Johnson Controls Showcases next-generation products at 2013 North American International Auto Show
The latest in seating, electronics, interior and battery innovations debut in Detroit
DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, a global diversified company in the automotive and building industries, will showcase its latest seating, electronics, interior and battery products at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
"At Johnson Controls, we're focused on providing innovative products and technologies that anticipate market needs," said Michael Warsaw, vice president, Innovation and Industrial Design for Johnson Controls. "Through research, product design and development, we've created innovative seating, electronics, interior and battery solutions that meet our customers' expectations for differentiation, sustainability, comfort and excitement."
Highlights of Johnson Controls' 10,000-square-foot exhibit in room D2-15of Cobo Center at the 2013 NAIAS event include:
-- Seat technologies that offer components and systems that reduce overall
seat mass, enhance comfort and increase functionality
-- An interior concept that delivers a premium consumer experience through
customization and sustainable features, applicable for vehicle platforms
and markets around the globe.
-- Infotainment and driver information interior electronics products that
improve the driving experience and
-- A full spectrum of energy storage solutions for conventional,
Start-Stop, Micro Hybrid, hybrid and electric vehicles.
An event sponsor and exhibitor, this is the 19(th) year Johnson Controls will be involved in the NAIAS. The company's exhibit will be open to media and invited guests with a product overview press conference held at 6:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 14.
The NAIAS event - one of the world's premier automotive exhibitions - opens to the media and industry officials on Monday, Jan. 14.
About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2012, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #5 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience:
Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With 240 locations worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete interiors. With our global capability, we supply approximately 50 million cars per year.
About Johnson Controls Power Solutions:
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric vehicles. Our 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers supply more than one third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major automakers and aftermarket retailers. Through our innovations we are building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. We were the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles. Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.
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Vesta and Utopia Partner for SAP Enterprise Asset Management Solutions
STAMFORD, Conn. and MUNDELEIN, Ill., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) services provider Vesta Partners and Enterprise Data Solutions provider Utopia announced today a partnership to help clients reduce their annual asset management costs.
Through the combined talents of the Vesta - Utopia team, customers can address all aspects of EAM operational efficiency including business process optimization and EAM system configuration as well as asset data quality and master data management.
Vesta, an SAP Services and Select Consulting Partner, specializes in SAP EAM consulting and implementation services and technologies to Fortune 500 companies in the utilities, mining, rail, oil and gas and manufacturing industries. Vesta combines industry best practices with practical technology solutions to help customers shift their maintenance operations from a necessary cost center to an enterprise improvement platform.
Utopia, an SAP Gold Partner, helps clients optimize their business processes by ensuring data is accurate and managed through the entire lifecycle from creation, reporting, management and until it is archived. Utopia uses proven best practices to help clients make better asset-related decisions, identify cost reductions for labor, parts and inventory, as well as improve asset availability through better scheduling of high-replacement cost items.
"We are very pleased to be working with a leading EAM consultancy," said Doug Jones, GVP of Strategy, Marketing & Alliances. "Utopia is extremely selective in partnering and creating relationships that bring transformational value to<s> </s>clients. By combining Utopia's data expertise with Vesta's in-depth asset management capabilities, we are confident clients will be able to improve EAM productivity and cut unnecessary costs, with results dropping directly to the bottom line."
"Combining the specific expertise of each firm under this partnership will provide customers with a strong value proposition," added Mike Maiolo, CEO of Vesta. "The ability to assess both your data and systems collectively in order to design a road map for improvement will bring great value and ultimately great savings to a client."
Vesta and Utopia recently discussed the topic of SAP EAM Data Quality. To view the recorded version of this webinar please click the link below (registration required):
SAP EAM Data Quality Webinar
About Utopia, Inc.:
Utopia, Inc. is a global Enterprise Data Solutions provider that serves customers in multiple industries, including oil & gas, mining, utilities, manufacturing, high tech, consumer goods and retail, with unique methodologies to deliver significant cost savings and improvements that help unleash the true potential of the enterprise. Utopia's enterprise data solutions include strategic roadmap development, systems integration, data strategy and master data management (MDM), as well as data migration, quality and governance services.
The company has its global headquarters in Mundelein, IL, just north of Chicago and is celebrating its tenth year in business. Utopia's international presence includes offices in USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia Pacific and most recently Latin America. For more information, please visit: http://www.utopiainc.com.
About Vesta Partners
Founded in 2005, Vesta operates a functional and technical consulting practice focused on EAM solution architecture and configuration for customers in asset intensive industries. The functional consulting practice is focused on architecting and integrating SAP EAM modules, which help customers track, manage and report on capital asset usage, with expertise in utilities, mining, rail and oil & gas. In addition to its consulting services, the Company offers proprietary software solutions addressing niche EAM demands. As a leader in the EAM space and an SAP Select Consulting Partner, the Company is regularly hired by Fortune 500 customers to design and implement master IT roadmaps specifying enterprise application architecture and configuration. For more information, please visit http://www.vestapartners.com.
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Glide - Google Android Mobile App for Android Phones and Tablets Available Today in the Google Play Store
Glide Unites Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8 in One App
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, coinciding with the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Glide officially launches the all new Glide - Google Android mobile application available in the Google Play Store. This follows the release of the Glide Windows 8 application in the Microsoft Windows Store.
Now you can use Glide on your Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, HTC Droid DNA, LG Nexus 4, Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD, Google Nexus 7 Tablet, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and any Android device running Gingerbread version 2.3.3 (API Level 10) or higher.
Glide unlocks the full potential of your digital life by connecting your incompatible devices and disconnected cloud services providing access to all of your files no matter where they are stored and the tools to edit, share and publish. Glide displays the location of your files with transparent device and cloud service logos. Glide makes it possible to search for and select files across various devices and cloud services and simultaneously publish to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. Glide automatically converts file formats when needed for easy sharing with friends and family.
"With a single login, Glide provides master access to all of your files stored across all of your devices and cloud services," said TransMedia Chairman & CEO, Donald Leka. "Glide is the key to managing your increasingly fragmented digital life providing one login, one search box and one place to manage all of your digital stuff."
Connect and Manage All of Your Devices and Cloud Services
Login to All of Your Devices and Cloud Services
Search Across All of Your Devices and Cloud Services
Access, Edit and Share Your Files
Publish Files Simultaneously to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
Glide supports Google Android Phones and Tablets, Windows 8 PCs and Tablets, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. Coming soon, Apple iOS, OS X Apps and additional cloud services.
New Priceline.com Shocker: William Shatner's "Negotiator" Has A Secret Child, And She's The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco
Campaign Highlights New No-Bidding Express Deals(sm) Service
NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One year after stunning millions of William Shatner fans by dropping his "Negotiator" character off a bridge, priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) is back with a new TV campaign - and another shocker. The Negotiator will reveal that he has a secret child, and she is none other than Kaley Cuoco, star of the hit TV series "The Big Bang Theory."
The campaign, which begins running January 14 (and is available online now http://youtu.be/EDSnjfxu_Ig), will showcase priceline.com's family-friendly Express Deals(sm) hotel reservation service, where customers don't have to bid and can get quality hotel rooms (even choosing their bedding type in some cases) at savings of up to 45% over published rates. The new ad shows The Negotiator driving to the top of a mountain with a little girl and dropping her off in front of a mysterious dojo. Decades later, he returns to pick her up; she is now an adult, and after years of intense training, is, like her father, highly skilled in the art of finding the best travel deals. And she may have even learned some techniques that eluded dear old Dad.
"The Negotiator harbors many secrets, and this is just one of them," said Mr. Shatner. "It's another layer to the enigma of The Negotiator that shows us there are many different ways to find great hotel deals. And, as in life, there is something new he can learn from a younger perspective."
"It's definitely exciting working with Bill, and being part of a campaign and a brand that I've pretty much grown up with," said Ms. Cuoco. "He has single-handedly built the Priceline Negotiator into a pop culture icon. I think there's a lot of overlap in our fans, who will appreciate seeing us together as a father and daughter team. And who wouldn't want to be William Shatner's daughter?"
"The customer base for online travel services continues to get both younger - and older - as Internet usage becomes more commonplace and mobile devices make it possible to book hotels, rental cars and airline tickets from almost anywhere, at any time," said priceline.com's Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller. "The collaboration of William Shatner and Kaley Cuoco will enable priceline.com to reach the different parts of that diverging base with a compelling and entertaining priceline.com message. We look forward to working with both of them as this campaign unfolds."
Express Deals is priceline.com's newest and most family-friendly hotel reservation service that can save up to 45% without bidding on a room. With Express Deals, customers choose the city, neighborhood and star-level hotel they want, and can see all of a hotel's amenities (pool, on-site restaurant, gym) and, in some cases, they can even specify the type of bedding they want (two queens, one king, etc.). Express Deals listings also show satisfaction scores from guests who have stayed at the hotel. Room rates are pre-discounted up to 45% over published rates. After making their reservation, customers are provided with the name of the hotel and their complete itinerary. Customers who are looking to save even more - up to 60% - can still bid on a room using priceline.com's Name Your Own Price® hotel service, or they can choose from the more than 201,000 hotels available on priceline.com's global published-price hotel service.
About The Priceline Group
The Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 270,000 participating hotels worldwide. The Group is composed of four primary brands - Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and Rentalcars.com - and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 180 countries in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.
Booking.com is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world, offering over 260,000 hotels (as of January 1, 2013), and is available in 41 languages. More recent hotel counts are available on the Booking.com website. Priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or the recently added Express Deals(SM), where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.
Agoda.com is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available in 38 languages. Rentalcars.com is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in over 6,000 locations. Customer support is provided in 40 languages.
Mushroom Networks' Bonded Internet Services Enables LS Direct Marketing to recover from Hurricane Sandy and Serve Clients during its Upcoming Busy Season
Truffle Broadband Bonding Solution Enables Company to Communicate with Staff Members And Continue to Provide Web Hosting Services to Clients throughout the Country
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mushroom Networks, Inc., innovators of Broadband Bonding(TM) technology, today announced it provided its Truffle Broadband Bonding Internet solution to LS Direct Marketing (http://www.ls-direct.com). Truffle is a Broadband Bonding network appliance that offers aggregated Internet connectivity of up to 12 Internet access lines and two additional wireless data cards. LS Direct Marketing lost its single Internet connection during Hurricane Sandy and required a new connectivity solution with greater reliability and redundancy.
LS Direct Marketing is a one-stop communications solutions provider targeting retail, enterprise and small business offering marketing campaigns, which are driven by data analytics. The company relies heavily on a stable Internet connection to conduct business, especially in order to maintain contact with its printing and mailing facility, which is located more than 100 miles from its headquarters. LS Direct Marketing also relies on its Internet connection to provide 24/7 web hosting for many of its clients throughout North America.
