Tektronix Demonstrates Enabling Quality Content from "Production to Distribution & Delivery" at NAB 2013
Tektronix Showcases Latest Advancements Addressing Broadcasting and Production Challenges
LAS VEGAS, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Tektronix (http://www.tektronix.com), an industry-leading innovator of video quality monitoring solutions, is demonstrating how its latest solutions address the growing video content monitoring challenges that broadcasters face here at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2013, April 6 - 11, in booth N609.
As new technologies emerge and the way viewers receive and watch programming changes, content quality must be closely monitored in production, post production and during broadcasting. To help meet this demand, Tektronix is showcasing its solutions under the theme "Enabling Quality Content from Production to Distribution & Delivery," at this year's show. Highlights include the latest advances in rasterizers optimized for color grading, file-based video quality control and video network monitoring. NAB attendees can see demonstrations of the latest Tektronix products and meet with the company's technology and product experts throughout the show.
New WFM/WVR5250Industry's First Waveform Monitor with HDMI/HDCP Connection
The new WFM and WVR5250 are the only products in their respective classes to offer HDMI-HDCP inputs that enable broadcasters and video service providers (VSP) to directly monitor the quality of the video and audio output of set-top boxes (STB) and Blu-ray players for the first time. Before the WFM/WVR5250 and its High Definition Multimedia Interface - High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDMI-HDCP) inputs, there was no way for broadcasters and VSPs to monitor the video signal quality output from STBs, Blu-ray players and other consumer devices with HDMI outputs. This unique capability makes the WFM/WVR5250 the most comprehensive, compact and portable video and audio test tools available for acquisition, post production and compliance monitoring. Furthermore, the ability to decrypt the content through HDMI-HDCP is essential for VSPs to objectively measure their viewers' quality of experience (QoE) and compliance with broadcast and regulatory standards as seen by their customers through HDMI interconnects on large LCD or plasma displays.
New PQA600A Offers Industry's First Picture Quality Analysis on HDCP Encrypted Content
Tektronix' new PQA600A enables video equipment manufacturers and service providers to perform comprehensive, repeatable picture quality analysis and a direct comparison with competitors' units to verify video quality performance differences. The PQA600A is the industry's first picture quality analysis tool with an HDMI-HDCP interface. This enables engineers to directly evaluate the picture quality of the video stream outputs through an HDMI interface and video engineers can effectively model how equipment changes will impact picture quality through the network, across their headend facilities to the STB. In addition, having HDMI-HDCP support included in the PQA600A enables engineers to select a STB that would maximize the end viewer's quality of experience at home.
New architecture transforms Cerify into Industry's Most Reliable Content QC and Correction Solution Along With Workflow Optimization Benefits
Today's file-based workflows face tremendous pressures from the ever-growing volume, variety and complexity of content. In order to be able to handle such increasing content volumes, operators are deploying more and more resilient workflow solutions that are capable of operating 24x365. To address this need, Tektronix has developed a High Availability architecture into its Cerify Quality Control & Correction software solution. This new architecture enables the Cerify solution to operate 24x365 - ensuring continual readiness of QC services in the workflow even in the event of hardware failures.
In addition, Tektronix is responding to customer needs in reducing the amount of time content spends in the workflow - from the ingest point to the playout/archive/delivery point. Tektronix has teamed with Dolby to incorporate the proven audio loudness correction technology of its Dolby DP600® into Cerify, which reduces workflow time and complexity within the workflow and lowers VSPs' CapEx costs. With this new functionality, Cerify can ensure audio content compliance to regulatory standards such as the U.S. CALM Act's stipulated A/85 standards or the EBU R128 audio loudness standards by automatically correcting and remultiplexing the audio in the original file.
Another significant area of development in the industry has been the ubiquitous nature of Over The Top Video (OTT) delivery services. These services have gained significant QoE improvements by deploying Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) streaming technologies to overcome the hurdles of delivering video over the Internet's best-effort delivery characteristics. In order to serve customers deploying video content over such ABR/OTT delivery mechanisms, Tektronix has developed Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Microsoft HTTP Smooth Streaming (HSS) test support within Cerify. With this new functionality, operators can ensure that their ABR transcoded content is ready for HLS and/or HSS delivery.
Sentry for Network-Wide Video Quality Monitoring to 10G
Only Tektronix' Sentry can comprehensively perform advanced quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) monitoring on 3Gpbs of programming flowing through service providers' 10Gigabit networks. These unprecedented capabilities of Sentry enable VSPs to identify where service-affecting video and audio errors are occurring anywhere within their networks. This can dramatically speed up the time to diagnose and repair these issues, which limits the impact on viewers' QoE.
Sentry Edge II for QAM Access Monitoring
A key addition to the Sentry family is the new Sentry Edge II, which has advanced post QAM RF monitoring performance that extends monitoring to all QAM access points. Sentry Edge II detects RF modulation and Transport Stream errors at the hub, headend or wherever QAM is used. VSPs now have access to the information needed to proactively monitor RF, before issues affect subscribers. Comprehensive and industry-leading high-quality RF measurements make it easier and faster to pinpoint issues. High quality MER measurements up to 41dB allow providers to detect signal quality degradation sooner, so they can take action before this issue impacts the subscriber viewing experience. Sentry Edge II offers more tuners per unit than competing products, lowering the cost of edge monitoring. Providers can choose from two high-density models--4 or 8 tuners--both designed to minimize rack space and power costs.
New SPG8000 Addresses Broadcasters Reference Generator Requirements
The synchronization requirements of modern production, post production and broadcast facilities have grown as they have to handle multiple video formats, with multi-channel audio and ancillary data and be accomplished with the highest reliability possible. The new SPG8000 Master Sync/Master Clock Reference Generator represents a new class of reference generator that combines Tektronix' industry-leading sync pulse generator (SPG) and master clock reference generator capabilities. The fully-featured SPG8000 comes standard with individually timeable black burst (with VITC support) and HDTV tri-level sync outputs, linear time code (LTC) outputs and network time protocol (NTP) server support - all of the timing and synchronizing signals required in a video broadcast or production facility.
The SPG8000 incorporates several key features, including Tektronix' Stay Genlock® capability, which provides a unique genlock mode that minimizes disruption to devices synchronized to the SPG8000 reference signals and eliminates synchronization shock. Complete with hot-swappable redundant power supplies, remote monitoring and an easy to navigate Web-based interface, the SPG8000 provides critical timing and synchronization signals for modern broadcast, production (including mobile trucks and OB vans) and post-production facilities by offering sync signals, test signals and ANC data generation capabilities.
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LANDesk Introduces Management Intelligence for Microsoft System Center
New Solution Aims To Improve Decision Making, Reduce Compliance Risks, Optimize Expenses and Increase End-User Productivity
LAS VEGAS, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (Microsoft Management Summit) --LANDesk Software, a global leader in endpoint, systems lifecycle and IT service management, today announced its latest offering aimed at helping IT departments maximize user productivity and simplify IT operations. The offering, Management Intelligence for Microsoft System Center, uniquely consolidates the functionality of several add-on products into a single decision-making solution. Management Intelligence provides the functionality to manage software licenses, along with hardware lifecycles, and the ability to aggregate and analyze manufacturer, vendor and reseller data in an effort to support process and decision making.
"It would traditionally take five to six point products to provide all the capabilities inherent in Management Intelligence," said Brian Milovac, Field and Channel Enablement Manager, LANDesk Software. "With this all-encompassing asset management solution, we are enabling Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) customers to fully understand and leverage all of the hardware and software assets they already own, improving inventory, auditing and reporting processes and in turn, the bottom line."
While the assets employed across an entire organization are already difficult to track, this process is compounded by the fact that various manufacturers, vendors and resellers label and name software and hardware assets differently. This disparate information not only creates major issues when IT managers who are working to determine how many of a particular asset or license they currently have, but it also impedes productivity. Management Intelligence introduces Cloud Aggregators that connect you with vendor, manufacturer and reseller data, ensuring you have a complete view of all software and IT assets and related data. Unlike other solutions, Management Intelligence from LANDesk is the only solution that brings all of the reseller data together in one place. With Management Intelligence IT managers know everything about the software and hardware they have purchased, are able to import vendor and warranty data automatically at the time of purchase and perform data analytics to normalize, standardize and calculate effective software license quantities and entitlements.
After data from across various vendors is aggregated, it can then be analyzed within Management Intelligence. IT managers can view or share their data via the SmartVue executive app, scheduling reports through an easily accessible portal and creating and publishing specific reports custom tailored for various stakeholders.
Many organizations need better visibility into software and asset lifecycles and they get that with Management Intelligence. IT is given the confidence they need to view all of their assets including areas where the organization might be over purchasing and identify rogue purchases. By understanding their level of software compliance and managing all software licenses, including SaaS and VDI software implementations, they can reduce cost by reclaiming unused licenses and reduce the risks associated with software management.
In addition to tracking software assets and licenses, IT managers must also have a clear picture of all hardware within the corporate network at any given time, with Management Intelligence they can track hardware assets like printer, routers, switches and other SNMP devices. With Management Intelligence, IT managers can know how many assets they have, how they are performing, their location and even how they are being used. This is accomplished by automatically importing warranty management information at time of purchase, barcode scanning, knowing when printers need to be maintained or when ink or toner is low and determining the location of map printers or other assets - all features enabled by Management Intelligence.
Mr. Milovac summed up the value of Management Intelligence for Microsoft System Center by saying, "You paid for all your software and hardware assets, now get the data to truly own those assets and maximize how you use them."
About LANDesk Software
LANDesk Software is the industry's leading provider of IT end user management, including integrated systems and asset management, endpoint security, virtualization management, end-to-end mobility, and user-oriented IT service management solutions. LANDesk provides an adaptive IT delivery model to help IT organizations increase end-user productivity. LANDesk is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices located in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and can be found at http://www.landesk.com.
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NETGEAR Next-Gen 802.11ac WiFi Router Speeds Up Your Home Network for Mobile Devices and Video Streaming
R6250 Smart WiFi Router with Gigabit WiFi speeds and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 adds to NETGEAR market-leading 802.11ac WiFi router family, providing for optimal performance with newest smartphones from Samsung and HTC
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (http://www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is expanding its market-leading family of next-generation 802.11ac wireless products (http://www.netgear.com/fastestwifi) with the R6250 Smart WiFi Router. The industry's newest router to support the upcoming 802.11ac wireless standard, the R6250 is designed for customers who want the best possible 802.11ac WiFi performance but don't feel the need to have the fastest 802.11n WiFi performance in the 2.4 Ghz band. The router includes Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 port so that you can make the most of the outstanding performance it delivers with 802.11ac WiFi. The NETGEAR R6250 is ideal for HD streaming to multiple devices, including the latest smartphones with 802.11ac, such as the Samsung Galaxy S®4 and the HTC One®.
With a powerful dual-core 800 MHz engine to enable combined WiFi connections at Gigabit speeds up to 1600 Mbps (300 Mbps @ 2.4 Ghz 802.11n + 1300 Mbps @ 5 Ghz 802.11ac), the R6250 Smart WiFi Router offers optimal wireless coverage for large homes. It also has a new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, capable of transferring data from your hard drive up to 10 times faster than a USB 2.0 interface. These features make the R6250 ideal for enabling your increasingly connected digital lifestyle. The R6250 is particularly useful as the network hub for families with eight or more WiFi devices, and works especially well with dual-band WiFi devices such as the Apple iPad® and iPhone® 5.
"At NETGEAR, we recognize that your home network today has become increasingly complex and must support multiple diverse Internet-enabled devices - smartphones, tablets, computers, game consoles and more -- with an ever-expanding library of digital content," said Sandeep Harpalani, NETGEAR Director of Product Marketing for Core Networking.
He added, "802.11ac is the wireless standard you need for your network to cope with the growing demands you're placing on it for smoother HD video streaming and low-latency online gaming. The R6250, our newest addition to the 802.11ac WiFi router lineup, will help your network achieve the high performance you expect to support your increasingly digital lifestyle and premium WiFi devices -- now, and for years to come."
