El Jimador Tequila Launches Lucha-Libre Themed Facebook Campaign
Facebook campaign showcases the brand's attributes and embodies consumers' personality
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- el Jimador, 100 percent blue agave tequila, launched a Lucha Libre-themed Facebook campaign featuring Jimi "el Jimador" luchador as a vehicle to share the brand's story and convey its unique personality and attributes. Jimi is a jimador by day (an agave harvester) and a luchador by night, (a Mexican masked wrestler).
On October 2, el Jimador's Facebook fans can enjoy photos and videos of Jimi showcasing his double life as a jimador and a Mexican wrestler by visiting http://www.Facebook.com/elJimador. By incorporating his twist on traditional colloquialism such as "Things are looking up" and "Taking care of business", consumers will experience el Jimador's "Live 100%" proposition, which not only alludes to the 100 percent blue agave used in its tequila production, but also encourages consumers to live life to the fullest in a courageous, determined, fun and responsible manner.
"el Jimador tequila comes to life and into the lives of our consumers by showcasing Jimi, 'el Jimador' luchador in everyday situations," said Jesus Ostos, brand manager for el Jimador. "We are confident consumers will identify with Jimi's sense of humor, wit, and attitude towards life."
The lucha-libre themed Facebook campaign is the kick-off to a larger platform that will include special appearances of Jimi, el Jimador during special events in various markets. Jesus Ostos, brand manager for el Jimador Tequila and Boxing Clever, the advertising agency, were responsible for the creative of the social media campaign.
About el Jimador Tequila
From Casa Herradura, established in 1870, el Jimador is a premium, authentic 100 percent agave tequila that captures the spirit of real tequila. The name el Jimador honors the men who harvest the locally grown agave with great pride and care. Since its introduction in 1994, el Jimador has become the No. 1 selling tequila in Mexico*. el Jimador is the official sponsor of the MLS, U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams and the annual U.S. Tour of the Mexican National Team. To learn more about el Jimador, visit http://www.eljimador.com.
Product Range Extended to Provide Greater Flexibility for Grid Asset Connectivity and Control for Ambient's Customers
Smart grid platform provider adds two new nodes to versatile grid modernization solution
NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambient Corporation (NASDAQ: AMBT), provider of a secure, flexible and scalable smart grid communications and applications platform, announced today the launch of two new smart grid nodes: the Ambient MicroNode(TM) and Ambient MiniNode(TM) complement the existing Ambient Smart Grid Node(TM), which has been enhanced with more powerful grid analytics capabilities.
The Ambient Smart Grid( )Node family now provides utilities with even greater choice for reliable and efficient management of multiple smart grid applications through a single infrastructure that utilizes an open IP-based architecture.
Ambient's Chief Technology Officer, Ram Rao, said, "No matter which smart grid application a utility is focused on, there is a need for flexible connectivity solutions for remote devices. It has always been our philosophy to offer a network platform with choice in the communications technologies since no single technology will be suitable for all grid scenarios. With the launch of the Ambient MiniNode and MicroNode, we offer not only choice in communications technology, but also greater choice to match price performance in the hardware to facilitate those communications and applications."
John J. Joyce, President and CEO of Ambient Corporation, also commented, "Bringing these new products to market offers our customers a very effective solution for achieving their grid modernization objectives. By optimizing implementation and operational costs, these new products are designed to fit today's needs and tomorrow's challenges. A single infrastructure that is utilized for more than one application, whether it be AMI and Volt/VAR optimization, or outage detection and transformer monitoring, or a combination of all four, has undoubted financial benefits."
The Ambient Smart Grid Nodes are purpose-built network devices, all with advanced processing capability and memory that, along with the AmbientNMS(®), deliver benefits of distributed intelligence grid architecture. Applications developed for the Ambient Smart Grid platform can be run on all three types of node. They deliver upstream and downstream high-speed data communications using a variety of wired and wireless technologies, including serial, Ethernet, PLC, cellular, Wi-Fi or RF. Each node is a modular device that can be configured for different roles within the network and is suitable for targeted or scale deployments. They are easy to install and allow for rapid deployment.
About Ambient Corporation
Ambient designs, develops and sells the Ambient Smart Grid(® )communications and applications platform. The Ambient Smart Grid products and services include communications nodes; a network management system, AmbientNMS(®); integrated applications; and maintenance and consulting services. Using open standards-based technologies along with in-depth industry experience, Ambient provides utilities with solutions for smart grid initiatives. Headquartered in Newton, MA, Ambient is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: AMBT). More information on Ambient is available at http://www.ambientcorp.com.
Except for historical information, this press release contains statements that may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements relating to the diversification of our customer base, further development and marketing of our communications platform and cultivating projects with potential customers, among others. These forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations, estimates and projections about our business and our industry and reflect our beliefs and assumptions based upon information available to us at the date of this release. We caution readers that forward-looking statements are predictions based on our current expectations about future events. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, which could have a material adverse effect on our operations and future prospects including, but not limited to, continuing compatibility of our platform with new utility applications and requirements, our ability to retain and attract customers, particularly in light of our dependence on a single customer for substantially all of our revenue; our expectations regarding our expenses and revenue, including our expectations that our research and development expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses may increase in absolute dollars; anticipated trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate, including the market for smart grid technologies; our expectations regarding competition as more and larger companies enter our markets and as existing competitors improve or expand their product offerings; our plans for future products and enhancements of existing products; our anticipated cash needs and our estimates regarding our capital requirements; and our anticipated growth strategies. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. Further information on the company's risks and uncertainties is available in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ambient, Ambient Smart Grid and AmbientNMS are registered trademarks of Ambient Corporation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ambient Smart Grid Node, Ambient MiniNode and Ambient MicroNode are trademarks of Ambient Corporation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
PHOENIX, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PTA Holdings, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: PTAH) announced today that it has completed the first stage of updating its corporate website.
Presenting information to its customers and shareholders that better define the corporate structure, its products and services and the markets served are of upmost importance to the company. "Future changes will include developments that are underway as the company launches its roll-up expansion strategy as a function of the Kingsley Logistics Group acquisition," stated; Leonard Lewensohn President.
Kingsley Logistics Group, Inc. is in the business of planning, organizing, and managing the movement of goods and materials. Kingsley operates primarily in the highly fragmented for-hire transportation industry including truckload and logistics services. Leonard J. Lewensohn, President stated; "The Kingsley Logistics Group business model adds real and measurable value throughout a customer's supply chain and helps customers to create a business advantage in the marketplace. Kingsley's mission is to provide a broad array of traditional transportation services that include LTL & Truckload, Inter-modal, Rail, Warehousing & Distribution, Equipment Leasing, Brokerage and 3PL, as well as Retail & Special Projects Logistics Services."
About PTA Holdings, Inc.:
PTA Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with a core focus in the automotive and for-hire transportation industry. The Company acquired ProFlow Inc. in April 2007.
ProFlow Inc. is a Georgia based company that specializes in the research and development of lubrication products for the automotive and industrial transportation marketplace. ProFlow since inception has been led by a NASCAR Winston Cup experienced management team. ProFlow has developed a lubrication package, for the auto, truck and bus industry that can have a dramatic and positive effect on fuel consumption.
Kingsley Logistics Group acquired in June of 2012 is a multi-faceted transportation group providing a broad array of traditional transportation and management services including LTL & Truckload, Inter-modal, Rail, Warehousing & Distribution, Equipment Leasing, Brokerage and 3PL, plus Retail & Special Projects Business Groups.
Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This news release includes forward-looking statements regarding PTA Holdings, Inc. and its business. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and PTA Holdings, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise
SkyMotion: New App Introduces Accuracy to Weather Reporting
MONTREAL, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Introducing accuracy and
reliability to weather forecast reporting, Sky Motion Research Inc. has
now released its SkyMotion app for Android devices, as well as an
improved version for iPhones. The application, which launched in
mid-August, predicts with high efficiency when precipitation will
start, its intensity, and precisely when it will end.
Using self-developed technology rather than traditional meteorological
models to properly track precipitation; it achieves maximum accuracy by
focusing on a short time span and the user's precise location. Reading
the intensity of rain or snow in the next two hours, it generates an
easy to read, minute by minute forecast.
Unique in its field, SkyMotion is free and provides full coverage
throughout North America. The app can now be used year-round as it
tracks all types of precipitation such as rain, snow, freezing rain,
ice pellets, and hail during all four seasons.
With more than four decades of experience in software development, Sky
Motion Research Inc. CEO, Maxime Julien, and Founder and CTO, André
Leblanc, sought to re-invent weather forecasting: "We've broken new
ground today by becoming accessible to everyone in North America." says
Julien. "When it comes to weather, everyone settles for probability.
Sky Motion Research has worked relentlessly to deliver something truly
accurate and trustworthy. Our app helps people with their day-to-day
activities and enhances their lives in ways that weren't possible
Founded by current CTO André Leblanc in 2008, Sky Motion Research Inc.
is a pioneer in developing highly accurate weather forecasting
SkyMotion provides users with accurate precipitation forecasts in North
America. Using proprietary technology, its high-resolution grid
(approx. ½ mile) and up-to-the-minute updates are key to its accuracy.
The app is free for all Android and iOS devices; a free Desktop version
is equally available online.
SOURCE Sky Motion Research
Sky Motion Research
CONTACT: Roberto Cialdella
Sky Motion Research Inc.
DITA Fest 2012 Registration Now Open to DITA, XML and Structured Content Professionals
Content and customer experience experts converge to discuss latest DITA trends and the future of intelligent product content
MAIDENHEAD, U.K., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
WHAT: SDL (LSE: SDL), the leading provider of Global Information
Management solutions, announces the fifth annual DITA Fest
2012, which brings together the XML community for thought-
provoking discussions, presentations and demonstrations on
DITA - the XML content standard, product content and
WHY: Companies are seeing the value of highly relevant, searchable
and personalized content across multiple channels as part of
providing the best customer experience. Structured content
technologies are allowing companies to transform product
content creation, delivery and management, and realize
enormous cost savings, efficiency gains and business
benefits. Adoption of DITA has increased dramatically in the
past several years, with global businesses achieving as much
as 30 to 50 percent savings in content production and
WHO: Keynote speaker Jane McGonigal, PhD, renowned game designer
and best-selling author of Reality is Broken will bring
insight and perspective from her years of experience working
with games and virtual communities and how that translates
to the real world.Chris Shockowitz, Senior Manager,
Collaboration Solutions, Intel, will discuss Intel's content
management program strategy.Laura Bellamy, Information
Architect, VMware, will discuss next generation customer
engagement with product content.Andrew Thomas and Tom Smith
of SDL will provide a vision for the future of intelligent
product content.Exciting discussions led by DITA and content
management thought leaders from some of today's leading
companies including Autodesk, Brocade and OSIsoft.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT
Doors will open at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay
223 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065
This event is free of charge.
#DITAfest - Join the conversation
SDL enables global businesses to engage with their customers in the language, the media and at the moment they choose. We help businesses manage their brands, drive global revenues, accelerate speed to market and enrich their customers' experience. SDL's enterprise-ready innovative technology and service solutions span the entire customer journey and include social listening and marketing analytics, campaign management, language management and services, video and written content creation, web content management, dynamic technical documentation publication and eCommerce. SDL solutions drive global reach across multiple languages, cultures, channels and media. SDL has over 1,500 enterprise customers, 400 partners and a global infrastructure of 70 offices in 38 countries. For more information, visit http://www.sdl.com.
GolinHarris for SDL (Americas) - Mary Placido
+1 415 318 4375
Red Lion "Turns Up the Heat" with New PAX2C Controller
Newest Addition to PAX2 Series Improves Flexibility and Ease of Use for Process & Temperature Control Markets
YORK, Pa., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation, today announced that the company has expanded its portfolio of industrial automation solutions with the new PAX2C PID controller, which is designed specifically for the process and temperature control markets. Applications include food & beverage, plastics, packaging, energy, gas, heat treating and glass processing.