"Even though Sandy came and went, the East Coast will be dealing with unstable Internet service for quite some time," said Jeff Horowitz, President and CEO of LS Direct Marketing. "We have one singular Internet connection to the building, which was cut within the first few hours of Hurricane Sandy on October 29(th) and not reconnected until a week later. Missing a deadline could have cost our customers millions of dollars in revenue, and that's never an option for us. With Mushroom Networks' Truffle technology, we were up and running in less than a few minutes and were able to provide services to our clients, especially those who were still having to deal with the aftermath of the storm. After implementation, both our staff and our clients now had Internet service running at optimal speed and reliability."
"Better yet was the ease of deployment," said Nick Piatek, Senior Software and Web Developer for LS Direct Marketing. "It was crisis mode on both a professional and personal level for our team, and I found Mushroom Networks to be 'plug and play.' The ability to bond over multiple 4G modems enabled us to push production jobs through effortlessly."
"We are very pleased to see our solution help LS Direct Marketing during a crisis situation, and to know they are able to meet the needs of their clients going forward," said Dr. Cahit Akin, co-founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks. "Truffle is an ideal solution for enterprises of any size that require ultra-reliable Internet access at their head-quarter offices or branch offices. Through Broadband Bonding, we can combine DSL, cable modem, T1, satellite, fiber, 3G, 4G or any other broadband connection into a single bonded pipe. It's especially suited to companies such as LS Direct Marketing that need to provide connectivity to their remote offices as well as their clients."
LS Direct Marketing extended the usage of its bonded connection to other local businesses affected by the storm. Emerging Media (http://www.emergingmediapr.com) from Nyack, New York brought in three staff members who set up a temporary office in LS Direct Marketing's conference room until their power and Internet connection was restored.
Currently in its 15(th) year of operation, LS Direct Marketing's portfolio includes more than 1,000 enterprise, agency, and small business clients. The Suffern, New York-based company offers multiple business services including customer retention, prospect conversion, loyalty building, and customer recapture. Visit http://www.ls-direct.com for more information.
About Mushroom Networks
Mushroom Networks, Inc., is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA, providing patent pending Broadband Bonding solutions to a range of Internet connection applications. The company's flagship product line serves SMBs, enterprises, multi-tenant buildings, and broadband service providers and bonds dissimilar broadband access technologies forming a single highly reliable broadband pipe that can easily scale based on needs. Mushroom Networks was a finalist for the coveted 2012 San Diego Business Journal Innovation Award, XCHANGE Tech Innovators Xcellence Award, 2007 CONNECT® 'Most Innovative New Product' award, 2008 CONNECT® 'Most Innovative New Product' award, Network World's "top technology trend of 2008" award, and nominated for the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector by Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit http://www.mushroomnetworks.com or call 858-452-1031.
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Fingerprint and Mindshapes Ink Exclusive Partnership to Create New Story-Based, Interactive Content for Kids
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kids' mobile gaming network Fingerprint Digital and leading kids' mobile learning company Mindshapes today announced a strategic partnership to introduce a series of new interactive digital 'appisodes.' Each appisode will bundle together an interactive storybook with related games and learn-and-play activities into one fun-filled experience for kids. The first Mindshapes-produced appisode will launch on Fingerprint in February with four additional appisodes scheduled to launch later this year.
Each appisode will feature recognized kids' entertainment brands and will be built around specific educational themes to deliver delightful learning experiences for kids. By taking full advantage of Fingerprint's signature capabilities, from play insights to parent/child messaging, appisode content will provide kids and families a fully integrated and engaging learning experience.
"We know parents and kids expect Fingerprint to deliver apps that are equally fun, educational, and engaging," said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO and co-founder, Fingerprint. "In Mindshapes, we have found a wonderful partner with a proven track record of creating innovative content with high production values. Through this partnership, we will add a new line of robust experiences to keep kids entertained, and Fingerprint families engaged for a very long time."
"Mindshapes is delighted to be expanding the content we deliver to kids and families by offering a compelling and integrated experience of storybooks, games, and learn-and-play activities centered around kids' favorite entertainment characters," said Nina Pustilnik, co-CEO, Mindshapes. "We're also excited to make our content available outside of our award-winning, subscription-based app Magic Town in cooperation with Fingerprint, our ideal partner to help us broaden our reach among this rapidly growing mobile market of kids, ages 3-8."
Since launching its first app just over a year ago, Fingerprint has established itself as a dominant mobile edutainment platform, empowering young kids through fun, learning apps while providing parents with a trusted resource. To date, Fingerprint fans have logged over 50 million minutes of play time on Fingerprint-branded apps - while learning their colors, shapes, geography, math, science, reading, history, and more.
Mindshapes has invigorated the interactive storytelling category with its award-winning, flagship product Magic Town, in which children can explore, create, and learn from their favorite iconic characters. Since June 2012, the app has been downloaded in more than 190 countries with more than one million stories read.
About Fingerprint Digital
Based in San Francisco, Fingerprint Digital is a mobile entertainment company for kids and the creator of Fingerprint Play, the first kids' learning and entertainment platform, providing sharing and engagement opportunities between kids and parents across mobile devices and the web. Its network of quality, Mom-Comm enabled edutainment apps consists of first-party apps, as well as apps "fingerprinted" by third-party developers. Fingerprint funding is led by Corus Entertainment, a leading interactive media and entertainment company, along with K2MediaLabs, Reed Elsevier and Suffolk Holdings. For more information, visit http://www.fingerprintplay.com or http://www.facebook.com/fingerprintplay.
Founded by game industry veterans from Playfish, Glu Mobile, among others, Mindshapes creates fun educational applications for kids. The company has offices in London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Mindshapes has released several award-winning kids' apps for iPhone and iPad including its flagship storytelling app, Magic Town. For more information, visit http://www.mindshapes.com.
Huawei Showcases Latest Mobile Broadband Innovation at CES 2013
Huawei's Latest UltraStick E3331 is the World's Smallest Data Card
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Huawei,a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled the world's smallest data card, UltraStick E3331, today at CES 2013. Measuring 7 mm thin, 67.5 mm long and 25.5 mm wide, with a white design, UltraStick E3331 is the perfect data card modem to go with any stylish light-weight portable laptop. UltraStick E3331 supports a download speed of up to 21 Mbps in the PA+ network, and also runs on the IPV6 network. E3331 features Huawei's proprietary Hi-Link technology, allowing network connection in just 15 seconds.
"A key trend which can be seen across mobile devices, laptops and even digital cameras is for light and thin designs," said Wang Yeh Biao, Director, Huawei Data Card Product Group. "Huawei is investing resources to develop advanced and innovative, yet light and thin, mobile broadband products. We are very happy to launch the UltraStick E3331 data card as we continue to make convenience and great technology available to more people."
The UltraStick E3331 is Huawei's next-generation data card, building on the popularity of the E369. Slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, the UltraStick E3331 will be available in the Philippines from February 2013, with other markets to follow.
About Huawei Device
Huawei Device believes that everyone can be the center of information and that the world would be a better place if access and information barriers were knocked down. Its strong suite of mobile phones, mobile broadband devices and home devices is testimony to Huawei Device's focus on customers and its commitment to providing user-friendly mobile internet experiences through ongoing innovation. Based on more than two decades of success in the information and communications industry, and with our own channel expertise, operational capabilities and global partner resources, Huawei Device is transforming from a company that sells millions of devices in single transactions to large businesses, to a "Business-to-Customer" (B2C) brand that also sells individual devices directly to millions of people. As at the end of 2012, Huawei Device serves more than 500 operators all over the world. For more information, visit Huawei Device online: http://www.huaweidevice.com
International Business Times' Parent Company, IBT Media Unveiled
Newly Formed Media Group Announces Online Business Video Portal, BizuTV, and New Vertical Websites Platform
NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- International Business Times today announced the launch of IBT Media, an expanded global media group, comprised of new properties including a business online video portal, Bizu.tv, and vertical websites that provide the latest news on highly-followed niche lifestyle subjects. With online video engagement numbers on the rise and expected to grow this year, Bizu.tv creates a hub for video on topics like personal finance, investments and marketing that are beneficial for C-level executives, small business owners, investors and more. Additionally, IBT Media's vertical websites platform will enable readers to access targeted coverage of various subjects such as automotive, fashion, realty, technology, science and travel, helping to meet the interests and demands of international audiences.
"As we continue to see the need for comprehensive coverage across broader topics around the world, IBT Media and our new platforms will build on the success of International Business Times," said Etienne Uzac, CEO and co-Founder of IBT Media. "Our latest ventures reflect the evolution of our company into a multi-product global media group that will help us better leverage our existing intellectual property, while positioning us for rapid growth in the years ahead."
While video continues to saturate the Internet, there is still a great need for high-quality business video content today that individuals can source for knowledge and information. Bizu.tv will meet this need by being a valuable tool for business and professional development worldwide. With videos ranging from interviews with executives to lectures and how to's, the portal will showcase the successes and best-practices for viewers to build upon their expertise. As a community of expert contributors for video, trusted media partners, industry leaders and intellectuals from around the world will provide content for Bizu.tv. Furthermore, in order to encourage participation from the business community, Bizu.tv will require all users to log-in through their LinkedIn accounts to contribute content.
Participating media partners will also have the opportunity to earn incremental revenue on their existing videos by promoting their content to new viewers as Bizu.tv creates a brand-safe environment for content providers to aggregate their high quality videos. The inaugural media partners of Bizu.tv are IDG Communications and International news network FRANCE 24. The video portal will also be working with advertising partners such as Digitas and PJA Advertising to bring the best variety of engaging and creative content that will compliment the videos on Bizu.tv.
"We've seen video consumption grow tremendously in the IDG TechNetwork over the past two years. IDG's library of quality content has undoubtedly been a major driver in creating that user interest. We are extremely excited to expand our relationship with IBT Media by making our content accessible through Bizu.tv, and helping create an engaging and reliable source of information for viewers," said Sean Buckley, group director, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, IDG TechNetwork.
"As an agency, we look to tell our client's stories and share their brand with an audience that we know our message will resonate with," said Peggy Groppo, Media Account Director, PJA Advertising. "With Bizu.tv we can now reach that business audience and be able to better serve our highly-valued clients."
In addition to Bizu.tv, IBT Media's vertical websites platform will serve audiences in areas like design, fashion, auto, science and food to create communities of enthusiasts that seek to follow the latest news surrounding their interests. While the sites feature today's news and editorial pieces relevant to these topics, they will also develop into a platform where readers can connect with like-minded individuals. The 11 new sites under the vertical platform include: Celebeat, Food&Recipe, iDesignTimes, iDigitalTimes, iFashionTimes, iJobTimes, iMotorTimes, iRealtyTimes, iScienceTimes, iSportsTimes and iTravelerTimes.
