EMC DLm8000 First Mainframe Virtual Tape Library to Deliver Synchronous Replication
New Solution for Large Enterprises Supports EMC VMAX, Offers 2.5x the Performance of Its Closest Competitor and Ensures Rapid and Predictable Recoveries
HOPKINTON, Mass., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-- EMC announces the DLm8000, a unique, high-end addition to its Disk
Library for mainframe family of virtual tape libraries.
-- The new DLm8000 leverages EMC(®) VMAX(®) with powerful EMC SRDF(®)
synchronous replication ensuring consistency of tape data at production
and disaster recovery sites.
-- Large enterprise z/OS mainframe users gain highly granular and
predictable recoveries, with accelerated RTOs and more flexible RPOs.
-- The cost and complexity of D2D2T systems are eliminated and the complete
removal of physical tape from the mainframe environment is enabled.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced the EMC DLm8000, a new high-end product for large enterprise mainframe environments. The DLm8000 is the only mainframe virtual tape library that ensures consistency between tape data at both production and recovery sites, providing the shortest possible RPO and RTO for critical recovery operations. With support for powerful, trusted and smart EMC VMAX enterprise storage and Symmetrix(®) Remote Data Facility (SRDF) replication, the DLm8000 rounds out EMC's portfolio of mainframe virtual tape library offerings with a solution geared to the needs of mission critical environments.
Consistency of tape data between production and recovery sites is particularly desirable for large, transaction-oriented enterprises such as banking, brokerage and insurance companies, where disaster recovery with predictable Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) is a must. Physical tape transportation by third party records management companies hinders recovery efforts by reducing the granularity of Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and dramatically increasing the RTO. In addition, periodic lack of tape drive availability for batch processing, archive and backup applications can impair SLAs, further increasing the risks and business impact associated with unplanned service interruptions.
The new DLm8000 addresses all of these challenges, while integrating industry leading technologies from EMC into a massively scalable, high performance and highly available solution that helps mainframe users gain control over their tape processes and meet their recovery SLAs.
Available for the first time in the EMC Disk Library for mainframe, VMAX is the storage platform of choice for mission critical mainframe environments where customers require performance in addition to securing and protecting their information. EMC SRDF is the "gold standard" for remote replication, providing the maximum levels of availability in DR situations. The DLm8000 with VMAX provides the highest levels of performance and availability for both disk storage and tape data. Together, these solutions enable mainframe customers with consistent and automated DR for both disk and tape data.
DLm8000 Product Highlights
-- Throughput of up to 2.7 GB/s delivers 2.5x the performance of the
DLm8000's nearest competitor.
-- Continuous replication to the DR site means data is immediately
available to provide rapid RTOs and more flexible RPOs.
-- Up to 2,048 emulated drives can be allocated to different processes,
even temporarily, to improve overall system processing capabilities.
-- Reliability levels that meet the mission critical needs of large
mainframe environments, while enabling dramatically enhanced data
For a full list of DLm8000 features and capabilities, download the EMC Disk Library for mainframe data sheet.
Industry Analyst Quote:
Ray Lucchesi, President, Silverton Consulting
"Large financial organizations with high transactional volume have historically faced recovery challenges because their mainframe tape and DASD data at production and secondary sites were never fully in synch. As such, recovery procedures were often held up until the differences between the two data types were resolved resulting in longer failover time frames. The EMC DLm8000 offers an innovative solution to these challenges that can help these enterprises align their recoveries to their desired RTOs."
EMC Executive Quote:
Shane Jackson, Vice President of Marketing, EMC Backup Recovery Systems Division
"The ability to replicate tape data synchronously has been in high demand from large enterprise mainframe users, but thus far they have been forced to accept sub-optimal recovery options in an effort to approach their desired SLAs. With the introduction of the DLm8000, EMC becomes the first to solve this problem for our customers. They can now confidently deploy synchronous replication and industry-leading VMAX storage systems integrated into a single solution. The DLm8000 enables these users to consistently achieve their recovery objectives and remove physical tape and its associated problems from their mainframe environments."
EMC Global Services can enhance the effectiveness of DLm8000 deployments and help customers optimize the performance, reliability and efficiency of their environments. Service offerings include infrastructure assessments that provide recommendations for stabilizing and maximizing the effectiveness of the current environment, as well as a range of other services that help organizations transform their IT operations and increase business agility.
The DLm8000 will be generally available in Q4.
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset -- information -- in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found atwww.EMC.com.
EMC, Symmetrix, SRDF and VMAX are registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks herein are the property of their respective holders.
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New Wildfire Data Quantifies the Impact of a Brand's Most Active Fans
Social media marketing leader to share data, best practices for engaging host free webinar, "The Brand Advocate Factor" on Wednesday, August 8 at 10am PT / 1pm ET
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., August 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildfire, the global leader in socialmediamarketing software, today released data that underscores the importance of identifying and engaging a brand's most influential fans. The data is based on an analysis of 10,000 social marketing campaigns that ran on Facebook over the past 9 months, of which the top performing 10%, belonging to just under 700 brands, were isolated and studied to ascertain key differentiators that achieve success.
Key conclusions from the analysis include:
-- Sharing of social media campaigns generates significant earned media.
Wildfire's data shows that campaign "sharers" and "advocates" (whose
shares result in someone new engaging with the campaign) generate an
average of 14 earned media impressions each. In other words, for each
sharer, 14 additional people will learn about the campaign in their news
-- Sharing has a large impact on page engagement. Brands that are highly
effective at engaging sharers and advocates, via campaigns, see 3x more
engagement on their page than other brands (in the form of user
participation with custom applications, and "likes," shares, and
-- Brand "advocates" bring in an average of 1.3 new people each. For every
10 advocates a brand gets to join their social campaign, 13 entirely new
people will engage with the brand's campaign through clicks, entries and
-- Advocates can also impact fan growth. Tripling the number of advocates
in campaigns (as our top 10 "super brands" did in this study) correlated
with a 13x higher annual fan growth relative to average-performing
"This data clearly shows that brands need to be focused on nurturing their most active fans, particularly their brand advocates," said Victoria Ransom, CEO and Founder at Wildfire. "Brands should give users a variety of ways to engage with them -- and several options for what to do when they get there -- to increase time spent on the page as well as return activity. Brands should also give users specific instructions about what to do to engage. For example, if you want someone to 'Like' your post, it helps to directly ask for it."
Wildfire will host a free webinar, entitled "The Brand Advocate Factor: How Best-in-Class Brands Breed Communities of Brand Advocates That Supercharge Social Media Campaigns" on August 8, 2012 at 10am PT. The webinar will showcase the study's key findings and share more in-depth best practices for engaging advocates. For more information or to register for the webinar, please visit: http://bit.ly/MTDMfu
Wildfire is the global leader in social media marketing software, with over 16,000 paying customers worldwide, including 30 of the world's50 mostvaluablebrands. Wildfire's Social Marketing Suite combines best-of-breed social promotion and advertising software, robust mobile and desktop page management, messaging and sophisticated real-time analytics in one complete platform. Wildfire's powerful and intuitive software allows creative marketers and non-technical managers alike to create social campaigns and pages, communicate with their social audience and measure social media performance. Brands and agencies such as Virgin, Amazon, Unilever and Ogilvy as well as thousands of businesses use the Wildfire platform to engage with audiences on major social networks, including Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter. The only social media marketing company to receive an investment from Facebook's fbFund, Wildfire has offices in California, Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Munich, and Singapore. For more information, please visit http://www.wildfireapp.com.
MTN Satellite Communications Introduces Broadcast Group to Provide Audio and Video Transmissions from Remote Locations Around the World
Offers Ability to take any Form of Broadcast Content and Seamlessly Transmit from Ships, Trains, the Battlefield, or even Submerged Submarines
MIRAMAR, Fla., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the leading global provider of communications, connectivity and content services to remote locations around the world, today announced the formation of a new business unit that will offer customers the ability to transmit any type of broadcast content from just about anywhere in the world. The company has long been the trusted transmitter of broadcast quality video and audio for major, remote events whether on a ship, train, from the battlefield, or even from a submerged submarine.
All the major U.S. networks have called on MTN at one time or another to have content sent back for their morning shows, nightly news, or live prime time events from some of the most remote and toughest terrains on the planet. Most recently, (June 10, 2012), MTN delivered the largest live broadcast to date from a moving vessel at sea when it provided a continuous uplink from Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas for real-time broadcast insertions of the ship's Hairspray production show to the 2012 Tony Awards televised on the CBS network. The broadcast took place from the ship in the open ocean between the islands of The Bahamas and Haiti and delivered the live video coverage back to CBS in the Beacon Theater in New York City, NY.
There are multiple-use cases for implementing this type of capability ranging from entertainment to research to supporting mission-critical military operations. In addition to the recent Tony Awards, MTN's mobile broadcast track record includes:
-- NBC- a Ford F350 vehicle retrofitted by MTN with live television and
satellite transmission continuously broadcasted reports from Iraq
-- Disney Cruise Line - hosts live radio broadcasts from the Disney Ships
-- CNN - hosted a show on the anniversary of the Titanic aboard Azamara
Club Cruises' Azamara Journey and broadcasted it to its international
markets around the world
-- Radio station broadcasts - stations bring "prizewinners" on a cruise and
actually do their shows remotely from the vessel
"There is growing interest and requirements by all types of commercial and government organizations to have various content delivered from remote locations for education, entertainment and mission critical communications," said Richard Hadsall, Chief Technology Officer, MTN. "This team demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing the most secure and reliable service available on the market. Our track record of successful broadcasts speaks for itself and we look forward to this being a continued growth area for MTN as more people demand connectivity for multiple purposes, regardless of where they are located."
About MTN Satellite Communications
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the first company to offer a stabilized Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite solution for ships at sea, has contributed to the evolution of the satellite industry over the past three decades, delivering communications solutions that address the needs of people moving around the world. Through MTN's reliable global satellite network and expertise, the company continues to deliver solutions across various markets while addressing the unique challenges and needs for each.
Today, MTN offers services and solutions to cruise lines, commercial shipping, oil and gas, mega yachts, government entities and aviation markets. MTN delivers and supports a broad array of integrated turnkey services, including remote access for Internet, VoIP, voice services, remote IT management, global vessel tracking, bandwidth optimization, real-time video capabilities, crew calling solutions, and other enterprise solutions. For more information, visit http://www.mtnsat.com.
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Aviat Networks Partners with AT&T Government Solutions for Department of Homeland Security Business
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW), a leading expert in microwave networking solutions, today announced that it has been named as the microwave subcontractor on the AT&T Government Solutions' team to compete for orders to provide tactical communications equipment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS awarded the contract with potential of up to $3 billion in business over a five-year period of performance to 30 companies for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment, infrastructure and related services.
Under this contract for the DHS Tactical Communications (TACCOM) program, Aviat Networks will provide DHS and other federal agencies with the capability to acquire leading microwave radio communication equipment, engineering, design, installation and maintenance services to meet mission-critical operations. The contract is for an indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity (IDIQ) of tactical communications equipment and services. Other agencies such as the White House Communications Agency and the departments of Interior, Justice and State can also use the IDIQ to purchase equipment. IDIQs provide for an indefinite quantity of products/services for a fixed time and help streamline the contract process and speed service delivery.
