Nikon and MediaCom Tie Up with Vibrant to Become the First Brand in Europe to Launch Campaign with Vibrant's New In-Image Ads
LONDON, May 1, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Nikon Coolpix is the first brand in Europe to implement an online advertising campaign
using Vibrant Image, the newly launched in-image ad format from Vibrant, the global leader
in premium contextual technology.
Through their media agency TED@MediaCom, the specialist, fast-moving business division
at MediaCom, Nikon's three-month campaign uses Vibrant Image as well as display placements
to promote the COOLPIX series of compact digital cameras.
The campaign runs on contextually relevant consumer and entertainment sites starting 1
Vibrant Image is a new way for brands to engage audiences online. As the next
generation of display advertising, Vibrant Image identifies static images within
brand-safe content across the web and embeds small overlays at the bottom of the image.
This innovative placement delivers a contextually relevant ad experience -- as consumers
are increasingly exposed to more photos, slideshows, and pictures online.
Kelly Lee, Senior Planner/Buyer at Mediacom said, "We are always looking at new
developments and innovative ways of engaging with our target consumers. Vibrant's in-image
product enables us to deliver the COOLPIX S3300 seamlessly with contextually relevant TV
and entertainment images."
Jeremy Gilbert, Group Marketing Manager at Nikon UK said, "This in-image advertising
solution is a great format to engage our audience through a visual medium, and allows us
to position the COOLPIX S3300 around really pertinent content."
Martin Forbes, Senior Vice President & MD Europe of Vibrant says, "As a leading
Vibrant partner, Nikon is at the forefront of new technologies to reach audiences in the
right place, at the right time, and with the right message. This campaign captures the
visual excitement of the Nikon brand and leverages contextually relevant image content
with our powerful premium publisher network."
Vibrant is a world leader in contextual technology aligning billions of words across
the internet with relevant video, information, tools and advertising. With over 6,500
premium publishers, reaching more than 250 million unique users per month (comScore,
2011), Vibrant gives top brand marketers the opportunity to deliver highly targeted
advertisements within premium Web content and offers publishers premium editorial tools to
re-circulate users throughout their websites. Vibrant clients include Microsoft, General
Motors, Unilever, Sainsbury's and Hewlett Packard.
In January 2012, Vibrant acquired Image Space Media (ISM) as part of Vibrant's mission
to expand upon its existing suite of contextual solutions that deliver high performance
for top brands, new revenue opportunities for quality publishers, and relevant experiences
for consumers. The strategic acquisition of ISM enhances the delivery of Vibrant Image.
Vibrant's network features more than 6,500 premium publisher websites, enabling it to
place blue-chip advertisers on a range of vertical sector websites and pages alongside
relevant content. Recent research* by Vibrant showed 42% of consumers 'definitely'
preferred relevant ads in relevant locations and a 63% increase in positivity felt towards
websites showing relevant advertising.
For media enquiries, please contact: Helen Mussard -firstname.lastname@example.org - +44(0)20-7239-0102, Phil Jamesonemail@example.com - +44(0)20-7158-5822, Kelly Lee - Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org - +44(0)20-7158-5390.
Gunnar Peterson Launches "The Gunnar Challenge" In Partnership With SP Health
Lose Weight and Look Great with Hollywood's Top Celebrity Trainer; Free "Premiere" Workout on Tuesday, May 8
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To kick off National Physical Fitness Month, SP Health, a consumer health business which develops the world's most comprehensive online weight loss platforms, and personal trainer Gunnar Peterson are launching The Gunnar Challenge, an exclusive online community who participate in an eight-week program of online workouts and healthy meal plans to help achieve dramatic fitness and weight loss results. Once only available to celebrities and top athletes, now anyone who signs up can transform their body in record time with access to Peterson as a personal trainer, including his workouts, recipes, insights, and support tools.
To celebrate the inaugural challenge, a special "Premiere" workout will be led by Peterson from his exclusive Beverly Hills gym and is free to anyone that signs up on gunnarchallenge.com. The "Premiere" workout will be streamed live online on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 a.m. PST/10 a.m. EST. Following this special event, the first Gunnar Challenge starts Monday, May 21. Registration is now open at gunnarchallenge.com and the full eight-week program costs only $99.
The Gunnar Challenge is an innovative digital health and fitness program that unites nutrition with exercise to help people lose weight and get in great shape. Besides having access to Peterson's private techniques and nutritional guidance to help make the right food choices, The Gunnar Challenge was developed by a team that understands what it takes to lose weight and make a real change in one's life.
"As a personal trainer, my philosophy is that if you put in the work, you get results," said Peterson, the Beverly Hills-based personal trainer to celebrities and professional athletes. "For more than 25 years I've been working with people to transform their bodies, and now I'm proud to launch The Gunnar Challenge so that anyone willing to put in the effort can achieve their goals and change their outlook on life. I can't promise it will be easy, but I will promise to make it fun."
Each workout was developed by and features Peterson, based on his proven techniques that have been getting Hollywood's A-listers in shape for decades. Woven into the workouts are daily motivational video messages - which Gunnar calls "verbal vitamins" - sharing his personal weight loss beliefs and providing encouragement with a humorous approach. The workouts, between 30 and 60 minutes in length, include functional movements to tone and strengthen the entire body, combined with cardio to burn body fat. There is a new workout each day to prevent boredom, plus a surprise wildcard workout every Saturday.
"Research shows that people often get frustrated with exercise programs because they get stuck in a rut or lose motivation before seeing results," said Scott Penn, founder and chairman of SP Health and former global vice president of Weight Watchers International. "We are thrilled to launch The Gunnar Challenge with America's top celebrity trainer - our weight loss program is based on the combined philosophies that through physical science and increased motivation, changes will be made and we'll get you looking 'great in 8.'"
Alongside the workout videos are weekly meal plans and healthy recipes developed by nutrition experts, including family-friendly shopping lists and tips for curbing hunger. Also included is a food tracker with a database of over 100,000 foods, so that all calories can be counted and nutrition intake measured.
Based on the belief that competition spurs motivation, an online forum also is part of the program, as well as a branded presence on Facebook and Twitter. Both to share messages of encouragement and inspire through personal success, a leaderboard will be continuously updated to track progress, with chances to win prizes based on effort, results and performance. Gunnar will also keep participants accountable by demanding a goal be set prior to participation - be it losing 20 pounds or being able to run without stopping for 15 minutes - and progress will be followed with reminders from Gunnar himself.
The Gunnar Challenge is accessible via the website and smart phones. If not at a personal computer, a log-in is provided to visit the site, view the videos or download recipes from any computer with internet access. The mobile website can be accessed via phones and tablets for unlimited access.
Visit gunnarchallenge.com to register, learn more information about the program or "Premiere" workout, and sign up for The Gunnar Challenge newsletter.
About SP Health
SP Health is a consumer health business which delivers best practice weight management solutions. With offices in Los Angeles, London and Sydney, the company has developed a number of programs to help people lose weight and develop healthy lifestyle habits. Founded in 2006 by Scott Penn, former Global Vice President of Weight Watchers International, Inc., SP Health both developed and manages the sites for The Biggest Loser Club in Australia, Asia and United Kingdom. SP Health has also created ClickFit.com, a cutting edge online fitness tool that makes it simple to manage your weight loss, fitness and nutrition. For more information, visit: http://www.sphealth.com
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CHARGE Anywhere "Taps" into the Future with NFC Payment Acceptance on BlackBerry® Smartphones at BlackBerry World(TM) 2012
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CHARGE Anywhere(®) LLC, a leading developer and provider of award-winning, secure mobile payment applications and payment gateway technology, will publicly introduce their latest CHARGE Anywhere for BlackBerry(®) payments software featuring NFC payment technology at the BlackBerry World event this week in Orlando, Florida.
The CHARGE Anywhere Mobile Payment App for BlackBerry enables business owners to accept payments on their BlackBerry smartphone or PlayBook(TM) and securely process credit and debit cards anywhere their business takes them. Now, businesses operating on the BlackBerry 7 OS platform can accept NFC enabled credit and debit cards like Visa(®)'s payWave or MasterCard(®)'s PayPass by simply tapping their customer's card to the BlackBerry and receive an approval within a few seconds.
Businesses that use BlackBerry Curve(TM) and Bold(TM) with NFC technology can quickly and easily tap their customer's NFC enabled card to the device and sign on the screen for a fast and secure transaction, enhancing the customer's convenience and overall experience.
With just a BlackBerry, and no additional hardware like an audio jack card reader for example, business owners will qualify for the lowest card processing rates and the highest data security. NFC enabled card payment transactions provide businesses a very low risk card payment transaction and confirm that the card is present at the time of transaction.
"We are proud to say that CHARGE Anywhere is the first Mobile Payment App provider to support NFC initiated credit and debit card payment acceptance on BlackBerry NFC enabled devices," said Paul Sabella, CEO of CHARGE Anywhere. "CHARGE Anywhere has a legacy of supporting mobile payments on BlackBerry devices dating back to the original RIM 950 two-way pager."
The new release for BlackBerry signifies CHARGE Anywhere's commitment to leading the future of payment technology acceptance methods with support for payments with NFC Technology.
About CHARGE Anywhere: CHARGE Anywhere is the developer Payment Card Industry PA-DSS certified CHARGE Anywhere® v2.0.0 Mobile Payment/POS software solution designed for use with Smartphones, Tablets, POS Terminals and e-commerce, Web terminal and PCI DSS Level 1compliant ComsGate® Payment Gateway services. CHARGE Anywhere offers the most secure and robust selection of industry specific and custom payments solutions and services, including:
Payment Gateway, Mobile Payment Applications, POS software, End to End Encryption and Data Security Services, Closed Loop Card Management and Merchant Billing Services. For more information visit them at http://www.chargeanywhere.com, or (800)211-1256.