The PAX2C is the latest addition to Red Lion's PAX2 series, adding a number of flexible, easy-to-use features to help customers improve productivity and drive efficiency on the production line. The PAX2C's features include:
-- Field installable plug-in option cards - simplifies configuration by
enabling customers to seamlessly use different cards to build their own
controllers. This type of flexibility, which is unique in the controller
market, eliminates the need to order additional products to meet
changing application requirements.
-- Dual-line tri-color display - provides at-a-glance visual representation
of up to 16 changing alarm conditions with 7 programmable color zones;
customizable to allow users full access to bar graphs, annunciators,
color zones and display mnemonics.
-- Universal input - accepts current, voltage, resistance, temperature and
process signals all in the same unit.
-- Universal power supply - accepts AC or DC power, and is ready to plug in
"out of the box" for fast, easy installation regardless of power
-- Easy programming, firmware and software upgrades - using a standard
built-in USB connector and Red Lion's Crimson software to support both
current needs and future requirements.
"The real game-changer with our PAX2C is the flexible plug-in option cards - customers can build their own controllers by simply changing cards," said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. "This reduces inventory and lowers costs because they only need to stock a single controller and a handful of option cards."
The PAX2C is available now through authorized Red Lion resellers and distributors. To learn more about Red Lion's industrial automation solutions, please visit http://www.redlion.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Red Lion Controls
As the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation, Red Lion has been delivering innovative solutions to customers for forty years. Our award-winning technology enables companies worldwide to gain real-time data visibility that drives productivity. Product brands include Red Lion, Sixnet and N-Tron. With headquarters in York, Pennsylvania, the company has offices across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. For more information, please visit http://www.redlion.net. Red Lion is a Spectris company.
Contacts Drew Miale Tracy Courtemanche
Davies Murphy Group Red Lion Global Marketing
+1 (781) 418-2438 +1 (717) 767-6961 x6915
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.daviesmurphy.com www.redlion.net
SOURCE Red Lion Controls
Lighting Science Group Lights First "Net Zero" Visitor Center In U.S. National Park System
LSG's Made-in-America Bulbs Promote Energy Efficiency in the Heart of the Santa Monica Mountains
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lighting Science Group (OTCBB: LSCG), one of the world's leading LED lighting companies, today announced its collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) to open a "net zero" visitor center in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), the first of its kind in the nearly 400 parks that make up the NPS system. Named for the congressman who introduced legislation to create SMMNRA in 1978, the Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center at the King Gillette Ranch is LEED Platinum Certified, produces all of its energy needs through a 94 kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system and replaces traditional lighting options with Lighting Science Group's energy efficient and made-in-America LED technology.
"The beauty of this new visitor center is that it combines the old with the new to achieve the highest environmental standards," said park spokesperson, Kate Kuykendall. "In addition to the original architect's extensive use of natural lighting, we're proud to use LED lighting technology to decrease the carbon footprint of the facility."
The 7,000 square foot Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center sits on the 588-acre King Gillette Ranch located at the intersection of five major tributaries. The ranch includes the 1928 mansion designed by Wallace Neff for razor magnate King C. Gillette with the visitor center itself once serving as the ranch's original horse stables. Now repurposed with stringent energy efficiency measures --such as Lighting Science Group's LED fixtures--the Beilenson Center achieved LEED Platinum certification. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act provided $9.5 million in funding for the center's construction ensuring that all building materials -including Lighting Science Group's PAR38 lamps - are American-made.
"Lighting Science Group is proud to be part of this effort," said Keith Scott, Chief Commercial Officer at Lighting Science Group. "Our bulbs will only use half a Watt per square foot due to the energy efficiency of our LED's and the unique design of this building. In addition, these lights will run for years with no need for maintenance. The low cost of today's LED technology makes this type of conservation available to a range of applications. Imagine the conservational impact if all the NPS visitor centers followed King Gillette Ranch's example."
The new facility is open to the public, and an easy day-trip for those in Southern California with two-thirds of the park within Los Angeles County limits. It is open 7 days per week from 9 am -5 pm.
About Lighting Science Group
Lighting Science Group Corporation (OTCBB: LSCG) designs, develops, manufactures and markets LED lighting solutions that are environmentally friendlier and more energy efficient than traditional lighting products. Lighting Science Group offers retrofit LED lamps in form factors that match those of traditional lamps or bulbs and LED luminaires designed for a range of applications including public and private infrastructure for both indoor and outdoor use. Lighting Science Group's Advanced Projects Group business unit designs, develops and manufactures custom LED lighting solutions for architectural and artistic projects. Lighting Science Group is headquartered in Satellite Beach, Florida; the Company's European operations are based in Middelburg, The Netherlands; and the Company has a sales office in Sydney, Australia. Lighting Science Group employs approximately 800 workers building lighting products from domestic and imported parts. Lighting Science Group is a Pegasus Capital Advisors portfolio company. More information about Lighting Science Group is available at http://www.lsgc.com.
Forward Looking Statement. Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the performance of Lighting Science Group and its products and/or use terminology such as "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "goal," "intend," "plan," "project," "seek," "target," "soon," "will," "first of many" and variations of such words and similar expressions. Such statements reflect the current view of Lighting Science Group with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. In evaluating these statements, you should carefully review the risk factors detailed under "Risk Factors" in our most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.
SOURCE Lighting Science Group Corporation
Lighting Science Group Corporation
CONTACT: Phil Walotsky, +1-212-827-3749, email@example.com
New Era Launches RivalsLive.com And Introduces Fans To The Meaning Of #AtomicWedgie
For the First Time Ever, Audiences will affect a Live Broadcast in Real-Time via Twitter
Original Online Show Launches October 7th and Airs through October 11th to Coincide with the 2012 MLB Playoffs
BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New Era, the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball (MLB), today unveiled the launch of RivalsLive.com, the newest destination for hardcore and casual fans alike to demonstrate their team pride and celebrate one of the most heated aspects of baseball - the rivalry. A brand-new live online show, driven by the tweets and hashtag voting of viewers, will be hosted daily on the site. This marks the very first time that an audience will affect the direction of a live show in real-time via Twitter hashtag voting. Premiering during the Division Playoff Series on Sunday October 7(th), the online broadcast will air at 2:00 p.m. EDT/1:00 p.m. CT every day for five days with the final show airing on Thursday October 11(th).
To star in the daily "Rivals Live" online show, New Era has enlisted the support of comedic duo Matt Lusk and Kurt Ela, two die-hard baseball fans, who will represent the nation's favorite rival teams during the MLB playoffs. Through the use of Twitter hashtags, fan sentiment will be directly transferred to the pair who will duke it out on behalf of proud fans everywhere. Viewers will use predetermined hashtags to vote for challenges and to specify which of the rivals will have to do each challenge. Whether a host will receive an #AtomicWedgie or have to become a #ManOLantern, viewers will have the opportunity to select from a variety of hilarious pranks and stunts as the hosts battle it out for ultimate bragging rights. RivalsLive.com will track and display hashtag votes in real-time as they dictate the interactions between Matt and Kurt throughout the show.
The audience of "Rivals Live" will not only use social media to affect what goes on between Matt and Kurt in real-time, but can also communicate with the hosts through a live Twitter chat that will take place during the show. By using hashtag #RivalsLive, RivalsLive.com provides another outlet for expression and collaboration within New Era's social media community.
"We are excited to launch RivalsLive.com during the most heated time of the MLB Season," said Brian Wheeler, Senior Manager Interactive, New Era. "As social media continues to connect millions of people around the world, we wanted to take those connections one step further and provide fans an online setting to display their team pride and engage with the New Era brand like never before."
The Rivals Live campaign supports New Era's MLB Authentic Collection (MLB AC) caps, the same as those worn on the field. To catch all of the action, please visit http://www.RivalsLive.com.
About New Era
New Era is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball, New Era is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era encourages people to "FLY YOUR OWN FLAG(TM)" - to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y. and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan and Hong Kong. For more information, visit http://www.neweracap.com.
SOURCE New Era
CONTACT: Dana Marciniak, +1-716-536-9913, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ashley Fallick, +1-212-981-5275, Ashley_Fallick@dkcnews.com
Unicorn OnceLIVE(TM) Allows Publishers and Broadcasters To Monetize Live Video Content on Mobile and OTT Devices
Patented Unicorn OnceVOD(TM) and OnceLIVE(TM) Technologies Provide Dynamic Ad Insertion for VOD and Live Content
TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unicorn Media today announced the commercial availability of Unicorn OnceLIVE(TM), a patented, server-side technology that enables publishers and broadcasters to deliver and monetize live content to any IP-enabled device. OnceLIVE(TM) provides live content publishers with the ability to strip broadcast ads in real time and dynamically replace them with targeted ads on a per-user basis.
Unicorn Media, the market leader in mobile monetization, allows the world's largest publishers to dynamically serve video ads to IP-enabled devices. The company's flagship service, OnceVOD(TM), has revolutionized mobile monetization by delivering, from the cloud, video ads to any IP-enabled device on a single URL. OnceLIVE(TM) delivers similar monetization capabilities, but in a live video streaming environment. The service allows for the ability to deliver targeted ads, inserted anywhere in the stream, from the cloud, with no SDK or plug-in required. A sample of the devices that can be targeted includes iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberry devices, Roku, Boxee, TiVO, game consoles and Smart TVs.
OnceVOD(TM) and OnceLIVE(TM) easily integrate with all 3(rd)-party ad networks and in-house solutions without requiring complex APIs or any client-side code. Both products provide real-time analytics on video and ad performance as well as business intelligence that enables agile ad operations and supports mid-roll ad insertion in long-form content, making it possible for ad operations to deliver custom ads to users based on current inventory on any device.
"OnceLIVE(TM) is a game-changer for publishers and broadcasters, allowing them to capitalize on revenue opportunities with live content by enabling them to strip broadcast ads in real time and dynamically replace them with targeted ads on a per-user basis," said Bill Rinehart, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Unicorn Media. "With our patented technology, content owners can quickly and easily monetize live content for any screen."
The ability to stream live video to smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, game consoles and other devices gives publishers and broadcasters new ways to reach potential viewers, which should in turn generate additional ad revenue. OnceLIVE(TM) resolves live content formatting issues and difficulties with ad insertion on multiple operating systems, removing obstacles for publishers and broadcasters looking to take advantage of these new opportunities.
Unicorn Media currently works with a variety of major global broadcasters and publishers to optimize their live content workflow and support monetization across all devices. Learn more at http://www.unicornmedia.com.
About Unicorn Media, Inc.
Unicorn Media, Inc. is the leading provider of Internet video solutions that enable companies to maximize IP video profitability for live and VOD content. Our patented technology, Unicorn OnceVOD(TM), allows customers to ingest video content one time and deliver it to every Internet-connected device via a single URL. OnceVOD(TM) and OnceLIVE(TM) allow content owners to monetize their content on any device by dynamically inserting targeted ads and analyzing content and ad performance in real-time on every platform, allowing for on-the-fly changes to maximize profitability.
SOURCE Unicorn Media, Inc.
Unicorn Media, Inc.
CONTACT: Dan Palumbo, SSPR, +1-609-750-9115, email@example.com
Phone.com Introduces Communicator: Desktop and Laptop softphone for Virtual Office business solutions
Phone.com's Communicator "softphone" turns computers into phone extensions for Virtual Office
Provides all expected phone functions plus access to the inbox, address book and call logs
LIVINGSTON, N.J., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Understanding that today's businesses require multiple vehicles for communication, Phone.com has expanded the features available via its Virtual Office cloud-based business phone services to include the Communicator "softphone." The Communicator is a Windows and Mac OS X application that is installed on a computer and emulates a traditional phone dialer.