AT&T Government Solutions selected Aviat Networks as its microwave communications partner based on a history of previous partnership in the federal technology space. In addition, AT&T Government Solutions recognizes Aviat Networks' specialized knowledge of DHS requirements gained by working directly with the agency on earlier projects. Because DHS has a unique mission to secure the United States "from the many threats we face," AT&T deemed Aviat Networks one of the best choices for hardened point-to-point communications as the industry's reliable, secure and trusted provider of mission-critical microwave.
Aviat Networks will supply AT&T Government Solutions with microwave radios that operate in all current NTIA-designated bands. Aviat Networks' NTIA-certified radios support the DHS mission today.
About Aviat Networks
Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW) is a leading global provider of microwave networking solutions transforming communications networks to handle the exploding growth of IP-centric, multi-gigabit data services. With more than 750,000 systems installed around the world, Aviat Networks provides LTE-proven microwave networking solutions to mobile operators, including some of the largest and most advanced 4G/LTE networks in the world. Public safety, utility, government and defense organizations also trust Aviat Networks' solutions for their mission-critical applications where reliability is paramount. In conjunction with its networking solutions, Aviat Networks provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services enabling customers to effectively and seamlessly migrate to next generation Carrier Ethernet/IP networks. For more than 50 years, customers have relied on Aviat Networks' high performance and scalable solutions to help them maximize their investments and solve their most challenging network problems. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Aviat Networks operates in 46 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.aviatnetworks.com or connect with Aviat Networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About AT&T Government Solutions
AT&T Government Solutions is a long-standing, trusted source of network-enabled solutions for the federal government, integrating unmatched network resources, IT and software engineering expertise with innovative technologies from AT&T Labs and industry-leading partners. With headquarters in Oakton, Va., AT&T Government Solutions is best known for network leadership in voice, data, video and managed services. AT&T Government Solutions is a proven solutions integrator, with expertise in areas such as Cyber Security, Network Solutions, Application Solutions and Mission Support. AT&T Government Solutions is housed within AT&T's affiliate AT&T Corp.
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Residents Of Gahanna, Ohio To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements
GAHANNA, Ohio, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To continue to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless multimedia and Internet access, Verizon Wireless has expanded its local network in Gahanna by activating a new cell site.
The new cell site in Franklin County improves coverage in the area as follows:
-- North to Morse Road;
-- South to Tresham Road;
-- West to North Stygler Road, and;
-- East to Clark State Road.
The new cell site provides increased wireless data service in Gahanna. These improvements empower more Verizon Wireless customers to rely on their wireless phones for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps, and exchanging email.
"Ohioans are increasingly relying on smartphones and applications to manage their busy lives and stay connected at home or on-the-go," said Mark Frazier, president-Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. "This new cell site is part of our continual investment in our network so our customers can use their devices when, where and how they need them."
This new cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' ongoing effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Ohio. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $70 billion since it was formed--$6 billion on average every year--to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.
For Verizon Wireless Updates on Twitter
Stay in the know about Verizon Wireless news in Ohio by following @VZWLaura on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vzwlaura. For the latest network-related news, information and upgrades, follow @VZWNews on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNews.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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Energy Solutions 2012 Unveils Host of Speakers and Confirms Topics for Education Programme
LONDON, August 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The UK's leading energy management event, Energy Solutions ( http://www.energysolutionsexpo.co.uk) today announced its full line-up of speakers for
its free-to-attend CPD accredited educational programme. Across the two days, industry
leaders will host a range of seminars, debates and lectures and present case-studies to
attending visitors, alongside the exhibition, which will run from the 10-11 October 2012
at London's Olympia.
Having recently confirmed Lord Sebastian Coe KBE as the keynote address Energy
Solutions are pleased to announce a full line-up of leading industry figures and
companies, who over the two days will go some way to addressing the very real issues
affecting the Energy Management sector.
This year, the new look Energy Academy will play host to the exceptional Energy Sense
Conference Programme, a free-to-attend series of specialist seminars led by major energy
management institutions, providing expert opinion, advice and the presentation of key case
studies. Confirmed speakers include: Liam O'Sullivan, Programme Director, Low Carbon
London; Karen Lawrence, Director Development, Energy Saving Trust; David Kennedy, Chief
Executive, Committee on Climate Change, Malcolm Anderson, Environmental Adviser, National
Trust and Paul van Heyningen, Head of Sustainability & Estates, Department of Energy &
Climate Change (DECC).
The Renewables Theatre returns this year with a focus on the future prospects for
micro-renewables and the critical role of renewable energy in our future prosperity.
Renewables experts will discuss existing initiatives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive
(RHI) and consider the overall business case for this dynamic, and much anticipated
market. Confirmed speakers include David Hunt, Vice Chair - Onsite Renewables Sector
Group, Renewable Energy Association (REA), Shaun McCarthy, Chair, Commission for a
Sustainable London 2012 and Jacqueline Balian, Head of RHI Operations, New Scheme
Adrian Newton, UBM Live Group Director for Safety and Building Management, said: "We
are really excited about our education programme this year, the dynamic and informative
sessions across the two days will bring together some of the best minds within the Energy
world. The lively debates will tackle major issues including the UK Government's Green
Deal and how this will be delivered. Our continued investment in the education programme
at Energy Solutions provides a unique opportunity for the industry to come together and
The CPD accredited education programme has the full support of all the major energy
associations and industry groups including BRE, the Carbon Trust and the Energy Institute.
With many employers now valuing 'learning agility' as a core competency, the CPD
accredited programme at Energy Solutions provides professionals working within the energy
sector with over 20 hours of tailored sessions, helping them build valuable industry
Operating internationally, UBM Live operates a number of market leading exhibitions,
awards, websites/online products and publications in twenty different business sectors.
Our brands include CPhI, IFSEC, Food Ingredients. Cruise Shipping Miami, Technology
for Marketing and Advertising, International Confex, Informex and many more.
With offices in the UK, Netherlands, USA, UAE and Brazil, UBM Live has successfully
geo-cloned its leading CPhI, Food Ingredients, TFM&A and IFSEC brands into territories
such as China, Japan, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and Africa.
As well as building relationships with our customers, we help wider communities
through our corporate responsibility programme.
UBM Live is part of UBM plc, a leading global media company listed on the London Stock
Exchange, which in 2009 generated revenues of GBP847m, with profits of GBP171.2m.
Adobe, ASSIMILATE, Boxx Technologies, Thinkbox Software, Tweak Software, NextComputing, Maingear Computers, Supermicro and ProMAX Team Up with Fusion-io to Power Creativity in VFX Production
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- [SIGGRAPH 2012 trade show booth #813] -- Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that it is collaborating with many of the industry's leading entertainment technology companies to demonstrate how the Fusion ioFX can accelerate powerful entertainment production applications at SIGGRAPH 2012. The Fusion ioFX is being used to boost application performance in demonstrations with many hardware and software industry leaders at the show, including Adobe®, ASSIMILATE, Boxx Technologies, Thinkbox Software, Tweak Software, NextComputing, Maingear Computers, Supermicro and ProMAX.
"Digital artists rely on Adobe Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium to capture their ideas and bring them to life," said Bill Roberts, director of video product management at Adobe. "The Fusion ioFX provides artists who are using data-intensive media with a faster workflow, making it ideal for accelerating visual effects and motion graphics work from broadcast design all the way to 4K stereoscopic compositing."
Designed to eliminate data bottlenecks that slow the creative production process for digital artists, the Fusion ioFX enables creative professionals to meet deadlines while exploring more artistic possibilities by bridging the performance gap between workstations and today's powerful digital content creation applications. From footage capture in the field, to post-production of the film, the ioFX is architected for uninterrupted manipulation of digital content in real time.
ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH® DI tool will be featured in the Fusion-io booth to playback 4K uncompressed video content in real-time. "SCRATCH is the industry's premier conform, color grading and finishing solution designed to meet the unique requirements of file-based workflows in film, television and commercials," said Steve Bannerman, VP of Marketing at ASSIMILATE. "We're looking forward to showcasing SCRATCH along with Fusion-io at SIGGRAPH 2012 to demonstrate how our artists can accelerate their DI workflow with the ioFX to get uncompressed 4K playback with room to spare."
At SIGGRAPH, Fusion-io will unveil the winners of the Project ioFX video production contest at booth #813 on Wednesday, August 8 at 2 pm PT. Project ioFX was created to free artists from creative constraints to tell the ioFX story in their own words. Artists were asked to create their own 60-second short and share it on the Fusion ioFX Facebook page. Selected from over 60 entries by Project ioFX judges Steve Wozniak, Danny Trejo and Rob Legato, the grand prize winner will receive a Fusion ioFX, a Red Scarlet Camera, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium software, Maingear workstation and other prizes.
"Fusion-io is pleased to be teaming up with many of the industry's most trusted solution providers to help usher in a new era of creativity in visual effects production," said Vincent Brisebois, Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing. "When wait times are nearly eliminated with the power of Fusion ioMemory for the workstation, artists can explore more creative possibilities, and application developers can again work on adding more new features without worrying about complexity and processing speeds. With the support of the industry visionaries we're working with at SIGGRAPH 2012, the ioFX is ushering in a revolution from the largest of studios to boutiques and even independent artists."
Fusion-io has pioneered a next generation storage memory platform for shared data decentralization that significantly improves the processing capabilities within a datacenter by relocating process-critical, or "active," data from centralized storage to the server where it is being processed, a methodology referred to as data decentralization. Fusion's integrated hardware and software solutions leverage non-volatile memory to significantly increase datacenter efficiency and offers enterprise grade performance, reliability, availability and manageability. Fusion's data decentralization platform can transform legacy architectures into next generation datacenters and allows enterprises to consolidate or significantly reduce complex and expensive high performance storage, high performance networking and memory-rich servers. Fusion's platform enables enterprises to increase the utilization, performance and efficiency of their datacenter resources and extract greater value from their information assets.
Note on Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but are not limited to, statements concerning the our collaborations with entertainment technology companies with respect to our Fusion ioFX product and the anticipated benefits of these collaborations for end users, as well as the anticipated benefits our products and technology for users. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risks that the end users of our products may not realize the anticipated benefits, and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at http://www.fusionio.com. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.
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Tweddle Group Releases Head Unit Update API for 'Over the Air' Updates to In-Vehicle Software Applications, Significantly Saving Time and Costs
API provides remote update capability for current connected services platforms
DETROIT, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tweddle Group, a leader in customer relationship management (CRM), owner's and service information, and connected vehicle solutions for automotive OEMs, announces an important enhancement to its award-winning Tweddle Connect(TM) platform. Tier 1 suppliers and developers of head units can now apply Tweddle's Head Unit Update API to enable the management, installation and update of in-vehicle software applications by the OEM and vehicle owner, anytime, anywhere.
With Tweddle's Head Unit Update API, an application can be easily discovered, installed and updated "over the air," without the need for a USB flash drive. The API supports most in-market head unit operating systems and application frameworks, making it easier to maintain multiple in-vehicle configurations from a single platform and with the flexibility to meet each OEM's needs. Building on Tweddle's capabilities of developing and enabling safe access to automotive-grade applications in the vehicle, the enhanced Tweddle Connect platform's remote updates to the in-car system significantly decrease time and costs associated with services management for automakers and vehicle owners.