The upcoming 802.11ac wireless standard (http://www.netgear.com/80211ac) is the world's fastest WiFi, providing Gigabit WiFi speeds so you can download web content faster and synchronize large video or music files more quickly. The increased speed of 802.11ac technology is ideal for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets by providing three times the performance for a similar amount of battery consumption of devices using the current 802.11n WiFi standard. As a result, many companies, such as Samsung and HTC, are now releasing smartphones with 802.11ac WiFi, with additional 802.11ac-enabled smartphones, tablets and TVs from other leading manufacturers anticipated to debut in the coming year.
The NETGEAR 802.11ac Product Family
January 2013 Retail Tracking Service data from global information company The NPD Group shows NETGEAR to be the market share leader, in both units and dollars, in 802.11ac wireless routers. The new NETGEAR R6250 Smart WiFi Router joins the growing NETGEAR family of next-generation 802.11ac products:
-- The R6300 WiFi Router (the industry's first 802.11ac router), that
supports approximate combined WiFi speeds up to 1750 Mbps
-- The new R6250 WiFi Router, that supports approximate combined WiFi
speeds up to 1600 Mbps
-- The R6200 WiFi Router, for approximate combined WiFi speeds up to 1200
-- The A6200 WiFi Adapter, a first-to-market 802.11ac dual band WiFi USB
adapter that enables consumers to easily upgrade their existing PC or
laptop to 802.11ac performance
-- The D6300 WiFi Modem Router, with a built-in ADSL2+ modem for
approximate combined WiFi speeds up to 1600 Mbps
-- The D6200 WiFi Modem Router, with a built-in ADSL2+ modem for
approximate combined WiFi speeds up to 1200 Mbps
All devices in the next-generation 802.11ac product line, including the new R6250, are backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n to provide optimal interoperability with legacy WiFi devices and for maintaining maximum performance on Wireless-N networks.
Here are some of the additional advanced features of the NETGEAR R6250 Smart WiFi Router that you will enjoy:
-- NETGEAR genie®: This free app for PCs, Macs, iOS and Android®
smartphones and tablets enables home users to control, monitor, repair
and manage their home networks easily through a simple, elegant
dashboard. NETGEAR customers can download the utility at http://www.netgear.com/genie or from the Google Play or App Store.
-- NETGEAR MyMedia(TM): The NETGEAR genie app provides the ability to find
photos, video or music files anywhere on the network and play them on
any DLNA® media player.
-- AirPrint(TM) Support: The NETGEAR genie app enables you to print to any
USB or networked printer directly from an Apple iPad or Apple iPhone.
-- Guest network access: The guest network prevents other people from
seeing and accessing your household's computers, printers, storage
devices and other home network devices.
-- NETGEAR EZ Mobile Connect: This is an incredibly easy way to enable your
guests' smartphones or tablets to connect to your home Wi-Fi network,
simply by scanning the QR code from the genie WiFi screen without typing
in security keys or SSIDs.
-- NETGEAR ReadySHARE® Printer: This feature makes it easy for the router
to turn any existing USB printer into a fully functional networked
printer that is fully compatible with Macs and PCs.
-- Media Server-DLNA: The router is DLNA-ready and can stream to any
DLNA-compatible device in your house, including the latest smart TVs,
Blu-ray® players, media players, game consoles, handheld devices,
tablets and more.
-- NETGEAR Live Parental Controls: This is a centralized, flexible, and
reliable parental control solution for all the devices on the network,
including Mac®s, PCs, smartphones and tablets, for a safe online
environment for children and teenagers. No subscription is required.
-- Automatic WiFi Security: The router comes with wireless security turned
on out-of-the-box, complete with a pre-configured network name and
password, protecting home WiFi networks by default.
-- Easy installation: There's no CD required, so you can set up the router
with smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and even a MacBook Air®.
-- USB port: The R6250 Router features one USB 3.0 port, offering up to 10
times faster USB hard drive access as compared to USB 2.0. It can
support a USB hard drive for storage or a printer, to wirelessly access
and share within the home.
-- AC Beamforming-Ready: Smart, signal-focusing technology boosts the
speed, reliability, and range of your 802.11ac WiFi connections. A
firmware update available in early summer will support NETGEAR
Beamforming+, which recognizes the location of a wireless device on your
network and directs the WiFi signal directly at the device, constantly
checking and tracking moving devices such as your mobile phones and
tablets. This targeted approach improves WiFi performance at long range
and enhances video streaming and the online gaming experience.
Pricing and Availability
The NETGEAR R6250 WiFi Router is available now via major retailers and online at an MSRP in the U.S. of $169.99.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 35,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 41,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
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Altera Demonstrates Industry's First 32-Gbps Transceiver with Leading-Edge 20 nm Device
Demonstration Highlights Latest Success in Altera's 20 nm FPGA Early Access Program
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced the company achieved another significant milestone in transceiver technology by demonstrating the industry's first programmable device with 32-Gbps transceiver capabilities. The demonstration uses a 20 nm device based on TSMC's 20SoC process technology. This achievement validates the performance capabilities of 20 nm silicon and is a positive indicator to the more than 500 customers in Altera's early access program who are looking to use next-generation Altera devices in the development of performance demanding, bandwidth-centric applications. A demonstration video showing the industry's first operational 20 nm transceiver technology operating at 32 Gbps is available for viewing on Altera's website at http://www.altera.com/32gbps-20nm.
Demonstrating 32-Gbps transceiver data rates provides Altera insight into how high-performance transceiver designs behave on TSMC's 20SoC process. The transceiver technology Altera is demonstrating today will be integrated into its 20 nm FPGA products, fabricated on TSMC's 20SoC process. These devices enable customers to design next-generation serial links with the lowest power consumption, fastest timing closure and the highest quality signal integrity. Altera has a proven track record in integrating leading-edge transceiver technology into its devices. Altera is the only company today shipping production 28 nm FPGAs with monolithically integrated low-power transceivers operating at 28 Gbps. Being the first FPGA vendor to reach the 32-Gbps milestone in 20 nm silicon further extends Altera's leadership in transceiver technology.
The demonstration video on Altera's web site shows 20 nm transceivers operating at 32 Gbps with just over nine picoseconds of total jitter and extremely low random jitter of 240 femtoseconds. The results show good margin to key industry specifications requited for next-generation 100G systems.
"Today's news represents a significant milestone for the industry and for the transceiver development team at Altera," said Vince Hu, vice president of product and corporate marketing at Altera. "These 20 nm devices contain the key IP components that will be included in our next-generation FPGAs and validating them now provides us confidence we will deliver to the market 20 nm FPGAs on schedule."
Altera's next-generation transceiver innovations enable system developers to support the rapidly increasing amount of data that is being transmitted through the world's networks. The transceivers in Altera's next-generation devices will drive more bandwidth with lower power per channel versus the previous nodes and will support increasing port density by interfacing directly to 100G CPF2 optical modules.
Altera® programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs and ASICs at http://www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Facebook, RSS and Twitter, and by subscribing to product update emails and newsletters.
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Crowdfunding Market Grows 81% in 2012: Crowdfunding Platforms Raise $2.7 Billion and Fund More Than One Million Campaigns, Finds Research Firm Massolution®
Report Forecasts Total Global Crowdfunding to Reach $5.1 Billion in 2013, with North America Remaining the Largest Market
LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Crowdfunding is accelerating at an unprecedented rate and impacting government policy, informing enterprise innovation, and changing the role of financial institutions around the world. Today, massolution®, a research firm specializing in the crowdsourcing and crowdfunding industries, released its annual 2013CF - Crowdfunding Industry Report. After collecting data from 308 active crowdfunding platforms (CFPs) worldwide and undertaking significant further research, the results reveal that CFPs raised $2.7 billion in 2012 - an 81% increase over 2011 - and successfully funded more than one million campaigns. North America and Europe account for over 95% of the total market.
"Consistent with our 2012 forecast, total crowdfunding volume nearly doubled last year, and with regulatory bodies continuing to pave the way, we expect global crowdfunding volumes to exceed $5 billion in 2013," said CEO of massolution, Carl Esposti. "While lending-, donation-, and reward-based crowdfunding have thus far been leading this global financial revolution, equity-based crowdfunding is about to take center stage in the U.S. The JOBS Act, which will allow non-accredited investors to make investments in exchange for equity, is expected to go into effect by the end of 2013."
Growth Rates By Region
Although crowdfunding offers a growing number of countries opportunities to access funds, North America and Europe raised much more capital than platforms in other regions.
-- North America: crowdfunding volumes grew 105% to $1.6 billion
-- Europe: crowdfunding volumes grew 65% to $945 million
-- In total, all other markets grew close to 125%
Growth Rates By Models
The growth in funding volumes was primarily driven by lending- and donation-based crowdfunding, and by SME adoption of reward-based crowdfunding. The growth in lending volumes mainly stemmed from crowdfunded micro-loans and community-driven loans to local SMEs.
-- Donation- and Reward-based crowdfunding grew 85% to $1.4 billion
-- Lending-based crowdfunding grew 111% to $1.2 billion
-- Equity-based crowdfunding grew 30% to $116 million
Most Active Categories
Crowdfunding first gained popularity as a way to fund creative, philanthropic, and social endeavors. This popularity prevails, but crowdfunding's application for entrepreneurial ventures has also gained traction. Driven by models that offer financial return, the 'Business/Entrepreneurship' and 'Energy/Environment' categories are the next highest performing categories.
-- Social Causes are most active, driving close to 30% of all crowdfunding
-- Business & Entrepreneurship (16.9%), and the two major Art Categories
follow: Films & Performing Arts (11.9%) and Music & Recording Arts
-- Energy & Environment (5.9%) is the emerging category among the five most
"Obtaining reliable and analyzable data on all aspects regarding new constituents- and market-related activity will be critical to the creation of the new crowdfunding industry," said EGS Managing Partner, Douglas Ellenoff. "This includes more research on funding platforms, deals, investors, amounts being raised, actually raised, industries, and geographies. For the last several years, massolution has committed itself to developing these necessary capabilities, relationships and infrastructure to be the best positioned and most reliable market leader for this purpose."
The 2013CF -Crowdfunding Industry Report is a research report that provides a unique and in-depth analysis of crowdfunding market trends and composition. The Crowdfunding Industry Survey, to which Massolution received 308 high-quality responses, was conducted during the first six weeks of 2013 and resulted in the most comprehensive data collection on the worldwide crowdfunding market to date. Massolution has conducted significant follow-up research via other reliable channels to complete the profiling of the global crowdfunding industry.
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Social Mobile App Drives Fun and Profitable Crowds into Sports Bars and Restaurants
29 Club Sports launches mobile gaming app connecting merchants to existing social circles for true loyalty, creating the "Viral Effect of Fun"
SAN DIEGO, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Arriving just in time for the crazed conclusion of March Madness, 29 Club Sports is changing the game of customer loyalty programs with a free mobile social gaming application that drives social circles of sports fans to sports bars and restaurants.
29 Club Sports social gaming app allows people to create their own fan clubs or find existing merchant clubs and connect with like-minded friends, communicate privately and securely, banter about favorite teams and players, and receive special discounts from favorite Merchant locations. Merchants get a true loyalty program that they own and drive, allowing them to target circles with promos and events instead of simply giving away huge discounts.
"Unlike other social networking apps, 29 Club Sports' app was built to combat all the negativity of social media, such as random friending, incessant promoting, non-secure messaging and rampant sharing of your personal information with everyone you don't want to know," said John Townsend, president and CEO of 29 Club Sports Inc. "It was also developed as an alternative to the unprofitable "spray and pray" promotion strategies employed by today's customer loyalty platforms which cheapen brands, steal margin, and endear little loyalty. Bottom line, the app creates an environment of fun with a viral effect that has mutual benefits for sports fans and merchants."
