Vets First Choice Acquires VetCentric to Form Nation's Largest Online Veterinary Partner Pharmacy and Marketing Services Provider
Focus on Quality, Selection and the Client Online Experience Offers Practices Proven Results, Strongest Competitive Edge
PORTLAND, Maine, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vets First Choice announced today that it has acquired Maryland-based online veterinary pharmacy VetCentric. The combined independent company becomes the nation's largest online veterinary partner pharmacy and marketing services provider, serving more than 6,000 veterinary practices and over 25 million pet owners.
The acquisition represents a significant development in the veterinary pharmacy market that has seen increased competition from big box retailers and Internet pharmacies, erosion of veterinary practice revenues and growing concerns over pet owner data privacy. The joining of Vets First Choice and VetCentric empowers independent veterinary hospitals with the ability to offer pet-owner clients a complete range of competitively priced pharmacy products, convenient online ordering and home delivery, effective client communications, and assurance of data privacy and pharmacy practices.
"We look forward to bringing the talents and capabilities of these two formidable companies together to create the market leading provider of partner-pharmacy services," said Benjamin Shaw, CEO of Direct Vet Marketing, Inc. and its Vets First Choice and VetCentric subsidiaries. "VetCentric was the pioneer in the veterinary partner-pharmacy market and has done an outstanding job at building a strong service-based culture. Vets First Choice offers a powerful online store and sophisticated marketing services that have a proven and measurable impact on medical compliance and veterinary practice revenues. Both companies share a strong commitment to quality pharmacy practices and services."
Veterinary practice partners of Vets First Choice and VetCentric will benefit from a new state-of-the-art online store that leverages the latest technologies to create a user-friendly, intuitive shopping environment for pet owners that is branded to the individual practice. Powerful back-office tools provide veterinarians with paperless prescription authorizations and order management, including visibility on overdue medication refills. The combined company offers the broadest product assortment and most competitive pricing in the category via preferred supplier agreements with major manufacturers and increased economies of scale.
About Direct Vet Marketing
Direct Vet Marketing, Inc., which operates Vets First Choice, VetCentric and MyVetsMeds, is the nation's largest online veterinary partner-pharmacy and marketing services company and the only one licensed in 48 states, Vet-VIPPS and PCAB accredited and LegitScript certified. The company offers veterinary practices and their clients the convenience of online ordering and home delivery of more than 5,000 competitively priced prescription drugs, compounded medications, therapeutic diets and lifestyle products. Its pharmacy offering is supported by state-of-the-art, practice-branded online stores and robust marketing programs designed to increase medical compliance and improve preventive care for pet owner clients. Direct Vet Marketing is headquartered in Portland, ME, with pharmacy and service operations in Omaha, NE, Wamego, KS, Glen Burnie, MD, and Phoenix, AZ. More information is available at http://www.myvetsfirstchoice.com and http://www.vetcentric.com.
DBG Partners With HelloGiggles for Second Season of The Single Life
HelloGiggles Co-Founders Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer to Serve as Creative Consultants
NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Broadcasting Group, the leading creator, producer and distributor of premium video content across digital media, today announced the second season of The Single Life, the web comedy series that takes a look at the sometimes tumultuous, but always hilarious world of online dating.
Viewers will be able to watch The Single Life on HelloGiggles, the ultimate web destination for smart, independent females. HelloGiggles was founded in 2011 by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), producer Sophia Rossi and writer Molly McAleer. The three have also signed on as creative consultants for the program.
Stars Taryn Southern and Jeremy Searle reprise their roles as Kip and Lisa. Now one year after their initial online love connection, the couple faces a new set of digital dilemmas as they navigate the trials and tribulations of living happily ever after. With a larger cast, more humor and more surprises, season two of The Single Life promises to be more exciting than ever before.
"We're really excited about working with this trio of hyper-creative, smart, funny women on The Single Life," said Digital Broadcasting Group Chief Creative OfficerJoseph Gomes. "This season will build on the characters and situations we created in the first season, something we believe viewers will be very excited to watch unfold."
"After watching the first season of The Single Life, I knew it was a story that would resonate with our audience at HelloGiggles," said site co-founders McAleer, Rossi and Deschanel. "We're thrilled to help DBG bring the story of Kip and Lisa to an even wider audience than before."
About Digital Broadcasting Group
Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG; http://www.dbg.tv) is the leading creator, producer and distributor of premium video content across digital media. A comScore rated top 5 video network comprised of close to 107 million monthly unique visitors, DBG distributes advertisers' pre-roll inventory as well as original web programming across the 2,600 sites and properties that are within the network. DBG's Emmy Award winning in-house production team produces original programming that aligns with a brand's communication goals. DBG has recently developed web programming for such clients as Infiniti, Hewlett Packard, Ford, Sprint, Mars, the U.S. Air Force, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, and Coca-Cola. The company was founded in 2007 and has offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. DBG was launched in 2007 by online video advertising pioneer Chris Young, former VH1 producer Joseph Gomes, Emmy Award-winning producer Gregg Backer, and digital media veteran Rick Kleczkowski.
Sophia Rossi, Molly McAleer and Zooey Deschanel are friends who like to make each other laugh. They banded together to create a place online where they could share the fun with everybody else. Thus was born HelloGiggles.com, a place for cool girls who like to laugh.
The Morris + King Company for DBG
RiT CenterMind DCIM Solution Centralizes Management of Network and Infrastructure Data Center Assets
New DCIM Solution Set to Slash Costs, Reduce Downtime and Automate Laborious Provisioning, Network Planning, Implementation and Operational Tasks
TEL AVIV, Israel, January 17, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
RiT Technologies (NASDAQ: RITT) today launched the RiT CenterMind(TM) Solution, a new
approach to data center infrastructure management [http://www.rittech.com/rit_centermind ]
(DCIM), which enables data center managers to optimize performance through a real-time
consolidated view of data center IT assets, connectivity, power and environmental
The RiT CenterMind Solution presents a major shift in the DCIM sector. Through a
single solution, it monitors and manages the high volume and array of information in
today's resource-hungry data centers. With thousands of discrete sensors and control
points to be monitored and increasing pressure for higher server density, energy
efficiency and more capacity, data center managers need a comprehensive, integrated DCIM
approach to deliver the service levels their customers demand.
The RiT CenterMind Solution combines environment, power, connectivity and security
management, so eliminating the need for complex and costly integration. In addition, by
automating laborious provisioning and network planning, data center managers can increase
efficiency, reduce downtime and improve service.
Each module of the RiT CenterMind Solution offers class-leading features and combined,
they form a comprehensive DCIM approach through four core components:
- CenterMind management software
- CenterMind G+ to optimize environment conditions
- CenterMind P+ for improved power consumption monitoring and control
- PatchView(TM), the market-leading intelligent infrastructure management
hardware to increase utilization of networked assets.
Information from each module feeds into the RiT CenterMind management software to
enable proactive operations management across the entire data center. The software
provides clear, actionable information from the mass of data available about connectivity,
services, capacity, security, power and environmental conditions.
RiT Technologies first introduced the data center industry to the concept of
intelligent connectivity management, and has now entered the DCIM sector with a single
platform, giving an online, real-time, centralized and intuitive view of all data center
assets wherever they are located - whether in the next building or around the world.
Ben Carmi, VP of Product Management and Business Development of RiT Technologies
commented: "Already working in many organizations across the world, RiT has incorporated
years of experience in control, security and management into the RiT CenterMind Solution.
We are the market leaders in the intelligent infrastructure management sector and with RiT
CenterMind Solution, we are bringing a new level of control, efficiency, agility and
security to the mission-critical data center."
RiT CenterMind Solution is designed to deliver a clear and measurable ROI, with
- Improved data center management through centralized command and control of
all infrastructure elements
- Enhanced agility, enabling the data center to keep pace with dynamic business
- Enhanced planning capabilities due to the improved visibility of current data
and sophisticated tools for predicting future usage; this enables the data center to
do more with less, resulting in a significant savings of CAPEX
- Providing a centralized up-to-date and reliable data source, which reduces
OPEX by eliminating the need for physical audits before performing changes in the data
- Full visibility of existing IT and infrastructure assets - what they are and
where they are located
- Optimized power consumption and an improved environmental profile
- Enhanced troubleshooting capabilities through real-time connectivity status
and alerting systems
- Dramatically reduced risk of human error
Available immediately, full details of RiT CenterMind Solution are on RiT's new
website at http://www.rittech.com
About RiT Technologies
RiT is a leading provider of comprehensive management solutions for today's
mission-critical data centers and communication rooms. Through the deployment of RiT's
integrated DCIM (data center infrastructure management), IIM (intelligent infrastructure
management), SMART Cabling(TM) and EPV(TM) real-time infrastructure management solutions,
companies enhance both CAPEX and OPEX by increasing efficiency and improving automated
processes. RiT's field-tested solutions are delivering value in thousands of installations
for top-tier enterprises and operators throughout the world. RiT's shares are traded on
the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol RITT. http://www.rittech.com
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24MAS Launches First Ever Rent to Play Games Store with Three Indonesia
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 24MAS today launched a pioneering new game rental service for feature and smartphones with Three Indonesia, powered by 24 MAS's unique technology system 123PLAY.COM. Three's customers will be able to access up to 400 premium mobile games for smartphones and feature phones on a rental basis. By paying a small rental fee, users get a great value proposition including zero rated data and access to a huge catalogue of content, whilst carriers such as Three are able to offer a real value driven promotion against the major app stores. The service will be branded as a Three service in the market, launching with a national marketing campaign including Facebook, to over 40 million social users.
Based on 24MAS's unique wrapper technology system, 123PLAY, services such as app rental and subscription services can be set up quickly and easily for carriers and media partners anywhere in the world. By combining billing, distribution and a value driven offer, the service can be tailored depending on local market conditions and price points.
"We are thrilled to be launching this unique new service within Three Indonesia. The unique concept of offering a huge amount of content for a relatively low price on a timed basis means for our customers a real value offer. The service is simple and easy to use and is a great marketing message to communicate," commented Bhuwan Kulshreshtha, Chief Commercial officer of Three.
"Once again, 24MAS has brought to market a service that both satisfies today's carrier demands whilst offering a unique customer proposition in today's economic times. This is the first in a global roll out of 123PLAY.com services and stores and we are delighted to be launching today with Three," says Tero Turunen, CEO 24MAS.