"Use of the Head Unit Update API demonstrates our sustained commitment to providing innovative solutions that add value to our customers' products, reduce cost of ownership and enhance overall owner satisfaction," said Andy Tweddle, CEO of Tweddle Group. "The idea that OEMs can securely update software on vehicle components over the air has incredible power, not only for new and innovative features for consumers already in-market but, equally important, for warranty cost reductions and enhanced after-sales support."
The Tweddle Connect platform is an end-to-end solution for automotive OEMs, aligning all elements of a full-featured in-car infotainment and vehicle service platform, including mobile application development, safe access to cloud- and client-based services in the vehicle, and head unit application design and development. The system allows automotive OEMs to select preferred services for individual car models and enables customization of the user experience.
As OEMs and Tier 1 head unit suppliers increasingly rely on telematics and connected-services solutions to help differentiate their products, Tweddle will continue to enhance the Tweddle Connect platform with services that provide measurable value to the OEM, dealer and vehicle owner. The Updated Speech API is the most recent of several planned platform enhancements that Tweddle will launch this year to support existing in-market OEM solutions.
"Tweddle Group has successfully evolved its business from a leader in automotive information development, management and delivery to a source of two-way communication with vehicles and owners after the sale," Tweddle said. "Our recent enhancements to Tweddle Connect further evolve our platform to ensure the fastest integration and deployment of services into the vehicle, saving our automotive customers significant time and investment in delivering a best in-car experience to their customers."
About Tweddle Group
For more than 58 years, Tweddle Group has remained a leading provider of information solutions for automotive OEMs and their suppliers. With offices in Detroit, Seattle, Brussels, K?ln, Torino and Shanghai, Tweddle delivers automotive OEMs innovative solutions that enhance the consumer relationship with their vehicle, the dealer, and the automotive manufacturer.
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Ceragon Networks Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Achieves record revenue of $119.1 million; improved profitability and record booking
PARAMUS, New Jersey, August 6, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT), the #1 wireless backhaul specialist today
reported results for the second quarter which ended June 30, 2012.
Revenues for the second quarter of 2012 reached $119.1 million, up 8% from $110.4
million for the second quarter of 2011, and up 1% from $117.8 million in the first quarter
Net loss in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the
second quarter of 2012 was $(1.0) million or $(0.03) per basic share and diluted share,
compared to net loss of $(17.4) million in the second quarter of 2011, or $(0.48) per
basic share and diluted share.
On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the second quarter, excluding (a) $1.3 million of
equity-based compensation expenses, (b) $0.9 million amortization of intangible assets,
(c) $1.6 million inventory step up related to the Nera acquisition and (d) $0.2 million of
changes in pre-acquisition indirect tax positions, was $3.0 million, or $0.08 per basic
share and diluted share. Non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2011 was $(1.6)
million, or $(0.04) per basic share and diluted share (please refer to the accompanying
financial tables for reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP).
Gross margin on a GAAP basis in the second quarter of 2012 was 31.9% of revenues.
Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis was 33.8% of revenues.
Operating loss on a GAAP basis in the second quarter of 2012 was $(0.2) million. On a
non-GAAP basis operating profit was $3.8 million.
Cash and cash investments at the end of the quarter were $44.8 million. Negative cash
flow from operations in the quarter relates mainly to additional working capital
requirements associated with more sales to Tier 1 operators in Latin America and Africa
that have longer payment terms and practices.
"We continued to grow in Q2, achieving all-time record revenues, better gross margin
and improved profitability," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. "Record
bookings resulted in a book-to-bill ratio well above one. Our success in securing several
large orders from Tier 1 operators expands our working capital needs. We believe this
represents a temporary timing issue, which we have addressed by drawing down on our unused
"Ceragon has a comprehensive portfolio of solutions with the most advanced technology,
we are gaining share in key growth regions, and we are executing very well. Therefore, we
expect to be able to continue to grow revenues and improve profitability and cash flow,
even in light of growing macro headwinds," concluded Mr. Palti.
Supplemental revenue breakouts:
Geographical breakdown, second quarter of 2012:
- Europe: 18%
- Africa: 20%
- North America: 8%
- Latin America: 31%
- India: 16%
- APAC: 7%
A conference call will follow today, August 6, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT.
Investors are invited to join the Company's teleconference by calling (USA) (800) 230-1074
or international +1 (612) 234-9960 from 8:50 a.m. EDT. The call-in lines will be available
on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Investors can also listen to the call live via the Internet by accessing Ceragon
Networks' website at the investors' page: http://www.ceragon.com/ir_events.asp?lang=0
selecting the webcast link, and following the registration instructions.
If you are unable to join us live, the replay numbers are: Telephone: (USA) (800)
475-6701 or international +1 (320) 365-3844, Access Code: 252653. A replay of both the
call and the webcast will be available through September 6, 2012.
About Ceragon Networks Ltd.
Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) is the #1 wireless backhaul specialist. We
provide innovative, flexible and cost-effective wireless backhaul solutions that enable
mobile operators and other wired/wireless service providers to deliver 2G/3G, 4G/LTE and
other broadband services to their subscribers. Ceragon's high-capacity, solutions use
microwave technology to transfer voice and data traffic while maximizing bandwidth
efficiency, to deliver more capacity over longer distances under any deployment scenario.
Based on our extensive global experience, Ceragon delivers turnkey solutions that support
service provider profitability at every stage of the network lifecycle enabling faster
time to revenue, cost-effective operation and simple migration to all-IP networks. As the
demand for data pushes the need for ever-increasing capacity, Ceragon is committed to
serve the market with unmatched technology and innovation, ensuring effective solutions
for the evolving needs of the marketplace. Our solutions are deployed by more than 430
service providers in over 130 countries.
Ceragon Networks(R) is a registered trademark of Ceragon Networks Ltd. in the United
States and other countries. Other names mentioned are owned by their respective holders.
This press release may contain statements concerning Ceragon's future prospects that
are "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These statements are based on current expectations and projections that involve a
number of risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that future results will be
achieved, and actual results could differ materially from forecasts and estimates. These
are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forecasts
and estimates. Some of the factors that could significantly impact the forward-looking
statements in this press release include the risk of significant expenses in connection
with potential contingent tax liability associated with Nera's prior operations or
facilities, the risk that the combined Ceragon and Nera business may not perform as
expected, risks associated with increased working capital needs, and other risks and
uncertainties, which are discussed in greater detail in Ceragon's Annual Report on Form
20-F and Ceragon's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Ceragon
undertakes no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statement in order to
reflect events or circumstances after the date any such statement is made. Ceragon's
public filings are available from the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.govor may be obtained on Ceragon's website at http://www.ceragon.com
Ceragon Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenues $ 119,050 $ 110,350 $ 236,833 $ 210,662
Cost of revenues 81,081 86,716 161,925 157,444
Gross profit 37,969 23,634 74,908 53,218
Research and development 11,900 12,660 24,055 25,117
Selling and marketing 20,129 21,003 39,976 40,188
General and administrative 6,163 6,212 13,378 11,735
Restructuring costs - - - 7,834
Acquisition related costs - - - 4,919
Total operating expenses $ 38,192 $ 39,875 $ 77,409 $ 89,793
Operating loss (223) (16,241) (2,501) (36,575)
Financial expenses, net (554) (312) (1,460) (759)
Loss before taxes (777) (16,553) (3,961) (37,334)
Taxes on income 245 817 535 1,412
Net loss $ (1,022) $ (17,370) $ (4,496) $ (38,746)
Basic net loss per share $ (0.03) $ (0.48) $ (0.12) $ (1.08)
Diluted net loss per share $ (0.03) $ (0.48) $ (0.12) $ (1.08)
Weighted average number of
shares used in computing
basic net loss per share 36,421,106 35,983,033 36,354,389 35,794,446
Weighted average number of
shares used in computing
diluted net loss per share 36,421,106 35,983,033 36,354,389 35,794,446
Ceragon Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
June 30, December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 37,944 $ 28,991
Short-term bank deposits 2,901 7,159
Marketable securities - 9,665
Trade receivables, net 174,482 143,247
Deferred taxes 8,695 8,622
Other accounts receivable and prepaid expenses 34,834 37,281
Inventories 68,830 93,465
Total current assets 327,686 328,430
Long-term marketable securities 3,970 3,716
Severance pay funds 6,572 6,360
Total long-term investments 10,542 10,076
Deferred taxes 8,828 8,898
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 26,118 28,032
Other long-term receivables 8,871 5,257
Total other assets 43,817 42,187
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET 32,059 30,465
Total assets $ 414,104 $ 411,158
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Short term loan, including current maturities of
long term bank loan $ 22,832 $ 8,232
Trade payables 92,875 77,395
Deferred revenues 25,917 38,308
Other accounts payable and accrued expenses 41,880 49,508
Total current liabilities 183,504 173,443
Long term bank loan, net of current maturities 22,652 26,768
Accrued severance pay and pension 12,020 11,996
Other long term payables 36,921 37,900
Ordinary shares 97 97
Additional paid-in capital 315,217 311,911
Treasury shares at cost (20,091) (20,091)
Other comprehensive loss (1,197) (343)
Accumulated deficits (135,019) (130,523)
Total shareholders' equity 159,007 161,051
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 414,104 $ 411,158
Ceragon Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(U.S. dollars, in thousands)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Cash flow from operating activities:
Net loss $ (1,022) $ (17,370) $ (4,496) $ (38,746)
Adjustments to reconcile net income
to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 3,648 2,951 7,419 6,152
Stock-based compensation expense 1,257 1,437 2,842 2,856
Decrease (increase) in trade and
other receivables, net (27,812) 6,640 (36,463) 29,134
Decrease in inventory 4,623 14,168 24,083 23,993
Increase (decrease) in trade payables
and accrued liabilities 8,734 (7,743) 10,721 (24,680)
Decrease in deferred revenues (3,219) (12,755) (12,391) (12,765)
Decrease (increase) in deferred tax
asset, net 114 1 (263) 32
Other adjustments (325) 1,661 (429) 1,650
Net cash used in operating activities $ (14,002) $ (11,010) $ (8,977) $ (12,374)
Cash flow from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment ,net (3,065) (3,240) (6,368) (6,029)
Payment for business acquisition(*) - - - (42,405)
Investment in short and long-term
bank deposit - (7,589) (1,266) (9,843)
Proceeds from short and long-term
bank deposits 3,186 10,273 5,436 24,069
Investment in held-to-maturity
marketable securities (64) - (64) -
Proceeds from maturities of held-to-maturity
marketable securities, net - 23 9,717 4,258
Net cash provided by (used in)
investing activities $ 57 $ (533) $ 7,455 $ (29,950)
Cash flow from financing activities:
Proceeds from exercise of options 251 284 464 3,580
Proceeds from bank loans 14,600 - 14,600 35,000
Repayment of bank loan (2,058) - (4,116) -
Net cash provided by financing activities $ 12,793 $ 284 $ 10,948 $ 38,580
Translation adjustments on cash
and cash equivalents $ (322) $ (789) $ (473) $ (435)
Increase (decrease) in cash
and cash equivalents $ (1,474) $ (12,048) $ 8,953 $ (4,179)
Cash and cash equivalents
at the beginning of the period 39,418 45,594 28,991 37,725
Cash and cash equivalents
at the end of the period $ 37,944 $ 33,546 $ 37,944 $ 33,546
(*) Excluding cash and cash equivalents
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three months ended June 30,
(as reported) Adjustments Non-GAAP Non-GAAP
Revenues $ 119,050 $ 119,050 $ 110,350
Cost of revenues 81,081 2,225 (a) 78,856 75,128
Gross profit 37,969 40,194 35,222
Research and development 11,900 607 (b) 11,293 11,453
Selling and marketing 20,129 1,113 (c) 19,016 18,730
General and administrative 6,163 47 (d) 6,116 5,509
Total operating expenses $ 38,192 $ 36,425 $ 35,692
Operating profit (loss) (223) 3,769 (470)
Financial expenses, net (554) (554) (312)
Income (loss) before taxes (777) 3,215 (782)
Taxes on income 245 245 817
Net income (loss) $ (1,022) $ 2,970 $ (1,599)
Basic net earnings (loss) per share $ (0.03) $ 0.08 $ (0.04)
Diluted net earnings (loss) per share $ (0.03) $ 0.08 $ (0.04)
Weighted average number of shares
used in computing basic net earnings
(loss) per share 36,421,106 36,421,106 35,983,033
Weighted average number of shares
used in computing diluted net
earnings (loss) per share 36,421,106 37,380,275 35,983,033
Total adjustments 3,992
(a) Cost of revenues includes $0.3 million of amortization of intangible assets,
$1.6 million of inventory step-up, $0.1 million of stock based compensation
expenses and $0.2 million of changes in pre-acquisition indirect tax positions in
the three months ended June 30, 2012.
