Global Relay And PageFreezer Announce Partnership To Provide Website Archiving for Compliance and eDiscovery
Website and Blog Archiving Added To Growing List of Services Offered to Global Relay Customers
NEW YORK, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Relay, the world leader in cloud-based message archiving, and PageFreezer, a leading provider of website archiving solutions, today announced a technology partnership to enable Global Relay customers to create a permanent record of any website or blog.
Financial industry regulations require that online business communications -- including websites, blogs, email, instant messaging and social media -- be archived in their original formats and produced if required for legal or regulatory purposes. The partnership between Global Relay and PageFreezer ensures a complete records retention solution that will now also include preservation of websites for broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment advisors, private equity funds and public companies.
"PageFreezer's solution for archiving websites perfectly complements Global Relay's offerings for regulatory compliance, message archiving and supervision," said Tracey Straub, Director, Strategic Initiatives with Global Relay. "Through this partnership with PageFreezer, websites and blogs are the latest addition to the growing list of archived content types available to Global Relay customers to meet the compliance regulations for electronic recordkeeping, supervision and advertising."
The benefits of web and message archiving services are not limited to regulatory compliance. Companies of every size are searching for workable ways to preserve their online activity for personal access, legal or eDiscovery preparedness, and preservation of "brand heritage". Together, Global Relay and PageFreezer will be providing an unparalleled solution that works for everyone, increasing the customer base for both companies.
"What Global Relay does for email and social media archiving, PageFreezer does for website and blogs -- which makes it much easier for firms and advisors to stay compliant," said Michael Riedyk, PageFreezer CEO. "We are excited about combining forces with a prestigious company like Global Relay, and working with them to deliver seamless archiving solutions for the financial industry."
In recent years, financial regulators have been challenged to apply existing regulations to emerging web content, including websites with interactive and dynamic features. Such web content is much more challenging to securely capture, store, and search than more traditional communication methods. Global Relay and PageFreezer are working to fill that gap by preserving web content in its original format.
About Global Relay
Global Relay is the leading cloud-based message archiving, search, and surveillance solution for the financial services industry. Global Relay Archive securely captures and preserves email, instant messaging, BlackBerry, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, social media and more -- with BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Outlook and web access.
Global Relay's 15,000 customers in 90 countries include broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment advisors and public companies, as well as 22 of the top 25 global banks. Global Relay has strategic partnerships worldwide, including a global Strategic Partnership with Thomson Reuters for compliance archiving.
PageFreezer.com is a leading SaaS provider of Website Archiving -- capturing and storing online content in its original format to ensure regulatory compliance and litigation protection for Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Food, Legal, Government and Fortune 500 companies. PageFreezer operates as a stand-alone SaaS version of website archiving technology by globally operating software company, PageFreezer Software, Inc., with offices in Seattle, Vancouver, Amsterdam -- and was honored as a finalist in both the 2011 Accenture Innovation Awards and the 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Americas Awards.
Selector guides, tutorials help engineers quickly match power supplies to their applications.
SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, has announced the launch of its redesigned website: http://www.programmablepower.com. The new site was designed with tutorials, application information and selector guides to help electronic engineers find just the right AC or DC power supply solution for their specific applications.
The website highlights the company's complete line of products offered as part of the AMREL, California Instruments, Elgar, EM Test and Sorensen product lines. The site is programmed to allow customers to search either by product category or most common applications: constant current, power bus simulation, fuse/breaker testing, R & D, repair, low noise for RF/Telecom, military or pulsed power.
The site also features a DC Power Product Selector for customers to sort quickly through DC rack, bench or modular products that operate within a specific voltage and current range.
For customers who need assistance narrowing down their product selections, a detailed Applications menu allows them to browse products that fit their power applications. The site offers a variety of detailed power test resources, including frequently asked questions (FAQs), compliance information, product documentation and application notes.
AMETEK Programmable Power's new website offers quick access to engineers' most reliable and trusted power brands: AMREL, California Instruments, Elgar, EM Test and Sorensen. AMETEK's strong brands, broad product portfolio of AC and DC power supplies/loads, and deep application expertise across a wide array of industries make it the industry's trusted "power partner."
For More Information
To learn more about any of the company's programmable power supplies and power analyzers, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427, or 858-450-0085, or by email at email@example.com. Programmable power supply users also can contact an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative, who can be located by visiting http://www.programmablepower.com/contact/.
About AMETEK Programmable Power
AMETEK Programmable Power is a unit of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets and a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of $3.0 billion.
NetAuthority Launches to Radically Transform Device Authentication
New Approach Strengthens Authentication Security with Unprecedented Accuracy and Ease of Use
SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NetAuthority, the device authentication company, today announced its company launch with the availability of its beta products - the Device Authentication Service powered by the Device Authentication Engine - introducing a game-changing approach to device-centric authentication aimed at enterprises, consumer-based online services and SaaS cloud providers.
Organizations of all sizes are transacting more and more business online each year. In addition, a rapidly growing annual number of customers are engaging in online and mobile commerce, banking and payments. With this increasing level of financial activity, businesses and customers will encounter daunting security challenges and vulnerabilities. Network breaches are skyrocketing and malicious attacks are being unleashed in unprecedented numbers with increasing sophistication, resulting in massive information and economic damages.
NetAuthority offers a disruptive solution for identifying and authenticating Internet-enabled devices to reduce cyber security risks and prevent losses. The NetAuthority patented device-centric authentication solution helps organizations prevent malicious attacks resulting from user impersonation, reducing fraudulent access, economic loss, compromise of sensitive data and damage to the corporate brand.
"NetAuthority is strategically positioned to solve the challenges associated with mass adoption of strong authentication solutions," said Chris Brennan, CEO and founder of NetAuthority."Our offering is designed to help corporations, consumer-based online services and SaaS cloud providers with the growing challenges associated with widely deploying strong authentication security throughout their business by providing an easily-deployable, scalable, transparent and affordable solution."
NetAuthority provides an unprecedented level of authentication accuracy compared to existing forms of multi-factor authentication. NetAuthority's solution transforms a device's unique and expanding set of attributes into a unique device key, turning the device itself into the identifier. When this strong authentication is coupled with a proprietary validation method that ensures a unique and random device key for each authenticated session, NetAuthority delivers irrefutable device identification and user verification without the limitations, high expense, complications or vulnerabilities of tokens, smartcards and digital certificates.
"With the explosion of mobility and the consumerization of IT, many organizations have operated nearly exposed to unauthorized access from unauthorized devices in the absence of a practical, effective strong authentication solution," said Brennan. "The new NetAuthority products target a wide variety of online services, including banking, brokerage, payments and healthcare, delivering strong authentication, ease of deployment and management and a simplified user experience to companies, and restoring trust and convenience with end-users."
"Our work with bankers around the world in the retail, commercial, and institutional sectors shows that, when it comes to risk management and financial security technology, consumer experience and ease of use are top priority," said Michael Versace, global director of Worldwide Risk at analyst firm IDC Financial Insights. "An approach that brings both a clean, easy end-user experience and a strong level of security to the banking environment is a powerful combination."
NetAuthority is the strong device-centric authentication solution provider. NetAuthority's patent-protected technology uniquely identifies and authenticates internet-enabled devices and users to thwart cyber security attacks, delivering compelling ROI for enterprise, government and other data-sensitive environments. For more information, visit http://www.NetAuthority.com.
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ICSA Labs Launches Industry-First Program to Test VPN Security Features of Smartphones, Tablets and Other Mobile Devices
Testing Program Ensures Safer Remote Connections to the Workplace
MECHANICSBURG, Pa., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To help millions of enterprise users of smartphones and tablets send and receive data securely, ICSA Labs is offering the industry's first testing program for determining whether these devices meet the latest security standards for connecting with VPNs (virtual private networks). VPNs enable employees working off-site to securely browse websites and use enterprise-provided applications such as email.
The new program, Mobile Device VPN Security, is available immediately for wireless carriers and mobile device manufacturers. Verizon Wireless is the program's first customer.
"As tablets and smart phones continue to empower enterprises and their employees with a borderless work style, the testing of mobile devices' VPN functionality is increasingly important to verify that confidential company information is adequately protected," said Jack Walsh, mobile security and special projects program manager at ICSA Labs. "Our security-testing program provides peace of mind to the carriers whose networks link to millions of smart devices, and to the enterprise users of those devices."
According to the "Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report," mobile threats are on the rise, as enterprises now have many more smartphones and tablets than servers. These mobile devices are often widely distributed, highly mobile, less restricted and controlled by end users. As a result, mobile devices frequently factor into enterprise data breaches and contribute greatly to overall data loss.
ICSA Labs' Mobile Device VPN Security testing program verifies that mobile phones and tablets meet current security standards. This includes testing the devices' implementation of Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2), which improves upon the security of IKEv1 and offers enhanced protection against denial-of-service attacks.
ICSA Labs has been testing VPN security for more than 15 years and has extensive experience evaluating VPN clients and servers against all relevant network security standards.
To learn more about the new testing program, visit the Mobile Device VPN Security testing program web page. For information about the largest security threats for 2012 including mobile device security, read ICSA Labs Top Security Threats.
About ICSA Labs
ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world's top security vendors. ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.ICSAlabs.com and http://www.ICSAlabs.com/blogs for more information.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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New Report From 112 Business Leaders Calls for Government to Pick Winning Technologies and Sectors to Drive Innovation-led Growth in the UK
LONDON, May 22, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
PA Consulting Group publishes major report on the views of 112 UK business leaders
from the fastest growing technology and innovation sectors: advanced manufacturing, life
sciences and healthcare, consumer products, ICT and electronics, agri-science and high
Government should actively embrace and support a modern 'Industrial Strategy' for
innovation-led growth to secure economic recovery, say UK business leaders. This is not a
call for a return to the 1970s' 'Industry Policy' of picking winners at a company level.
It is about identifying and supporting winning technologies and sectors.
Over the last six months PA's Martin Smith and George Freeman MP have hosted a series
of roundtable meetings with leading entrepreneurs, investors, academics and CEOs from
organisations such as Procter & Gamble, Nokia UK Limited, Kraft Foods and Nestle. The
consensus is clear - to secure the UK's economic recovery, the Government must support an
active business-led strategy of identifying and supporting key technologies and sectors.
There was a clear desire to see more active collaboration between government, industry,
academia and finance to expand the UK's economy effectively.
Martin Smith, technology and innovation expert at PA Consulting Group, said: 'Across
each of these sectors there was a clear message: businesses want Government to embrace a
new partnership to support innovation-led growth. It means playing a key role in
supporting our science base and creating incentives for near-market research and
technology transfer. Government must invest in the skills and infrastructure to build
integrated supply chains and promote a culture supportive of entrepreneurship and
engineering. The clear message from these business leaders is that they are optimistic
about the future and committed to growing their business in the UK. We now need to build
the most supportive environment possible for them to achieve this."
Co- chair George Freeman MP, newly elected to Parliament after a 15 year career in
technology venture capital, said: "This is not a call for a return to 1970s' 'Industrial
Policy' of 'picking winners' at a company level, subsidies or protectionism. It is about a
new partnership approach with Government supporting business led, sector-specific
strategies for key sectors and technologies in which Britain is globally competitive."
There was clear consensus from business around four key actions:
1. Picking winning technologies and sectors
This is not a return to the 1970s' 'Industrial Policy' of 'picking winners' at a
company level, but backing technologies and sectors with the greatest potential to unlock
sustainable UK growth. Other countries have done this to achieve world domination in key
areas such as South Korea in memory chips and Germany in areas of alternative energy.
A modern industrial strategy should be led by industry and supported by Government.
The targeted areas might be sectors such as automotive or aerospace or technologies such
as lightweight vehicles or intelligent highway systems.
