World Leader in Online Envelope Budgeting Announces Free Mvelopes® and Major Product Upgrades
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FinicityCorporation announced today a free product offering and major upgrade for the award winning Mvelopes® system, the world's leading online envelope budgeting application.
"This is a very exciting day in the world of personal finance!" said Steven B. Smith, President and CEO of Finicity. "For nearly a decade, Mvelopes has been available on a paid subscription basis only. With millions of families struggling to live within their income and save for the future, a free online envelope budgeting solution is now available to help them create financial success."
With today's launch, customers now have a choice of using the fully functional free version of Mvelopes including free iPhone and Android apps, or upgrading to Mvelopes Premier. Upgrading to Mvelopes Premier allows access to features like integrated electronic bill pay, the Debt Center to help quickly pay down personal debt, transaction alerts and live chat support. Both versions of Mvelopes allow customers to connect to more than 15,000 banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to automatically gather transactions and account balances.
"As the industry's first online personal finance offering, Mvelopes is the most complete solution available for applying the principles of envelope budgeting," stated Tyler Park, Director of Product Management for Finicity. "Our mission is to develop and provide solutions that help individuals and families live debt free and become financially secure."
According to a recent Chase Slate-U.S. News Consumer Monitor survey, four in ten people in the United States use the traditional envelope budgeting system with cash and paper envelopes. Given the rapid move to a cashless society, having easy access to an online envelope budgeting solution is very important for these people as the paper envelope budgeting system becomes less applicable. The free Mvelopes offering will help individuals and families nationwide understand the impact of every spending decision and save for future and periodic expenses--an important key to becoming and remaining debt free.
In addition to the launch of a free version, Mvelopes has undergone a significant upgrade including a more intuitive user interface and upgraded graphics with new reports and graphs to help customers better monitor their progress. Mvelopes can be found at http://www.mvelopes.com.
Finicity was founded in 1999 and is a leading Internet and mobile software services company specializing in personal financial productivity applications. Mvelopes, first released in 2002, is the leading personal envelope budgeting solution available today. Honors include: PC World 2006 World Class Award; Named one of "The 100 Best Products of Year" by PC World's editors; and Named one of "The 4 Best Money Managers" by Success Magazine. Envelope budgeting principles are used by millions of people throughout the world. Finicity is online at http://www.mvelopes.com.
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Bertram Capital Wins Two 'Transaction of the Year' Awards from The M&A Advisor
Procon/Enfotrace Transaction Awarded Professional Services Deal of the Year and Information Technology Deal of the Year
SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bertram Capital is pleased to announce that their February 2011 acquisition of Procon/Enfotrace was selected as a winner of both the Professional Services (B-to-B) Deal of the Year and Information Technology Deal of the Year (for transactions under $100 million) at the 10th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. Bertram Capital was recognized at the Awards Gala that took place on December 13th at the New York Athletic Club. Since 1998, The M&A Advisor has been facilitating connections between and recognizing achievements of leading mergers and acquisitions, financing and turnaround professionals around the world.
"Bertram Capital, with their acquisition of Procon/Enfotrace was one of a select few firms receiving multiple awards, standing out amongst an impressive peer group of middle-market private equity investors," said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO and Founder of The M&A Advisor. "With over 389 finalists, the competition was formidable. Bertram Capital clearly demonstrated how their unique transactional capabilities enable them to close highly complex and compelling deals."
"Bertram Capital is honored to be recognized by The M&A Advisor as the winner of two 'Sector Transaction of the Year awards'," said Jeff Drazan, Managing Partner. "The acquisition of Procon/Enfotrace highlights the differentiated capabilities Bertram Capital brings to the middle market: superior transactional resources that enable us to complete complex deals quickly and with certainty, a growth focused approach to building businesses in partnership with management and our strong relationships within the investment banking community, in this case with Morgan Joseph. From sourcing to executing a complex transaction, the Procon/Enfotrace deal reflects the distinctive strengths of the Bertram Capital team."
The Procon/Enfotrace acquisition merged two of the largest North American-based providers of risk mitigation products, most notably GPS tracking solutions and payment protection systems, to the subprime automobile finance industry. Bertram Capital overcame significant obstacles in bringing these two leading competitors together and completing the transaction. The combined entity provides comprehensive nationwide coverage to large financial institutions seeking a reliable partner to implement a payment protection program.
"We are excited to leverage these scale advantages to expand the company's product offerings to adjacent markets and deliver a host of new asset tracking applications," said Jared Ruger, Partner at Bertram Capital. "Since closing the acquisition in mid-February, Bertram has already made significant progress in expanding the company, including the hiring of key sales, finance, and software executives and the acquisition of a strategic intellectual property portfolio."
These awards recognize not only Bertram Capital's efforts in combining two market leading businesses, but also honors each of the firms who contributed to the process of closing this complex transaction, including: Morgan Joseph, McGladrey, Egerton McAfee, Armistead & Davis, PC and Wilson Sonsini.
"This transaction required a first-rate team of advisors to navigate the complexities associated with this deal. Under the leadership of Jared Ruger, the entire transaction team worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth and successful closing," said Jeff Drazan.
Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, ProconGPS is the industry leader and world's largest provider of mobile resource management products and services to the subprime automotive finance industry. Solutions from ProconGPS reduce the costs, complexities and risks associated with managing mobile assets. ProconGPS currently has over 700,000 GPS tracking units in service throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.proconmrm.com
Enfotrace is one of the fastest growing companies in the subprime automobile finance industry. The company is headquartered in Irvine, CA, and currently has over 300,000 units deployed throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.enfotrace.com
About Bertram Capital
Bertram Capital is a private equity investment firm with more than $850 million in capital under management. Founded in 2006, Bertram Capital's mission is to build value for equity holders, employees, customers, and partners by helping already profitable companies realize their full potential. For more information, visit http://www.bertramcapital.com
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Announcing the New Book EVANGELIST MARKETING: What Apple, Amazon and Netflix Understand About Their Customers (That Your Company Probably Doesn't)
CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alex Goldfayn's eagerly awaited new book, EVANGELIST MARKETING, has been released today by BenBella Books.
In it, Goldfayn argues that consumer technology companies succeed in spite of their marketing, not because of it:
-- Terrible product names: why do we need 20 or 50 characters in a device
name? It's impossible for people to remember and reference these
-- Horrible PR - how many terrible press releases do you get daily?!
-- Overly technical messaging. The language isn't emotional.
-- Too much time and money invested into social media.
-- And when did the product manual go extinct? It's a big missed marketing
Some of the top executives in the business have lauded Evangelist Marketing:
"I loved this book. I've often wondered why are there so few legendary marketing leaders? Alex Goldfayn tells the inside stories of the most brilliant campaigns, demystifies the magic, and reveals the first principles from these marketing giants." - John Sculley, former Apple CEO.