24MAS Group of companies focuses on three key market operations - mobile marketing and advertising, application development & publishing and managed services & solutions. With offices and operations in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe and North America, 24MAS partners with over 200 mobile operators, handset manufacturers and technology companies worldwide. 24MAS gives brands and application developers the opportunity to reach mobile subscribers in more than 80 countries via its application, advertising and technical platforms. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden since 2001, the company employs 155 employees in ten global offices. Visit http://www.24MAS.com for more information and join our Facebook community & follow us on Twitter at @24MAS.
About Hutchison CP Telecommunications
PT. Hutchison CP Telecommunications ("HCPT") is a rapidly growing telecommunications service provider operating under the National 2G/GSM 1800 MHz and the 3G/WCDMA licenses in Indonesia. HCPT provides quality and innovative mobile telephony services under the "3" brand. HCPT offers tariff and product innovations and moves with fast network expansion to become one of the leading GSM operators in Indonesia with national coverage.
HCPT is a member of Hutchison Asia Telecom which comprises mobile telecommunications operations in the emerging markets of Indonesia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Hutchison Asia telecom is a key part of Hutchison Whampoa Group's telecommunications division which includes the 3 Group comprising 3G operations in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Macau, Sweden and the UK.
Band 14 spectrum, which is in the 700 MHz frequency, has been allocated by the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) for public safety broadband use in the United States.
Public safety broadband solutions over LTE will enable first responders, such as fire and
police departments and medical personnel, to quickly and reliably communicate with each
other and share vital information over high-speed, wireless networks.
"This achievement with Alcatel-Lucent places Altair in a unique position as we are one
of the only chip companies with a commercial Band 14 chipset, and the first chip company
to complete comprehensive Band 14 testing with Alcatel-Lucent," said Eran Eshed,
Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor. "The
public safety market is very strategic for Altair, and as a pioneer in this space, we
expect to significantly capitalize on its growth in the coming years."
Alcatel-Lucent was the first network equipment manufacturer to showcase a commercial
grade LTE network operating in the Band 14 spectrum, and it continues to lead the
development of an LTE ecosystem of devices and applications in support of public safety.
"Compatible communications systems will enable America's first responders to be much
more effective in protecting the public during emergency situations," said Morgan Wright,
Vice President for End to End Public Safety LTE at Alcatel-Lucent. "Alcatel-Lucent is
eager to collaborate with innovative companies such as Altair to create the communications
ecosystem public safety organizations need to carry out their vital duties of keeping
Altair's FourGee-3100/6200 [http://www.altair-semi.com/fourgee-31006200 ] chipset
supports both FDD and TDD variants using single software, and covers any LTE frequency
band in the range between 700-2700MHz. The chipset implements a high performance MIMO
receiver and is based on a proprietary OsquaredP(TM) Software Defined Radio (SDR)
offering performance which significantly exceeds traditional communications DSP cores, yet
consumes a fraction of the power. The combined chipset offers terminal manufacturers a
true global solution.
Recently, Harris Corporation [http://www.harris.com ], a leading public safety
terminal vendor, selected Altair's chipset for integration in its Public Safety LTE
About Altair Semiconductor
Altair Semiconductor [http://www.altair-semi.com ] is the world's leading developer of
ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors
[http://www.altair-semi.com/industry-technology ]. Altair's chipsets can be found in
approximately 30 end-user devices - ranging from USB dongles to smartphones - built by its
more than 15 customers across North America, Europe, China, India and Taiwan - making it
one of the only TDD/FDD LTE chipset manufacturers
[http://www.altair-semi.com/3gpp-lte-chipsets ] in the world with commercially available
products. Altair's comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors,
multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of reference hardware
and product level protocol stack software. Based on a novel, proprietary Software Defined
Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed "O2P(TM)", Altair's products
[http://www.altair-semi.com/overview ] are the smallest and most highly power optimized in
the industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance. For more
information, visit the company's website at http://www.altair-semi.com. Follow Altair
on Twitter: @AltairSemi.
Ruder Finn Israel for Altair Semiconductor
DediPower Managed Hosting's Personal Touch Wins Over Empresa
READING, England, January 17, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Passion for service shines through to secure over 50% of hosting
business from creative IT solutions provider.
Cloud and Managed Hosting expert, DediPower is on a winning streak with Empresa, an IT
provider that exploits the latest technologies to produce effective internet, Cloud and
software solutions for a diverse base of business, commercial and public sector clients.
A trusted supplier to Internet Geeks, which was acquired by Empresa over a year ago,
DediPower originally handled only a small amount of the company's hosting needs. Thanks to
its proactive highly personal approach, strong client focus and technical excellence, it
now services over 50% of Empresa's core business and is its managed hosting partner of
choice for new clients.
Andrew Fulcher, Technical Director at Empresa, comments: "As a business, one of our
strengths is our diverse customer base. That makes it difficult to find a hosting provider
that fits our entire portfolio. We have, however, been impressed by the way that DediPower
has responded consistently to our demands; delivering the skills, approach and support we
need to ensure our clients have a robust reliable platform to run their websites, CRM
systems and other mission critical IT processes. Consequently we are putting more and more
business DediPower's way."
He adds: "There are many hosting providers out there, all offering similar services
and systems. What makes DediPower different is the way it supports and handles our
business - whether it's a dedicated client server or a multi-tenanted system. They take
time out to get to know us, our challenges and our customers. Our DediPower contacts are
friendly, approachable and consistent. They have visited us, understand us and give
valuable consultancy advice."
Mark Howling, CEO of DediPower, comments: "Like many of our clients, Empresa has
considerable IT experience. When it comes to hosting, they know exactly what they want and
are prepared to shop around to get it. It's DediPower's aim to make sure they never have
to. For us, it's all about managing the relationship with assiduous service and
outstanding technical support. Empresa trusts and relies on us - we take that seriously.
As a result, our business with them continues to grow."
DediPower, part of the Lumison, BlueSquare Data group, backed by its philosophy of
"Support with Passion", is a leading international provider of reliable, high quality IP
network, colocation and managed application hosting services. DediPower supports hundreds
of customers including Sony, Virgin.com, and Lovemoney.com with the latest technology to
reduce costs, improve service levels and maximise their potential. For more information,
Couponmat Launches Service Which Connects Deal Providers Directly to Consumers
MIAMI, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Couponmat, LLC, a Miami-based internet company, has announced today the official launch of their website and mobile applications. Under Couponmat's business model, providers of all kinds of goods and services are able to quickly advertise their promotions and, on the other side, consumers are able to choose from a large selection of special offers.
The consumer does not need to make an immediate purchase and no personal information from the coupon user is required to access the service. The user will be able to view all offers directly from the coupon provider so the accuracy of terms and expiration dates is practically guaranteed. All coupon providers create their own promotions and the posting process gives them the chance to be creative with their redemption codes, images and terms of their offers. The coupon loading process is fast and friendly and there is no need to talk to a sales representative.
Businesses or service providers do not have to share any revenue with Couponmat and no contracts need to be signed except for agreeing to the On-Site Terms of Service. Couponmat will charge a flat fee to providers per coupon posted and the service will always remain free for coupon users.
Couponmat's goal is to become the online leader in terms of quantity and diversity of promotions while maintaining their quality and validity. Couponmat seeks to provide a tangible benefit for both the coupon user and the coupon provider.
Allied Offices Adds New Location in Beverly Hills with TelAssistant Phone Answering Services
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied Offices, a provider of virtual offices throughout North America has announced the opening of a new location in Beverly Hills. The office location is across the street from Saks Fifth Avenue and surrounded by exclusive shops and restaurants. Allied Offices provides customers with an easy way to establish an office address in Beverly Hills without the long-term commitment of having to sign a traditional office lease.
About Allied Offices
Allied Offices allows for easy small business solutions varying from virtual office phone systems, meeting spaces, and live virtual receptionists via professional answering services. Allied Offices provides offices at a fraction of the cost of a traditional office space along with paid utilities. Their services includes a local or toll-free telephone and fax number, electronic fax, digital voicemail, and unified messaging to make communication between a company and its clients a lot easier. Allied Offices also includes voice conferencing, voicemail to email, fax to email, and screening and forwarding to make sure a company is always notified of every single call, fax, and voicemail. Also included are premier live telephone answering services, professional live receptionist services, virtual assistants, appointment scheduling, and top of the line customer service for businesses renting from Allied Offices.
The new Beverly Hills location also provides a TelAssistant Remote Receptionist phone answering service. TelAssistant is a professional answering service for small businesses. They screen calls, take messages, and forward callers in a professional and courteous manner. They will also schedule appointments, process orders, and follow guidelines set by the business owner. Business owners train professional TelAssistant receptionists to handle calls the way they would train in-house employees. "The staff at Allied Offices are seamlessly integrated into my company. Without the Allied Offices team I would be stuck hiring and managing several receptionists," says George Rollins from The Rollins Co.
TelAssistant's business telephone service can be explored via the company's website and can be customized to include any range of locations, phone numbers, or support services.
D-Link Enhances Gigabit Switch Offerings with New Layer 2+ Managed Stackable Switch Family for Small-to-Medium Enterprises
D-Link® DGS-3420 xStack® Series Switches Deliver High Performance, Flexibility and Security for Departmental Access or Enterprise Aggregation in a Multilevel Network
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan.17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- D-Link, the cost-effective, standards-based unified networking solutions provider for small business and medium enterprise IT environments, expanded its portfolio of switching solutions with the D-Link® DGS-3420 xStack® series with Layer 2+ features, offering the ideal balance of performance, security and management flexibility. As the newest series in D-Link's comprehensive switch portfolio, the D-Link DGS-3420, along with the DGS-3120 and DGS-3620 xStack switches with Layer 2 and Layer 3 features respectively - allow small and medium businesses or a large enterprise to standardize on a robust solution that can serve as a departmental, aggregation or core switch. In addition, the DGS-3420 series also enables businesses to future-proof their networks with IPv6 support, having recently passed additional IPv6 compatibility requirements for networking equipment providers.
"Businesses are continually searching for cost-effective ways to manage large amounts of data within tight IT budgets without sacrificing performance or flexibility," said Mark Prowten, director of product marketing, Switches, D-Link Systems, Inc. "The D-Link 3420 series provides businesses with extensive security features, uncompromising performance, and ease of use making it an ideal solution for scaling existing bandwidth intensive networks.."