Copia Interactive & The Blaze Announce eReading Solution to Connect Authors, Commentators, Readers
Interactive Digital Content to Create Community of Readers, Fans
NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Copia Interactive, LLC, creator of one of the largest, independent, full-featured digital content platforms, and The Blaze, a premiere online destination for news, information and opinion, announced today the launch of The Blaze "Books" Vertical (blaze.thecopia.com), Powered by Copia.
Utilizing all the capabilities of the Copia platform, The Blaze's new vertical will offer its readers a community-based platform as a new way to enjoy relevant books in a socially charged manner.
Some of the eReading solutions offered by the new Copia-powered Blaze Books Vertical include:
1) A curated experience by trusted Blaze editors in the margins of digital content that gives readers extra insight into the most relevant topics of our time.
2) Allowing readers to start their own reading clubs and groups and to engage in discussion threads directly in the margins of Blaze eContent.
3) Giving readers access to exclusive Blaze editions with staff annotations, connect with their favorite GBTV and Blaze contributors, meet like-minded individuals, or argue with the other side--all in the margins of their e-books.
"We have always wanted The Blaze to be a place to get more than just the key news of the day. Breaking news is always best balanced by deeper wisdom. That context of ideas and argument will be central to the role of Copia on The Blaze," said Scott Baker, Editor in Chief of the Blaze. "Allowing visitors to The Blaze to have a home base for those kinds of discussion will be an amazing opportunity. Access to a vast array of thoughtful books is only part of the equation. The unlimited opportunity to explore the most critical ideas of our time is what we want to offer."
"Powering The Blaze's new vertical is exactly the type of experience Copia was built to support," said Ben Lowinger, Executive Vice President of Copia Interactive. "By merging the thoughts and ideas of The Blaze's impressive personalities and dedicated readership into the margins of some of the most enlightening and discussion-generating content of our time, Copia will create the type of compelling and differentiating experience The Blaze is known to represent."
Betsy Morgan, President of The Blaze said: "The Blaze is committed to utilizing the latest technology to help our readers engage with our stories. We are looking forward to working with Copia on the the launch of this new books vertical as we continue to build an online community for readers of The Blaze."
To kick off the launch of this unique experience The Blaze "Books" will be celebrating the release of Buck Sexton's new ebook "Occupy: American Spring - The Making of a Revolution". Through the Copia-powered platform, readers have the opportunity to experience a book launch in a new and relevant way, with commentary and annotations from Buck Sexton himself, as well as additional annotations and comments from his GBTV colleagues.
Copia (http://www.thecopia.com) unites content, community, collaboration, and commerce in a single software platform to deliver multi-genre digital media across an array of computing, mobile, personal entertainment, and eReading devices. With Copia, users engage more deeply with content and community through an innovative, rich, and unified UI experience -- all their media, all their friends, all in one application. Copia also provides highly customized, co-branded, white-label solutions through its "Powered by Copia" program.
The Copia platform is developed by Copia Interactive, LLC -- a portfolio company of DMC Capital Funding, LLC (http://www.dmccapitalfunding.com), the venture capital arm of the DMC group of companies. The DMC group comprises top enterprise and consumer technology companies with a heritage that spans more than 50 years' investing in, developing, manufacturing, and distributing market-leading consumer-electronics products.
About The Blaze
The Blaze (http://www.theblaze.com) is a news and information network owned by Glenn Beck's production company Mercury Radio Arts. TheBlaze.com, which launched only 19 months ago, receives over 6 million unique visitors per month. The Blaze provides news and information for Real News, a daily one-hour news program on GBTV and for Glenn Beck's radio show, the third-highest rated in America. The Blaze also publishes a monthly magazine.
SOURCE Copia Interactive, LLC
Copia Interactive, LLC
CONTACT: Natalia Tsurikova for Copia, +1-212-889-0200, email@example.com; Josh Raffel from Hiltzik Strategies for The Blaze, +1-212-430-5056, firstname.lastname@example.org
Send Evil Back From Whence It Came With The Razer Naga Hex
Razer launches the Razer Naga Hex - Wraith Red Edition to fuel your blood frenzy in hack n' slash games
CARLSBAD, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Razer, the world leader in high performance gaming hardware, is excited to launch the Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red edition gaming mouse. The best weapon to cut down hordes of monsters crawling out from the depths of evil is now available to gamers in an all-new blood red color.
Made especially for hack n' slash, MOBA and Action RPG games, the Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red edition sports the same devastating 6 mechanical side buttons as the original Razer Naga Hex. Bind a hotbar of skills or inventory items to rapidly unleash hell on boss runs and maintain effective crowd control as enemies attack from all sides. Having the 6 crucial commands so close to your thumb allows for rapid actuations and enemies dead faster than they can react.
The Razer Naga Hex's mechanical buttons are also highly durable and responsive, capable of registering up to a staggering 250 clicks per minute - perfect for the frantic hyper-clicking of hack 'n' slash RPGs.
The Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red edition is available alongside the original Green edition and either will be your perfect companion for hack n' slash victory.
About the Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse
The Razer Naga Hex is perfectly suited for pro-gamers and fans of the MOBA/action-RPG game genres. It is primed with six mechanical thumb buttons for the exact number of controls necessary to suit the user interfaces of those games. Bind your skill-bar or inventory grid to the six buttons for faster, more comfortably efficient access to your full range of powers as you take the competition down.
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Worldwide - Q2 2012
-- 6 MOBA/action-RPG optimized mechanical thumb buttons
-- 11 total programmable buttons
-- Special switches in buttons for up to 250 clicks per minute
-- 10 million click life cycle
-- Ergonomic curved design
-- Razer Synapse 2.0
-- 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor
For more information on the new Razer Naga, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/hex
Razer Naga Hex - Wraith Red edition images
Razer - For Gamers. By Gamers.(TM)
CONTACT: USA: Kevin Scarpati, Kevin.Scarpati@razerzone.com; Europe: Timo Helmke, Timo.Helmke@razerzone.com; Asia Pacific: Jarieul Wong, Jarieul.Wong@razerzone.com; China: Chris Chen, Chris.Chen@razerzone.com
Cash Prizes for Casual Players Now Available at Titan Poker
LONDON, May 1, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
As part of its upgraded loyalty program, popular online poker room Titan Poker offers
industry-leading incentives for members of all levels.
Titanpoker.com, the leading online poker site [http://www.titanpoker.com ] in Europe,
has upgraded its VIP Program and introduced loyalty rewards that will benefit all players,
including casual visitors to the poker tables.
The revised Titan Poker VIP Club [http://www.titanpoker.com/vip-club ] groups players
in five VIP levels based on their activity at Titan Poker's cash games and tournaments.
Veteran enthusiasts and newly signed-up players who meet the requirements of a higher VIP
level are recognized immediately with daily VIP level upgrades, speeding up their process
of achieving extra benefits.
Players receive Club Points according to their VIP levels' real time multiplier,
enabling them to cash out at any time in the exclusive VIP Store at their convenience. A
Titan Annual Diamond VIP level has been added to provide year-long benefits to
Poker players will be pleased to receive the benefits of Monthly Cash
[http://www.titanpoker.com/monthly-cash.html ], an exchange of hard-earned Titan Points
into cash conducted on a monthly basis. This new program automatically rewards casual
players and new players who have not yet achieved VIP status with a return on their game
play at a great redemption rate.
Titan Poker will soon launch additional innovative features which will further enhance
the fun element of the game of poker for all of its players.
New players are invited to try out the free poker download
[http://www.titanpoker.com/download.html ] available at Titan Poker and start receiving the
benefits offered in the upgraded Titan Rewards program.
Titanpoker.com is the number one online poker room in Europe and part of the iPoker
Network [http://www.titanpoker.com/ipoker.html ]. Titan Poker's software is developed and
maintained by Playtech, a public company and leading gaming software developer. With tens
of thousands of online players at peak hours, Titan Poker guarantees millions of dollars
in monthly prizes, features special sit 'n' go tournaments with progressive jackpots as
high as $300,000, and awards players with entries to major worldwide poker tournaments
[http://www.titanpoker.com/tournaments ]. The Titan Poker brand is promoted exclusively by
Euro Partners [http://www.europartners.com ].
Source: Titan Poker
For more information, please contact: Euro Partners, Robin Becker, Public Relations, robecker @ europartners.com, Tel. +972-3-764-6200 ext. 2637
GLENDALE, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FutureLogic, Inc., today announces PromoNet® Solution(TM) v2.0, a major new release of its PromoNet® Intelligent Promotional Couponing Solution(TM) that offers mobile and 'networkless' issuance and redemption to operators. The PromoNet® Solution(TM) v2.0 also introduces PromoNet® Player Rewards(TM), a key add-on module that allows large or small operators to connect promotional couponing to their player tracking system, thus enabling them to differentiate between and market to both carded and non-carded players in real-time.
The PromoNet® Solution(TM) v2.0 is equipped with full functionality and support for running promotional campaigns with or without a network. In its standalone configuration, the PromoNet® Solution(TM) makes it possible for individual games or banks of slots to be easily updated with a USB flash drive. Additionally, a new mobile feature allows operators to issue and redeem coupons from the convenience of a tablet or smart phone. These and other enhancements make it fast and easy for small-size operations, or an area in a large operation, to test and run new campaigns, such as VIP and community reward programs.
As an essential add-on, the new PromoNet® Player Rewards(TM) module provides operators with the ability to link the PromoNet® Solution(TM) software to a casino's player tracking system, slot accounting system, and player card readers. "This additional module enables enhancement of their existing player rewards programs for carded players and to incentivize anonymous and new players to continue to play, join the Player Club, or make a return visit" explained Nick Micalizzi, VP Sales & Marketing North America. "With access to the player's historical data, as well as 12 real time play metrics from the game, such as 'Amount Wagered, Number of Games Played, Time on Device, and Max Bet Percentage'" operators can create real-time, targeted promotions based on specific play behavior, thus linking the value of the promotion to the value of the player's game session."