2. Aligning organisations active in targeted areas
Business must be empowered to lead change. The work done to rebuild a highly
competitive UK automotive sector since the 1970s, most recently through the Automotive
Council, is seen as a successful case study of what can be done. The UK motor industry is
the sixth largest industry and produces 1.7 million vehicles a year. With the right
support we can, for example, capitalise on Britain's outstanding record in drug
development. Innovation and investment is needed to ensure the related economic benefits
3. Encouraging entrepreneurism
A stronger culture of promoting and celebrating entrepreneurship across schools,
universities, banks, public services and Government is vital. A successful innovation
economy needs a high rate of start-up success (and failure) and an environment to support
it. The view was more needs to be done to support SMEs in growing to become the medium
sized companies (GBP50M - GBP100M) of tomorrow. The UK's alternative investment market
(AIM) provides much less depth and continuity of investment than US markets. Many UK SMEs
site R&D offshore in return for funding. Mid-term finance is a particular problem, causing
companies with successful early-stage growth to stagnate or sell out before achieving
their full potential.
4. Increasing excitement about the manufacturing industry
A technologically-advanced and competitive innovation economy needs investment in key
skills across the board. There was a call for more of the UK's school children to study
science, technology, engineering and maths at school or university and greater awareness
of the benefits of industrial careers. To unlock growth in our highest-growth sectors we
need to rebalance the higher education and further education sectors to support these
subjects and develop proven career pathways for a high technology economy. The new 'Inside
Manufacturing' programme, a joint public-private initiative, is a step in that direction.
The scheme invites pupils, teachers and careers professionals to visit some of the UK's
leading facilities to learn about modern manufacturing and the range of jobs available.
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covers energy, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, government and public
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About George Freeman MP
George Freeman MP was elected in 2010 after a 15 year career in technology start-ups
in Cambridge. Appointed Government Life Science Adviser by the Prime Minister and David
Willetts a year ago, he was instrumental in the UK's Life Science Strategy launched by the
PM in December. A founder of the 2020 Group of Conservative MPs in Parliament, he is an
active advocate of a new industrial strategy for innovation-led growth. For more details
call George on 07855-252-999 or visit http://www.georgefreeman.co.uk/tags/innovation
About the report
Over the last six months, Martin Smith from PA and George Freeman MP have hosted a
series of 'Roundtable' meetings to draw on the insights and practical experiences of
leading scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders active in these key
sectors. Over 100 leaders have come together to explore the key drivers, opportunities and
challenges facing their sectors and to identify where they see the greatest opportunities
for growth and what they believe needs to be done in their sector to unlock it. The
participants represented five of the fastest growing sectors: advanced manufacturing, life
sciences and healthcare, consumer products, ICT and electronics, agri-science, small and
medium-sized, and enterprises (SMEs). This report summarises the discussions held at each
Roundtable and captures the views as they were expressed at each sector meeting.
Source: PA Consulting Group
For a copy of the report or more information email Shivani.Joshi@paconsulting.com or call +44-20-7333-5017 / +44-7833-441355.
Salesforce.com Delivers Real-Time Communication for the Social Enterprise with Chatter Messenger and Chatter Screensharing
New Chatter Messenger to provide social enterprises with instant messaging and presence in the context of business - completely in the cloud
New Chatter Screensharing will enable employees to share their screens in real time in Salesforce Chatter - now every group, file, record and dashboard is an opportunity to collaborate live with colleagues and increase productivity and engagement
Any company can use Salesforce Chatter, including Chatter Messenger, for free by signing up at Chatter.com
More than 150,000 active Salesforce Chatter networks have been created by companies like ADP, Nikon Instruments and Pandora, making it the industry's leading enterprise social network
LONDON, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CLOUDFORCE 2012 -- Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/solutions/) company, today unveiled real-time communication for the social enterprise with Chatter Messenger and Chatter Screensharing. Chatter Messenger is the world's first real-time communication solution for the social enterprise that will enable companies to have in-context conversations on one trusted platform. Chatter Screensharing will enable employees to share screens and presentations instantly with their colleagues, increasing employee productivity and engagement. And because of Salesforce Chatter's freemium model, now any company will be able to use Chatter Messenger for free by signing up at Chatter.com. Today there are more than 150,000 active Salesforce Chatter networks, including companies like ADP, Nikon Instruments and Pandora, making it the industry's leading enterprise social network.
-- "Salesforce Chatter is the engine of the social enterprise - unleashing
the power of employee engagement, innovation and productivity for
companies," said Kendall Collins, SVP and GM, Salesforce Chatter.
"Chatter Messenger and Screensharing deliver Skype-like real-time
technologies directly in the Salesforce Chatter feed - empowering
companies to run their entire business on one trusted platform."
-- "Since we started using Salesforce Chatter over two years ago, it's
become the killer app to manage one client's work across eight regional
offices. Chatter Messenger and Screensharing will provide the real-time
communication that our client group has been looking for. With every new
release of Salesforce Chatter, our team is able to work more
efficiently, thanks Salesforce!" said Jonathan Zimmerman, director of
digital technology and innovation, Saatchi & Saatchi.
-- "Chatter Messenger and Screensharing will empower employees to have
real-time conversations around any process. Since conversations are the
foundation of many social relationships, this rich new approach will
enable companies to get more done, faster and with greater certainty.
These innovations continue to position Salesforce Chatter as a trusted
and proven platform," said Denis Pombriant, managing principal, Beagle
Chatter Messenger: Real-time Communication for the Social Enterprise
Every business is looking to increase productivity and efficiencies by enabling company-wide collaboration. Traditional collaboration technologies have failed to deliver on the promise of a connected enterprise. Instead, email, file management systems, messaging platforms and more have created islands of collaboration - preventing enterprises from reaping the benefits of true collaboration.
Salesforce Chatter eliminates islands of collaboration by enabling employees to work together on sales deals, service cases, marketing campaigns, files, dashboards - any business process - on one, trusted platform. Chatter Messenger will extend the benefits of employee social networks to secure, real-time, in-context communication. Employees will now be able to instantly connect and collaborate with colleagues by leveraging:
-- Instant Messaging: Chatter Messenger represents the first secure,
cloud-based communication solution for employees. No longer will
employees have to download unsecure consumer IM applications and spend
time building buddy lists. And IT will no longer have to implement
on-premise IM solutions with expensive hardware and software to manage.
With Chatter Messenger, employees will be able to chat instantly with
their colleagues completely in the cloud, and IT will be able to easily
deploy a secure, cloud-based communications solution for free. In
addition, employees will be able to keep chatting - even when they
minimize or visit another webpage by putting Chatter Messenger into a
separate browser window.
-- Individual and Group Chat: With Chatter Messenger, employees can have
one-to-one or multi-person chats with anyone on Salesforce Chatter. For
group chat, users can add up to 10 people to a single chat session.
-- Presence: With presence, employees will be able to see which of their
coworkers are online in Salesforce and instantly connect through
Salesforce Chatter. Employees won't have to spend time tracking down
colleagues; all of the information they need is at their fingertips in
-- Chat Roster: Chatter Messenger automatically populates each employee's
chat roster with the employee's social graph. Users can also add up to
100 people and groups to their "My Favorites" list and these will always
appear at the top of the chat list.
Chatter Screensharing: Share Screens Instantly in Salesforce Chatter
When words aren't enough, Chatter Screensharing will extend real-time communications by enabling employees to share anything on their screens instantly with their colleagues directly from a chat session.
Leveraging group chat and Chatter Screensharing, employees will also be able to instantly launch meetings and presentations with key teams and groups. With Chatter Screensharing, every conversation and meeting can now take place in Salesforce Chatter, all in the context of a company's social process.
Salesforce Chatter: The Leading Enterprise Social Network
Salesforce Chatter is at the heart of the employee social network, empowering employees and making business processes social. With Salesforce Chatter, employees can access the collective knowledge of the organization, connect with coworkers, share files and conversations, and work more effectively. In less than two years, more than 150,000 active Salesforce Chatter networks have been created by companies like ADP, Nikon Instruments and Pandora, making it the industry's leading enterprise social network. And Salesforce Chatter's freemium model allows any company to experience the power of an employee social network for free by signing up at Chatter.com.
In a survey of more than 5,500 customers, Salesforce Chatter users reported a 33 percent increase in employee productivity, 34 percent increase in employee engagement and satisfaction, a 29 percent increase in innovation and idea generation, 26 percent reduction in email usage and a 25 percent reduction in meetings. Salesforce Chatter is transforming companies and how people get work done.
Pricing and Availability
-- Chatter Messenger is currently scheduled to be generally available in
June 2012. Chatter Messenger will be free for all Salesforce customers,
including Chatter.com customers.
-- Chatter Screensharing is currently scheduled to be available as a
limited pilot in Q3 of 2012.
-- Customers who purchase salesforce.com technologies should make their
purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.
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With more than 100,000 customers, salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the social enterprise. Social enterprises leverage social, mobile and open cloud technologies to put customers at the heart of their business. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, the company's platform and application services allow customers to:
-- Create employee social networks with Salesforce Chatter, Salesforce
Rypple and Salesforce Force.com.
-- Develop customer social networks with the Salesforce SalesCloud,
Salesforce Data.com, Salesforce ServiceCloud, and Salesforce Site.com.
-- Connect with customers on public social networks with Salesforce Heroku,
-- Empower small business to become social enterprises with Salesforce
Desk.com and Salesforce Do.com.
-- Extend a company's social enterprise with apps from the leading
enterprise app marketplace, AppExchange.
-- Run apps on Database.com, the first social enterprise database.
Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM." For more information please visit http://salesforce.com, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.
LearnSomething to Offer American Heart Association Courses
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LearnSomething, a leading developer of eLearning content and recognized provider of learning platforms for retail and non-profit organizations, now offers online courses from the American Heart Association (AHA), the world leader in emergency cardiovascular care resources.
The AHA online courses offered by LearnSomething will make vital information easily accessible for healthcare professionals who want to update their professional skills or satisfy education and training requirements.
"Being able to offer AHA courses will help us provide many of our clients with the technology delivered education they want...and need," said Steve Roden, CEO of LearnSomething. "The public may not realize that only AHA training courses are vetted by AHA scientists and educators, and are preferred among most healthcare providers."
LearnSomething will offer AHA courses through its learning portal and provide learners with full support.
Courses of particular interest to community pharmacists include the BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1. Pharmacists can complete this course as part of their requirements to earn a BLS course completion card required for healthcare professionals who provide immunizations.
Like many online courses from AHA, BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1 is part of a blended learning approach. Students learn cognitive skills through the Web-based, self-paced Part 1 of the sequence, then they participate in a hands-on skills practice and testing session (Parts 2 and 3) with an AHA BLS Instructor. An AHA BLS Healthcare Provider course completion card will be issued upon successful completion of all three parts.
The online format provides pharmacists with 24/7 access to the course, eliminates scheduling and logistical issues that can result from classroom training, and fits the hectic demands of a community pharmacy setting.
LearnSomething's AHA course offerings include:
-- BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1
-- Heartsaver(®) CPR AED Online Part 1
-- Heartsaver(®) First Aid Online Part 1
-- Heartsaver(®) First Aid CPR AED Online Part 1
For more information, contact your LearnSomething representative or email email@example.com.
LearnSomething is the leading provider of eLearning solutions for the drug, healthcare and food industries. For more than 15 years LearnSomething's products and custom development services have helped retailers, manufacturers and professional associations meet training objectives through flexible online, blended and instructor-led programs. LearnSomething's Advisor Information Networks are used by pharmaceutical, CPG and other manufacturers to provide retailers with essential information for satisfying compliance and performance needs. The company's Learning Creation and Management System (LCMS), Learner Community(TM), simplifies developing, deploying and tracking eLearning products and programs. Learn more at http://www.learnsomething.com.
SAP to Expand Cloud Presence with Acquisition of Ariba
Combination Creates the Business Network of the Future;
Provides Open Business Commerce Community and Procurement Solutions in the Cloud;
Network to Benefit from SAP's Flagship In-Memory Platform, SAP HANA
WALLDORF, Germany and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA) today announced that SAP's subsidiary, SAP America, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Ariba, the leading cloud-based business commerce network, for $45.00 per share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $4.3 billion. The acquisition will combine Ariba's successful buyer-seller collaboration network with SAP's broad customer base and deep business process expertise to create new models for business-to-business collaboration in the cloud.