Feature-Rich and Flexible
The DGS-3420 xStack® series of next generation Layer 2+ Gigabit switches provides businesses with a wide range of options for connectivity, power and placement within the network infrastructure. With high Gigabit port densities, Gigabit small form-factor pluggable (SFP) and 10-Gigabit SFP+ support, these switches can be stacked to act as either a departmental access layer or aggregation switches to form a multilevel network. In addition, if linear or ring stacking is required, users can use one or two 10-Gigabit SFP+ ports to create a physical stack. The DGS-3420 series also features comprehensive IPv6 support, including IPv6 Tunnel, ICMPv6, DHCPv6, and RIPng.
At a Glance: D-Link xStack DGS-3120, 3420 and 3620 series
The DGS-3420 series rounds out D-Link's comprehensive switch portfolio allowing small and medium businesses, as well as large enterprises, to integrate D-Link models into their infrastructures in various configurations.
Series Switch Flexible Configuration High Bandwidth Reliability Security
DGS- L2 24/48 10/100/1000Mbps; 2 dedicated stacking ports per switch; Redundant Power Supply (RPS)
3120 support; 802.1D/w/s
spanning tree; Multi-Layer ACL;
4G copper/SFP uplinks; Up to 40 Gbps full-duplex stacking
bandwidth; Loopback Detection (LBD) IP-MAC-Port Binding (IMPB);
SI or EI software; Up to 6 units (288GB ports) per stack; D-Link Safeguard Engine;
802.3af and 802.3at PoE support Virtual stacking of up to 32 units DHCP server screening;
BPDU Attack Protection;
ARP spoofing prevention
New! L2+ 20/48 10/100/1000BASE-T ports or 20SFP slots; Up to 12 units (576 Gigabit ports); Redundant Power Supply (RPS)
support; Multi-Layer ACL;
4 Combo 10/100/1000BASE-T/SFP ports; 2 10-Gigabit SFP+ ports; 802.1D/w/s spanning tree External RADIUS/TACACS+ Authentication;
DGS- 4 10-Gigabit SFP+ uplinks; Up to 40 Gbps Full-Duplex stacking
3420 bandwidth; SSH/SSL support;
802.3af and 802.3at PoE support; Virtual stacking of up to 32 units 802.1X Guest VLAN;
Web-based Access Control;
Mac-based Access Control;
D-Link Safeguard Engine;
Microsoft NAP support
DGS- L3 24 or 48 10/100/1000Mbps; 4 dedicated stacking ports per switch; Redundant Power Supply (RPS)
3620 support; 802.1D/w/s
spanning tree; Loopback
Detection (LBD) Multi-Layer ACL;
4 10GB SFP+ uplinks; Up to 40 Gbps full-duplex stacking IP-MAC-Port Binding (IMPB); D-Link
bandwidth; Safeguard Engine;
SI or EI software; Up to 12 units (576Gbps) per stack; DHCP server screening;
802.3af and 802.3at PoE support Virtual stacking of up to 32 units BPDU Attack Protection;
ARP spoofing prevention
Pricing & Availability
The DGS-3420 xStack series is currently available starting at $2,399.99 US MSRP. All of D-Link's network switches products are sold through D-Link's vast network of channel partners, including value-added resellers, solution providers and distributors.
Detailed specifications for the DGS-3420, DGS-3120 and DGS-3620 series switches are available at http://www.dlink.com.
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information, visit http://www.dlink.com.
ARBOR Technology Selects MAXATEC as UK Partner for Rugged Tablet Computers
LONDON, January 17, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Maxa Technologies, (Maxatec), specialist distributor of IT hardware, software and
services to the Mobile, AIDC and EPOS [http://www.maxatec-europe.com ] market sectors has
been appointed as a Distributor for Arbor Technology, a leading designer and manufacturer
of rugged tablet computers.
Arbor Technology, an ISO-9001 certified company, has evolved in recent years as one of
the major players in rugged tablet PCs
[http://www.maxatec-europe.com/products/mobile-devices/rugged-tablet-pcs ]. Established in
1993, and with a firm foothold in the embedded and network computing sector, Arbor has
used its wide-ranging expertise to deliver board-level to system integrated solutions to a
wide range of industries. The release of the rugged tablet computers in 2010 marked a
significant step in Arbor's strategic plans to expand board-level expertise to complete
system integrated solutions.
Steve Berry, Director at Maxa Technologies, said: "The product offering from Arbor is
a great fit with our expanding mobile computing
[http://www.maxatec-europe.com/products/mobile-devices ] product set. The quality and
performance of the Gladius range is superb, and we have been delighted with the all-round
support offered to us from Arbor UK and Taiwan as we have been moving forward to release
the products to our channel. It is essential for us to select supportive partners with
high quality products, and Arbor fits this position exceptionally well. We have already
seen significant interest from some of our key market areas and this is a really
encouraging start to our partnership."
The Gladius range of rugged tablet PCs from Arbor consist of 7", 8" and 10" options.
The Intel Atom processors used in all the products means that the Gladius range delivers
significant processing capabilities with very low power consumption. The Gladius is a
fanless design and the dual Li-ion battery packs provide about 8 hours of running time.
The G0720 and G0820 both have sunlight readable touchscreens, and a range of industry
specifications including IP54 and MIL-STD-810F, making the products suitable for outdoor
Phil Bull, UK Manager for Arbor Technology UK Limited, commented:- "Partnering with
Maxatec now enables us to aggressively drive forward with our product set into the UK
market. We want to leverage our strengths and core competencies so that we can create new
and incremental revenue streams, and a strong working relationship."
Bull continued: "We all know how dynamic the mobile computing market has become in
recent years, and it is so important for our chosen partners to have real focus on both
products and markets. Maxatec has a clearly defined strategy and vision with emphasis on
partnering with companies for the long-term, and this is one of the key reasons we
selected Maxatec as our partner in the UK."
In addition to the Gladius range, Arbor also offer a range of tablets for the medical
and healthcare markets. Key design elements have been taken into account for these
products including anti-vibration and shock specifications, biometric fingerprint
validation, safety requirements for medical electrical systems, radio disturbance and
immunity characteristics and much more.
Maxatec is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Value Added Supplier of Specialist IT Hardware,
Software and Services to the Mobile, AIDC and EPOS market sectors. Maxatec supplies
CognitiveTPG receipt and barcode printers, TSC barcode printers, Bluebird Pidion mobile
computing devices, Smart Terminals mobile computing devices, Skeye mobile computing
devices, NCR POS terminals, Longshine POS terminals, Datamax-O'Neil mobile receipt and
label printers, as well as a range of barcode scanners, touchscreen monitors, other
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"We are very pleased that Stallergenes has once again chosen Magic Software's
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proven its ease-of-use and ability to deliver rapid time-to-market integration solutions."
About Magic Software
Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ: MGIC) is a global provider of mobile and
cloud-enabled application and business integration platforms.
Stallergenes is a European biopharmaceutical company that focuses on allergenic
immunotherapy to treat allergic respiratory illnesses, such as rhinoconjunctivitis, severe
rhinitis, and allergic asthma.
A pioneer and leader in sublingual immunotherapy, Stallergenes ploughs more than 20%
of its revenue back into R&D, and seeks to develop a new therapeutic classification:
sublingual immunotherapy tablets.
In 2010, over 500,000 patients were treated with Stallergenes products.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this
news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based upon a number of factors
including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market
acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both here and abroad,
release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk
factors detailed in the Company's most recent annual report and other filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.
NetDragon and DeNA to Establish Joint Venture to Develop Mobile Social Games for Chinese Market
New Company to Provide Chinese-Market Games on Mobage China
HONG KONG and TOKYO, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- NetDragon Websoft Inc., a leading online game developer and mobile internet platform operator in China, and DeNA Co., Ltd., Japan's leading social gaming platform operator, have announced today that NetDragon and DeNA will establish a joint venture to develop and operate mobile social games for the Chinese market. The new company is scheduled to be formally established in the first quarter of 2012, with paid-in capital of 6 million U.S. dollars and an initial staff of approximately 30.
The joint venture company will localize non-Chinese social games, including a roster of DeNA Group's popular in-house and third party titles, for the growing smartphone market in China. The new company will then operate the localized games provided on Mobage China, the social mobile gaming platform operated by DeNA Group in china. The games will be available via NetDragon's app distribution platforms, which are widely used by smartphone users in China.
The joint venture will allow DeNA to leverage NetDragon Group's capability in developing and operating Chinese games, its proven business management experience in China, as well as NetDragon's highly popular mobile app store. NetDragon will benefit from DeNA's extensive expertise in mobile social games.
NetDragon will also enrich its smartphone marketplace with games from Japan and the U.S.
NetDragon and DeNA announced their initial strategic cooperation in April 2011, and Mobage China app has since been provided on NetDragon's store. NetDragon's smartphone marketplace is particularly popular, with more than 40 million users.
Long-term, the joint venture also plans to develop original in-house titles, including massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG), for Mobage users around the world.
NetDragon Websoft Inc. is a leading innovator and creative force in China's online gaming and mobile internet industries. Established in 1999, we are a vertically integrated developer & operator of MMORPGs and a cutting-edge R&D powerhouse. We launched our first self-made online game Monster & Me in 2002, followed by multiple titles including Eudemons Online, Conquer Online, Heroes of Might & Magic Online and Disney Fantasy Online. We are also China's pioneer in overseas expansion, directly operating titles in overseas markets since 2004 in English, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. Our online games currently in development include Dungeon Keeper Online, TRANSFORMERS Online, Absolute Force, icombo, and a new version of Ultima Online. In the mobile Internet industry, we provide China's leading marketplace for smartphone users, offering applications and content for the most popular mobile operating systems. NetDragon owns many well-known mobile Internet products, including 91 Panda Reader, 91 PC Suite, 91 Panda Space, sj.91.com and hiapk.com.
DeNA Co., Ltd. is a world-leading online service company, and operates Mobage social gaming platform, social networking services and e-commerce websites. Drawing on its extensive community base and rapidly expanding developer line-ups, Mobage currently serves over 35 million users in Japan with more than 1,800 game titles for smartphones, feature phones as well as PCs. The company generated annual sales of more than 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in fiscal year ended March 2011. To expand the Mobage platform globally, DeNA is building a presence in the US, Europe, China and South Korea. DeNA is listed on the Tokyo stock exchange (2432). For more information, visit http://www.dena.jp/intl.
SOURCE NetDragon Websoft Inc.
NetDragon Websoft Inc.
