Nirvanix is the only company that offers fully managed public, hybrid and private cloud storage services with usage-based pricing. The company's battle-hardened, proven second generation technology is utilized by leading IT OEMs and is fully integrated with third-party backup and archiving software products and appliances, enabling One Click to the Cloud(TM). Nirvanix has global customers accessing its Cloud Storage Network(TM), from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies. For more information visit http://www.nirvanix.com and follow Nirvanix on Twitter.
Nirvanix, Cloud Storage Network, CloudComplete, CloudNAS, Cloud File System and One Click to the Cloud are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nirvanix, Inc. Other marks are the property of the companies with which they are associated.
Win a trip to see Mayan ruins just by playing the game
PETEN, Guatemala, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OH!, one of the largest mobile developers in Guatemala, announced today its newest title, CocoMonkeys(TM). This new, free game for the Apple® iOS and Android platforms is also running a huge promotion allowing players the chance to win a trip to visit ancient Mayan ruins in person.
CocoMonkeys is a physics based destruction game where a lone snake must defeat waves of monkeys that have stolen his food. As the game opens the snake, and his jungle friends, are having a festival when the monkeys carry off the goods. The only thing left behind were the coconuts the animals were using as drinks. To stop the monkeys our hero begins to throw the coconuts into the trees to knock down the mischievous monkeys. As the snake follows the monkeys he is led on a chase through multiple environments through Mayan ruins and even into space.
OH! is promoting this new App by sending one person to see the real Mayan ruins of Tikal for themselves each month. Players simply play the game and upload their best high-scores on each level; winners will be chosen from all who send in their scores. The winner each month will receive roundtrip airfare to Peten, Guatemala on Taca Airlines where they will stay at the beautiful Hotel Camino Real Tikal. They will also get a day tour of the amazing Tikal ruins. Anyone can win so download the free game and start playing today.
OH! Is a division of Wish World, born from the idea to develop videogames and multimedia technology utilizing the latest tools. Our goal is to become a supplier of content and technology of the highest quality, offering innovative products for businesses that seek to go beyond the traditional. OH!, has been in operation for over a year and has already helped design multiple videogames for social networks and mobile platforms. The most recent project of OH! is CocoMonkeys.
The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Oh!'s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Oh! and the Oh! and CocoMonkeys logos are registered trademarks of Oh!. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
For more information on Oh! Or its parent company, Wishworld, please contact us at the email below.
Med Centro Becomes First SuccessEHS Client to Go Live in Puerto Rico
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 5, 2012, Med Centro became the first SuccessEHS client in Puerto Rico to go live with the SuccessEHS solution, expanding the vendor's existing coverage in 48 states and the Virgin Islands.
The go-live on June 5 took place across all six Med Centro sites, which include a main location, three satellite centers and two mobile units. Med Centro's mobile units are equipped with full medical and dental exam rooms and a vitals machine that allows physicians to view real-time data and video images of patients remotely. Med Centro is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves more than 59,000 patients with comprehensive healthcare services, including: pediatrics, family medicine, OB/GYN, internal medicine, dentistry, urgent care, psychiatry, psychology, ambulatory surgery (orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, general) and more.
Before implementing the SuccessEHS solution, the health center built a completely new technology infrastructure. According to Med Centro Executive Director Allan Cintron Salichs, the go-live was an outstanding success. "The go-live with SuccessEHS put our brand new, state-of-the-art technology infrastructure to the test," Cintron said. "The outcome was even better than we expected. With the outstanding support from SuccessEHS, the process was very smooth."
Med Centro's more than 200 staff members underwent workflow-based training to learn the software features and workflows specific to their roles. All 42 providers were trained to use SuccessEHS for iPad, which Cintron said added efficiency to the process. "Rather than learning how to use the solution on a PC and then learning how to use it on an iPad, we cut out that extra step by training them directly on iPads," Cintron said. SuccessEHS developed training classes in Spanish specifically for its Puerto Rico clients, and Med Centro was the first client to go live using these classes.
Staff and physicians underwent training in the FQHC's new training facility, a standalone mobile unit that houses 22 computers and provides staff with a place to concentrate exclusively on learning.
Med Centro is one of 13 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Puerto Rico that selected the SuccessEHS solution. Combined, these CHCs represent more than 200 health care providers serving more than 271,700 patients in 30 health care delivery sites across Puerto Rico.