(b) Research and development expenses include $0.6 million of stock based compensation
expenses in the three months ended June 30, 2012.
(c) Selling and marketing expenses include $0.6 million of amortization of intangible
assets and $0.5 million of stock based compensation expenses in the three months
ended June 30, 2012.
(d) General and administrative expenses include $0.05 million of stock based
compensation expenses in the three months ended June 30, 2012.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
Six months ended June 30,
(as reported) Adjustments Non-GAAP Non-GAAP
Revenues $ 236,833 $ 236,833 $ 210,662
Cost of revenues 161,925 4,517 (a) 157,408 142,961
Gross profit 74,908 79,425 67,701
Research and development 24,055 1,031 (b) 23,024 22,494
Selling and marketing 39,976 2,728 (c) 37,248 35,391
General and administrative 13,378 899 (d) 12,479 10,101
Total operating expenses $ 77,409 $ 72,751 $ 67,986
Operating profit (loss) (2,501) 6,674 (285)
Financial expenses, net (1,460) (1,460) (759)
Income (loss) before taxes (3,961) 5,214 (1,044)
Taxes on income 535 535 1,412
Net income (loss) $ (4,496) $ 4,679 $ (2,456)
Basic net earnings (loss) per share $ (0.12) $ 0.13 $ (0.07)
Diluted net earnings (loss) per share $ (0.12) $ 0.13 $ (0.07)
Weighted average number of shares
used in computing basic net earnings
(loss) per share 36,354,389 36,354,389 35,794,446
Weighted average number of shares
used in computing diluted net
earnings (loss) per share 36,354,389 37,287,665 35,794,446
Total adjustments 9,175
(a) Cost of revenues includes $0.6 million of amortization of intangible assets,
$2.0 million of inventory step-up, $0.1 million of stock based compensation
expenses, $0.2 million of integration plan related costs and $1.6 million of
changes in pre-acquisition indirect tax positions in the six months ended
June 30, 2012.
(b) Research and development expenses include $40 thousand of integration plan related
costs and $1.0 million of stock based compensation expenses in the six months
ended June 30, 2012.
(c) Selling and marketing expenses includes $1.2 million of amortization of intangible
assets, $0.4 million of integration plan related costs and $1.1 million of stock
based compensation expenses in the six months ended June 30, 2012.
(d) General and administration expenses include, $0.3 million of integration plan
related costs and $0.6 million of stock based compensation expenses in the
six months ended June 30, 2012.
RECONCILIATION BETWEEN REPORTED AND NON-GAAP
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
Three months Six months
June 30, 2012
Reported GAAP net operating loss (223) (2,501)
Stock based compensation expenses 1,257 2,842
Amortization of intangible assets 901 1,802
Inventory step up 1,613 2,017
Integration plan related costs - 955
Changes in pre-acquisition indirect tax positions 221 1,559
Non-GAAP net operating profit 3,769 6,674
Enova Technology Launches Enigma USB Data Encryption Solution for Consumer and Enterprise Data Protection
Encryption Experts Deliver Real-Time, Full Disk Encryption for any USB Enabled Storage Device
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its heritage of expertise in embedded encryption solutions, Enova Technology today announced the launch of the Enigma module, a USB encryption solution designed to provide consumers and enterprises with real-time full disk encryption for any USB mass storage class (MSC) drive.
A recent study released by the Ponemon Institute revealed that when compared to the potential damage caused by data disclosure, the cost of encryption is a fraction of the value it provides to businesses around the world. In all surveyed countries, the expected benefits of full disk encryption exceeded the estimated costs of implementing a solution by a factor ranging from four to 20. By leveraging Enova's real-time encryption technology, the Enigma module provides complete protection of data-at-rest, eliminating the risk of a damaging breach.
-- Automatic and Transparent Encryption: Data written to the USB drive
through the Enigma module is automatically and transparently encrypted,
whereas data read out from the drive is automatically decrypted,
requiring no additional hardware or software. All data is protected on
your drive using the Enigma module.
-- Trusted Security Standards: NIST (National Institute of Standards and
Technology)/CSE (Communications Security Establishment) certified
hardware AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) ECB/CBC engines up to
-- Encryption of Off the Shelf USB Drives: Encrypts any number of USB disk
drives, solid state drives, thumb drives, Blu-ray, DVD+/- RW, CD-R
drives and card reader media, including SD and MMC.
-- Multi Platform Compatibility: Compatible with any Windows, Mac, Linux or
-- Protection from Viruses and Malware: Creates a "Read Only" function on
the USB drive that protects users from potentially harmful viruses,
spyware and malware.
-- Complete USB Compliance: Compliant with any USB 1.0/1.1/2.0/3.0 MSC
-- Easy to Use: Simple design with no new programming for the user to learn
or sophisticated graphical user interface for the user to navigate.
-- Built in Initializer: Initialization software is stored on the device
for easy and immediate deployment.
-- Robert Wann, CEO, Enova Technology, said: "Often, the implementation of
data encryption solutions is a retroactive endeavor after a major data
breach. To aid organizations in proactively securing their data at rest,
we've taken our expertise in data encryption and packaged it into an
easy to use USB solution. The Enigma module will add a much needed layer
of security to sensitive consumer and enterprise data."
-- Charles Kolodgy, research vice president, security products, IDC, said:
"As the frequency and severity of data breaches grows, endpoint security
is increasingly critical to consumers and organizations looking to
secure their sensitive information. External storage devices in
particular, such as USB hard drives and thumb drives, are often
unprotected and therefore vulnerable to data theft or device loss.
Hardware solutions that provide ease of use and comprehensive
capabilities are a huge asset to both organizations and individual users
in protecting data-at-rest."
About Enova Technology:
Enova Technology is a global leader in hardware-based cryptographic solutions that address the increasing requirement for privacy and confidentiality, satisfying the growing demand for data security across the globe. Enova's advanced real-time cryptographic solutions are designed to meet the performance and encryption standards of the most demanding government and enterprise customers. For more information, visit the Enova Technology website: http://www.enovatech.net.
Alteryx Introduces Strategic Analytics Optimized for the Communications Industry
New Communications Edition Drives Faster Business and Network Decisions for Service Providers
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alteryx, Inc., a leading provider of Strategic Analytics, today announced the release of Alteryx Strategic Analytics: Communications Editionfor the unique analytic needs of wireless, wireline, and cable operators, as well as the equipment suppliers who support them. The Communications Edition integrates industry-specific business and technical data with third-party network insight, so communications service providers can support their most strategic network and customer decisions based on knowledgeable industry insights, industry content and pre-packaged analytic applications.
"Alteryx has a strong reach into the Communications industry. We serve many of the largest North American carriers by bringing deep sector knowledge into a powerful analytics offering - no other vendor can provide similar insights to wireless, wireline and cable providers," said George Mathew, president and chief operating officer at Alteryx. "Today's communication networks and the OSS/BSS infrastructure that supports them present some of the biggest data flow and analytics opportunities in the market. We fundamentally believe that humanizing the industry's abundant data will create innovative services, reduce consumer churn, improve network performance, and thus deliver a better customer experience."
This Alteryx expertise provides direct IP experience through easy to use, best practices analytic applications for strategic problems such as customer churn, and brings industry-specific data that adds deeper context to organizational data, marketing insights and customer billing information. The Communications Edition also enables time savings by automatically pulling departmental data on-demand from RF planning systems or across the full network, and then provides a way to streamline inefficient business processes, often from days or weeks to seconds.
The Communications Edition from Alteryx includes business firmographic data from Alteryx Strategic Analytics 7.1 that has been enhanced by GeoResults to include network spending estimates, bandwidth requirements, and other key industry-specific details. "Alteryx allows service providers to augment their existing internal data with the highest quality market and network data available from premier third-party providers," explains Ted Shields, president and CEO of GeoResults. "This solution allows service providers to fill intelligence gaps, and give them the market and customer foresight to intelligently grow their business and optimize network resources."
"Our industry is constantly inundated by massive amounts of data, and it is essential for my team to easily aggregate the information relevant for our business operations," said Charemon Tovar, Director of Strategy, Innovation and Information Management at CBRE Global Corporate Services. "Alteryx provides us with the right tools that enable faster analysis, with more relevant data, deriving valuable components that are key for our business, whether it be customer insights, marketing opportunities, or new store locations."
Currently, eight of the ten largest wireless service providers in North America use Alteryx Strategic Analytics for their daily business operations. The Communications Edition addresses the needs of all types of communications service providers to:
-- bring critical data about network, customers, prospects, and market
conditions from Business Support Systems (BSS), Operational Support
Systems (OSS), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems into a
common analytics environment,
-- move beyond simple mapping programs and generate strategic insight
through sophisticated analytics that support critical network and
customer decisions, including where to grow the network, improve network
capabilities, and focus customer satisfaction/retention initiatives,
-- reap the benefits of a company's investment in strategic analytics
quickly with an analytic experience optimized for Communications service
providers. Integrated analytic application templates provide immediate
answers to common industry problems, and can be easily customized for
unique business priorities.
"Alteryx is the type of advanced analytics solution that simplifies access to actionable intelligence and iterative, agile decision making," said Ari Banerjee, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. "The platform's highly visual GUI environment simplifies access to Big Data for data artisans and casual users alike, and supports the rapid network and business decision-making that today's operators require."
Alteryx Strategic Analytics: Communications Edition is available immediately through existing direct sales channels. For more information, visit Alteryx Strategic Analytics: Communications Edition.
About Alteryx, Inc.