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DLD: Entrepreneurs Setting the Agenda for the Year 2012
MUNICH, Germany, January 17, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
High-profile founders, managers and investors look to the future
Main topics: social, commerce, data, mobile and emerging markets in Israel,
Russia and Turkey
Founders like Jack Dorsey (Twitter), CEOs like Rupert Stadler (Audi), Christoph Franz
(Lufthansa) and John Danahoe (Ebay) as well as investors like Yuri Milner (Founder, DST)
and Jim Breyer (Accel/ Board of Directors, Facebook) are once again making the
international digital DLD conference in Munich a hub of entrepreneurial ideas and visions
(22 to 24 January). Three days before the World Economic Forum in Davos (WEF), leading
representatives from international companies are starting to shape the agenda for what
will be, from an economic perspective, a challenging year in 2012.
To this end, DLD is assembling lateral thinkers from a broad array of economic sectors
in Munich and will specifically highlight upcoming developments in the digital world. The
largest technology stock market launch of the decade will also be a topic: Facebook's COO,
Sheryl Sandberg, will talk about the social impact of social media and and numerous CEOs
will outline how the sales approach and business model are changing as a result of digital
media and data. In addition, DLD will shine a spotlight in 2012 on emerging markets:
Digital entrepreneurs from Israel, Russia and Turkey will present their projects. In
addition, the Turkish Minister for EU affairs, Egemen Bagis, will speak about his
Additional speakers at DLD include: Nikesh Arora (Chief Business Officer Google),
Barbara Kux (Chief Sustainability Officer, Siemens), Hiroshi Mikitani (CEO, Rakuten), Rene
Obermann (CEO, Deutsche Telekom) Sean Parker (Founder, Napster, Founding President,
Facebook), Rene Schuster (CEO, Telefonica Germany), Arkady Volozh (Yandex) and Niklas
Zennstrom (Founder, Skype).
DLD is a Burda Digital company, one of the leading European Internet companies related
to a media group. The group with managed revenues of Euro 1.2 billion contains the
companies Tomorrow Focus AG, Burda Consumer Tech Group, Burda Direkt Services and Xing AG
as well as a venture business with holdings in, among others, Zooplus, Glam Inc. and
Michael A. Pries
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Wiley Publishes New Book by IT Thought Leader and Strategist Hunter Muller
On Top of the Cloud - Analyzes the Impact of Mobile, Social and Cloud Computing on Enterprise IT Strategy in Modern Global Markets
WESTPORT, Conn., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Genuinely transformational CIOs leverage new and innovative technologies to drive business growth and accelerate the pace of change to create and sustain competitive advantages in rapidly changing markets. CIOs should provide bold and pro-active leadership to help their organizations become more nimble, agile, resilient and profitable.
Those are the prime messages of On Top of the Cloud, the newest book by Hunter Muller, a global IT thought leader and strategist. Muller is President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the leading producer of CIO Executive Leadership Summits in North America.
The convergence of mobile, social and cloud computing creates a singular moment for IT leadership, requiring a new set of executive skills and capabilities, according to Muller, who interviewed more than 60 C-level executives at world-class organizations including IBM, salesforce.com, FedEx, Boeing, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Avon, Kimberly-Clark, Chevron, Levi Straus, McKesson, Flextronics, VMware, Avaya, Wells Fargo and Siemens.
On Top of the Cloud is published by John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JWA and JWB), a global provider of content and workflow solutions in the areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional and personal development; and education.
"The new book provides significant value for senior IT executives, technology suppliers, investors, analysts and academics," said Muller, who is also the author of The Transformational CIO (Wiley, 2011) and currently writes a weekly blog on IT leadership strategy trends. "The book features exclusive, in-depth interviews with genuine leaders and innovators representing a broad spectrum of industries. The book is written for everyone with a stake in the success of modern IT strategies in a global economy."
Muller's research examines key issues facing modern CIOs in competitive markets, and presents detailed solutions for contemporary business challenges such as growing revenue, improving customer satisfaction, responding to customer needs, opening new markets, optimizing business processes, hiring the right mix of talent, managing resources, driving transformation and leading innovation across the enterprise.
Muller's company, HMG Strategy, is considered the leading resource for innovative IT leadership, management and technology support for an expanding global network of CIOs and senior IT executives. The firm's sponsor partners include Avaya, Box, CA Technologies, Chateaux Software, Citrix, Comcast, IBM, Informatica, Information Builders, Kapow Software, Okta, Quest Software, salesforce.com, TCS, Verizon, VMware, Wipro and Workday.
"We have built the strongest CIO community in North America," said Muller. "We deliver a world-class proposition for the IT industry based on our thought-leadership, proprietary research, National Advisory Board and executive leadership events."
On Top of the Cloud is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retail booksellers.
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OnTheSnow to Acquire Skiinfo, Europe's Most Visited Ski and Snowboard Website, to Create the Largest Global Media Snow Sports Platform
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain News Corporation, publisher of OnTheSnow, the world's most visited snow sports online and mobile platform, is expanding its reach with the acquisition of Skiinfo, Europe's most visited snow sports website. This acquisition will increase Mountain News Corporation's reach in key European ski markets and creates a total audience of more than 23 million unique visitors per year. The combined companies will operate in 14 languages and 20 countries.
Established in 1996 in Oslo, Norway as a snow reporting website, Skiinfo.com expanded over the years adding offices in Germany, France, Italy and Slovakia, and has become the top ranked source for snow reports and snow sports information in Europe with an audience of 11 million unique users in 2011.
"This acquisition allows us to combine the dominant snow sports leader in North America with the leader in Europe to create the first ever, truly global snow sports media platform," said Chad Dyer, global managing director of Mountain News Corporation. "With a combined 23 million unique visits per year, we will be able to offer advertisers access to skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts around the world -- one of the most coveted demographics in media. The combined companies also will be able to offer skiers and riders the most comprehensive global snow sports content and most robust worldwide snow reports."
According to Dyer, with the combination of OnTheSnow and Skiinfo's snow reports, the new company will provide snow reports to more than 1,500 worldwide websites and international media companies, and will provide advertisers with an expanded reach and capabilities to reach skiers on a global scale.
The acquisition remains subject to certain conditions and is expected to close on February 1st, 2012.
About Mountain News Corporation
Mountain News Corporation (MNC), a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), is the publisher of OnTheSnow & the Ski Report mobile applications. MNC, is also a top provider of snow reports to more than 1,500 web sites throughout the world, including approximately 400 news media websites. In addition to its snow reports and website, OnTheSnow.com publishes and delivers a weekly e-mail newsletter to its database of more than 300,000 subscribers worldwide. MNC also operates MountainGetaway.com, the year-round headquarters for information regarding popular mountain resort communities and regions in the summer months.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly and Northstar in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is http://www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is http://www.snow.com
SOURCE Vail Resorts, Inc.
Vail Resorts, Inc.
CONTACT: Investor Relations, Hayley Wolff, +1-303-404-1827, email@example.com, or Media Relations, Kate Lessman, +1-303-404-1871, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of Vail Resorts, Inc.
eMeter EnergyIP 7.5 transforms the industry with its already proven scalability and analytic capabilities
SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- eMeter, a leader in Smart Grid management software and Siemens Business, today revealed the newest version of its flagship product, eMeter EnergyIP®, an industry leading energy information management platform. With the introduction of eMeter EnergyIP 7.5 and its new Analytics Foundation, the company continues to demonstrate improvements in smart grid data management for utilities that heighten energy information processing capabilities through meter data analytics software and applications.
Making the best even better, eMeter EnergyIP 7.5 improves upon the company's state of the art Meter Data Management (MDM) platform with powerful new data collection and validation tools. Combined with out of the box integration with eMeter's Analytics Foundation, eMeter EnergyIP 7.5 provides utilities easy access and powerful insights to all data collected through Advanced Metering Information (AMI). eMeter's Analytics Foundation's capabilities enable utilities to analyze outages and events, monitor loads, gauge AMI health, and even protect revenue - as fast as the data is collected with zero impact to business critical operations. Additional applications made possible by the updated MDM platform allows utilities to offer improved service with better pre-payment options for customers, improved capabilities to identify network loss management, and provide enhanced customer service with access to real-time customer information for customer service representatives at utilities.
"With eMeter EnergyIP 7.5, we're saving utilities from the hassle of poorly integrated systems," said Aaron DeYonker, Vice President of Product Management, eMeter. "By utilizing the analytics capabilities of eMeter EnergyIP 7.5, we're helping utilities liberate energy data that has previously been locked behind inefficient IT platforms."
eMeter EnergyIP 7.5 will elevate eMeter's industry leading platform to the next level from a data collection and processing perspective with powerful new Validation, Estimation and Editing (VEE) tools and event processing. What is more, the Analytics Foundation finally unlocks the data for utility business users in order to help them make the most sense out of the most mature data. With eMeter EnergyIP 7.5 the possibilities are endless.
eMeter, A Siemens Business, provides essential software that enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of Smart Grid. Leading utilities worldwide depend on eMeter Smart Grid management software to reduce operational costs, improve customer service, and drive energy efficiency. With the most large-scale deployments in the industry and strategic partnerships with Accenture, IBM, and Logica, eMeter has built a reputation for unparalleled expertise that ensures customer success. For more information visit: http://www.emeter.com/.
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IBM Brings the Power of Analytics to Social Business
ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled new software and services that delivers comprehensive networking capabilities to the increasingly social savvy workforce. Now, organizations can apply analytics to their social business initiatives, allowing them to gain actionable insight on social networking sentiment anytime, anywhere and put it to work in real-time.
As part of today's news, IBM is announcing new cloud services and the next-generation of its social networking platform, IBM Connections. The new software incorporates sophisticated analytics capabilities, real-time data monitoring, and faster collaborative networks both inside and outside the organization through IBM's SmartCloud services.
Now, organizations can integrate and analyze massive amounts of data generated from people, devices and sensors and more easily align these insights to business processes to make faster, more accurate business decisions. By gaining deeper insights in customer and market trends and employees' sentiment, businesses can uncover critical patterns to not only react swiftly to market shifts, but predict the effect of future actions.
For example, marketing professionals can now gain real-time access to data that highlights patterns and consumer sentiment related to marketing trends and services allowing them to adjust campaigns on the fly. With one simple click, professionals can react to this insight by automatically creating a social network, on the fly, bringing together experts across geographical and market intelligence and swiftly respond to these insights.
The growing popularity of social networking is impacting the enterprise as the next-generation workforce expects more socially enabled applications at their fingertips. According to Forrester Research, the market opportunity for social enterprise apps is expected to grow at a rate of 61 percent through 2016, reaching $6.4 billion, compared with $600 million.* At the same time, organizations are embracing social capabilities to transform virtually every part of their business operations, but lack the tools to gain insight into the enormous stream of information and use it in a meaningful way.