"The creation of IBT Media marks an important milestone for International Business Times, as the online news publication initially was a single digital property, focusing solely on business news," said Johnathan Davis, Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of IBT Media. "Our new platforms will help us to reach a greater audience around the world as IBT Media is now a one-stop-shop for not only global news but content across various industries and subjects."
International Business Times, the digital global news publication now ranked within the top 10 U.S. online growth property according to comScore, remains as the main business unit of IBT Media. The publication has recently launched a new website with a new design layout to better serve its growing audience of investors, traders, business owners, entrepreneurs and executives, among others.
About IBT Media
IBT Media is a global digital media group that delivers news to an audience of more than 12 million people every month worldwide through its network of digital publishing platforms. IBT Media is the parent company of International Business Times and Bizu.tv, along with 11 vertical sites, which produce and syndicate multi-format content across a variety of categories, with a focus on business. IBT Media properties provide comprehensive content around the most important business, economic and political stories from around the world, while also adhering to other niche areas that interest global readers today. For more information on IBT Media and its properties, visit: http://corp.ibt.com/
7" Android Devices Will Ship in Spring 2013 with MSRPs under $150
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivitar today announced the planned spring release of three different tablets designed specifically for children and their families. Offerings will include the XO Learning Tablet, featuring curated educational content as well as support for bilingual families; the Camelio Tablet, which will offer a series of 'personality kits' that can be tailored to the child's interests; and a line of licensed tablets featuring Hello Kitty, Barbie and Monster High branding for children in different age groups. All will be 7" Android-based models with expected MSRPs of less than $150.
The announcement coincides with the Vivitar brand's 75(th) anniversary and an aggressive expansion of the company's portfolio to deliver a new generation of affordable, feature-rich, family-friendly products that build on the brand's rich heritage of technology innovation in consumer electronics.
XO Learning Tablet
Under an exclusive license agreement with One Laptop per Child (OLPC), Vivitar will release the XO Learning Tablet to leading U.S. retailers beginning with Walmart stores and Walmart.com. The 7" Android device will feature OLPC's new XO Learning System, an Android-compatible software package for child-centric learning for ages 3-12. All content has been curated and selected for appropriateness and educational value, including applications, books, games and videos utilizing children's aspirations as a theme to drive learning experiences. XO Learning also offers a full range of parental controls, user IDs for up to three children, and a dashboard where the child or parent can review usage, types of content and the skills the child is developing. Separate English and Spanish content will be available with the press of an icon for bilingual families, with additional languages to be added in future releases.
Vivitar's Camelio Tablet will offer unique add-on 'personality kits' allowing the base 7" Android tablet to be customized to the child's age and favorite licensed properties, and changed as the child moves from preschool to elementary school to the tween/teen stage. Each $20-$30 kit will include a tablet case as well as a card with a code that unlocks branded content such as wallpapers, widgets, music and books. Initial personality kit options will range from multiple franchise properties popular with girls of different ages to top superhero and sports brands for boys. The Camelio line will also include parental controls.
Vivitar will also introduce three 7" branded Android tablets for Hello Kitty, Barbie and Monster High enthusiasts. Each branded model will include custom home screens, wallpapers, photo editing, contacts and more featuring graphic themes from the respective licensors, leveraging the runaway popularity of each brand to appeal to target audiences from 3 to 35.
Vivitar is a leading provider of photographic, audio and optic devices and related accessories with a rich 75-year heritage of technology innovation and affordability dating back to 1938. Building off the success of its legendary Series-1 lenses and flashes, the company has steadily expanded its product portfolio to include cameras, camcorders, accessories and now tablets tailored to the needs of today's families. Vivitar is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, with additional offices across the United Kingdom, Latin America, Canada and Hong Kong, and global retail distribution spanning more than 100,000 locations in both mass market and specialty channels. For more information, visit http://www.vivitar.com
VoltDB, the World's Fastest High-Velocity Database, Launches Volt University
Offerings Include Online Instruction, Classroom Training and Volt Vanguard Certification
BILLERICA, Mass., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VoltDB, the world's fastest high-velocity database, today announced the launch of Volt University, a comprehensive instructional and certification program for developers of all skill levels to learn how to unlock the full power and potential of VoltDB. Volt University and the Volt Vanguard Certification Program provide enterprise and independent developers worldwide with the insight, tools, and best practices they need to build applications never before imagined, applications that ingest, analyze, and act on incredibly large volumes of data with real-time speed.
Led by VoltDB's own engineering organization, Volt University provides customers, partners, and members of the entire VoltDB Community with a vast portfolio of instructional content, classes, tools, and other resources. The curriculum and supporting material range from beginner to advanced, giving developers at all levels the practical knowledge and support they need to build whatever application they can envision.
"Volt University is designed to inspire and enable innovation broadly," said VoltDB President and CEO Bruce Reading. "Our goal is to unleash the vision, the artistry, the creativity, and the imagination of the VoltDB Developer Community, allowing them to build the next generation of truly disruptive, scalable, high-velocity applications that deliver unique and differentiated business value."
Volt University offers three categories of training and development:
-- Volt University Online - From live monthly webcasts and on-demand "how
to" videos to white papers, tutorials, demonstrations, and code samples,
Volt University Online provides users with a substantial library of
material to offer inspiration and instruction to create high-velocity
applications on VoltDB. Content is available free of charge for all
members of the Volt Community. For more on the VoltDB Community, visit: http://voltdb.com/community/community-home.php.
-- Volt University Classroom - Administered by the VoltDB engineering team,
Volt University Classroom provides in-person instruction for a wide
range of topics to help participants realize the potential of VoltDB and
build their applications with speed and ease. Classes are offered
through a select group of institutions and developer-run organizations,
and can be customized and administered for individual groups or
businesses on request.
-- Volt Vanguard Certification - At the core of Volt University is the Volt
Vanguard Certification program, a set of self-paced, online courses that
combine instructional content and testing for full VoltDB certification.
At the successful conclusion of the program, participants will be
certified Volt Vanguards, and will be fully enabled to develop
cutting-edge applications of all types using VoltDB. Fees to participate
in the Volt Vanguard Certification program begin at $495 for a single
student. For more information, please contact the Volt University Team
Across all programs - from online to classroom to certification - students have access to VoltDB developers, a team of extraordinary engineering and strategic talent responsible for building some of the most scalable and cutting-edge applications on the planet. Through Volt University, this team is available to provide counsel, support, feedback, and suggestions on how to make the most of VoltDB's unique power and performance and build disruptive applications.
VoltDB provides a fully durable, in-memory relational database that combines high-velocity data ingestion and real-time data analytics and decisioning to enable organizations to unleash a new generation of big data applications that deliver unprecedented business value. Organizations in markets ranging from financial services and Web media, to public utilities and national defense, use VoltDB to narrow the "ingestion-to-decision" gap from minutes, or even hours, to milliseconds. Founded by database legend Dr. Michael Stonebraker, VoltDB is privately held and based in Billerica, Mass.
Teach.com Launches First-Ever Rankings of the 100 Best Education News Sites/Blogs
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teach.com announces the launch of Teach100, a first of its kind ranking of the 100 best and most influential education blogs and news sites. Teach100 allows users to quickly see the education blogs their community is reading, explore topics the blogs are covering, and decide which blogs they want to follow or add to their existing reading list. The ranking is updated daily and can be found at http://www.Teach.com/Teach100.
Teach.com aims to inspire new teachers to join the field of education and to serve as an informational and inspirational resource for those who may not know where to start their careers. Teach100 was developed to help educators or anyone interested in the subject become more engaged with the education blogosphere.
Teach100 considers for inclusion any blog that focuses on issues in the field of education, ranging from early childhood to postsecondary education. Blogs may feature topical issues such as teaching styles, education reform, the hard sciences or other education-related topics. They are ranked on a quantitative scoring system that takes into account a range of considerations, including social metrics, activity and authority.
Teach100 ranks each education blog on the following factors:
-- Social (40%) -- Engagement as determined through combined Facebook
shares, Tweets and StumbleUpon visits to the blog. Ranking is also based
on the number of shares pointing back to the blog's 10 most recent posts
and its main domain.
-- Activity (20%) -- The frequency of a blog's updates. The more frequently
a blog is updated, the higher its activity score.
-- Authority (20%) -- The overall authority and influence relative to the
rest of the web as determined by the number of sites linking to the
blog. This methodology is one of the foundations of the Google Search
Algorithm and is a commonly used measure of a website's authority.
-- Teach Score (20%) -- This is the single subjective factor in the
evaluation of Teach100. The Teach Score considers how media is used
throughout a blog, how topics in education are discussed, the timeliness
of blog content, the capacity to inform and the overall presentation of
As of today, near the top of the Teach100, are blogs from Inside Higher Ed, The Learning Network, Edutopia, Free Technology for Teachers, Homeroom, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Teacher Network Blog, On Our Minds, Eduwonk and Busy Teacher.
Any blogger or webmaster can submit their education-related blog to Teach100, and it will be included if it meets three criteria: at least half of the content pertains directly to education, the blog is at least six months old and the blog has more than 50 individual posts. Once approved, blogs are ranked and included in the next update. Ranked blogs can also embed a dynamic widget to display Teach100's top 10 on their own blog or website.
Teach.com and Teach100 were developed and maintained in partnership with USC Rossier Online.
Teach.com aims to discover, discuss and encourage great teaching around the world. The website offers a comprehensive educational resource for current and aspiring teachers, including information on teacher preparation and certification in any state across the country, profiles of great teachers and the tactics they use and much more. Teach.com was developed in partnership with USC Rossier Online, the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education's highly rigorous Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Teaching-TESOL and Master of Education in Advanced Instruction programs delivered online.
SMK Electronics and Hillcrest Labs to Unveil New "Scoop Pointer" Remote Control at International CES 2013
Smart TV Remote Control Provides In-Air Pointing Using Hillcrest's Freespace® MotionEngine(TM) Lite Software and Bluetooth® Low Energy RF Technology
LAS VEGAS and ROCKVILLE, Md. and CHULA VISTA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet the growing need for cost effective, power efficient pointing in Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media players, and PCs, SMK Electronics and Hillcrest Labs have teamed up to create a new consumer remote control solution. The new remote, to be manufactured and marketed by SMK Electronics, enables in-air pointing and cursor control by combining Hillcrest's Freespace(®) MotionEngine((TM)) Lite software with Bluetooth(®) low energy RF technology in Hillcrest Labs' award-winning Scoop((TM)) pointer. The remote uses Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity technology from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).