The Ariba board of directors has unanimously approved the transaction. The per share purchase price represents a 20% premium over the May 21 closing price and a 19% premium over the one month volume weighted average price per share. The transaction will be funded from SAP's free cash and a EUR2.4 billion term loan facility. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar year 2012, subject to Ariba stockholder approval, clearances by relevant regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be accretive to SAP's non-IFRS earnings per share in 2013.
Business Network to Drive Growth
With the addition of Ariba, SAP will acquire the leader in cloud-based collaborative business commerce. The acquisition establishes SAP as the leading business network, adding business-to-business collaboration to its existing solutions. The move positions SAP in a fast-growing segment as buyers and sellers across the globe connect in new ways through the cloud.
SAP's entry into the inter-enterprise business network space significantly expands its growth opportunities and accelerates its momentum in the cloud. Last week, SAP announced the roadmap for its cloud applications business (Software-as-a-Service), focusing on managing customers, suppliers, employees, and financials, in addition to its cloud suite offerings SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One. The acquisition will also significantly boost SAP's cloud applications portfolio with the addition of Ariba's leading cloud-based procurement solutions.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Ariba has approximately 2,600 employees. The company is the leader in cloud-based collaborative commerce applications and the second-largest cloud vendor by revenue. Ariba combines industry-leading technology with a web-based trading community to help companies discover, connect and collaborate with a global network of partners - all in a cloud-based environment. With $444 million in total revenue, Ariba experienced 38.5 percent annual growth in 2011. Its business network recorded 62 percent organic growth in the same period.
"The cloud has profoundly changed the way people interact. The impact will be even greater as enterprises connect and collaborate in new ways with their global networks of customers and partners," said SAP Co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe. "Cloud-based collaboration is redefining business network innovation, and we are catching this wave in the early stage of its evolution. The addition of Ariba will create the business network of the future, deliver immediate value to our customers and provide another solid engine for driving SAP's growth in the cloud."
Businesses to Benefit from Combination
Industry experts estimate the cloud-based enterprise network and procurement segment at a current size of $5 billion in revenue. The Ariba network is the largest and most global trading network, connecting and automating more than $319 billion in commerce transactions, collaborations, and intelligence among more than 730,000 companies. SAP's global customer base of more than 190,000 companies includes the largest buyers and sellers in the world, offering great potential to increase the number of participants, as well as the volume and types of transactions conducted through this network. Already today 63% of the world's transaction revenue touches an SAP system. SAP and Ariba will facilitate collaborative commerce within and between companies of all sizes.
The combination of SAP's innovations and core applications with the Ariba cloud-based network will create new business value for customers:
-- Together, SAP and Ariba can deliver a truly end-to-end solution that
enables companies to achieve a closed-loop from source-to-pay,
regardless of whether they deploy in the cloud, on-premise or through a
combination of both.
-- Ariba's open network and SAP's integration expertise will facilitate
participation and extend the benefits of business collaboration to all
companies, on any system, from any provider.
-- The Ariba network will benefit from the performance delivered by using
SAP's flagship in-memory platform SAP HANA.
-- Relationship and transaction information from commerce activity in the
Ariba network together with SAP's leading analytics will provide
real-time insights to enable trading partners to discover, connect and
collaborate more effectively.
-- All SAP customers will be able to easily connect to the business network
through pre-built integration points.
-- Through the combination of the business network procurement solutions
from Ariba and SAP, organizations can gain 360-degree business
intelligence and effectively demonstrate that spending activities,
contracts, and supplier interactions adhere to corporate compliance
"In our personal lives, networks are playing an increasingly important role in how we connect, share, and shop - bringing more insight and efficiency into everything we do," said Bob Calderoni, CEO, Ariba. "Businesses are looking for the same connectedness, insight, and efficiencies in the processes and collaboration with customers, suppliers, and partners beyond the walls of their companies. By combining Ariba's open global trading network and SAP's solutions and analytics, we are ushering in a new era of business-to-business collaboration and driving new levels of productivity."
Upon completion of the transaction, it is planned to consolidate all cloud-related supplier assets of SAP under Ariba. The existing management team will continue to lead Ariba, which will operate as an independent business under the name "Ariba, an SAP company." The SAP Executive Board intends to nominate Ariba CEO Bob Calderoni to the SAP Global Managing Board after closing of the transaction and subject to the approval of the SAP Supervisory Board.
Financial Analyst and Media Conference Call
SAP and Ariba will host a conference call for financial analysts and media to discuss the transaction on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 10:00 pm CET / 4:00 pm Eastern/ 1:00 p.m. Pacific. The call will be webcast at http://www.sap.com/investor
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 190,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit http://www.sap.com.
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Additional Information about the Merger and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, Ariba will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The definitive proxy statement will be sent or given to the stockholders of Ariba and will contain important information about the proposed merger and related matters. Ariba's stockholders are urged to read the definitive proxy statement carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed merger because they will contain important information about the merger and the parties to the merger. Additionally, Ariba and SAP will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Ariba by SAP pursuant to the terms of an Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among, SAP America, Angel Expansion Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAP America, and Ariba. SAP, Ariba and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Ariba stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of SAP's executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading SAP's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, and the proxy statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC when they become available. Information concerning the interests of Ariba's participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of Ariba's stockholders generally, will be set forth in the proxy statement relating to the merger when it becomes available.
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Merger of Startups Creates Online Marketing Agency with Focus on Ethics
MCKINNEY, Texas, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Online marketing agencies LocalHitz and DigitalBreadCrumb (DBC) have completed an agreement to merge the two start-ups into a full-service online marketing agency. The new company has formally commenced operations as of May 21, 2012.
The new company is called LocalHitz, and combines the LocalHitz pay-per-click optimization platform with SocialConnect, DBC's social networking optimization platform.
Both companies were founded with a focus on bringing a higher ethical standard to the online marketing space, in which practices such as black-box markup, blocking advertiser access to publisher data, and tying advertisers to long-term contracts are commonplace.
New LocalHitz CEO Vittorio Rotelli underscores the synergy between the two companies, both from a product and philosophical point of view, "In order to provide a full range of services, DBC was looking to expand into search advertising and LocalHitz was, in turn, taking a closer look at the benefits of social network marketing. The fact that both companies were founded to right some wrongs in this space made this a perfect match."
Rotelli's rich background in online marketing includes more than three years as Area Director at ReachLocal, four years as Area General Sales Manager at Yellowbook, and six years as District Manager at AT&T.
The management team is rounded out by Chief Technology Officer and LocalHitz founder Dan Madoni, Chief Product Officer Adam Webber, and Chief Financial Officer James Bresnahan, each with a lengthy list of accomplishments in their respective fields.
The LocalHitz office in McKinney, Texas will serve as company headquarters and the center of engineering operations. DBC's Manhattan Beach, California office will serve as the company's center of sales operations.
LocalHitz is an online marketing agency that offers paid search and social media marketing to small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs). The LocalHitz platform utilizes predictive analysis, search engine optimization, and social media broadcasting to reach online consumers searching for a particular product or service, then measures and reports response activity. LocalHitz is the reliable and affordable solution for SMBs to advertise online, empower their message, and track results.
Reed Construction Data® and Bluebeam® Software Partner to Provide Contractors with Complete Digital Bidding Solution
Bluebeam Revu® Standard Enables Reed Construction Data Customers to Respond to Electronic Bid Documents Faster
NORCROSS, Ga. and PASADENA, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Theelectronic bidding process just got better for the thousands of building professionals who use Reed Construction Data's project lead services to identify local projects out for bid. Reed Construction Data®, leading North American provider of construction information, and Bluebeam Software, leading developer of PDF-based solutions for the design and construction industry, are partnering to provide users with Bluebeam Revu Standard- a PDF creation, markup and editing solution built for the construction industry. Together, Reed Construction Data's project lead services and Revu equip users with a total solution for quickly identifying local projects and responding to bids electronically.
"Every day, Reed Construction Data helps thousands of subcontractors, GCs, building product manufacturers, dealers, distributors and suppliers identify the latest local projects so they can bid and win new business," said Jennifer Johnson, Director of Product Management at Reed Construction Data. "By partnering with Bluebeam, we are helping our customers become even more competitive by providing them with best-in-class PDF markup and editing tools for quickly reviewing and redlining electronic bid documents."
Reed Construction Data's project lead services enable customers to find new, local projects requesting bids. Many projects also provide direct links to plans and specs, which can be saved in TIF format. Now that Reed Construction Data is offering Revu as a plan viewer, users can import project TIFs for automatic conversion to PDF and use Revu's industry-standard PDF markup tools, including measurements, textboxes, callouts, clouds, leaders and CAD symbols to digitally redline bid documents. All markups and measurements are automatically tracked in Revu's Markups list, from which custom columns can be created to calculate material costs, and all data can be sorted, filtered or summarized to CSV or XML for further calculations in Microsoft® Excel. Additionally, users can automatically compare PDF drawings or overlay pages to show differences between drawing revisions, assemble bid documents by adding, deleting, inserting and rotating PDF pages, insert text stamps, add headers and footers and digitally sign PDFs.
"Revu offers a tremendous value to Reed Construction Data customers by enabling them to digitally respond to bids faster," added Patrick Keller, Bluebeam Software Product Manager. "Data reported by our customers indicates that Revu helps users calculate takeoffs up to 70% faster and decrease turnaround time by as much as 60%. In the fast-paced world of project bidding, these time-savings not only help users meet bid deadlines, but free up more time to bid on additional projects."
To learn more about purchasing Revu and using it in conjunction with Reed Construction Data's project lead services, go to http://www.reedconstructiondata.com or contact your local Reed Construction Data sales representative.
About Reed Construction Data
Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed Construction Data's diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local construction data, building product information, advertising channels, construction cost data and market intelligence for construction industry professionals in the U.S and Canada. Visit the Reed Construction Data website at http://www.reedconstructiondata.com.
About Bluebeam Software
Not your typical software company, Bluebeam Software makes smart, simple solutions for paperless workflows based on the PDF format. Founded in 2002 in Pasadena, California, Bluebeam's award-winning PDF creation, markup and collaboration solutions are used today by the world's top architectural, engineering and construction firms, as well as government agencies, accountants and even attorneys, as an intuitive, easy-to-use, PDF-based software solution for dramatically improved workflow and more sustainable, paperless operations. Bluebeam supports customers in over 50 countries directly through its Account Services team in addition to an extensive reseller network. For more information, visit http://www.bluebeam.com.
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New INRIX Traffic App for iPhone and iPad Gets Drivers Out of Gridlock
Free App Puts the Power of 100 Million Traffic Reporters into the Palm of Your Hand
KIRKLAND, Wash., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- INRIX, a leading international provider of traffic information and driver services, introduces a new app for the iPhone and iPad that helps drivers take control of their commute and avoid traffic. With drivers spending up to 60 hours last year idling on America's Worst Roads(1), INRIX Traffic helps cut the cost of gridlock with the following time-saving features:
-- Your Fastest Routes to Home & Work: Drivers can easily decide which
route is the best choice to get around today's traffic. Only INRIX
analyzes the impact accidents, sporting events, concerts and other
unique local events have on traffic to deliver the fastest routes with
the least delay.
-- Recommended Departure & Travel Times: The INRIX Traffic Forecast Slider
shows drivers the best options for avoiding frustrating delays now and
in the future.
-- Share INRIX Arrival Times: Easily send your INRIX Arrival Time
instantly to any contact with just a few taps.
-- Personalized Traffic Alerts: Drivers can uniquely tune their app to
only alert them to accidents and other incidents causing delays along
"We're putting 100 million traffic reporters into the palm of your hand," said Kevin Foreman, INRIX Vice President of Consumer Applications. "Our latest release helps drivers never be late again."