To address these challenges, IBM is delivering new software and cloud services that brings the power of analytics to the social business:
-- New social analytics software that integrates wikis, blogs, activity
streams, email, calendaring and more, and flags relevant data for
action. It allows for instant collaboration with one simple click and
the ability to build social communities both inside and outside the
organization to increase customer loyalty and speed business results.
-- New software that integrates social networking capabilities with
enterprise content management to better connect people with information
so they can make informed decisions and act quickly.
-- The new IBM SmartCloud for Social Business simplifies access to
business-grade file sharing, social networking, communities, online
meetings, instant messaging, email and calendar. In addition, IBM
SmartCloud for Social Business will deliver a cloud-based productivity
suite allowing users to co-edit documents in real-time.
-- New messaging and collaboration software that brings the power of
embedded experiences to the Web and mobile devices providing a single
point of entry for all business processes.
In support of today's news, IBM also announced new clients using its social software and cloud collaboration services making it one of the world's leading providers of software-as-a-service (SaaS). New clients, including employees of Kraft, Electrolux, MIT Lincoln Labs, Colgate-Palmolive, 3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Dutch Tax Office, Premier Healthcare and Brunswick and are among the millions of users of IBM's social software and collaboration services on premise, in the cloud and via mobile device.
To hear how the leadership and IT teams at IBM client TD Bank Group are working across the company to become a social business, participate in a Livestream broadcast on January 17, 2012, at 8:30 AM ET at livestream.com/ibmsoftware.
"There is boundless opportunity for social business to transform how we connect people and processes, and increase the speed and flexibility of business," said Alistair Rennie, General Manager, Social Business, IBM. "A successful social business can break down barriers to collaboration and put social networking in the context of everyday work, from the device or delivery vehicle of your choice, to improve productivity and speed decision-making."
New software helps clients get social in the workplaceWith today's news, IBM is announcing the beta of the next release of its industry-leading enterprise social networking platform, IBM Connections. Powered by analytics, IBM Connections delivers the widest range of capabilities, including wikis, blogs, activities, to help organizations collaborate on the fly. IBM Connections includes the ability to access enterprise email, calendar and business tasks from inside the Connections platform, further unifying the collaboration experience.
The Connections landing page features a single location that allows users to view and interact with content from any third party solution through a social interface, right alongside their company's content, including email and calendar. The embedded experience of the news feed, also known as an activity stream, is expected to allow employees from any department inside an organization to explore structured and unstructured data such as Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, weather data, videos, log files, SAP applications, electronically sign documents, and quickly act on the data as part of their everyday work experience.
For example, an employee could share a document with colleagues, approve a transaction from an SAP system, act on a notification required in a business process like an insurance claim, and share content such as status updates and files, all from IBM Connections. The embedded experience and single point of access allows users to have insight at their fingertips and share data from any place, whether on the road or in the office.
One of the key findings from the 2011 IBM Social Business Jam - an online, real time discussion with 4,000 participants, was that Social Business activities need to be integrated and aligned with business processes to be truly effective.
To help clients address this challenge, IBM is announcing IBM Connections Enterprise Content Edition, an integrated social content management solution that combines the scalability of social networking with enterprise content management and enhanced compliance and control features sought by users in regulated industries. Designed to manage the entire life cycle of office documents, Web and social content, IBM Connections Enterprise Content Edition increases the ability to share knowledge, gain expertise and create high-value content quickly through advanced content, document management and workflow use cases.
According to Forrester Research Inc., cloud computing will grow from a $41 billion business in 2010 to $241 billion in 2020.** To address this growing opportunity, IBM is announcing IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. IBM is aligning its LotusLive services under the SmartCloud brand where it joins the ever-growing portfolio of business solutions that IBM delivers in the market that includes offerings in Commerce, Analytics, and industry-specific solutions like Smarter Cities.
The new service gives users one-click access to social networking, file sharing, online meetings, enterprise-class email, calendaring and instant messaging allowing clients to collaborate inside and outside the organization while pairing business transformation with the economic benefits of flexible cloud delivery models.
Additionally, a new capability of the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business is a cloud-based office productivity suite, IBM Docs. Now in beta and planned for availability in 2012, IBM Docs allows organizations, both inside and outside the firewall, to simultaneously collaborate on word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents in the cloud to improve productivity. IBM Docs authors will be able to store and share documents in IBM SmartCloud, co-edit documents in real time or assign users sections of the document so they can work privately easing the management of multiple revisions from multiple authors in team-based documents.
GAD, one of the largest specialists for banking IT in Germany, is evaluating the use of IBM Docs in a private cloud in 2012 to facilitate browser based document creation and change management. Approximately 450 banks will be able to reduce costs and become more responsive to their customers through GAD's bank21 solution.
Delivered in 22 languages, a 60-day trial of IBM SmartCloud for Social Business is available at no charge at ibmcloud.com/social.
Bringing embedded experiences to mobile devices
In response to the burgeoning mobile workforce, expected to reach more than 1.19 billion people by 2013, IBM's new social software supports the most popular mobile devices, including tablets.
IBM is announcing the beta release of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, Social Edition, a social-enabled messaging and collaboration platform built on open standards that provides users with the ability to act on any work flow process directly within the email inbox. Whether accessing email from a browser or desktop, or sharing videos and files, users no longer have to travel to a third-party site. In addition, with the embedded experience of social mail, users are more efficient when engaging in activity and more responsive to day to day tasks.
IBM intends to support mail, calendaring and contacts in a beta release of IBM Lotus Notes Traveler for Microsoft Windows Phone on Nokia and HTC devices; the beta is expected in the first half of 2012.
IBM is also introducing a new, lower-cost program for BlackBerry users to access email in the cloud. Built on the world-class expertise of IBM Mobile Enterprise Services and the sophisticated security of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, IBM helps bring the type of security and reliability expectations of on-premise email to cloud email environments, including built-in end-user and administrative controls for mobile device management.
For photos, videos and additional background on IBM's social business initiative, visit ibm.com/press/socialbusiness. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #ibmsocialbiz.
*Source: Social Enterprise Apps Redefine Collaboration," Forrester Research, Inc., November 30, 2011.
**Source: Forrester Research Inc., "Sizing The Cloud, Understanding And Quantifying The Future Of Cloud Computing, by Stefan Ried, Ph.D., Holger Kisker, Ph.D., April 21, 2011.
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To Crunch or To Chew? With New Jolly Rancher Crunch 'n Chew Candy, You Can Do Both!
Jolly Rancher Teams up with Videographers and Asks Fans to Vote for their Favorite Crunchy and Chewy Video
HERSHEY, Pa., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jolly Rancher® brand is introducing a unique way to enjoy bold fruit flavor with Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew® candy. With a crunchy candy shell and a soft, chewy center, new Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew combines the unmistakably, bold fruit flavors of original Jolly Rancher®Hard Candy with the chewiness of Jolly Rancher® Chews. The result is a new, untamed candy experience that satisfies both crunchy and chewy candy fans. To celebrate the product launch, Jolly RancherCrunch 'N Chew candy partnered with Poptent, an online videographer community, to create cool original video spots highlighting the crunchy and chewy elements of the new Jolly Rancher product and is inviting consumers to cast their vote and help choose the winning video.
Poptent is a vibrant community of filmmakers, actors, comedians, animators and more who are connecting to each other and to brands to showcase their talents while exploring a new way of creating branded messages for the Internet age. The Jolly Rancher assignment received a tremendous response, surpassing expectations with nearly 200 creative submissions ranging from catchy musical raps to humorous spoofs focusing on the product's unique characteristics. Consumers are invited to engage with Jolly Rancher and learn about the new product by voting for their favorite Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew candy video at http://www.jollyrancher.com.
Starting today, fans can visit the Jolly Rancher website (http://www.jollyrancher.com) to view the final three videos and cast their vote for their favorite commercial once per day through February 15, 2012. After the votes are tallied, the prize-winning videographer will produce two additional videos, resulting in a three-part video series that will be posted on the Jolly Rancher website this spring.
-- Do You Wanna Crunch - A vibrant and catchy Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew
rap, highlighting the product's crunchy and chewy characteristics.
-- Brand New - Jolly Rancher's newest product inspires young artists to
produce a fresh new track that starts on the basketball court and
finishes as a colorful music video.
-- The Adventures of Bart the Bold - Part 1 - Bart the Bold goes on a bold
adventure, defeating villains and eating Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew
candy along the way. Consumers can choose where Bart's adventure takes
"The combination of a hard candy shell and a soft, chewy center gives candy lovers the best of both worlds and the chance to experience the untamed fruit flavor of Jolly Rancher candies in a brand new way," said Anna Lingeris, spokesperson for the Jolly Rancher brand and The Hershey Company. "We wanted to give our fans the opportunity to engage with the brand like never before and after reviewing the nearly 200 submissions from Poptent videographers across the country, we've selected our top three videos and are excited for our fans to select the winner."
With four mouthwatering flavors including cherry, blue raspberry, green apple and watermelon, Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew candy offers an intense taste experience unlike any other and is available nationwide at mass grocery, drug and convenience stores. For more information and to cast your vote for one of three original Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew video spots, visit Jolly Rancher online at http://www.jollyrancher.com.
About Jolly RancherThe Jolly Rancher® brand produces a wide selection of candy varieties, including Jolly Rancher Hard Candy, Gummies, Chews, Awesome Twosome Chews, Sours Candy, Jelly Beans, Candy Canes, Stix Candy, Lollipops and the latest, Jolly RancherCrunch 'N Chew. With a wide variety of flavors to choose from, including cherry, blue raspberry, watermelon and green apple, among others, Jolly Rancher candy is the perfect dose of bold fruit flavor to wake up your taste buds.
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, PA, The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and more than 12,000 employees. With revenues of nearly $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey'sKisses, Hershey'sBliss, Hershey's Special Dark and Hershey's Extra Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and Ice Breakers. Hershey also is a leader in the premium and artisan chocolate segments, with such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba, offered through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.
For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company's global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.
OUTDOOR ADVERTISING COMPANY PROVIDES CUSTOMERS WITH REDESIGNED, MOBILE FRIENDLY SITE
TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS Outdoor Canada is starting the New Year with a newly designed website complete with an interactive web mapping program and mobile website.
"What better way to connect the power of Outdoor with our highly mobile world than with a mobile website?" said Michele Erskine, director of marketing.