With Communicator, businesspeople can now easily place or receive calls just as they would through any desk or mobile phone by using a laptop or desktop computer with a microphone, headset or speakers.
Communicator works equally as effective in voice only mode or can be used to create desktop-to-desktop video sessions. "Video calling is going to become more and more important to businesses in the near future," said Ari Rabban, Phone.com co-founder and CEO. "Communicator allows Phone.com customers to quickly and easily add real-time video calling to their communications tools without the need for expensive telephones or video systems."
In addition to voicemail, Communicator also includes contacts, favorites, history, an address book and call logs. Contacts can easily be imported or exported from or to other applications. Communicator was developed based on CounterPath's Bria softphone application. CounterPath is a leading developer of desktop and mobile VoIP software applications that enable service providers and enterprises to cost-effectively integrate unified communication services into their VoIP offerings across both fixed and mobile networks.
According to Todd Carothers, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CounterPath, "By adding our desktop- and laptop-ready softphone to their service, Phone.com is empowering its enterprise customers with a new way to communicate using voice, video and messaging across multiple platforms and devices. Our Bria softphone technology allows users to enjoy an exemplary communications experience only at a fraction of the cost of traditional telecommunication services."
To use Communicator, businesses must have a Phone.com Virtual Office account and will need to add a Communicator extension to their service. Communicator is a free download for Phone.com customers.
Phone.com is a cloud-based phone company offering a variety of innovative and economical business and home phone services for entrepreneurs, home offices, small businesses and individuals. Powered by advanced VoIP technologies, the company offers Phone.com Virtual Office for small businesses, Phone.com Virtual Number for individuals on the go, Phone.com Home Phone Plus for consumers and Phone.com Mobile Office and Mobile VoIP. Please visit http://www.Phone.com or call 1-800-998-7087 for more information.
MICROS First to Integrate and Implement Isis SmartTap(TM) Mobile Commerce Application in the Hospitality Industry
Consumers to shop, pay and save with Isis Mobile Wallet at MICROS merchants; ARAMARK first restaurant to deploy
COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRS), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce the integration of the Isis SmartTap(TM) mobile commerce application into the MICROS Simphony(TM) point of service (POS) platform, allowing consumers to make purchases, redeem offers and present loyalty cards with the single tap of their smartphone. MICROS pioneered the integration of Isis SmartTap at ARAMARK restaurant locations in Basking Ridge, NJ.
The seamless two-way integration of Isis SmartTap into the cloud-based MICROS Simphony POS platform offers restaurant operators the opportunity to engage patrons and build customer loyalty with cutting-edge payment options. Using intelligent processing, existing loyalty, offers, and promotional programs can be mobilized by utilizing the Isis Mobile Wallet(TM) without the need for further infrastructure from the restaurateur, providing restaurant patrons' access on-the-go.
ARAMARK's Basking Ridge location was the first food and beverage environment to implement the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application. The mobile solution was integrated and put into production with MICROS's state-of-the-art Simphony(TM) cloud-based POS solution. The installation includes a MICROS Workstation 5A (WS5A) equipped with an NFC enabled reader at each of the 10 lanes to facilitate tap and pay mobile payments, increasing speed of service.
"ARAMARK Business and Industry is excited to pioneer this new method of accepting payments, coupons, and loyalty offerings," said Stephen Erickson, Chief Information Officer, ARAMARK Business and Industry. "We and our customers are pleased to embrace this innovative technology and enjoy its benefits."
"Through our work with Isis, MICROS is able to provide our Simphony POS users with a new avenue to engage customers and cater to changes in transactions at the point of service," said Michael L. Russo, Chief Technology Officer, MICROS Systems, Inc. "We welcome integrations that drive additional business for our restaurant customers, and are pleased to be the first POS software provider to integrate Isis SmartTap, allowing for a contactless environment by the restaurant patron."
"Mobile commerce provides a significant opportunity for merchants and restaurateurs to engage with consumers and build customer loyalty through payments, loyalty and offers," said Jim Stapleton, chief sales officer, Isis. "The integration of Isis SmartTap into the MICROS Simphony POS platform provides MICROS customers with a seamless way to integrate mobile commerce at the point of service."
The joint venture is between AT&T Mobility LLC, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless and is based in New York City. The venture is chartered with building Isis(TM), a national mobile commerce venture that will fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save. The Isis(TM) mobile commerce network will be available to all merchants, banks, payment networks and mobile carriers. For more information, please visit http://www.paywithisis.com/.
About MICROS Systems, Inc.
MICROS Systems, Inc. provides enterprise applications for the hospitality and retail industries worldwide. Over 330,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, leisure and entertainment, and retail operations in more than 180 countries, and on all seven continents. In addition, MICROS provides property management systems, central reservation and customer information solutions under the brand MICROS-Fidelio for more than 26,000 hotels worldwide, as well as point-of-sale, loss prevention, and cross-channel functionality through its MICROS-Retail division for more than 100,000 retail stores worldwide. MICROS stock is traded through NASDAQ under the symbol MCRS.
For more information on MICROS and its advanced information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, please contact Louise Casamento, Vice President of Marketing at (443) 285-8144 or (866) 287-4736. You can also visit the MICROS website at http://www.micros.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow MICROS on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and the MICROS Blog.
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with the company hoping to encourage a number of prestigious educational establishments
from across the world to adopt its services.
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that just 18% of the total number of recyclable devices in the US were recycled, whilst
the other 82% were left in landfills. Drop-off points will be created in several locations
across the State, with any functioning equipment donated to deprived schools and pupils.
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of the fastest growing types of waste", and encouraging safe disposal lies at the heart of
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BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- What to get for those on your gift list can be easily solved by looking to the room widely acknowledged as the hub of the home for ideas and inspiration. KitchenAid has several new offerings this holiday season that are sure to be a welcome addition to any kitchen.
"Regardless of whether those on your list are passionate cooks or simply enjoy making the perfect cup of coffee, the kitchen is a space enjoyed by all, so it's a great source of inspiration for gift ideas," notes Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. "Those on the receiving end of a KitchenAid product will be getting a gift that keeps on giving."
KitchenAid® Pro Line® Toaster
While toasting may be one of the most basic kitchen tasks, the new Pro Line® toaster is far from ordinary in its design and function.
"This is a top-of-the-line toaster that will be appreciated for its ability to perfectly toast as well as a bold design that makes a statement on the countertop," says Robinson.
Designed to ensure consistent results, the Pro Line® toaster features seven shade settings ranging from light to dark, and self-centering racks that adjust based on the thickness of breads. An Auto Sensor automatically lowers when bread is placed in the toaster slot, and an LED timer light indicates toasting progress. A soft chime signals when the toast cycle is complete and bread is automatically lifted to the top of the toaster. For times when the toast may be ready before you are, a convenient Keep Warm cycle automatically lowers the toast if not removed in 45 seconds to keep it warm for up to three minutes. When you want your toast just slightly darker, the thoughtful A Little Longer function automatically toasts bread one shade darker preventing it from getting too dark or burnt in a longer cycle.
Additional features on the toaster include a Bagel function and a Frozen function to gently defrost frozen breads before toasting. Extra-wide and long slots accommodate a variety of breads up to 1-1/8" thick. All models have an aluminum die cast body with premium chrome accents and are available in Candy Apple Red, Medallion Silver and Onyx Black in 2- and 4-slice options at suggested retail prices of $399.99 and $499.99 respectively.
KitchenAid® Personal Coffee Maker
Engineered to brew great tasting coffee in a compact unit, the personal coffee make is a great gift idea for any coffee lover who likes to have a cup in hand on the way out the door or has limited counter space.
"While compact, these coffee makers were engineered without compromise to deliver great taste," says Robinson. "Since they don't use pods, coffee drinkers have the freedom of using their favorite coffee grinds to get the results and taste they prefer."
To improve coffee extraction and taste, these models have been designed with a heating element positioned vertically near the brew head to provide hotter, more consistent water temperature. A removable, top load water tank allows for easy filling of fresh water from any angle, while a uniquely designed carafe lid quickly transforms the carafe into a travel mug. New personal 18-oz. coffee makers will be offered in Contour Silver, Empire Red, Onyx Black and Espresso at a suggested retail price of $99.99.
KitchenAid® Hand Blender
An indispensable kitchen tool that offers great versatility, an upright hand blender, also referred to as an immersion blender, is a smart gift idea for a favorite cook. The KitchenAid® hand blender can reach into deep pots, bowls and containers and take on tasks from chopping frozen foods and blending soups and smoothies to whisking homemade vinaigrette and whipped cream.
KitchenAid offers 2-, 3- and 5-speed models carrying suggested retail prices of $59.99, $79.99 and $129.99, respectively. All models are available in Onyx Black and Contour Silver with 2-speed models available in additional colors including Crystal Blue, Green Apple, Tangerine, Empire Red, Onyx Black and White.
Features found on all models include a sturdy yet lightweight design, a "soft touch" handle, a BPA-free blender jar and lid, and an 8-inch metal shaft. Variable speeds accommodate a number of cooking, food preparation and other tasks, from crushing ice to chopping nuts. All parts except the corded handle are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
The 5-speed model features three removable and interchangeable bell blades with covers, a removable pan guard, and a storage container. The interchangeable bells can perform a range of tasks from crushing, blending and chopping to whipping and frothing. The frother beater blade, which can be used for frothing milk for cappuccino or children's milk drinks, adds another level of flexibility to this versatile kitchen tool.
KitchenAid® Glass Stand Mixer Bowls
An extra bowl for the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer eliminates the need to stop and wash the bowl when making multiple dishes or mixing separate components of a single recipe. KitchenAid now offers three stylish glass bowl options - hammered, frosted and clear - each with a five- quart capacity.
"Both practical and beautiful, these unique glass bowls are sure to bring a smile to the face of those who already own a tilt-head stand mixer model," said Robinson.
Designed to fit on virtually all KitchenAid® tilt-head mixers, the glass bowls include a comfort handle, a pour spout and an included lid for easy ingredient storage. Both the frosted and clear glass bowls have measurement markings for easy, precise measurement. The suggested retail price on all glass bowl styles is $79.99.
Jacques Pepin Designed Platter for "Pass the Plate"
For a gift that literally keeps on giving, consider presenting a friend or family member with a homemade culinary creation on a serving plate that can be "re-gifted" to further support Cook for the Cure®, a partnership between KitchenAid and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® that has raised more than $8 million for the fight against breast cancer. The plate, featuring artwork by PBS cooking show host Jacques Pepin, carries a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available at ShopKitchenAid.com and Villeroy & Boch stores.
Every time these specially designed, individually numbered Villeroy & Boch serving plates are passed on and registered at CookfortheCure.com/passtheplatea $5 dollar donation is generated. Using the unique registration code, participants can track the status and travels of their platter by visiting CookfortheCure.com and clicking on the "Get Passing" tab on the lower left.
Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. Cook for the Cure®, the brand's partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®( )is now in its eleventh year and has raised over $8 million to help find a cure for breast cancer. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit http://www.KitchenAid.com or join us at http://facebook.com/KitchenAid and http://twitter.com/KitchenAidUSA.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which is now the world's largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.9 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
Trademark information: Cook for the Cure® is a registered trademark of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
* Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
EXFO Pushes the Limits of Field-Testing Cost-Efficiency by Introducing Floating Test Licenses to Its FTB Ecosystem
FTB Anywhere(TM) floating licenses enable technicians - wherever they are -
to share a pool of cloud-hosted test licenses, providing each user with
the required functionalities, without the major CAPEX impact of
upgrading each test unit
QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX:
EXF) announced today the launch of FTB Anywhere(TM), a shared test license
capability for the award-winning FTB platform ecosystem. This unique,
innovative approach to delivering advanced test applications enables
network operators to purchase a certain number of cloud-hosted licenses
that can be shared by their technicians, whenever and wherever they are
FTB Anywhere is the latest application available for EXFO Connect, a
cloud-based solution designed around the specific needs of installation
and maintenance teams who are looking to significantly reduce the
operational costs of managing their test equipment, as well as to
maximize the value of their test results. The EXFO Connect solution
enables operators to leverage their investment of EXFO's FTB platforms
(FTB-1, FTB-200, FTB-500) by automating software upgrades, distribution
of test configurations, asset inventory and reporting to ensure process
compliance and that all platforms and configurations are up-to-date and
consistent throughout the entire test equipment pool.