"Fueled by the increased adoption of pointing-enabled Android((TM) )and Windows(®) 8 operating systems, advanced pointing controls are now an essential part of all the latest Smart TVs and PC devices," said Chad Lucien, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Hillcrest Labs. "We're excited to partner with SMK, a trusted industry supplier of high quality, reliable remote control solutions, to create a new product to meet this market need."
"We are pleased to be able to offer our global customers a turn-key remote control with high-precision cursor control," said Paul Evans, president, SMK Electronics Corporation. "The combination of Hillcrest's MotionEngine Lite software with Bluetooth low energy RF technology provides a cost effective, low-latency, ultra-high performance remote control solution for OEMs looking to deploy next-generation Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media players, PCs, and other entertainment devices."
"Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity delivers the battery-friendly, high performance technology being demanded for advanced remote controls - giving consumers more precise control of their consumer electronics equipment," said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. "We are excited to continue our relationship with SMK and Hillcrest Labs to innovate in the living room, expanding our success with ZigBee RF4CE to Bluetooth low energy remote controls."
The Scoop pointer uses Hillcrest's MotionEngine Lite software to transform data from an accelerometer and a gyroscope into intuitive in-air pointing control. Interfacing wirelessly with Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media players, PCs, and other devices, the Scoop will be showcased at the 2013 International CES show, January 8-11, in Las Vegas, NV, in SMK Electronics' booth #20661 in Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 1, in Hillcrest's Renaissance Hotel suite #932 and in TI booth N119 in Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall.
About Hillcrest Labs:
Hillcrest Labs is the leading global supplier of software and hardware for motion-enabled products. Our Freespace(®) technology transforms human movement into high quality, application-ready motion information. With a decade of development and many unique patented features, products come to life with Freespace motion. Companies licensing Hillcrest's motion technology include: Atmel, Eastman Kodak, LG Electronics, Logitech, Roku, SMK Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., TCL Multimedia, and others. For consumers, Hillcrest offers the Kylo browser, a free Web browser for TV viewing. Hillcrest has received numerous awards and recognitions including the prestigious CES Innovations Honoree Award multiple times, IMS Research's TV Innovation Awards, EE Times' ACE Award, PC World's 100 Best Products and Greatest Tech Designs, Popular Mechanics' Editors Choice, ECN's Reader's Choice Tech, and many others. Additional information about Hillcrest's broad portfolio of motion control products is available at: http://www.HillcrestLabs.com. Follow Hillcrest on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HillcrestLabs or Twitter at @HillcrestLabs.
About SMK Electronics:
SMK Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of OEM remote controls, producing more than 70 million units annually. SMK Electronics, SMK's America Group, in coordination with SMK's Europe Group, is uniquely positioned to offer its global customers advanced OEM remote control solutions that support rich media, interactive content and advanced TV features. For more information, visit SMK Electronics USA, SMK Europe Group and SMK Corporation.
Hillcrest Labs, Freespace, and MotionEngine are trademarks of Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc. All other company names and trademarks remain property of their respective owners.
CONTACT: Hillcrest: Renee Burch, JLM Partners Inc. for Hillcrest Labs, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-206-381-3600, or Jeremy Pemble, JLM Partners Inc. for Hillcrest Labs, email@example.com, +1-206-381-3600; or SMK Electronics: Keith Roberts, Marketing Communications Manager, SMK-Link, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-805-987-6662 x206
VoX Communications Adds PayPal Mobile Wallet To Mobile VoIP App
VoX Mobile VoIP And PayPal Payment is Available In "190 Countries And Regions" In Which PayPal Operates
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pervasip Corp.'s (OTCQB: PVSP) VoX Mobile VoIP calling application is now available to more than one hundred million PayPal users.
The subscription-free VoX plan called "Pay and Go" can be topped up with amounts as little as one dollar from a PayPal account. The Pay and Go plan enables users to call anywhere in the world, without paying a recurring monthly fee or connection fee, and includes a second phone number, voice mail service and some of the lowest international calling rates in the world.
VoX's Chief Information Officer, Mark Richards, noted, "We are continuing our vision to position our Android App for the coming global marriage between mobile VoIP and mobile wallet. PayPal is arguably the number one global mobile payment company, and is our first step toward that vision. Our App has been well received in the industry and is currently listed in the number 2 position in the Google Play Store when searching for "mobile VoIP." We intend to be best of breed and listed in the number 1 position, by continuing to add additional benefits like PayPal. Millions of people globally do not have a credit card or do not want to enter it into a mobile device for security or other personal reasons."
"We are following a simple model, we believe that as more people see our app, more people will appreciate and use it," continued Richards. "We think mobile VoIP and mobile wallet is a perfect marriage in 2013 and we are excited to be one of the pioneers in this area."
A VoX user can subscribe entirely on the phone or tablet and choose a U.S. phone number without leaving the interface, which makes the sign-up process more elegant than many competitors. The mobile VoIP paid plans are a low cost of entry for a high quality and reliable mobile VoIP service offering. New subscribers can download the app for a free 60 minute trial and make calls to any country on the unlimited calling list or sign up for the Pay and Go plan for as little as a dollar, literally a "pay as you go" plan with no monthly subscription fees.
The VoX Mobile VoIP Android App with updated PayPal payment option will be available on January 15, 2013 and can be viewed or downloaded at the Google Play store.
About VoX Communications:
VoX Communications delivers VoIP and video telephone service anywhere in the world that has a stable broadband connection. It recently entered the mobile VoIP services and applications arena so that its VoIP can utilize any 3G/4G or WiFi connection. VoX differentiates itself through a unique combination of high quality voice services, flexible back-office capabilities and automated provisioning systems that enable a quick turn-up for app users who are looking for a second mobile phone line or low-cost international calling, without using any voice-plan minutes from their mobile phone carrier. It offers a feature-rich, low-cost, high-quality alternative to traditional wireless phone services. For more information, please visit http://www.voxcorp.net.
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Independa Offers Technology-Enabled Independent-Living Solution on Dedicated Samsung Mobile Tablets
Advanced Technology Support for Independa Angela(TM) on Galaxy Tab 2 Tablets and Independa Integrated CloudCare(TM) Now Available from Samsung Mobile
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Independa(TM) today announced that the Independa Angela(TM) social-engagement solution for the elderly is now available on Samsung Mobile Galaxy Tab(TM) 2 tablets, representing an industry first.
The announcement was made during the Digital Health Summit at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, where Independa is exhibiting in Booth # 26520.
Independa Angela gives elderly individuals who live alone and residents of senior living communities one-touch access to medication and appointment reminders, as well as email, health information, games, photos and more. This offering is part of Independa's cloud-based suite of integrated, technology-enabled independent-living solutions that enable professional caregivers to help seniors prolong their independence, safety and comfort.
Ease of use is paramount. The Samsung Mobile Galaxy Tab 2 will be pre-loaded with Independa Angela only, removing the need to learn any additional applications. This simple, effortless and integrated solution will be fully supported by Samsung Mobile, including boot-up, remote monitoring, remote updates and technical support. The Angela-equipped tablet will be available through Independa enterprise customers and distribution partners, including health insurers, senior living facilities and home care providers.
"We chose Samsung Mobile tablets for Independa Angela because they are simply best of breed," said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. "We're very pleased with our significant partnership with Samsung and the company's support of Angela. This industry-first, special-purpose solution extends the benefits of social engagement and telecare to a wider audience."
"We are delighted to be collaborating with Independa to bring to market an innovative solution that addresses healthcare organizations' growing needs to provide enhanced care for the elderly cost-effectively," said Tim Wagner, Vice President and GM of Enterprise Sales at Samsung Mobile. "This solution further cements Samsung Mobile's commitment to the healthcare and medical equipment industries."
Samsung and Galaxy Tab are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.
About Independa, Inc.
Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa's Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides a suite of award-winning solutions, including comprehensive social-engagement opportunities, medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, and wireless health, remote monitoring and safety solutions. Care recipients enjoy these benefits through a standard telephone, as well as through the Independa Angela solution running on a TV or tablet.
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit http://www.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in consumer electronics and the core components that go into them. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 227,000 people across 75 countries with annual sales exceeding US$143 billion. Our goal is opening new possibilities for people everywhere. To discover more, please visit http://www.samsung.com.
Ground-breaking Sendboo Messaging Application Announces Launch At CES
New cross-platform mobile messaging tool is first to break language barriers with real time translation for smartphone users worldwide
MIAMI, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sendboo, the newest cross-platform mobile messaging application, made its debut at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. CES is the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. As the only cross-platform, real-time messaging application to provide seamless translation into 30 languages, Sendboo opens up a whole new world for smartphone and tablet users. The instant messaging application expands the communicative abilities of users beyond those offered by alternative mobile apps currently available to users.
This top-of-the-line app is an easy-to-use, fast and convenient platform allowing users to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS charges. Sendboo supports group chat and unlimited image, video and audio media messaging. However, unlike its counterparts, this app addresses the challenges of international communications. Sendboo's interface allows users to communicate and exchange messages seamlessly, not only in the same language but also in different languages without the use of a separate translation tool. Users set the app to their preferred language, send a message and the system translates this message into the preferred language of the recipient in real-time. This works for one-on-one and group messages, as well as in the app's group chat feature.
"Sendboo is a game changer in day-to-day communications," said Alfredo Reviati, Chief Executive Officer and President of Sendboo. "Given widespread adoption of smartphones and the convergence of mobile and IP-based messaging, we recognized an opportunity to eliminate the language barrier that exists in communications. Sendboo offers an easy messaging for users looking for a better option for basic messaging, but also for users that interact in different languages. Whether for work or social interactions, Sendboo will revolutionize global communications."
To celebrate its international debut, a press conference was held on the second day of CES--Wednesday, Jan. 9. Attendees received a first-hand look at Sendboo's user-friendly interface and features including contact group management, location sharing, real-time status updates, user profiles, searchable message history, broadcast messaging, group chat and a message export function.
The application will initially be compatible with the Apple iOS mobile operating system and will become available for Android devices during the first quarter of 2013. Sendboo is available in both free and premium versions. The service is free of charge. Sendboo works on a phone or tablet's Internet data plan or Wi-Fi connectivity, so users are not burdened by costs associated with SMS text messaging.
Sendboo currently supports all major languages including Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese, among others.
Sendboo and Sendboo Plus are available for download in the Social Networking section of the Apple App Store. For more information on Sendboo, please visit http://www.sendboo.com.
Sendboo is a premier provider of innovative communications technologies solutions to enhance overall user experience. Headquartered in Miami, FL, the technology startup company is dedicated to the design, development and engineering of next generation messaging applications for smartphones and computers that shorten the existing global communications gap. Through continued innovation, Sendboo is committed to expanding the global reach of users as it pursues to fulfill its mission of--One World. One Language. All Yours.