SuccessEHS is a nationally acclaimed vendor providing Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solutions with Integrated Medical Billing Services. SuccessEHS also provides Electronic Dental Record (EDR) and Dental Imaging solutions. Founded in 1995, SuccessEHS established itself as a leader in the emerging practice management applications market by delivering an innovative blend of clinical, operational and financial software paired with a suite of specialized integrated success services. SuccessEHS, entirely in-house developed and supported, has achieved multiple certifications from CCHIT.
SuccessEHS's SuccessEHS 6.1 is a CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR additionally certified for Child Health, with a 5-star usability rating.
Success EHS 6.1 is also 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on September 30, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for Eligible Providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The certification ID number is CC-1112-909422-1. The clinical quality measures certified include: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0043, NQF 0031, and NQF 0034. The additional software used in testing includes Multum, SuccessEHS Patient Portal, ExitCare Patient Education, and Oracle. This certification neither represents an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor guarantees the receipt of incentive payments.
CONTACT: Meg Burton, +1-205-949-1395, email@example.com
ESCORT Expands Award-Winning ESCORT Live(TM) Network by Turning Your Smartphone Into a Radar Detector
ESCORT Announces Release of ESCORT Live(TM) Ver 2.0 Ticket Protection App at CEA Lineshow in New York City
Summary: ESCORT Inc., the industry leader of radar detection technology, today announced the official release of Version 2.0 of its new industry leading ESCORT Live(TM) real-time ticket protection network for IOS and Android smartphone users. ESCORT is demonstrating its multi-award winning ESCORT Live(TM) real-time ticket protection app and the social network's connection with its class-leading line of radar and laser detectors at this week's CEA Lineshow in New York City.
NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ESCORT Inc. (ESCORTinc.com), designer and manufacturer of the world's best premium automotive accessories, today announced the expansion of its multi-award winning ticket protection network for more than 60 million Apple IOS and Android smartphone users with the much anticipated release of ESCORT Live(TM) Version 2.0.
"We are excited about the truly revolutionary level of protection that ESCORT Live(TM) has brought to radar detector consumers and to the category. Our industry acclaimed technology connects all of our radar detector users in real-time allowing them to share ticket threats with others," said John Larson, ESCORT President and CEO. "Now, we have opened up that opportunity to millions more iPhone and Android users inviting them to join in a free element of these alerts with the release of ESCORT Live(TM) Version 2.0."
"With one touch of a button, you can download ESCORT Live(TM) and turn your smartphone (IOS or Android) into a radar detector by joining ESCORT Nation," Larson added.
ESCORT will be demonstrating both the ESCORT Live(TM) ticket protection app and its class-leading windshield mount detectors at the New York City CEA Lineshow. The CES Lineshow is scheduled for June 27, 10 - 5:30 pm and June 28, 10 am - 3 pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125(th) West 18(th) ST).
By downloading the new ESCORT Live(TM) Version 2.0 ticket protection app, drivers immediately gain access to a portion of the ultimate live alert network. Think of your daily commute to work or school, or driving in an unfamiliar area, where ticketing threats might be. With the ESCORT Live(TM) Version 2.0 app on your smartphone, you can track speed traps and cameras before you are in their range.
ESCORT Live(TM) Version 2.0 is a completely free download and includes:
-- 'Police Spotted' speed trap alerts
-- Mobile and fixed-position traffic enforcement camera alerts
-- Ability to share your threat reports in the ESCORT Live(TM) network
-- ESCORT's patented Mark Location(TM) feature which allows drivers to
receive automatic reminders for previously marked threats
-- Multiple map and dashboard views on your smartphone based on user
To gain full access to all ESCORT Live(TM) alerts from other detector owners, ESCORT is offering a premium level subscription which, in addition to the free app, includes:
-- Full access to ESCORT Nation with real-time radar and laser alerts
received by other detector users in the area
-- Detailed threat information including time sensitive, 'heat-mapped'
color coded warning icons for fast, safe and more accurate responses
-- ESCORT's patented GPS full feature set including: vehicle speed; posted
speed limit data; over speed limit alerts; compass and directional
-- Ability to easily connect to ESCORT's class leading windshield mount
radar detectors using ESCORT's new Bluetooth enabled SmartCord Live(TM)
power cord (select models only - visit ESCORTinc.com for details)
-- Two convenient levels of subscription service - $4.99 per month or
$49.99 per year
ESCORT Live(TM) delivers the world's most advanced real time radar and laser ticket protection giving drivers an unprecedented, advanced information picture of their driving environment. The result is an ESCORT Live(TM) nation of drivers connected in the social network for the road.