Evangelist Marketing Institute
CONTACT: CONTACT: Alex Goldfayn, Evangelist Marketing Institute, +1-847-459-6322, email@example.com
Electronic Consulting Services Inc. (ECS) Announces Acquisition of Paradigm Technologies, Inc.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ECS, a rapidly growing provider of professional engineering and information technology services, announces its acquisition of Paradigm Technologies, Inc. ECS continues to execute on their strategic plan to become a recognized leader in providing the highest quality professional services in the US Federal market. The strategy includes expansion of existing markets and entry into new markets through acquisitions and competitive proposals.
ECS serves a wide range of federal customers providing support to programs and missions that are complex, often unique and directly affecting the everyday lives of Americans. ECS takes its mission very seriously and has established a culture built to attract, recognize, retain and manage the very best professionals available. Our executives, managers and project personnel establish a very direct understanding and commitment to support our customers' missions. This high level of commitment has allowed ECS to experience an organic growth rate of nearly 40% over the past 10 years.
"Paradigm Technologies met the key criteria we were looking for in an acquisition," said Mr. Roy Kapani, President and CEO of ECS. "Paradigm Technologies and ECS share a common corporate culture that focuses on hiring the best employees available and supporting those employees in providing customers with the highest quality services possible." Paradigm Technologies provides ECS with access to new customers, including the Missile Defense Agency, Navy PEO IWS 3.0, United States Marine Corps, and the US Marshal Service. Paradigm Technologies has a significant presence in Huntsville, a growing Federal market including the Defense Logistics Agency, the Army's Aviation and Missile Command, and several Program Executive Offices. Paradigm has offices in Crystal City, VA supporting Navy and US Marshal Service customers; in Stafford, VA supporting USMC customers; and in Dahlgren, VA, Ft. Belvoir, VA, and in Huntsville, AL, supporting Missile Defense Agency customers.
Paradigm Technologies adds roughly 200 employees with professional skills that immediately add to and complement the professional skill sets of ECS employees, including a core competence in business financial management and program support. These skills directly complement ECS's core business area of trusted program management support and engineering services.
ECS is now a mid-sized Federal contractor with over 1,000 employees and annual revenue surpassing $200 million. ECS is building the skills, corporate experience, resources, and infrastructure of a large business combined with the customer passion, responsiveness, and entrepreneurial spirit of a small business.
About Electronic Consulting Services, Inc. (ECS):
ECS is a leading provider of system engineering and information technology services and solutions to Federal Government agencies. As an externally assessed CMMI Level 3 company and ISO 9001:2008 registered company, ECS' award-winning expertise and commitment to quality services are critical in meeting the mission of Federal agencies in serving the needs of the American people. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, ECS has over 20 office locations throughout the US. For more information, visit: http://www.ecs-federal.com.
comparethemarket.com to Quote You Happy With New Panel Member
LONDON, January 3, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
comparethemarket.com, one of the UK's leading price comparison websites, has announced
that Quotemehappy.com - the new car insurance brand for careful drivers, underwritten by
Aviva - is joining its car insurance panel, meaning careful drivers looking for a great
price on their car insurance [http://www.comparethemarket.com/car-insurance ] can now find
even greater choice through comparethemarket.com.
Quotemehappy.com is specifically designed to offer low cost, fully comprehensive car
insurance for careful drivers. Courtesy car, windscreen cover and personal accident cover
comes as standard while customers can choose from a range of further add-ons, including
breakdown cover and legal expenses cover. Its comprehensive online service also means that
customers can manage their policies from their own home computer.
Jeremy Moll, Commercial Director at comparethemarket.com
[http://www.comparethemarket.com ] said: "We are very pleased that Quotemehappy.com has
teamed up with comparethemarket.com. We can now offer our customers even greater choice,
ensuring they can find the right car insurance policy to suit their needs."
Specialising in more than just car insurance, comparethemarket.com provides customers
with an easy way to find the right option for them on a wide range of insurance and
financial products including home insurance, van insurance, bike insurance, life
insurance, pet insurance and credit cards. It also offers comparisons for a range of
household utilities including electricity, gas, phone, broadband and digital TV.
- comparethemarket.com was launched in 2006 as a motor insurance comparison
site, offering customers a wide range of competitively priced insurance quotes
- comparethemarket.comhas grown rapidly over the past three years and is now one
of the UK's leading price comparison brands.
- As well as insurance,comparethemarket.com also offers comparisons on credit
cards [http://www.comparethemarket.com/credit-cards ], loans, current accounts and
- comparethemarket.com actively selects its brand partners, working with the
best and most trusted organisations to ensure quality service to consumers.
comparethemarket.com is a trading name of BISL Limited. BISL Limited is authorised and
regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
About Quote Me Happy
Quote Me Happy is underwritten by Aviva - the world's sixth largest* insurance group.
It provides more than 53 million customers with insurance, savings and investment products
with total worldwide sales in 2010 of GBP47.1 billion**. It is the UK's largest insurer
with 19 million customers.
Scholastic Acquires Learners Publishing - An English Language Learning Supplemental Publisher in Singapore
Acquisition supports the Company's strategy for educational publishing growth in international markets
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education, and media company, announced today that through its Singapore subsidiary, Scholastic Education International (Singapore) Private Ltd., it has acquired Learners Publishing, a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners. Since its launch in 2000, Learners Publishing has produced a list of more than 400 titles, many of which have been adopted by schools in Singapore and regional Asian markets for their quality content in the area of language acquisition. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"Since its founding, Learners Publishing has gained a reputation for high-quality content in English language learning materials in the Singapore schools and throughout Asia. We are delighted to welcome Learners Publishing into the Scholastic family," commented Shane Armstrong, President, Scholastic International, Growth Markets. "Through this acquisition, Scholastic's offering of products in the English Language Learning segment is significantly enhanced. Learners' talented team and its list of outstanding titles will assist Scholastic in accelerating educational publishing growth in International markets," he added.
Mr. Mew Yew Hwa, Founder and Managing Director of Learners Publishing said, "I strongly believe the Learners' list fits very well with the values and objectives of Scholastic's educational publishing throughout the world, and I am confident that Scholastic will take our content to greater heights, both in print and digitally."
Learners' team of experienced and dedicated educational and language consultants, editors, designers and artists, combined with the Scholastic educational publishing group based in Singapore, will continue to create innovative and effective language learning programs. Scholastic's extensive global reach will enable these high-quality products to reach more teachers and learners in all parts of the world. This acquisition better positions Scholastic to continue to expand its offering of high quality English Language Learning supplemental products to an even broader customer base.