For sports bars and restaurant merchants, the 29 Club Sports app can push unique, personalized offers and promos to specific social circles of sports fans - and then measure the efficacy and success of each promotion. Member merchants can get to know what's happening within each social circle and create "events" at specific times based on a given social circle or club's calendar. In addition to increasing sales, the ability to reach social circles with targeted promos fuels word-of-mouth buzz, helping merchants build Social Circle Loyalty(tm) and enticing customers to come in during slack periods of business.
"29 Club Sports has figured it out," said Salvatore Palma, owner of Bridges Bar & Grill. "It's much more effective and easier to use than the social media outreach and loyalty programs I was using. It lets me reach out to my customers and their friends that have interests aligned with the experience that Bridges San Diego delivers. In our first weekend, our guest counts were up considerably over the prior year and many guests said they actually liked receiving 29 Club Sports offers from the Bridges rather than the spam they receive from others."
The free 29 Club Sports app is now available for Apple iPhone at the Apple App Store (apple.com) and for Android phones at Google Play (play.google.com).
AdRoll Partners with Magento to Deliver Industry-Leading Retargeting to eCommerce Businesses of All Sizes
Magento Users Can Now Leverage AdRoll's Robust Retargeting Platform Through Seamless Integration
SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AdRoll, the most widely-adopted retargeting platform, announced today a partnership with Magento, a division of X.commerce, an eBay Inc. company and leading ecommerce platform, serving more than 150,000 merchants worldwide. Through the partnership, Magento merchants of any size can now seamlessly leverage AdRoll's robust retargeting platform and LiquidAds, AdRoll's dynamic ad product, to run sophisticated and highly-effective retargeting campaigns for their Magento stores.
Retargeting has become a "must have" marketing channel for every online business, and AdRoll's innovative platform approach has allowed the company to attract the largest customer base while maintaining a retention rate of 97 percent. The company now supports over 6,000 customers worldwide and is adding almost 900 new customers per month.
Magento users can get started with AdRoll in a matter of minutes by installing AdRoll's extension from Magento Connect. Once the extension is installed, AdRoll automatically creates a free account, places a retargeting pixel on the user's site, and imports the necessary product information. Magento stores are then ready to leverage AdRoll's extensive retargeting capabilities, including LiquidAds and retargeting on Facebook Exchange.
"We're thrilled to partner with Magento, the open-source ecommerce platform that many of our customers already use and love," said Aaron Bell, CEO and founder at AdRoll. "The integration helps Magento ecommerce stores of all sizes to take full advantage of AdRoll's innovative retargeting platform in a few simple steps."
LiquidAds enables advertisers to retarget web visitors with ads featuring exact products that they were recently browsing, and recommended products for that specific person. Before LiquidAds, dynamic ads were difficult to create and expensive to implement, and were only available to the largest online retailers. Now, AdRoll's Magento plugin seamlessly integrates users' website data, enabling the automated creation of personalized and visually appealing ads for any size merchant. AdRoll has already served over 9 million LiquidAd impressions for more than 75 Magento customers through the integration during beta testing.
Chip Tolaney, president of Cultural Elements, one of the first brands to leverage AdRoll via the Magento integration said, "The setup was simple. Through the Magento integration, we were able to launch a campaign with LiquidAds in a matter of minutes, without an engineer. We also really appreciated AdRoll's great customer service throughout the process."
As the retargeting space and display industry as a whole gain increasing momentum (display spend is expected to reach $28 billion in the U.S. alone by 2017, according to Forrester), AdRoll continues to expand rapidly. The company surpassed a $50M run rate in 2012, tripling revenue since the close of 2011. AdRoll's exponential growth was recognized by Inc. magazine last year, when it was named the fastest-growing advertising company in the country on the publication's annual Inc. 500 list. AdRoll was also named the fastest-growing company in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times in late 2012, and was named to Forbes list of 'America's Most Promising Companies' this year.
AdRoll is the most widely-adopted retargeting platform with over 6,000 active advertisers in the US and around the world. With a 97% customer retention rate, our mission is to make powerful performance advertising techniques simple for businesses of all sizes. AdRoll's SaaS platform provides unmatched transparency, cross-platform reach across the largest display inventory sources, including Google AdX and Facebook Exchange, and innovative tools that personalize ad campaigns based on a visitor's shopping behavior. AdRoll's innovative and easy-to-use platform enables brands to collect, analyze and act on valuable site data, ensuring maximum return on their online advertising investment.
The company is backed by leading investors such as Foundation Capital, Accel Partners, Merus Capital, and Peter Thiel. For more information, please visit http://www.adroll.com.
Innovative Digital Terrestrial TV Operator Selects TITAN Software Platform from ATEME
TiVi S.A. Launches New Terrestrial Service in Haiti Based on ATEME's "Headend in a Box"
LAS VEGAS, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National Association of Broadcasters, South Hall, Upper, Booth #SU7102 -- ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, announced today that an innovative digital terrestrial TV service is being launched next month in Haiti by a new pay TV operator TiVi.
Built around the TITAN software platform from ATEME, TiVi will combine advanced DVB-T2 transmission with ATEME's highly efficient MPEG-4 compression technology. TiVi is now able to offer more than 75 channels within its lineup, at very high quality. The service is also novel in using a software based "all IP" approach for the headend, making it easier to deploy new features and add more channels in the future. Most digital terrestrial services, even those based on DVB-T2, are still using traditional and less efficient ASI (Asynchronous Serial Interface) or SDI (Serial Digital Interface) for switching and distribution.
"Our extensive channel lineup is the result of detailed market studies on viewers' expectations in Haiti," said TiVi founder and CEO Charles-Edouard Denis. "It includes content in a range of languages, along with a number of original high quality channels not offered by existing operators. This provides a nice balance between sports, news, cinema, documentaries, culture and other types of entertainment for our customers. Thanks to ATEME, our picture quality will be excellent, while keeping both installation and operating costs low."
TiVi chose ATEME and Ecuatronix USA, its strategic integration partner for the Caribbean region, because of their ability to enable a large number of channels without any sacrifice in quality. The headend was designed specifically for TiVi around ATEME's TITAN software platform, incorporating other critical components.
"It is practically a headend in a box, including conditional access, redundancy switching and a complete network management system," said ATEME's director of product marketing Remi Beaudouin. "This elegant level of an "all IP" platform dramatically reduces both deployment and maintenance costs, thus enabling TiVi to offer very competitive packages to its subscribers throughout Haiti."
Another significant advantage for TiVi is the scalability and expandability enabled by the TITAN software. This means that new channels can be added virtually on demand, along with support for extra output formats and profiles should TiVi wish to expand its service over other networks in the future.
Ecuatronix USAconducted overall integration and project management from satellite reception to terrestrial transmission. The Simulsat antenna deployed for TiVi is the first installed in Haïti, and enables one system to receive signals from multiple satellites. The TiVi programs are then distributed to the transmitter sites over optical fiber, once again leveraging technology to reduce costs.
About Ecuatronix USA:
Integrator of turnkey solutions in Radio and TV with over 20 years of experience, Ecuatronix USA is a one stop provider with proven experience for a wide range of projects. Ecuatronix USA keeps expanding its capabilities beyond transmission solutions into Media Asset Management, News Room integration and TV Automation Software.
ATEME is a world leading provider of HEVC / H.265, MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, distribution, multi-screen live streaming, OTT and VOD applications. More information is available at http://www.ateme.com.
Media Content Delivery Platform Provides Automotive Industry with Personalized Mobile Service
SECAUCUS, N.J., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic Corporation of North America and its division company Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America today announced the acquisition of Aupeo GmbH, a leading content and audio streaming service and technology platform provider, based in Berlin, Germany. Aupeo has global reach providing consumers with a unique content experience, and its acquisition will further enhance the leading-edge technology and customer relationship tools Panasonic is able to offer its automotive customers.
"Providing connected services and mobile content delivery that both appeal to consumers and enable product differentiation is critical to the automotive industry," said Tom Gebhardt, President of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. "There is a considerable need for a connected and personalized media content platform that enables consumers to access content on any device while also enabling businesses to have a richer relationship with their customers. Conventional consumer-focused music and content services do not address all the needs of car manufacturers. Aupeo's technologies and content delivery platform provide a solution that is complementary to Panasonic's automotive, business-to-business and business-to-consumer product lines."
"Aupeo was founded with a clear vision to deliver online and seamless content services to internet-connected devices," said Holger G. Weiss, CEO of Aupeo. "At that point, we saw the car as our most important focus. It is exciting to become a part of the Panasonic family as our industry continues to grow rapidly and mature. Aupeo and Panasonic remain deeply committed to providing current and potential customers in all industries with leading global music and audio streaming services and technologies."
Aupeo was established in Berlin in 2008 by Armin G. Schmidt. Today, Aupeo is licensed to operate streaming services in more than 40 countries, offering consumers a rich personalized music experience. Aupeo also offers consumers more than 6,000 channels of terrestrial radio, podcast streaming and other services and will continue to rapidly deploy new products to meet the demands of end-users as well as Panasonic's customers in the automotive and other industries. For more information on Aupeo,visit corporate.aupeo.com
About Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
Based in Peachtree City, GA, and with Detroit-area operations located in Farmington Hills, MI, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is a division company of Secaucus, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of Osaka, Japan, one of the world's leading developers and producers of innovative digital and other electronic products for consumer, business and industrial use. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, together withPanasonic Corporation's Automotive and Industrial Systems Company, coordinate global automotive industry systems and component operations. For more information on Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America please visit http://www.panasonic.com/automotive
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JMR's New SilverStor Desktop Storage and Workstation Family Puts Studio Performance on the Desktop
Visit JMR at NAB Booth #SL10124
LAS VEGAS, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- JMR Electronics, Inc. a leading provider of scalable storage solutions, will debut their latest additions to its SilverStor(TM) Desktop family of products, a complete suite of cloud ready SAS/SATA/SSD RAID solutions, servers and workstations, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth #SL10124.
Additionally, Jenny Fulle, CEO of The Creative-Cartel, a JMR technology partner, will be demonstrating their new workflow software, 'Joust' on JMR's modular storage platform in the exhibit booth.
JMR's launch of their new SilverStor products continues the company's unique 30 year history as both a manufacturer and systems integrator of high performance, massively scalable and extremely reliable storage desktop and rackmount solutions. To this end, JMR's engineering and manufacturing teams work closely with their hardware and software technology partners from product inception to production - eliminating potential integration problems early on and ensuring that the finished product meets all performance, connectivity and reliability milestones.
"The latest additions to our cloud-ready SilverStor family provides the digital content creation and video community with fully configurable tools for any production and post production workflow, from HD, to 3D to 4K and beyond," said Josef Rabinovitz, president and CEO of JMR. "Each system in the SilverStor family is purpose built to match performance and capacity with application need. This not only ties investment cost to project needs, but also extends the life cycle of our products significantly - resulting in a larger return-on-investment for the business owner." Rabinovitz continued, "Moreover, our philosophy of working closely with our technology partners from the onset guarantees a seamless and reliable operation out-of-the-box via a direct SAS or PCIe connection to your host. Nothing can be simpler."
Concurring with JMR's working partner principle, Fulle added, "JMR has been building our hardware for years and we've come to rely on them as a trusted partner."
The new SilverStor storage and workstation additions deliver studio performance on the desktop, and fall into the following four categories:
SilverStor's 4-Bay and 8-Bay SAS/SATA JBOD/RAID systems offer up to 32TB of storage, with direct connection to your host via an available x8 or x16 PCIe slot. The new 8-bay Dual Ported Thunderbolt RAID boasts 700MB/s plus transfer rate with up to 32TB of storage, expandable to 100TB plus.
SilverStor's 8, 10 and 18-Bay Desktop RAID systems all incorporate 6Gb/s SAS/SATA expansion and are ideal for applications needing larger storage capacities and performance. All three Expansion models can be easily daisy-chained to add additional storage of up to hundreds of Terabytes.