The ESCORT Live(TM) ticket protection app has repeatedly received highly acclaimed reviews and awards including: CNET 'Must See', Edmunds 2012 'Top Ten New Product, Consumer Electronics Show 2012 Innovations Design and Engineering Award, Car and Driver 'Best New Technology', Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice, and, 'Best New Mobile Product' at SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer's Association) Show.
"Our radar detector products have always provided drivers with the highest level of ticket protection in the marketplace," Larson says. "Now, with ESCORT Live(TM) Version 2.0, millions of additional drivers can protect their driving record and insurance premium by avoiding costly tickets."
Get more details on the revolutionary ESCORT Live(TM) ticket protection app and ESCORT's class-leading radar detectors at ESCORTinc.com or call 800.433.3487.
About ESCORT Inc.
ESCORT Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high-performance radar and laser detectors, the patented ESCORT Live(TM) real-time ticket protection network, commercial fleet ESCORT SmartOffice(TM) mobile PC, ESCORT MobileTV(TM), Guardian Alert reverse obstacle detection systems, Entourage GPS-enabled navigation and tracking products, ESCORT QuickStart(TM) and other Drive Smarter products. ESCORT manufactures products under the ESCORT, PASSPORT, REDLINE, SOLO, Vector and BELTRONICS brands. The company is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, with its principal manufacturing facility located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Facts on ticket protection:
-- Radar detectors are legal in 49 states (only Virginia prohibits their
-- Multiple public domain sources reveal that more than 50 million drivers
receive a speeding ticket in the United States each year - about one in
every four drivers
-- It is estimated that there are currently more than 60 million potential
ESCORT Live(TM) compatible smartphones in use in North America with
numbers increasing daily
Electus Announces Hollywood-Babble On This Week, a New Web Series by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman for its Pop Culture YouTube(TM) Channel, LOUD
Additional Programming Features YouTube Sensation George Watsky, Actor/Comedian JB Smoove, MMA Legends Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian, Celebrity Jeweler Ben Baller, and TV Personality Quddus
NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ben Silverman's multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced a partnership with Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman to bring the duo's popular podcast show Hollywood-Babble On This Week to Electus' pop-culture channel, LOUD. The Company also announced several additional high-impact series that will launch on LOUD in the coming weeks, featuring top talent including YouTube sensation George Watsky, Actor/Comedian JB Smoove, MMA legends Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian, celebrity jeweler Ben Baller, and TV personality Quddus. The LOUD channel will officially launch on YouTube on July 2nd.
Premiering with a Comic-Con special on July 16th, Hollywood-Babble On This Week features co-hosts Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman as they highlight a compilation of best-of clips from a new episode of their popular podcast. Smith and Garman hold nothing back as they discuss everything "Hollywood" -- from movies, actors and directors, to projects they're working on themselves.
"Thanks to Electus, the SModCo audience is now gonna be able to see the best bits of the most current episode of Hollywood Babble-On they're listening to!" said Kevin Smith. "It'll be the next best thing to seeing the podcast recorded live!"
Conceptualized by Electus Founder and Emmy and Golden Globe winning producer Ben Silverman (The Biggest Loser, The Office, Mob Wives, Fashion Star) with consultation from DiGa, co-founded by Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley (Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, The Hills, 16 and Pregnant), LOUD will be the newest home for fresh, edgy, entertaining series featuring celebrities and popular YouTube(TM) talent, creating a blend of unique characters and buzz-worthy content that will launch into the collective cultural consciousness.
"It is our mission to create really funny, entertaining content for fans of pop-culture that build on the strengths of both YouTube(TM) and traditional television in terms of creating series with high production value that speak directly and intimately to the YouTube(TM) community," said Drew Buckley, COO and Head of Digital, Electus. "Launching the LOUD Channel with talent such as Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman and George Watsky -- who are already so well-embraced in the digital space -- is very important in continuing to build and tap into this hugely powerful audience."