Scholastic Corporation is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at http://www.scholastic.com. International operations include the publication and distribution of products outside the United States by Scholastic international operations, export and foreign rights businesses. The company has long-established operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, with newer operations in China and India.
Recently Launched YouTube Video Channel of Eminent "How to" Website WaysandHow.com Grabs Instant Attention
Renowned Self Help Website WaysandHow.com continues its endeavor to provide more to its thousands of followers all over the world. They have recently launched a highly impressive YouTube Video Channel. It may be recalled, that the website was introduced during the month of October 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Distinguished "how to" website named WaysandHow.com started its journey just a couple of months ago as a subsidiary of Triple E Holdings Ltd. Within a very short time, they have emerged as a trusted online source of "how to" tools. In December 2011, the company introduced their highly appreciated video page that now boasts as one of the most diverse range of high quality how to videos sites online. They have recently achieved another significant milestone by introducing their YouTube Channel for the website's ever increasing pool of global audiences. This new enhancement from WaysandHow.com is a firm step towards becoming one of the top YouTube channels providing thousands of top class "how to" videos to its fans and audiences.
Apart from high quality self help videos; the website is also a reliable source of how to articles, as well. The simple approach of these educative articles written by the in house professionals of the company has been appreciated by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Declaring the launch of the YouTube Video page, a senior official of Triple E Holdings Ltd. said, "The addition of this YouTube Channel Page is just an effort from our end to connect to people all over the world who want to learn to do things on their own." The videos in this channel cover topics of regular daily usage like How to Repair DVD Scratches, or ways to treat blistered sunburn. Official sources have revealed that the company plans to add thousands of videos to this new page within the next few months.
The concept of "how to" websites has become extremely popular in the recent years with many of them striving to gain the attention of the audience. However, the online community created by WaysandHow.com has certainly provided them exactly what they needed. Desiree, a pet lover from Ontario was terribly upset with the peeing habits of her cats until she came across the excellent video on How to Remove Cat Urine from Wood Floors in the website of WaysandHow.com.
About the Company: WaysandHow.com is a recently launched "how to" website that has gained immense popularity in the recent months as a trusted source of self-help articles and websites. The ancillary of Triple E Holdings Ltd. has just launched a new You Tube Video page.
It's a Noisy World; Make Sure Your Kids Hear for a Lifetime
Etymotic's ETY*Kids(TM) Safe-Listening Earphones for Apple Products Debut at International CES 2012, Booth # 4014
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's tech-connected kids live in a high-def world. They are bombarded by sound from music players, game consoles, tablets and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Studies show that overexposure to loud sounds leads to hearing damage seen later in life. Beginning January 30, parents can take steps to help their kids hear for a lifetime with Etymotic's ETY*Kids(TM) Safe-Listening Earphones for Apple products. The ETY*Kids3 headset, which features three-button control and a mic designed for use with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, will be available for purchase at BestBuy.com and select Best Buy stores, Amazon.com, Etymotic.com and authorized retailers worldwide.
Sound heard through ETY*Kids earphones will not exceed safe levels, so parents can rest easy. Even at the maximum volume setting on portable players, kids can listen safely for up to four hours per day. And because ETY*Kids earphones block background noise, and provide high-definition sound quality, kids will be able to hear every detail, and won't complain that the volume is too low.
"Most parents understand that earphones can pose a real threat to hearing health, but are unsure how to manage their kids' listening time or material," said Mark Karnes managing director of consumer products for Etymotic. "Our goal is to provide a peace-of-mind solution for concerned parents who want to establish good listening habits while children are young."
ETY*Kids are available in two versions -- the ETY*Kids3 three-button control headset with mic designed to work with Apple products, with an MSRP of $79; and the ETY*Kids5 universal earphone that works with any portable device, with an MSRP of $49. The ETY*Kids3 headset will feature AWARENESS! for Etymotic, an app that "listens" to users' surroundings and mixes any noise louder than normal background sounds directly into the earphones, so kids can hear traffic, announcements or any other important sounds while they are listening. Both products provide clear, high-definition speech and music reproduction and come with kid-friendly eartips to ensure a seal that blocks outside sound.
Etymotic is showing the ETY*Kids3, along with the ETY*Kids5 and a range of other products that promote hearing wellness and sound quality at International CES 2012, booth 4014. The company will feature an interactive demo at the booth that shows the difference in sound quality and volume when music is heard through standard Apple earbuds and the ETY*Kids3.
ETY*Kids was recently awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Winner's Seal of Approval. PTPA Media has North America's largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents participating.
Etymotic Research is leading the way through all of its company efforts to educate, advocate, protect, enhance and provide the enjoyment of the listening experience for consumers at all ages and stages of life. For more information about Etymotic, its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit http://www.etymotic.com.
With hundreds of exercise machines that you can compare side-by-side, FindTheBest.com streamlines the decision-making process. You'll be getting in shape in no time with the right equipment around to fuel your workouts.
First, use FindTheBest's treadmill comparison to compare treadmills. Filter the list of treadmills by category (commercial home, or rehabilitation and wellness) and features (cooling fan, handrail controls, heart rate monitor, goal-oriented workouts). You can also indicate the maximum speed and incline you'll need in a treadmill. These filters will allow you to narrow your decision according to your preferences.
Once you've narrowed your list of treadmills to the ones with the features you need, compare your selection. Select several of the treadmills and click the compare button. FindTheBest displays each of the treadmills side-by-side.
Not only can you see detailed information about each product to find the one that fits your needs, FindTheBest assigns a Smart Rating to each product to help your decision. The Smart Rating is a hybrid rating system that combines expert reviews and quantitative data into a weighted score.
Look for the Smart Rating - a circular color-coded dial with a number from zero to one hundred inside - on each product listing. Then, compare the top Smart Rated treadmills side-by-side.
If you're still not sure which treadmill is the right one for you, refer to FindTheBest's Buyer's Guide to choosing treadmills for tips on what to look for and what to avoid.
FindTheBest can help you with any decision you need to make - especially those to help keep your New Year's fitness resolutions. Just like you can find the best treadmill for your needs on FindTheBest, you can also find and compare elliptical machines and the best exercise bikes.
With FindTheBest's comparisons, users can find and compare hundreds of products and services side-by-side. Finding an exercise machine that fits your needs just takes a few clicks: let FindTheBest help you stay on track with your New Year's resolutions.
Dunkin' Donuts Kicks Off The New Year With DDSMART Twitter Contest
You could win a $50 DD Card by sharing smart choices to keep yourself running in 2012
DDSMART better-for-you menu can help you keep your resolution to eat smarter in the New Year
CANTON, Mass., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Does your New Year's resolution involve making smart choices to help keep yourself running in 2012? If so, a new Dunkin' Donuts DDSMART Twitter contest offers you a chance to win a $50 Dunkin' Donuts Card - and perhaps inspire others - by sharing your goal for the year ahead.