SilverStor's 3-slot PCIe system is available in an 8, 10 and 18-drive bay model and is the ultimate in storage and PCIe bus expansion flexibility. The 5-slot PCIe desktop expansion model, with no storage expansion, adds additional PCIe peripherals to your system like NICs, HBAs, RAID Controllers, GPUs, PCIe attached SSDs, etc. PCIe peripherals can be installed directly within the SilverStor desktop system, creating additional slots for your host. The new 8-Bay SSD RAID offers 2GB/s plus throughput and expands your desktop or server's PCIe bus by 3 slots - perfect for adding more GPU or networking cards.
Desktop/Rackmount Workstation Models
SilverStor's latest ATX and Desktop/Rackmount Workstations are enterprise grade and fully customizable computing platforms - powering the most demanding applications ranging from digital cinema 2K, 4K, 5K, stereoscopic 3D, and high frame rates such as 48fps and 60fps to broadcast graphics to even print production workflows. Featuring JMR's innovative storage technology combined with support for both Intel and AMD processor platforms, these systems can be configured to fit and accelerate the way you work. Both Workstations incorporate an 8-drive 6Gb/s SAS/SATA backplane, and can be configured with SATA, SAS SSDs or hybrid hard drives. The ATX Workstation features an eight bay removable storage cartridge assembly, enabling an amazing 8TB of internal storage in a small desktop footprint. Last, multiple PCIe 3.0 expansion slots allow for powerful combinations of GPU and other accelerator cards for lightning quick transcoding and processing.
The affordable SilverStor products start at $5K US MSRP. For a complete set of features and technical specifications, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-993-4801.
About JMR Electronics
JMR is a leading value provider of scalable storage systems for high performance and capacity driven applications for multiple markets including; video and post-production, military and government, education, VOD, DCC, gaming, security, medical imaging, HPC and Web 2.0. Since 1982, JMR's reliable and innovative RAID systems are proudly made in the U.S.A., manufactured entirely from their Chatsworth, California facilities. JMR's complete line of SilverStor(TM) and BlueStor(TM) Cloud-ready rackmount and desktop solutions are built to handle the most demanding project needs from ingest to deliverable. Reliability. Innovation. Performance. This is JMR. For further information please visit http://www.jmr.com.
China's O2O market: the path to success is not uni-directional
BEIJING, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/-- With pundits of all stripes forecasting China's O2O market to grow into a behemoth throwing off trillions of yuan in revenues, the sector is widely viewed as a gold mine in the age of the mobile internet. According to a survey by Global Brand Insights, all the majors have joined the O2O fray - not only have the longstanding internet titans jumped in, but also an out-of-home media company that until recently had been strictly a traditional media player with no online presence at all. Access to China's O2O market is no longer a one-way street but now a two-way thoroughfare where entry can take place at either end.
Tencent and Alibaba create an O2O closed loop
In September 2012, Pony Ma announced in Beijing that Tencent, with its 200 million WeChat users combined with its ability to provide e-commerce and payment services, would launch a foray into the O2O market. Tencent, through its third-party payment platform Tenpay, said it would incorporate O2O into WeChat. Tencent has bundled WeChat into Tenpay and taken WeChat's "Shake" and 2D barcode scanning features to offer a wide array of payment methods, enabling the integration of online payment and offline commerce. The micro-payment system created by Tenpay and WeChat allows users to shop offline using 2D barcodes. The marrying of 2D barcode scanning and payment enables instant purchasing by taking a snapshot of the product or service's barcode.
Although Tencent O2O's approach seems novel, this form of integration isn't something new. In fact, Tencent started to embrace the O2O concept more than a decade ago, long before Taobao, however, at the time, the firm had not yet joined the mainstream. Tencent O2O is viewed by the industry as being at the beginner's gate, and the key to success of its O2O initiative are the offline capabilities, and that, rather than online capabilities, will be in large part the "differentiator" as to who will win and who will lose in this industry. Tencent's offline capability is still the firm's weakest link. While the 300 million user base opens up a great opportunity for Tencent O2O, it remains to be seen whether the company will eventually build an O2O closed loop by seamlessly linking to offline shopping.
And when it comes to O2O in China, no one can overlook Alibaba, which is undoubtedly O2O's earliest and best adopter on the Chinese landscape. Jack Ma is widely recognized as the first person to tap into O2O in China. Jack Ma's second-in-command, Alibaba vice president Zeng Ming has his own view on the topic: "Frankly, we have had a really hard time with O2O, and every year we face many new challenges with regards to it," Zeng Ming said.
Despite the difficulties and many false starts, Alibaba will likely become the first company to successfully form an O2O closed loop and achieve another milestone, as evidenced by its recent developments. Alibaba has been accelerating its O2O strategy since mid-2012, starting with the launch of a map service by Taobao. Then DDMap, the local life information service platform, announced that it had received an investment from Alibaba and Citibank. These moves reveal that Alibaba has come a long way in developing an O2O closed loop.
Balintimes - creator of an offline to online model by reversing the O2O model
Balintimes, a leading public transportation advertising firm in China, is at the frontier of reversing the O2O model. Just a mere 18 months ago, the company had zero presence online. Whereas the traditional O2O model refers to companies extending their business from online to offline, Balintimes reversed the model by creating an offline to online model suitable for non-internet firms.
Based on its well established traditional media network, Balintimes created a directed digital marketing platform "Shanlink.com" in November 2011 leveraging on its mobile internet thinking to achieve the integration of offline and online multi-channel communications. The platform represents an unprecedented model combining offline media and online mobile marketing resources. With the "Shanlink.com" mobile marketing platform, Balintimes provides consumers on-the-go with access to a wide range of lifestyle and product promotion information. To optimize the effectiveness of its advertising communication, Balintimes created the "point-to-point" mobile marketing platform, offering advertisers a directed and efficient interactive marketing communication experience.
Balintimes chairman Zhang Weixiong offered an explanation of the thinking behind the company's O2O model: the average busy person has fragmented time adding up to about 20 minutes per day where they find themselves in an idle state. This is where Balintimes' new platform fits in with the O2O model. The "Shanlink.com" mobile marketing platform provides people on-the-go with a wide range of lifestyle information and product promotion information. Balintimes Shanpai, an entertainment application developed by the company that leverages its online advertising platform, allows consumers to take a snapshot of a product they are interested in with their mobile phones, at which point they are automatically connected to "Shanlink.com" where they are shown information and new offers about the product by way of an image recognition system - this service helps users buy products and services at a lower cost and, in turn, reduces their overall cost of day-to-day living.
The new O2O model brings a whole new level of convenience to the entire purchasing process while providing ready access to all of the model's benefits. While waiting for a train in a subway station, you can take a snapshot of Estee Lauder's latest product from a wall poster and instantly obtain information about samples, coupons and a link to the official website, where you will find information about Estee Lauder's other products and how to buy the coupons. While sitting on a bus, you can also use your smartphone to take a snapshot of a China Unicom ad posted on the back of the seat in front of you and have the prepaid electronic code "pushed" to your phone through the platform's backend. The interaction between online and offline channels helps build brand awareness while, at the same time, increasing sales.
This reverse (offline to online) approach has opened another door for traditional media, and now, Microsoft, Amazon, China Minsheng Banking, China Unicom, China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), Estee Lauder, L'Oreal and many other advertisers have all become early adopters of this new multi-dimensional marketing platform.
What's next for China's O2O market?
According to official statistics,China's O2O market reached 98.7 billion yuan (approx. US$15.8 billion) in 2012, representing a growth of 75.5 percent from 56.2 billion yuan (approx. US$9 billion) in 2011. However, industry analysts anticipate that this impressive growth is just the icing on the cake and by 2015, the China O2O market is expected to quadruple to over 418 billion yuan (approx. US$67 billion).
As growth of the e-commerce sector is now an inevitable fact, merchants need to shift their focus towards improving their service and their offline experience, rather than simply relying on the traditional obfuscation of information to maintain the bottom line. With a continually shifting dynamic in such a huge market, viewed by many as the next pot of gold, consumer-oriented approaches must be taken to further market-share gains.
Matrix Partners' senior analyst Niu Lixiong stated that "out of the box" thinkers should be encouraged to fulfill the potential of the mobile internet. He believes that O2O is not simply just another market, but, in fact, an entirely new way of thinking and vehicle for moving traditional industries into the age of the mobile internet.
As is often said, where there is a will, there is a way. And, right now the China O2O market is offering a limitless potential to any and all who have that will.
Vegas(TM) Pro 12 and New Audio Editing Applications Make NAB Show Debut
LAS VEGAS, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- [NAB Show - Booth #C11001] -Sony Creative Software announces its presence at the 2013 NAB tradeshow. Show attendees can make their way to the Sony Creative Software area of the Sony Electronics booth to view live presentations by award-winning artists, get the chance to win exciting prizes, and experience interactive demonstrations of the entire Sony Creative Software line of products; including Vegas Pro(TM) 12, SpectraLayers(TM) Pro, Sound Forge(TM) Pro Mac, Sound Forge Pro 10, and DoStudio.
"We are excited to showcase our professional video and audio production applications at one of the largest industry gatherings," said Dave Chaimson, Vice President of Global Marketing for Sony Creative Software. "We will be offering hands-on tutorials, daily stage presentations by our knowledgeable staff, and demonstrations by professionals in TV production and sound design. We are also thrilled for this year's User Event, which will take place on Monday night (April 8) at 7 p.m., with Christopher Coppola performing the keynote address."
Sony Creative Software Booth Highlights:
-- John Rofrano, VASST Trainer, videographer and software architect,
skillfully shows how to automate production workflows using FASST APPS
-- Matt Hines, Multi-Media Artist and iZotope, Inc. Product Specialist,
illustrates how to enhance dialog and restore audio in Vegas Pro using
plug-ins by iZotope(TM).
-- Ric Viers, Sound FX creator extraordinaire and owner of the Detroit Chop
Shop, demonstrates how he creates SFX for Hollywood movies and primetime
TV using Sony Creative Software applications.
-- Justin Fornal discusses how he created his award-winning show Bronx
Flavor using Vegas Pro.
-- Whitney Jacobson, SCS Product Manager, shows off the new features of
Vegas Pro 12.
-- Gary Rebholz, SCS Training Manager, demonstrates how to solve impossible
audio problems using Sound Forge Pro and SpectraLayers Pro.
-- Rob Aubey, SCS Product Manager, illustrates how easy it is to enhance
Blu-ray titles with exciting second-screen features using DoStudio(TM).
About Sony Creative Software
Sony Creative Software is a leading provider of innovative professional and consumer software solutions that inspire creativity, discovery, and productivity. We encourage artistic expression with our award-winning line of digital video, audio, and music production applications. Our customer base is extensive and includes film, television, and recording professionals as well as students, educators, and independent artists worldwide. For more information about products from Sony Creative Software, please visit, http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com.
C6 Intelligence Enters Joint Venture With AA International of Malaysia
SINGAPORE, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
C6 Intelligence Information Systems [http://www.c6-intelligence.com ] ("C6
Intelligence", "C6") entered into a Joint Venture with AA International ("AA") of Malaysia
allowing for the marketing and fulfilment of C6 Intelligence products throughout the APAC
C6 Intelligence Managing Director, Richard Bensberg
[http://www.linkedin.com/in/rbensberg ] said, "We choose to enter into a Joint Venture with
AA because of their experience and impressive infrastructural capability in the Asian
Mr Bensberg continues, "By having offices in Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong
Kong, Seoul and Taipei, AA International can offer their local clients access to a range
of valued added KYC and Due Diligence services from a trusted partner with a worldwide
presence. We look forward to continued success with our joint venture partner and the
addition of the highest quality, yet cost-effective solutions, for our clients."
About AA International
AA International [http://www.aa-international.com ] ("AA") is the Malaysian core
partner of the International Assistance Group (IAG). AA interconnects daily in 46
countries around the globe and supporting more than 90 million individuals worldwide with
the affiliation of the International Assistance Group (IAG),
Working primarily with corporations and insurance companies, AA International offers
value added services in the form of comfort and security by ensuring that clients and
customers are quick to receive the best assistance available.