LOUD's initial programming and talent lineup includes:
-- BEN BALLER (Featuring celebrity jeweler Ben Baller): Ben Baller is the
jeweler to the stars. Running his business out of the Slauson Super Mall
and growing his influence via his massive social media presence, Ben has
created over-the-top works of gold, platinum and diamond for the likes
of Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Michael Jackson, Nas, Reggie
Bush, Mariah Carey, and many more. Each episode Ben will give us
exclusive access to his process, working with a different celebrity
every week to create an ever-more-baller work of bling, fighting with
his staff and making tight deadlines all in the name of a fantastic
piece that will lead him to a referral to his next huge client. Ben
Baller is created and executive produced by Danny Lee (DANNYLEEWORKS)
and Bo Bushnell (The Western Empire). Ben Baller will premiere in the
-- COUPLES FIGHT (Featuring MMA legends Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian):
You're with your girlfriend at a bar, looking at the other clientele
when you spot that other couple across the room - and that's when it
hits you. "We could totally take them." In this new reality series, MMA
legends Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian each take a team, training the
couples for the fight of their lives, where the victorious couple wins a
cash prize. Both teams go through grueling workouts, side-by-side for
one week, culminating in a three-round fight, guys vs. guys and girls
vs. girls! Couples Fight will premiere in the coming months.
-- HIPSTER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: FOUR STRINGS AND AN 808 (Featuring The
Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra): The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra
channels hits from Hip Hop and washes them through the post-modern
mix-brain of Jingle rawness like only the Punks can. The result -- four
beautiful string players from Juilliard and a bevy of bearded Punks on
the 808 drum machines churning out hits and great content in a
rollicking ride of creativity and guerrilla concert ideas. Each episode
will feature The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra rapping out and
performing their favorite hip hop tunes. Hipster Orchestra Presents:
Four Strings and an 808 will premiere in the coming months.
-- K-LOL: THE INTERNET'S LOCAL NEWS: In collaboration with Cheezburger and
Serious Business and based on Cheezburger's hit site TheDailyWh.at,
K-LOL features a team of intrepid comedian reporters that will bring
together the very latest memes, LOLs, weird news, and viral phenomena
currently trending around the internet. Created by and for a savvier
"in-the-know" audience of true "Netizens," K-LOL's correspondents will
bring to light the best content from traditionally unexplored corners of
the memesphere. Segments will include a mixture of quick-hitting
headlines, analysis, interviews with Internet Heroes, tongue-in-cheek
social media how-to guides, viral parodies, graphic meme contests,
audio-dubbed cute pet videos and much more, culled from the various and
hugely popular Cheezburger sites and the web. It's not pop culture, it's
Internet Culture. K-LOL will premiere on Thursday, July 12th.
-- ROFL (Featuring Actor/Comedian JB Smoove and more): Each week, ROFL will
feature a single stand-alone sketch from top comedians including JB
Smoove. Each sketch will be short, but packed with high-impact laughs
that will make viewers want to share the clips with friends. ROFL will
premiere in the coming months.
-- THE Q-SIDE (Featuring TV personality Quddus): The Q-Side is a weekly
dose of pop culture where curator and host of ABC's Duets, Quddus, tells
all of us what we need to be watching, listening to, visiting, and
paying attention to. Each topic gets its very own Q-score, telling us in
no uncertain terms: this is a miss, or this is a hit! The Q-Side will
premiere on Tuesday, July 10th.
-- WATSKY'S MAKING AN ALBUM (Starring George Watsky): Watsky's Making An
Album is a new mockumentary series starring George Watsky, the
fast-rapping/hip hop phenomenon whose music videos made him one of the
biggest breakout viral artists of 2011. Watsky's fan base and fame have
skyrocketed alongside his music, tracking more than 80 million viewers
as well as multiple appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a profile
on Last Call with Carson Daly and across-the-board media praise from the
likes of XXL, Billboard and New York Times Magazine. Watsky's Making An
Album will give viewers a hilarious inside look at the comedy of errors
that ensues when Watsky attempts to take his career to the next level by
packing his album with big name guest stars and pop legends and preps
for the July 1st kick-off of his first national headlining tour.
Watsky's Making An Album will premiere on Monday, July 9th.
Officially launching on Monday, July 2nd, Hollywood Babble-On, Ben Baller's series, Couples Fight, Hipster Orchestra Presents: Four Strings and an 808, K-LOL: The Internet's Local News, ROFL, The Q-Side, and Watsky's Making An Album join LOUD's previously named series K-Town developed and executive produced by Tyrese Gibson (HQ Productions) in association with producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley (DiGa). Electus will announce additional talent and programming for The LOUD Channel in the coming months.
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Headed by Ben Silverman in partnership with IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], the company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be a true partner in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus' programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers. For more information on Electus, visit http://www.electus.com.