With the introduction of FTB Anywhere, operators can now profitably
scale the test capabilities of their FTB ecosystem platforms in just
minutes, avoiding the time and expense of traditional factory-based
upgrades. This innovative approach provides operators with the
flexibility to purchase any number of cloud-hosted, floating test
licenses, which can be made available to any FTB platform on an at-need
basis when and where required.
Traditionally, test software licenses are dedicated to a specific test
device, and cannot be shared across other devices. As a result,
operators are forced to purchase test functionality that they may only
use occasionally. With the ability to quickly and efficiently activate
and deactivate FTB Anywhere floating test licenses on any FTB platform,
operators can now equip their technicians with the required
functionality at a fraction of the cost of upgrading their entire fleet
of test equipment. In addition, any floating test license can be easily
activated from the FTB platform itself, which maximizes the
productivity of field technicians and avoids costly delays by ensuring
they will always have the proper feature set to complete the job.
"By adding FTB Anywhere to the EXFO Connect solution, EXFO is showing
its commitment to expanding a unique solution that is fully dedicated
to helping carriers improve their operational efficiency as they deploy
and maintain their networks," said Étienne Gagnon, Vice-President of
EXFO's Test and Measurement Division. "The FTB Anywhere cloud-based,
shared-license approach is an industry first which brings unprecedented
automation and intelligence to the test and measurement process of our
Visit our website for more on FTB Anywhere floating licenses.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading
providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers
in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers
innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and
maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks--from the core to
the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet,
OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies (accounting
for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has
a staff of approximately 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more
than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.EXFO.com.
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Merger with Mobile Marketing Firm Ad Shark Full Speed Ahead
Monster Offers Merger with Ad Shark Pending Final Audit
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Monster Offers (OTCBB: MONT), a leading Daily Deal analytics provider and aggregator, today announced that its proposed merger with Ad Shark, Inc., a mobile marketing firm specializing in the sales and management of innovative marketing services to Smartphone app developers, remains on track for completion, as previously reported on August 28th, 2012.
The parties to the proposed merger have been waiting for the completion of an audit of the Ad Shark company financials. Management for each of the companies is now is the process of completing the final merger documents, which will be disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed on the EDGAR system with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expects to file the Form 8-K regarding within the next week.
Upon consummation of the merger, Ad Shark's executive management team would assume control of, and work to integrate the two companies' respective core businesses and product/service offerings, into the merged entity.
About Monster Offers(TM):
Monster Offers is a leading Daily Deal analytics provider and aggregator collecting daily deals from multiple sites in local communities across the U.S. and Canada. Focused on providing innovation and utility for Daily Deal consumers and providers, the company collects and publishes thousands of daily deals and allows consumers to organize these deals by geography or product categories, or to personalize the results using keyword search. More information can be found by visiting the company's websites located at monsteroffers.com and at monsterdailydeals.com.
About Ad Shark(TM):
Ad Shark organizes advertising sales efforts by constructing a media and advertising delivery systems for Smartphone and Tablet app developers. Ad Shark's corporate mission is to capitalize on the explosive growth of the mobile marketing industry, which some analysts have estimated to be increasing at an annual rate of about 100% per year and which by some estimates will reach $47 Billion Dollars in worldwide annual revenues by 2013.
Ad Shark's approach to integrating traditional internet advertising with optimized media and cutting edge ad delivery methods, all tailored specifically for the applicable Smart Device, OS or screen resolution platform, puts the company in an ideal position to compete for engagements involving advertising campaigns for mobile marketing services and products.
At present, Ad Shark has more than 2000 clients, including its relationship with Trick or Tracker® "killer app" developer Iconosys, Inc.
For more information on Ad Shark, Inc., see adshark.mobi.
Any statements contained in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risks associated with the management appointment described in this press release, and other risks identified in the filings by Monster Offers (MONT), with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Further information on risks faced by MONT are detailed in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and in its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These filings are or will become available on a website maintained by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov. The information contained in this press release is accurate as of the date indicated. Actual results, events or performance may differ materially. Monster Offers does not undertake any obligation to publicly release the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 Drives the First Signature HTC Windows Phone 8 Smartphones
Industry leading ClearPad(TM) solutions chosen for HTC 8X and HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 smartphones
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced that the signature HTC 8X and the HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 smartphones, which both feature high resolution screens in thin and light designs, are driven by Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 solutions.
The HTC 8X features a 4.3-inch super LCD 2 touch screen, with HD 720p resolution Gorilla Glass 2, as well as an ultra-wide-angle front camera lens with a vivid touchscreen that displays brilliant colors, even in bright sunlight. The HTC 8S features a 4-inch super LCD touch screen with WVGA resolution and Gorilla Glass. Both models include Beats Audio, and will be available through 150+ carriers in 50+ countries later this year.
"Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 continues to deliver the highest performance and proved to be the ideal solution for our new smartphones," said a spokesperson for the HTC Corporation. "Their long history of innovation, engineering support, and wide range of solution options helped make Synaptics the clear choice for us."
ClearPad Series 3, the premier mobile touch solution for premium high end smartphones, offers up to 10 finger full-time tracking and fast refresh rates, with industry leading signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR), delivering high performance to the most demanding smartphones across leading platforms. The ClearPad family is supported by SignalClarity(TM) technology which improves tracking accuracy, finger separation, and environmental and electrical noise robustness for an unmatched user experience. ClearPad is also supported by Design Studio(TM)4 (DS4), Synaptics sensor evaluation tool which enables efficient sensor solution implementation.
"With the broadest product portfolio and unmatched system level engineering experience, Synaptics continues to be the premier touch provider for high-end smartphone partners that desire unparalleled performance," said Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager of Synaptics Handheld Division. "We will continue to partner with industry leaders such as HTC to develop innovative new products across a variety of platforms."
For up-to-the-minute Synaptics news, follow @SynaCorp on Twitter. For more information on Synaptics' products and solutions, please visit http://www.synaptics.com.
As a leading developer of human interface solutions which enhance the user experience, Synaptics provides the broadest touch solutions portfolio in the industry. The ClearPad(TM) family supports touchscreen solutions for devices ranging from entry-level mobile phones to flagship premium smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs. The TouchPad(TM) family, including ClickPad(TM) and ForcePad(TM), is integrated into the majority of today's notebook PCs. Synaptics' wide portfolio also includes ThinTouch(TM) supporting thin and light keyboard solutions, as well as key technologies for next generation touch-enabled video and display applications.
Synaptics, ClearPad, SignalClarity, Design Studio, TouchPad, ClickPad, ForcePad, ThinTouch, and the Synaptics logo are trademarks of Synaptics in the United States and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
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Document Security Systems, Inc. and Lexington Technology Group, Inc. Sign Definitive Merger Agreement
Merger Expected to Enhance Technology Leadership and Portfolio of Intellectual Property
Combined Company to be Led by Lexington CEO Will Rosellini
NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DSS), a leader in anti-counterfeit, authentication, and mass-serialization technologies, and Lexington Technology Group, Inc., a privately-owned company that owns and manages intellectual property assets, today announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement. Upon receipt of shareholder approval from each company, the combined company will continue to be known as Document Security Systems, Inc. and will be led by current Lexington Technology Group CEO Will Rosellini, who will replace Patrick White as CEO of DSS.
The strategic combination with Lexington Technology Group will enable DSS to substantially increase its intellectual property portfolio, add significant talent with a proven record in technological innovation, and be positioned to enhance its revenue through the monetization of the combined company's intellectual property assets.
"The combination of DSS and Lexington will yield a company with both a wealth of intellectual property and industrial assets that we believe can generate revenues from commercial application of these and other technologies," says DSS Chairman Robert Fagenson. "The broadened management team has the depth and experience needed to capitalize on the patent portfolio and a balance sheet with significantly increased working capital to operate the company. We trust our shareholders will share our enthusiasm for the prospects for the combined company going forward."
Lexington Technology Group owns patent assets acquired from Thomas L. Bascom, president of LinkSpace, LLC. These patents are fundamental to important areas of technology that are currently widely in use and growing at significant rates. Lexington Technology Group and LinkSpace, LLC are collaborating through Lexington Technology Group's wholly-owned, Virginia-based subsidiary Bascom Research, which invests both expertise and capital in the development of RFID medical technology. Bascom Research intends to integrate its technology with LinkSpace's enterprise-level software framework and DSS's digital security and RFID technology for electronic health records (EHR) in an effort to improve throughput and patient safety in hospitals.
"We believe this merger will enhance the existing efforts of both entities to broaden revenue generation through the pursuit of market opportunities, and the licensing and protection of our combined intellectual property portfolio," Rosellini says. "We expect to file an IDE with the FDA to begin clinical trials at Virginia-area hospitals with our integrated suite of next-generation patient-centric software in 2013. We expect that this development will be financed with the proceeds from a licensing campaign managed by the patent monetization firm IPNav."
"We expect that licensing at fair and reasonable rates could provide steady base revenue, while strategic litigation has the potential to produce significant benefits for investors," Rosellini says. "Because our model is supported by stable, ongoing licensing revenue, we won't have to make investment decisions based on quarterly earnings--which we believe could be a tremendous advantage for our investors."
Exceptional Experience on Post-Merger Management Team and Board
Following the completion of the merger, the combined company will be led by a premier management team with a proven track record of technological innovation and maximizing the value of intellectual property assets, including:
CEO Will Rosellini -- Before joining Lexington Technology Group, Rosellini was CEO of MicroTransponder, Inc. a development stage medical device company, and scientific advisor for the patent monetization firm IP Navigation Group (IPNav). He was named a 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year, a 2011 Tech Titan and is a 2012 finalist for the O'Donnell Award given by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science. Previously, he played professional baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
CIO Peter Hardigan -- Currently Chief Operating Officer at Lexington Technology Group, Hardigan will become DSS's chief investment officer. Previously, he served as CFO and head of investment management at IPNav, where he was responsible for financial assessment of all IPNav portfolio acquisitions, and aided activist investors in the bid for control of AOL and in other high-value IP transactions. Prior to IPNav, he was a principal in charge of IP transactions at Charles River Associates in New York and Frankfurt, where he represented a range of Fortune 500 Companies and institutional investors involved in IP monetization, including the management of a EUR100 million EU patent investment fund.
CTO Tom Bascom -- The inventor of the pivotal LinkSpace technology, Bascom will serve as chief technology officer of Bascom Research.
Following the merger, the DSS board of directors will possess expertise in finance, technology and value extraction, and a particular focus on startups and fast-growth companies. Members of the board will include CEO Will Rosellini, CIO Peter Hardigan and:
Warren Hurwitz --In 2005, Hurwitz co-founded Altitude Capital Partners, a private investment fund focused on investing in, enforcing and protecting the rights of intellectual property assets. He managed Altitude's key investment portfolio companies, including: Visto, Saxon, DeepNines, MercExchange, Digitude and Software Rights Archive. Prior to co-founding Altitude Capital Partners, Hurwitz was a Sr. Vice President at HSBC Capital (USA), the U.S. Private Equity arm of HSBC Group.