IBA Group - http://www.ibagroupit.com, an alliance of IT companies with more than
2,500 people, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. A series of events will be held in
Belarus, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, the Russian Federation, and Kazakhstan. The
celebration will begin in April in Minsk, the birthplace of IBA Group.
The company's traditions go back to the 1960s. Those were the days when the IT
industry of Belarus began growing dramatically. Computer research and computer production
organizations, as well as IT education facilities were established. As IBM-compatible
computers were produced in the country, local programmers were experts in IBM mainframe
In the 1980s, people from IBM came to Minsk, the Belarusian capital. At that time, the
city was already known as one of the largest IT centers in the USSR because of the
computer production facilities and design institutes concentrated here. Minsk supplied 60
percent of the USSR demand for computer production.
These developments led IBM to expand into the region with a joint venture with two
Belarusian companies, namely the Computer Research Institute and the Minsk Computer
Production Association. As a result, the International Business Alliance (IBA) was formed
in 1993. However, the joint venture did not last long and IBM withdrew as a part owner of
IBA in line with its strategy. IBA went on operating independently.
In 2005, following the admission of the Czech Republic to the European Union, the
company relocated its headquarters to Prague. Eventually, the small company evolved into
the international IBA Group of more than 2,500 employees and offices in ten countries.
At present, the company's portfolio comprises over 200 proprietary products, numerous
vertical industry solutions, and an array of IT services. The IBA's expertise ranges from
mainframe software and SAP solutions to business intelligence, corporate performance
management, and mobile applications.
Global giants like IBM, SAP, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Goodyear, and Rockwell
Automation, partner with IBA on hundreds of projects in software engineering, development,
migration, and maintenance.
IBA Group supports IT education in Belarus and the Czech Republic through training
courses and R&D laboratories, and is a sponsor of international and national contests
among IT students.
Sergei Levteev, IBA Group Chairman, comments: "April 2013 marks the 20 anniversary of
IBA Group and it is truly a milestone for the company. We are proud to have grown to where
we are today. We achieved our goals through the collective dedication of our employees and
by building trust and confidence with our customers. We survived and became even stronger
after the dot-com bubble of 2001-2002 and the recent economic crisis. We grew sustainably
from year to year. Today, we look forward to the next twenty years of serving our clients,
supporting our employees, and growing young talents."
Corvil and Cisco Collaborate to Enhance Visibility for High Performance Traders
NEW YORK and LONDON, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Corvil integrates with Cisco to deliver network-enabled high performance monitoring
Corvil [http://www.corvil.com ], a provider of IT monitoring systems for high
performance businesses, has integrated its CorvilNet Enterprise Monitoring Solution
[http://www.corvil.com/Solutions/Enterprise.aspx ] with the Cisco Nexus 3548 ultra-low
latency switch. The collaboration will provide high performance traders with Corvil's
trading systems data monitoring and analytics overlaid on a Cisco advanced switching
As high performance trading systems become faster and process more data, the network
becomes critical as the most reliable source of performance data. While complex trading
analysis and risk mitigation still need to be performed outside the network layer,
significant cost savings and scale advantages can be obtained by moving certain
high-volume tasks such as timestamping and buffer monitoring to the network devices, like
the Cisco Nexus 3548. This integration with Cisco Nexus switches help enable high
performance traders to extend the reach and visibility of their CorvilNet monitoring
system with no loss of granularity or accuracy in reporting.
"High performance traders are increasingly looking for ways to extract granular
performance data from their networking equipment," said Tuqiang Cao, Vice President of
Product Management at the Cisco Data Center Group. "Cisco is working with industry-leading
monitoring vendor partners, like Corvil, to integrate the unique analytics features of the
Nexus 3548, such as packet timestamping and active buffer monitoring, to bring more value
to our end customers."
Donal O' Sullivan, Vice President of Product Management, Corvil, said, "This really is
the next generation of low-latency data monitoring. Timestamping and certain other
time-critical functions will be performed by the infrastructure, while correlation,
analysis and reporting will be done by monitoring solutions like Corvil's. This will
deliver a broader monitoring footprint at a better cost-point for our mutual customers."
Corvil is a provider of IT monitoring systems for high performance enterprises. The
company was founded in 2000 and operates from New York, London, Singapore, Tokyo and
Dublin. Customers use Corvil to manage the performance of their applications and networks
and to capture the data flowing on their networks for real-time business analysis and
insight. For more information on Corvil please visit http://www.corvil.com
Telepo's solution enables Tele2 to offer a new range of modern services to its
customers. The solution delivers a consistent and superior user experience across all
devices linking mobile applications, modern smartphones with PC and Mac desktops.
Anders Langsved, Commercial Director, Business, Tele2 Sweden said: "We are delighted
to be the first big operator in Sweden to offer Telepo's award winning cloud communication
solution to our customers. The solution is an excellent addition to our products and
services as it is easy for customers to use and gives them many great business services
delivered as an integrated whole. The fact that it's cloud based means there is no need
for our customers to buy expensive hardware, like a new PBX."
Patrik Sorqvist, CEO at Telepo, said: "Working with Tele2 further strengthens our
position in the Nordic market. We are working with a wider range of partners to help them
drive ARPU and loyalty in the business segment. Ultimately this means there is a rapidly
growing number of businesses benefiting from Telepo-powered solutions."
Telepo's software approach excels in areas that are critical for cloud deployments -
such as multi-tenancy, superior user experience and mobility. It enables business users to
communicate and access rich functionality wherever they are, from any device at their
convenience. Telepo's built-in multi-tiered self-service portals, for service provider
administrators, enterprise administrators and users, fully manage the solution so it can
evolve over time on all levels.
Telepo is an innovative software vendor enabling any type of service provider to offer
advanced business communication as a Service under its own brand/s. The solution helps
service providers drive revenue, loyalty and margin by allowing enterprises to transform
the way they communicate. Telepo AB is privately held, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
Albis Technologies Launches New Network and Element Management Platform MetroIntegrator
ZURICH, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today Albis Technologies launched MetroIntegrator, the new advanced network and
element management platform, the evolutionary successor to AccessIntegrator the ULAF+
management-suite. Telecom operators will be able to run MetroIntegrator from within their
standard browsers, which will enable ease the preparation for SDN based automation and
enhanced service management.
Years of experience with Telecom operator driven development, maintenance and
management applications; plus design and manufacturing of telecommunications equipment
provides Albis Technologies' Access Solutions a resilient foundation. Built on top of this
foundation are close customer relationships, these skills and qualities perfectly
positions Albis Technologies in it's strive to create a user-friendly and
functionality-rich network management platform for the operator.
Albis Technologies mission is to support operators with a network management platform
that brings back simplicity to the increasing complexity of transport networks. In
addition to the ULAF+ TDM building blocks, MetroIntegrator will also manage the ULAF+
ACCEED Carrier Ethernet and the ULAF+ Circuit Emulation Services (CES) building blocks; in
addition to the soon to be launched ULAF+ Metro Aggregation portfolio.
About Albis Technologies
A leading supplier of telecommunication solutions for Business Access and Mobile
Backhaul, Albis Technologies delivers innovative and tailored solutions. Customers,
partners, and end-users benefit from Albis Technologies' expert knowledge, quality
product, and reliable cooperation. With global reach serving over 40 countries, Albis
Technologies is headquartered in Switzerland and focuses on partnerships and customer
ULAF+ is an ideal product family for access networks to provide connectivity to
business customers and to enable Mobile Backhaul. It is built on a modular concept which
guarantees flexibility and scalability. The system integrates both TDM and Ethernet
technologies and offers comprehensive capabilities to migrate from legacy to next
generation networks. ULAF+ supports copper and fibre based network access. The ACCEED
products - members of the ULAF+ family - are based on the latest EFM and MEF standards,
and allow operators to implement enhanced and new Ethernet services.
Sony Announces Price And Availability Of Its New XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs
4K Ultra High Definition Experience Extends into More Living Rooms Bringing Enhanced Video, Superior Sound and a Variety of Content Options to TV Fans
LAS VEGAS, April 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics is announcing prices and availability for its new 4K Ultra High Definition TV sets unveiled at CES in January. The new XBR-55X900A (55-inch) and XBR-65X900A (65-inch) 4K Ultra HD LED TVs will cost $4,999 and $6,999 respectively and are available for order online and at retail beginning April 21, 2013.
Sony is also announcing its 4K Media Player, the FMP-X1, and video distribution service - both industry firsts.
"These new models will be arriving in homes just before the summer and are sure to bring the enhanced viewing experience of 4K TV to a whole new audience," said Mike Lucas, senior vice president, Sony Electronics Home Division. "Our TVs deliver a vibrant and natural picture that is four-times clearer than high definition. As for content, these new sets enhance all of the video people are watching today, and this summer our 4K media player, followed in fall by the video distribution service will demonstrate how Sony continues to lead in bringing the 4K entertainment experience to viewers."
Starting today, six Sony Store locations (Century City, Calif.; Costa Mesa, Calif.; Houston; Las Vegas; New York and Palo Alto, Calif.) will be the first to feature the XBR-55 & 65X900A 4K TVs, offering consumers in-store demonstrations of true 4K and enhanced (upscaled) video.
This summer, consumers of Sony's 4K UHD TVs can purchase the FMP-X1 4K Media Player bundled with 10 feature films and video shorts in true 4K resolution for $699. In the fall of 2013, users of the same 4K Media Player will be given access to a fee-based video distribution service offering a library of 4K titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other notable production houses. The feature films included with purchase of the 4K Media Player are Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That's My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).
With a variety of options already available for the home theater, only Sony can bring true 4K content to consumers. Last November, in another first, Sony gave native 4K movies and video to consumers who purchased the XBR-84X900, Sony's first and biggest 4K Ultra HD TV. Making good on its promise to periodically update and add content to the system, Sony recently began delivering new 4K content to 84-inch XBR owners with the home server. Along with a slew of new 4K video shorts, the classic film Lawrence of Arabia has been added to their libraries, which was recently remastered in 4K resolution by Sony Pictures Colorworks. Owners of the first generation video server will be able to exchange that device for the FMP-X1 4K Media Player, once the distribution service launches in the fall.
To coincide with the availability of Sony's new 4K Ultra HD TVs, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is also bringing to market a lineup of "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray(TM) Discs. With 1080p high definition picture that's derived from the highest quality 4K source materials with new expanded color, consumers will enjoy a dynamic and vibrant picture that's both optimized for the 4K Ultra HD TVs and plays back on all existing Blu-ray(TM) players and HDTVs. As an added bonus, consumers who purchase the XBR-55X900A or XBR-65X900A 4K Ultra HD TV will also receive Spider-Man (2002), Ghostbusters and Angels & Demons "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray Discs (while supplies last).
New Sony UHD 4K TV models- Key Features:
-- Images become lifelike with a resolution of four-times that of Full HD
TV (3840 x 2160) delivers lifelike images
-- All content is viewed at the highest resolution possible with enhanced
images reaching near 4K with Sony's proprietary two-chip 4K X-Reality
PRO picture engine
-- All colors, including difficult blues, greens and reds, are delivered
naturally and accurately through TRILUMINOS(TM) Display
-- An immersive picture draws in viewers with blacker blacks and excellent
contrast produced with dynamic edge-lit, LED backlighting
-- Amazing sound from the integrated 65 Watt, front-facing, magnetic fluid
speaker system complements the stunning picture
-- A cinematic experience is brought to life through Full HD 3D and passive
-- Entertainment choices are endless with WiFi(TM) connectivity, including
access to the full Sony Entertainment Network suite of services
Pre-orders for 4K UHD TVs begin April 21, 2013 at Sony Stores and select retailers nationwide. The 4K Media Player will be available this summer.
Beginning April 17, Sony will kick off a year-long partnership with The Tribeca Film Festival to promote 4K video production and distribution among amateur and professional film makers. During the festival in New York, Sony will showcase 4K technologies for use from lens to living room.
For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/4ktv. High resolution images and complete specification provided upon request.