INRIX Traffic is powered by the same company relied on by leading global automakers like Audi, Ford and Toyota. INRIX covers more roads with greater accuracy than any other traffic service delivering time and fuel-saving insight to drivers for more than one million miles of highways, interstates, city streets and heavily traveled local roads in the U.S. and one million kilometers across Europe. INRIX uniquely combines insights from the world's largest community of more than 100 million daily drivers with hundreds of other sources to deliver insight accurate within 2 mph of actual traffic speeds under all driving conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
INRIX at Work
Besides INRIX Traffic, the company's massive archive of traffic information and advanced analytics engine are shedding new light on traffic congestion, its impacts and how to help solve them. Today's release of the INRIX Traffic Scorecard reporting on the impact of traffic congestion worldwide found drivers in America's 10 Worst Traffic Cities sit idle on average more than 40 hours a year in gridlock. The Top 10 Worst Traffic Cities for 2011 (2) and the time wasted annually by drivers in these cities annually are:
1. Honolulu (58 hours) 6. Washington, D.C. (45 hours)
2. Los Angeles (56 hours) 7. Seattle (33 hours)
3. San Francisco (48 hours) 8. Austin (30 hours)
4. New York (57 hours) 9. Boston (35 hours)
5. Bridgeport, CT (42 hours) 10. Chicago (36 hours)
Tuesday at 8:00 AM was the busiest morning commute hour, and Friday at 5:30 PM was the worst evening rush hour. Each weekday morning, overall national congestion peaks between 7:45 to 8:00 AM. Overall national evening congestion peaks between 5:30 and 5:45 PM.
Consumers interested in learning more about the impact of traffic congestion on their own commute can view information unique to their city including how many hours they waste idle every year, the worst roads, how traffic is trending and other insights by downloading the mobile app and tapping the bar graph icon at the bottom of their home screen.
The new INRIX Traffic App is available today as a free, ad-free download for iPhone; iPad and iPod Touch from the Apple App Store. To learn more about the INRIX Traffic, visit http://www.inrixtraffic.com.
INRIX® is the largest global traffic intelligence platform in the world, delivering smart data and advanced analytics to solve transportation issues worldwide. INRIX crowd sources data daily from nearly 100 million vehicles and devices to deliver traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services, across six channels in 30 countries.
With more than 200 customers and partners including Audi, ADAC, ANWB, BMW, the BBC, Ford Motor Company, the I-95 Coalition, MapQuest, Microsoft, NAVIGON, Nissan, O2, Tele Atlas, Telmap, Toyota and Vodafone, INRIX's real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts help drivers save time every day. To experience the traffic technology revolution behind the next generation of transportation, navigation and location-based service applications, visit http://www.INRIX.com.
Network Preparedness And Recovery Top-of-Mind For AT&T As Hurricane Season Nears
AT&T First Private Sector Company Nationwide to be Certified under Department of Homeland Security Standards for Disaster Preparedness
MIAMI, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season just days away, AT&T* stands ready to respond with its state-of-the-art Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program, and now with a disaster preparedness certification in hand from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). AT&T's certification is the first nationwide under the DHS Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep).
The PS-Prep certification reflects AT&T's commitment to keeping our networks up and running in the face of a natural or man-made disaster so consumers, businesses and emergency responders can communicate during and after these events.
AT&T has invested more than $600 million in our Network Disaster Recovery function - one of the industry's largest and most advanced disaster response programs - to help ensure the flow of wireless and wireline communications during emergencies. Formed in 1991, the NDR arsenal of equipment includes more than 320 technology and equipment trailers that can be quickly deployed to respond to events, such as hurricanes. The Network Disaster Recovery team works closely with local AT&T network personnel, regional Emergency Operations Centers and Local Response Centers to restore and maintain service until permanent repairs can be made.
The ability to quickly respond in the wake of a disaster is critical to maximizing network reliability. AT&T conducts readiness drills and simulations throughout the year to ensure our networks are prepared and our personnel are ready to respond at a moment's notice. Additionally, the AT&T Global Network Operations Center monitors our networks 24/7.
"For AT&T, it's all about providing a reliable, advanced network with fast disaster recovery so we can help people stay connected during the worst times," said Marshall Criser, III, president, AT&T Florida. "We're proud to be the first company in the nation to secure Homeland Security certification for disaster preparedness. We are constantly pumping new innovation and technology into our networks, to the tune of $95 billion over the last 5 years."
AT&T has continued to enhance network redundancy in hurricane-prone areas by installing more back-up and permanent generators at critical cell sites and switching facilities; locating critical equipment in less vulnerable areas; upgrading electronics critical to network operations above expected flood levels; and protecting physical facilities against flooding.
Additional AT&T standard pre-storm network preparations include:
-- Adding capacity to the wireless network to accommodate increased call
-- Testing the high-capacity backup batteries located at every cell site.
-- Distributing extended battery life and portable generators and
maintaining existing fixed generators.
-- Topping off generators with fuel at cell sites and central and
field-level switching facilities.
-- Using natural gas in some of the permanent generators to eliminate the
need to refuel.
-- Staging generators in safe locations for their immediate deployment once
a storm has passed.
Response equipment readied in the wake of a storm includes:
-- Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers
-- Emergency communications vehicles
-- A self-sufficient base camp, complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms,
kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and more than 10,000 meals
ready to eat (MREs)
-- Hazmat equipment and supplies
-- Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and
mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
-- Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery
Just as we prepare our networks and personnel, AT&T encourages residents and small businesses to consider the following recommendations in preparation for this year's hurricane season.
-- Keep your wireless phone batteries charged at all times. Have an
alternative plan to recharge your battery in case of a power outage,
such as using your car charger to charge your device or having extra
mobile phone batteries on hand.
-- Keep your wireless phone dry. The biggest threat to your device during a
hurricane is water, so keep your equipment safe from the elements by
storing it in a baggie or some other type of protective covering.
-- Have a family communication plan in place. Designate someone out of the
area as a central contact, and make certain that all family members know
who to contact if they get separated. Most importantly, practice your
emergency plan in advance.
-- Program all of your emergency contact numbers and e-mail addresses into
your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire
station and hospital, as well as your family members.
-- Forward your home number to your wireless number in the event of an
evacuation. Because call forwarding is based out of the telephone
central office, you will get incoming calls from your landline phone
even if your local telephone service is disrupted at your home. In the
unlikely event that the central office is not operational, services such
as Voicemail, Call Forwarding, Remote Access call forwarding and call
forwarding busy line/don't answer may be useful.
-- Track the storm and access weather information on your wireless device.
Many homes lose power during severe weather. If you have a wireless
device that provides access to the Internet, you can watch weather
reports through services like AT&T U-verse Live TV or keep updated with
local radar and severe weather alerts through My-Cast(®) Weather, if
you subscribe to those services.
-- Camera phones provide assistance. If you have a camera phone, take,
store and send photos -- even video clips -- of damaged property to your
insurance company from your device.
-- Take advantage of location-based mapping technology. Services such as
AT&T Navigator and AT&T FamilyMap can help you seek evacuation routes or
avoid traffic congestion from downed trees or power lines, as well as
track a family member's wireless device in case you get separated.
Small Business Tips:
-- Set up a call-forwarding service to a predetermined backup location. Set
up a single or multiple hotline number(s) for employees, employees'
families, customers and partners, as appropriate, to call so that all
parties know about the business situation and emergency plan. For this
to be most effective, maintain an updated contact list, including mobile
and home phone numbers and e-mail addresses, for all employees.
-- Protect hardware/software/data records/employee records, etc. Routinely
back up these files to an off-site location. Use a generator for
supplying backup power to vital computer hardware and other
mission-critical equipment. Prearrange the replacement of damaged
hardware with vendors to ensure quick business recovery.
-- Outline detailed plans for evacuation and shelter-in-place plans.
Practice these plans (employee training, etc.). Establish a backup
location for your business and meeting place for all employees.
-- Assemble a crisis-management team and coordinate efforts with
neighboring businesses and building management. Be aware that disasters
affecting your suppliers also affect your business. Outline a plan for
supply chain continuity for business essentials.
-- Consider a back-up cellular network. Services like AT&T Remote Mobility
Zone, allows organizations to protect their critical communications by
installing small cell sites at the businesses' locations. If a disaster
disables primary communications networks, the back-up cellular network
can help keep your company connected.
Maximizing Service During and After a Hurricane:
-- Try text messaging. During an emergency situation, text messages may go
through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network
resources. All of AT&T's wireless devices are text messaging capable.
Depending on your text or data plan, additional charges may apply.
-- Be prepared for high call volume. During an emergency, many people are
trying to use their phones at the same time. The increased calling
volume may create network congestion, leading to "fast busy" signals on
your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this
happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again. This
allows your original call data to clear the network before you try
-- Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum, and limit your calls to the most
important ones. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will
be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business
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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile Internet network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(®) and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
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Father's Day Gift Your Family Will Remember 30 Years from Now
Patented invention helps any traveler take better pictures and be included in photos to capture lifetime moments.
LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Quik Pod®, by Fromm Works Inc., allows Dad to be included in every photo and video without asking strangers for help.
Just in time for Father's Day, get the man in your life the world's first handheld extendable monopod for smartphones (http://www.quikpod.com/iphone.html). Your family will cherish photos taken with the Quik Pod generations from now. No more missed shots or awkward raised arms in the photo.
Quik Pod Inventor Wayne Fromm says, "I first invented this for myself, for when I travel with my family. Since then it's been on Oprah's O List, The Today Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I'm proud to keep all dads in their family photos!"
Fits smartphones, all compact cameras, DSLR and GOPRO cameras.
Prices for the Quik Pod start at $19.95. Available online at http://www.quikpod.com - and at Amazon, B&H Photo, J&R Computer World, Adorama, Henrys Camera and Kaiser Fototechnik (Europe).
U.S. Patent No.: 7,684,694.
Fromm Works, Inc. is an invention and design company that has marketed nearly fifty successful commercial products including Quik Pod, Disney's Snow White Magic Talking Mirror and Nesquik's Magic Milkshake Maker. A supporter of Starlight Children's Foundation. Member of DEMA and PMA.
DOE Announces Apps for Energy Winners, U.S. CTO Addresses Green Button Initiative at ConnectivityWeek, Leading Conference on Smart Grid and Energy 2.0
ConnectivityWeek and Zpryme to Release Smart Grid/Energy 2.0 Roadmap
-- Department of Energy (DOE) "Apps for Energy" winners announced at ConnectivityWeek, leading Smart Grid/Energy 2.0 show in Silicon Valley, with $100,000 in cash prizes.
-- Local utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), early Green-Button adopter, sits on panel of judges, demonstrates "apps" at conference.
-- U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park discusses Green Button.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kicking off ConnectivityWeek, a national conference gathering of top Smart Grid leaders in Santa Clara, Calif., Senior Energy Department Official Patricia Hoffman today announced the winners of the DOE's "Apps for Energy" contest. Winners were based on an expert vote, and four of the five judges participated in ConnectivityWeek's opening panel.
According to the DOE's press release, the competition "challenged innovative software developers to build new apps - for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more - that utilize data from major utility companies to help consumers and businesses use less energy and save money." More on "Apps for Energy"
Judges were joined this morning by U.S. CTO Todd Park and California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, who provided keynotes. Panelists included:
-- Karen Austin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, PG&E.
-- Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, DOE.
-- Sharelynn Moore, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Itron.
-- Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures.
Americans can cast votes for Popular Choice Award winners until 8 p.m., May 31: http://appsforenergy.challenge.gov.
The remainder of ConnectivityWeek will focus on defining the Energy 2.0 market, with a Wednesday keynote by Sunil Paul, Founding Partner of Spring Ventures, on "Why Cleanweb Beats Cleantech." Zpryme will also release a 10-year Smart Grid/Energy 2.0 roadmap.
"As information technologies evolve and rising energy costs lead to customer-demanded control, Energy 2.0 is inevitable," said Anto Budiardjo, Clasma President. "ConnectivityWeek is gathering the players to define this market."
Clasma Events, Inc. specializes in strategic conferences at the center of the worldwide energy discussion: ConnectivityWeek, GridWeek, Grid-Interop, and GridSec.