Chegg Partners with OpenStax College and 20 Million Minds to Provide Open Source eTextbooks
Chegg named preferred provider of open source textbook initiative through its eTextbook Reader
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chegg, the student hub, today announced it has entered into a partnership with OpenStax College and the 20 Million Minds Foundation that will represent a milestone in the growing adoption of open source eTextbooks. The adoption of digital texts is accelerating as more higher education opportunities sprout online and at the same time, university and college institutions are being pressed to find new opportunities for lowering the cost of higher education.
Textbooks will be available through Chegg's HTML5 eTextbook Reader where students can access all the eTextbook Reader tools including community Q&A, search, social highlighting, and a robust note-taking feature. The open source textbooks are accessible through any connected device on Chegg's HTML5 eTextbook Reader, providing colleges with a scalable platform to provide open source textbooks to their students.
"We've turned a corner in higher education because the system has acknowledged that the Internet is the clearest path to expanding affordable educational opportunities," said Chegg president and CEO Dan Rosensweig. "And the online education experience really requires a different kind of text - one that allows students to interact directly with content as they are learning online. Our eTextbook platform is a golden opportunity to marry the promise of online education with the practical realities and needs of online instructors and students."
"We are thrilled to partner with Chegg to give all schools and students access to open source textbooks through their innovative digital platform," said Dean Florez, founder of 20 Million Minds. "Our mission is to increase access by eliminating unnecessary hurdles to affordability and accessibility so we're excited to partner with Chegg to provide these options to students. It's now time for faculty to adopt and give the amazing resources of OpenStax College a try."
Chegg will begin offering OpenStax College's open source textbooks for Introductory Sociology, College Physics, and Statistics in January 2013. Two more OpenStax College titles -- Introductory Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology -- will be released in Spring 2013. Along with these open source textbooks, Chegg will provide students access to their homework help platform, providing community moderated Q&A and step-by-step solutions to help students reinforce learning concepts. All textbooks and learning tools will be available on http://www.chegg.com.
Chegg, the student hub, is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college through homework help, course selection, eTextbook and textbook options as well as school and scholarship connections. Students nationwide use Chegg 365 days a year to make learning easier, more accessible and more productive. As a part of the company's philanthropic efforts, Chegg is dedicated to its Chegg For Good program, which empowers students to be a catalyst for change on their campus, in their communities and around the world. Since its founding in 2007, Chegg's growth has made it one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups. From starting as a textbook rental company to evolving into the student hub, Chegg is enhancing education for millions of students by saving them time, saving them money and helping them get smarter. For more information, visit http://www.chegg.com.
About 20 Million Minds Foundation:
20 Million Minds Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly reducing textbook costs. The foundation is currently leveraging leading-edge technologies to create more affordable, engaging and effective educational materials for college students throughout the nation. For more information, visit http://20mm.org/
About OpenStax College:
OpenStax College is dedicated to improving access to higher education by lowering the cost of textbooks and high-quality learning materials. We launched in February 2012 with a philanthropic model to offer free, high-quality, peer-reviewed, full-color textbooks for the 25 most heavily attended college courses in the nation. Our books are free online for any student, anywhere, and we partner with companies who provide fee-based products and services that enhance the value of our books for both instructors and students. OpenStax College is a nonprofit initiative of Rice University and is made possible by the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation and the Maxfield Foundation. For more information, visit http://openstaxcollege.org.
Rand McNally Launches Industry-first RV Navigation Application for iPad
RV GPS turns an iPad into a fully functional GPS device for RVs
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly two years after introducing the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, Rand McNally today launched the first RV GPS app for the iPad. The RV GPS is being shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
Rand McNally's RV GPS for iPad is the first iOS application offered that is specifically designed for RV navigation. The new application, available on the App Store((sm)), provides RV class-specific routing (and with a quick toggle, over to car routing) based on Rand McNally's proprietary road data and navigation, plus thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, RV-friendly locations, RVer tools and pre-planned trips. The app also includes dynamic weather*, a map overlay feature that helps drivers anticipate conditions such as high wind and precipitation along the route.
Also included is a bonus feature of the app: An e-book version of America's #1 Road Atlas.
"About 20% of RVers have an iPad, and many of them take it on the road," said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. "Our new app lets those travelers access the same premier RV routing, navigation and content available on our RVND(TM) GPS devices, and load it on their tablet."
The Rand McNally RV GPS is an on-board app that provides safe and easy routing customized for an RV or car. Unlike off-board navigation, the maps load on an iPad, providing access everywhere -- even in remote areas where a cellular or Wi-Fi connection is not available. For real time navigation as the vehicle progresses, a GPS signal is required**.
The RV GPS app includes:
-- Safe and easy routing for 11 types of RV in the U.S. and Canada; also
includes car mode for cars towed to the destination and used for
excursions, or for everyday use.
-- Routing based on legal and physical restrictions, such as height, width,
weight limits and propane restrictions, and favors right- or left-hand
turns depending on RV class. Includes Rand McNally proprietary
RV-specific road attributes and Rand McNally exclusive highway
construction project information.
-- Warnings for speed limit changes, sharp curves, dirt roads, and other
-- Millions of general and RV-specific points of interest including
thousands of RV parks and campgrounds listed by category; RV parking,
rest stops, exits and other locations; RV dealer information; and Rand
McNally Editor's Picks, including Best of the Road(®) adventures,
trips, and getaways.
-- Real-time weather information* including current and forecasted
information for current location, destination, and anywhere along the
route. Choose from 10 different map overlays to display important
information for RVers, such as wind speed, current and forecasted
precipitation, and weather-based traffic impact.
-- RV Tools such as RV checklists to prepare for trip departure, campsite
setup, and more; Trails to record a "bread crumb" path from the
campsite, or a favorite shortcut; Quick Planner to calculate time,
distance, and cost for trips between major cities; Fuel logs to track
fuel purchases, including where purchased, gallons and total cost; Tools
to record vehicle maintenance.
Rand McNally also sells an in-vehicle mount for an iPad and an external GPS accessory online at http://www.randmcnally.com/store.
*For real-time weather, an Internet connection is required.
**3G/4G enabled iPads have an internal GPS receiver. Users of non-GPS enabled iPads require an external GPS device.
About Rand McNally - Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content. Rand McNally's products and services include: Road travel review site bestoftheroad.com; Interactive travel referral service, tripology.com; America's #1 Road Atlas; TripMaker® RVND(TM) GPS for RVers; IntelliRoute® truck routing software and navigation devices; TruckPC and the TND(TM) 760 Fleet Edition mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry; and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom. Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today's world. randmcnally.com
TripMaker and Rand McNally are registered trademarks and RVND is a trademark of RM Acquisition, LLC d/b/a Rand McNally.
Elephant Talk To Acquire The Assets Of U.S. Based Telnicity, LLC
International provider of software and services for the telecommunication industry gets foothold in the U.S. mobile telecommunication market
All equity transaction provides access to the U.S. mobile telecommunications market through Telnicity's direct and indirect relationships with several major U.S. based mobile telecommunication companies.
Acquisition supports Elephant Talk's strategic focus of expanding its mobile network operator business outside of Europe to drive long-term shareholder value while preserving cash.
SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands and OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Executing on its strategy to enter the United States telecommunications market, Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK) (http://www.elephanttalk.com), an international provider of software and services developed to manage network, billing and systems infrastructure for the telecommunication industry and a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud for the financial services industry, today announced plans to acquire 100% of the assets of Telnicity, LLC, a U.S. MVNE/MVNO enabler company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in an all-equity transaction.
According to the acquisition agreement between Elephant Talk and Telnicity, which is subject to certain closing conditions and based on the closing price of Elephant Talk stock on January 8, 2013, the transaction value is approximately $1 million, with Elephant Talk issuing 1 million shares of common stock at closing. The shares will be subject to a lock-up agreement restricting sale or disposition of the shares for 18 months. The terms of the acquisition agreement also provides for a bonus arrangement applicable when revenue minus cost of sales is in excess of $1.00 per customer per month and payable once the cash flow from the Telnicity business is sufficient to cover the payments. The transaction is expected to close on or before March 8, 2013.
"We will work on a seamless and efficient global platform for MNO's, MVNE's, and MVNO's to operate by taking advantage of the technologies of both companies," said Steven van der Velden, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Elephant Talk Communications. "Telnicity's relationships with several North American based telecommunications companies provide a head start for the launch of Elephant Talk's services into the U.S. mobile telecommunication market. In addition, Telnicity's existing customer base will be able to leverage Elephant Talk's technology and telecommunications relationships to offer more complete international calling and roaming packages."
According to the terms of the acquisition agreement, Elephant Talk will acquire all of the assets of Telnicity, LLC, a U.S. MVNE/MVNO enabler company including the company's existing customer contracts, carrier agreements, and access to telSPACE and mCASH, Telnicity's propriety turnkey back office infrastructure and billing systems. Telnicity's 6 full-time equivalent employees will remain in their current positions.
"The all-equity transaction will result in less than 1% dilution to existing Elephant Talk stockholders while providing Elephant Talk a United States market presence. We believe an all stock transaction is an efficient and lower risk approach to entering this important market," stated Mr. Van der Velden. "As we work to bring the Elephant Talk operations to the U.S., we expect the financial impact to be limited for at least the first several quarters. Elephant Talk remains on track to achieve its first month of positive operational cash flow in early 2013."
"Telnicity is a one-stop shop for outsourced solutions for any company in any industry to become a reseller of mobile communication services," said Dane Gasio, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Telnicity. "Joining forces with Elephant Talk will allow the combined company to bring an expanded product offering to the U.S. market to be driven by a strong U.S. based management team with substantial in-market sales, marketing, and technology development experience. Elephant Talk will give Telnicity the depth and breadth of product offerings that allow it to be more competitive and attractive to larger U.S. companies."
Upon the close of this transaction, Dane Gasio will become President of Elephant Talk North America and will report directly to Elephant Talk Chief Executive Officer Steven van der Velden. In this capacity, Mr. Gasio will work closely with Elephant Talk's global mobile telecommunications operations to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global telecommunications company.
Elephant Talk recognizes that companies that can differentiate their service on something other than price will have higher retention rates, higher margins, and higher penetrations. The future of wireless requires a successful data strategy where Telnicity's MVNO clients can provide customized content to their end users. Telnicity has created functionality allowing its clients to create dramatic product differentiation from its competitors.
Telnicity is positioned at the center of a true telecommunication convergence, with a system that can support cross carrier/cross technology billing. With the move towards convergent billing of multiple service offerings, and the unknowns of where technology will head with the latest spectrum auction to support LTE, WIMAX, and other 4G technology deployments, Telnicity is positioned to succeed with a system designed to support any carrier technology. If cellular carrier(s) change their wholesale strategy, Telnicity is well-positioned with multiple carrier and multiple technology relationships.