Clients using their mobile devices to access cbsoutdoor.ca are directed to the CBS Outdoor office closest to their geographic location, where visitors can view a photo gallery of local outdoor advertising campaigns and explore the new website. The full website has been redesigned to provide more local content, a categorized photo gallery and easy access to all CBS Outdoor departments including: real estate, production, creative, research, and sales. The interactive web mapping tool makes it easy to locate CBS Outdoor's out-of-home media inventory across Canada and create a quick location request.
The newly designed cbsoutdoor.ca is the premier destination to find outdoor advertising solutions with all the product information, market coverage detail and production specification information easily accessible.
About CBS Outdoor
CBS Outdoor, a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), is one of the largest out-of-home media companies in the Americas (United States, Canada, Mexico and South America), and has a major presence across Europe in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and China. With both traditional outdoor and transit advertising properties, this division gives advertisers both breadth of coverage across vast geographies and depth of coverage, providing multiple media opportunities in key markets. For more information, visit http://www.cbsoutdoor.ca
"Cloud Check-What's Your Next Move?" New Event Series Launch in 2012
Zenith Infotech Partners with CompTIA
WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zenith Infotech, an international company that specializes in delivering innovative business continuity and cloud computing for IT service providers, announced today the launch of an advanced series of events focused on cloud computing. These events, appropriately named "Cloud Check - What's Your Next Move?" will begin in Mid-January in Los Angeles and continue throughout 30 U.S. cities as well as South East Asia and the Middle East.
Zenith is thrilled to partner with CompTIA to present an education-based program that will elevate IT service providers' ability to gain entry into the cloud and/or improve their cloud computing business. The focus of the program is on educating attendees on setting business goals, developing effective marketing programs, enhancing the sales pitch and overall operations. In addition, attendees will be able to increase their knowledge by networking and sharing strategies with their peers.
"There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for moving to the cloud. Thoughtful evaluation, comprehensive planning and technical savvy are required. Our Cloud Computing Quick Start Session is designed to empower providers to make the right choices for their customers. CompTIA is pleased to collaborate with Zenith Infotech for the delivery of this important educational program," comments Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and education at CompTIA.
"The training is absolutely free and I am certain that IT service providers around the globe will take away a lot of ideas and resources on how to build a successful business platform in the cloud. This is an exciting opportunity to further help attendees grow their business as well as collaborate with CompTIA," adds Zenith Infotech Director of Channel Sales, John McCallum.
About Zenith Infotech:
Zenith Infotech is an international company that specializes in delivering innovative business continuity and cloud computing for IT service providers. Our U.S. headquarters is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Learn more at http://www.zenithinfotech.com.
Starz Takes Spartacus Outside the Arena with New "Spartacus: Vengeance The Game," Sampling Opportunities for First Episode of Returning Spartacus Series
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand licensing arm of Starz, announced today a sneak preview of its upcoming Facebook social game, Spartacus: Vengeance The Game, launching onJanuary 27. Viewers of the sneak preview video teaser are able to "like" the game and sign up to be invited to play once the game is live. Both the video teaser and Spartacus: Vengeance The Game are designed to accompany the STARZ Original series "Spartacus: Vengeance," debuting on January 27 at 10 pm et/pt.
The video teaser also coincides with a multi-affiliate sampling effort of the first episode of "Spartacus: Vengeance" starting on January 20 across multiple providers including on-demand and online platforms (see second section for more details).
About Spartacus: Vengeance The Game
Spartacus: Vengeance The Game builds upon the success of the existing Spartacus: The Game (originally named Spartacus: Gods of the Arena) that was launched on Facebook in January 2011. Spartacus: Vengeance The Game operates as an entirely new property by taking players outside of the arena and ludus walls.
"We are thrilled to present a teaser video of Spartacus: Vengeance The Game on Facebook in advance of the official game launch and the highly anticipated second season," said Mara Winokur, senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy, Starz Media and lead executive for Starz Digital Media. "The teaser video gives users a good overview of the new Spartacus: Vengeance The Game, whichtakes on a greater level of sophistication by adding new elements such as improved visuals, multi-fighter battles, a more robust game economy, advanced game progressions, and more varied strategic options."
As with the Spartacus: The Game, Starz Digital Media partnered with Large Animal Games for the development of Spartacus: Vengeance The Game. "'Spartacus: The Game helped change the landscape for branded Facebook games based on media properties and was very successful," said Wade Tinney, CEO of Large Animal Games. "Its mix of visceral action, evocative graphics and long-term gladiator development remains unlike any other game on the market. With Spartacus: Vengeance The Game, we intend to amp up all of the things our players and the show's fans love." Spartacus: The Game produced approximately 4 million registered users, including more than 1,200,000 monthly active users at its peak."
Spartacus: Vengeance The Game, as with Spartacus: The Game, will be built on Large Animal Game's proprietary Toga(TM) application platform. Toga is a full-featured social game infrastructure which dramatically reduces the time, cost and resource needs of social and mobile game developers. It lets administrators manage and create game content without the need for engineering resources; lets product managers view advanced, custom stat packages; and supports cross-platform deployment, including Facebook, Google+, Android, iOS and more, ensuring that products are future-proofed. Its architecture is expandable via plug-in or library and easily integrates with third parties to allow limitless expansion.
Facebook-based Spartacus: Vengeance The Game is free to play and takes the player, a recently escaped slave, outside of the arena to embrace a series of challenges and lead his own band of warriors. Through his journey, the player will travel from Capua to Vesuvius, paralleling the feats of Spartacus's own warriors. As with the Spartacus series on STARZ, Spartacus: VengeanceThe Game offers more than just fighting; it functions on a strategic level as well. Throughout the game, players will be given missions to wrest various locations from Roman control by overcoming a series of challenges, such as building and equipping an army, liberating slaves and other prisoners and acquiring fighters. All the while the player will be working with and conspiring against characters from "Spartacus: Vengeance."
Multi-Platform Sampling Opportunities for "Spartacus: Vengeance" Beginning January 20, 2012Beginning January 20, STARZ will sample the first full episode of "Spartacus: Vengeance" to more than 61.1 million multichannel households in the United States with select cable, satellite, and Telco STARZ affiliates.
Participating affiliates offering free on-demand sampling of the first episode include: Comcast's Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Cox Communications, Charter, Mediacom, Massillon Cable TV/Clear Picture Inc., Antietam Cable, BVU and Click! Cable TV.
DIRECTV Audience Network and DISH 101 Network will air the first episode of "Spartacus: Vengeance" for their subscribers.
About Spartacus: Vengeance
On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series so far, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.
New York based Large Animal Games is a leader in the Casual and Social Games space. Founded in 2001, Large Animal has produced over 100 games on a variety of platforms. Their current focus is on games that connect friends on networks such as Facebook and Google+, as well as on mobile devices. Their Spartacus: The Game(TM), Picturiffic(TM), Lucky Cruise(TM) and What to Wear(TM) games garner hundreds of thousands of monthly active users and are all powered by Toga(TM), their proprietary advanced social application platform. More information about Large Animal and about Toga(TM) can be found online at http://www.largeanimal.com.
About Starz Digital Media
Starz Digital Media, an operating division of Starz Media, LLC, is responsible for all digital and on-demand distribution of content from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Originals from Starz Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, and other select entertainment providers. Through a range of distribution and marketing partnerships with multichannel video providers, Internet distributors and wireless operators worldwide, Starz Digital Media makes its content available under numerous business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. The division also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games, applications and other related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide.
About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ(®) and ENCORE(®) brands with approximately 19 million and 32.8 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (http://www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).
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IDrive® Announces Universal Online Backup for an Unlimited Number of PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets on One Plan; New 'EVS' APIs for Developers
Online backup and file sharing for an unlimited number of computers and mobile devices starting at just $4.95/month; IDrive mobile app enhanced; and new cloud APIs for developers to rival Amazon S3
CALABASAS Calif., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IDrive has made public the latest versions of its Windows®, Mac® and mobile software - home users and small businesses can now protect as many computers, iOS and Android devices as they own with one easy plan - only at http://www.idrive.com.
"We're excited about the latest updates to IDrive," said Raghu Kulkarni, founder and CEO of Pro Softnet Corp. "With a single account new customers can back up as many computers and mobile devices as they want and then view their files from any of those connected devices or on our website. Plus, the mobile app can now back up contacts, photos and videos and make them available online as well."
Those interested can create a free account and store their first 5GB at no charge.
IDrive offers two plans for home users: 150 GBs for $4.95/month or 500 GBs for $14.95/month, with no limits on the number of Windows, Mac, iOS or Android devices that can be protected or the length of time for file retention. For businesses, plans range from 50GB to 1TB starting at $9.95/month with priority customer support. Customers can receive two months free by paying annually and IDrive also offers 50% discounts for teachers, students and faculty. Full pricing details here.
Not All Backups Are Created Equally
"Many backup services offer 'unlimited' storage space for a single computer at a flat rate, like $50 per year per computer - it sounds like a good deal at first, but back up 100 GBs from that one computer and you pay $50/year, back up just 50 GBs and you still have to pay $50/year: that's where they get you," said Stephen Gold, Business Development Manager. "Not only that, 'unlimited' storage plans almost always have very limited file retention, meaning they automatically remove data from your backup after you delete the files from your computer, usually just 30 days later. The question is, 'What use is a backup that doesn't contain files you accidentally deleted, say, six months ago?' On the other hand, IDrive allows people to actually use all of the online storage they are paying for."
A quick summary of IDrive's features and benefits:
-- Get full access to files from any PC, Mac, iOS or Android device,
-- Share any file/folder using an email address - easily swap large files
-- Intelligent incremental backups/restores over a secure connection,
-- Available private key encryption for maximum security,
-- "True Archive" storage - data is never automatically deleted and the
last 30 versions of each file are held without counting against GBs
-- Continuous Data Protection for real-time backup of commonly used files,
-- No file size or type limitations - no bandwidth throttling,
-- Rapid Serve Restore - large restores can be physically shipped for quick
-- IDrive builds its own hardware and software; the speed and performance
can rarely be matched,
-- Live phone and 24-hour chat support.
IDrive Online Backup Mobile App Gets New Features
The IDrive mobile app makes it possible for users to access their account and share files while on the go. New updates bring the ability to back up contact information, photos and videos over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to the IDrive cloud from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS 4.0 or later as well as Google Android devices running 1.6 or later. The information is then made available via other connected computers and mobile devices as well as on the IDrive website.
IDrive is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.