Jeff Ronaldi -- Ronaldi has 25 years of experience driving revenues, market growth, and profitability for start-up and high-growth companies such as Turtle Bay Technologies, SPX Corporation, XO Communications and Verizon. As CEO of Turtle Bay, Jeff was responsible for defining overall strategy for the company and managing the company's approximate $50 million investment in various patent portfolios.
Robert Fagenson -- Fagenson, current Chairman of DSS, is also Chairman of National Holdings, parent of broker-dealer national securities, with more than 700 registered representatives around the United States and overseas. Fagenson's career at the New York Stock Exchange began in 1973. He served as a Governor on the trading floor and served for eight years on the NYSE Board of Directors, and as Vice Chairman in 1998 and 1999.
Robert Bzdick - President and chief operating officer of DSS, Bzdick joined the company in 2010 following the company's acquisition of Premier Packaging Corp., where he served as CEO. As COO, Bob uses his 29 years of experience in manufacturing operations management to integrate and strengthen DSS's three production divisions to service DSS's growing worldwide, Fortune 1000 customer-base.
Ira Greenstein - An independent director of DSS since 2004, Greenstein is president of IDT Corp., a provider of wholesale and retail telecommunication services. He was previously a partner at the law firm Morrison & Foerster and general counsel of Net2Phone Inc.
David Klein - Since 2009, Kleinhas served as senior vice president and treasurer of Constellation Brands, Inc. From 2004 to 2009, he served in the capacities of vice president, business development and chief financial officer of Constellation Europe, for Constellation Brands. In his current role, Klein is responsible for the quantitative management of risk, improving company-wide cash flow generation and the management of capital structure. Before joining Constellation Brands, he was chief financial officer at Montana Mills Bread Co.
Details on the Merger Agreement
Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DSS will merge with and into Lexington Technology Group, with Lexington Technology Group being the surviving corporation as a wholly-owned subsidiary of DSS through an exchange of capital stock of Lexington Technology Group for capital stock and warrants of DSS. Upon completion of the merger and subject to the Beneficial Ownership Condition (as defined below), each share of then-issued and outstanding Lexington Technology Group Common Stock and Series A Convertible Preferred Stock will be automatically converted into (i) the right to receive shares of DSS Common Stock, (ii) five-year warrants to purchase DSS Common Stock at an exercise price of $4.80 per share, (iii) shares of DSS Common Stock to be held in escrow and to be released upon the achievement of certain milestones and, as applicable, shares of DSS's Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, determined by multiplying each of (x) 17,250,000 plus (i) the number of additional shares of DSS Common Stock calculated by dividing any cash held by Lexington Technology Group at closing in excess of $7,500,000 (up to $1,500,000) by $3.00 and (ii) the number of shares of DSS held by Lexington Technology Group prior to closing, (y) 4,859,894, and (z) 7,100,000 by a fraction, the numerator of which shall be one and the denominator of which shall be the sum of (A) the number of shares of Lexington Technology Group Common Stock plus (B) the number of Lexington Technology Group Preferred Stock, in each case issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time.
Upon the consummation of the merger, only the holders of Lexington Technology Group Preferred Stock who would, after giving effect to the merger and receipt of the merger consideration, beneficially own more than 9.99% of DSS Common Stock (the "Beneficial Ownership Condition") shall receive for each share of Lexington Technology Group Preferred Stock they hold the same merger consideration as outlined above except that such holders shall receive a combination of DSS Common Stock and DSS Preferred Stock that is convertible into (or if the proposal to authorize DSS Preferred Stock is not approved, $.02 Warrants exercisable for) that number of shares of DSS Common Stock they would have received if they had been a holder of Lexington Technology Group Common Stock immediately prior to the Effective Time in such amounts that would enable such holders, after giving effect to the merger, to beneficially own no more than 9.99% of DSS Common Stock upon consummation of the Merger. Each $.02 Warrant shall have an exercise price of $.02 per share and will be exercisable at any time after the date of issuance for a period of ten years. The DSS Preferred Stock will have the powers, preferences and privileges and other rights as will be set forth in a Certificate of Amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation of DSS to be filed immediately following the closing of the merger.
Immediately following the completion of the merger, the former stockholders of Lexington Technology Group are expected to own approximately 55% of the outstanding common stock of the combined company (on a fully-diluted basis) and the current stockholders of DSS are expected to own approximately 45% of the outstanding common stock of the combined company (on a fully-diluted basis) (without taking into account any shares of DSS Common Stock held by Lexington Technology Group's stockholders prior to the completion of the merger).
Simultaneously with the execution of the Merger Agreement, on October 1, 2012, DSS entered into subscription agreements with certain accredited investors, pursuant to which DSS agreed to issue and sell to such investors in a private placement an aggregate of 833,651 shares of its common stock, at a purchase price of $3.30 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $2,751,048. The Private Placement was completed on October 1, 2012. Lexington Technology Group participated in the private placement and purchased an aggregate of 218,675 shares of DSS common stock, at a purchase price of $3.30 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $721,628.
Dawson James Securities, Inc. acted as the sole placement agent in connection with the Private Placement. Palladium Capital Advisors, LLC advised DSS on the merger and the private placement.
The shares of DSS common stock being sold in the Private Placement have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and, until so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States or any state absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.
Completion of the merger, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2013, will be subject to approval by the stockholders of DSS and Lexington Technology Group and customary closing conditions.
Document Security Systems and Lexington Technology Group, Inc. will host a conference call on Thursday, October 4 at 4:00 PM to discuss the merger.
-- Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
-- Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2012
-- Investor Dial In (Toll Free): 877-407-9205
-- Investor Dial In (International): 201-689-8054
-- Live Webcast URL: : http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=169854
A replay of the teleconference will be available until October 24, 2012, which can be accessed by dialing (877) 660-6853 if calling within the U.S. or (201) 612-7415 if calling internationally. Please enter account #286 and conference ID # 4013037 to access the replay.
ABOUT DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS:
Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DSS) is a leader in anti-counterfeit, authentication, and mass-serialization technologies, providing security solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions. DSS security programs are designed to protect against product diversion, counterfeit, theft, and other costly and damaging occurrences. From risk analysis and vulnerability assessment, to systems integration and monitoring, DSS offers the advanced tools and knowledge base needed to protect the world's most valuable and at-risk brands. More information can be found at their website, http://www.dsssecure.com .
ABOUT LEXINGTON TECHNOLOGY GROUP:
Lexington Technology Group invests both expertise and capital in the development and monetization of pioneering technologies. Lexington's goal is to catalyze technology development within its investments and to reward those who take on the risks of innovation. The enterprise invests in companies that have developed important innovations but have not been fairly rewarded by the marketplace, where shareholder value depends on the company's ability to successfully monetize patented technologies. Its efforts contribute to an intellectual property market in which inventors are better able to profit from their inventions. More information is available at http://www.lex-tg.com.
Important Additional Information Will Be Filed with the SEC
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Document Security Systems, Inc. ("DSS") or Lexington Technology Group, Inc. ("Lexington Technology Group") or the solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed transaction, DSS will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") a Registration Statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement/prospectus. The proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about DSS, Lexington Technology Group, the transaction and related matters. DSS will mail or otherwise deliver the proxy statement/prospectus to its stockholders and the stockholders of Lexington Technology Group when it becomes available. Investors and security holders of DSS and Lexington Technology Group are urged to read carefully the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the merger (including any amendments or supplements thereto) in its entirety when it is available, because it will contain important information about the proposed transaction.
Investors and security holders of DSS will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed merger (when it is available) and other documents filed with the SEC by DSS through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders of DSS and Lexington Technology Group will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed merger (when it is available) by contacting DSS, Inc., Attn.: Century Media Group, at 60 East 42(nd) Street, Suite 1701, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Investors and security holders of Lexington Technology Group will also be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus for the merger by contacting Lexington Technology Group, Attn.: Investor Relations, 375 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10152, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSS and Lexington Technology Group, and their respective directors and certain of their executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transactions contemplated by the agreement between DSS and Lexington Technology Group. Information regarding DSS's directors and executive officers is contained in DSS's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, which was filed with the SEC on March 19, 2012, and in its proxy statement prepared in connection with its 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 18, 2012. Information regarding Lexington Technology Group's directors and officers and a more complete description of the interests of DSS's directors and officers in the proposed transaction will be available in the proxy statement/prospectus that will be filed by DSS with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.
Statements in this press release regarding the proposed transaction between DSS and Lexington Technology Group; the expected timetable for completing the transaction; the potential value created by the proposed Merger for DSS's and Lexington Technology Group's stockholders; the potential of the combined companies' technology platform; our respective or combined ability to raise capital to fund our combined operations and business plan; the continued listing of DSS's or the combined company's securities on the NYSE MKT; market acceptance of DSS products and services; our collective ability to maintain or protect our intellectual property rights through litigation or otherwise; Lexington Technology Group's limited operating history, competition from other industry competitors with greater market presence and financial resources than those of DSS's; our ability to license and monetize the patents owned by Lexington Technology Group; potential new legislation or regulation related to enforcing patents; the complexity and costly nature of acquiring patent or other intellectual property assets; the combined company's management and board of directors; and any other statements about DSS' or Lexington Technology Group's management teams' future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "could," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "plans," "should," "target," "will," "would" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the risk that DSS and Lexington Technology Group may not be able to complete the proposed transaction; the inability to realize the potential value created by the proposed Merger for DSS's and Lexington Technology Group's stockholders; our respective or combined inability to raise capital to fund our combined operations and business plan; DSS's or the combined company's inability to maintain the listing of our securities on the NYSE MKT; the potential lack of market acceptance of DSS's products and services; our collective inability to protect our intellectual property rights through litigation or otherwise; competition from other industry competitors with greater market presence and financial resources than those of DSS's; our inability to license and monetize the patents owned by Lexington Technology Group; and other risks and uncertainties more fully described in DSS's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012, each as filed with the SEC, as well as the other filings that DSS makes with the SEC. Investors and stockholders are also urged to read the risk factors set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus carefully when they are available.
In addition, the statements in this press release reflect our expectations and beliefs as of the date of this release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our expectations and beliefs to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements publicly at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date after the date of this release.
New Platform Liberates Interests; Take Charge of Your Experiences and Make them More Personal, Relevant and Engaging with Xen's Portable "Interest Graph"
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- They say "you can't take it with you" but now you can with Xen Inc.'s new interest exchange that launches in beta today. Additionally, Xen is unveiling a suite of products including its online site (xen.com) and three apps (Interesting, Meedar and TalkTopic), to illustrate how fluidly your interest graph can travel with you. Xen enables you to take control of your online persona and take it wherever you go online.
Interests connect everybody and everything across the open web. Today's announcement is the first of a multi-part strategy to turn interests into a currency that engages people, developers, publishers and brands. By creating a standard for expressing interests and a platform to take ownership of them, the Xen interest exchange becomes a standard for personalization across applications, sites and social networks.
Xen gathers your existing online preferences from social networks and across the open web, allowing you to build a custom interest graph to reflect who you truly are. Xen's semantic powered search can be used to fine-tune your profile - what you like and what you don't (i.e. you love Justin Bieber, BBQ, bulldogs and your alma mater, but you can do without sushi, rollerblades and Lady Gaga). The resulting interest graph becomes an accurate and up-to-date expression of your persona that's portable, for the first time.
Armed with your Xen interest graph, you can now share interests with whomever you want, whether on Xen's site, across the open web and via mobile, to enhance your ability to identify and connect with people who share your interests. Xen was built so that you can also use your Xen interest graph to give publishers and brands the opportunity to customize their content to you, for a more targeted, meaningful and engaging relationship.
The first three Xen powered mobile apps, "Interesting", "Meedar" and "TalkTopic," demonstrate the interoperability of the Xen account, and how it seamlessly personalizes any associated experience.
-- "Interesting" is a 30-seconds-or-less "insight experience" for
discovering new topics based on recent or trending topics, and adding
them to your account.