Broadcom Selected for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint(TM) Test Bed
Participation Underscores Leadership in Connectivity and Commitment to Driving Wi-Fi Standards and Adoption
IRVINE, Calif., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-- Test Bed leverages Broadcom technology as a benchmark for certification;
chips among first to obtain Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint(TM) designation
-- Program enables certified devices to connect automatically, making Wi-Fi
access on-the-go seamless
-- Passpoint program coupled with new 5G WiFi (based on the IEEE 802.11ac
standard) addresses service provider need to offload data traffic to
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the Wi-Fi Alliance selected Broadcom for its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint(TM) Test Bed. Broadcom's BCM43224, BCM4718 and BCM4322 are among the first chips to obtain the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint(TM) designation and will be used as a benchmark for testing and validating future products. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.
Today, connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots can be burdensome, requiring the user to search for a network, request a connection, and in many cases, re-enter authentication credentials. The Passpoint certification program, based on the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Specification, changes this process by finding and connecting automatically to other certified devices without manual intervention. In addition to making it easy for end users to connect, hotspots equipped with Passpoint-certified equipment automatically enable enterprise-grade WPA2(TM) security. For more information on Passpoint, visit http://www.wi-fi.org/passpoint.
The Passpoint program, designed by service providers and equipment makers in the Wi-Fi Alliance, will also help offload data traffic more seamlessly to Wi-Fi networks. The explosion of Internet data traffic over mobile networks is putting stress on crowded cellular networks. The Passpoint program coupled with 5G WiFi, the fifth generation of Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard, will further alleviate the cellular spectrum crunch by delivering faster, more reliable wireless connectivity to accommodate the growing demand for content consumption. All of Broadcom's future 5G WiFi devices will ship with Passpoint capability. For more information on 5G WiFi, visit http://www.5GWiFi.org.
For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom, read the B-Connected Blog, or visit Facebook or Twitter. And to stay connected, subscribe to Broadcom's RSS Feed.
Edgar Figueroa, CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance
"We congratulate Broadcom on achieving selection to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint(TM) test bed. Broadcom's participation in the development of this program has been instrumental in the achievement of an industry-wide certification for this program."
Clint Brown, Broadcom Associate Director, Connectivity Combo Group
"Carriers are rushing to expand their networks to keep pace with consumers' insatiable hunger for mobile devices and content. Passpoint will enable service providers to ease the current strain on the cellular networks and easily offload traffic to Wi-Fi. This coupled with the emergence of 5G WiFi (based on IEEE 802.11ac) will ensure consumers have fast, reliable Internet access to what they want, where they want it."
Samsung Spokesperson, Samsung
"The combination of seamless mobility and data intensive applications delivered by smartphones helps drive demand for these devices, making Wi-Fi capabilities increasingly important to meet the growing need for wireless capacity they stimulate in the face of cellular capacity challenges. Samsung supports the efforts of the Wi-Fi Alliance and Broadcom to make the mobile Wi-Fi experience not only seamless and easy but complimentary to use with cellular connectivity. We look forward to leading the industry in Passpoint support with the first devices being popular Samsung flagship products."
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything®. For more information, go to http://www.broadcom.com.
Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, and the Connecting everything logo are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
Susan Vander May Chris Zegarelli
Sr. Manager, Public Relations (MWG) Sr. Director, Investor Relations
SOURCE Broadcom Corporation; BRCM Mobile & Wireless
New Report Shows Dramatic Increase in P2P Filesharing and Streaming Media Use Exploding Worldwide
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New research published today by Palo Alto Networks(TM), the network security company, revealed exponential growth in both streaming media and peer-to-peer filesharing compared with data from previous years. The semi-annual Palo Alto Networks Application Usage and Risk Report provides insights into global, real-world data about application usage based on assessments of raw application traffic from 2,036 organizations worldwide between November 2011 and May 2012.
"As the lines between professional and private life continue to blur, our data shows that employees are increasingly using personal technologies like Netflix and Tumblr in the workplace," said Rene Bonvanie, chief marketing officer at Palo Alto Networks. "The key to this 'new reality' is not to ignore or even vilify the existence of these applications, but to manage their usage with policies that give today's modern workforce the flexibility they desire without impeding on the business. Companies are finding that they can successfully implement network security controls that enable web application usage for employees while still ensuring that quality-of-service standards for business-critical applications are met and security threats are managed."