Why EVS (Encrypted, Versioned File System) for developers?
EVS was built to be faster, easier to secure and more affordable than other cloud platforms like Amazon S3, Rackspace and others.
-- As low as $4.95/month for 150 GBs of storage and no bandwidth fees -
build and test apps using the free 5GB IDrive Basic plan,
-- Efficient and built-in 256-bit AES encryption with the option for a
private user key for maximized security,
-- Upload/download thousands of files and folders with a single line of
-- The past 30 versions of each file are archived indefinitely - storage is
calculated only for the most current version,
-- Incremental and compressed data transfers make uploads and downloads
The EVS development team actively assists developers and partners with integrating APIs into their applications and new API codes can be created based on special needs.
IDrive and EVS are created by Pro Softnet Corporation
Headquartered in Los Angeles County, Pro Softnet Corp. is a privately held company specializing in cloud storage, online backup, file sharing, remote access, compliance, sync and related technologies serving the consumer, small business and enterprise markets. Core products include IDrive®, IDriveSync®, IBackup® RemotePC(TM) and EVS for developers. The company's popular services currently have over 800,000 subscribers. For more information, please visit http://www.idrive.com.
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ACCENT Marketing Services Launches Customer Engagement Channel on TMCnet
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCENT Marketing Services, LLC, a member of the MDC Partners Network and provider of customer engagement solutions, announced today it has partnered with global integrated media company Technology Marketing Corporation to launch the Customer Engagement Channel on the TMCnet Online Community program.
The Customer Engagement Channel is designed for decision makers from service providers to enterprises seeking information about how to engage today's distracted consumers in real-time conversations across contact center, online and social media channels. Information provided on the channel addresses issues important to decision makers, including how to profitably acquire, support, retain and grow customers across every lifecycle stage.
Visitors to the Customer Engagement Channel can also find valuable resources such as feature articles, industry news and white papers covering topics like conversion marketing, customer care, social media support, brand loyalty and customer lifetime value.
"Today, consumers have more power than ever to positively or negatively impact brands and that power grows every day," commented Kelly Hilton, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at ACCENT Marketing Services. "As the leader in customer engagement, ACCENT is pleased to partner with TMC, the leader of communications and technology media, to create a customer engagement channel exclusively for brands that want to transform their customer service channels into powerful relationship and brand-building tools."
TMCnet is the leading website for communications and technology professionals, covering VoIP, IP communications, CRM, contact center and information technology topics. As a full-service news portal, the site provides a multitude of educational platforms, including global online communities, channels, podcasts, webinars, white papers, TMCnet Mobile and more. It is visited by nearly two million unique monthly visitors and generates more than 40 million page views every month, according to Webtrends.
"TMCnet welcomes ACCENT's Customer Engagement Channel into our Online Community program," stated TMC President Dave Rodriguez. "ACCENT Marketing Services is a well-respected customer engagement leader that shares our vision of advancing new technologies. Our Online Community program is a powerful community-building vehicle assisting our partners in building their brand, while contributing to the vast array of valuable content, which drives traffic to TMCnet, the most visited communications and technology website in the world."
About ACCENT Marketing Services, LLC
ACCENT, a member of the MDC Partners Network, is the performance marketing company for brands that need to maximize their ability to engage with consumers and influence behavior while generating a better return on their investment. The company's data-driven approach transforms customer service touchpoints across voice, online and social media channels into powerful relationship and brand-building tools. Founded in 1993, ACCENT employs more than 2,000 people across the United States, Jamaica and the Philippines. For more information, visit http://www.accentonline.com.
Ampex Announces New Ruggedized Ultra Compact Airborne Recorder
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ampex Data Systems Corporation today announced the release of their ruggedized ultra compact airborne recorder, the TuffServ(TM) 40 (TS 40).
The TS 40 is the smallest, lightest and most power-frugal member of the TuffServ family. At just 1.8" H x 3.5" W x 6.25" D and weighing 1.4 lbs, it's specifically designed for demanding applications such as tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems where size and payload weight are at a premium. Using a fixed solid-state storage module, the TS 40 provides up to 160GB of memory with larger capacities available in the future. The standard system is delivered with a modern Linux system, providing a wide range of network services out of the box, including NFS and Samba for Windows SMB/CIFS networks, FTP and iSCSI.
Ampex most recently displayed the TS 40 at the ITC show in Las Vegas, NV and will also display it at numerous upcoming trade shows as well. Please contact your Ampex representative for further information on the TS 40.
Ampex Data Systems Corporation, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a world leader in design, development and manufacture of airborne recording systems and storage solutions for rugged applications. To learn more about Ampex and the complete line of miniR®, TuffServ(TM) and other products for use with IRIG 106 Chapter 10 systems, high-definition video, NAS and SAN network solutions, please visit our website at http://www.ampex.com
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Swivel(TM) by FaceCake, the World's First 3D Virtual Dressing Room, to Showcase at Retail's BIG Show 2012
Check out Swivel in Microsoft's Booth #1337 at NRF to See the Future of Fashion Retail
CALABASAS, Calif., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Swivel(TM), a groundbreaking fashion retail technology created by FaceCake Marketing Technologies, Inc., will be showcased in Microsoft's booth at the NRF 101(st) Annual Convention & EXPO in New York City (Booth #1337 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center January 15--18). Visitors to the Microsoft booth can experience the future of shopping with Swivel's powerful 3D virtual dressing room system, integrated with Microsoft Kinect for Windows, that work together in transforming both the in-store shopping and the digital out-of-home branding experience. Swivel is now compatible with the Windows Embedded platforms optimized for retail electronic displays and other applications.
Swivel by FaceCake is a 3D virtual dressing room that enables shoppers to 'try on' and see themselves in multiple apparel and accessories with speed and ease. Retailers can now deploy FaceCake's patented real-time image processing and personalization technology for a unique shopping experience that lets customers see how they actually look from different angles in merchandise from the brick-and-mortar store they're shopping in or at the e-commerce site they're on. Selecting from ever-expanding fashion options, consumers can assemble and switch between new looks at lightning speed.
Through the Swivel Virtual Dressing Room, shoppers can:
-- Virtually try on a single article of clothing or a whole outfit with
-- Instantly gather or swap items and sizes from multiple floors or
departments with neither customer nor clerk trekking through the
-- Add immersive backdrops and environments to complete a look (envision
evening wear on the red carpet, and see ski gear on the slopes)
-- Accurately view and compare looks from different angles
-- Shop with friends via complete social media integration, including the
instant polling and real-time sharing of looks across Facebook and
Retailers will also love that Swivel:
-- Enables up-sell and cross-sell success through the power of FaceCake's
recommendation engine, quickly and confidently exploring merchandise
from disparate lines, departments and price points
-- Customizes the dressing room experience with shopper personalization
features including relevant products and colors
-- Integrates with currently deployed Windows Embedded-powered digital
signage and other devices
-- Provides valuable shopper metrics and reporting including how long an
item is tried on, what it was paired with and how many friends a shopper
showed it to
"We're excited to be working with Microsoft to provide retailers and shoppers an immersive, engaging and much more efficient shopping experience," notes FaceCake's founder and CEO, Linda Smith. "With Swivel's real-time virtual Try-On and personalized shopping advice, it's never been easier to sample a variety of head-to-toe looks without having to hunt through every department in a store. When we put Swivel in front of real shoppers during our recent mall tour, they tried on three times as many products as a typical dressing room, and a staggering 77% shared their new looks with family and friends."
"FaceCake's deployment of Kinect for Windows with the Windows Embedded platform creates an innovative consumer retail technology experience," said John Doyle, director of product management for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. "Combining Kinect for Windows with Swivel by FaceCake's virtual dressing room technology creates the foundation for the kind of connected intelligent systems that build immersive shopping experiences retailers have been seeking."
About FaceCake Marketing Technologies, Inc.
FaceCake Marketing Technologies, Inc. is a pioneer and innovator in personalized interactive marketing and virtual Try-On technologies. FaceCake's proprietary Visual Demonstration System (VDS) allows users to manipulate their own images with a wide range of image transformation and animation capabilities, and to try on and try out various products and services. The VDS in conjunction with the FaceCake-patented Mirror Image Marketing solution provides user-specific, highly-targeted promotion of products on user images, for unprecedented levels of personalization. The privately held company is based in Calabasas, CA. For more information, http://www.facecake.com. Please follow FaceCake on twitter.com/facecake and like us on facebook.com/facecakemarketing.
RetailNext Unveils Video and Mobile Innovations for In-Store Analytics at NRF 2012
NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RetailNext, the in-store analytics leader, today announced that it will reveal groundbreaking technology innovations to extend the quality and completeness of captured data and to ensure greater availability and accessibility of business intelligence to retail executives. The company made the announcement from the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2012 Conference, Booth #2903, where the RetailNext team is demonstrating major new areas of functionality.
RetailNext enables retailers and manufacturers to improve the customer experience, increase sales, and reduce costs by providing real-time data access, unmatched analytics and reporting, and expert consulting to better measure and understand in-store shopper behavior. The company's RetailNext real-time store monitoring solution presents data in several automatic, intuitive views, connecting traffic, dwell times, and other shopper behaviors to actual sales at the register--and ultimately giving brick-and-mortar retailers visibility akin to what online analytics deliver to e-commerce.
The new upcoming functionality extends the data available to RetailNext by offering:
-- Full-Path Analysis - Industry-first ability to track video of each
customer's movement through stores of all sizes, using any standard
camera in a truly scalable fashion. Full-path analysis deepens the
insights available by connecting all in-store activities into a
comprehensive data set and makes entirely new discoveries available
(such as the total duration of each store visit, store-wide heat maps,
or most common paths through the store).
-- Automatic Demographic Classification - New recognition technology
categorizes store visitors as male or female with very high accuracy,
adding this critical piece of demographic data to all aspects of shopper
-- Unique Visitor Tagging - RetailNext now accepts input from Wi-Fi
smartphones to persistently identify unique store visitors across one or
more visits. This new functionality combines with video interpretation
to provide more detailed mapping of movement within the store.
Furthermore, it gives merchants the ability to understand how customers
interact with the store over multiple visits or with multiple branches
of the same chain.
-- Employee/Shopper Differentiation - Merchants can now optionally add
small Wi-Fi-based employee tags to their installations, making it
possible for the system to accurately differentiate the roles of those
moving through the retail environment. This capability provides further
accuracy to traffic counting and enables advanced analytics such as
measurement of engagement time between employees and shoppers or
comparison of employee distribution throughout the store with that of
customers. This solution surpasses the previous practice of using RFID
tracking with a considerably more cost-effective and easier to install
Additional new functionality that makes store performance data more available includes:
-- Mobile Application - The new mobile application for smartphones and
tablets on the Apple and Android platforms puts the power of RetailNext
in the hands of employees at all times.