Alteryx, Inc. provides indispensable analytic solutions for enterprise companies making critical decisions about how to expand and grow. Our product, Alteryx Strategic Analytics, is a BI and analytics solution designed for data artisans and business leaders that brings together the market knowledge, location insight, and business intelligence today's organizations require. For more than a decade, Alteryx has enabled strategic planning executives to identify and seize market opportunities, outsmart their competitors, and drive more revenue. Customers like Experian Marketing Services and McDonald's rely on Alteryx daily for their most important decisions. Headquartered in Irvine, California, and with offices in Boulder and Silicon Valley, Alteryx empowers 250+ customers and 200,000+ users worldwide. Get inspired today at http://www.alteryx.com or call 1-888-836-4274.
SOURCE Alteryx, Inc.
CONTACT: Brandy S. Baxter, Alteryx, Inc., +1-650-375-2907, email@example.com, Twitter: @brandysbaxter, or Morgan Griffith, Burson-Marsteller, +1-415-690-0734, Morgan.Griffith@bm.com
VTech® Enters Partnership to Offer Downloadable Nickelodeon Episodes on its Award-Winning Tablet
CHICAGO, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VTech Electronics North America, LLC (http://vtechkids.com/), is excited to announce its partnership with the top entertainment brand for kids, Nickelodeon. Beginning late August, episodes of Nickelodeon's hit animated series including Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Bubble Guppies, will be available for download from VTech's Learning Lodge Navigator(TM) for kids to view on their new InnoTab(®) 2 learning tablet.
Kids will be able to take an adventure with Dora or enjoy laughs with SpongeBob on-the-go. Whether they're in the car or on the beach, they can always bring their favorite Nickelodeon characters along for the ride.
The InnoTab 2 learning tablet gives kids ages 3 to 9 their own 5" touch-screen tablet with FREE onboard activities to get them started, and a new rotatable digital camera and video recorder. This sleek and durable toy also comes equipped with a tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, microphone and more. With 2GB onboard memory plus an expandable SD card slot for up to 32GB more, and now the addition of great video content from Nickelodeon, the InnoTab 2 will keep your child inspired while they learn.
"Nickelodeon properties have passionate fans who are eager for products associated with their favorite shows," said Sherice Torres, Senior Vice President of Home Entertainment, DTO and Videogame Licensing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. "We're thrilled to be partnering with VTech and the InnoTab 2 learning tablet to keep kids entertained no matter where they are."
Nickelodeon videos will be sold in bundles of three (3) episodes (more than an hour of total run time) for $7.50. Additionally, VTech will offer individual episodes for just $2.99. Starting in October, the videos will also be available for download on VTech's original InnoTab.
"VTech is so excited about this partnership that brings together two of kids' favorite pastimes," said Tom McClure, Director of Marketing for VTech Electronics North America. "We know kids and parents are going to enjoy this ability to bring all of their favorite Nickelodeon characters and shows with them wherever they go."
VTech, the creator of the Electronic Learning Products (ELP) category and the award-winning V.Smile TV Learning System, is a world leader of age-appropriate learning toys. Since 1980, VTech has been developing high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children's development, from birth to preteen, through fun and smart play.
VTech Electronics North America, LLC is based in Arlington Heights, Ill. VTech Electronics Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with distribution throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
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Hisense Releases Dual-core Android 4.0 Smartphone with Spreadtrum TD-SCDMA Chip
"Nuclear power" T96 priced at only RMB1199
SHANGHAI, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRD; "Spreadtrum" or the "Company"), a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, today announced that the Hisense T96 for China Mobile, which is a dual-core smartphone with Android 4.0 using Spreadtrum's TD-SCDMA modem, the SC8803G, and RF transceiver, the SR3200, is now commercially available at a price of only RMB1199.
Hisense "nuclear power" T96 is the first dual-core TD smartphone with a 4.0-inch screen and Android 4.0 for China Mobile with a price just over RMB1000. T96 integrates a 1GHz dual-core processor, an independent GPU and is equipped with the latest Android 4.0 software, a stylish UI interface and supports 1080p HD video playback. This product offering enriches and enhances the TD-SCDMA smartphone experience, providing China Mobile's consumers with a high quality experience while setting a new price standard for TD dual-core smartphones.
Dr. Leo Li, Spreadtrum's president and CEO, said, "Supporting the rapid development of the domestic 3G smartphone market, Hisense has now released this dual-core high performance smartphone with Android 4.0 for China Mobile consumers. We are pleased to support Hisense and the development of the domestic 3G industry with our TD-SCDMA modem technology."
Mr. Yang Wenlin, General Manager of Hisense (Qingdao) Co,.Ltd, said, "Spreadtrum has an excellent ability in chip design and provides us with cost-effective products. The release of the Hisense T96 marks Hisense together with Spreadtrum's deepening cooperation with China Mobile. In the future, Hisense will continue to improve the consumers' experience, promoting 3G development of the Chinese market with outstanding performance of our products."
About Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRD; "Spreadtrum") is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum's solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum's customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. For more information, visit http://www.spreadtrum.com.
About Hisense Communication:
Qingdao Hisense Communication Co., Ltd. is one of the largest mobile terminal solution suppliers in China. The product line-up includes mobile handsets, Linux OS Smartphones, wireless modules, PC cards and industry customized terminal products based on the prevailing telecommunication technologies, such as CDMA, 1X/EVDO, GMS/GPRS, and TD-CDMA. Hisense Communication is a subsidiary of Hisense Group, which is a multibillion dollar global conglomerate with workforce over 60,000 worldwide. Hisense is recognized as a world leading provider of flat panel TVs, household appliances and mobile communications and its products are sold in 130 countries and regions throughout the world. For more information, please visit: http://www.hisense.com.
Safe Harbor Statement:
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding Hisense T96's ability to enrich and enhance the TD-SCDMA smartphone experience; and Hisense's expectation that it will continue to improve the consumers' experience, promoting 3G development of the Chinese market with outstanding performance of its products. The Company uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements are forward-looking in nature and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual market trends and the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continuing competitive pressure in the semiconductor industry and the effect of such pressure on prices; unpredictable changes in technology and consumer demand for smartphones; market acceptance of Hisense T96; the state of and any change in the Company's relationship with Hisense; and changes in political, economic, legal and social conditions in China. For additional discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other factors, please consider the information contained in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the annual report on Form 20-F filed on April 10, 2012, especially the section under "Risk Factors" and such other documents that the Company may file with the SEC from time to time, including on Form 6-K. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release, and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by law.
-- New Full-Band Capture remote diagnostic tools continuously monitor the
entire 1GHz cable connection to all data and video channels.
-- Provides real-time and unobtrusive cable performance information to
quickly troubleshoot customer service issues.
-- Lowers operator costs by reducing truck rolls for unnecessary service
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced a full suite of remote monitoring and diagnostic capabilities based on its Full-Band Capture digital tuning technology. By capturing the entire 1GHz cable spectrum, Broadcom's remote diagnostics provide access to real-time data and visibility into a user's home coax network for quick problem diagnosis and better overall customer service.
Broadcom will demonstrate the technology at CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colorado August 5-7. Visit Broadcom.com to learn more.
-- Broadcom's Full-Band Capture Remote Diagnostics technology can be
implemented on the company's entire cable set-top box, gateway and modem
platforms using Full-Band Capture digital tuning technology chipsets.
Tailored to individual operator needs, operators can gather
troubleshooting information without impacting customer video or data
service. New remote diagnostics features include:
-- Advanced diagnostic capabilities including demodulator statistics
and RF spectrum analyzer functions.
-- Active non-intrusive monitoring to provide continual checks without
impacting user viewing or broadband experience.
-- Integration with the TR-69 protocol, Simple Network Management
Protocol (SNMP) or other web server-based protocols to provide both
remote and home access to real-time RF diagnostics data.
Broadcom's Full-Band Capture Diagnostics platforms are available today and supported on all cable set-top box, modem and gateway platforms with Full-Band Capture digital tuning technology.
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Dan Marotta, Broadcom's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Communications Group:
"Broadcom's breakthrough Full-Band Capture digital tuning technology not only gives operators the flexibility to deliver more channels and services at a lower cost, but it also enables the ability to deliver remote diagnostic services. This service is not only delivering a vastly improved customer service experience, but also facilitates huge cost savings for operators."
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to http://www.broadcom.com.
Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
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BNY Mellon Announces 4th Release of Workbench(SM) Mobile for the iPad® and iPhone®
Only global custodian to provide reports and information to clients via mobile app
Fourth upgrade available now to all Asset Servicing clients globally
BOSTON, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, has announced the fourth release of Workbench((SM)) Mobile, a mobile app that enables the firm's institutional clients to authorize instructions and securely access key reports and account information via their iPad® or iPhone®.
Workbench Mobile is available to 50,000+ registered Workbench users for download from the App Store through BNY Mellon Connect((SM)) Mobile.
The latest release of Workbench Mobile allows BNY Mellon's Asset Servicing clients to run the complete range of Workbench reports from their mobile device, including accounting, performance, risk, lending, and 24/7 real-time cash and custody reports in their choice of 11 global languages.
This new mobile release builds on previously released features to allow users to securely view reports, authorize instructions, drill into valuation and performance and risk dashboards, look up issuer exposures, and browse BNY Mellon's latest regulatory and thought leadership news.
"While our initial releases permitted users to quickly and easily view existing account information, this new release gives them the further freedom and flexibility to initiate new report requests as needed, right from their mobile," said Steve Boor, Head of Global Information Delivery Products, Asset Servicing at BNY Mellon. "We continue to listen closely to our clients, and will keep releasing new mobile capabilities quarterly to stay ahead of their needs in respect of quicker and easier mobile access to a wide range of account and investment information."
BNY Mellon Asset Servicing offers clients worldwide a broad spectrum of specialized asset servicing capabilities, including custody and fund services, securities lending, performance and analytics, and execution services.
BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team. It has $27.1 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.3 trillion in assets under management, services $11.5 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.4 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on http://www.bnymellon.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon
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Domino's Pizza Thanks Digital Customers with Weeklong 50% Off Deal on All Pizzas Ordered Online
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is sharing a special deal with customers this week - 50% off on all pizzas ordered online at menu price. Beginning today, a national advertising campaign highlights how the pizza options will seem endless when customers order from Domino's.
"One of the greatest things about a Domino's pizza is that it is customizable. There are more than 34 million ways to make a single pizza delicious," said Russell Weiner, Domino's Pizza chief marketing officer. "This week, customers can feel free to be creative in their choice of pizza toppings or order longtime favorites at a great price."
The special deal is only available through Domino's digital ordering channels - which include online ordering (available at http://www.dominos.com), mobile ordering (available at mobile.dominos.com) and the iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire apps - and continues all week at participating stores, through Sunday, Aug. 12. This limited time offer applies to the pizza portion of orders only. Customers will be able to use the code "50off" at checkout to enjoy the offer.
About Domino's Pizza®
Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino's is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "DPZ." As of the second quarter of 2012, through its global footprint primarily made up of locally-owned and operated franchises, Domino's operated a network of 9,924 franchised and Company-owned stores in the United States and over 70 international markets. During the second quarter of 2012, Domino's had global retail sales of nearly $1.7 billion, comprised of over $808 million domestically and nearly $865 million internationally. Domino's Pizza had global retail sales of over $6.9 billion in 2011, comprised of over $3.4 billion domestically and over $3.5 billion internationally. In May 2011, Pizza Today named Domino's its "Chain of the Year" for the second straight year - making the company a three-time overall winner, and the first pizza delivery company to receive the honor in back-to-back years. In 2011, Domino's was ranked #1 in Forbes Magazine's "Top 20 Franchises for the Money" list.