-- "Meedar" uses your Xen account in conjunction with your smartphone's GPS
to discover fascinating people around you with shared interests.
-- "TalkTopic" uses voice recognition to search and quickly gauge the Xen
community's pulse on a topic.
"Most of us are surprised to find what their favorite sites actually know about them, they are often surprised that it's not an accurate reflection of who they really are," said Brooks Martin, Co-Founder of Xen. "We've found that only a fraction of the information aggregated from social networks is accurate and ends up being added to a Xen user's profile."
Once signed up, Xen users can immediately take an active role in "curating" their interest data, to ensure that it's a more accurate representation of their persona. Then they can share their persona directly with others, or on other apps, sites and services they already use.
By leveraging insights about its communities, without divulging any personally identifiable information including aggregated affinity on interest topics, Xen becomes a valuable, multifaceted and actionable resource for brands, publishers and ecommerce sites seeking to increase, enhance and monetize engagement with their users.
"We're creating something quite different from a social network; we've created an interest exchange. In a world where identity is becoming a commodity, we wanted to give people a chance to own theirs and to interact with brands securely and responsibly", said Martin. At launch, Xen connects with Facebook and GetGlue, with many more connections to popular platforms and services coming soon and new features every week.
Next month Xen plans to open up its platform to third-party developers globally and also intends to reveal details of projects already underway with partners, publishers and charter developers.
Please visit http://www.xen.com to sign up and take the first step towards Making You, Yours.
Xen is a technology platform that simplifies, standardizes and facilitates understanding between people and brands through a global "interest exchange". Using a Xen account, people can liberate their interests and take charge of experiences, making them more personal, relevant and engaging. Xen's portable interest graph and semantic engine allows users to efficiently communicate their interests and context with whomever they choose including publishers, brands and other Xen users, ensuring that every experience is unique to them.
-- Powerful And Portable Chinese Phone Analysis System Tackles Latest Phones; and Acquires More Data --
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EDEC Digital Forensics, (http://www.edecdf.com), an innovator in the field of mobile forensics, has released a beta of its latest version of the company's Tarantula Chinese Cell Phone Analysis Tool. Tarantula 2.0 beta is a significant advance which affirms EDEC's position as the industry leader in Chinese phone forensics.
"In an industry where technology advances at the speed of light, it is our responsibility to provide investigators with the most advanced technology to address their needs," says Ryan Judy, Sales Manager for EDEC. "Tarantula 2.0 offers our customers vastly more capability in a, light, compact kit, and powered by USB making it highly portable."
Tarantula 2.0 is an update of both Tarantula's hardware and software, including a new compact tip kit and USB-powered hardware unit as well as vastly improved analysis software that provides full file system analysis, acquires PIN codes and multiple IMEI numbers, highlights deleted data, acquires media files; decodes Android MTK phones; and has excellent reporting features.
Tarantula is a field-ready analysis kit. A new USB-powered hardware unit, lighter kit weight (2.5 pounds) and smaller profile (7.5" x 9" x 4") make it highly desirable for use in the field by law enforcement and the military.
"Mobile forensic investigations are frequently done outside a lab environment. Our customers have been asking for these improvements from us and Tarantula 2.0 delivers," comments Mr. Judy, "Law enforcement, military and civilian examiners are often in the field, under difficult conditions, working to perform forensics or acquire intelligence on problematic devices."
First introduced in October of 2011, Tarantula targets the problematic mobile devices based on Chinese manufactured chipsets, a rapidly expanding segment of mobile phones worldwide. These devices have historically been off-brand phones or illegitimate phones - also known as "white-box," "clone-phones" or "Shanzhai" (Chinese) and are characterized by the absence of normal industry standards, making them extremely difficult to analyze. Increasingly, Chinese chip sets have been adopted by major brand phones, including smart phones.
The Tarantula 2.0 system greatly simplifies and speeds up the analysis of these devices. Tarantula is the only forensic cell phone analysis system that supports physical extraction and decoding from all major Chinese manufactured chipsets -- Mediatek, Spreadtrum, and Infineon, whether or not the phone is PIN-locked. Using full physical analysis, Tarantula 2.0 extracts and decodes low-level data including deleted data, decodes the phone file system and presents data such as call logs, SMS, phone book, media files, passwords, and IMEIs.
Following an industry trend toward the use of Chinese chips in smart phones, Tarantula 2.0 is capable of analyzing Android phones with additional smartphone analysis in future software releases.
EDEC employs a research team in China dedicated to monitoring industry trends and targeting new chipsets and devices so that Tarantula stays current and relevant in a constantly changing industry landscape For more information about Tarantula, visit http://www.edecdf.com or contact EDEC at 805-962-3080
About EDEC Digital Forensics:
EDEC Digital Forensics was created in 2009 with the goal of providing solutions that simplify the job of the digital forensics investigator. EDEC is committed to developing and distributing innovative digital forensics technology to law enforcement, military, and private forensic investigators worldwide. EDEC has established a solid platform for product innovation and has become the world leader in the analysis of mobile phones based on Chinese chipsets.
Synology Releases the DiskStation DS2413+, Optimized for Photographers
BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Synology America Corp. is pleased to announce the release of its newest twelve-bay DiskStation, the DS2413+. Along with the DX1211 expansion module, it can scale up to 24 drives for up to 96TB storage in your choice of Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) or classic RAID, making it an ideal answer to the growing data storage needs of today's photographers. The DS2413+ is Synology's first 12-bay system to incorporate USB 3.0 for improved transfer speeds to and from external disks.
"The DS2413+ can easily scale its storage to keep pace with even the most prolific photographers," said Marivel Espinoza, Product Marketing Manager at Synology America Corp. "Unlike other storage solutions aimed at photographers, this one offers excellent performance with Synology's well-known reliability, while remaining network attached, so there are no issues with proprietary connectors."
Sheer storage capacity aside, the DS2413+ ships with Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.1. DSM 4.1 brings a number of photographer-friendly features to the table.
-- Shared Folder Sync allows keeping folders in sync between DiskStations
to minimize downtime
-- Support for both Mac and Windows backups
-- Photo Station allows for easily sharing photos
-- The Media Server package allows for streaming photos, videos, and music
to DLNA-compliant televisions or media players
-- Synology's new Web Assistant makes it easier than ever to get started
Additionally, the DS2413+ is well-suited for business environments:
-- VAAI support for improved VMware support
-- LUN backup software included at no additional cost
-- ADS support for domains up to 100,000 users/groups
-- Time Backup package allows for point-in-time backups
For more information, please see here: http://www.synology.com/us/solutions/photo_video/index.php
Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium-sized business markets. Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices, Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit http://www.synology.com for more information.
Synology has a global presence with regional offices in the US (Bellevue, Washington), and the UK (London, England), Germany (Düsseldorf), and Taiwan (Taipei).
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Arkeia Replaces Symantec Backup Exec as Choice of Backup Solution for Nashville Wire Products
Welded wire product manufacturer declares Arkeia appliance top shelf; Makes it a fixture of physical, virtual storage environments
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Arkeia Software, a leading provider of fast, easy-to-use, and affordable network backup solutions, today announced that Nashville Wire Products (NWP) has chosen the Arkeia R220 appliance as a replacement for its Symantec Backup Exec application to protect both its physical and virtual environments.
NWP is a diverse organization serving multiple markets and thousands of customers worldwide. Its primary product categories include wire mesh, retail displays, store fixtures and wire products for the materials handling applications. NWP also addresses markets for wire mesh and sells component products to a variety of manufacturers. Cutting-edge technology, quality products and unparalleled service have earned NWP a leadership position in all of the markets that it serves.
Data Protection for Virtual and Physical Machines
The company revisited its choice of Symantec Backup Exec as its backup solution after deciding to expand its platforms to embrace VMware virtualization technologies and enjoy the hardware efficiencies of server consolidation. It also wanted to move from a tape-only environment to a mix of tape and disk storage as its backup storage targets to benefit from the rapid random access of disk, as well as deploy its backup server as an appliance to simplify management and improve security of the solution. After narrowing its decision between Arkeia and Veeam, NWP selected the Arkeia R220 appliance as a direct-attached backup solution to its existing Exabyte T24 tape library and Windows Server 2008 media server.
"Arkeia gave us everything you would expect from an enterprise-class solution, including support for tapes, deployment as a hardware appliance and protection of both physical and virtual environments," said Robert Miller, NWP System Administrator. "Arkeia is easy to use. We value the intuitive web user interface that permits administration from anywhere, and requires a minimum of training. The recovery wizard makes restores easy. Finally, we especially value the Arkeia solution because it operates entirely independently of our production systems - increasing the robustness and reliability of our data protection infrastructure."
The NWP backup infrastructure protects 300 workstations and 12 servers, primarily a combination of VMware hypervisors and Windows servers. Windows servers include Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 2003 SP2 and Windows 2008 Enterprise. The VMware environment is distributed across three hosts and is used to deploy a dozen production virtual machines. Applications that require regular backups include Microsoft Exchange with 145GB of data, as well as two Microsoft SQL Server databases. The backup strategy is to perform weekly full and daily incremental backups with monthly replication to tape at end of retention period.
Easy-to-Use, All-in-One Solution
"For companies looking to move from traditional backup to an all-encompassing solution that covers both physical and virtual environments, Arkeia appliances combine hardware and software to deliver maximum performance and reliability," said Bill Evans, Arkeia Software's CEO. "We are pleased that Nashville Wire Products could see the value that we deliver in ease of installation and deployment, maintenance and support, and security and performance to provide an all-in-one solution that meet their specific needs. Arkeia appliances are ideally suited to provide organizations with the speedy recovery, centralized management and ease-of-use that they require."
The Arkeia R220 Series backup appliance provides simple, reliable and affordable data protection for remote offices and small / mid-sized businesses. The backup appliance is a complete backup solution that delivers Arkeia Network Backup software, integrated RAID for disk backup, connectivity for cloud replication, and an optional embedded ape drive. The backup appliance is ideal for offices without full-time IT resources, or for those that simply wish to simplify deployment and management. See http://www.arkeia.com/products/arkeia-network-backup/backup-server/physical-appliance for the full list of available backup and recovery server appliances.
About Arkeia Software
Arkeia delivers data backup and recovery solutions to protect more than 100,000 networks in 70 countries. The Arkeia Network Backup Suite is designed for mid-sized organizations that require fast, easy-to-use, and affordable data protection. The company's appliances, virtual appliances, and software back up critical data to disk, tape, and cloud storage. Arkeia protects all major virtual platforms including VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, and more than 200 physical platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Netware, Solaris, AIX, BSD, and HP-UX. The company's patented source-side Progressive Deduplication(TM) technology helps users realize better performance at a lower cost by reducing data volumes. Arkeia's deduplication is crucial to accelerating replication of on-premise backups to private or public clouds.Products are sold through resellers and managed service providers worldwide. The company was founded in1996 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
Arkeia and Arkeia Network Backup are trademarks or registered trademarks of Arkeia Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
AffiliateTraction Canada & AvantLink.com Partner for AvantLink.ca Launch
First Exclusively Canadian Affiliate Network Features Programs Managed By AffiliateTraction Canada
MARKHAM, Ontario, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AffiliateTraction Canada, the largest Canadian affiliate program management firm, has partnered with AvantLink.com for the launch of AvantLink.ca, the first exclusively Canadian affiliate marketing network. After almost a year of market testing and launch preparation, AvantLink Canada is live and launching with four of AffiliateTraction Canada's clients.
AffiliateTraction Canada has over twenty large brand equity retailers and AvantLink offers a level of transaction tracking, product datafeed support and a solid following of publishers that can drive incremental revenue to AffiliateTraction managed merchants. Greg Shepard, CEO of AffiliateTraction, stated, "This partnership is a synergy of two firms who complement each other. We are building on our long-standing and successful relationship in the US and can now offer Canada an affiliate channel worthy of its reputable brands and fast growing online commerce sector."