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YELLOW7 Expands to European Vacation Rental Market with VacationList.com
Potential Customer Base Continues to Grow for Premiere Online Vacation Site
DALLAS, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- YELLOW7, Inc. (OTCQB: YLLC) ("the Company"), a rapidly evolving internet media company and a provider of online vacation rental properties, announced today that its premiere online vacation listing site, VacationList.com, will continue its expansion to include Europe, allowing the company to further expand its potential customer base.
A recent European Travel Commission (ETC) report on European Travel Trends highlights two key trends for 2012: changes in American travel patterns and spending for Europe-bound travelers as well as a pent-up demand for travel to Europe. The study indicates that, despite economic trends, the European tourism market will see a recovery in 2012, largely fueled by the U.S. traveler. Important in the findings is the quest for value by the American traveler both in terms of accommodations and profiting from the US dollar strengthening versus the volatile Euro.
"These trends bolster the importance of the growing European vacation rental market for savvy travelers seeking the best value possible for their vacation budget. VacationList.com's expansion to European vacation rental markets gives additional travelers the opportunity to experience our powerful vacation portal," commented Jason Burgess, CEO of YELLOW7, Inc.
About YELLOW7, Inc.
YELLOW7, Inc. (OTCQB:YLLC) is a rapidly evolving internet media company bringing over thirteen years of innovation and creativity to the online industry, having developed memorable media and technologies for brand leaders such as DATCU Credit Union, MetlSpan, TIGI and more. The company's multiple divisions help them take full advantage of customized and effective online technologies. For more information on YELLOW7, visit the company's website at http://www.yellowseven.com.
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Leading Mexico Telecom Firm Cablemas Pumps Up Business by Turning to Cloud to Gain Competitive Edge
Microsoft Exchange Online connects employees to the Cablemas home office with cloud-based email and information access to build employee community and boost customer service with reduced IT costs.
REDMOND, Wash., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cablemas, a Mexico City-based provider of cable, telephone and broadband Internet services, has used the Microsoft Exchange Online cloud service to extend email messaging to its 2,500 offsite employees, enabling them to better serve customers and making the company more competitive - without adding IT infrastructure.
"As a result of using Exchange Online, employees are enjoying improved access to information and enhanced productivity," said Jorge Gonzales Ortega, IT Operations and Support manager at Cablemas. "The company is delivering faster, higher-quality service to our customers."
Providing superior customer satisfaction had helped Cablemás gain a leadership position in Mexico's telecommunications market, but competitors are moving too quickly close the gap. To further raise the bar of customer service, the company knew it needed to tighten communication between the 2,000 employees at its Mexico City central offices and its widely dispersed offsite staff of field service, customer service and sales representatives.
At headquarters, employees used an on-premises corporate messaging system deployed on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. However, offsite staff had no access and would typically use their personal email accounts to check in with supervisors. The lack of standardized email communication decreased their productivity. "Company news did not reach offsite employees in a timely manner, and it often was incomplete or received too late to be useful," Ortega said. "Our offsite employees felt disconnected from the decisions made in our central offices."
The IT team first considered expanding the company's Exchange Server 2007 environment, but storage limitations and the demands of managing additional infrastructure discouraged them. They consulted Microsoft advisors, who suggested using the kiosk version of Exchange Online to extend their email environment to a cloud service. "The kiosk version is designed for 'deskless' workers, so we felt it would be a good fit for our offsite employees, many of whom cover a lot of territory," Ortega said.
Cablemas leaders also liked the idea of using a hybrid environment made up of its existing servers combined with cloud services. After comparing the offerings of Google and other vendors, they selected Exchange Online because they could build on their established relationship with Microsoft, whose products and services they trusted. Employees already knew how to use Microsoft technologies, and the IT staff knew how to manage them.
To expedite the deployment, Cablemas turned to UNIKA, a member of the Microsoft Partner Network that knew the process. UNIKA used a software connector to link the company's Exchange Server 2007 with its cloud service. Since it already used Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server to help protect its corporate messaging environment against malware and viruses, the company selected Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange.
Through its new hybrid messaging environment, the company can now inform all offsite employees of corporate decisions, educate them about marketing strategies and provide them with tools to respond more quickly to customers. "Today, customer-facing employees usually have the answers in front of them, and when the need does arise, they have a more efficient way to reach out," Ortega said.
By subscribing to Exchange Online at a fixed monthly rate, Cablemas avoided both a substantial hardware investment and the need to hire additional IT staff. "I'm supporting both our on-premises and online messaging environments with the same staff as before, which is pretty impressive," Ortega said. "We receive an excellent level of service from Microsoft, so we don't have to worry about maintenance, software updates or upgrades."
Cablemas leaders recognize that streamlining communication inside the company is key to sustaining both its competitive edge and its "esprit de corps." "Our supervisors can now send email updates about product features and pricing to support our sales reps throughout the sales process," Ortega said. "Plus, offsite employees have a greater sense of belonging because they can now communicate directly with their colleagues at our central offices."
More information on Cablemas' move to Exchange Online is available in the Microsoft Case Study and the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.
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LectureTools iPad App Brings Active Learning to a New Level
New iPad App Challenges Clickers and Puts Content on the Cloud
ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As educational institutions from kindergarten through college increasingly explore iPad initiatives, app developers and educators say LectureTools' latest foray could be transformative in the classroom as well as a flipped classroom tool.
The product, created by a University of Michigan startup of the same name, spun out of research by Perry Samson, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences who has won awards for his teaching practice.
The application offers an alternative to clickers that harnesses the potential of the iPad, turning it into one of the most active in-class learning and communication tools, with cloud based storage. Anything added to the app is instantly available online through students' LectureTools web accounts. This is important in situations where students only have access to iPads in the classroom, but not in the events for homework.
The app was piloted in David Montalvo's classrooms in the Bay Shore School District in New York.
"LectureTools streamlines the instruction and content delivery, giving students electronic access to all teacher created class materials, in addition to their own notes. The integration with an iPad app will certainly make 1-to-1 technology more accessible, with the ability to poll and assess students in real-time during the class," said Gary L. Lamm, Bay Shore technology administrator.
The app comes with all the bells and whistles students are used to seeing in the LectureTools web application. But now, a sleeker design optimized for iPad enables students to use the tool during class and offline for remote studying.
"LectureTools' focus is to provide instructors and students with more opportunities for active learning during and after class," said Jason Aubrey, co-founder at LectureTools. "LectureTools is the first end to end learning platform in the app store and we look forward to seeing how education uses our application. We think that many are missing the opportunity to use iPads in a more direct, engaging way, and we are confidant LectureTools will provide better ways to use iPads with students."
Through LectureTools, instructors can present students with interactive activities, including multiple-choice, free response and image-based questions, and students can respond using their mobile device, now including iPads. Students can also relay comprehension concerns about particular slides to the instructor, or submit specific questions that instructors or teaching assistants can view and answer as they arise. Answered questions become anonymously visible to every student in the class and they are saved so they can be reviewed later.
"Research shows that use of laptops or cell phones in class can increase student engagement, despite their potential for distraction, when web applications that encourage student participation are employed. Now that iPads have become more popular with learners, we've expanded our technology to take full advantage of these devices," Samson said. "If you give students a chance to participate, they will."
Students can type notes, flip through instructor's lecture slides and quickly access the slides they found confusing or important for later review. Together, these features create a comprehensive learning environment and a central location for students to access all of their study materials so that they stay organized and engaged.
The solution provided by LectureTools enables schools and instructors to engage students in new ways and take full advantage of their iPad initiatives.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan based company began as a University of Michigan research project and is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation. Account sign-up and more information is available at http://www.lecturetools.com/.
Lithia Automotive Launches Driver Connect(SM) to Reach Next Gen Customers
DMEautomotive's mobile shopping and vehicle ownership app allows Lithia dealerships to target younger service/sales customers and keep current customers 'close-at-hand'
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DMEautomotive (DMEa) today announced the roll-out of its breakthrough mobile app, Driver Connect(SM), to over 50 of Lithia Automotive's dealerships. Driver Connect is specifically targeted to help dealerships solve the service 'generation gap' and keep 'next gen' customers engaged through its suite of cool, useful and personalized automotive tools. Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, the Lithia-branded and customized app allows consumers to browse new and used inventory, easily schedule service appointments, manage their vehicles' service histories, and receive targeted dealership alerts and offers.
According to recent research from DMEautomotive*, dealership service customers are aging, while a new wave of wired, hard-researching, high-spending Gen Ys and Millennials are gravitating heavily toward aftermarket chains and increasingly communicating via mobile media. Driver Connect was specifically developed by DMEa to help attract and keep these customers, who represent the lifeblood of a dealership's service future, and prevent them from bleeding to aftermarket chains - while also keeping dealerships closer to all their service customers.
"Clearly, our greatest challenge and biggest opportunity is reaching the 'next gen' service consumer - and one of the best ways to do that is with a mobile app that makes it easier for this critically important customer to engage - and stay engaged - with us. That app is DMEa's Driver Connect, and we're excited to provide it to our dealerships and dealership customers," said Ron Stoner, VP of Fixed Operations for Lithia Automotive. "As our work with DMEa has shown, the service customer communication game has fundamentally changed. And, as the consumption of mobile apps spreads to older generations as well, the time is right to offer our customers this timely and convenient way to interact with our service centers."
The Lithia-branded Driver Connect app helps customers manage their vehicles' complete service history and appointment scheduling on the fly. Customer vehicle histories are automatically pulled from the DMS so they can receive up-to-the-minute recall info and alerts, as well as 24/7-service appointment scheduling, which is automatically added to the mobile device calendar.
To keep customers using it on a daily basis, Lithia's Driver Connect app also includes practical, clever 'cool tools,' such as 'Find My Car,' with GPS functionality to help customers locate their car anywhere; 'My Parking Meter,' which provides meter expiration alerts; 'Gas Station Locator,' to find nearest, lowest-price gas stations; 'Find Local Parking,' and 'Flashlight,' which is literally a flashlight. Flashlight apps are one of the most popular paid apps for iPhone and Android - but now free to Lithia customers.
"Driver Connect keeps dealership customers servicing and buying, and enables Lithia to have one branded mobile app across all their stores so their customers can find rich, detailed info about every rooftop and all inventory," said Mike Walther, president of DMEautomotive. "With Driver Connect's super-targeted alerts based on a vehicle's service lifecycle, and its popular 'cool tools,' Lithia will literally be at the fingertips of the next gen of tech-savvy service customers, while also keeping its current customers 'close at hand.'"
* DMEautomotive's recent white papers, The Changing Service Loyalty Landscape and Marketing Success in a Changing Service Loyalty Landscape, are available at http://www.dmeautomotive.com/
DMEautomotive (DMEa) is the industry leader in science-based, results-driven automotive marketing, and provides turnkey marketing to the largest and most innovative automotive organizations, from automobile dealerships to many of the largest aftermarket companies in the U.S. DMEa's uniquely panoramic view of the complete automotive sales and service market, combined with its cutting-edge, science-based marketing programs, increases customer yield, conversion and retention.
DMEa does not take marketing performance on faith, and each product and service is measured by a simple, precise scientific approach: Is it true? Prove it. Will it work? Test it. Does it generate results? Show it! Supported by DMEa's proprietary, cloud-based Red Rocket Technology Platform, the DMEa product suite includes science-based, data driven, multi-channel customer acquisition and retention marketing programs; best-in-class campaign reporting; data management and analytics; auto-focused Customer Interaction Center solutions, and complete on-site mail and email fulfillment services. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, DMEa also has major operations in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bocada Announces New Online Store Enabling Easy Acquisition of Bocada Vision
Quest, Veeam, and VMware customers can easily access low-cost license bundles
KIRKLAND, Wash., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bocada Inc., the world's leading provider of data protection management software and the creator of the Data Protection Service Management (DPSM) model, today announced a new online store on its website which enables Quest, Veeam and VMware customers to quickly purchase, download and implement Bocada Vision for virtual backup reporting and analysis.