Telnicity's telSPACE allows its clients to sell, fulfill, and care for multiple telecommunication services, including Pre and Post-Paid Cellular, VOIP, Internet, and Long Distance. The system is completely rules based, allowing for greater speed of integration and customization than any competitor. Telnicity can enable any MVNO in only 3-4 weeks to sell privately branded telecommunications services for many U.S. Carriers.
The Boards of Directors of Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. and controlling shareholders of Telnicity, LLC have approved this transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions.
Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK) is a leading international provider of mobile networking software and services. The Company's mission is to provide a single service, fully enabling and securing the mobile cloud.
Elephant Talk empowers Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) by providing a cloud based mobile communications infrastructure, operating software and managed services, based mostly on company developed and owned software. We enable these Mobile Operators and Virtual Network Operators by offering a full suite of products, delivery platforms, support services, superior industry expertise and high quality customer service without substantial upfront investment.
As a specialized outsourcing partner, we provide operating software, managed services, cloud and SaaS solutions, an integrated transaction and delivery platform to the mobile telecommunications industry globally. Our products include remote health care, credit card fraud prevention, mobile internet ID security, secure remote file access management, loyalty and transaction management services and a whole range of other emerging mobile services.
Elephant Talk can count several of the world's leading Mobile Operators amongst their customers including Vodafone, T-Mobile and Zain, and virtually all business is focused on tier 1 operators worldwide. Visit http://www.elephanttalk.com.
ValidSoft Limited has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Elephant Talk since early 2010 and underpins our mobile/cloud security offering. The company is a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud relating to a variety of bank, card, internet and telephone channels. ValidSoft's solutions are used to verify the authenticity of both parties to a transaction (Mutual Authentication), the security of the relevant telecommunication channel used (Secure Communications), and the integrity of transactions itself (Transaction Verification) for the mass market, in a highly cost effective and secure manner while being very easy to use.
The company's clients include leading worldwide service providers and institutions who benefit from a very substantial reduction in false positives, thereby freeing up resources to combat actual fraud, as well as a substantial elimination of the fraud itself, all in real time. ValidSoft is the only security software company in the world that has been granted three European Privacy Seals. Visit http://www.validsoft.com.
Telnicity, LLC, a U.S. company based in Oklahoma City is an MVNE/MNVO enabler where mobility and simplicity meet, has developed a full turnkey MVNO, vMVNO, VNO, and VNE billing system that enables any company in any industry to become a sophisticated reseller of communication services as well as mobile commerce. Telnicity offers MVNO client access to multiple services and technologies all connected to one central back office where customers are acquired, activated, billed and managed. Telnicity's turnkey MVNO solution allows its clients to care for multiple telecom services including Pre and Post-Paid cellular VOIP, Internet, mobile commerce, and International long distance. The Telnicity back office integration strategy is based on automation and creating efficiencies in areas where technology has not yet caught up to its fullest potential.
Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company's plans and objectives, projections, expectations and intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company also disclaims any obligation to update its view of any such risks or uncertainties or to announce publicly the result of any revisions to the forward-looking statements made here. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from that projected or suggested is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company.
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TP-LINK's new 300Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router with attachable adapter and USB sharing is the ideal networking device for anyone on the go
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, today announced its new 300Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router, the TL-WR810N, the latest in a line of innovative portable wireless networking devices designed to take robust wireless networking out of the home and office and on the road. Uniquely suited to travelers, the TL-WR810N provides robust, 300Mbps wireless networking with limited setup required and no external power adapter to take up space in hand bags and suitcases. Using default pre-encrypted security parameters in AP mode, users can simply plug the device into a power socket, insert a home, office or hotel's Ethernet cable into one of the device's two 100Mbps ports and immediately begin enjoying their 300Mbps wireless connection, saving time and money in locations where wireless internet is either unavailable or expensive.
What's more, the TL-WR810N features a USB port allowing users to charge their devices on the go, such as smartphones or tablets, or use it to share files or media on a connected USB flash or hard disk with network connected users within the local network, acting as a miniature server ideal for entertainment and collaboration.
TP-LINK's 300Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Routerwill be shown at CES from January 8-11, 2013 Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 4-Upper Level, Booth 36212
Estimated Product Availability: Q2 2013
-- Portable design, ideal for travel and home use
-- Built-in power supply design without external power adapter
-- Support Access Point, Wireless Router, Client, WISP Router Repeater
-- 3000Mbps Wireless Speed
-- 2* RJ45 ports convenient for wired connection in wireless router mode
-- USB port supports charging for smart phone and tablet
-- USB port supports storage sharing, media server function
-- Pre-encryption prevents unauthorized access from users outside of the
-- IP based Bandwidth Control allows administrators to determine how much
bandwidth is allotted to each PC
-- Live Parental Controls allow parents or administrators to establish
restricted access policies for children or staff
Interface 1 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN Port, 1 10/100Mbps LAN
1 USB Port
1 Reset Button
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Dimensions ( W x D x H ) EU,UK plug version: 3.3 x 3.0 x 1.1 in. (85 x
75 x28 mm)
US plug version: 3.2 x 2.8 x 1.1 in. (81 x 71
Antenna Type On-Board
Signal Rate 11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)
11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)
11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)
EIRP <20dBm (EIRP)
Reception Sensitivity 135M:-70dBm@10%PER
Wireless Modes Router, Access Point, Client, WISP, Repeater
Wireless Functions Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge,
Wireless Security 64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
WAN Type Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP/L2TP
DHCP Server, Client, DHCP Client List,Address
Quality of Service WMM, Bandwidth Control
Port Forwarding Virtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ
Dynamic DNS DynDns, Comexe, NO-IP
VPN Pass-Through PPTP, L2TP, IPSec (ESP Head)
Access Control Local Management Control, Host List, Access
Schedule, Rule Management
Firewall Security DoS, SPI Firewall
IP Address Filter/MAC Address Filter/Domain
IP and MAC Address Binding
Management Access Control
TP-LINK is a global provider of SOHO and SMB networking products and is the world's number one provider of WLAN and Broadband CPE devices. Our products are available in over 120 countries to tens of millions of customers. Committed to intensive R&D, efficient production and strict quality management, TP-LINK continues to provide award-winning networking products in Wireless, ADSL, Routers, Switches, IP Cameras, Powerline Adapters, Print Servers, Media Converters and Network Adapters for global end-users. Visit us at http://www.tp-link.com/en/.
Independa Solutions Now Generally Available on Specially Designed TVs and Tablets
Independa Angela(TM) to be Provided on LG Pro:Centric Commercial TVs and Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 2 Tablets
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Independa(TM) today announced that its Independa Integrated CloudCare suite that promotes supported independence is now generally available on LG television sets and Samsung tablet computers specially designed, optimized and supported for Independa Angela(TM).
The news coincides with the opening of the Digital Health Summit at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, where Independa is exhibiting in Booth # 26520.
Independa Integrated CloudCare is a holistic system combining the Caregiver Web Application, the Angela interface for care recipients, and an integrated suite of wireless health devices and home sensors.
Professional and family caregivers drive the easy-to-install-and-use solution via the Caregiver Web Application, a browser-based dashboard, setting rules and thresholds to be alerted only when something isn't quite right. Centralized monitoring, reporting and analyses are provided as part of a long overdue, more effective and yet less costly approach to remote caregiving - available when care cannot be provided in person.
The Independa Angela portion of the solution is now available in two formats.
Under a previously announced relationship, LG Electronics USA has developed innovative and easy-to-use, commercial Pro:Centric Healthcare TVsin partnership with Independa. This integrated, embedded solution represents an unprecedented step in eldercare technologies by allowing important prompts and services all to appear over normal television programing. Each TV comes with a custom-designed camera and microphone component, as well as a "Magic Remote" with a scrolling ball for an easy on-screen point-and-click user interface.
For care recipients who prefer tablets, under a new agreement with Samsung Health announced today, Independa will make Angela available on the popular Samsung 10-inch Galaxy Tab(TM) 2 tablet, dedicated and streamlined by Samsung for deploying Angela.
Independa's groundbreaking supported independence solutions are now available to distribution partners wishing to resell the suite of products. The company said it is actively engaged in discussions of potential partnerships with health insurers, senior living facilities, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.
Last week, Independa expanded its multifaceted partnership with LG Electronics by announcing LG's participation in Independa's Series A round of funding.
"We're gratified to see global brands embracing our technology," said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. "Technology leaders are helping us realize our vision of creating a single holistic enterprise platform to engage elders and help their professional and family caregivers alike address a spectrum of caregiving needs. We are pleased to be providing family members peace of mind, knowing Independa partners are leveraging our award-winning solutions to provide consistent care to their loved ones; lower burdens of cost, time and worry; and elevate social engagement, comfort and quality of life."
"The latest Independa developments highlight how the company's Integrated CloudCare solutions help healthcare organizations deliver the right care at the right time as the aging market experiences a dramatic increase in longevity and lifetime health," said Laurie Orlov, founder of market research firm Aging in Place Technology Watch. "By spanning the multiple stages and locations of care and by supporting the reality of multiple caregiving roles, Independa offers a compelling example of the next generation of technology to meet the needs of older adults."
About Independa, Inc.
Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa's Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides a suite of award-winning solutions, including comprehensive social-engagement opportunities, medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, and wireless health, remote monitoring and safety solutions. Care recipients enjoy these benefits through a standard telephone, as well as through the Independa Angela solution running on a TV or tablet.
TP-LINK's N600 Entertainment Adapter Promises to Make Your Wired Devices - Wireless
New Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter can be used to bring all of your home's Internet-enabled devices into the wireless world
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, today announced its new N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter with 4 ports, the TL-WA3164EA designed to bring all of your home or office's Internet-enabled devices into the world of wireless. With N600 dual band speeds of 300Mbps at 2.4GHz and an additional 300Mbps at 5GHz, those devices in your home that previously required running Ethernet cables around furniture, through walls and doorways can now be connected to your network wireless, without the risk of degrading performance.
With a total of four Gigabit LAN ports, you have ample space and bandwidth to connect Internet-enabled TVs, Set-top boxes, games consoles, DVD and media players directly to your Wi-Fi network and get rid of all of the cable-clutter currently burdening your living room. The TL-WA3164EA is also universally compatible with all Internet-enabled devices, so if it has an Ethernet port, you can make it wireless in a flash.
With domain name-based login, the adapter also does away with complicated setups and allows you to easily access your device and control your connected devices' wireless settings simply by typing in an easy-to-remember URL.