CONTACT: For inquiries related to 4K Ultra HD TV and Media Player, contact Ray Hartjen, Sony Electronics Inc., (408) 352-4818, email@example.com, or Rob Manfredo, Sony Electronics Inc., (201) 930-6032, firstname.lastname@example.org; For inquiries related to Sony Pictures Entertainment or Blu-Ray Discs, contact Maureen Shanahan, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, O: 310-244-4648, Maureen_Shanahan@spe.sony.com
Bella Corporation Introduces Family Of KillerKeys Products
BELLA INTRODUCES ITS NEW FAMILY OF KILLERKEYS KEYBOARD SHORTCUT PRODUCTS AT THE 2013 NAB SHOW
LAS VEGAS, April 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NAB SHOW 2013 - Bella Corporation today announced that it is expanding KillerKeys into a family of products. The new products are KillerKeys Pro and a companion KillerKeys Pro iPad App, KillerKeys Express for iPad and KillerKeys VR.
KillerKeys Pro offers an all-inclusive feature set, combining the features of all other versions of KillerKeys as well as offering additional features and functionality to make it the most powerful version of KillerKeys available. With KillerKeys Pro there are multiple ways and places to display and interact with your shortcuts: on the VR Keyboard, on the iPad or on Shortcut Palettes that float over your application.
KillerKeys Pro iPad App
The free companion iPad App for KillerKeys Pro connects wirelessly to the desktop computer providing complete control from the iPad. Working in unison with KillerKeys Pro, the iPad App instantly displays the shortcuts for practically any application right on the iPad, providing shortcuts right at your fingertips. Shortcuts can be dragged and dropped into Workspaces so you can quickly swipe to shortcuts that you use most frequently. Besides the Workspace view, the App also includes a custom keyboard with a VR mode. In the VR mode, color-coded shortcuts are displayed on each key of the virtual keyboard. To further enhance productivity, the KillerKeys iPad App also provides customizable widgets including a track pad with pinch-to-zoom control, application launcher, volume and zoom controls, a number pad as well as a multimedia widget with jog wheel. The KillerKeys Pro iPad App will be free from the iTunes App Store.
The KillerKeys VR application is available for both Mac and Windows computers and provides a virtual on-screen keyboard that shows color-coded shortcuts displayed on each key of the virtual keyboard. The keyboard is interactive, so pressing either a single modifier or a combination of modifiers will change the shortcuts displayed on the keyboard. A powerful search feature is built in and the entire keyboard can be sized to fit your needs, can switch between regular and extended keyboard modes and you can even switch the layout from a standard QWERTY layout to an AZERTY layout.
Using a wireless connection to your Windows or Mac computer, KillerKeys Express for iPad gives you complete control over your computer, showing shortcuts for the application you are working in on your computer on a VR (Virtual) Keyboard on the iPad App. As with the KillerKeys Pro iPad App, the Express version includes a track pad with pinch-to-zoom control, application launcher, volume and zoom controls, as well as a multimedia widget with jog wheel.
With KillerKeys, you no longer have to remember what particular keyboard shortcuts works in which application, as KillerKeys always displays the proper shortcuts in a unified interface regardless of which application you are using. KillerKeys supports keyboard shortcuts for markets ranging from graphics, design, video and engineering to accounting and finance.
To Be Shown At NAB 2013
KillerKeys Pro, the KillerKeys Pro iPad App, KillerKeys VR and KillerKeys Express will be shown for the first time at Bella Corporation's booth on April 8th at the 2013 NAB Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Located in the lower level of the South Hall, Bella Corporation's booth number is SL 4606.
A sample of the more than 100 applications supported are:
-- Microsoft Office shortcuts including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
-- The entire Adobe Master Collection CS6 keyboard shortcuts including
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat
-- Intuit keyboard shortcuts for QuickBooks, Quicken, Lacerte and Pro
Series tax software
-- Avid keyboard shortcuts for Media Composer and ProTools
-- AutoDesk keyboard shortcuts for Maya, 3D Studio Max (3DS Max) as well as
-- Cloud based applications including keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft
Office 365, Gmail, Twitter, and Zoho Office.
About Bella Corporation
Bella Corporation provides time-saving tools to home through professional videographers, gamers, and creative content producers. The products are available directly from Bella Corporation or from a variety of dealers located throughout the world. For more information visit: http://www.bella-usa.com Bella also produces KillerKeys software, which makes memorizing keyboard shortcuts a thing of the past. For more information on KillerKeys, visit http://www.KillerKeys.com. Click here to view Bella Corporation's NAB 2013 Online Press Kit.
Fusion-io to Integrate ioFX Acceleration Into HP Z Workstations
Industry Leaders Enhance Application Performance in Visual Effects, Digital Content Creation and Computer Assisted Design for Demanding Creative Projects
LAS VEGAS, April 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National Association of Broadcasters Tradeshow -- Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that it is collaborating with global workstation leader HP to integrate the Fusion ioFX into the award-winning HP Z820, Z620 and Z420 Workstations. The integrated solutions will offer ideal development platforms for professional artists in visual effects, upstream exploration of oil and gas, digital content creation (DCC) and computer-aided design (CAD). In addition, professionals interested in adding the Fusion ioFX to their current HP Workstation can purchase the ioFX as a custom integration component.
"I consider HP one of the best engineering companies in the world, so I'm thrilled to see HP and Fusion-io working together to advance workstation computing architectures," said Steve Wozniak, Fusion-io Chief Scientist. "The Fusion ioFX brings the intelligence of the Fusion-io approach to HP's incredible workstations, adding even more powerful application performance to the precision engineering HP is known for around the world."
The Fusion ioFX provides unprecedented application acceleration to leading workstation applications such as those from Adobe, Assimilate, and The Foundry. The new solution will integrate the Fusion ioFX into the powerful HP Z Workstations with Intel Xeon processors. The architecture is designed to deliver an industry-leading platform for digital content creation applications by moving beyond the performance limitations and bottlenecks of traditional systems.
"HP is the workstation industry leader, and our customers demand to be the first to get cutting edge solutions that deliver performance, reliability and innovation," said Jeff Wood, vice president of product management, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. "Providing the Fusion ioFX in our high-end HP Z Workstations will offer customers improved performance to tackle their most challenging projects faster."
Tuned for sustained performance in multithreaded applications, the ioFX enables artists to work on 2K, 4K and 5K content interactively, in full resolution, as well as to manipulate stereoscopic content in real time. With powerful throughput to maximize NVIDIA GPU processing, the ioFX will slash application wait times in HP WZ Workstations to accelerate both the hardware and software essential to professional digital content creation.
Visit HP Booth SL 9605 to see the Fusion ioFX live at NAB 2013. NAB Show attendees can also see the ioFX in action at a number of leading Fusion-io software and hardware Technology Alliance Program member booths. A complete list of locations is available on the Fusion-io blog.
Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world's social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.
Note on Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements concerning the potential performance and other benefits to users of the integration of Fusion-io's ioFX product and HP products. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risk that users of Fusion-io's products may not realize the expected benefits, and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at http://www.fusionio.com. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.
Fusion-io Unveils 1.6 TB ioFX for Workstation Applications
High Capacity ioFX Delivers Peak Performance for Professional Computer Graphics Applications including 4K Visual Effects Production, Stereoscopic 3D, Digital Intermediate, Computer Assisted Design and Video Editing
LAS VEGAS, April 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- [National Association of Broadcasters 2013 trade show] - Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that the ioFX workstation acceleration platform is now available with 1.6 TB of capacity, in addition to the original 420 GB form factor. The high capacity ioFX is ideal for video editing, computer assisted design (CAD), 4K and stereoscopic production, as well as digital intermediate (DI) finishing.
"Digital production is undergoing a resolution revolution as production moves to 4K and beyond, while production budgets and deadlines continue to tighten," said Vincent Brisebois, Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing. "To overcome these opposing forces, the Fusion ioFX can help digital artists efficiently deliver creative work faster, even when faced with the most demanding production requirements. Fusion-io is proud to collaborate with industry leading software developers and hardware companies to deliver breakthrough acceleration for the tools used by professional artists worldwide."
Based on the Fusion ioMemory platform trusted to accelerate data centers around the world, the 1.6 TB Fusion ioFX significantly improves workstation application performance. The Fusion ioFX removes traditional data storage bottlenecks to allow high performance CPUs and graphics processing units (GPUs) to operate at their full potential, enabling artists to composite, edit, playback and finish digital content with significantly greater speed and efficiency. The ioFX is also ideal for encoding, transcoding, particle simulations and working with large amounts of cached data.
Connecting via PCI Express, the ioFX is also available in a 420 GB capacity to provide artists with choice in selecting the ideal capacity for their applications. To help professionals maximize the capabilities of today's powerful applications for digital content creation, Fusion-io has worked closely with the industry's leading entertainment hardware and software providers to optimize the ioFX for visual effects production.
"NVIDIA GPUs provide powerful performance to professional workstations, which is further boosted with the ioFX high speed memory platform," said Greg Estes, industry executive, media and entertainment, NVIDIA. "ioFX dramatically increases the amount of high-resolution content that can be sent to NVIDIA Quadro graphics boards for processing at extremely high speeds, enabling better artist interactivity and, ultimately, better client satisfaction for our customers."
"ASSIMILATE SCRATCH has earned its reputation for high performance by delivering 4K performance to DI and post facilities since 2007," said Steve Bannerman, VP of Marketing, ASSIMILATE. "The combination of SCRATCH and the 1.6 TB ioFX offers studio-grade performance to a far broader range of artists, even those reviewing dailies on set. Higher capacity acceleration is an ideal way to ensure maximum efficiency, either in post or on location, where meeting tight schedules is essential to staying within budget."
"From accelerating 3D painting in MARI, to reviewing shots in HIERO, to compositing in NUKE, Fusion ioFX adds powerful acceleration that can significantly enhance our applications," said Bruno Nicoletti, Head of Technology and Founder at The Foundry. "All of our software is designed to remove as many technical barriers from production as possible, and Fusion-io acceleration takes that one step further with the ioFX integrated into artist workstations. As the amount of data artists work with in today's high resolution formats continues to increase, the ioFX can help creatives spend more time manipulating their work with much more interactivity than before."
Fusion ioMemory software enables Fusion-io products to transparently deliver peak performance through an advanced operating system architecture that cuts through the latency introduced by hard drives and solid state disks. Fusion ioMemory products such as the ioFX also include Fusion ioSphere remote monitoring and management software, allowing IT teams to monitor and manage all Fusion-io solutions deployed throughout a studio from a single interface.
NAB 2013 attendees can see the ioFX in action at a number of leading Fusion-io software and hardware Technology Alliance Program member booths. A complete list of locations is available on the Fusion-io blog.
The 1.6 TB Fusion ioFX will be available in summer 2013. List price will be disclosed when the product is released. The 420 GB ioFX is available now from Fusion-io and Value Added Resellers around the world for a list price of $1995 USD. To order or learn more about the ioFX, please visit http://www.fusionio.com/iofx.
Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world's social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.
Note on Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements concerning the potential performance and other benefits of Fusion-io's ioMemory products, including the ioFX product and ioSphere software, for users. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risk that users of Fusion-io's products may not realize the expected benefits, and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at http://www.fusionio.com. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.
Altera Showcases 4K Video Processing and Multichannel Video-over-IP at 2013 NAB Show
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is showcasing its latest roadcast solutions for 4K video processing and multichannel video-over-IP at the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas from April 8 to 11. Additionally, the company is demonstrating its Stratix® V Advanced Systems Development Kit (ASDK), a PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen3x16 plug-in card architected for 4K ultra high-definition (Ultra HD), equivalent to 16-channel 1080p60 video processing.
Joining Altera's engineers in the booth are technical experts from Macnica Americas with guest exhibitor Jack Douglass, chairman of SMPTE, demonstrating video-over-IP solutions; and engineers from intoPIX are demonstrating video compression solutions, all of which leverage Altera® 28 nm Stratix V and Cyclone® V FPGAs.