Bocada Vision is a ground breaking DPSM solution focused on addressing the complexities of backup and recovery in Virtual Environments. Vision correlates VM configuration information from VMware vCenter with backup application activity to help users more efficiently ensure all VMs are adequately protected, identify the best recovery points, manage the capacity consumed by snapshots and backups, and identifying bottlenecks in the backup process.
Bocada has teamed with leading virtualization companies Quest, Veeam and VMware to integrate Vision into their product offerings and enable support for users. Vision is integrated with VMware vCenter and supports vDataRecovery, Quest vRanger Pro, and Veeam Backup & Replication among other vendors.
Bocada has tailored Vision license bundles for SMB customers of their key partners, Quest, Veeam and VMware, to better align with those customers deployment and budget requirements. Bundles of 50, 100 and 200 licenses are available, each bundle supports vCenter and one of the above mentioned applications. These license bundles can quickly and easily be acquired via the Bocada WebStore, http://www.bocada.com/vision-express which enables customers to purchase through PayPal, and quickly receive all information needed to download, install and begin reporting on virtual backup activity. Online "how to" videos step the user through setting up data collection, configuring reports and using key features.
"We are excited to be able to offer our partners customers such an easy way to acquire, download and begin to manage their virtual backup environments", said Nancy Hurley Bocada CEO. "Bocada Vision provides immediate value to organizations coping with the differences between backing up virtual and physical environments, by making this solution so readily available we are confident that users will get an immediate ROI."
Bocada is a VMware Elite Partner, providing market leading data protection service management solutions to transform the way companies deliver data protection services to achieve greater business and IT alignment, maximize operational efficiency, minimize risk and increase customer satisfaction. Based on patented, agent-less technology, Bocada solutions deploy rapidly and scale to meet the demands of the largest multi-vendor data protection environments. Picking up where other backup software companies stop, Bocada software monitors and creates in-depth reports for transparency and accountability and empowers users to address any failures in their data protection process. Hundreds of enterprise organizations more effectively manage over 600,000 backup clients and servers with Bocada solutions. Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, Bocada is privately held and funded by leading venture investors. For more information visit: http://www.bocada.com.
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Continual growth in ZigBee Certified products signals increased demand and success
SAN RAMON, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that there are now more than 500 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, a 60 percent surge since August 2011, demonstrating a robust ecosystem responding to rapidly rising market demand.
Sparked by early market success with ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee standards play a role in products developed by more than 350 global manufacturers representing annual revenues exceeding $1 trillion, according to a 2010 report from ONWorld. A new report issued by ABI Research last week shows ZigBee is the most widely-used IEEE 802.15.4 technology, accounting for 40 percent of total shipments in 2012 and growing to over 50% by 2015.
"The accelerating growth of ZigBee Certified product availability is a clear indicator of how effectively the ZigBee Standards Family is addressing the market needs for smart and energy efficient wireless sensor networks and the expanding Internet of Things, said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "Our members clearly see the benefits of the ZigBee Certified program in delivering value to their customers and in marketing their products."
The ZigBee Certified program ensures that products built using ZigBee Standards function as expected and products from different manufacturers interoperate with each other. The certification of products is also a critical part of the Alliance's standards development process. Unlike other standards organizations, the testing and certification of products is required before any ZigBee standard is released for use. There are three ZigBee Authorized independent test services providers National Technical Systems, TUV Rheinland Group and TRaC Global. The ZigBee Certified process allows manufacturers to deliver a variety of products to customers of all types who can benefit from the simplicity of ZigBee control. To learn more about the ZigBee Certified program, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/ZigBeeCertifiedProgram.aspx.
The now 500-strong ZigBee Certified products list represents products using seven ZigBee standards: ZigBee Building Automation, ZigBee Health Care, ZigBee Home Automation, ZigBee Input Device, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Remote Control, and ZigBee Smart Energy. Highlights include:
ZigBee Compliant Platforms - At the heart of every ZigBee Certified product is a platform, and every platform is carefully tested for ZigBee specification compliance. Today, 135 platforms are ZigBee Certified, ensuring a solid supply chain with solutions from many manufacturers for products of all types.
ZigBee Smart Energy - This global industry leader provides tools for monitoring, controlling and automating the delivery and smart use of energy and water to help consumers live a more efficient and greener lifestyle. There are 246 ZigBee Certified products are available today and include a range of products covering energy service portals, meters, displays, programmable communicating thermostats and smart plugs.
ZigBee Home Automation - With 66 ZigBee Certified products providing easy-to-use control, consumers, do-it-yourself and professional installers have many product choices when creating smart homes. Smart homes give consumers more control of home appliances, lighting, security, heating and cooling systems, allowing them to use less energy while creating more comfortable and convenient homes.
ZigBee Light Link - This new standard designed for interoperable, easy-to-use lighting products offering control via your smartphone, tablet or remote control. There are already 12 ZigBee Certified products including remote controls, dimmers, color controls.
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org
MMAX Media's PayMeOn Announces Launch of its Social Income Calculator(TM)
What's a social network worth?
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MMAX Media, Inc. (OTCBB: MMAX) (OTCQB: MMAX) today announced that PayMeOn has released its Social Income Calculator(TM).
According to Ed Cespedes, CEO of MMAX and PayMeOn, "Hundreds of millions of people have spent the last several years aggregating large social networks at Facebook(TM), LinkedIn(TM), MySpace(TM) and other online destinations. We believe that the next several years will be largely about "monetizing" those networks. At PayMeOn we believe that consumers and businesses alike can earn a substantial amount of what we call social income(TM) for the vast amount of referrals and recommendations that happen every day within their social networks. Accordingly, we created the Social Income Calculator(TM) to give consumers and businesses an idea of the amount of social income(TM) they might be able to generate."
Mr. Cespedes continued, "Business people routinely identify their "networks" as their most valuable assets. We believe that the substantial "social" networks people have created are also valuable. Beyond the intrinsic value of these networks, they are valuable to researchers and advertisers, and most importantly, they are valuable for their social income(TM) producing potential."
If you are already a member of PayMeOn, simply login, complete the form and find out the cash value of your network.
If you are not yet a member, click the "create new account" tab, create your account (it's free!) and then return to the link.
HLM PayMeOn is the principal subsidiary of MMAX Media, Inc., and is pioneering the monetization of social networks. PayMeOn has trademarked the term "social income" and believes that the sharing of local deals is the beginning of a greater trend towards people earning cash from their vast connections to friends and colleagues across their various social networks. PayMeOn is led by Edward A. Cespedes, CEO. Mr. Cespedes is also the President of theglobe.com and the Vice Chairman of Tralliance Registry Management Company, LLC (the registry manager for the ".travel" top level domain). Learn more about the PayMeOn Merchant Profit Center at: http://www.paymeonmerchants.com. Learn more about the consumer side of PayMeOn at: http://www.paymeondeals.com or http://www.paymeon.com.
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European Commission Invests Over euro 3M for Research and Development of Time-Predictable Multicore Architecture for Safety-Critical Systems
The Open Group Joins Leading European Manufacturers, Universities, and Technology Developers to Produce New Time-predictable Architecture for Safety-Critical Applications
READING, England and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today announced they have partnered with a consortium of leading European real-time technology developers, industrial suppliers and research organizations to develop a platform architecture for safety-critical real-time systems for avionics, transportation and other safety-related domains. Supported by the European Commission, the Time-Predictable Multicore Architecture for Embedded Systems (T-CREST) project is investing more than euro 3.6 million (US$4.6 million) to develop an advanced multicore architecture that will enable substantial performance increases for safety-critical systems. This supplier-independent framework will incorporate newly designed components that provide added predictability and reliability essential for safety-critical applications, while providing improvements in developer productivity, system verification costs, and lower costs for maintenance.
Coordinated by The Open Group with technical leadership from DTU, the T-CREST consortium includes: University of York, Vienna University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology, each of which are renowned centers for research in system platform design; AbsInt, a provider of specialized tools for analyzing safety-critical systems; and industrial solution suppliers Intecs and GMV, both leading European providers of safety-critical transportation systems. DTU is directing the advanced research in new architecture designs and analysis tools that will enable multicore processors to be utilized for applications where strict predictability, reliability and real-time performance are required by industry.
"The T-CREST project brings together experts addressing each element of system platform design and analysis to develop new approaches for implementing components that support timing analysis and ensure predictability of the overall system," said David Lounsbury, Chief Technical Officer, The Open Group. "We're confident these new technologies will make their way into next-generation platform designs to provide needed performance boosts for safety-critical systems, while allowing software developers to verify that systems perform within the precise time intervals demanded by critical systems in avionics, automotive, railway and other safety-related domains."
The main objective of the T-CREST project is to research and develop novel solutions for time-predictable multicore and many-core system architectures utilizing time-predictable resources for processors, interconnects, memories, and other components. These new solutions will be designed to accommodate analysis of worst-case execution time (WCET) so exact timings of a safety-critical system can be verified, and WCET performance is optimized on multicore systems.
"What's needed for safety-critical systems today is a paradigm shift," said Professor Martin Schoeberl, Technical University of Denmark. "Computer architectures today strive to make executing the most common case fast using dynamic features of processors, memories, and interconnects that are difficult to analyze to guarantee specific execution time intervals. In safety-critical systems we have to always consider the worst-case execution time. We need a dramatic change to a new paradigm for designing computer architectures that makes the most demanding parts of the system execute fast and the timing of the whole system easy to analyze."
The T-CREST project will address key technology areas including: time-predictable processors for optimizing WCET and tightening the WCET bound; asynchronous time-predictable network-on-chip interconnects; time-predictable memory hierarchy with caches organized to speed-up execution time and provide tight WCET bounds; compiler infrastructure with WCET aware optimization methods and timing models to adapt to hardware behavior; and new WCET analysis techniques to exploit the time-predictable architecture. The advancements are being driven by industrial requirements and will be validated with industrial applications being developed by partners in the project. The technologies are expected to dramatically change the way safety-critical systems are designed providing important benefits in performance and managing the complexity of future safety-critical systems.
The T-CREST project is financed in part by the 7th Framework Programme, an initiative of the European Community created to foster European research and development of new technologies, applications and industries. The T-CREST project will run through summer 2014.
The Open Group is an international vendor- and technology-neutral consortium upon which organizations rely to lead the development of IT standards and certifications, and to provide them with access to key industry peers, suppliers and best practices. The Open Group provides guidance and an open environment in order to ensure interoperability and vendor neutrality. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.
About the Technical University of Denmark
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is one of the leading Northern European research and education institutions in the engineering field including DTU Informatics, which carries out teaching and research within computer science and information processing with a focus on application within engineering science. DTU educates more than 1,200 Bachelors of Engineering and Science, 1,200 Masters and 400 PhDs a year. The University has 20 departments, a faculty staff of over 1,600 and a student enrollment of over 7,000 (B.Sc, B.Eng and M.Sc). Further information can be found at http://www.dtu.dk.
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Qualcomm Atheros Announces the Availability of Killer Wireless-N 1202 in Alienware Laptops
-- Wi-Fi Module Provides a High-performance Gaming and Streaming Media Experience with Simultaneous Bluetooth Connectivity --
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM),today announced that Alienware will be the first to launch the Killer((TM)) Wireless-N 1202 high-performance Wi-Fi(®) module with Bluetooth(®) on the Alienware line of high-performance gaming laptop computers. The high-performance 2x2 802.11n MIMO Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth is designed to provide improved performance and advanced control by automatically classifying and prioritizing gaming, video and audio network data to provide a superior, uninterrupted online entertainment experience.
"Alienware continues to be the leader in performance laptops and we appreciate that its customers are used to getting the best gaming experience possible," said Mike Cubbage, director of business development, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros. "The Killer Wireless-N 1202 will continue the tradition of delivering a superior gaming and real-time communication experience for Alienware laptop users by providing the best in online application performance, intelligence and control to ensure that critical online applications get the bandwidth and priority they need, when they need it."