To kick off 2012, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, is inviting Americans to submit a tweet to @DunkinDonuts on Twitter, using the special hashtag #DDSMARTY, sharing one smart choice or way that will help keep themselves running in 2012. Beginning today and continuing through Friday, January 6, Dunkin' Donuts will select one winner each day to receive a $50 Dunkin' Donuts Card. For judging criteria and additional terms and conditions related to Dunkin' Donuts' #DDSMARTY contest, please visit: https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/promotions/DDSMARTY_Twitter_Contest.html.
To help you eat better and keep running all year long, Dunkin' Donuts' DDSMART menu offers an array of choices for guests seeking better-for-you options without compromising taste, quality or value. Many of these food and beverages have fewer than 300 calories, including:
-- Egg White Flatbread Sandwiches (280 calories) are available in either
Veggie or Turkey Sausage varieties. Both are served on wholesome toasted
-- Wake-Up Wraps are perfect for value-conscious, on-the-go people who want
a fast, freshly-prepared breakfast option in a smaller portion size and
with fewer calories than the usual breakfast sandwich. Wake-Up Wraps are
available in several varieties, including Egg White Veggie (150
calories), Egg White Turkey Sausage (150 calories), Egg & Cheese (180
calories) and Ham, Egg & Cheese (200 calories).
-- Small Latte Lite has 80 calories and is made with skim milk and
-- Freshly-brewed unsweetened Teas are all zero-calories.
-- Freshly-brewed unsweetened medium Iced Tea has five calories.
All Dunkin' Donuts' DDSMART items meet at least one of the following criteria: 25% fewer calories; 25% less sugar, fat, saturated fat or sodium than comparable fare, and/or contain ingredients that are nutritionally beneficial.
According to Stan Frankenthaler, Dunkin' Brands' Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation, "Busy people are finding it harder than ever before to eat smart on-the-go. Our DDSMART menu makes it easy for people to eat better with great-tasting food and beverages that fit into anyone's lifestyle, served fast and at a great value," he said. "We remain committed to providing delicious menu choices to help keep people running all throughout the year, and look forward to Americans participating in our Twitter contest."
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for five years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2010, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $6 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN). For more information, visit http://www.DunkinDonuts.com.
SHAPE Magazine Partners With MapMyFITNESS for 2012 Fitness Challenge Program
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SHAPE, the leading active lifestyle magazine for women, is excited to announce the 2012 SHAPE Fitness Challenge in partnership with MapMyFITNESS, a suite of award-winning mobile and web tools designed to make fitness training simple and shareable, and ASICS, a global leader in performance athletic technology. MapMyFITNESS brings healthy and active individuals the best-in-class mobile and digital tools required to set goals, track progress and share results with friends and family.
SHAPE's Fitness Challenge, which is solely sponsored by ASICS, will be fully integrated with in-book, online and mobile components. This program will coincide with the start of the New Year to inspire participants to make their resolutions count by bringing readers and fitness enthusiasts a fun-filled eight-week initiative that will launch on SHAPE.com beginning on December 28th. During the 60-day plan, SHAPE readers will be able to commit to run, walk, or bike their way to their fitness goals through one of MapMyFITNESS's programs. Through innovative features, this online portal provides more than five million fitness enthusiasts the ability to track and store their daily exercise routes via Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. As an added tool, SHAPE's editors will create useful and empowering tips to help readers meet their goals.
"We are so proud to launch the 2012 Fitness Challenge with MapMyFITNESS," commented Brian Gruseke, SHAPE's Vice President, Publisher and Director of Corporate Sales. "This innovative program combines the superior editorial content that SHAPE readers know and trust with MapMyFITNESS's robust collection of mobile and online products. We're also thrilled to have the backing of ASICS, with their commitment to helping everyone achieve their fitness goals."
The featured challenges include: The ride challenge, "Ride a Century," the walk challenge, "Walk a Marathon," the run challenge, "Run 30 Miles in 30 Days," and the fitness challenge, "30 Days of Fitness." As an incentive for participants, they will be able to select a challenge and complete the goal that corresponds with that challenge within 30 days to be entered into a drawing to win various prizes.
"We are thrilled to partner with SHAPE to provide its readers with truly unique ways to get them to closer to their health and fitness goals," said Robin J. Thurston, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of MapMyFITNESS. "At MapMyFITNESS we strive to help people lead healthier and more active lifestyles, and we believe these challenges get us closer to that objective."
About American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc. owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and health and fitness media brands in the United States. AMI's titles include Star, OK!, National Enquirer, Globe, Country Weekly, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, Pixie, Shape, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health. AMI also manages 18 different digital sites including RadarOnline.com, OKmagazine.com, Shape.com, MensFitness.com, MuscleandFitness.com and FitPregnancy.com. AMI's magazines have a combined total circulation of almost 7 million and reach more than 55 million men and women each month. AMI's digital properties reach an average of 10 million unique visitors and 80 million page views monthly.
AMI also operates a Publishing Services business unit which includes Distribution Services, Inc. (DSI), the No. 1 in-store magazine sales and merchandising marketing company in the U.S. and Canada. DSI places and monitors AMI's publications and third-party publications to ensure proper displays in major retail chains and national and regional supermarket chains. DSI also provides marketing, merchandising and information gathering services to third parties including non-magazine clients. Publishing Services also provides print and digital advertising sales and strategic management direction in the following areas: manufacturing, subscription circulation, logistics, event marketing and full back office financial functions. Playboy is one of many publishers who have taken advantage of these additional services.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, MapMyFITNESS was founded in 2007 and operates a suite of fitness-oriented websites and associated mobile and tablet applications including MapMyRUN.com, MapMyRIDE.com, MapMyWALK.com, MapMyHIKE.com, MapMyFITNESS.com, MapMyMOUNTAIN.com and MapMyTRI.com. MapMyFITNESS provides more than 6 million runners, cyclists, walkers, and other fitness enthusiasts with access to an innovative geo-mapping application that permits them to track and store their daily running, cycling, walking or hiking routes in an online database, a searchable database of routes across the globe, essential community-based fitness content, unique online training tools and fitness calculators, comprehensive global event listings, and a dynamic social network of healthy and active individuals. MapMyFITNESS's iMapMy mobile apps use the built-in GPS technology of the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android to enable users to record and chart their daily fitness activities and routes right on their devices. For more information about MapMyFITNESS and its offerings, visit http://www.mapmyfitnessinc.com.
SOURCE American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc.