"Our PromoNet® Intelligent Promotional Couponing Solution(TM) has successfully passed review by GLI, BMM Compliance and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. In addition we have recently secured technology approvals and global agreements with a number of major gaming manufacturers and systems providers, making PromoNet® the preferred promotional couponing solution in the industry," added John Edmunds, VP International Markets for FutureLogic. "PromoNet® Solution(TM) v2.0 and the PromoNet® Player Rewards(TM) module build upon the success of our core technology by now offering casinos, large or small, a choice of different configurations to match their needs."
About FutureLogic, Inc.
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Glendale, Calif., FutureLogic develops and supplies solutions for the gaming industry including high-reliability printer equipment and in-game promotional couponing solutions. As the undisputed leader in super-robust thermal printer technology, FutureLogic is the industry's premier supplier of thermal printers for casino gaming, promotional equipment, kiosk, industrial, RTAL, gas pumps and medical applications. FutureLogic has shipped more than 1.5 million TITO printers worldwide. In July 2004 the company founded FutureLogic Europe, Ltd. to provide direct sales and engineering support for the growing OEM thermal printer markets in Europe. In October 2006 FutureLogic expanded its global support network into the Asia Pacific market, with a new sales and service center in Macau, China. In 2010 FutureLogic further supplemented its service and support platform with the opening of an office in Sydney, Australia, and in 2011 the company expanded its sales and marketing presence to cover South America. More information on the company is available at http://www.futurelogic-inc.com.
CONTACT: Matthew Naraghi, Account Executive, +1-858-633-1912, email@example.com, for FutureLogic, Inc.; or Nick Micalizzi, VP Sales & Marketing North America, firstname.lastname@example.org, or John Edmunds,VP International Markets, +1-818-244-4700, email@example.com, both of of FutureLogic
NI Extends PXI Leadership With New Chassis That Improves System Uptime
- The NI PXIe-1066DC chassis builds on PXI's superior system lifetime and flexibility, making it ideal for deployed, mission-critical applications.
- With the new chassis, NI is adding redundant, hot-swap and front-access capabilities to its PXI platform portfolio for significantly increased system uptime.
AUSTIN, Texas, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments today introduced the NI PXIe-1066DC 18-slot chassis, which adds high-availability features to the PXI Express platform to maximize system uptime. These features improve the system-levelmean time before failure (MTBF) and mean time to repair (MTTR) of PXI systems in many demanding, mission-critical test, measurement and control applications. The chassis adds critical component redundancy and remote monitoring to the uptime-focused capabilities of existing NI PXI instrumentation.
"The NI PXIe-1066DC chassis builds on the long-standing leadership of the PXI standard for mission-critical projects," said Dr. Tom Bradicich, R&D fellow at National Instruments and former vice president of systems technology at IBM. "This new chassis illustrates NI's continued commitment to superior reliability, availability, serviceability and manageability when system uptime is paramount."
-- Redundant hot-swappable DC power supplies and fans facilitate maximum
-- Front-accessible power supply and fan tray provide flexibility in
-- Ethernet port gives engineers remote in-band chassis health monitoring
capabilities for advanced system management
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Learn more about the NI PXIe-1066DC by visitingwww.ni.com/1066dc.
About National Instruments
Since 1976, National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
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IGN Launches First Dedicated Video Games Content App On Xbox LIVE
-New app will offer gamers 'instant access' to IGN's gaming content, video programming & live streams-
SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IGN Entertainment, the world's leading video games media company, today becomes the latest customized entertainment app to launch on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network - and the first focused solely on the gaming community.
An extension of its multi-screen strategy, the new app builds on IGN's already-strong presence on Xbox LIVE, where its "Strategize"show has been viewed more than 42 million times, and the recent success of its START channel on YouTube, which launched in January 2012 as part of the platform's new channel initiative.
"With this new app, we continue our mission to reach gamers wherever they are, across all platforms, services and devices. Now millions of Xbox LIVE users can watch curated IGN content straight from their TVs," said Peer Schneider, SVP of Content & Publisher for IGN Entertainment.
Dedicated to all-things gaming, the IGN Entertainment app will offer the Xbox community access to the most relevant previews, reviews, game guides, gameplay videos, live streams of eSports events and content from the IGN Pro League and access to industry events like the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The app will also feature 'instant access' to game help walkthroughs and IGN's extensive catalog of popular shows, including "The Daily Fix," "Strategize" and more - allowing users to quickly view gaming-related content on the biggest screen in the house. The app will also feature voice and gesture controlwith Kinectfor Xbox 360 and Facebook sharing through Xbox LIVE.
The IGN app will be available to Xbox LIVE Gold members in the U.S. at launch.
About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment is the leading Internet media and services provider focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reach more than 52 million unique users worldwide, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore. IGN's network of video game-related properties (IGN.com, 1UP.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox and others) is the Web's #1 video game information destination. IGN also owns the world's largest men's lifestyle website, AskMen.com, and men's entertainment site UGO.com. It also provides technology for online game play in video games. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices across North America, Europe and Australia.
Gladiator® Brand Reveals New Products, Appliances And Concept Models At National Hardware Show 2012
LAS VEGAS, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its mission to help consumers get organized in style, Gladiator® brand today revealed new products and concepts to help both the do-it-yourself and do-it-for-me customer at the 2012 National Hardware Show. Highlights include a second-generation model of the popular Chillerator® garage refrigerator, Storage Bench and Rack Shelving.
"Over the years, we've learned that consumers want help with organization in every room of the house," said Tim Keaton, head of marketing, brand and product, Gladiator® GarageWorks. "The enhanced product offerings make Gladiator brand versatile enough for everyday spaces like the garage or basement and even shared decorated spaces like the office or living room."
One such product is the Gladiator Storage Bench (MSRP $279) which is up for the New Product Award at this year's National Hardware Show. Built with a sturdy bamboo top and a heavy-duty steel frame, it is designed for flexibility. The Storage Bench is the perfect place to sit and take your shoes off in the mudroom or makes a stylish entertainment center in the living room. The dual bypass doors slide open to reveal plenty of space to store shoes or a variety of household items.
For bigger items, consumers can turn to Gladiator Rack Shelving (MSRP $199). The unit measures 77 inch wide, 72 inch high, and 24 inch deep, providing a heavy-duty load capacity of 2,000 pounds per shelf perfect for storing heavier items like tires, fertilizer, bulk food or luggage. Practical and easy to assemble, the Gladiator® Rack Shelving can fit in the garage, basement or large closet.
On the appliance side, Gladiator brand is launching a newly designed Chillerator® Garage Refrigerator (MSRP $1,299) with a stainless steel finish for a sleek, bold look. Engineered by appliance leader Whirlpool Corporation, the ENERGY STAR® qualified unit eliminates condensation during the summer and prevents freezing in the winter months, while using less energy than a 40-watt light bulb.
In addition to the Chillerator garage refrigerator, Gladiator brand is providing a sneak peek at the Freezerator and modular refrigerator with a kegerator or bamboo top option, creating new ways to store food and beverages. Other concept products on display include Jumbo XL Cabinets with sliding bamboo doors. Gladiator brand will also be showcasing the office suite concept in a new Everest White color palette. Product availability and pricing will be announced later this year.
To see the full suite of Gladiator brand products and to hear about the upcoming rollout of Gladiator brand's full-service installation program, stop by the Gladiator® GarageWorks booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Central Hall, Booth #6629) from May 1 - May 3, 2012, or visit http://www.GladiatorGW.com.
About Gladiator®( )GarageWorks
Gladiator®( )GarageWorks is the leader in garage organization delivering innovative solutions that allow garage owners to organize their space in a way that suits their individual storage needs. It is the only garage organization system to offer coordinated appliances designed for the harsh garage environment.
Gladiator®( )GarageWorks offers a Premier pre-assembled line and Ready-to-Assemble line for do-it-yourselfers. Products are available through local garage dealers, retailers including Sears and Lowe's or via http://www.GladiatorGW.com.
UBM TechWeb's InformationWeek Introduces Video Tech Theaters
New Content Marketing Solution Delivers Video Production, Hosting and Syndication
SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM TechWeb's InformationWeek announced the launch of Tech Theaters, a full-service video marketing program that delivers content development and high-quality video production as well as video hosting and syndication. A new content marketing solution, Tech Theaters enable technology vendors to educate and engage business and technology professionals through scripted instructional video and powerful visual graphics. For more information on Tech Theaters, please visit CreateYourNextCustomer.com.
As video continues to offer marketers tremendous promise, InformationWeek's Tech Theater program helps technology vendors leverage the popular medium. UBM TechWeb research shows that nearly 40% of tech decision makers regularly watch video as part of their jobs, while 38% have based a technology purchase decision on vendor-produced or sponsored video(1).
InformationWeek's Tech Theater program includes the production of custom-created instructional videos and custom webpage "console." Also featured on the console are both targeted content developed by InformationWeek and assets from the technology vendor, providing a natural multi-layered engagement console for business and technology professionals to engage and interact with.
The program metrics include guaranteed streams and leads, as well as syndication of the videos across InformationWeek's extensive online network, YouTube and other social networks.
InformationWeek Tech Theater marketing programs are available now. For more information, please visit createyournextcustomer.com; or contact Martha Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nextgov Launches New Site to Lead Discussion on Role of Technology in Transforming Government
Buoyed by explosive traffic growth, the most-visited daily IT resource for feds(1) invests in groundbreaking redesign and amplified content
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The next generation of Nextgov.com - the all-day resource for federal technology decision-makers - is now live, announced Government Executive Media Group.
In addition to a dynamic new design and site architecture drawing from digital best practices, the new Nextgov features a faster and deeper news flow, a nationwide community of expert voices, and a heightened focus on emerging technology.
Already the federal technology site visited most each day by federal managers,(1) Nextgov is off to a record-breaking start in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 - page views are up 23% and site revenue is up 41% over the same period last year.
Nextgov's mission is to lead the national discussion about how technology and innovation are transforming the way government agencies serve citizens and perform vital functions. Specifically, Nextgov seeks to enable senior decision making teams, comprised of technology and program leaders, to learn about and evaluate emerging technologies and transform government.