Canada is becoming a new frontier market for agencies like AffiliateTraction and networks like AvantLink due to year-over-year double-digit growth in online commerce. Canada's retailers are hungry for sales and Canadian consumers are purchasing more from online sources. Having already opened a dedicated office in Canada, AffiliateTraction was well suited to helping AvantLink launch their Canadian based affiliate network. "AffiliateTraction has been instrumental in helping us take AvantLink.ca from the drawing board to a reality," says Scott Chaplin, Director of Business Development for AvantLink.com. "We're thrilled that we can continue to grow our partnership with AffiliateTraction and create a truly unique product for the Canadian affiliate scene. Our unique datafeed technology, coupled with our amazing affiliates is a great combination to help AffiliateTraction Canada best serve their clients."
About AffiliateTraction Canada
AffiliateTraction Canada is a full-service affiliate marketing agency with a dedicated office in Markham, Ontario that specializes in incubating, managing, growing, and promoting affiliate programs for top internet retailers and is the largest affiliate marketing agency of its kind. Founded in 2000 by Greg Shepard, CEO, AffiliateTraction is retained by mid-market to enterprise-level organizations to expand their presence in the affiliate marketing channel through active management of multiple networks and direct publisher relationships. AffiliateTraction advocates itself as an all-inclusive affiliate management company that provides clients with the tools, support, and technology needed to successfully grow their affiliate programs.
The AvantLink affiliate network is an affiliate referral tracking, analytics and technology platform for top tier affiliates and web retailers. AvantLink.com was founded in 2005 on the ideas of innovation, quality and service, AvantLink offers an array of industry leading affiliate marketing tools and scripts integrated into their network platform. AvantLink.ca was launched to answer the demand for a Canadian-based affiliate marketing network to suit the needs of both merchants and affiliates alike while offering the same benefits of participation on the AvantLink.com network.
Software Solutions Provider Prosperoware Upgrades Flagship Platform, Milan
Milan 2.5 adds web-based applications proven to increase user satisfaction
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Prosperoware today announced a major upgrade to its Milan product suite, which includes a growing number of web-based applications for improving user adoption of the electronic file, automatically mitigating risk for every matter, and simplifying administration of iManage WorkSite, a document management system commonly deployed by law firms and other professional services organizations.
The Milan 2.5 Release provides a web-based alternative to the database administration application, 'DBAdmin', significantly improving user, group, and metadata administration. This release also provides a long-sought-after capability that no other product offers: the ability to perform ad-hoc bulk re-filing without tying up the desktop for hours at a time.
"The complexity and time required to re-file and manage security and attributes of workspaces, folders, and documents places a burden on WorkSite administrators," said Keith Lipman, president and co-founder of Prosperoware. "Professional teams may find their work stalled for hours and sometimes days because of steps that require IT support such as granting access to new users to private workspaces. Milan removes these bottlenecks by enabling functions to be delegated to the help desk or even end users."
Highlights of the Milan 2.5 Release:
-- Full Help Desk control over user, group, and metadata administration
-- Ability to bulk re-file workspaces and folders without tying up the
-- Support for multiple provisioning services
-- Forensically sound export for eDiscovery that includes the time as well
as the date
-- Integration with IntApp WallBuilder, third-party security software,
which means that when ethical walls are created or updated in IntApp
WallBuilder, the changes are reflected in the Milan platform
-- Improved import capabilities with a new Excel add-in
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For more information about the Milan product suite and other Prosperoware products, visit their website http://www.prosperoware.com.
Prosperoware designs and delivers software solutions to help professionals operate with the greatest degree of latitude possible without sacrificing governance, security, or privacy. Prosperoware platforms infuse rich web-based functionalityinto iManage WorkSite and Microsoft SharePoint to help firms automate and digitize core processes, securely collaborate, and work remotely on the device of their choice. Prosperoware clients include Baker Hostetler, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, DLA Piper, Hill Dickinson, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Duane Morris LLP, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, and White & Case. Prosperoware has offices in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. To learn more about Prosperoware solutions, go to prosperoware.com.
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BranchServ Acquires CheckView Banking Security Systems
BETHEL, Conn., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BranchServ (http://www.branchserv.com), a division of Custom Vault Corporation and a leading supplier of physical and electronic security equipment and service solutions for bank branches across the United States, has announced its acquisition of CheckView Banking Security Solutions, a division of Checkpoint Systems.
CheckView Banking Security Systems, currently based in Richmond, VA, targets financial institutions with security equipment sales and service. Its emphasis on electronic security supports BranchServ's strategy for growth. An expanded portfolio of product offerings and an elevated level of electronics expertise will allow BranchServ to better assist its clients with the design, installation and integration of electronic security elements.
In addition, CheckView shares a common geographic footprint with BranchServ. It has a client base in Maryland, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and an enhanced presence in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. In acquiring this company, BranchServ seeks to increase the depth of its East Coast business, and support growth in the South Central US.
Thomas Brennan, BranchServ President and CEO, states, "All around, CheckView is an excellent fit with BranchServ. We look forward to leveraging their position in electronic security and their client base to move toward an even stronger position of leadership in both physical and electronic security solutions."
BranchServ will add approximately 50 employees to its current roster of 120, and all reorganization efforts are expected to be complete by the end of 2012. Regional offices will be maintained in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia and Alabama, reporting into headquarters in Connecticut.
North Sea Partners LLC acted as M&A and Financing advisor to Custom Vault Corporation, and Imperial Capital LLC acted as M&A advisor to Checkpoint Systems in this transaction.
Founded in 1999 as a division of Custom Vault Corporation, BranchServ provides physical and electronic security equipment and service solutions to more than 7,500 bank branches and credit unions nationwide, including three of the ten largest branch banking networks in the United States. The fastest growing provider in the industry, BranchServ combines a client-driven service focus with unparalleled experience; empowering branch networks to improve operational efficiencies, lower costs, enhance the end-customer experience and maintain the highest levels of security.
Vitalizing the emerging TV white space market, Texas Instruments delivers new multicore-based cognitive radio solutions
DALLAS, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) is offering developers a comprehensive portfolio of cognitive radio solutions, based on its TMS320C66x DSP generation. Cognitive radio, a collective term referring to Super Wi-Fi, Wi-Far, Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN), IEEE 802.11af, 802.22 and TV white spaces, is geared towards optimizing the use of available spectrum and expanding global access to the Internet. Azcom Technology, a member of TI's Design Network, is also designing LTE and IEEE 802.22 standard boards based on TI's wireless infrastructure SoCs, enabling faster and easier development of cognitive radio applications. For more information on TI's cognitive radio solutions, please visit TI's multicore page.
TI's KeyStone-based TMS320TCI6614 and TMS320TCI6612 System-on-Chips (SoCs), which encompass a mix of radio accelerators, network and security coprocessors, as well as fixed-and floating-point digital signal processors (DSPs) and an ARM® RISC processor, provide the ideal foundation for layers 1, 2 and 3 and transport processing for cognitive radio. TI's new TMS320C665x processors are also well suited for cognitive radio and consist of three fully pin compatible low-cost, power optimized solutions for developers migrating from single core to multicore. The TMS320C6657 features two 1.25-GHz DSP cores, delivering up to 80 GMACs and 40 GFLOPs, while the C6655 and C6654 single core solutions deliver up to 40 GMACs and 20 GLOPs and 27.2 GMACs and 13.6 GFLOPs, respectively. Under normal operating conditions, the C6657, C6655 and C6654 power numbers are at 3.5W, 2.5W and 2W, respectively.
Azcom Technology, a leading provider of services and solutions in the wireless communications domain, announced that they are developing a high-performance platform designed to meet the WhiteSpace Alliance's(TM) Wi-Far specification for cognitive radio applications. The platform comprises of a hardware board based on TI's power and cost-efficient TMS320TCI6614 wireless infrastructure SoC and complete PHY / MAC layer stacks. Azcom's platform enables the TV white space market to support devices from a distance of over 10 kilometers, a major upgrade from current Wi-Fi spots that support devices from a distance of up to 10 meters. And with built-in PHY and MAC layer stacks, developers no longer need to worry about DSP processing as it is all taken care of in the layer 1, making the design process easier and quicker for developers of cognitive radio applications.
"We have been developing solutions for the cellular base station market for more than 16 years, making our involvement in the TV white space market a natural extension of our existing business," said Ajit Singh, managing director, Azcom Technology. "Working together with TI, we are among the few solutions providers that are equipped with the right skill sets to do a complete system development covering baseband, RF, PHY and higher layer stacks."
Reducing the digital divide, TI and Azcom join the WhiteSpace Alliance(TM)
TI and Azcom recently joined the WhiteSpace Alliance to further promote the development, deployment and use of standards-based products which extend broadband capabilities via TV band spectrum. The evolution and success of using whitespace spectrum is heavily contingent on the global standardization of IEEE, 3GPP and IETF standards. Through the implementation of these standards, the WhiteSpace Alliance is helping make Wi-Far a reality, which will enable consumers to enjoy the benefits of using a stronger network than existing Wi-Fi spots, especially in rural areas where broadband wireless isn't available. For more information, visit http://www.whitespacealliance.org.
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While at the Summit, visit the WSA display in thedemo pavilionto learn more about the alliance and its members.
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School is in Session: Create Free Online Classes with teachem's "The School of You"
NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachem officially launched the School of You today giving anyone the ability to create unlimited classes from YouTube videos. Never before has such an easy to use teaching and learning platform been integrated so closely with YouTube videos. It is perfect for universities and other learning institutions, teachers, companies, and experts of any kind.Best of all, it's free.
The format is simple: First you create and brand your school, such as the School of Entrepreneurship. Next you create classes using YouTube's wealth of educational videos. Finally, you add an interactive layer on top of the videos with time-stamped flashcards and review questions. What makes this platform so ideal for any organization is that the user can specify who has access to the School of You. It can either be made private (invite only) or public (anyone can enroll).
Teachem is also a huge win for learners as it allows them to create any school of their interest and use YouTube's 700,000+ educational videos as their own classroom. Since teaching is the best form of learning, by creating teachem classes they will not only learn the information but actually retain it.
The team at teachem built its online platform based on 4 core beliefs. First off, they do not like waste. For them that means wasting amazing educational videos on YouTube that get lost in its abyss and are never organized into a classroom format. Second, they love organizing information. The simplest way to organize a video is to create time stamped flashcards that follow along with it. Third, they obviously love learning. They created teachem for themselves. They want to learn something new each and every day. The teachem platform allows them to do just that. Fourth, and finally, they love simplicity.
Teachem's parent company is FurtherEd which started as Lawline.com in 1999 and is currently the largest provider of online continuing legal education in the country. Last year it reached 1,000,000 courses viewed by close to 100,000 attorneys. From day one Lawline.com's mission was always more expansive than providing high quality courses to attorneys. It's focus was providing learning based products and services that lead to personal growth. This bigger mission is what led to FurtherEd and now to teachem.
Ohio Mayor/City Gets Mad About Parasitic Economy; Fights Back
Village of Middlefield launches a one-stop interactive website as part of a robust economic development initiative
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Village of Middlefield launched its new two-pronged website this week, less than four months after Mayor Ben Garlich all but declared war on the area's much-too-long economic slide.
"We will not use the global economic crisis as an excuse for complacency," says Garlich. "We are determined to bring Middlefield to new heights and to do that we simply must up our game."
The redesigned site, http://www.middlefieldmeansbusiness.com, has a double purpose: 1) to showcase the area's rural beauty, unique charm and many attractions and services to residents and future residents, and 2) to make a compelling case to commercial and industry sectors to build or move business to Middlefield. The site is the first visible outcome of Middlefield Means Business, a three-year stimulus plan developed by Garlich and the village's newly formed economic development committee.