The report focuses on three primary findings:
-- Streaming video bandwidth consumption increases by more than 300
percent. Since the last version of the report (covering the April to
November 2011 time period), total bandwidth consumed by streaming video
tripled to 13 percent and now represents a more significant
infrastructure challenge to organizations. Furthermore, an average of 34
different streaming media applications were found on 97 percent of
participating organizations' networks. This included an increase in the
use of streaming video services such as YouTube and Netflix in North
America, as well as an increase in the use of P2P video streaming
network PPStream in the Asia-Pacific region.
-- P2P filesharing bandwidth consumption skyrockets. P2P filesharing
bandwidth consumption jumped 700 percent to represent 14 percent of
overall bandwidth observed, growing more than any other application
category. Overall, an average of seven different P2P filesharing
applications were found on 89% of networks worldwide. While not as
bandwidth-intensive as P2P, browser-based filesharing applications were
more common. An average of 13 browser-based filesharing variants were
detected on 89 percent of the participating organizations' networks.
Despite the takedown of popular filesharing site MegaUpload in January
2012, browser-based filesharing held steady at roughly one percent of
overall bandwidth at organizations worldwide.
-- Social networking continues to define itself and newer players see
growth. Tumblr and Pinterest both were notable over the last six-month
period for gaining traction in terms of frequency and volume of use,
despite the continued dominance that both Facebook and Twitter exhibit.
At least one social networking application was detected on 97 percent of
the participating organizations, with an average of 29 different social
networking applications found in each participating organization.
"With over 2,000 organizations worldwide, this is the largest sample size of actual application traffic that we have analyzed since we began our research over four years ago," said Matt Keil, senior research analyst at Palo Alto Networks and author of the report. "Several trends have been consistent over time, while other findings continue to surprise us. For instance, nearly one-third of every dollar spent on bandwidth is supporting either streaming media or filesharing when viewed in terms of budget dollars. These two categories encompass nearly 250 applications, the bulk of which are dedicated to personal use."
Application and Threat Information
Information on the more than 1,400 applications that are identified by Palo Alto Networks can be found in Applipedia, part of the company's Application and Threat Research Center. Visit the online resource to find the latest news, commentary, and discoveries on applications and threats at http://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/
Palo Alto Networks, "The Network Security Company," the Palo Alto Networks Logo, App-ID, GlobalProtect, and WildFire are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
SOURCE Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks
CONTACT: Mike Haro, Director of Corporate Communications, Palo Alto Networks, +1-408-438-8628, firstname.lastname@example.org
KnowledgeView Hosts its "App Factory Gathering" - Summer Edition
LONDON, June 27, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
KnowledgeView of London and Beirut, the leading application developer in MENA region
and Europe, hosted its App Factory Gathering- summer edition at Crown Plaza Beirut last
Thursday. The event was attended by CEOs and IT managers from over 70 companies from
different sectors in Lebanon and the region. Among the key attendees in the event was
Roman Gallo, founder of Gallo Multimedia consultancy.
During the event, KnowledgeView unveiled its latest apps for media, organizations and
private sector companies. The new apps are tailored per industry and designed to integrate
the specific requirements needed for each sector. These Apps will empower businesses to
maximize their presence and further their engagement with clients at minimal cost. Most
packages are hosted by KnowledgeView and supported by their IT team.
"With KnowledgeView tailored apps, these particular industries will no longer have to
define their needs and invent the wheel. What KnowledgeView is offering are standard, cost
effective, and ready-made applications that capture the specific needs of each industry at
glance" said Dr. Ali Al Assam, CEO of KnowledgeView.
As a proof of concept in action, KnowledgeView showcased its innovative editorial tool
"EasyPublish" where a volunteer from the audience was invited to test it and publish in
real time to the company's iPad app "KnowledgeView Connect" and other channels such as
Facebook, and Twitter.
The event was concluded by a demonstration on how revenues could be generated from
subscriptions and advertisements on the apps.
Today's market is highly populated with a wide range of communication devices. iPad
and iPhone presence as well as Android phones and tablets can no longer be neglected.
KnowledgeView makes this presence possible by providing standard apps tailored to meet
particular industries' needs and run natively on all leading smart phones and tablet
devices linked to social media.
KnowledgeView Ltd is a UK-based company with headquarters in London and offices in the
Middle East. The company was founded in 1995 to develop cross-media publishing, news
management and editorial sharing systems. Users of KnowledgeView's 'Publish live'
solutions include the Australian Associated Press, Geopolitical Information Service, Dow
Jones Newswire, Qatar News Agency as well as over 50 media companies in the Middle East,
providing consultancy as well as technology.