TP-LINK's N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter will be shown at CES from January 8-11, 2013 Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 4-Upper Level, Booth 36212
Estimated Product Availability: Q2 2013
-- Universally compatible - works with any device with an Ethernet port
-- 300Mbps wireless speed over the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, ideal for smooth
HD video and music streaming and online gaming
-- Connect Ethernet-enabled devices (TVs and Game Consoles) to your
existing home network and the Internet
-- Works seamlessly with all 802.11b/g/n devices
-- Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
-- Supports domain name-based login, (http://tplinkadapter.net) for a
simpler setup experience
-- CD-less installation
Standards and Protocols IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Interface 4* 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
1 *mini USB 2.0 Port (for power supply)
Button WPS Button, Reset Button
External Power Supply 5VDC / 1A
Frequency 2.4GHz or 5GHz
Signal Rate 5GHz: Up to 300Mbps
2.4GHz: Up to 300Mbps
Operation mode Client
TP-LINK is a global provider of SOHO and SMB networking products and is the world's number one provider of WLAN and Broadband CPE devices. Our products are available in over 120 countries to tens of millions of customers. Committed to intensive R&D, efficient production and strict quality management, TP-LINK continues to provide award-winning networking products in Wireless, ADSL, Routers, Switches, IP Cameras, Powerline Adapters, Print Servers, Media Converters and Network Adapters for global end-users. Visit us at http://www.tp-link.com/en.
Financial Solution for Baby Boomers is to Start Their Own Businesses, Says Founder of Bizstarters
Jeff Williams proclaims the benefits of starting a business at the age of 50 or older
CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans over age 50 face a profound dilemma today - the vast majority want to keep working well into their sixties but fewer and fewer of them are welcome in the corporate world, often because of their age. But, according to Chicago-based business start-up expert Jeff Williams, running a business today is a relatively low risk, high reward alternative to a corporate job for these individuals.
Jeff Williams is the CEO and Chief Coach for Bizstarters.com, a nationally known coaching company helping individuals age 50 and over start their own businesses.
Over the past seven years Williams has seen a boom in business startups by people over 50, but he says: "Many, many more older boomers need to seriously look at starting a business if they want to continue to work. And, many will if they understand the new lower cost, higher profit version of small business that's possible today."
Williams suggests seven reasons why starting a business is "THE way to work today" for 50+ boomers:
-- Your age doesn't matter when you run your own business. Your customers
don't care how old you are. They only care that you deliver what you
promised when you promised it.
-- Technology lets you look big when you're small. Thanks to technology,
more and more business owners are working from home, earning $100,000 or
more per year.
-- New businesses last longer than new jobs. More than 50% of new hires
today only last 18 months in the job. More than 55% of new businesses
last at least two years, with many running five years or longer.
-- You have a lot of people near your age to sell. You have 78 million
boomer peers to sell to - they see you as a "sister or brother." You
have 42 million people over age 70 to sell to - they see you as a "son
-- It's never been cheaper to run a business. Many highly profitable
businesses today cost less than $500 per month to run.
-- You determine your financial progress. You set financial goals as you
wish and create plans to achieve them. You are the "boss."
-- You can continue to run your own business for as long as you wish. In
fact the IRS gives you a number of ways to legally put away up to 40% of
your salary in deferred retirement accounts.
Jeff Williams is widely quoted in articles on boomer entrepreneurs and spoke on the topic at the recent AARP convention held in New Orleans. He offers tips for starting a successful business in his new free digital e-book: "10 Keys to Starting a Profitable Business After 50" available at http://www.bizstarters.com.
Newtown, Conn. Resident Creates Newtown Peace Park Memorial Education Book and Website to Honor Shooting Victims
A firm believer in spiritual alchemy, musician Julie Lyonn Lieberman has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build an online Peace Park.
NEWTOWN, Conn., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Julie Lyonn Lieberman to create a free digital book and interactive educational website that will teach skills and offer resources to help create a culture of kindness and mutual respect. Readers and visitors can hone their community-building skills and access useful links. Determined to overcome evil with good through education, the digital book and website will memorialize the 20 children and 6 adults senselessly slain on 12/14/12.
After 10 days of tears and disbelief, Lieberman realized that she needed to do something positive after driving past a sign created by a Newtown resident, "There is no foot so tiny that it can't leave an imprint on this world."
Lieberman plans to consult with town spiritual leaders as well as peace-making experts regarding inspirational quotes, essays, and support links provided by the book and site. She has also created a Newtown Peace Park Facebook page for suggestions from the general public. She will solicit quotes, essays, artwork, music and pictures from locals as well as from outside the community. Themes will include topics such as creating a culture of kindness; healing from tragedy; paying it forward; conflict resolution; communication skills; how to build community; anger management; mediation; transcendence, and more.
The website design will assign 26 key locales in Newtown as virtual learning sites. Each location -- from the Sandy Hook Elementary School to Edmond Town Hall to Ram's Pasture -- will feature an inspirational quote and a topic with links to established resources. After visiting each locale on the website, a luminary will be illuminated on the home page until a total of 26 luminaries are activated ... one for each of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Lieberman plans to publish the digital book and activate the website in time for the one year memorial and to create a Newtown Peace Park anthem that string orchestras can perform to commemorate the anniversary.
About Julie Lyonn Lieberman (http://www.julielyonn.com)
Lieberman is no newcomer to large projects. She produced an environmental educational project, The Green Anthem, which reached six million young people through the National Association for Music Education in 2010. The author of eight educational books and six DVDs, she wrote and produced two National Public radio series in the early 90s and produced three American jazz string summits in the 1980s. She is the Artistic Director for Strings Without Boundaries, a summer program held in dual locations at Lawrence University and Central Washington University.
CONTACT: Interviews can be arranged by contacting Julie Lyonn Lieberman at Julie Lyonn Music, 203-304-1238 or by e-mailing her at email@example.com.
Photos: Julie Lyonn Lieberman; Newtown Peace Park logo; Angels in Newtown.
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ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Announces the Reinvention of the Entry Smartphone Segment at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Electronics Show - TCL Communication, designer and manufacturer of ALCATEL ONE TOUCH branded mobile devices, will showcase their vibrant, colorful and customizable entry-level smartphones, the POP series, at the Consumer Electronics Show.
"We brought color to this dark entry segment of the smartphone market, which has long been focused on blacks and greys and simple nondescript phones," said Dan Dery, CMO of TCL Communication. "That not only means color in the real sense, but also color in the sense of variety and customization."
The Pop series comes in four different size variations and is about simplicity, not by restricting choice to one or two undesirable models, but rather by making it easy for customers to choose the exact color, shape, size and customization that suits them.
"Our motto when creating the Pop series was 'easy to use, easy to choose,'" added Dery.
ONE TOUCH X'POP
X'POP is the X-tra large member of the POP family with a 4.5 inch qHD display for a rich viewing experience. Other key features include a dual core 1 GHz CPU, a 5MP camera with autofocus and smile detection and an additional front facing camera for video chats. The phone comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 with the option to upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.
ONE TOUCH M'POP
As the Medium-sized member of the POP family, the M'POP smartphone offers a high quality 4 inch WVGA screen, a 5MP camera and an additional front facing camera for video chats and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 with a 1GHz CPU.
ONE TOUCH S'POP
At only 62mm across and 115mm high, S'POP is the small member of the POP family of phones. Small and sexy, it still packs a punch with a 1GHz CPU running on Android Jelly Bean 4.1. A 3.5 inch HVGA screen, 3.2MP camera and an additional front facing camera are the other features of this compact and attractive phone.
ONE TOUCH T'POP
T'POP is the tiny member of the POP family and offers an extremely competitive smartphone in the ULC Android segment. It has a simple user interface, a 1GHz CPU, 3.2MP camera and a wide variety of colors to choose from.
All of the members of the ONE TOUCH POP family are available in a wide variety of colors to suit every personality. They also feature ALCATEL's unique ONE TOUCH UE focusing on providing a simple and intuitive experience where everything is at your fingertips. This includes pre-installation of the most popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp and a pre-configured home screen. The POP phones arrive ready to use right out of the box. A wide range of accessories and custom covers are also available for each phone.
For 20 years, the ALCATEL brand has brought global innovation and quality in mobile telephony to the widest range of audiences. The ONE TOUCH smartphone product line leverages expertise from around the world, bringing unique products at prices to be accessible by all.
About ALCATEL ONE TOUCH
ALCATEL ONE TOUCH is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. One of the fastest growing of the world's top ten mobile phone manufacturers, TCL Communication makes access to mobile technology simple, designing their products around individual's lifestyles, enabling the end users to do more. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.alcatelonetouch.com.
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OmniVision Launches High Performance 4-Megapixel CameraChip(TM) Sensor for Next-Generation Video Applications
OV4688 with New 2-Micron OmniBSI-2(TM) Pixel Offers Full-Resolution Video at 90 Frames Per Second with Excellent Low-Light Sensitivity
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas the launch of the OV4688, a 4-megapixel CameraChip(TM) sensor in a native 16:9 high definition (HD) format, designed to deliver ultra high quality, fast frame rate HD video and photography for mobile applications. Built on a new 2-micron OmniBSI-2(TM) pixel, the OV4688 offers dramatically increased low-light sensitivity along with high dynamic range, and can capture full-resolution video and photography at 90 frames per second (FPS) with zero shutter lag.
"Today's video-centric imaging applications demand higher resolutions and faster frame rates with better image quality and sensitivity, even under the most challenging lighting conditions," said Vinoo Margasahayam, director of product marketing at OmniVision. "The OV4688's new 2-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel delivers 40 percent higher sensitivity when compared to the 1.75-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel. This improvement combined with the ability to run full-resolution 4-megapixel video at 90 FPS makes the OV4688 a highly attractive camera solution for video-centric applications."
The 1/3-inch low-power OV4688 captures full-resolution 4-megapixel HD video at 90 FPS, 1080p HD at 120 FPS with electronic image stabilization (EIS), and 720p HD at 180 FPS. The sensor's fast frame rate enables additional key features, including full-resolution continuous frame capture or burst photography where multiple frames are captured in rapid succession, and recording high-quality slow-motion videos, providing end-users with an extremely dynamic video-capture experience using common mobile devices.
The OV4688 features a high-speed 4-lane MIPI serial output interface to facilitate the required high data transfer rate and fits into an 8.5 x 8.5 mm module with a z-height of less than 6 mm. It is currently being sampled and is expected to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2013.
OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ: OVTI) is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at http://www.ovt.com.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities, and potential market appeal, as well as anticipated timing of mass production, of the OV4688 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and OmniVision's results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with OV4688, customer acceptance, demand, and other risks detailed from time to time in OmniVision's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OmniVision's annual report filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.
OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OmniBSI-2(TM) and CameraChip(TM) are trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
New Program Emphasizes Continual Learning for Support Professionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HDI, the professional association for technical service and support professionals and certification body for the industry, announces the introduction of the HDI Continuing Certification program.