-- Exception Reporting for Loss Prevention - RetailNext can monitor for the
tell-tale signs that often indicate theft and report them to store
management for closer examination, ultimately enabling the
identification and correction of problem behaviors.
-- Proactive Data Monitoring - In-store analytics depends on data from
thousands of physical input devices such as cameras, shelf pushers,
Wi-Fi receivers, and RFID readers across hundreds or thousands of
stores, as well as data feeds from a variety of systems in the
enterprise. RetailNext will proactively monitor all of these input
sources for outages or other faults that can cause loss or data
corruption. Immediately identifying such problems helps stores to
promptly fix them and thus ensure continued collection of the
information necessary to gather critical in-store insights.
"The new revolution in real-time store analytics makes it possible for physical stores to take advantage of the same sort of rich performance data that has benefited online retail for more than a decade," said Arun Nair, co-founder and CTO of RetailNext. "These new functional enhancements take the category's most popular solution and improve both the quality of insights that managers can gather and the availability of information for management of storefronts."
RetailNext (formerly BVI Networks) is the leader in real-time in-store measurement, enabling retailers and manufacturers to collect, analyze, and visualize in-store data. The company uses best-in-class video analytics, on-shelf sensors, data from point-of-sale systems, and other sources, to automatically inform retailers about how shoppers engage in their stores. The highly scalable RetailNext products easily integrate with promotional calendars, staffing systems, and weather services to analyze how internal and external factors impact customer shopping patterns--providing store operations executives with the ability to identify opportunities for growth, execute changes, and measure success.
Headquartered in San Jose, CA, RetailNext tracks more than 20 million shoppers per month by collecting data from more than 15,000 sensors in retail stores, capturing and analyzing more than one trillion data points per year. RetailNext is a growing global brand operating in 17 countries. For more information, see http://www.bviretailnext.com or call +1-888-609-5877.
Janam Introduces XG105 with New Motorola Laser Engine
Janam is first licensee to integrate Motorola's new high-performance SE96X
WOODBURY, N.Y., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Janam Technologies LLC, a leading provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, today announced the release of its new XG105 gun-shaped rugged mobile computer. The XG105 augments the XG Series product line with laser-based barcode scanning that reads barcodes as far as 17 ft (5.2m) away. Janam is the first licensee to offer a rugged mobile computer with Motorola's latest SE96X Series scan engine.
"We are pleased to offer Motorola's SE96X, best-in-class, miniature, high-performance scan engine in the XG Series product line," said Harry B. Lerner, CEO of Janam. "For customers that need both close-range and distance barcode scanning as well as reliable capture of barcodes that are damaged or underneath shrinkwrap, the XG105 offers unrivaled performance, scanning range and durability, all at a list price $1,000 less than competitive products."
Janam's XG Series was designed for scan-intensive, extended shift use in demanding environments. With its battery in the handle, the XG Series line of products is incomparably light and balanced in the hand. It offers industrial-quality construction and efficiency-enhancing features such as pre-installed Wavelink® Avalanche and TE, well-spaced keys and mobile DDR memory. The Series includes the XG100 with Honeywell's Adaptus® imaging technology and the XG105 with Motorola's SE96X high-performance laser scan engine. Janam's XG Series delivers superior performance and flexibility at a great price. Additional details are available at http://www.janam.com/xg105-handheld.php.
Janam Technologies LLC is a provider of rugged, handheld computing devices for mobile workers. Janam combines deep industry knowledge with advanced technologies to deliver products and accessories that increase productivity, reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction. Specializing in purpose-built mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, Janam offers products that are designed to run mission-critical applications in retail, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and logistics. For more information, visit http://www.janam.com.
AirTight Demos Unique Cloud Wi-Fi and PCI Scanning Services for Retailers at NRF Booth 2227
AirTight Secure Wi-Fi Allows Restaurants and Retailers to Benefit by Offering Wi-Fi Access with Localized Content, In-store Customer Feedback and Loyalty Programs
NEW YORK, Jan.16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At the opening of the NRF 101st Annual Convention and Expo in New York , AirTight® Networks, the leading provider of wireless intrusion prevention systems (WIPS), PCI wireless compliance scanning and secure Wi-Fi access for retailers, will demo its unique AirTight Cloud Services, a suite of managed services which includes AirTight Secure Wi-Fi((TM) )with captive portal/walled( )garden. For retail, hospitality or quick serve restaurants, AirTight Cloud Services provide a secure WLAN network with minimum cost and complexity while satisfying all PCI DSS wireless security requirements at no additional expense. AirTight is in booth 2227 at the event.
"AirTight's Cloud Services allow restaurants, hospitality venues and retailers to expand their relationship with customers with Wi-Fi based, value-added services such as customized content and e-coupon special deals," said Jack Torgow, Vice President of Sales for AirTight. "The captive portal and walled garden capabilities give merchants a way to expand their interaction with guests by providing opt-in localized content, creating loyalty programs and garnering in-store customer feedback, all of which are incentives to keep the customer coming back and in the store for longer periods of time."
Recent studies have shown that 80.5% of respondents prefer retail stores with Wi-Fi versus those without it, 65% would take advantage of Wi-Fi for various reasons and 53% are willing to share their location to receive more relevant content and promotions.(1)
"The combination of simplicity of deployment, ease of use, and a price point that is unmatched in the industry, combined with the best wireless security, makes Cloud Services the right choice for organizations who wish to deploy wireless now or in the future. The services offer a radically less expensive alternative to any competitive solution available today," continued Torgow.
About AirTight Cloud Services
Wi-Fi access is offered as hosted, cloud-based, secure Wi-Fi access, PCI scanning, and network security in a single device. AirTight's Cloud platform provides the most cost effective enterprise solution for in-store Wi-Fi plus all the security and centralized management of the traditional WLAN vendors at a very low, all inclusive monthly fee per store. Because the solution was built specifically as a cloud offering, it is infinitely more scalable than a controller based solution.
AirTight Cloud Services are offered as three levels with a simple automated upgrade to any of the other modules as needed:
-- AirTight Wi-Fi
-- Wi-Fi access with captive portal/walled garden
-- Wireless IPS
-- Compliance scanning and reporting
-- Real time alerts
-- PCI Wireless Compliance
-- Automated compliance scanning and reporting
-- Real time alerts
-- Wireless Security
-- Wireless IDS
-- Continuous threat scanning and alerting
-- Performance monitoring
-- Custom reporting
-- Wireless IPS
-- Continuous threat detection
-- Automated threat blocking
-- Performance monitoring
-- Customized reporting and alerting
-- Real time alerts
About AirTight Networks
AirTight Networks is the global leader in wireless security and compliance solutions. AirTight's patented technology protects enterprises from the growing problem of Wi-Fi security threats, while allowing organizations to better manage their WLAN environment and comply with emerging wireless compliance standards (i.e. PCI). The Company's award-winning SpectraGuard wireless intrusion prevention solution (WIPS) family provides enterprise security and compliance professionals with unparalleled capabilities to accurately detect, classify, block and locate all Wi-Fi security threats, while helping network operations staff to quickly monitor and troubleshoot WLAN performance issues. AirTight's pioneering Cloud Services family of cloud-hosted subscription services delivers the world's first and only "No Capex" multi-tenant WIPS, PCI wireless compliance and controller-less WLAN access solutions all in a single device.
AirTight's award-winning solutions are used by customers globally in the government, financial, retail, hospitality, telecom, technology, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and education sectors. AirTight owns the seminal patents for wireless intrusion prevention technology with 24 U.S. and international patents granted to date (UK, Australia Japan) and more than 20 additional patents pending. AirTight Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, CA.
AirTight is a registered trademark of AirTight Networks, Inc. AirTight Network, the AirTight Networks logo, Airtight Cloud Services and AirTight Secure Wi-Fi are trademarks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
PMC and ION Television Announce Launch of YouTube Premium Content Channel and Distribution Partnership for Entertainment News Television (ENTV)
LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PMC and ION Television today announced a new distribution partner in their growing multi-platform entertainment news venture, ENTV (Entertainment News Television), launching a premium YouTube Channel as a part of YouTube's new original channels initiative.
ENTV brings viewers top breaking entertainment stories, first, directly from the leading sources and reporters in the entertainment field. By leveraging the exclusive breaking news reporting power of PMC's core entertainment brands, including Deadline.com, HollywoodLife.com, TVLine.com and Movieline.com, along with ION Television's powerful distribution platform, ENTV will deliver breaking entertainment news 24/7 on YouTube, as well as bring a series of entertainment lifestyle shows to their audience.
The ENTV News segments will be comprised of multiple-daily hosted entertainment video segments starting at 9am EST and running until 11pm. Hosts will include Brian Corsetti, former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey, Chloe Melas and Kelly Beckett. The channel also plans on a weekly show with TVLine Editor-in-Chief Michael Ausiello; a daily celebrity news chat with HollywoodLife Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller; a weekly celebrity interview show on the secrets to a Hollywood career with some of the top stars in the business; a weekly 'talent watch' show exposing the next generation of Hollywood stars; as well as a show that rounds up some of the day's best clips from the YouTube channels with Matthew Hoffman. All of the content will be produced by Michael Davis, General Manager and Executive Producer of ENTV.
"PMC is thrilled to announce the launch of 'ENTV' on YouTube, alongside ION," added Jay Penske, CEO of PMC. "With the best team of entertainment editors and reporters in the business, it was a natural fit to take that leading talent to YouTube with the launch of our premium content channel. 'ENTV' will be the go-to destination for entertainment breaking news, and the partnership and channel have limitless potential."
"The creation of the 'ENTV' YouTube channel is a strategic step towards enhancing this brand," explained Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. "We look forward to building on our successful working partnership with PMC while expanding our audience by offering the opportunity to explore new content."
ION Television is a leading U.S. general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth normally associated with a cable channel. Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming. Since its recent launch in 2008, ION's reach has grown to 99 million households and has become one of the top-15 TV rated U.S. networks in record time. For more information, visit http://www.iontelevision.com.
CONTACT: Will Lee of PMC, +1-646-480-3133, email@example.com; or Chris Addeo of ION Media Networks, +1-561-682-4210, firstname.lastname@example.org