"We have to demonstrate to business leaders that we will rally around them and respond to their needs," Garlich maintains. "We have shovel ready-land. We have the tax incentives. We have a wealth of natural resources, good transportation and competitive utilities. And we have an extremely high-performing nonunion workforce. There is no reason we shouldn't have industry forming a line at our door."
The site is designed to be a one-stop resource for anyone wanting to know anything about the Village of Middlefield. It has both a business section and a consumer section, and features a customizable and searchable business directory with benefits to both audiences. From the directory, a user can link to any Middlefield business to access a full description of the company, along with contact information, photographs and a map.
The industry-facing side of the site features content relating to economic incentives, available commercial property, workforce, zoning, utilities, tax, business partners/tools, village stats, maps and an opportunity to sign up for Middlefield's business e-letter.
Elsewhere on the site, residents and future residents can virtually explore the village's schools, churches, community services, government and emergency services, restaurants, and recreational facilities and parks.
Founded in 1799 and situated between the two major urban markets of Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Middlefield Village embraces its rural heritage, Midwestern work ethic, easy lifestyle and welcoming demeanor. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440.632.5248.
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MetroStar Systems and Huge to Redesign Keystone Website of American Innovation
Bringing USPTO.gov to the 21st Century
RESTON, Va., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MetroStar Systems, Inc. (MetroStar) in partnership with Huge has been awarded the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website redesign.
The USPTO has long protected new ideas, innovation and creativity by granting patents and registering trademarks for inventors across the world. According to USPTO.gov, it attracts 2.9 million visits each month from more than 1.2 million unique users. In 2011, the USPTO granted 247,713 patents and registered 237,586 trademarks with a large portion of those originating on USPTO.gov. MetroStar and Huge will leverage user-centered design to improve the online experience of users, from first-time visitors to experienced patent and trademark attorneys alike.
"The redesign will strengthen their access to the application process and educate them on the role of the USPTO." said MetroStar's Creative Project Manager Val Treshchov.
MetroStar and Huge bring a unique dynamic to this project, providing a blend of creativity, management and technical skills to ensure a successful redesign. Both have a history of successful website redesigns that prove their capabilities: MetroStar's redesign of FCC.gov and Huge's redesign of Energy.gov are examples.
"We're very excited to be able to help re-imagine USPTO.gov," said Adam Slagowski, Vice President, Government Services at Huge's new Washington, D.C. office. "This is a unique opportunity to bring exceptional design and user experience to a public resource so crucially important to America's innovators."
About MetroStar Systems, Inc.
The common thread in all our work is our ability to assemble diverse teams who bring immediate technical, cultural and human values to everyday challenges. Offering services in collaboration, modernization, digital, mobile, web and cybersecurity; we build trusting partnerships with customers and push the boundaries of technology to power change. Visit http://www.metrostarsystems.com to learn more.
Huge is responsible for core digital strategy, marketing and implementation for some of the largest companies and brands in the world. Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, Huge has more than 500 employees operating out of the United States, Europe and Latin America. Visit http://www.hugeinc.com/about for more information.
Oregon Scientific Introduces Innovative, Fully Loaded MEEP! Tablet Designed Just for Kids
Accessories, Cloud-Based Parental Controls & Durability Set MEEP! Apart from the Competition
TUALATIN, Ore., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cutting edge technology, durability, interactive content, a design made just for kids and a full line of action-packed accessories. The MEEP! tablet from Oregon Scientific has it all. The new 7-inch, Android 4.0 ('Ice Cream Sandwich') tablet is Wi-Fi enabled and features the most rugged durability of any tablet on the market. With a protective and fun, bright orange silicon bumper, a recessed screen and a cutting-edge zForce(®) touch screen that won't shatter when dropped, MEEP! withstands wear and tear from the backseat or the playground to the schoolyard or the couch. MEEP! ($149.99) is currently available at all major national retailers including Toys "R" Us, Target, Best Buy, RadioShack, Kmart, Meijer, Boscov's, BJ's, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com, Kohls.com and QVC.
Every aspect of MEEP! was designed for kids and the way they interact with electronics. From the rugged, horizontal design to the easy-to-use, uncluttered interface laid out to be controlled by kids' thumbs, MEEP! is designed to be a pick-up and play device that kids can take with them anywhere they go. The innovative zForce touch screen powered by Neonode(®) Multisensing(TM) Technology makes it simple for kids to quickly access content with the lightest touch of their thumb, and a scrolling menu system makes apps, games, music, videos and more quickly accessible.
As much as MEEP! was designed for kids, the tablet also appeals to parents with customizable cloud-based settings that parents can control and adjust without having to take the tablet out of their child's hands. By simply visiting the Parents Portal on MEEPTablet.com from any device with a web browser (computer, smart phone, tablet), parents can not only hand-pick ("whitelist") which websites or keywords their kids have or don't have access to, but they can add words to the tablet's built-in "bad word" list so their child will not be able to search for those words or use them in the chat feature. Oregon Scientific also maintains a "blacklist" of inappropriate content that is updated by moderators on an ongoing basis which parents can add to. In addition, parents can actively monitor their child's online activity, limit play time duration and provide a virtual allowance for purchasing apps via MEEP! coins without needing to access the physical tablet.
From the hottest pre-loaded content including Angry Birds, UNO, Toon Goggles, art and learning apps and more to the MEEP! Store, MEEP! provides the rich interactive experience that kids are clamoring for. Games, books, videos and apps available in the MEEP! store have all been cleared for kid-friendliness by Oregon Scientific and are either free or can be purchased with MEEP! coins. Additionally, Google Play can be accessed from the Parents Portal to purchase additional content, and applications are seamlessly downloaded to the tablet with parental permission. Music, movies and e-books that parents or kids have previously purchased on a PC or Mac can also be easily transferred to the MEEP! via the USB cable that is included in the package. The MEEP! tablet has 4GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot to install additional memory. Kids can also capture favorite moments - still photos or videos - to share with friends and family via the tablet's built-in, front-facing camera and can display content on the tablet to a television through HDMI.
A full suite of accessories is available for MEEP!, allowing kids to rock 'n roll with a portable piano, drum pad, headphones and microphone or master gaming skills with a joystick, steering wheel or dualplay Game-Pro Case. For added customization, additional silicon bumpers are available in Meepadelic Purple and Meepto Pink.
"We wanted to design a tablet that had all of the features and technology that tablets geared toward adults had without being 'dumbed-down' for 6-12 year olds. The challenge was providing them with content they would enjoy and that parents would feel confident was safe," said Bill Fleckner, Vice President of Sales for Oregon Scientific, Inc. "We achieved that and more with MEEP! and are thrilled at the overwhelming response we've had so far from our retailers and content partners alike."
"Oregon Scientific has a long history in creating innovative consumer technology and we've had tremendous success in the electronic learning products category," said David Riley, Product and Marketing Director for Oregon Scientific, Inc. "We are excited to leverage that experience with a natural extension into the kids tablet category."
MEEP! will be supported by dedicated marketing and public relations campaigns that include national TV advertising, parent and kid-directed online ads, a Radio Disney campaign and promotional support of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation featuring Selena Gomez. The national TV advertising plan includes :15 and :30 spots on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney XD and The Hub.
The MEEP! tablet is geared for kids 6 and up and is currently available at mass market retailers and online stores for a suggested retail price of $149.99. Accessories are each sold separately. MEEP! comes complete with a charger, USB cable and a quick start guide. For more information visit http://www.MeepTablet.com or like MEEP! on Facebook.
About Oregon Scientific
Founded in 1989, Oregon Scientific is headquartered in Tualatin; a quaint suburb of beautiful Portland, Oregon. Oregon Scientific offers six families of products, ranging from youth & learning to sports & fitness. Built from its hallmark of timing and weather devices, Oregon Scientific is expanding to meet the diverse needs of its customers to enhance the way we live, work and play. Consider Oregon Scientific's products to be Innovating the Everyday.
Oregon Scientific is a division of one of the world's premier electronics manufacturers, Integrated Display Technology, Ltd. (IDT), based in Hong Kong. IDT was founded in 1977 and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as IDT Technology. Oregon Scientific's full line of product offerings can be found at: us.oregonscientific.com.
Sakar Secures Exclusive Betty Boop Character License
New Cases, Sleeves, Skins, Speakers, Clock Radios and More Will Add Boop-Oop-a-Doop! to Your Favorite Electronics
DALLAS, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer electronics manufacturer Sakar International today announced it has secured an exclusive licensing partnership with King Features Syndicate to produce a new line of Betty Boop character-themed mobile device cases, sleeves, skins, accessories and electronics. As the worldwide exclusive licensing agent for Betty Boop, King Features works closely with proprietor Fleischer Studios to keep Betty entertaining millions of fans and collectors. Sakar made the announcement at the annual Toy Industry Association's Fall Toy Preview, which runs Oct. 2-4 at the Dallas Market Center/World Trade Center.
Combining Sakar's legendary attention to detail and design with Betty's adorable, sassy attitude, the new products are expected to add an element of fun, flirtatious style to a wide range of cases, sleeves and skins for virtually any portable device, including still and video cameras, headphones/earbuds, iPad and other tablet devices, iPhone and iPod, laptops and netbooks, cell phones and Nintendo DS gaming units. The new line will also include Betty Boop clock radios available with or without iPod docking stations, as well as speakers and USB Flash drives for all portable devices and computers to add Betty's iconic style to any desktop.
"Betty Boop has been named one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time, and she's considered one of the most popular too," said Sakar President Jeff Saka. "These products will make the perfect gift for the legions of Betty Boop collectors, and anyone who wants to add a little of Betty's signature flirty flair to their everyday devices."
The new Betty Boop line will be available in the U.S., Canada and all U.S. Territories and military installations through Sakar retail partners.
To see the complete lineup of Sakar International licensed products, stop by the Sakar Booth #1201 during the TIA's Fall Toy Preview October 2-4. For more information, visit http://www.Sakar.com.
About Sakar International
Sakar International, Inc. is a leading provider of interactive consumer electronics. Since 1977, the privately held, family-owned company has evolved alongside technology - becoming a global leader in innovative electronics. Sakar is a licensing partner with over forty major entertainment brands and has maintained a diverse portfolio of product offerings, including: digital cameras and video recorders, along with camera, computer, audio, cell phone, and gaming accessories. Sakar acquired the Vivitar brand in 2008 and has since launched a full line of photographic, optic and related accessories.
About Betty Boop and Fleischer Studios
First introduced in 1930, Betty Boop was created by Max Fleischer for his "Talkartoons" series, the first "talkies" of animation, which Max's company, Fleischer Studios, produced for Paramount. Mae Questel provided Betty's distinctive voice. By 1932 Betty, considered to be the first and only female animated screen star, had taken the country by storm. Betty starred in more than 100 cartoons, 90 of which are included in the official "Betty Boop" series, which ended in 1939. Since then, Betty has appeared in dozens of hit movies, television specials and commercials. She was the first cartoon character to be profiled by A&E's "Biography" series. Betty Boop is one of the most popular and successful licensed characters in entertainment history, with nearly 200 licensees in the United States and nearly twice as many internationally that produce quality products bearing Betty's likeness in virtually every category. The official Betty Boop Web site is http://www.bettyboop.com.
About King Features Syndicate
King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which combines Hearst Corporation's cable network partnerships, TV programming activities, newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing operations. King Features is the world's premier distributor of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games, distributing in print and online some 150 features to nearly 5,000 newspapers and other outlets around the globe. It is one of the largest and most experienced organizations in merchandise licensing and entertainment. It represents some of the most recognizable global brands, including Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man and Olive Oyl. For more information, please visit http://www.kingfeatures.com. Follow us on Twitter @King_Features. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/king-features.