KnowledgeView's 'Publish live Mobile 'Apps
KnowledgeView is specialized in developing iPad, iPhone, Android phone and Android
tablet Apps as well as Web-mobile apps for six verticals including: newspapers, news
agencies, magazines, architecture, events, NGO's and organizations. Major clients include
Geopolitical Information Service (Lichtenstein), Al-Sharq Al Awsat and Arab News (KSA),
Qatar News Agency (Qatar) Shepparton newspaper (Australian Associated Press) Sayidaty
Magazines (KSA) and Dewan Architects (UAE).
KnowledgeView's Publish live Newsroom
Publish live suite of products and services enables publishers to extend their reach
and increase revenues, through easy multi-publishing to paper, Web, mobile iPhone and iPad
as well as the Android platform and social networks.
KnowledgeView's RAPID Browser, the heart of 'Publish live Newsroom', is a powerful
news management and editorial sharing system for automating acquisition, classification
and enhancement of news and media content and creating packages for cross-media
publishing, designed to streamline production and create additional revenues.
RAPID Browser has set the standard for the next generation of news management systems,
with its ability to gather content from a wide variety of sources such as news agencies,
correspondents' reports, RSS and Web harvested feeds, and the power it puts in the hands
of users to define their own ways of filtering and acting on items that match their
interests. RAPID Browser can be integrated with Adobe publishing software and with
third-party publishing systems.
RAPID Archive, integrated with RAPID Browser, provides strategic rich-media archiving
for publishers who want to syndicate or share editorial content.
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With CrowdCompass for Business and CrowdTorch for Consumer Event Apps, Cvent Becomes Leader in Mobile Apps for Business & Consumer Events
MCLEAN, Va., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile apps can serve as the perfect way to collaborate with event attendees, to empower planners to deliver schedules and information instantly to participants, and to extend sponsors' reach to thousands of potential customers. Recognizing that events are going mobile,Cvent, the leader in cloud-based event management solutions, last week also became the world's largest mobile event applications provider. The company acquired both CrowdCompass, a business events app specialist, and Seed Labs, an innovative consumer events app developer. Cvent today announced that the company has changed the name of Seed Labs to CrowdTorch.
"Cvent has always been on the cutting edge of event solutions," said Reggie Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of Cvent. "We're leading the way again with CrowdCompass and CrowdTorch, putting the information event attendees need at their fingertips and transforming the event experience with the power of branded mobile apps."
The new CrowdTorch name positions the groundbreaking consumer apps division as a partner product to CrowdCompass, which focuses on business event apps. The consumer apps developer has created mobile apps to support world-renowned events that can attract in excess of 300,000 attendees per event, including custom apps for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, the ESPN X Games, Insomniac Events' Electronic Daisy Carnival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, Louisiana, an annual music and arts event.
"The app created for our festival is the most technologically advanced and interesting app we've ever come across," said Dana Baker, Executive Director at Festival International de Louisiane. "We host about 350,000 people throughout the course of our five-day event, so keeping them consistently engaged is key. Not only did the app have a significant impact on the full engagement of our visitors, it has truly elevated the event experience beyond measure."
ESPN X Games streamed live scores into their mobile app to keep their hungry fans at the forefront of all the action and the Kentucky Derby included extensive information about all the horses and jockeys in their mobile app. These are just several examples of how mobile apps are forever altering the experience and connection that attendees have with events.
Cvent, which recently raised $136 million in a private equity round, is aggressively expanding into new markets, focusing on the mobile space via CrowdCompass and CrowdTorch. The newly strengthened Cvent is now the worldwide leader in the mobile app sector with 700 apps developed and approximately 2.5 million branded apps downloaded to date.
Helping consumer-focused events like festivals and concerts catch fire is what CrowdTorch is all about. With mobile apps that enable users to build dynamic schedules, embed rich media such as videos, pictures and Internet radio and share the event via social media outlets, CrowdTorch gives coordinators and attendees alike the ability to generate buzz. From the event organizer's perspective, attendees who download apps become effective event promoters, which significantly improves advertising reach and sponsor awareness.