CONTACT: For SHAPE Inquiries, Samantha Trenk, American Media, Inc., Vice President, Public Relations, +1-212-545-4896, firstname.lastname@example.org; For MapMyFITNESS Inquires, MapMyRUN Media Contact, Mark A. Merolli, General Counsel, mark.merolli@mapmyfitness
JD Ventures Announces E-Commerce Affiliation Web Site
ETOBICOKE, Ontario, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada-based e-commerce affiliate company, JD Ventures LLC, today announced the launch of a new online retail Web site at http://www.DawsonsDiscounts.com.
As an affiliate marketer of a variety of retailers, DawsonsDiscounts.com is an online shopping destination for internet shoppers looking to find internet deals and coupons. DawsonsDiscounts.com suggests a variety of retailers based on quality, price and limited time offers. Retail categories include apparel, electronics, beauty, living, sports, outdoors, and travel.
President of JD Ventures LLC, Jo-Ann Dawson, said, "With so many retail Web sites to choose from, we know that online shopping can be tricky. Shoppers want to find what they are looking for without any hassle, and they want the best deals! Dawson's Discounts has compiled the best coupons and deals from the most trusted stores on the internet."
New suggested retailers are added to the Web site periodically. Ordering and purchasing support is available through each of the individual retailers' Web sites. Online transactions are specific to the particular retailers, but in most cases, all major credit cards are accepted and items purchased through the sites can be shipped anywhere in the United States and Canada.
Dawson added, "Like a traditional shopping mall, we provide access to department stores and specialty shops that contain the latest fashions and products. However, unlike a traditional shopping mall, we have access to stores (and deals) around the world. Rather than spending time going from mall to mall or Web site to Web site to find the perfect gift or item, we've made things quick and easy!"
OMG Announces New Processes Open for Participation; Architecture Board Election Results
NEEDHAM, Mass., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- OMG(®) members met in Santa Clara, Calif., the week of December 12-16, 2011, sponsored by No Magic, Sparx Systems, and Real Time Innovations. At this meeting members began work on six new standards processes and elected five members to the Architecture Board.
Architecture Board Election
Members of the OMG Architecture Board (AB) are responsible for ensuring the architectural consistency of OMG's specifications. The following members have been elected by the membership to serve on the AB:
-- Manfred Koethe, 88 Solutions
-- Steve Cook, Microsoft
-- Hugues Vincent, Thales
-- Doug Tolbert, Unisys
-- Daniel Brookshier, No Magic
New Processes Initiated
The following processes are now open for comment and participation. Non-members may download information on any Request process from http://www.omg.org/public_schedule. For more information on any process, send an email to email@example.com.
Information Exchange Framework Information Exchange Policy-based Packaging Services (IEPPS) RFP: The Information Exchange Framework (IEF) Policy-based Packaging Service (PPS) will provide organizations an automated way to apply user defined policies that govern the sharing and protection of information.
Application Instrumentation RFP: The goal of the Application Instrumentation standard will be to to provide a standard method to collect and distribute internal application data and status information for Command, Control, Computers, Communication, and Intelligence (C4I) systems.
Assuring Dependability of Consumer Devices RFI: This RFI is the first step toward standardizing the process, methodologies, and tools to assure the software dependability of consumer devices. Unlike industrial machineries, consumer devices including automobiles, service robots, consumer electronics, and smart houses refer to a new category of industrial products used by general end users. A supporting whitepaper is posted at http://www.omg.org/cgi-bin/doc?sysa/2011-12-08.
Semantic Information Modeling for Federation (SIMF) RFP: SIMF will address the federation of information across different representations, levels of abstraction, communities, organizations, viewpoints, and authorities. Federation, in this context, means using independently conceived information sets together for purposes beyond those for which the individual information sets were originally defined.
Interaction Flow Modeling Language (IFML) RFP: This RFP solicits proposals for a standard Interaction Flow Modeling Language in terms of: concrete syntax, metamodel, UML(®) profile and associated interchange format.
Precise Semantics of UML Composite Structures RFP: The objective of this RFP is to solicit specifications containing more precise semantics for UML composite structures and their extensions (e.g., profiles) to enable execution, model checking, and reduce ambiguities in UML models.
Next Meeting; Links to Additional Information
OMG members will meet next in Reston, VA during the week of March 19-23, 2012 sponsored by No Magic, Inc., Sparx Systems and RTI. This meeting will feature an Interoperable Architecture Workshop, a Business Architecture Information Day and a Smart Energy Information Day. The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) will be having its quarterly face-to-face meeting co-located with the OMG Technical Meeting.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Ken Berk at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-781-444 0404. Exhibit space is available; contact email@example.com no later than Friday, March 9, 2012 to reserve space.
OMG(®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG's modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. For more information, visit http://www.omg.org.
AT&T Rolls In COWs to Beef Up Wireless Network for Big Miami Bowl Game on Jan. 4
MIAMI, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When college football tailgaters gather for the big bowl game in Miami on January 4, there will be COWs among them. AT&T* has rolled in two Cell sites on Wheels, or COWs, in the stadium parking lot to help with the anticipated increase in network traffic at the game venue.
In addition to the two mobile cell sites in the stadium parking lot, AT&T has a distributed antenna system inside the stadium that has been bolstered with additional mobile broadband capacity. The network upgrade involved adding additional layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to the sites. The extra capacity makes it possible for the distributed antenna system to accommodate more traffic, which helps improve the performance of mobile broadband data and voice connectivity.
"We know college football fans are excited about this bowl, and we want our customers to have a positive wireless experience," said Carlos Blanco, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for South Florida. "These mobile cell sites, and the other network enhancements we've made at the stadium, will help us accomplish that."
The network upgrades in preparation for the big game are among hundreds AT&T has made in South Florida in 2011. Since the start of the year through Nov. 30, AT&T has completed 657 network enhancements in Miami-Dade and Broward counties alone to increase mobile broadband coverage, capacity and speeds. To give customers a hyper-local view of the upgrades, AT&T launched "Focus: Miami-Fort Lauderdale" last summer. Visitors to the site immediately view a map of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, and are prompted to select the city or county they're most interested in. The map displays specific network enhancements that AT&T has made in the area. The site also provides a map of area AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots and stores.
Statewide, AT&T invested more than $425 million in its wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.
"We want to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers," said Marshall Criser, III, AT&T Florida president. "The ongoing investment we're making in Florida is designed to increase coverage, reliability and offers advanced services for our customers so they can do more with their wireless devices."
AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 29,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in South Florida, or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See http://www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
BT Expands Ethernet Service in U.S. and Canada to Meet Growing Customer Demand
Nodes added in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Newark, N.J. and Toronto, Canada
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --BT (NYSE: BT), one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services, has expanded BT Ethernet Connect, its global Ethernet virtual private network (VPN) service, to enable large organizations to evolve and grow their infrastructure while maintaining control of their IP architecture.