The Killer Wireless-N 1202 offers superior performance for all online applications through Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic. This ensures important applications that require high-speed connectivity, such as online games and video chat, get priority over less important traffic, such as incoming email or system updates. All Killer technology ships with the exclusive Killer Network Manager, giving users the power to set priorities for all network applications, increase or reduce the bandwidth each application uses, or block an application entirely - all in a unique graphical interface.
"Gamers everywhere depend on Alienware to deliver superior experiences that help them achieve that 'epic win'," said Frank Azor, general manager at Alienware. "Integrating the Killer Wireless N-1202 technology--another first from Alienware--allows gamers to experience exceptional online gaming."
About Qualcomm Atheros
Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a leading provider of wireless and wired technologies for the mobile, networking, computing and consumer electronics markets. The organization is focused on inventing technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all. With its broad connectivity portfolio, Qualcomm Atheros provides its global customer base with high-performance, end-to-end solutions, featuring Wi-Fi(®), GNSS Location, Bluetooth(®), Ethernet, HomePlug(®) powerline and passive optical networking (PON) technologies. Qualcomm Atheros leverages its substantial expertise in RF, signal processing, software and networking to deliver highly integrated, low-power, system-level solutions that enable customers to create high-performance, differentiated products. For more information, go to http://www.qca.qualcomm.com.
Qualcomm Atheros and Killer are trademarks of Qualcomm Atheros Inc. Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.
HealthWarehouse.com Offers Consumers the Lowest Price on Generic Plavix®
Clopidogrel (Generic Plavix®) Available for $35 with free shipping nationwide.
CINCINNATI, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthWarehouse.com, Inc. (OTC: HEWA) a leading VIPPS*-accredited online retail mail-order pharmacy is now providing consumers with the lowest price option available for generic Plavix® in the United States. Following the FDA's recent approval for the sale of Clopidogrel (generic Plavix®), HealthWarehouse.com is offering this medication at a significant discount to prices at brick-and-mortar competitors.
HealthWarehouse.com is offering a 30-day supply of generic Plavix® or Clopidogrel for $35, including free shipping nationwide. In conducting local market research, the company found this price to be up to 83% less than competitive retail pharmacies, and 13% less than reduced prices announced by discount retailers such as Walmart and Sam's Club.
Cash Price Comparison of Generic Plavix(R) Across Several Retailers in the Cincinnati Area
Price in USD Costco(1) CVS Kroger Rite Aid Target Walgreens Walmart
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Clopidogrel $98.35 $189.99 $74.59 $163.99 $179.99 $209.99 $40.00
Difference (%) 69 82 53 79 81 83 13
1. Based on member price. Non-member price was quoted at $103.72
Plavix® is among the most commonly prescribed prescription drugs in the United States. According to Drugs.com, 2010 US retails sales of Plavix® amounted to $4.7 billion, making it the third most popular medication. As it did for generic Lipitor® in 2011, HealthWarehouse.com's move to offer generic Plavix® at the lowest price available at a U.S. pharmacy exemplifies the company's leading position at the forefront of cutting drug costs for consumers.
"We are pleased to be offering consumers generic versions of drugs, including Plavix®, at the lowest price as soon as they are available," said Lalit Dhadphale, co-founder and CEO of HealthWarehouse.com. "We remain committed to driving down prescription drug costs, ensuring consumers get the best value, service, and care at a reasonable price. Saving consumers up to 83% on generic Plavix® shows the power and efficiency of the internet as a legitimate and reliable distribution model for prescription drugs in the United States. We look forward to continuing our leadership position and giving consumers much needed relief from high drug prices."
HealthWarehouse.com currently sells more than 300 generic prescriptions for $3.50 (including shipping), which is often less than the average insurance co-pay. Shipping mail-order from one location vs. selling medications at thousands of retail locations, combined with cash prices which eliminate the insurance company, enables HealthWarehouse.com to dramatically reduce prescription drug costs by 50%-90% for consumers.
HealthWarehouse.com is pleased to offer the lowest prices available for brand name drugs as well. A Consumer Reports study last year found HealthWarehouse.com to have among the lowest total prices for four brand-name drugs: Lipitor®, Nexium®, Plavix®, and Singulair®.
The study was conducted by 43,739 Consumer Reports readers rating pharmacies for price, accuracy, knowledge, and speed.
"Our national study of prices for four common brand-name drugs found average total differences of $168 or 29 percent, between the cheapest source (HealthWarehouse.com) and costliest (Publix)," the study noted.
HealthWarehouse.com, Inc. (OTC: HEWA) is a trusted VIPPS-accredited retail mail-order pharmacy based in Cincinnati. HealthWarehouse.com offers 300 prescription drugs for $3.50 with 100 percent FREE shipping and is a three-time consecutive winner of the BizRate Circle of Excellence Award for outstanding customer satisfaction and service. With a mission to provide affordable healthcare to every American by eliminating inefficiencies in the drug distribution chain, HealthWarehouse.com has become one of the fastest growing retail mail-order pharmacies in the United States.
HealthWarehouse.com is licensed in all 50 states and only sells drugs, which are FDA-approved and legal for sale in the United States. Visit HealthWarehouse.com online at http://www.HealthWarehouse.com.
*In response to public concern about the safety of pharmacy practices on the Internet, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) developed the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program in 1999. Pharmacies displaying the VIPPS seal have demonstrated to NABP compliance with VIPPS criteria including patient rights to privacy, authentication and security of prescription orders, adherence to a recognized quality assurance policy, and provision of meaningful consultation between patients and pharmacists.
Lipitor® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Corporation.
Nexium® and the color purple as applied to the capsule are registered trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies.
Plavix® is a registered trademark of sanofi-aventis.
Singulair® is a registered trademark of Merck & Co., Inc.
Comwave Launches Hosted PBX - Business Phone System in the Cloud
TORONTO, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Comwave today announced that it has released Comwave Hosted PBX for business customers. Comwave Hosted PBX is a cloud based phone system for business that bundles together Polycom telephones, phone lines, over 40 business class features, long distance and a private digital secure connection, and all for a fixed low monthly fee of $39.95 per user.
"Businesses told us time and again that they wanted an easy way to transition from their older phone systems to leading edge phone systems," says Ted Chislett, President Comwave Business Solutions. "They didn't want to spend money on capex, and they wanted the latest features, like ePhone and Mobile Apps for their mobile workforce. Comwave Hosted PBX is very compelling."
Comwave Hosted PBX phone systems are managed by Comwave 24x7 on a secure private connection to ensure a high quality secure call. What's more, it also includes HD-Audio and Video which is unmatched in Canada.
"All regular phone systems are antique compared to Comwave Hosted PBX which scales from a few users to hundreds of users in minutes," says Ted Chislett. That's because with Comwave Hosted PBX you don't purchase that expensive phone system cabinet that sits at the back of your office taking up valuable space. Comwave provides Polycom IP phones that connect through the cloud to Comwave to access all the features. It's secure, it's redundant and it's better.
Comwave is Canada's largest independent communications company specializing in Voice over IP (VoIP), long distance and mobile for residential and business customers. Comwave continues to execute its Business-to- Business strategy led by Ted Chislett.
Comwave is a leader in the consumer space and recently awarded the 2012 Consumer Choice Award for home phone service.
-- To improve on the customer experience and overall satisfaction
-- Keep things simple
Global Relay Takes Position as World's Largest Archiver of LinkedIn Messaging for Compliance
With Over 200 Customers Archiving LinkedIn Messaging Data, Global Relay Leads Industry in Compliant Social Media Archiving in the Cloud
NEW YORK, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Relay, (http://www.globalrelay.com) the world leader in cloud-based message archiving, recently announced the addition of its 200th customer for compliance archiving of LinkedIn social media content. This milestone propels Global Relay into a clear market leadership position for social media compliance.
Developed in-house by Global Relay in partnership with LinkedIn, this cloud-based solution seamlessly captures messaging data directly from LinkedIn. This ensures that archiving takes place no matter where, when or how an employee uses LinkedIn -- including on smartphones, tablets and home computers. Global Relay Archive for LinkedIn presents LinkedIn data clearly and intuitively in the Archive interface, giving compliance officers and managers easy visibility into exactly what employees changed, added or communicated.
Until recently, many firms in the financial industry have been hesitant to enable LinkedIn for their employees because of uncertainties around regulatory compliance. The rules of FINRA, the SEC and other regulators require that electronic business records must be archived, supervised and 'litigation ready'. This includes social media such as LinkedIn, as well as email, instant messaging, BlackBerry, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, websites and more - each of which are fully supported by Global Relay Archive.
"We are seeing massive uptake of Global Relay Archive for LinkedIn as firms decide to unleash the huge potential of LinkedIn for business development, networking, and marketing, but until now were struggling to do so in a compliant manner," said Shannon Rogers, Global Relay President and General Counsel. "One reason companies choose Global Relay for social media archiving is our unparalleled depth of expertise in compliance, audit and eDiscovery. Additionally, we can solve all their messaging compliance requirements in a single unified archive solution - LinkedIn, together with Twitter and Facebook, can be unified with the firm's email, IM, text messaging, Bloomberg and more for efficient supervision, audits and eDiscovery."
Employees can instantly find and retrieve any of their own historical LinkedIn messages anywhere, anytime (along with any other electronic message type) using Global Relay Search for BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Android, Microsoft Outlook or web browsers.
Since 1999, Global Relay has been providing cloud-based message archiving services that assist financial firms in meeting compliance requirements for the recordkeeping and supervision of electronic messages. More information about Global Relay Archive for LinkedIn can be found at http://www.globalrelay.com or by calling Global Relay at 866.484.6630.
About Global Relay
Global Relay is the leading cloud-based message archiving, search, and surveillance solution for the financial services industry. Global Relay Archive securely captures and preserves email, instant messaging, BlackBerry, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, social media and more -- with BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Outlook and web access.
Global Relay's 15,000 customers in 90 countries include broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment advisors and public companies, as well as 22 of the top 25 global banks. Global Relay has strategic partnerships worldwide, including a global Strategic Partnership with Thomson Reuters for compliance archiving.
Valeritas Inc. Selects dLife's New Diabetes Patient Engagement Solution For Valeritas' V-go Disposable Insulin Delivery Device
V-Go Life(TM) enhanced by dLife's proprietary self-management support tools
Collaboration is first announced by new dLife Healthcare Solutions Group
WESTPORT, Conn., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Valeritas, the maker of V-Go(TM) Disposable Insulin Delivery Device, a new, simple disposable device for the delivery of insulin designed especially for adults with type 2 diabetes, has selected dLife to support its state-of-the-art patient engagement program. dLife, the number-one resource and community network for people living with diabetes, and Valeritas have co-developed V-Go Life, a comprehensive diabetes lifestyle management and support program designed to increase engagement of V-Go users. This collaboration is the first of its kind from dLife's recently launchedHealthcare Solutions Group, an extension of the dLife media brand that works specifically with health plans, providers, and pharmaceutical and device manufacturers to provide them diabetes engagement, behavior change, and self-management programs.
"The V-Go Life program provides comprehensive support that also addresses the issue of compliance among people living with diabetes," said Kristine Peterson, CEO of Valeritas. "By extending our solution beyond the V-Go device, we can offer people with type 2 diabetes assistance and resources throughout their entire insulin treatment regimen. Our collaboration with dLife is part of Valeritas' strong commitment to improving the lives of people with diabetes."
In this partnership, dLife's Engagement Platform is leveraged to provide users customized content and tools. Resources provided on the website include articles, videos, recipes, polls, quizzes, diet and exercise tips, expert advice, questions of the week, and more that align with and support their personal diabetes management programs, and help support the use and adoption of V-Go. V-Go Life users will be engaged in a 360-degree disease management program that contains a curriculum aimed at helping them adopt and keep engaged with the V-Go product. This will allow them to stay informed and actively engaged in their progress with their personal diabetes self-management.