"These are critical times for federal agencies and the services they deliver, nearly all of which involve technology in one form or another," said Katherine McIntire Peters, Executive Editor for Nextgov. "Technology matters. It matters to taxpayers, to government leaders, and to the individuals who depend on what agencies buy and how they use it. We believe it's critical that we tell the larger story of how technology is transforming government."
The new Nextgov is designed specifically to meet the evolving needs of federal technology decision makers, including their insatiable appetite for news, deep interest in niche communities and content, and rapid adoption of new delivery platforms.
New elements now featured on Nextgov.com include:
-- Higher velocity news and analysis on technology and government. Nextgov
is continuously updated with fresh, provocative insights from key
thinkers and leaders across government, academia and the private sector.
-- A heightened focus on forward leaning questions regarding emerging
technologies and how they might transform government.
-- Deep-dive channels serving as micro-communities for federal managers
seeking extended coverage, analysis and discussion around a critical
federal IT topic. Channels feature a mix of original reporting and smart
aggregation from across the Web.
-- Optimized mobile access to federal IT headlines throughout the day
across platforms, including an iPad app set to launch soon.
"In an era of heightened scrutiny on government spending, technology decisions are center stage," said Tim Hartman, President of Government Executive Media Group. "Our commitment is to provide the federal leaders charged with making these technology investments with the intelligent, forward-looking resource they need to make the best decisions, and transform how government operates."
The re-launch of Nextgov represents the third stage of a comprehensive roll-out of the next generation of Government Executive Media Group's entire portfolio - including its print, digital, events and research properties. The roll-out began with the launch of the new Government Executive magazine in October 2011 and continued with the launch of GovExec.com in January 2012. Both the print and digital launches have driven strong gains in audience and revenue, surpassing publisher expectations.
The launch of Nextgov.com is supported by premier underwriter General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc. (GDIT) as well as channel underwriters Google and NetApp.
About Government Executive Media Group
As part of Atlantic Media Company, Government Executive Media Groupis dedicated to the mission of "informing and challenging the national discourse" through serving federal managers and executives across government. Government Executive Media Group is the #1 media resource for federal decision makers(1) and the essential marketing partner for companies seeking intelligent engagement with members of federal acquisition teams. For more information about Government Executive Media Group, visit mediakit.GovExec.com.
Element Case launches the "Element Case Design Studio(TM)" to design a custom case online.
SAN CARLOS, Calif., May,1 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Element Case Inc. manufacturers of high-quality lifestyle accessories for the iPhone® and iPad has launched the "Element Case Design Studio" which allows iPhone owners everywhere to create their own custom iPhone case for a personalized, one-of-a-kind look that is uniquely them.
The online "Element Case Design Studio" provides an easy and intuitive way to custom design a case using a multitude of color combinations of the frame, back plate and hardware options.
The design process begins with selecting a case model between the Element Case Vapor Comp and Vapor Pro for the iPhone 4/4S. The case is then customized by selecting color combinations from 14 different anodized colors of both the frame and cap components. Anodized components now include Element Case's new Flux finish.
There are also 19 different back-plates available to choose in assorted materials and colors. Finally, the design can be complemented with silver, black, or gold screws and a CNC power button to enhance the overall design aesthetic. Multiple custom designs can be created and saved before making a final decision.
Once purchased, each customer's unique creation is carefully assembled and secured in special "Element Case Design Studio" packaging at the Element Case facility in San Carlos, California and shipped within two to five working days.
According to Jeff Sasaki, Element Case Founder and Lead Designer, "Our customers appreciate great design, and I'm excited that they will now be able to create their own custom Element case that says something about them. I can't wait to see what they come up with."
About Element Case
Founded in 2007 by veteran Industrial Designer Jeff Sasaki, Element Case Inc., (http://www.elementcase.com) utilizes a strong team of Industrial Designers, Graphic Designers and Visionaries to create unsurpassed products for the Apple accessories market.
Offering innovative designs and precision manufacturing from high-grade materials, Element Case offers a unique and treasured product line to the most discerning Apple customer.
Available online and through retailers and distributors, Element Case products are found in more than 20 countries.
CONTACT: Rob Reedy
SOURCE Element Case Inc.
Flat Rate Movers Announces A Quick Estimate Form Addition To Their Website's Homepage
Recently, the Maryland based moving company Flat Rate Movers, launched their latest website tool to help customers get a comprehensive estimate for their next relocation.
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Upping the ante for other not serious moving companies, the regional moving and storage companyFlat Rate Movers, has launched their latest website tool to assist customers in procuring a free, flat rate, online moving estimate at http://www.flatratemovers.com/estimate.php.
Flat Rate Movers is a full-service moving and storage company who specializes in providing their clients with personal, case-by-case moving, packing and storage options. Local and long distance moves are available in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and New York. With the inaction of the new quick estimate form, prospective clients are able to logon to the site, enter specifications regarding their move, and receive a quick, flat rate estimate as a result. This procedure provides real time estimates, taking the guess work out of moving related cost estimates.
Individuals simply enter their name, email address, old or current address and type of dwelling, along with the same information for their destination address, a move date and any miscellaneous information the movers should know, such as lack of an elevator, or particularly narrow stairwells. Once the information is entered, a click of a button will produce a flat rate estimate.
The highly qualified staff at Flat Rate Movers employs a large fleet of trucks to accommodate residential and commercial moves, while providing unprecedented character to the common necessity. Specializing in interstate moves, the crews will pack, move and unpack any item with the guarantee of professionalism, integrity and discretion, with careful hands insuring the safe arrival of each piece, no matter its value.
With state-of-the-art equipment and operations techniques combined with the employment of a skilled team of individuals, last minute move requests are considered a specialized focus, equal to those planned months ahead of time.
For more information on the services and areas of expertise Flat Rate Movers provides, and to test their exclusive free estimate capabilities, visit their website at http://www.flatratemovers.com
Flat Rate Movers
Mr. Moshe Alush
13810 Bauer Drive
Rockville, MD 20853, USA
Nelson-Miller, Inc. Acquires KDM, A World-Class Manufacturing Facility In Xiamen, China
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nelson-Miller, Inc., a leading manufacturer of membrane switches and product identification components, announced today that it has acquired KDM from CoActive Technologies. Nelson-Miller, Inc., based in Los Angeles, designs, manufactures and sources customized membrane switches, graphic overlays, nameplates, rubber keypads, touchscreens and other user-interface and product identification solutions. The Company's products are highly customized and are used by original equipment manufacturers in a broad range of industries such as healthcare, industrial, aerospace and consumer.
KDM, with its locations in California, Singapore, and China, is a global provider of user-interface components and modules including keypads, dome arrays and light guides to a premier customer base in the cell phone, point-of-sale, gaming, computing and consumer industries. This acquisition nearly doubles the revenue of Nelson-Miller, and adds outstanding overseas manufacturing and engineering resources to the business. The transaction provides immediate reach into new customers, products and end markets and creates a business with market leading domestic and overseas manufacturing resources.
Nelson-Miller CEO, David Bland, is the former president of KDM, uniquely positioned Nelson-Miller for the acquisition. David comments, "The merger of KDM into Nelson-Miller adds tremendous capacity and resources to our growing business. KDM is a technology leader in backlighting and interface solutions and has successfully supported industry leaders in the development and manufacturing of innovative products for more than thirty years. We are excited about the potential that this merger brings to the customers of both Nelson-Miller and KDM."
About Nelson-Miller, Inc.
In March 2011, two highly successful Los Angeles-based companies, Nelson Nameplate and Miller Dial, manufacturers of membrane switches and graphics user interface products, came together to form Nelson-Miller, Inc. For more than 60 years, both companies have created lasting impressions for thousands of leading companies and products. Today Nelson-Miller, Inc. operates under one roof in a 110,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Los Angeles, with approximately 280 employees, and a national sales team serving the entire United States. Nelson-Miller, Inc. has become the most capable supplier of membrane switches, silicone rubber keypads, metal nameplates and graphic overlays in North America. After the recent acquisition of KDM, a world-class manufacturing facility in China, Nelson-Miller, Inc. brings an even wider spectrum of capabilities such as molding, dome arrays and light guides. With its global presence, Nelson-Miller, Inc. is committed to servicing its customer's world-wide with a local reach. For more information, please visit http://www.nelson-miller.com, http://www.millerdial.com or http://www.nelsonusa.com.
Contact: David Beilfuss
2800 Casitas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: (323) 663-3971
SOURCE Nelson-Miller, Inc.
Ask.com Gives Seattle Residents What They Want With "You Asked, We Answered"
Locals Vote on What They'd Most Like to See in Their City
OAKLAND, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ask.com, the number one online brand for questions and answers, today launched a Seattle-based campaign aimed at bringing more enjoyment to the everyday. Reflecting the top-of-mind themes for Seattleites[*], the campaign will invite residents to vote on which of three options they'd like to see happen in their city. Coined "You Asked, We Answered," the poll results will lay the groundwork for an exciting event in which Ask will reveal and respond to Seattle residents' most popular request.
"We've shifted our marketing focus to a highly-targeted local strategy and Seattle continues to be a top market for us, especially when it comes to connectivity on mobile devices," said Valerie Combs, spokesperson at Ask.com. "We want to show the community a little love and while we can't permanently do away with those 520 bridge tolls or promise more sunshine, we can make their days a little easier."
The campaign will run in multiple phases. First, Ask will poll residents in numerous ways: (1) in-person street teams engaging with residents in popular locations (2) a dedicated website, http://www.seattleasks.com, which provides more information and tallies votes (3) locals with iPhones can also vote by downloading Ask.com's recently-launched Pollroll app, a social polling app that allows users to send polls to friends and those nearby. Once downloaded, Seattle residents can click on the "Nearby" section for exclusive access to the "You Asked, We Answered" poll.
Residents will be able to vote for whether they'd like Ask to:
-- Ease The Morning Commute - Getting excited about an early morning drive
to work can be a tough order in any city. But if locals say this is the
issue they most want addressed, Ask will partner with local small-batch
coffee roaster Caffe Vita to brighten up the post-Memorial Day commute
with free coffee at various Park & Ride locations.