FriendFinder Networks Releases New Mobile Games for Smartphones and Tablets
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FriendFinder Networks Inc. (NasdaqGM: FFN) today announced the recent launch of two new mobile games: Foodie Feeder Pro and Jenna Jasmine: Psychic Detective. Both games are receiving rave reviews with Foodie Feeder Pro achieving a 4.5 star average over 50 player reviews and Jenna Jasmine: Psychic Detective already reaching an impressive milestone of being among the "Top 50 iPad Games" according to AppAnnie.com. Both games are available for download on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for $0.99.
Foodie Feeder Pro is an action-packed, restaurant themed game application where the player assumes the role of a small business owner chasing a dream....a dream to serve healthy and tasty food to customers across the globe. Taking cues from great time management games of the past, Foodie Feeder Pro is all about keeping the customers well fed and happy, which is easier said than done! When customers file in the player has to seat them at a clean table, take their order, serve their desired dish (taken from real recipes) and collect payment, all with the dreaded "rush hour" looming. Foodie Feeder Pro comes with 35 game tokens that can be used to purchase new recipes, additional cooks, or even robot busboys that clean tables for the player automatically which are all lifesavers when "rush hour" comes!
Jenna Jasmine: Psychic Detective HD lets you step into the shoes of a modern day detective. Players assist Jenna Jasmine by traveling through different locations seeking out clues that will lead to the discovery of "Nero the Firefighter". Each level is drawn with artful detail, placing hidden objects randomly throughout the scenes so each visit is unique. Players must help Jenna Jasmine locate these objects to piece the puzzle together. Her psychic powers will help move players along should they become stuck. Pick up your magnifying glass and join many satisfied players in this fun and mysterious detective game!
For more information on Foodie Feeder Pro and Jenna Jasmine: Psychic Detective, read player reviews and to check out the latest games, please visit playtimegame.com.
About FriendFinder Networks Inc.
FriendFinder Networks Inc. (http://www.FFN.com) is an internet-based social networking and technology company operating several of the most heavily visited websites in the world, including AdultFriendFinder.com, Amigos.com, AsiaFriendFinder.com, Cams.com, FriendFinder.com, BigChurch.com and SeniorFriendFinder.com. FriendFinder Networks Inc. also distributes original pictorial and video content and engages in brand licensing. FriendFinder Networks is listed on the NasdaqGM under the ticker symbol FFN.
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NHN Japan Releases LINE's New 'Home' and 'Timeline' Features on Android First (iPhone Version Available Soon)
TOKYO, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NHN Japan Corporation announced on August 6 the release of new 'Home' and 'Timeline' features for Android versions of its free-calling and free-messaging app 'LINE' (http://line.naver.jp/en). NHN Japan said it will strengthen the social networking aspect of the service, and that these new features will be available for iPhone versions of the app in the near future.
These new 'Home' and 'Timeline' features allow users connected via LINE to enjoy sharing their most recent happenings with one another. The features will serve as another trigger for communication since users will be able to check what their friends have been up to recently, in real time, without the necessity of sending messages.
Peace of Mind: The service differs from that of open services, such as Twitter and Facebook, as LINE's 'Home' and 'Timeline' allow users to share their activities and events only with close friends and family members who are connected via LINE. (Users can also select which LINE friends to share their posts with)
NHN Japan has also said these new features are designed only to be a supplement to its main free-calling and free-messaging services, and as such, users who do not wish to use 'Home' or 'Timeline' can simply continue using these main services as they have done so up until now.
This page will function as users' own space, where they can use text, photos, videos, location information, etc., to share their recent events. Users can also choose their own cover photo which will allow them to express their own personalities. http://naverland.naver.jp/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/001en.jpg
Users can keep track of all their LINE friends' recent updates to their Home pages in a timeline format.
'Liking' posts are even more fun, with the addition of LINE's popular character stickers to express users' emotions in relation to posts. Of course, users can leave messages in text form as usual too. All this adds up to enhancing and enriching communication amongst LINE friends. http://naverland.naver.jp/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/002en.jpg
Also, with the new 'More' button added to the menu bar, users can easily access these new features as well as any of the other services integrated to LINE including Sticker Shop, Official Accounts, LINE Camera, LINE Card and Games.
NHN Japan has reassured that these new features will be released for the iPhone version within the near future, and that the company will expand as well as continually improve the features and functions which serve to provide an enriching communicative experience between LINE users.
About NHN Japan Corporation
NHN Japan is the local affiliate of Korea's premier Internet company, NHN Corporation. NHN Japan is headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, with Akira Morikawa as CEO.
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You Can Shop From Your Sofa With the New CSL iPhone Application
LONDON, August 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Gone are the days of wandering around warehouses trying to pick the perfect sofa, with
the CSL iPhone app, you don't even need to get out of your seat to see all the amazing
styles and incredible discounts on offer. All you need to do is click download and you're
halfway to finding your next CSL sofa [http://www.csl-sofas.co.uk ].
With lives getting busier, and budgets tighter, looking for a bargain can be hard to
fit into your schedule. Getting the right sofa is essential but finding something to fit
in your home can mean multiple trips out of town and a real drain on your free time. The
CSL iPhone app changes all that, showing you over 12,000 models, from luxurious leather
sofas to comfy corner units and family favourites as well as serious style statements. So
whatever you want in your next sofa, you can choose while you commute or look over lunch,
leaving your leisure time free for you to do the things you really want.
It doesn't stop there, you can save all your favourites, use the 'In Your Room'
feature to see what your selections would look like in your own home and if you want a
second opinion you can save, print or share these pictures through social media so friends
and family can help you make that crucial final choice. If you still won't be satisfied
until you've seen your potential sofa close up, the iPhone app will also direct you to
your nearest store using your phone's GPS. And the CSL app isn't just functional, it's
even puts the fun into purchasing a sofa with exclusive online Facebook competitions that
allow you to upload your 'In Your Room' photos so you can be in with a chance of winning
the sofa you've always wanted.
So when your home needs a makeover and you're ready to retire your old sofa, download
the CSL iPhone app for instant access to all their amazing ranges, incredible offers and
brilliant competitions, it makes choosing a new model a breeze, even for the most
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Exclusive Designs Are Available Only At Blindsgalore
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Blindsgalore.com is introducing BG Kids, its original new line of window treatments for children's rooms. This collection features roller shades with an emphasis on creative designs and cordless operation. With child safety in mind, Blindsgalore is offering free cordless operation with either the slow rise system or a continuous loop clutch system. "Because these shades will be used in children's rooms, safety is a must. We want cordless operation to be available to all customers," said Chelle Walters, President of Blindsgalore.
"Decorating nurseries, bedrooms, and playrooms is a major focus for today's parents wanting to express their individual style," said Walters. "As a new Mom, our in-house designer, Katie championed this line because she was struggling to find stylish, child-safe shades for her son's room. She helped us create these unique designs in youthful, lighthearted patterns that can be your starting point for decorating the room. Best of all, they can grow along with your child," she said.
BG Kids features cheerful color palettes and contemporary prints for boys and girls, along with gender-neutral patterns for shared rooms. The company will introduce seven designs and more than 30 colors, for a total of 32 different choices. Patterns include images with geometric shapes, animals, sports, vehicles, and much more.
All patterns are available in a choice of two fabrics: light filtering and blackout fabric. All shades are fully customizable with various headrail, standard and reverse roll, and motorized lift options. Additional patterns and styles will be added to the collection later this year.
Based in San Diego, CA, Blindsgalore(®) sells a comprehensive line of window coverings from Bali, Graber, Comfortex, Coolaroo, Levolor, M&B and private label collections. All window treatments are custom made to the customer's specifications and shipped direct from the factory. The company's web-only model provides warehouse selection and pricing, online and toll-free customer service, no sales tax, and free samples. Blindsgalore has been helping customers simplify the online buying process since 1998.
Antenova Adds Rubra A10393 Cellular Penta-band SMD Antenna to gigaNOVA(R) Range of Standard Antennas
CAMBRIDGE, England, August 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Announces Halogen-free Rubra penta-band antenna provides high efficiency and
robust performance for M2M Applications
Antenova Ltd, the integrated antenna and RF solutions company, announced the addition
of Rubra A10393 cellular penta-band SMD antenna to the market leading gigaNOVA(R) range of
surface mount standard antennas. Designed for ease of integration into wireless devices,
Rubra is ideally suited for an extensive range of embedded cellular applications such
tablets, tracking devices, femto base stations, remote monitoring and other M2M
"Antenova continues to enjoy increasing demand for high performing and easy to
integrate standard cellular antennas for the ever expanding embedded wireless and M2M
markets," stated Greg McCray, CEO of Antenova. "Rubra A10393 is a high performing cellular
penta-band antenna incorporating Antenova's patented Magnetic Dipole Antenna (MDA)
technology which provides robust and reliable performance across all device applications,
which is particularly essential for many M2M devices which are typically in situ for 5 to
10 years. Antenova's standard penta-band antennas offer design flexibility with the ease
of integration benefits of a surface mountable device, making them very attractive to
module makers targeting the growing M2M markets and device manufacturers looking to add
cellular connectivity into their products. Rubra has already been integrated into a
cellular module reference design with the SIMCom SIM900 module."
Rubra A10393 is a high efficiency penta-band cellular SMD antenna suitable for GSM,
GPRS and UMTS applications and covers the GSM850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA frequencies.
Rubra's MDA structure provides excellent resistance to de-tuning and offers predictable
performance in customer devices. Rubra A10315 is a compact 40x10.4x3.2 mm size antenna
intended for surface mounting and requires minimal ground plane. Made from low cost
halogen-free FR4 substrate material, Rubra is supplied in tape on reel and available for
volume purchase through Antenova's global network of leading distributors and agents.
Antenova is a leading developer and supplier of high performing integrated antennas
and RF solutions for wireless communication, consumer electronic and wireless M2M devices.
Antenova's broad range of patented multi-band HDA(R), MDA and DATANOVA(R) custom
antennas, gigaNOVA(R) standard antennas and RADIONOVA(R) RF antenna solutions are ideally
suited for GSM and CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi(R), Bluetooth(R), WiMAX(TM), WiBro,
ZigBee(R), FM, Mobile TV and M2M applications.
Antenova also offers a comprehensive range of custom antenna design, engineering,
integration and test services to ensure the best possible performing antenna solutions for
customer devices. For further information, please visit http://www.antenova.com.
Zebra Technologies Introduces new 4-Inch Desktop Printer
BOURNE END, England, August 6, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
The GC420(TM)Printers Meet the Specific Needs of Customers in EMEA
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a recognised global leader in
technologies that extend real-time visibility into business operations, announces the
release of the GC420 [http://www.zebra.com/gb/en.htm ] desktop printers in EMEA. These
compact printers allow organisations of all sizes to see more and do more by enabling
track-and-trace capabilities for numerous applications, including:
Manufacturing - light industrial work-in-process, product and shipping labelling
Transportation & logistics - boarding tickets, bag tags, parking passes
Healthcare - laboratory specimen and blood bank labelling
Post - electronic stamping, address labelling
"Zebra prides itself on not only being innovative, but also being able to meet the
unique needs of our customers globally," said Mark Togher, EMEA Product Marketing, Zebra
Technologies. "The GC420, like all of our printers, provides flexibility and high
performance for increased productivity. In addition, our EMEA customers also appreciate
that the printers offer excellent value, providing features and performance at a very
competitive price, and making it easier to adopt bar code technology."