These capabilities are important in an event management environment in which mobile tools and social media are playing increasingly vital roles:
"For organizations to improve effectiveness of its meetings and events, they must turn to next-generation strategies and approaches," said Christopher J. Dwyer, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "I have seen a sharp rise in the utilization of mobile devices, applications and portals within this industry. In fact, best-in-class organizations are 75% more likely than all other organizations to rely heavily on mobile solutions within their meetings and events management programs. By adding a robust mobile presence to an event, companies can better engage attendees."
Audience engagement is a key part of the rebranding strategy that transformed Seed Labs into CrowdTorch: The new name shares a strong connection with CrowdCompass, its business-focused event app counterpart within parent company Cvent. It also evokes the image of concert-goers holding lighters aloft and explorers using torches to find their way. The themes of discovery and adventure are appropriate for an indispensable mobile tool designed for high-energy festivals and sporting events, just as the direction and precision instrument image of the compass perfectly complements the business-oriented CrowdCompass operating unit.
Founded in 1999, Cvent is the world's largest meetings and event management technology company and has over 950 employees worldwide. Cvent offers web-based software for online event registration, mobile apps for events, meeting site selection, event management, e-mail marketing, and web surveys, and helps over 10,000 clients in 90 countries manage hundreds of thousands of events, surveys and e-mail campaigns. The company has processed over $2 billion in online payments and has managed over 30 million event registrations and survey responses for its clients. Cvent's client base ranges from small non-profits to large corporations, and includes over 30 companies from the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit http://www.cvent.com.
TvTak debuts Instant Video Recognition Android App @ Uplinq 2012.
TvTak Video Recognition using Qualcomm's FastCV computer vision technology identifies TV programming from a mobile device's camera
NEW YORK, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TvTak, an innovative video content recognition platform for mobile applications, is releasing its video recognition app at the Uplinq(TM) 2012 mobile developers conference, 27-28 June 2012, San Diego (http://www.uplinq.com). Demonstrations will take place in the Snapdragon Experience Zone within the Mobile Innovation Showcase area.
TvTak is the first Automatic Video Recognition platform that allows a viewer to point a smartphone or tablet at the television and identify what TV program or commercial is playing. Viewers get instant gratification, with a customized "TV Card" with the name of the show as well as other branded opportunities.
Patent-Pending Video Detection Algorithms
TvTak has developed innovative patent-pending algorithms for instant recognition of live and pre-recorded video. TvTak recognition algorithms are real-time; there is no need to process any video in advance. They work on any television set and do not require special set-up box or a smart TV.
TvTak achieves faster image conversion and better performance using Qualcomm Incorporated's FastCV(TM) technology, the first mobile-optimized computer vision (CV) library for ARM-based devices. "It took us just a few days for our R&D team to integrate FastCV technology," said TvTak CEO David Amselem. "Qualcomm's mobile-optimized CV library makes our video detection work faster, providing a better experience for the consumer."
"Long used in fixed-video industrial applications, computer vision-based applications are now emerging in the mobile space as every smartphone serves as a camera too," said Sy Choudhury, senior director of product management of Qualcomm. "Qualcomm developed a set of CV functions with speed and mobility in mind, and the FastCV-based capability TvTak is demonstrating at Uplinq is prime example of how these functions can be utilized. We have always believed in the innovative power of the developer community - provided they have the tools they need. TvTak's highly innovative app is proof positive of this."
Watching TV commercials becomes fun & rewarding
Product brands can sponsor contests using TvTak where viewers "catch" their commercials to unlock new content, register as fans, instantly enter into sweepstakes, receive valuable coupons or collect loyalty cards to get rewards. While watching the sponsor's TV ads, viewers can garner even more rewards.
TvTak partner offerings
TvTak offers multiple levels for partnership:
-- Developers integrate an iOS & Android SDK within their own branded apps
-- Brands launch interactive TV Ad campaign using the TvTak branded App.
TvTak provides unique viewers' engagement analytics with real-time data on viewing trends for advertisers and networks. Demos can be seen on TvTak's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/tvtak
TvTak is an innovative platform for instant interaction on television shows, games and commercials.
TvTak makes every television interactive. Viewers point their smartphone or tablet to their television screen; TvTak identifies the program in a second and allows viewers to interact instantly. TvTak was selected from 130 innovative startups as a winner of the PepsiCo10 contest sponsored by PepsiCo. TvTak was voted Best Demo at the Social TV Summit in Los Angeles and Tech Aviv New York in July 2011, and was selected in Technonomy3 in Tel Aviv in April 2011. TvTak is located in NYC, and the R&D lab in the Israeli Negev.
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