-- Minimize Stadium Traffic - If gridlock at Safeco Field after a Mariners
game is Seattle's headache, Ask may just have the solution. We can't
guarantee a win, but we'll provide transportation home so fans can
better enjoy their trip to the ball game.
-- Save the Wading Pools - Budget cuts have forced the city to restrict
hours of operation at Seattle's well-known wading pools and close down
several of these historic landmarks altogether. If what Seattleites want
most is to stay cool this summer, Ask will chip in the funds necessary
to keep wading pools across the city open.
The polling portion of the campaign will remain open for the next two weeks and results will be announced later this month. For more information, or to vote for what you'd most like to see Ask deliver Seattle, go to http://www.SeattleAsks.com or download Pollroll.
With more than 100 million global users, Ask.com is the number one online brand for questions and answers and an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). Now available as a mobile service, Ask.com mobile apps have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. More information is available at http://www.ask.com or http://blog.ask.com.
[*] *Ask.com conducted research among local residents and marketers, and three key areas were identified as priorities for Seattle residents. The final three poll "answers" were selected based on multiple factors, including urgency, feasibility and cost.
CONTACT: Jenny Davis of Dotted Line Communications, +1-925-935-2558, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Ask.com
NBCUniversal Launches Integrated Casual & Social Gaming Solution Across All Networks
NBCU Creates Gaming Solution to Better Allow Brands and Advertisers Access to More than 115 Million Unique Fans
NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In advance of NBCUniversal's NewFront event (#NBCUNewfront) featuring its arsenal of digital and Social TV opportunities, NBCU is announcing the launch of Universal Games Network (UGN) - a new casual and social gaming platform that will seamlessly integrate its gaming efforts across its multiple brand properties.
UGN will aggregate for the first time all of NBCU's most popular online, mobile and social gaming efforts around a singular platform that is customizable by business unit. The white-labeled solution will allow fans to play games, engage and consume content, amass reward points and redeem them for real and virtual goods across all NBCU gaming properties. Facebook Connect integration will enable fans to challenge friends in tournament style games. It will offer advertisers a one-stop shop to reach the ever-growing and coveted gaming audience across the entire NBCU digital footprint representing 115 million fans.
"Social gaming is a fast growing category that attracts a highly engaged and targeted audience," said Linda Yaccarino, President, Cable Entertainment and Digital Sales, NBCUniversal. "UGN provides NBCUniversal with a unique platform to connect with these consumers and offer our clients a distinct ad solution that taps into the 300 million social gamers active on Facebook and beyond."
Initially designed and built by the USA Network digital team, who won attention and accolades for its proprietary gaming destination Character Arcade, the new solution could eventually be the most robust in the industry spanning more than 20 properties.
For business partners the UGN platform will provide a turnkey way to track fan engagement, target content to specific audiences and create future experiences based on popularity and demand. The networks and partners using the solution will be able to tailor and increase reach by developing specific gaming experiences that can span brands and multiple audiences. Long term, advertisers will be able to take advantage of the integrated big data analytical capabilities of the system to maximize the reach and efficiencies of their buys.
Universal Games Network is being announced in conjunction with NBCUniversal's digital Upfront (#NBCUNewfront) and is slated to launch in 4Q of this year.
SOURCE USA Network
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Funny or Die Exclusive: The West Wing Cast Reunites In Support Of Every Body Walk! Campaign
OAKLAND, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An all-star cast from the award-winning television series The West Wing reunited for a Funny or Die public service announcement that launches today for Every Body Walk!, an inspiring campaign about the health benefits of walking. The PSA can be viewed exclusively on Funny or Die and Every Body Walk!
Every Body Walk! aims to get people up and walking - 30 minutes a day, five days a week - to improve overall health and meet adult physical activity recommendations and requirements.
The West Wing cast is no stranger to walking, as the show is noted for creating the "walk-and-talk," which is the premise for the Every Body Walk! PSA.
The spot features an ensemble cast including Martin Sheen (President Josiah Bartlet); Allison Janney (CJ Cregg); Dule Hill (Charlie Young); Joshua Malina (Will Bailey); Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol Fitzpatrick); and William Duffy (Larry, Congressional Liaison). Several background actors from the show also made an appearance. Filming of the PSA was the first time The West Wing cast has reunited since the show's final episode in May 2006.
Comedy platform Funny or Die has created PSAs on such topics as consumer protection, budget cuts, piracy, and The Clinton Foundation 10th anniversary. Every Body Walk! is the latest cause to which Funny or Die has lent its talents.
Every Body Walk! offers all the tools needed to start a walking program. A robust hub, http://www.everybodywalk.org, contains news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, links to walking groups, inspirational videos, and a personal pledge form designed to motivate walkers. The Every Body Walk! mobile app, a free download from the Apple Store and Android Market, allows users to track the time and distance walked and the calories burned. The Every Body Walk! campaign is fully integrated with social media channels Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Tumblr.
Every Body Walk! is powered by Kaiser Permanente. Campaign partners include the Alliance for Biking and Walking, America Walks, American College of Sports Medicine and its Exercise is Medicine® global initiative, American Hiking Society, American Volkswalking Association, AnyTime Fitness, Atlanta Beltline, Blink Fitness, Brazos Walking Sticks, Environmental Media Association, Everyday Health, Healthy Child Healthy World, Molina Healthcare, Power Rangers emPower, The Purpose Institute, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, TCP, TrekDesk Treadmill Desks, WalkBoston, Walk for Lunch, The Walking Golfer, Walkingspree, World Fit and Yummy Earth.
Note: Behind-the-scenes photos and footage are available upon request.
Patrice Smith David Mays
510-271-6813 (office) 510-271-6676 (office)
510-421-7091 (cell) 510-459-5528 (cell)
SOURCE Every Body Walk!
Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Device Charging Business Case.
NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Device Charging Business Case, a shoulder bag with a built-in rechargeable battery that powers electronics.
The Device Charging Business Case has 6,000 mAh battery that recharges an iPhone up to four times before requiring a 3 1/2-hour charge itself via the included AC adapter.
The battery has a 30-pin connector for recharging Apple mobile devices and micro-, mini-, and standard USB ports that power BlackBerry or Android phones, e-book readers, or Bluetooth ear pieces.
"The Device Charging Business Case ensures that you will always have a power source for business-critical electronics like smartphones and tablet computers," explained Hammacher Schlemmer's General Manager Fred Berns.
Four zippered compartments provide ample storage that includes a removable padded sleeve for protecting a laptop up to 15" wide and eight pockets that hold a cell phone, camera, or business files and folders. The Device Charging Business Case is made from durable Oxford woven cloth that withstands the rigors of travel and has hand- and shoulder-straps for ease of transport.
The Device Charging Business Case is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $149.95. For more information about this product, please visit http://www.hammacher.com/82517 or contact Trish Hammond at (847) 581-8987 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
About Hammacher Schlemmer
Hammacher Schlemmer is America's longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, backing all products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer's innovative offerings are available through its catalog, website, and its famed landmark store on East 57th Street in New York City.
AVer Information Launches America's Best Doc Cam Warranty
AVer Announces New Unmatched Standard Warranty Program, Providing Superior Protection for AVerVision Document Camera Customers
MILPITAS, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AVer Information, Inc., leading provider of Video Conferencing, IP and Hybrid Video Surveillance and 21st Century Educational Technology solutions has announced today a new standard warranty program for US document camera customers. The new warranty program provides unmatched service and support for current AVerVision Document Camera models.
Deemed as "America's Best Document Camera Warranty," the new program adds extended warranty features to the previous 5-year all-inclusive warranty for current document camera models (CP, F and M series). Along with the previous 5-year warranty, AVer now includes 5-full years of worry-free Advanced Replacement (formerly AVerCPR), 5-full years of free 2-way RMA shipping, US-based technical and customer support via live chat, phone, email and web.
The standard 5-year warranty covers parts, labor and accessories of current document camera models. The 5-year Advanced Replacement Program provides a rapid resolution and minimizes any downtime for educators by shipping a replacement system before a defective unit is even sent back (within three days of a warranty claim). AVer will also take care of any associated shipping costs for the full 5 year warranty with our free 2-way RMA shipping assistance. The new warranty is standard and all-inclusive with no extended service fees.
"This new warranty program is a testament to AVer's commitment to our customers, as well as our confidence in our product performance and reliability," says Andy Teoh, Product Manager for AVer Information, Inc. "Not only does the new warranty fully protect our customer's investment in AVer products, but significantly reduces downtime and eliminates cost associated with the RMA process. Our entire technical and customer service departments were designed to provide the highest level of service while minimizing inconvenience."
The new AVer Warranty Program is now live for current AVer Document Camera models (CP, F and M series). For more information about the warranty, AVer Document Cameras, Video Conferencing, and Surveillance solutions, visit http://www.averusa.com or call toll free: 1-877-528-7824.
About AVer Information Inc:
AVer designs, manufactures and develops award-winning solutions that have a meaningful impact on way we teach, communicate and protect. Our product portfolio includes AVerVision Document Cameras, HD Video Conferencing and Hybrid DVR Surveillance Solutions. We also maintain a deep commitment to our community and the environment by supporting local programs and employing stringent green manufacturing processes.
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BNY Mellon Enhances Collateral Management Platform with Link to Electronic Margin Call Service
NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, is enhancing its collateral management platform for institutional clients with the introduction of an online central messaging service that will enable market participants to transmit margin calls, substitution instructions and interest statements electronically.
To introduce the new enhancements, BNY Mellon has partnered with AcadiaSoft to connect with its electronic margin call system called MarginSphere.
The new service will allow market participants to communicate critical information on exposures and commitments in a real-time and secure manner and provides the ability to produce detailed audit trails of transactions. As a result, it will reduce inefficiencies and operational risk, as well as increase transparency.