These new printers offer productivity enhancements essential for small to mid-size
manufacturers, transportation and logistics businesses as well as retail, healthcare and
post. The GC420 provides excellent value performance based on customer-proven mechanical
The Zebra GC420 offers the flexibility to print in either thermal transfer or direct
thermal mode. Additionally, it offers powerful performance and throughput with a 32-bit
processor, co-resident EPL(TM)and ZPL(TM) programming languages and triple connectivity.
Other features include:
- Large 8MB memory with support for large fonts and graphics
- Peel/Dispenser (optional)
- Energy Star compliance
- Odometer for print length tracking and supplies management
- Unicode for global character printing
- ZBI 2.0(TM) for integration, adaption and handling of data or peripherals
The GC420 printers are easy to load and operate and they are also backward compatible
with select Zebra 4-inch printers. These low-maintenance and durable printers reduce
training requirements and operating costs. The new Zebra printers are also built to
withstand rough handling in busy work environments with their dual-walled construction.
A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra Technologies
Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) offers technologies that give a virtual voice to an
organization's assets, people and transactions, enabling organizations to unlock greater
business value. The company's extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies,
including RFID and real-time location solutions, illuminates mission-critical information
to help customers take smarter business actions. For more information about Zebra's
solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.
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Retailer Repositions to Attract The New Latino and Give Them What They Want
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Curacao, formerly La Curacao, today debuted its top to bottom, inside and out transformation repositioning itself for future growth. Shoppers are also being pleasantly surprised with the retailer's complete makeover. Curacao cites the change in demographics and evolution of Latino shoppers as the principal reasons for the total revamp, its fresh new image and 360 shopping experience. The flagship store in the heart of Los Angeles was buzzing when Curacao executives pulled the ceremonial ropes to unveil the company's new logo before taking guests and shoppers on a tour of the renovated store.
"Today's shopper is different," says Jerry Azarkman, Chief Marketing Officer. "There have been significant cultural and demographic shifts within the Hispanic community, and also in the neighborhoods surrounding our stores."
"Latinos are breaking the mold and we've seen first-hand the evolution of our customer," says Ron Azarkman, Curacao Chief Executive Officer. "Our Hispanic consumer market is certainly growing, but it is also evolving and we are committed to keeping in step with them to give them what they want."
"We continuously strive to better serve our customers," says Rick Hutton, Curacao President. "Our shoppers are tech savvy and are big consumers of electronics, so we are making sure we are prepared to meet their needs."
Curacao, over the last three decades, gained recognition for being one of the largest Hispanic retail department store chains, and a top 50 consumer electronics retailer nationally. The retailer is known to be an innovator and trendsetter that successfully captured the Hispanic consumer. Curacao executives are counting on this fresh image and cultural metamorphosis to boost their base of shoppers. They are positioning their stores to continue to be a bright spot in the retail marketplace.
The company's transformation includes the extensive makeover at all ten Curacao stores in Southern California and in Phoenix including a new logo, the new interior aesthetics, the ambient music, full-service, knowledge-based sales associates, and bilingual signage to make the shopping experience fun and easy to navigate for everyone.
Curacao, formerly La Curacao, is a leading large format retail department store chain ranking consistently among the top 50 consumer electronics retailers in the U.S. With its complete company transformation and a fresh, new image and a knowledge-based, fully trained sales force, it is positioning itself for the future by embracing a broader base of shoppers. Each of its ten stores averages 100,000 square feet and offers shoppers a 360 experience that is fun and easy to navigate. Curacao has become known as an innovator and trendsetter having successfully captured the Hispanic consumer for three decades. Founded in 1981, today Curacao is headquartered in Los Angeles with retail locations in California, Arizona and soon Nevada. For more information, please visit http://www.icuracao.com.
Harley-Davidson Kicks Off 110th Anniversary With Epic Rides Bridging East And West
Fans Invited to Join Rides to Sturgis and Tibetan Plateau through Social Media
MILWAUKEE, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Two groups of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders set off today to explore opposite corners of the globe, tracing routes across the American West and the Tibetan Plateau of China. These adventures kick off a year-long celebration of Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary, and for the first time the iconic American brand is inviting everyone to ride along through social media.
"Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary year is about celebrating the experiences of riding and inviting all to join in on the good times, in ways and places our founders couldn't have imagined," said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer. "It's a powerful way of life that bridges time and cultures. Our 110th Anniversary year starts tomorrow with journeys on two continents. The first with a group of riders who've never before experienced the adventure of Sturgis, and the other is on the opposite side of the world with a group of enthusiasts riding in China across the Tibetan Plateau."
-- One group of riders that includes GoPro®-sponsored athletes will ride
into the Badlands of South Dakota to experience the thrill of the
legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the first time. The annual rally,
which has been hosted in the Black Hills for 72 years, draws hundreds of
thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all corners of the world.
-- Another group of adventurers will head east - way east. Led by Richer
and Harley-Davidson Asia Pacific Managing Director Dave Foley, this
group of enthusiasts will explore the Tibetan Plateau across western
China. They'll begin their adventure in Xining, China, a 2,100-year-old
city of history that is home to more than two million people and is
2,000 feet higher than Denver.
Participants of both rides will tell their stories of discovery and exploration in real time through social media.
"This kick-off marks how Harley-Davidson will celebrate our 110th Anniversary, through our riders and our fans around the world," said Richer. "Everyone is invited to join in on the rides to Sturgis and the Tibetan Plateau on our new 110th Anniversary Web site, http://www.h-d.com/110."
The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Experience website will remain live through 2013 and will be powered by content from official Harley-Davidson events, as well as by fans from around the world.
Harley-Davidson's official 110th Anniversary events begin at the Harley-Davidson Museum's Bike Night in Milwaukee on Aug. 30, 2012 and continues at European Bike Week in Faaker See, Austria, Sept. 4-9, 2012. The official Harley-Davidson Anniversary Celebrations will be held in Rome, June 13-16, 2013, and in Milwaukee, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2013. More information and additional details will be announced on Aug. 20, 2012.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's website at http://www.harley-davidson.com.
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Call of Duty®: Black Ops Zombies App Now Available on Android
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Call of Duty®: Black Ops Zombies, the fan-favorite app based on the popular Zombies mode from Treyarch's and Activision's record-setting hit Call of Duty®: Black Ops, is now coming to Android. Adapted by Ideaworks Game Studio and distributed by Glu Mobile, Inc. in partnership with Activision, Call of Duty®: Black Ops Zombies delivers heart-pounding maps: Kino Der Toten, Ascension, and Call of the Dead: Director's Cut, as well as "Dead-Ops Arcade," a 50-level zombie gauntlet that provides the ultimate undead challenge for fans of Call of Duty®'s signature Zombie action. Gamers can play solo, or join a team of four players via Wi-Fi as they mow down hordes of zombies using a variety of weapons and perks only available in the Call of Duty® zombie experience.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies on Android is available exclusively for 30 days on Sony's Xperia smart phones as well as Sony's Xperia Play Optimized devices including the Xperia Play, with its dedicated gaming keypad, and the critically acclaimed Xperia S and Xperia Ion.
"We're thrilled to partner with Glu Mobile and Ideaworks to bring the Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies mobile experience to Android, and we couldn't be more excited to launch first on Sony's critically acclaimed line-up of Xperia devices," says Greg Canessa, Vice President of Mobile Development, Activision Publishing, Inc.
"We're delighted to bring the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise to Android smartphones and Xperia for the first time. And what better way to make this introduction than with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies," said Tim Harrison, Head of Content Marketing and Strategy at Sony Mobile. "There's nothing else in this world or the underworld like Call of Duty. We can't wait to unleash Zombies to our fans."
Players can also opt to enhance their experience with the in-game CoD Point System, available in the single-player mode. With six tiers of in-app purchasing options to choose from, Zombies fans will be able to take the action to a new level by unlocking additional areas and securing better weapons in less time.
Developed by award-winning studio, Treyarch, and published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), Call of Duty: Black Ops is rated "M" (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language. Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is adapted for Android by Ideaworks Game Studio and distributed by Glu Mobile. For tips, tricks, and troubleshooting, be sure to check out the Black Ops Zombies Field Manual at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops/faq/androidzombies.
Treyarch is an industry-leading game developer, wholly owned by Activision Publishing, Inc. whose previous game Call of Duty: Black Ops set an entertainment launch opening record upon its release in 2010 and continues to be one of the best-selling games of all time, according to NPD and GfK Chart-Track.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
About Glu Mobile, Inc.
Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games such as GUN BROS, DEER HUNTER, BLOOD & GLORY, and SAMURAI VS. ZOMBIES DEFENSE on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Google Chrome, and MAC OS. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers globally. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco with major offices outside Seattle, and overseas in Brazil, Canada, China, and Russia. Consumers can find high-quality entertainment created exclusively for their mobile devices wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at http://www.glu.com. For live updates, please follow Glu via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu fan at Facebook.com/glumobile.
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Pennsylvania Company Launches Audio Traffic Alert App in England
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorists using major highways in England can now access real-time, personalized traffic and roadway travel information on their smartphones by downloading a free app developed by Philadelphia-based Information Logistics. The Hands-Free Traffic Talker England (HFT England) app audibly broadcasts information about a motorist's specific travel route, freeing the motorist from the distractions of touching the phone, reading messages, or listening to irrelevant traffic alerts.
England's Highways Agency is providing traffic information and timely advisories about all of its roadways to Information Logistics. Advisories concern lane closures, active road works, accidents, traffic congestion, and other conditions affecting travel. The Highways Agency, an Executive Agency of the United Kingdom's Department for Transport, is responsible for operating, maintaining, and improving the strategic road network of England, outside London.
"Our collaboration with Information Logistics is a good example of the public and private sectors working together to provide motorists with real-time traffic news and constant updates about incidents on the network," Sheldon-Wilson added.
Information Logistics President Mary Farrell said this is the company's first overseas launch of the traffic app. "We're just very delighted that the Highways Agency saw the value that our app can deliver to motorists," Farrell said. "We like to tell people that our app moves with them, and now we can say it's moved to England. This launch represents an important breakthrough for our team here." The app is currently used in the US by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to provide location specific traffic advisories to motorists using its toll-road system.
Farrell approached the Highways Agency earlier this year to collaborate on this project. She explained that unlike text-format travel services, "this app is safer to use, because advisories are broadcast through the phone just like listening to a car radio. There are no driving distractions owing to touching or looking at the phone. After a user turns on the app and starts to drive, it stays quiet unless and until there is information important for the user to hear."
Hands-Free Traffic Talker England is being introduced ahead of the summer school vacation, traditionally a busy time on the Highways Agency network as families head for the beach or major ports. It is also available in time for the 2012 Games and will provide updates useful for people travelling to London or to Games venues outside the capital. The app has been made available in beta release for use by the public and we welcome feedback and comments on how we can improve it.
"The Highways Agency works to make its information as widely available as possible. Our traffic data is openly accessible to all and is being used by organizations such as GoogleMaps(TM), TomTom, and the BBC, and we look forward to working with other partners in the future," said Sheldon-Wilson.