What: Altera demonstrations at2013 National Association of Broadcasters Show
When: Monday, April 8, to Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Where: NABbooth SU12011, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Altera's In-Booth Demonstrations
-- 4K Video Processing--Altera is demonstrating its 4K reference designs
that address the immediate needs of broadcast equipment developers,
including downscaling from 4K to fit into existing SD/HD workflows and
upscaling from SD/HD to feed 4K displays. These designs leverage
Altera's patent-pending edge-adaptive sharpening algorithm, which
sharpens the scaled image without distorting details.
-- OpenCL--This demo features live video streaming using OpenCL(TM), and
real-time video processing such as Sobel edge-detection and image
manipulation, all coded in OpenCL software and running on Altera FPGAs.
In addition, this demo uses an Altera's Nios® II soft processor, and
enables the power of OpenCL in embedded applications by removing the
need for external processor or host server machine.
-- Stratix V ASDK--This hardware platform well exceeds the technical
requirements of typical professional video end products. With its PCIe
Gen3x16 connectivity and on-board resources architected to handle 16
channels of 1080p60 video processing, the platform can be used to derive
a myriad of end products, enabling broadcast engineers to rapidly design
future-proof solutions to address emerging market needs such as Ultra
HD, high-density transcoding for multiscreen, high frame-rate
-- Video-over-IP from Macnica Americas--Macnica Americas' SMPTE
2022-1/2/5/6 solution is a complete design for transporting video over
an IP network exclusively on Altera FPGAs. The solution lowers the cost
of video transport by leveraging Ethernet, so multiple video channels
(up to 256) can be moved over a single cable reliably, and over long
distances. This demonstration replicates the setup of the VidTrans 2013
official interoperability tests, and features guest exhibitor Jack
Douglass, chairman of the SMPTE 2022 interoperability tests.
-- Video Compression with intoPIX--This intoPIX JPEG2000 design
demonstrates a compact CODEC solution for a full chain of video-over-IP
transmission, running on Altera's Cyclone V FPGAs. It features 1080p60
full HD operation with visually lossless compression, low latency, and
small IP footprint. The IP cores from intoPIX also feature standard
interfaces that integrate with Altera IP cores such as serial digital
interface (SDI) and the Video and Image Processing (VIP) suite, making
it easy to prototype and customize in the user design.
For more information on Altera's broadcast and video solutions, visit http://www.altera.com/education/events/northamerica/evt-nab.html.
Altera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs and ASICs at http://www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Facebook, RSS and Twitter, and by subscribing to product update emails and newsletters.
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U.S. Department of Justice clears ASML acquisition of Cymer
VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands and SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ASML Holding NV (ASML) and Cymer, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) today announce that the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice has cleared the previously announced merger between Cymer and affiliates of ASML.
Clearance of the merger has previously been granted by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as the Taiwanese, German and Israeli antitrust authorities. Furthermore, Cymer stockholders have approved the merger agreement.
Completion of the merger remains subject to additional customary closing conditions and receipt of approvals under competition laws in South Korea and Japan. Cymer and ASML continue to expect the transaction to close in the first half of 2013.
ASML is one of the world's leading providers of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or chips. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. ASML has 8,500 employees on payroll (expressed in full time equivalents), serving chip manufacturers in more than 55 locations in 16 countries. More information about our company, our products and technology, and career opportunities is available on our website: http://www.asml.com
Cymer is an industry leader in developing lithography light sources, used by chipmakers worldwide to pattern advanced semiconductor chips. Cymer's light sources have been widely adopted by the world's top chipmakers and its installed base comprises approximately 3,900 systems. Continuing its legacy of leadership, Cymer is currently pioneering the industry's transition to EUV lithography, the next viable step on the technology roadmap for the creation of smaller, faster chips. The company is headquartered in San Diego, CA, has more than 1,200 employees on payroll (expressed in full time equivalents) and supports its customers from numerous offices around the globe. Cymer maintains a Web site to which it regularly posts press releases, SEC filings, and additional information about Cymer. Interested persons can also subscribe to automated e-mail alerts or RSS feeds. Please visit http://www.cymer.com.
Forward Looking Statements
"Safe Harbor" Statement under the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: this press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, as they relate to ASML or Cymer or the merger, involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. We use words such as "anticipates," "believes," "plans," "expects," "projects," "future," "intends," "may," "will," "should," "could," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "guidance" and similar expressions to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about future events, and readers should not place undue reliance on them. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the inability to obtain regulatory approval for the merger, the satisfaction of other conditions to the closing of the merger and the possibility that the length of time necessary to consummate the merger may be longer than anticipated.
The foregoing risk list of factors is not exhaustive. You should consider carefully the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the businesses of ASML and Cymer described in the risk factors included in ASML's Annual Report on Form 20-F and Cymer's Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other documents filed by ASML and Cymer from time to time with the SEC. The parties disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained herein.
Breakthrough Life360 Feature Leverages Locaid to Allow Users to Keep Tabs on Family Members - via Smartphones and Feature Phones - for Free
Free Location Lookups Can Help 30 Million Life360 Customers Track Loved Ones
SAN FRANCISCO, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Locaid, the world's largest Location-as-a-Service Platform, today announced that Life360, the leading safety application for families, is now using Locaid to power a groundbreaking new feature. A new function now allows Life360's 30 million customers to locate family members or loved ones on any mobile device at no added charge - up to five times per month. Life360 enables families to keep in touch by delivering location and security features for smartphones and feature phones alike - an industry first.
Although smartphones garner most of the press in the mobile market, the vast majority of mobile phone users still carry feature phones, which comprise nearly two-thirds of total market share according to a 2012 report from leading analyst Gartner. Feature phones and tracking devices are widely used by parents to keep tabs on young children. Elderly family members, who don't necessarily want or need the latest smartphone features, are also more likely to use feature phones and need to stay connected to family. Other family apps charge high monthly fees to activate devices for location or are limited to only smartphones. Life360 powers "the new family circle" by allowing location and security features for whatever device the user carries.
The Life360 application gets its breakthrough location capabilities from Locaid, the world's largest and most reliable multi-source Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) company. By leveraging Locaid's massive device footprint, Life360 becomes the first mobile application to include non-smartphone location determination without monthly fees.
The new offer of five free location lookups per month demonstrates Life360's ongoing commitment to providing its customers with the best privacy-protected family safety application on the market:
"Our customers are becoming increasingly dependent on their mobile phones," said Chris Hulls, Co-Founder and CEO of Life360. "Locaid's location solution not only gives us the widest reach to the most number of mobile phone users, but the ease of integration and great price allows us to offer our customers added value with this free, reliable service."
"Locaid's footprint extends to over 4.8 billion connected devices across the globe, including 404 million mobile devices, making it the largest provider of location data in the world," added Rip Gerber, President and CEO, Locaid. "That makes Locaid the ideal partner for Life360, with its rapidly growing customer base."
Locaid is the world's largest Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) company. Locaid runs "location in the cloud" with the most robust, privacy-protected, multi-source location platform available. Locaid can determine the physical location of your customers, employees or assets, anywhere, instantly. With a footprint that extends to over 4.7 billion connected devices across the globe, including 404 million mobile devices, Locaid helps enterprises and developers be hyper-local, reduce fraud, increase productivity and consumer insight, comply with regulations, drive revenue and save lives. Locaid is the largest and preferred location gateway for the major carriers in the Americas, including AT&T, Bell, Boost Mobile, Cricket, Rogers, Sprint, TELUS, T-Mobile, Verizon and others. The world's biggest brands, agencies, financial institutions, software companies, enterprise infrastructure providers, mobile app developers and M2M platforms get location from Locaid. Location Matters(TM). Locate us at http://www.loc-aid.com, @locaid and http://www.facebook.com/Locaid.
Life360 is the leading location and communication app for families available for Android and the iPhone. Using location-based technology, Life360 enables parents to see where their children are located, know when they need help and see where the nearest safety resources are at all times. The app operates in a convenient and secure way that does not interfere with busy schedules or personal freedom. Founded in 2008, Life360 placed first in Google's Android Developer Challenge in that same year and has received funding from several prominent investors. For more information, visit http://www.life360.com.
NEW YORK, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldnow, the leading online technology, content, video and Revenue-solutions Company for local media, has announced that it has integrated its Enterprise Content Publishing platform (Web, mobile, social media and video) with ENPS. During the NAB Show, starting this weekend in Las Vegas, the company will showcase its strategy for enterprise newsroom integration.
This strategic initiative delivers an integrated and efficient, bi-directional workflow between the ENPSnewsroom system and Worldnow's Enterprise Content Publishing platform.
In the new enhanced, bi-directional integrated workflow, you can post content directly to and from ENPS for simultaneous transmission into the Worldnow Enterprise Content Publishing platform to push across web, video, social and mobile platforms. A news producer is no longer required to copy and paste from one system to another, thereby streamlining the publishing processes for maximum scale and efficiency.
"We are thrilled to continue and grow our ENPS relationship and to be able to provide our mutual clients with the benefits of a truly integrated bi-directional newsroom workflow," said Gary Gannaway, Worldnow's CEO. "Worldnow's market penetration makes us a powerhouse in local media and we look forward to continue to roll out our seamless/scaled publishing workflow to our more than 400+ clients."
"Our partnership with ENPS is essential to providing our clients with the best in class bi-directional newsroom publishing workflow integration enabling economy of scale," said Joe Sticca, SVP Product Management & Development for Worldnow.
"The integration with ENPS workflow allows our clients to focus on productivity and is critical when it comes to breaking news workflow and time to market," said Liza Watts, VP, Product Management at Worldnow. "We are excited about the competitive advantages it will bring our clients."
In the last 3 years, 12 of 12 RFP's for platform services sought by broadcasters have been awarded to Worldnow giving them the #1 market share serving over 450+ local broadcasters around the country, covering over 80% of US households.
For further information about Worldnow's products and services, please feel free contact email@example.com at any time.
Worldnow provides industry leading online publishing and revenue solutions for local media. Our cost efficient publishing platforms include innovative CMS solutions for site management, video and mobile publishing. Our online revenue solutions include a national advertising network, packaged local sales programs, classifieds and comprehensive sales training and support. Our online media, technology, and marketing teams have extensive experience in helping local media companies build profitable businesses on the web. We support our technologies and services with in-depth strategic consultation incorporating market leading best practices for managing successful online businesses. Our full service solutions and support enable our clients to realize greater real-world profitability from their investment. Leverage our experience built over 14 years in partnership with more than 400 local media properties. Current Worldnow customers include: Allbritton, CBS Local Digital Media, Cox, Dispatch, Fisher, Fox TV Stations, Griffin, Landmark, Lilly Broadcasting,London Broadcasting, Meredith, Media General, New Age Media, Quincy, Raycom Media, Reiten TV, Sagamore Hill, Titan, Waterman, West Virginia Media, and Young Broadcasting.
For more information please visit http://www.Worldnow.com.Worldnow services over 57million monthly uniques and powers over 450 local broadcasters with 81% of US households covered.
Marks Myntra's Second International Acquisition in Four Months
SAN FRANCISCO, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Myntra, India's largest e-commerce platform for fashion and lifestyle products is
expanding its technology expertise with the acquisition of San Francisco based FITIQUETTE,
a TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist
in part cash, part stock deal. FITIQUETTE's technology innovation aims at solving
size and fit issues for online shoppers. This acquisition will strengthen and expand
Myntra's technology platform and drive transformational change in the online shopping
space in India by providing world-class experience to its customers.
FITIQUETTE [http://www.fitiquette.com ] is the first virtual dressing room of its kind
globally. This unique innovation generates a virtual mannequin based on various body types
to which users can further adjust each specific measurement according to their body until
it closely mirrors their own. This technology enables online shoppers to virtually 'try
before they buy', providing an online shopping experience which is very similar to the
With this acquisition, Myntra.com [http://www.myntra.com ] will have the ability to
provide the best virtual solution to solve a perceived barrier of shopping online -
finding the right fit and size.