HDI certifications are globally recognized standards verifying that technical support professionals have demonstrated the expected skills and knowledge for specific roles. To uphold the value that HDI certifications provide in this rapidly changing industry, HDI is introducing the HDI Continuing Certification program, a new set of requirements and process for maintaining HDI certification.
Similar to other certification programs, HDI acknowledges the need for individuals to stay current in the industry and to continue to learn throughout their careers. HDI-certified professionals holding HDI Support Center Director, HDI Support Center Manager, HDI Desktop Support Manager, or HDI Support Center Team Lead credentials will be required to submit documentation of their industry-related learning activities to maintain their HDI certifications. These learning activities will be assigned Professional Development Units, with one (1) PDU equal to an hour (1) of learning. The certifications listed above are valid for three years and can be extended for an additional three years by earning 60 PDUs.
"It is extremely important for professionals in leadership positions to continue their personal professional development. As best practices evolve and new technologies are introduced, it is the management team that is responsible for enhancing services, improving efficiency, and increasing the value of the support organization," says Rick Joslin, HDI's executive director of certification and training. "When a leader represents themselves as HDI-certified, we want to make sure they are committed to service excellence through self-improvement."
The HDI Customer Service Representative, HDI Support Center Analyst, or the HDI Desktop Support Technician certifications will continue to be recognized as lifetime certifications, as they are considered to be foundational for technical support professional on the front lines.
ABOUT HDI | A UBM Tech company, HDI is the professional association and certification body for the technical service and support industry. Facilitating collaboration and networking, HDI hosts acclaimed conferences and events, produces renowned publications and research, and certifies and trains thousands of professionals each year. HDI also connects solution providers with practitioners through industry partnerships and marketing services.
Guided by an international panel of industry experts and practitioners, HDI serves a community of more than 120,000 technical service and support professionals and is the premier resource for best practices and emerging trends.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, HDI offers training in multiple languages and countries. For more information, visit http://www.ThinkHDI.com or call +1 719.268.0174.
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LeapFrog Launches New Developer Program For Award-Winning Platforms With Exclusive Interactive Games Produced By Scholastic
"Clifford's Rhyme Race" and "The Magic School Bus Dino Shuffle" are the first partner developed interactive games to debut in the LeapFrog App Center
EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:LF), the leader in educational entertainment, today announced a new program to allow external developers to create interactive games and apps for its award-winning learning platforms. This new program will start with the release of exclusive interactive games from Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company. "Clifford's Rhyme Race" and "The Magic School Bus Dino Shuffle" were developed and produced by Scholastic solely for LeapFrog and are now available for purchase in the "Games" section of the LeapFrog App Center for the kids' learning tablets, LeapPad1(TM) and LeapPad2(TM), and learning video game systems, Leapster Explorer(TM) and LeapsterGS(TM).
"We are thrilled to make our base of millions of connected platforms available to the vast number of talented independent content developers and gaming studios around the world," said Greg Ahearn, chief marketing officer at LeapFrog. "Scholastic has been a long time partner and we are excited they took the opportunity to develop new games and apps exclusively for LeapFrog. Working closely with our highly experienced team of educational experts, these truly unique and engaging games are age-appropriate and introduce key skills such as reading, writing, social studies and science. We believe that the combination of education, creativity and great game play from Scholastic and LeapFrog will continue to produce exclusive development projects that provide the best selection of educational entertainment to kids."
The all-new interactive games, "Clifford's Rhyme Race" and "The Magic School Bus Dino Shuffle," are now available in the LeapFrog App Center. In "Clifford's Rhyme Race" kids will rhyme with Clifford The Big Red Dog as they navigate fun mazes, learn rhyming words, develop logic skills and collect lost packages. "The Magic School Bus Dino Shuffle" introduces kids to everything they want to learn about dinosaurs in a game focused on social studies and science. Kids will also test their dinosaur knowledge in two fast-paced games, Quick Quiz and Skeleton Memory.
"We are delighted to once again offer children and families quality interactive learning experiences for LeapFrog's award winning platforms," said Leslye Schaefer, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Consumer Products for Scholastic Media. "These new games are welcome additions to the highly successful Scholastic library of titles that deliver educational and entertaining content."
The new games join LeapFrog's vast library of learning games, eBooks, videos, music and more that have been developed and approved by LeapFrog's highly experienced team of educational experts.
"Clifford's Rhyming Race" and "The Magic School Bus Dino Shuffle" games are available for purchase (MSRP $7.50, for children four to nine years) in the LeapFrog App Center. The LeapFrog App Center can be accessed through the LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer and LeapsterGS.
For more information on LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, LeapsterGS and other LeapFrog products, visit http://www.leapfrog.com.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. LeapFrog's award-winning product portfolio helps millions of children achieve their potential by delivering best-in-class curriculum through engaging content, fun multimedia learning platforms and toys. The Learning Path, LeapFrog's proprietary online destination for parents and extended family, provides personalized feedback on a child's learning progress and offers product recommendations to enhance each child's learning experience. Through the power of play, LeapFrog's products and curriculum help children of all ages prepare for school and life success. LeapFrog's products are available in more than 45 countries and have been used by teachers in more than 100,000 U.S. classrooms. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Come see the learning at http://www.leapfrog.com.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at http://www.scholastic.com.
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The National Underwriter Company Launches Online Information Center for Insurance Coverage Law Practitioners
FC&S Legal provides industry insider information on complex legal, regulatory and practice issues
NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Underwriter Company today announced the launch of FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center, the industry's only single source comprehensive portal designed for insurance coverage law.
FC&S Legal gives attorneys the proprietary content and policy analysis long relied on by insurance professionals, along with expert commentary and exclusive insights from the respected FC&S Legal Advisory Board (see below). With thousands of documents instantly retrievable through its state-of-the-art content management system, FC&S Legal enables attorneys to access the same information and analysis delivered to the desktops of insurance professionals throughout the world.
"For more than 80 years, our Fire, Casualty, & Surety ('FC&S') Bulletins service has been a premier property and casualty information service for insurance industry insiders," said Rick Kravitz, VP and Managing Director of Summit Business Media's Professional Publishing Division. "With FC&S Legal, attorneys now have a direct line to the policy interpretation, clause analysis, case law, and expert perspectives insurance industry insiders rely on daily."
Mr. Kravitz added, "FC&S is the trusted resource that insurance professionals have turned to for nearly a century. It has grown, changed, and improved over the years. But now, for the first time, we've taken the vast amount of substantive content and exclusive guidance relevant to attorneys and organized it in a way that will be most functional for them. Plus, we've added a daily legal news feed, expert analysis of the latest court decisions, up-to-the-minute regulatory developments and much more--all specifically tailored to meet the needs of attorneys handling insurance matters. FC&S Legal will speed legal research and offer attorneys an expert foundation unavailable anywhere else."
The Director of FC&S Legal, Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq., a Harvard Law School graduate and a nationally recognized writer and editor on insurance law, said, "New rules, regulations, court decisions, industry standards, and ever-evolving best practices make it essential that attorneys keep apprised of the latest insurance coverage law developments when analyzing and litigating insurance coverage law matters. FC&S Legal provides this vitally important content, including insider insights into how insurers interpret policies." He added, "Insurance coverage lawyers who have access to all that FC&S Legal has to offer will wonder how they ever managed without it."
The FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board is a "Who's Who" of insurance coverage law practice and scholarship.
Board members include:
STEVEN A. MEYEROWITZ, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
VICTORIA PRUSSEN SPEARS, ESQ.
Associate Director, FC&S Legal
FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Carrie Cope, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
Anjali C. Das, Wilson Elser
John F. Finnegan, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Donald S. Malecki, Malecki, Deimling, Nielander & Associates, LLC
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
Richard D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Joseph P. Monteleone, Tressler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
Jerold Oshinsky, Jenner & Block
Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company
A 14-day free trial of FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center is available for lawyers or business executives interested in seeing what this unique resource has to offer. More information, including an online video introduction by Steven Meyerowitz, is available at http://www.fcandslegal.com or by calling 800-543-0874.
About The National Underwriter Company
For over 110 years, The National Underwriter Company has been the first in line with the targeted tax, insurance, and financial planning information you need to make critical business decisions. With respected resources available in print, online, and in eBook format, National Underwriter remains at the forefront of the evolving insurance industry, delivering the thorough and easy-to-use resources you rely on for success. National Underwriter is a Summit Business Media company.
About Summit Business Media
Summit Business Media is the leading B2B media and information company serving the insurance, financial, legal and investment advisory markets. Summit strives to be "The Next Generation of Business Information" for executives and practitioners by providing breaking news and analysis, in-depth practice management strategies, business-building techniques and actionable data. Summit services the information needs of its customers through numerous channels, including digital, print, and live events. For more information, please visit http://www.summitbusinessmedia.com.
OmniVision Launches Cost-Effective, High-Performance HD LCOS Solution for Pico Projection Systems
OVP7200 AND OVP921 ENABLE COMPACT DESIGN FOR NATIVE 720P HD VIDEO DISPLAYS IN MOBILE AND AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced a new complete liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chipset solution for low-cost, low-power and high-definition (HD) pico projection systems. The single-chip LCOS panel OVP7200 displays native 720p HD video, while its companion chip, the OVP921, provides advanced image processing and a host of other features that simplify system design, save space and reduce power consumption. The combination of these features makes the OVP7200 and OVP921 chipset a highly attractive solution for next-generation projection systems in automotive and mobile applications.
"With demand increasing for pico projection systems in mobile devices and head-up displays for automotive applications, we believe that we're entering an exciting era with growing market potential," said Raymond Sun, senior manager, LCOS business at OmniVision. "The new OVP7200 and OVP921 chipset provides our customers with an easy-to-integrate, complete display system solution, enabling faster time-to-market."
The OVP7200 is a single panel, color field sequential LCOS device that has a native resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, with a diagonal measurement of 0.37-inch. It uses all-digital technology to drive the liquid crystal, resulting in stable, reproducible image quality. The OVP7200 panel is large enough to couple well with LED light sources, yet small enough to meet the demands of compact projection systems for mobile applications.
The OVP921 companion chip provides enhanced system performance without the need for external memory or image processor. It has built-in keystone correction, frame rate conversion, video input scaling, interface to LED controller and an embedded microcontroller. The OVP921 can accept video data from three different signal inputs: 24-bit RGB, MIPI or USB.
The OVP7200 and OVP921 are currently sampling, with volume production expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013.
OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ: OVTI) is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at http://www.ovt.com.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities, and potential market appeal, as well as anticipated timing of mass production, of the OVP7200 and OVP921 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and OmniVision's results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with OVP7200 and OVP921, customer acceptance, demand, and other risks detailed from time to time in OmniVision's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OmniVision's annual report filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.
OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
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