"As one of the world's leading providers of collateral management services, we recognize the need to help streamline the margin process in a way that is compliant with emerging risk management infrastructures," said James Malgieri, head of Global Collateral Management and Securities Clearance at BNY Mellon. "The new service automates collateral communications with counterparties and provides secure electronic management of margin calls, substitutions, and interest statement processing."
The service will also help clients facing a wave of increasingly complex regulatory and compliance requirements as a result of the Dodd-Frank, EMIR and other legislative initiatives around the world.
"A wave of new regulations is reshaping the over-the-counter derivatives market and our new messaging platform is just one way we are helping our clients prepare and adapt to the new requirements in the marketplace," said Scott Linden, managing director of BNY Mellon's Global Collateral Management Services business.
BNY Mellon is a global leader in collateral management and clearance services. It provides collateral solutions for dealers and investors and currently services more than $1.8 trillion in tri-party balances worldwide. It is a leader in both global securities and US Government securities clearance, clearing and settling equity and fixed income transactions in over 100 markets.
Through Derivatives360, BNY Mellon also offers a broad array of offerings for issuers and investors involving the execution and processing of derivatives. These include trading and execution, derivatives middle office outsourcing services and back-office recordkeeping services. Middle Office services available through Derivatives360 include collateral management, affirmation and confirmation, independent (third-party) valuation, portfolio reconciliation and lifecycle event management. Back-office recordkeeping services include custody, accounting, and consolidated reporting.
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 $26.6 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.3 trillion in assets under management, services $11.9 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.
SOURCE BNY Mellon
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Clinical Care Options Announces Release of Handheld Applications for inPractice(TM) Hepatology Point-of-Care Online Resource
RESTON, Va., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clinical Care Options (CCO), a leader in next-generation medical education, information, and publishing for healthcare professionals, announced the release of handheld versions of its point-of-care digital resource, inPractice(TM) Hepatology. The release includes iPad, iPhone, and Android applications as well as a mobile Web site that now provide hepatologists, other specialists, and primary care physicians treating liver diseases immediate access to this point-of-care resource on viral hepatitis.
The inPractice(TM) Hepatology applications for iPad, iPhone, and Android are available for free from iTunes and Google Play. The availability of these mobile applications further broadens CCO members' access to the point-of-care resource on the devices that treaters are using in the clinic, at the bedside, and while on call to improve patient outcomes. The first iPad, iPhone, and Android inPractice(TM) applications were released in September 2010 and have been downloaded by tens of thousands of users to date.
"We are pleased to release inPractice(TM) Hepatology mobile applications to our users today. Our previous releases of inPractice(TM) HIV and Oncology mobile resources have been extremely popular among clinicians," said Jeffrey L. Drezner, MD, PhD, CCO's Director and Founder. "We are confident the addition of the inPractice(TM) Hepatology mobile resources will be equally invaluable to all clinicians needing access to the latest and highest-quality management information on viral hepatitis."
The inPractice(TM) suite of inPractice(TM) Hepatology, HIV, and Oncology is free, providing personalized education; original, searchable point-of-care textbooks written for the Internet; and 6 other associated databases that aid both specialists and primary care clinicians in their search for the information that will allow them to make optimal management decisions before or during patient encounters. Authored by world-renowned experts and continually updated, inPractice(TM) is now used by more than 50,000 HIV, hepatitis, and oncology clinicians and is accessed at inPractice.com.
inPractice(TM) Hepatology, authored by 14 international experts, provides a single easy-to-use search interface that simultaneously searches multiple reference resources. The additional available searchable databases include drug information reference, practice guidelines, PubMed abstracts, ClinicalTrials.gov, and CCO's in-depth CME activities and Conference Coverage.
For more information about inPractice(TM) Hepatology and to download the applications, visit inPractice.com.
About Clinical Care Options
Clinical Care Options, a leader in the development of innovative, interactive, online, and live medical education programs and proprietary medical education technologies for healthcare professionals, creates and publishes original continuing medical education and information resources that are designed specifically for healthcare providers in the areas of HIV, hepatitis, and oncology. CCO's educational programs are developed not only to provide the latest scientific information but also to support the understanding, confidence, application, and competence of healthcare professional learners. In addition to the latest point-of-care resource, inPractice(TM), CCO provides a spectrum of live and online educational programs and formats. For more information about the company and its programs, visit clinicaloptions.com.
Luxury Goes Mobile; The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Debuts Mobile App With Personal Tips From President & C.O.O., Herve Humler
Not content to launch an app with basic functionalities, The Ritz-Carlton App serves up exclusive tips, tours and integrates with the brand's other social platforms such as Foursquare, World Concierge
CHEVY CHASE, Md., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The long anticipated Ritz-Carlton Mobile App will more than surprise users. Always anticipating the unexpressed needs of guests and travelers worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. debuts a mobile application that goes well beyond basic hotel search and reservation functionality, initiating a distinctive experience before a hotel visit has even begun.
Most notably, The Ritz-Carlton App includes Presidential Tips. As president of the luxury hotel company, Herve Humler has seen and experienced all that is so unique and exquisite about Ritz-Carlton hotels - from a secluded garden in Sanya to a one-of-a-kind Viennese crystal chandelier in Doha, he shares his favorite tips about each hotel with consumers.
"In my role, I am fortunate to be able to visit all of our stunning locations around the world," said Herve Humler, president and COO . "I want to enrich the Ritz-Carlton experience for our guests further with details about the things I have found to be quite unique and memorable in my travels. With The Ritz-Carlton App I can now do that very easily and in real-time."
Imagine arriving at a destination with special access to VIP insider information. Using The Ritz-Carlton App for Apple iPhones and Android smart phone devices, guests can turn their stay into something truly extraordinary. To learn Presidential Tips, guests simply use the App to scan a QR code at the time of check-in.
In addition, The Ritz-Carlton App will debut with 20 hotels providing QR code experience tours on-property. Examples among the first hotels to launch are:
-- The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, where guests can participate in a Cultural
Art tour led by QR codes that will allow them to learn more about the
hotel's art collection.
-- The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, where guests will be able to learn more
about wine pairings at the Highest Hotel in the World.
-- The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, where young guests will be able to enjoy a
digital scavenger hunt, led exclusively by QR codes and clues at each
-- The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, the hotel's signature 10-year
anniversary cocktail will be served on a napkin that features a special
QR code; it holds the cocktail's recipe for guests to take home with
But the unique aspects of the app don't stop at exclusive tips and tours. GPS technology also allows the application to recognize when a guest has arrived at a Ritz-Carlton and can provide location specific advice, information and even exclusive offers. With the tap of the finger, guests can learn more about local area culture and customs, concierge tips and even the hotel's art collection. The App also integrates The Ritz-Carlton World Concierge global recommendations from Four Square, the social media platform. New destination and landmark tips are populated by Ritz-Carlton Concierge experts all over the world every week.
Engaging the capabilities of the App, guests can also easily keep up with a resort's activity calendar so they'll never miss a wine tasting, s'mores roast or activity for the children. And, just in case they need reminding, they can enable push notifications directly to the App's message mailbox.
Find, explore and reserve any Ritz-Carlton Hotel around the world with one touch. Make reservations, check itineraries, and even manage Ritz-Carlton Rewards accounts in a simple, convenient format.
Let us navigate your journey. Let us stay with you.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 77 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at http://www.ritzcarlton.com. TheRitz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)
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Internet Broadcasting Unveils New Suite Of Mobile-Marketing Products To Add To Clients' Sales Toolkit
New Marketing Channels Enable Advertisers to Reach Growing Mobile Audiences and Create Two-Way Interactions to Monetize Traffic
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet Broadcasting (IB), the leading provider of digital publishing technology and services and one of the world's largest digital advertising agencies, today unveiled a new family of interactive mobile-marketing products that enable advertisers to offer text-based solutions for digital marketing campaigns.
IB Digital Agency's mobile-marketing products enable consumers to respond to advertisers' campaigns using SMS-based text messaging from their smartphones - a highly sought option for a growing segment of advertisers and consumers alike. These turnkey products, powered by SMS and mobile technology leader TextingForward, are the latest addition to the IB Digital Agency's full suite of mobile solutions. As part of this integrated suite, the new mobile-marketing products can take full advantage of IB's complementary offerings that streamline and automate all aspects of the digital marketing cycle, including creative, trafficking, workflow and reporting. The new products unveiled today include:
-- Text-for-Info - This two-way SMS communication lets marketers reply to
inbound texts with company information, specials and promotions. IB
clients can include URLs, phone numbers, and other pertinent
-- Text-To-Win - IB clients can offer advertisers the ability to create
random-drawing text-to-win mobile games (and register those mobile
users). Services include picking a random winner and sending alerts to
the winner and all runners-up.
-- Mobile Coupon - IB advertisers can create mobile coupons that users can
redeem straight from their phones.
-- Capture Email- Viewers can opt-in to receive marketing information,
newsletters and other ongoing communication from the advertiser.
"Today's digital advertising strategies are predicated on the ability to reach and engage consumers wherever they are - in the home or on the go," said Reed Varner, vice president Digital Agency for Internet Broadcasting. "These innovative mobile solutions enable our clients' advertisers and customers to interact on their terms, where and when it's most convenient for them. In partnering with TextingForward, IB Digital Agency now has a tremendous addition to our suite of mobile-marketing and digital advertising solutions that enhance the effectiveness of digital campaigns and contribute to a higher overall ROI for advertisers."
The IB mobile marketing products are available immediately from Internet Broadcasting. Pricing information is available upon request.
About Internet Broadcasting
Aiming to transform how broadcast media leaders engage and interact with their audiences, Internet Broadcasting offers scalable publishing solutions that power digital growth and strengthen consumer relationships. Internet Broadcasting solutions include an innovative SaaS-based publishing platform, original and syndicated content, and IB Digital Agency, one of the world's largest digital advertising agencies. Internet Broadcasting has had a long-term focus on serving local television companies. Leading media companies such as Hearst Television, E.W. Scripps, CNN, The Washington Post Company's Post-Newsweek Stations group, and Turner Broadcasting are clients. Founded in 1996, Internet Broadcasting is headquartered in St. Paul. For more information, visit http://www.ibsys.com.