According to recent research by IDC, the total U.S. Ethernet services market is expected to grow from $2.6 billion in 2009 to $7.2 billion in 2014.* BT is meeting this demand with additional nodes in the US and Canada to BT Ethernet Connect, an adaptable, secure Ethernet VPN service that is available in 28 countries with additional countries covered by long lines.
Customers can set up their network to meet current needs and then add features when needed. BT Ethernet Connect is ideal for a range of applications including connecting data centers and organizations that wish to design and manage their IP layer.
In addition to the new nodes, three access resilience options are now available:
-- Standard: Offers a single physical connection from the BT point of
presence (POP) to the customer site.
-- Diverse: Offers two accesses that are delivered to the same BT POP.
-- Diverse+: Offers two accesses that are delivered to different POPs.
BT Ethernet Connect has been certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum to its standards MEF 9 and 14. These standards provide independent validation of the conformance and performance of Ethernet services.
Kim McMann, President, BT U.S. and Canada, said: "At BT we continue to expand our service offerings to meet our customers' growing needs for global communications. With our ability to provide IP VPN services in more than 170 countries/ territories and Ethernet VPN services in 28 countries, multinational customers with operations in the U.S. and Canada rely on us to keep them connected and to provide value-added services that let them focus on their core business, not their networked IT infrastructure."
*IDC, U.S. Carrier Ethernet Services 2010-2014 Forecast, Doc #224544, August 2010.
Notes to editors:BT operates a global network infrastructure with the ability to provide services in 197 countries and territories. BT takes a total network approach, global and local, integrating connectivity seamlessly to deliver improved business performance for our customers. BT's 2.5bn pounds Sterling investment in super-fast fibre-based broadband will make the UK one of the best connected countries in the world. BT's powerful mix of highly available and reliable international network services such as Private Line Connect, IP Connect Global, Ethernet Connect Global, Internet Connect Global and Managed LAN combined with Connect Applications brings large organisations together with their employees, customers and the world. Access services are delivered through Ethernet, DSL, Hybrid VPN and Satellite. During the last financial year, BT has extended its Ethernet footprint in the UK to over 1,000 fibre Ethernet nodes, providing the country's largest Ethernet network. BT's Ethernet Connect Global service now covers 28 countries globally, with additional countries covered through long lines and further expansion planned in 2012.
About BTBT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group's revenue was 20,076m pounds with profit before taxation of 1,717m pounds.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
Overstock.com Selects Priceline Partner Network to Power O.co Travel Website
New travel website to feature deals on hotels, flights and car rentals
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Overstock.com Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK), today announced that it has selected the Priceline Partner Network, which is a business unit of priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN), to power Overstock's new travel website, called O.co Travel.
O.co Travel customers will have access to a robust collection of travel services from the Priceline Partner Network, including:
-- Priceline's Name Your Own Price® travel services that can deliver
savings of up to 60% off hotel rooms, up to 40% off flights and up to
40% off rental cars;
-- The ability to book published-price hotel rooms through thousands of
quality chain and independent hotels around the world. O.co Travel
customers also will have access to Priceline's extensive database of
hotel freebies, including instant discounts, free breakfast, free
Internet access, and more;
-- The ability to book rental car reservations worldwide. O.co Travel will
also support rental car company discount codes;
-- Airline ticketing with almost all major airlines through priceline.com.
This service includes seat mapping, the ability to book different
classes of seats, and it supports airline frequent flier numbers,
-- A broad lineup of money-saving air & hotel vacation packages. When air
and hotel are booked together, customers can save up to $500 compared to
"Our partnership with priceline.com allows us to offer customers an in-depth travel site," said Overstock.com President Jonathan Johnson. "We constant receive customer feedback and tailor our offerings to these customer preferences. With Priceline's lineup of travel services, including Name Your Own Price, our customers can be sure they're getting the best travel deals available on the Internet today."
"Overstock.com has built a brand that's known for saving consumers money across a broad spectrum of products," said Randy Schartner, President of the Priceline Partner Network. "We believe that Priceline's broad array of travel services, which are also focused on delivering savings, will fit well with Overstock.com's products and mission. We look forward to working with them."
Overstock.com is Your Savings Engine offering brand-name products. The company offers its customers an opportunity to shop for bargains conveniently, while offering its suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. Overstock.com, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co. Overstock.com regularly posts information about the company and other related matters on its website under the heading "Investor Relations."
About The Priceline Partner NetworkThe Priceline Partner Network (PPN) http://www.pricelinepartnernetwork.com is the private-label distribution channel for priceline.com travel services. Working behind the scenes, PPN powers travel websites for a spectrum of affinity groups, airlines and hotel management firms and chains. PPN believes that it offers the most customizable private-label travel affiliate program on the market today. PPN's private-label services include hotels, flights, rental cars, flight & hotel packages, and priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price travel services for hotels, airline tickets and rental cars.
About The Priceline GroupThe Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 200,000 participating hotels worldwide. The Group is composed of four primary brands - Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw - and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 140 countries in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.
Booking.com is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world, offering over 170,000 hotels (as of November 7, 2011), and is available in 41 languages. More recent hotel counts are available on the Booking.com website. Priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. Agoda.com is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available in 37 languages. TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in over 4,000 locations. Customer support is provided in 29 languages.
Overstock.com® and O.co® and Club O Rewards® are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Club O(TM), and Club O Rewards Dollars(TM) and Your Savings Engine(TM) are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding number and type of travel services offered and the quality and price of the services. Our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or any amendments thereto, and our other subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections, estimates or forward-looking statements.
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CONTACT: Media Contact, Roger Johnson, +1-801-947-4430, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Investor Contact, Kevin Moon, +1-801-947-3282, email@example.com both of Overstock.com, Inc.
Steven Van Zandt of "The Sopranos" and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band is back as a Gangster...this time in Norway
All 8 Episodes of the Entire First Season Available to Watch Instantly on Netflix in the USA, Canada & Latin America Beginning February 6, 2012
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Lilyhammer," a gripping fish-out-of-water story set in Norway and starring "The Sopranos" mainstay and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, is a new Original Series premiering on Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) to watch instantly on February 6, 2012 in the USA, Canada and Latin America.
"Lilyhammer," follows New York mobster Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano as he enters the federal witness protection program after ratting on his boss. A sports fan, Frank wants to make his new life in Lillehammer, the Norwegian town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics - or as he calls it "Lilyhammer." Frank has visions of a paradise of "clean air, fresh white snow and gorgeous broads" far away from the temptations of the Big Apple and from mob hit men. Reality, of course, turns out to be spectacularly different.
All eight first season episodes of "Lilyhammer" will be available on February 6 so Netflix members can enjoy the series by streaming over the Internet to connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones.