"We are excited to be working with Valeritas and with the V-Go, a simple product that helps with blood sugar control for adult patients with type 2 diabetes," said Adam Kaufman, PhD, General Manager of dLife Healthcare Solutions. "The V-Go is a device that clearly fits into peoples' diabetes lifestyles and aims to significantly improve self-care; and the V-Go Life solution, built on dLife content and technology, furthers Valeritas' commitment to support the entire diabetes self-management experience."
The V-Go device makes insulin delivery convenient by delivering a continuous preset basal rate of insulin, as well as on-demand bolus dosing at mealtimes, for one 24-hour period. By eliminating the complicated regimen of injecting throughout the day and minimizing interruptions with daily activities, this method facilitates patient compliance with their therapy and may ultimately lead to improved glucose control.
Kaufman continued, "The V-Go Life program is customized to the unique demographics and experiences of V-Go patients by drawing upon the diabetes expertise and support that people with diabetes need -- something dLife has been offering to diabetes consumers for many years."
V-Go Life will be available at no cost only to patients currently using the V-Go device. Patients on the V-Go device wishing to enroll in the V-Go Life program should call the 24/7 toll-free Valeritas customer care line at 1-866-881-1209.
For more information about dLife Healthcare Solutions' programs, contact Adam Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-221-3442.
About Valeritas, Inc.
Valeritas is a medical technology company committed to the development and commercialization of innovative drug delivery solutions that contribute to clinical and humanistic outcomes for patients, with an initial focus on the treatment of diabetes. The Valeritas medical technologies portfolio is headlined by the h-Patch(TM) technology. The V-Go Disposable Insulin Delivery Device, designed for the simple delivery of basal-bolus insulin therapy via a preset basal rate and on-demand bolus dosing at mealtimes, is the first use of the h-Patch(TM) technology.
Headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, Valeritas operates its R&D and manufacturing in a state-of-the-art facility in Shrewsbury, MA. For more information on Valeritas and the V-Go(TM) Disposable Insulin Delivery Device, please visit http://www.valeritas.com and http://www.go-vgo.com.
About dLife - It's YOUR Diabetes Life!
dLife is the number-one community network and resource for millions of people with diabetes, their caregivers and healthcare providers. dLife engages this growing population in positive and proactive self-care across a variety of media channels. Its award-winning outlets include dLife.com, the leading online diabetes destination, attracting more than one million unique visitors a month, and featuring the widest and deepest variety of original content and resources anywhere; dLifeTV, the only national TV series dedicated to people with diabetes, with over half a million viewers, airing every Sunday on CNBC (7 p.m. ET); popular mobile applications; as well as consumer and professional programs driving proactive diabetes self-management. dLife has been recognized with numerous media and editorial awards.
dLife Healthcare Solutions applies evidence-based content and technology solutions built specifically for health plans and healthcare providers who want to engage their diabetes populations as consumers of their own healthcare and owners of their own condition. dLife has demonstrated positive and direct impact on health outcomes via a recently completed randomized trial performed by the Geisinger Healthcare System.
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dLife Media Contact:
203.504.8230 ext. 107
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) has closed, with Google acquiring MMI for $40.00 per share in cash.
The acquisition will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
Sanjay Jha, who revived Motorola's Mobile Devices business and led the company through this acquisition, has stepped down as CEO, although he will continue to work with Google to help ensure a smooth transition.
Dennis Woodside, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as President of Google's Americas region, has become CEO of Motorola Mobility.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, "I'm happy to announce the deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation. It's a great time to be in the mobile business, and I'm confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come.
"Sanjay Jha, who was responsible for building the company and placing a big bet on Android, has stepped down as CEO. I would like to thank him for his efforts and am tremendously pleased that he will be working to ensure a smooth transition as long-time Googler Dennis Woodside takes over as CEO of Motorola Mobility.
"I've known Dennis for nearly a decade, and he's been phenomenal at building teams and delivering on some of Google's biggest bets. Dennis has always been a committed partner to our customers and I know he will be an outstanding leader of Motorola--and he's already off to great start with some very strong new hires for the Motorola team."
Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said: "Motorola literally invented the entire mobile industry with the first-ever commercial cell phone in 1983. Thirty years later, mobile devices are at the center of the computing revolution.
"Our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility's remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world."
Dennis Woodside has hired a small number of leaders who will immediately join Motorola's executive team, including Regina Dugan (former Director of DARPA), Mark Randall (former supply chain VP at Amazon and previously at Nokia), Vanessa Wittman (former CFO of Marsh & McLennan), Scott Sullivan (former head of HR at Visa and NVIDIA), and Gary Briggs (former Google VP of Consumer Marketing). In addition to these new leaders, many members of Motorola Mobility's team will continue in their current roles: Iqbal Arshad (Product Development), Marshall Brown (Chief of Staff), Fei Liu (Mass Market Products), Dan Moloney (Home), Scott Offer (General Counsel), Mark Shockley (Sales), Mahesh Veerina (Software & Enterprise) and Jim Wicks (Consumer Experience Design).
Woodside added: "Motorola Mobility has many outstanding leaders, including people who were behind the original RAZR in 2004 and recent successes like the Droid and RAZR MAXX. Our colleagues joining the team come from varied backgrounds, from DARPA to Amazon and NVIDIA, but they all share a track record of leading innovation at speed, and a great deal of excitement about the mission ahead."
About Dennis Woodside
Dennis Woodside oversaw Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and is former President of Google's Americas region. He has worked with partners, governments and advertisers in more than 30 countries. Most recently, Dennis was responsible for Google's Sales & Operations in the Americas. In the U.S. alone, Dennis and his team drove revenue from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in under three years. He also was the lead business partner for Google's advertising product development team, helping launch new ad products globally. Dennis started his career at the company spearheading investment across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was responsible for the overall go-to-market, product offering and acquisition strategies in these markets, which boasted a 20-fold increase during his tenure. Revenues grew to over $2 billion.
About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.google.com.
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as Google or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "foresees," "forecasts," "estimates" or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements herein that describe the future impact of the Motorola Mobility acquisition, including its financial impact, and other statements of management's beliefs, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. It is uncertain whether any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what impact they will have on Google's results of operations, financial condition, or the price of its stock. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the ability of Google to successfully integrate Motorola's operations, product lines and technology; the ability of Google to implement its plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to Motorola's business and realize additional opportunities for growth and innovation; and the other risks and important factors contained and identified in Google's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Google does not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
Harbortouch Named As Finalist In 2012 American Business Awards(SM)
10th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 18 in New York City and September 17 in San Francisco
ALLENTOWN, Pa., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Harbortouch, a leading national supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, today announced it has been named a finalist in the Best New Product or Service - Business-to-Business Products category in The 2012 American Business Awards for its new Harbortouch POS Elite free point of sale system. Harbortouch will be among those considered for ultimate selection as a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winner when the final awards are announced later this year.
The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.
For the first time, The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 18 in New York, and a new tech awards event on Monday, September 17 in San Francisco.
More than 3,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.
The newest member of the Harbortouch line of free POS systems for retail and hospitality businesses, Harbortouch POS Elite features a sleek, all-in-one, ultra-responsive touch-screen design and powerful processer that provides an ideal point of sale platform for merchants of all types and sizes.
The system is available at zero up-front cost to merchants and can be bundled with a number of proprietary, innovative features such as an integrated online reservations module and Tableside iPad ordering app for restaurants, as well as the Lighthouse remote reporting and POS management tool. POS Elite can also be customized with quick and easy implementation of one of Harbortouch's numerous plug-and-play software modules, specifically designed for Hospitality, Retail, Delivery, Spirits and Convenience Store businesses.
"Our state-of-the-art free POS system is changing the way business owners think about and handle sales transactions," said Harbortouch CEO Jared Isaacman. "This recognition is strong validation for our product innovation, and we are thrilled to be honored among this elite group of industry leaders for our unique approach to merchant services that puts the needs of merchants first."
Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of 10 specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the finalists during final judging, to take place May 14 - 25.
Harbortouch is a leading national supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, serving thousands of businesses across the nation. The company offers an unparalleled "free" program that supplies a full-featured POS system to restaurants and retail businesses with no up-front costs. Custom programming, professional installation and onsite training are included with every order and award winning customer service and technical support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to offering state-of-the-art POS systems, Harbortouch also delivers a full range of merchant services such as credit/debit and gift card processing. For additional information, visit http://www.harbortouch.com or contact 800-201-0461.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at http://www.stevieawards.com.
Sponsors and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.
CONTACT: Nicole Plati of SS|PR, +1-847-415-9342, email@example.com
GULFPORT, Miss., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of physicians teamed up with technology experts & medical advisors to launch DoctorsElite. The new portal is a powerful ally for patients and their loved ones, providing free access to a database containing information on more than half a million doctors and centers that offer advanced treatment for specific diagnoses. Patients can search for medical professionals by diagnosis, treatment, or specialty and can access subspecialty details that aren't available at other websites and can also add their family members to maintain health records for free.
When Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005, it left a trail of devastation. Cyril V. K. Bethala, MD, an interventional cardiologist, experienced the havoc first hand. Hospitals were out of commission, including the one in which Dr. Bethala was working when Katrina struck and where he was stranded for days. In the aftermath, many doctors left town, and patients fled to refuges nationwide. It was impossible in those days for millions to access their medical records or for patients and doctors to connect. Solving that problem was the inspiration behind DoctorsElite, a Gulfport-based software company that offers a powerful patient information portal and physicians' network.
"DoctorsElite provides unmatched resources for physicians seeking specialty care for their patients and serves as a communication hub for doctors, who can consult with fellow physicians through a secure referral platform. Doctors can also share their thoughts with their entire network via the company's Scribbl(TM)( )tool, or communicate privately with a one-to-one messaging center. Doctors can login free and complete their physician profiles, providing information about special areas of expertise that may not be listed elsewhere," says Siva Subramanian, CTO of DoctorsElite.
Dr. Bethala, who has entrepreneurial experience as the founder of several other successful companies, co-founded DoctorsElite with his physician brothers, Vivian K. Bethala, a practicing gastroenterologist who serves as the company's Medical Director; and Vasanth K. Bethala, an interventional cardiologist who serves as Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Bharat H. Sangani, a practicing cardiologist and advisor for DoctorsElite and Dr. Yashashree Bethala, an internist, has been a core advisor for DoctorsElite since its inception.
"Accessing valuable information through Mobile/Mobile apps have surpassed the web usage in recent times and different industries have acknowledged and adapted to these changes by their mobile presence. Customers struggle finding good apps in the Health, Fitness and Medical categories that are backed by physicians and as an initiative we have launched DoctorsElite iPhone app for Patients. iPhone users can download it for free from App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doctorselite/id524823676?mt=8)," says Muthu Arumugam, COO of DoctorsElite.
Muthu Arumugam and Siva Subramanian are part of the management team bringing more than 15 years of Technology and Management expertise to the board. They came from a solid background on Mobile ecosystem with their other ventures like http://mtiks.com (a mobile app analytics & anti-piracy firm).
Patients who join DoctorsElite can also use the highly secure portal to store their complete medical histories, which facilitates greater levels of care coordination and relieves patients of the burden of having to piece together their entire medical history from scratch for each doctor. Safeguarding sensitive patient data is a top priority at DoctorsElite, so patients can use the service with confidence since no one else - including participating doctors - can access their private information.
In the Information Age, data is at everyone's fingertips, but until now, no other website has provided such a comprehensive, detailed database of physicians and treatment centers searchable by diagnosis, treatment, or specialty. The DoctorsElite team is committed to providing patients with access to the specialists and treatment options they need. Find out more at https://doctorselite.com.
DoctorsElite was founded by physicians with a commitment to providing patients and doctors with the information they need to find the perfect specialist to treat any diagnosis. A unique medical specialty information portal and physicians' network, DoctorsElite allows patients to locate the care they need via a search by diagnosis, treatment, or specialty and enables them store medical records on a secure digital platform. DoctorsElite gives physicians access to a vast network of specialists and social media-style messaging tools. Learn more at https://doctorselite.com.
CONTACT: Lisa Kornblatt of SSPR, +1-847-415-9330, firstname.lastname@example.org, for DoctorsElite