NOW Communications Welcomes Customers Switching from dPi Teleconnect
ATLANTA, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NOW Communications, the prepaid / Lifeline division of Birch Communications, Inc. a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider to small- and medium-sized businesses, has agreed to offer its prepaid Lifeline services to up to 2,500 prepaid / Lifeline wireline customers of dPi Teleconnect. dPi Teleconnect is winding-down its prepaid / Lifeline wireline service and is refocusing the company's efforts on new service delivery platforms.
"NOW Communications welcomes these new customers with open arms and looks forward to providing them with the quality service and low prices they have experienced with dPi," said Vincent M. Oddo, Birch's president and chief executive officer. "In 2009 Birch purchased the assets of NOW Communications (a leading provider of prepaid / Lifeline services since 1996) and has grown the division since that purchase, leveraging Birch's 16 years of experience and creating a stable and growth-oriented business model. We anticipate making further investments in the rapidly-growing prepaid / Lifeline market."
"We want to do right by our customers," said Chuck Schneider, president and CEO of dPi Teleconnect. "Giving dPi wireline customers the opportunity to sign up with a quality company like NOW Communications further enables our efforts to execute our corporate strategy of refocusing our business on new service delivery platforms and allows us to keep our promise to our customers to put their needs first."
About NOW Communications
NOW Communications, the prepaid division of Birch Communications, is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with sales operations for the NOW division in Kansas City, Mo., and offers prepaid / lifeline wireline and wireless communications service. NOW Communications serves customers in 18 U.S. states, and has a network of approximately 100 authorized dealers and over 20,000 payment locations. For more information visit http://www.nowcommunications.com.
About dPi Teleconnect
Founded in 1996, dPi Teleconnect is headquartered in Carrollton, TX and offers prepaid home phone and Internet service in 41 states. For more information please visit dpiteleconnect.com
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Initiative Designed to Champion Independent Reporters; Provide Looxcie Tools and Video Services to Simplify Live Video Reporting
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Looxcie, Inc., makers of the first wearable mobile-connected video cam, announced today the Looxcie Citizen Journalism Program designed to offer support to independent reporters and video bloggers and to encourage greater citizen participation in reporting on news and events in their communities and on the front lines. Beginning on May 1 Looxcie, Inc. will accept submissions from citizen journalists who want to be considered for the 6 month program. The company will identify ten citizen journalists it believes are delivering the kind of unbiased, timely reporting that could be better enabled or enhanced with Looxcie's hands-free video cams and it's clipping and live streaming services. Selected journalists will become part of the Looxcie Citizen Press Corps *(for six months).
"Looxcie was initially created to solve a consumer problem - capturing the unpredictable, remarkable things that happen in life without having to anticipate them or have the inconvenience of holding a video camera while trying to be in the moment. With a growing number of people recording and sharing events in real time, we realized that Looxcie's hands-free design, seamless streaming and sharing capabilities could help foster even greater citizen reporting and broaden awareness of news ranging from local to global events," said Rom Pereira, CEO of Looxcie. "Our goal with this program is twofold: to build greater awareness for Looxcie as a tool for capturing and sharing news and to encourage citizen journalists to use video as a primary means for reporting the news in their communities and around the world."
Looxcie will announce the members of its news corps the week of May 21 and members of the program will be seeded with hands free Looxcie Cams and streaming service immediately. The company expects 2-3 weekly video reports and will collaborate with the team of reporters on how to best leverage Looxcie cam to capture both unexpected and planned news events for their audiences. Bios and links to individual news feeds will be hosted on Looxcie.com and select video reports will be featured and promoted by Looxcie on a case by case basis.
Looxcie will accept submissions from May 1, 2012 through May 20, 2012. A selection committee will evaluate the video applications based on newsworthiness, originality, timeliness and reporting style as well as on a series of brief questions on reporters' background and beliefs on why citizen journalism is important in the news ecosystem. Details on the application process and criteria can be found at http://www.Looxcie.com/citizenjournalists.
About Looxcie, Inc.
Looxcie, Inc. is the creator of the first mobile-connected, handsfree, wearable video cam that frees people to be active participants in the moment, while recording and sharing on the go. The company recently launched the first group-cast live video streaming solution, LooxcieLive, in November 2011.Founded in 2008, Looxcie is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.
Gift CardLab Adds CharityChoice e-Gift Cards to Suite of Mother's Day Gift Options
Personalized Gift Cards Perfect for Gift Giving, e-Gift Choices Expanded to Include CharityChoice Gift Cards Spendable at Over 250 Charities Around the World
DALLAS, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for Mother's Day, Gift CardLab announced today its full suite of gift card options, customizable gifts perfect for Mothers, Grandmas, Aunts and other important female figures. Among customizable gift cards and retail gift cards, Gift CardLab is expanding its suite of e-Gift Cards to include the CharityChoice Online Gift Card, a card that enables the recipient to divvy up the money between 1-3 charities of her choice from a list of over 250 available organizations on ccgiftcards.org.
CharityChoice is one option among many e-Gift Cards--including 1-800-Flowers.com, Bath & Body Works®, Sephora® and Zales--that is perfect for hard-to-shop-for female figures. Those gifting the gift card simply go to giftcardlab.com, choose an online gift card from a top brand and email the gift to the recipient. If choosing the CharityChoice gift card, recipients can then donate the amount gifted to 1-3 charities listed on ccgiftcards.org--including the American Red Cross, National Wildlife Federation, Clean Water Fund and the Girl Scouts.
"With the CharityChoice e-Gift Card, our customers can choose to spend their gift on an organization or cause they'd like to support. Whether her passion is lessening worldwide hunger, natural disaster relief, education in third world countries, or investing into local U.S. communities, there is something for everyone," said Dave Jones, CEO, Gift CardLab, the global leader in customized prepaid cards. "Our e-Gift Cards, as well as our customizable Gift Cards and Retail Gift Cards, make great gifts for the women in your life who already have everything or who prefer to shop for themselves."
In addition to the e-Gift Card option, Gift CardLab's easy-to-use online personalization system makes it simple for anyone to create a personalized Gift Card with their own image and text. Customers can choose from hundreds of design templates or upload their own photos and choose a color scheme to create their own message. For a one-time fee of just $5.95 per card, Gift CardLab custom Gift Cards can be purchased in any quantity - even just one - and in any denomination from $10 to $250. The cards are then mailed in a customizable greeting card for free.
"Our suite of gift card options make great ideas for Mother's Day gift-giving," Jones said. "We are happy to offer a unique gifting option like CharityChoice e-Gift Cards, giving both the giver and the recipient the option to support organizations and causes around the globe."
Gift CardLab Gift Cards can be shipped to the customer who placed the order or directly to the recipient for an extra special surprise. E-Gift Cards are conveniently emailed or sent to the recipient via text messaging, making them a great last minute gift for the fast-approaching Mother's Day holiday.
For more information about Gift CardLab's customized, prepaid Gift Cards, Retail Gift Cards and e-Gift Cards, visit http://www.giftcardlab.com.
About Gift CardLab
GiftCardLab.com is your one stop shop for everything gift card. Whether you're looking to personalize a Visa card with your own photo, or find gift cards to your favorite retailers and restaurants, GiftCardLab.com has the largest selection in the world. The Dallas based company was founded in 2004 and continues to wow customers with exceptional customer service. Learn more at GiftCardLab.com.
HeavenUp.com Launches With Charitable Donation And Installation Of The L.A. Dream Center's First Technology Lab
Christian Social Media Site Designed to Unite Christians Everywhere
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, HeavenUp.com, a new faith-based social networking website, launches to the public. The website is gaining early support from numerous national and international organizations, churches and influential ministries, in addition to music labels and artists such as MercyMe, The Afters, Phillips, Craig & Dean and more. The unique site has also already received endorsements by The Dove Foundation and support from LeSea Broadcasting and iTickets.com. Through this social network, like-minded men and women over the age of 13 can engage in open conversation about their faith, be encouraged, uplifted and grow in their relationship with each other and God.
The website provides never before connected elements of a social media network including video sharing, streaming music and a HeavenUp store. In addition to having personal pages and uploading photos, HeavenUp.com is a "virtual fellowship" where users can connect and build relationships with Christian groups, friends, bands, churches, charities, radio stations, TV stations and more. Users can create profiles, share thoughts, insights, music, videos, photos, status updates, blogs and bulletins. A unique addition to the site is the Prayfit Daily Devotional provided by Jimmy Pena, best-selling author, exercise physiologist and founder of Prayfit.com. Unlike other sites, HeavenUp.com provides a safe environment for Christian users, while also being a comfortable place for anyone seeking faith.
"To enhance the user's experience, we have created HeavenUp.com to be the most comprehensive, feature-rich social site possible, using the latest technology platform," says HeavenUp.com Founder and CEO Chris Burkhart. "But beyond the top level technical features, we have dedicated the site to God and we are committed to providing Christians the best social site that exists. The purpose of HeavenUp.com is to not just unite Christians, but to also live out the Gospel message by giving to others and showing compassion to those around us all."
Working alongside Burkhart is Andy Huddleston, a 35-year entrepreneur veteran who will be serving as the Chief Communications Officer at HeavenUp. He is the author of, "White Knuckle Faith" and has been serving with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for the past 35 years.
Exemplifying its mission, HeavenUp.com is donating the first ever computer lab to the Los Angeles-based Dream Center http://www.dreamcenter.org, a volunteer driven organization that currently serves the various needs of over 40,000 people each month. The initial offering by HeavenUp.com of computers and equipment has been provided to the center's family floor, where children and parents who are working to get "back up on their feet," through crucial transition periods in their lives, can complete schoolwork and are given a quiet place to study and/or connect with family and friends to pursue new life opportunities online. The room has been uniquely designed and is utilized daily by people who would not otherwise have the chance to access a computer as a tool to help pursue their dreams and goals in life. HeavenUp.com will serve as the online community hub for the Dream Center and each computer will be optimized and monitored for appropriate content and access.