"Lilyhammer" is a well-observed, funny and occasionally brutal story of culture clash, focused on Stevie's inimitable portrayal of an East Coast mobster," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "We're proud to introduce this terrific Original Series exclusively to our members. If you love the first episode, there is no need to wait until next week, or to set a DVR, to catch the next one."
"I am very careful with my choices and this project was so exciting to me because of the wonderful writing, the rich characters and the fascinating culture of Norway," said Steven Van Zandt, Executive Producer. "Netflix is the perfect home for such a unique show."
"Lilyhammer" was developed by Rubicon TV AS (creator, Anne Bjornstad & Eilif Skodvin). The Writers on the Show include Anne Bjornstad, Eilif Skodvin and Steven Van Zandt. Producers include Trond Berg Nilsen and Agnete Thuland. Executive Producers include Lasse Hallberg & Steven Van Zandt. The series is a production by Rubicon TV AS.
With more than 20 million streaming members in the United States, Canada and Latin America, Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] is the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For about US$7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix are the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, Internet-connected TVs, home theater systems, digital video recorders and Internet video players; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. In all, more than 700 devices that stream from Netflix are available. For additional information, go to Netflix.com.Follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter.
FitOrbit Develops First 'Smart' USDA Food Logging System
Consumer-friendly transformation of government database is just one part of the new, re-imagined FitOrbit 2.0
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FitOrbit announced today the launch of their all new FitOrbit 2.0, with a radically simplified way for consumers to interact with the USDA foods database as they track their meals. FitOrbit, launched two years ago, is the first-of-its-kind solution that provides a real, certified personal trainer to its members with a one-on-one, proven-effective training and nutrition plan over the internet, all for less than ten dollars a week. The all new FitOrbit 2.0 now offers even more intuitive features that further enhance the relationship between client and trainer.
The new "smart" USDA food logging database makes it simple and easy for FitOrbit members to track their food and calorie consumption in a user-friendly format. This smart foods innovation logs "green beans" as is. Previously, the USDA database required users to enter multiple variations of "beans, green, canned, in water." This solution pioneered by FitOrbit is the key to ease of use which allows real people to achieve real success.
Using feedback from their 10,000 current clients, FitOrbit 2.0 has also revolutionized multiple aspects of its users' online experience, including a redesigned mobile App that makes on-the-go accessibility to FitOrbit's trainers and personal plans faster and more convenient. Additionally, there are newly revamped communications tools that allow state-of-the-art web and mobile user-to-trainer contact as well as an updated user interface that simplifies logging with FitOrbit's Progress Tracker, which monitors weight loss, calorie and water intake, exercises, and sleep.
"The keys to a successful personal trainer are being able to motivate and inspire clients by listening to their needs and giving them the tools to achieve real results. Since its launch, FitOrbit has enabled our trainers to change people's lives worldwide. Our 2.0 version includes newly invented 'true-to-life' tools in a warm, friendly and intuitive user interface. Weight loss success with personal training has never been easier, more affordable or, most importantly, more effective," says Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of Body by Jake Global and FitOrbit Founder and Chairman. Jake Steinfeld is the fitness industry visionary who is credited as making personal fitness training an industry.
FitOrbit was founded in 2009 by one of the fitness industry's reigning icons, Jake Steinfeld, of "Body by Jake" fame. For less than $2 a day, FitOrbit delivers personal trainers and individual fitness and nutrition programs online. FitOrbit members get a full lifestyle package, including a smartly personalized workout plan, a realistic meal plan (with suggested recipes/ingredients/ and even local restaurant menu suggestions), plus 24/7 standby support. Members get to choose a certified trainer whose personality and approach mesh with theirs. And if for some reason the chemistry isn't there, users can switch as often as they want.
App debuts with Volkswagen as launch partnerMCLEAN, Va., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY, a multi-platform news and information company, announced today that the USA TODAY App for Kindle Fire is now available. The app makes its debut today with Volkswagen as the launch partner.
The USA TODAY App for Kindle Fire features a custom look and design specifically for the tablet with the signature content readers have come to trust from USA TODAY. The app provides eye catching photos while delivering the latest award-winning USA TODAY news in a convenient interactive package designed to take advantage of Kindle Fire's seven inch color touch screen. More information on the app can be found at http://www.usatoday.com/kindle-fire.
"Part of USA TODAY's mobile strategy is to be the first news source on emerging technologies. We develop and design our apps for each specific device to provide the optimum experience to our customers. We couldn't be prouder to have Volkswagen as our launch partner today," said Dave Hunke, president and publisher of USA TODAY.
"We are pleased to partner with USA TODAY on the launch of this cutting-edge app. Innovation is a strength of both USA TODAY and Volkswagen and we're delighted to be a part of the excitement around this launch," said Charlie Taylor, general manager of digital marketing, Volkswagen of America.
USA TODAY is now available on all major platforms and devices including Android (phones and tablets), Google Chrome Web Store, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Windows-based Tablets, Windows Phone, and now, Kindle Fire.
USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of nearly 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 5.4 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than ten million downloads on mobile devices. The USA TODAY brand also includes USA TODAY Education and USA TODAY Sports Weekly. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
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As announced in previous press releases, Artprice, with its 1.3 million members in
more than 90 countries, and in its capacity as an online auction broker ("opérateur de
courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique", Article 5 of
French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011) will be launching its online auctions service on
18 January 2012.
Since 27 December 2011, Artprice members have been able to prepare their ads in order
to gain the maximum benefit from the visibility of Artprice's global launch campaign. For
further information please visit: http://web.artprice.com/classifieds/info?l=en
Although more than 90% of the art market was closed between Christmas and the New
Year, Artprice has already registered several thousand lots for sale. Our initial client
feedback suggests that users find the service very quick and simple to use.
According to Thierry Ehrmann, the founder and CEO of Artprice, "The train of History
is now definitively rolling and Artprice is on that train, which nothing can stop from now
on. It took twelve years and lots of patience and conviction to pursue a legal battle
against a 500 year-old monopoly that is today demolished." Breaking this monopoly is a
victory for Artprice; but it is also beneficial to France, which has been losing its
attractiveness as an art market for over 40 years, slipping from the first to the fourth
position, and which, this year, with the help of Artprice, can hope to recover a position
worthy of its tradition and its influence on the art market.
On Monday 2 January 2012, Artprice launched a global campaign in art and financial
media, focused on the USA, Europe and Asia, alongside a "viral marketing" campaign on the
On Monday 9 January 2012, Artprice will start the presentation of lots to be auctioned
in chronological harmony with the art market which, every year, kicks off in the second
week of January.
A level of security rarely attained on the Internet.