Mukesh Bansal, CEO & Co-founder, Myntra says "Myntra aims to create the most
compelling Fashion Shopping experience for Indian consumers at par or better than global
standards. FITIQUETTE has developed pioneering technology for solving the Fit/Size problem
online. This acquisition will not only help us improve the experience significantly but
will also enhance our technology team with addition of top tech talent from FITIQUETTE."
Andy Pandharikar, CEO & Co-founder, FITIQUETTE says "The Indian e-commerce industry is
growing at breakneck speed and it is a great time to be a part of this journey. I'm
confident that FITIQUETTE's powerful technology will benefit Myntra's vision of providing
world class solutions to online shoppers across the country."
The FITIQUETTE team will be joining Myntra with Andy heading Myntra's newly formed
Innovation Labs in San Francisco.
In November 2012, Myntra acquired Sher Singh, a global private label online brand
specializing in sports-inspired lifestyle apparel for men and women and its New York based
parent company Exclusively.in
Headquartered in Bangalore, India, Myntra was started by a group of IIT/IIM graduates
in 2007. Myntra is among the best funded ecommerce companies in India by top tier VC funds
- Tiger Global, IndoUS Venture Partners, IDG and Accel Partners. The company's ecommerce
platformMyntra.com [http://www.myntra.com ] is today the largest in the fashion and
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. Is Hosting a Booth at NAB Show for First Time Ever and Featuring New Service Offerings
NEW YORK, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., one of the most trusted and well-respected names in content, entertainment services and technological artistry, announced today that for the first time ever, it will host a booth at NAB Show in Las Vegas April 8-11, 2013. For nearly a century Deluxe has committed itself to providing content owners and creators with the tools and talent they need to bring to life and share the most important, most moving and most exciting stories in the world. Now 90% digital, Deluxe companies, which store over 100 petabytes of data and content and move over 1.4 petabytes of data a month, offer content providers ground-breaking, state-of-the-art solutions in content creation, management, storage and distribution.
The Deluxe Ecosystem - a virtual hub of digital flexibility, efficiency, quality and value - encompasses a generous breadth of service and technology innovation, all of which has grown in response to the needs of its customers. From creation to consumption, Deluxe has content covered even as technology proliferation and content diversity explodes. In Las Vegas, Deluxe will spotlight new and effective ways to unlock greater value throughout the content lifecycle.
"Today's content providers are faced with a challenging multi-outlet landscape that requires navigation with immediacy," said Steven Weinstein, Chief Technology Officer. "At NAB Show this year, we are displaying technologies and workflows that make the task of dealing with this shifting space more efficient. We are leading the way in content enablement, management, storage and distribution so our customers can take control of their assets, unleash greater value from them and push them to the world simply and smartly."
Cyril Drabinsky, CEO, noted that "NAB Show is the ideal platform to demonstrate how Deluxe is not only embracing the digital revolution, but broadening its capabilities at pace with the growth of digital platforms."
At NAB Show, Deluxe ?will launch Deluxe MediaCloud(TM), a next generation, cloud-based playout platform which delivers all of the rich functionality required by broadcasters to launch and operate TV channels, including versioning for new media platforms and distribution over IP to transmission headends. In addition to offering low upfront, infrastructure, technology and staffing costs in playout and distribution, Deluxe MediaCloud(TM) facilitates very fast time-to-launch while retaining and increasing creative opportunities, such as "Pop Up" channels, that enable broadcasters and content owners to fully exploit rights for brands and major events. Significantly reducing go-to-market timelines, Deluxe MediaCloud(TM) brings together cloud-based technologies and state of the art media tools to significantly reduce overhead costs of the traditional distribution model.
In addition, Deluxe will showcase the digital advancements of Deluxe MediaRecall(TM), which delivers true content enablement through high-speed mass encoding, taxonomy development and rich metadata writing services, all with the goal of accelerating access, search, discovery, delivery and ROI with content libraries of any size. Balancing web and automation technologies with a 2000-person strong staff of highly trained, cloud-based distributed workers, Deluxe MediaRecall(TM) recognizes the value of hyper-accurate metadata to accomplish complementary goals, such as library assessments, search and discovery optimization, as well as push and pull workflow tools for packaging and delivery with speed and accuracy. Deluxe MediaRecall(TM) can restore, digitize, archive and monetize all forms of content sensibly and reliably.
To round out this selection, Deluxe will take this opportunity to highlight Deluxe OnDemand(TM), a leading multiscreen-ready, studio quality video catalog service. Deluxe OnDemand(TM) revolutionizes digital home entertainment and simplifies multiscreen VOD with a cloud-based service that easily integrates with the existing supply chain, workflows, storefronts and apps. With a catalog of over 40,000 new releases, blockbuster titles, popular television series, favorite classics and more, already pre-encoded in over 50 file formats, pre-packaged and pre-encrypted with the most popular DRMs, service providers can instantly access and deliver more titles to more devices at the highest quality video outputs on the market, faster and more cost effectively.
You can experience demonstrations of these featured service offerings and get a glimpse of the full breadth of the Deluxe Ecosystem of Media & Entertainment at the Deluxe Booth (SU5415) at NAB Show. Additionally at the Deluxe booth (SU5415), Deluxe MediaCloud(TM) will be hosting a cocktail reception and media briefing on Monday, April 8 at 5:00pm and Deluxe MediaRecall(TM) will be leading a panel discussion on digitizing assets on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:00am.
About Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., Deluxe is a leading provider of a broad range of services and technologies for the global digital media and entertainment industry. Bringing together a comprehensive network of specialized companies with best-in-class artistry, cutting-edge technology, streamlined delivery and distribution solutions and customized management strategies, Deluxe approaches all of its businesses with an ingrained attention to quality, detail and creativity. From start to finish, in whatever format or language is required, Deluxe has the infrastructure and in-house capacity to provide complete solutions to a broad range of customers, including: major motion picture studios, television networks and cable companies, advertising agencies, brands, production companies, independent distributors and content owners.
Tata Elxsi Unveils H.264 Ultra Low Latency Codecs with 13 ms End to End Latency
BANGALORE, India, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Targeted for HD video delivery solutions.
Tata Elxsi unveils the hardware implementation of H.264 Ultra Low Latency (ULL)
encoder and decoder with an assured e2e latency of 13ms. This is targeted for a broadcast
delivery solution for high quality video content broadcasting and editing. The H.264 ULL
Codec solution features Tata Elxsi's new subjective quality based rate control algorithm,
tested and quality tuned to broadcast content.
The modular design approach taken for this hardware implementation allows easy
portability and maintenance. Tata Elxsi has implemented advanced algorithms to provide
feature support for multiple video formats (1080i, 720p and 1080p), low lag transmission,
scene change detection, intra column refresh etc.
Tata Elxsi's H.264 ULL 4:2:2 Profile Encoder and Decoder on FPGA has undergone a
rigorous testing and the output video quality has been benchmarked against the world's
best H.264 Low Latency hardware solution.
For a live demo, visit us at our booth South Hall (Upper) SU12414. We are also
showcasing HEVC Ultra 4K Decoder software implementation for multi framework architecture.
About Tata Elxsi:
Tata Elxsi is a design company that blends technology, creativity and engineering to
help customers transform ideas into world-class products and solutions. A part of
the $100 billion Tata group, Tata Elxsi addresses the broadcast, automotive,
communications, consumer electronics, healthcare and semiconductor sectors. It is a public
stock company headquartered in Bangalore.
Social Singing App Just Sing It Debuts in App Store
Rising to #1 spot for Music category with 30,000+ songs sung during launch day
NEW YORK, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AnyoneGame Inc. today announces the launch of Just Sing It(http://www.justsingit.com/download/), a social singing game now available in the App Store on iOS. Just Sing It lets users sing and share their favorite songs on Facebook/Twitter, apply voice filters to bring out their inner rockstars and guess songs with other game players and even potential love interests!
Like 'Instagram for Voice,' Just Sing It helps users stand out in crowded social networks. The fiercest competitors, tomorrow's pop stars and romantics who just want to serenade are all finding their voices with the app.
Engaging with other music lovers is as easy as singing into an iOS device's microphone, with all tracks recorded and ready for listening on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad:
-- Play with friends via Facebook and Address Book - or find an anonymous
singing buddy on the other side of the globe
-- Sing and guess top songs from genres of all eras
-- Boost songs with fun voice effects
-- Serenade or discover a new singing crush
"We are true believers in the singing voice, a critical player in the rise of micro-content sharing that has been overlooked in the U.S., yet has seen phenomenal early success in Asia," said Alec Andronikov, founder, AnyoneGame, Inc. "Just Sing It is the first U.S. platform that gamifies the singing voice and has the potential to become a user-generated discovery platform."
The game rose to #1 spot for Music category in the app store with 30,000 songs recorded the day of the launch. The game launches with fully-secured world rights from top music publishers, such as Sony/EMI.
About AnyoneGame, Inc.
Based in NYC, AnyoneGame is a creator of a user-generated mobile music community and discovery platform.
Motorola Mobility to Showcase Next-Gen Video Compression Technology with its Real-Time HEVC Encoding Demo
Motorola will demonstrate real-time HEVC encoding and decoding of High Definition TV at the 2013 NAB Show
HORSHAM, Pa., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For decades, Motorola Mobility has been delivering revolutionary industry standards and life-changing technologies by driving the evolution of TV and now multi-screen services through the cloud, network and home. At the 2013 NAB Show, Motorola will continue its history of innovation with its first ever real-time HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) encoding and decoding demonstration at its exhibit space, booth # SU2017.
"Now that we've seen the industry-wide approval of HEVC as a standard, we're rapidly moving from creation to implementation," said Joe Cozzolino, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Infrastructure Solutions, Motorola Mobility. "It took almost four years from the time MPEG-4 was made an industry-wide standard before the necessary refinements in the MPEG-4 tool kit took place and the standard reached its fullest potential. We're only two months into the approval of HEVC, and we've already reached an unprecedented level of progress."
Motorola continues to build on its legacy of HEVC leadership this year after bringing the technology to the global market and showcasing some of the industry's first ever HEVC demonstrations at IBC 2012 and The Cable Show 2012. At this year's NAB show in Las Vegas, Motorola moves beyond basic technology demonstrations and will exhibit a practical implementation of HEVC with its first HEVC encoding and decoding in real-time. One demo will feature a real-time HEVC encoder delivering streaming content to a Google Nexus 10 tablet for real-time decoding and playback. A second demo will showcase real-time HEVC HTTP live streaming to an Apple iPad (4th generation). A third demo will show an IP set-top box decoding HEVC. Motorola's demonstrations will highlight how the compression efficiency of HEVC enables high-quality video delivery over bandwidth constrained networks to multiple platforms.
HEVC video compression technology has the ability to reduce bandwidth by up to 50 percent in comparison to MPEG-4 AVC - while still delivering same high-quality viewing experience. In its initial phase, HEVC might have the highest impact on reducing wireless network congestion that exists due to consumers wanting to watch traditional broadcast and new over-the-top (OTT) services on their tablets and smartphone devices. By utilizing HEVC, 3G and 4G-enabled operators will be able to provide higher quality viewing experiences on almost any screen while saving up to half the capacity current encoding technologies require.
Motorola will immediately support video service providers and programmers in testing and launching HEVC-based services to take advantage of the significant bandwidth savings offered by this new compression technology.
Additionally, HEVC can be a significant factor in dramatically reducing storage costs for in-home and networked DVRs. As Motorola's Fourth Annual Media Engagement Barometer reveals, consumers are watching an enormous amount of recorded content with over one-third of our weekly TV viewing coming from the DVR. Motorola Mobility's engineers are using HEVC to test and develop comprehensive standards-based wireless and multi-screen solutions for a diverse base of service providers worldwide.
This next-generation video compression technology was jointly developed by ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG). Motorola's HEVC demonstration builds on its heritage of network innovations and the importance of video compression in driving the evolution of TV. Motorola is part of the committee that developed the HEVC standard, and has been an active contributing member of MPEG2 (1993) and MPEG4 (2003) standards.
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About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.