"The Dream Center is forever grateful for the generous donation provided by HeavenUp," says Danny Slavens Jr, PR Director of the Dream Center. "This computer lab is such an answered prayer for us. We have so many parents and children who are in need of a computer to assist in their academics, search for jobs, homes and more. Now with the help of HeavenUp our residents can continue to press forward in their future."
In honor of the website launch, starting today, Phillips, Craig & Dean will be giving away copies of its latest album Breathe In (Fair Trade Services), which features the group's hit single, "When The Stars Burn Down," to ten winners selected at random who sign up at HeavenUp.com and like their page heavenup.com/bands/phillipscraiganddean. The giveaway will draw to a close on May 8. HeavenUp will continue to host CD giveaways throughout the year.
For further information and to become a registered member on the new social media website, please log on to http://www.heavenup.com.
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Beauty.com Introduces the Lela Rose Neon Vista Clutch as a Gift with Purchase for Spring 2012
More than $140 in value, the exclusive bag is a gift with any $100 Beauty.com purchase
BELLEVUE, Wash. and NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is in the air forBeauty.com, Inc. and Lela Rose as they announce their latest seasonal gift with purchase collaboration. Whether you're picking up Mother's Day treats or restocking your beauty arsenal, shoppers who visit http://www.beauty.com/lelarose will receive a Lela Rose Neon Vista clutch with a minimum purchase of $100 starting May 1, 2012.
"We're really starting to feel like pros with these bags, and each spring we try to do something a little different," says designer Lela Rose. "The great part about this piece is that it's big enough to hold my makeup, sunscreen, and the kids' toys, whatever I'm carrying in a given day. And when it's empty it folds right up and I can tuck it away until I need it again."
The acclaimed Lela Rose Spring/Summer 2012 collection took its inspiration from the 'neon graveyards' of Coney Island and Las Vegas, combining her signature elegance with weathered textures and faded colors. The generously proportioned bag (9.5" long by 6.5" tall) is perfectly suited to warm weather adventures while lined with washable eye-catching tangerine fabric and flanked by textured cotton twill panels that showcase a bold print.
This limited edition offering arrives complete with more than a dozen deluxe and full-size samples from some of the leading brands at the Beauty.com® web store* including:
1. Smashbox® Camera Ready BB Cream, SPF 35
2. Arcona® White Tea Purifying Cleanser
3. NUXE(TM) Fondant Body Scrub
4. Stila® Prime Pot Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer, Taffy
5. Fekkai® Brilliant Glossing Cream
6. tarte® rise & shine natural lip stain & lip-enhancing lipgloss - FULL
7. DDF® Amplifying Elixir
8. Nick Chavez® Volumizing Shampoo
9. ~H2O+(TM) Spa Hand and Nail Cream
10. Boscia® Green Tea Blotting Linens
11. bareMinerals® Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Combination Skin
12. IT Cosmetics® Bye Bye Under Eye - Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer
13. Murad® Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles
14. Card for $5 off any future Beauty.com purchase
"We love seeing what Lela has up her sleeve every season," says Kathleen McNeill, President of Beauty.com. "She always brings out that perfect balance of functional and feminine--the travel-friendly ideal for housing your spring and summer beauty essentials."
For a peek behind the scenes at the Lela Rose Spring/Summer 2012 collection as well as beauty looks from her previous seasons, visit the Beauty.com Video Library. For more on the latest beauty industry happenings, check out the Beauty.com guest editor recommendations.
Site-wide gifts with purchase are just one of the perks available to Beauty.com customers. Other benefits include "Everyday Free Shipping**," 5% back on every purchase with drugstore.com dollars(TM)**, the free sampling center, 100% color guarantee** on eligible products, and a shared online shopping cart with Beauty.com partner site, http://www.drugstore.com(TM). The Beauty.com web store personalizes beauty shopping online with the skin care and hair care diagnostic tools, which provide product regimens tailored to the customer based on interactive surveys. Beauty fans can also get the latest tips, trends, and promotions sent directly to their email by signing up for the free weekly Beauty Bulletin on Beauty.com.
*While supplies last. Sample substitutions may be made. Cannot be redeemed for cash, exchanged, or applied to previous purchases. May not combine with other offers. Limited to once per household.
**Free standard shipping is available only on nonprescription purchases of $25 or more, and does not apply to prescriptions, contact lenses, gift certificates, magazine subscriptions, bulk orders, or orders over 20 pounds. With drugstore.com dollars, customers receive a credit to their account equal to 5% of any eligible purchase. Customers cannot earn or apply drugstore.com dollars to prescription medications, gift certificates, gift cards, discounts, free items, past purchase, or non-shipped, undeliverable or returned items. drugstore.com dollars cannot be redeemed for cash. Products eligible for the 100% color guarantee are noted with the 100% color guarantee logo and may be returned for a full refund of the purchase price (excluding any shipping charges).
About Beauty.com - The World of Beauty Online®
Beauty.com, Inc. is a leading online destination for prestige beauty products. The web store provides a highly personalized shopping experience and offers more than 350 brands from widely recognized to niche, hard-to-find products.
drugstore.com, inc. is a leading online provider of health, beauty, and vision products. Shop a great assortment of more than 60,000 items ranging from everyday basics to hard-to-find favorites. With competitive prices, unique categories and free shipping for $25 or more all in one convenient location, the drugstore.com web store is truly the uncommon drugstore®.
About Lela Rose
Lela Rose's aesthetic of adding whimsy to elegance through brilliant color and hand crafted details has brought a fresh view to modern American fashion. Lela was raised in Texas and went to school in Colorado where nature, its surrounding landscapes, and the sublime colors it offers have long been an inspiration. Today, Lela continues to draw from these early influences as she designs clothes for the modern sophisticated woman who embodies a spirit of effortless elegance.
After graduating from Parson's School of Design in 1993, she went to work with two esteemed designers, Richard Tyler and Christian Francis Roth. There she honed her love of couture fabric as well as fanatic attention to detail. In 1998, Lela's vision and passion compelled her to create her signature collection, Lela Rose. Through intricately designed and finely detailed separates, dresses and jackets, Lela has established herself as a renowned designer.
The Lela Rose collection is built on a design philosophy of creating hand finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement. The beautiful embellished fabrics are the foundation of this innovative collection and speak to the elegance of its personality with a nod to the era of glamour.
Lela Rose's collection has garnered her a following of trendsetters across the country. Lela's ready-to-wear apparel under the Lela Rose label is sold in more than 75 specialty stores nationwide, as well as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and internationally in Canada, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Taiwan and Japan.
In Fall 2006, Lela Rose launched the Lela Rose Wedding collection. The collection is a pairing of unconventional fabrics and techniques that are trademarks of the designer. The impeccable quality and couture sensibility of these gowns make them one of a kind. The Lela Rose Wedding Collection can be found in bridal boutiques nationwide as well as internationally.
With the success of both collections, the Lela Rose brand expanded into footwear in the Fall of 2007. Rose partnered with Payless Shoesource® to create the Lela Rose for Payless brand of fashion forward shoes at an extremely affordable price. This collection was followed up by Unforgettable Moments by Lela Rose(TM), a collection of dyeable special occasion shoes that launched late in 2008. Both collections can be found in Payless stores nationwide.
In 2009, Lela Rose announced she was launching Lela Rose Bridesmaid, a partnership with the Dessy Group. The Lela Rose Bridesmaid collection can be found in over 200 bridesmaid stores nationwide as well as in Canada and in the United Kingdom.
As the Lela Rose brand continues to grow, one thing remains true - Rose's vision and passion to stay true to her aesthetic.
Share Your Life with Personalized Photo 'Creations' in a Snap!
Snap MyLife Unveils Latest Online Offering
INDIANAPOLIS, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- What do you get for someone who has everything? You choose a gift that is as unique as they are, filled with memories to be treasured forever.
With Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations and religious celebrations quickly approaching, there's no better time to visit http://www.snapmylifecreations.com - the newly rebranded website featuring exciting make-it-yourself photo books and gifts.
"Snap MyLife Creations are easy to make, inexpensive and quick to create," said Michael Subhan, Marketing vice president of Snap MyLife, Inc. This is really the beginning to an exciting revamp over the next 9-months that will include substantial enhancements to the merchandise offered, features of the service and integration into the companies other product and services.
The Snap MyLife Creations website, which sports an upgraded look and feel and offers new features and great promotions including customer specials, a Birthday Club and contests, was launched this week - just in time for spring celebrations. With Snap MyLife Creations, users create a free account, log on and start making beautiful keepsakes. Get creative and team up with friends and family to further personalize gifts.
With the online editor tool users can upload and place photos and text on the pages of books, cards and calendars. Creations, available in various sizes and affordable price points, are printed on high quality silk paper and beautifully bound, in soft or hardcover. Plus, users can share their creations via Facebook or blog/website.
Snap MyLife Creations, formerly known as Inkubook, is the latest offering from Snap MyLife Inc., the fast-growing developer of consumer cloud-service applications for mobile devices and other Internet-enabled consumer electronics. The company is already well-known for its content sharing and security services including Snap MyLife®, Snap Sync(TM), Snap Music(TM) and Snap Secure(TM).
About Snap MyLife:
Snap MyLife, Inc. is a fast-growing developer of consumer cloud-service applications for mobile devices and other Internet-enabled consumer electronics. Its applications under the Snap(TM), Snap MyLife®, Snap Sync(TM), Snap Music(TM) and Snap Secure(TM) brands allow consumers to leverage cloud-services with simple, yet powerful applications for content sharing, messaging, editing, streaming, backup and synchronization, as well as device and content security across virtually all consumer electronics device categories. Snap MyLife is headquartered in Princeton, N.J., with offices globally, and is backed by Edison Ventures and Sycamore Ventures. For more information, visit http://www.snapmylifeinc.com.