Information Logistics (http://www.infologisticscorp.com), founded in 1990 and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offers a broad spectrum of information technology services and solutions with a focus on web and smartphone application development, and a network optimized for reliability and maximum uptime. Another version of its traffic advisory app, TripTalk, recently won both the Smart CEO Volt Award and the IBTTA's Toll Excellence Award in Technology for its sponsor, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. See a video demonstration of TripTalk at http://www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.
The Highways Agency (http://www.highways.gov.uk) oversees the motorways (comparable to U.S. interstate highways) and other principal roads in England. Routes under the Agency's control carry a third of all road traffic, and two-thirds of the road freight traffic in England. In recent years, the Agency's role has expanded from simply maintaining roadways to being a network operator, responsible for the facilitation of traffic flow and the provision of travel information services to motorists.
Any smartphone user can download the Hands-Free Traffic Talker England app securely and at no charge from Google Play or iTunes. Users are not required to disclose personal information or register to use the app. It is available to the public in beta version so that members of the public can provide feedback and comments on how it can be further improved. Sponsorship and advertising can be placed in the app. Contact Information Logistics for details.
HatchedIt.com Social Organizer for Families Launches New Phone App at BlogHer '12
Shareable To Do Lists and InBox Function Help Families Coordinate, Communicate
NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HatchedIt.com, the free social organizer for families, is proud to present the company's new phone app at BlogHer '12, the premier conference for bloggers, which is being held this week in New York City. The new phone app includes two major updates:
1. Shareable To Do Lists - Members can create lists and share them with the
people in their family account and other connected site members.
2. Site InBox - Members can accept or decline invitations for events or
requests to connect with other site members from their phone apps.
"We are so happy to bring a full set of mobile organization tools to the multitasking women of the BlogHer community," says HatchedIt.com co-founder Megan Brown. "This tech savvy group of women juggle the responsibilities of family and work every day. Until now, nobody had developed the technology necessary to let them fluidly coordinate plans and communicate those plans easily to their closest social network: their family."
When HatchedIt.com launched as a fully mobile social organizer in March 2012, it was recognized by the National Association of Professional Organizers, which awarded it the Organizers Choice Award for Best Technology Product 2012. What makes the free site so different is that it allows members to share full or partial calendars, individual events, group chats, photos - and now To Do Lists - with family members and anyone else they choose to connect with on the site.
"Members who want to send invitations to people who are not on the site can even send cute little email invitations for individual events that are easily shared with non-HatchedIt.com members," says Brown.
"The first thing I did when we launched the To Do Lists on the phone was to make up a packing list for our family road trip to Boston. Now my husband and I can both see what we need to pack and add to the list easily if we think of something during the day when we are both busy at work," she says.
The To Do List function is also great for everything from assigning chore lists to children who have their own HatchedIt.com login to coordinating party and event planning with friends on the site.
"My sister is getting married next spring, and the To Do Lists on the phone app and the group chatting on the site are a great way for the whole bridal party to stay in touch and update each other when we are on the go and think of things we need to plan and discuss."
HatchedIt.com enables moms to organize and collaborate in a more fluid way, sharing important information with the people they interact with in managing their families' needs, including spouses, grandparents, au pairs, close friends and more.
A mom-to-mom company, HatchedIt.com is the brainchild of two moms, Megan Brown, a former executive at JP Morgan, and Kirsten Bischoff, a former senior editor at a hedge fund trade publication. http://www.HatchedIt.com
eTask Technologies Releases the New Version of eTask-it, the Intelligent Online Project Management Platform
LONDON, August 3, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
eTask Technologies, the global project management software company, announces the
release of the new version of its innovative online project management platform eTask-it
eTask-it is a revolutionary project management solution that brings together into one
single online platform the benefits of three separate technologies: Project Management
(PPM), Business Process Management (BPM) and Knowledge Management (KM). eTask-it helps
project-based organizations to define, execute, control and govern their projects. From
creating and improving best practices to ensuring consistent and successful results every
time a project is delivered, eTask-it is the project management solution that reduces
risks and support growing efficiency and profitability.
"Version 2.0 is a big step forward for us," said Juan Manrique, eTask Technologies'
Founder and CEO. "When we first designed eTask-it, our aim was to cure the
"reinventing-the-wheel" syndrome that affects all project-driven organizations. eTask-it's
philosophy is simple: unlike traditional project management tools, which focus on helping
with the delivery of a single project, eTask-it is designed to optimize all projects
through repetition: each new project is based on your organization's best practices and
benefits from the data and experiences of all the previous ones.
"During the course of last year, we have received requests for additional
functionality from our users-such as budget and cost management tools-as they wanted to be
able to move even more of their work within the eTask-it environment. In addition to this,
we have worked hard at streamlining the User Interface to make workflow natural and
intuitive; making eTask-it immediately productive from the first moment a user opens it.
eTask-it 2.0 is the answer to our customers' needs for an integrated online project
management platform with very advanced functionality but extremely user-friendly."
The most important changes in eTask-it 2.0 include:
- Streamlined User Interface and workflow
- Feature rich Planning Module (critical path analysis, recurring tasks, drag
and drop interface etc)
- Easier and faster creation of Blueprints and Projects
- Enhanced compliance rules management, to improve control and flexibility
- Configurable dashboard widgets
- Capacity management
- Comprehensive financial management (among others, budget control by cost
center, people and materials costing)
- Advanced social collaboration features
About eTask Technologies Ltd
eTask Technologies Ltd is incorporated in the UK and is the global provider of
eTask-it the online project management solution, delivering intelligent project automation
to all project-based organizations. eTask-it offers a unique technology (US patent
pending), called BluTec, to Blueprint your organization's best practices and implement
them across all projects, helping you achieve consistent success and reduce time over-runs
and budget wastage. Organizations of all sizes have used eTask-it to improve the maturity
and efficiency of their project delivery.
Our vision is to be recognized in the international market as one of the top
technology companies providing software solutions for project driven organizations with
particular emphasis in knowledge management, transparency, collaboration and continuous
PLANO, Texas, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Avast me hearties! KingsIsle Entertainment is pleased to announce the Beta for Pirate101 is officially underway. The first round of Beta invitation emails has gone out to testers, and a variety of additional Beta key giveaways are planned over the next several weeks.
"The start of our closed Beta testing marks a massive step forward for Pirate101," said J. Todd Coleman, vice president and creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment. "Design, art, technology, story--our teams have worked tirelessly to craft this fantastic new online experience for families. I cannot wait for our testers to get in and experience the new world we have created for them."
In Pirate101, players take the helm of their very own pirate ship as they pursue an epic storyline of grand swashbuckling adventure. Intended to entertain a broad and cross-generational family audience, Pirate101 is accessible and simple to play for casual gamers, yet simultaneously offers systems with great depth and complexity for more sophisticated audiences.
Access to Beta:
Pirate101 is currently in closed Beta testing and will launch later this year. To be considered for closed Beta access, please sign up at http://www.pirate101.com. As part of KingsIsle's partnership with AMD's Gaming Evolved program, AMD will be giving away a limited number of Pirate101 Beta keys. More information about this exclusive chance at early Beta access is available at blogs.amd.com/play/2012/08/03/pirate101. Finally, ongoing updates regarding Beta access promotions can be found at http://www.pirate101.com/free_game/closed_beta_keys.
About KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.
KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating high-quality massively multiplayer online games which provide entertainment for the entire family. Wizard101, KingsIsle's first major property, received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Media Seal of Approval in 2009 and has been recognized by the National Parenting Publications Awards. Wizard101 was named Best MMO of 2010 by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine, Best Family MMO of the Decade by Massively.com and the #1 Best Family Game of 2009 by MMORPG.com. The company's experienced and creative team is raising the bar in online entertainment by offering products with rich storylines, friendly navigation, top-quality art and fully-voiced characters. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.kingsisle.com.
KingsIsle and Wizard101 are trademarks or registered trademarks of KingsIsle Entertainment Inc.
SoloHealth and WellPoint Announce Strategic Relationship to Help Make Consumers More Aware, Empowered & Healthy
SoloHealth's Consumer Health & Wellness Kiosks to Roll Out in Retail Locations throughout the Country
ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SoloHealth®, a leading consumer-driven health care technology company, announced today a new relationship with WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, to help provide consumers with convenient access to information about their health and wellness through the next-generation SoloHealth Station(TM) consumer kiosk.
Today's news comes on the heels of SoloHealth's recent FDA approval in June, as well as its announcement of an aggressive rollout to retail locations nationwide to begin this fall.
The SoloHealth Station is an interactive, comprehensive health and wellness screening kiosk for consumers placed in high-traffic retail locations or strategic, high-volume places like corporate campuses or hospitals. The SoloHealth Station provides health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, a symptom checker as well as an overall health assessment free of charge. SoloHealth also helps connect consumers to local professionals through their databases, helping people enter the most appropriate and accurate point in the health care system.
"We have a longstanding commitment to help people get healthy and stay healthy by leveraging consumer-friendly products and services to improve their health and wellness," said Brett Moraski, vice president of transformation for WellPoint. "SoloHealth's consumer kiosk, the SoloHealth Station, is a truly innovative product that leverages technology to provide an enhanced, convenient and engaging consumer health experience. By investing in SoloHealth we are excited to help millions of Americans better manage their own health and wellbeing."
The SoloHealth Station offers highly personalized, targeted and interactive opportunities for consumers, advertisers and retailers by placing kiosks in high-traffic retail locations and offering integration across a multi-platform ecosystem complete with digital signage, Internet, mobile and social media. The multiple-platform approach gives brand partners, consumers and medical professionals the ease of interaction from many touch points allowing for greater effectiveness and efficiencies.
"WellPoint is an established, trusted health benefits company and we are proud to benefit both from a financial investment as well as explore future opportunities to help improve access to convenient and affordable health care services," said Bart Foster, CEO & Founder of SoloHealth. "We will utilize the additional funding to invest back into our technology and platform, as well as help scale as we continue our nationwide rollout."
The relationship includes a financial investment but terms were not disclosed. Additionally, Brett Moraski has been named to the SoloHealth board of directors.
ABOUT SOLOHEALTH: Based in Atlanta, Ga., SoloHealth® is a leader in self-service consumer healthcare, utilizing patented technology to deploy interactive health screening kiosks to empower consumers about their health through awareness, education and convenience. The company's award-winning first offering was the EyeSite Vision kiosk. In summer 2010, the company received a $1.2 M grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to help enable innovation for self-service healthcare and prevention. In 2011, SoloHealth announced its next-generation kiosk, the SoloHealth Station, offering vision, blood pressure, weight, symptoms checking, body mass index, overall health assessment; and access to a database of local doctors. The company's bilingual kiosks provide free health screenings and recommendations for follow-up care, which leads to prevention and lower health care costs. In March 2011, Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTR), owner of Redbox, made a financial investment in SoloHealth. For more information, visit http://www.solohealth.com.
About WellPoint, Inc.: At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members' health and well-being--and the value we bring our customers and shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have approximately 34 million people in our branded health plans, and approximately 65 million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint's plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers across the country through our UniCare subsidiary and in certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through our CareMore subsidiary. Our 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact lenses, eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about WellPoint is available at http://www.wellpoint.com.