Our alliance with Escrow.com, the global leader in the management of escrow accounts,
provides a 100% guarantee of security and payment for the parties to all transactions. The
service provided by Escrow.com has been specifically tailored to meet all of Artprice's
rigorous requirements. Artprice's capacity to offer 100% transaction security relies on
its excellent knowledge of the digital economy and developments in the fields of
information technology and Internet law. Indeed, we can affirm with complete confidence
that the security of Artprice's online auctions and other services is greater than that
offered by traditional auctions and non-internet transactions.
Artprice works on the fundamental principle of perfectly identified members and, via
an agreement with INTERPOL, buyers can access at any moment the latter's international
Stolen Works of Art database to check if a work being offered for sale is subject to any
legal dispute or search warrant.
Unlike certain well-known general online auction companies, Artprice imposes a
permanent legal presence on its clientele to ensure the smooth operation of its online
auction brokerage activities via its Standardised Marketplace. Artprice's contacts over
the past 5 years with approximately 70 criminal investigation departments around the world
has allowed Artprice to build an unrivalled level of Internet confidence that is
strengthened by its constant collaboration with artists, beneficiaries and experts.
The real strength of Artprice is its use of an escrow and payment release system for
which Artprice has conceptualised all possible legal scenarios to ensure that completed
transactions are legally irreversible and to provide a level of security rarely attained
in the Internet sphere. This escrow system functions on exactly the same principle as that
used by solicitors and lawyers for various kinds of transactions.
The very low commissions charged by Artprice completely alter the dynamic of the art
Art professionals, collectors and beneficiaries will be inexorably drawn to use
Artprice's service because its low commissions modify the fundamental reality of the
secondary art market. Its rates decrease from 9% to 5% depending on the value (in USD) of
the transaction: 9% from 0 to 7,500 dollars; 7% from 7,500.01 to 15,000 dollars and 5% for
transactions over 15,000.01 dollars. According to Thierry Ehrmann, the 5% rate for works
offered at over 15,000.01 euros could attract entire sections of the Art market to this
modus operandi because works in that price bracket are perfectly standardised and have
been bought and sold for nearly 30 years, almost always "remotely", in view of the legal
documents that vendors are obliged to produce on Artprice.
In parallel, Artprice is setting up white labels for major players in the art market,
notably Auction Houses, that will use Artprice and its Standardised Marketplace as their
technical host for online auctions, thereby providing Artprice - which is not an
auctioneer - with another source of income.
Artprice is therefore open to demand from over 3,600 client and partner auctioneers
and more than 7,400 art valuers who have already concretely manifested their vital need to
join Artprice's standardised marketplace in order to maintain their positions in the
global art market and survive the necessary transition to a dematerialised art auction
Internet, and more generally the digital revolution, has literally destroyed the
global mono-economy of physical auction rooms, which today are just one channel for
auctioneers to use and which -usually located in city centres- either represent an
expensive (and now superfluous) rental cost or an under-exploited real estate asset.
In the context of a deeper than ever global economic and financial crisis, Artprice
has once again -as in 2008- observed a very sharp increase in the number of works offered
for sale through its Standardised Marketplace, with an acceleration of buy-to-sell
operations. We can therefore assume that auction sales will follow the same growth path.
Indeed, we are of the view that the economic and financial crisis represents a strong
growth opportunity for Artprice's Standardised Marketplace.
In fact, the history of the art market - like all markets - is naturally heading
towards the circuits that are the fastest, the least expensive, the most liquid, where the
price can be obtained in real-time and where there is a critical mass of participants with
- of course - access to transparent information on all prices and indices.
Artprice's Standardised Marketplace meets these five specific and vital needs for a
modern market. Artprice, with its completely toll-free access model for its Standardised
Marketplace, is absorbing the global market of private art sales faster than initially
expected. With our extremely attractive rates we now expect to see the same pace of growth
with our online auction service.
Over nearly 7 years Artprice has seen exponential growth of the offer on its
Standardised Marketplace (the annual figures are available in Artprice's 2010 Registration
Document and online at the AMF under number D.11-0784 since 25 August 2011). In 2010,
Artprice confirmed a total volume of artworks offered worth nearly 6.3 billion euros with
a sales rate of approximately one third, for which Artprice received no commission.
We should point out that only Artprice holds and protects, as intellectual property,
the entire process for joining the Standardised Marketplace(R) and for side-stepping the
traditional system of physical auction rooms. Indeed, the situation may justifiably be
compared to the old Stock Exchanges before the arrival of the ECNs (Electronic
Communication Network) that made the outcry halls redundant on the majority of the world's
major stock markets, primarily by reducing the intermediation costs.
Art... a veritable safe haven investment in times of major crisis.
The economic and business media (Le Monde, The New York Times, the F.T. the A.F.P.,
Reuters, Bloomberg, etc.) regularly indicate that quality art represents a genuine safe
haven in major crises. Artprice, Christie's, Sotheby's and the major international
auctioneers also confirm the safe haven status of artworks (c.f. the Agefi's interview
with Artprice). In fact, despite the sombre economic and financial global context in 2011,
the global art market posted extremely positive figures both in terms of volumes and
prices in all countries, and numerous artists in Artprice's global Top 500 posted new
This confidence is manifest on all continents. Like gold, artworks have for centuries
been defensive investments in major crises and particularly in the context of sharp
meltdowns in financial asset values such as those that the global economy is likely to
continue experiencing in 2012/2013.
Artprice will soon be announcing alliances that will allow a presence on all
continents with local partners.
The future of Artprice in 2012 and of the Art Market is unavoidably linked to Asia.
Artprice was the first press agent in the world to announce and certify figures in
2011 showing that China had unquestionably become the world's leading art marketplace
ahead of the USA in 2011. Artprice's figures for 2011 have already confirmed China's
domination of the global art market for the second consecutive year.
There is therefore an irresistible logic to Artprice's patient preparation for the
opening of its subsidiary and clean rooms in Hong Kong that will be a testing ground for
the People's Republic of China and an entry point for Asia. Hong Kong is already one of
the top five global art marketplaces. Likewise, agreements with major players such as
online auction operators and major Asian art fairs will allow Artprice to extend the
diffusion initiated in 2011 of its Asia-specific art market reports, country by country.
As a simple example, Singapore should soon overtake France in the field of Contemporary
Art sales. In this context Artprice and Art Stage Singapore, Asia's largest Contemporary
Art Fair (along with Art HK), have decided to intensify their editorial partnership and
their marketing strategy in 2012. Artprice will also be a strategic partner with Art HK
The Internet's absolute domination of the art market in 2012.
In 2012 Internet is therefore just a simple extension of the 1980s telephonic order
with, in addition, a perfect reproduction of the work for the buyer and Artprice's
remarkable success is proof of this.... there remained therefore a final step and indeed
the hardest step: the standardisation of the marketplace that Artprice has achieved in 14
years by imposing its unique and free standard via its Standardised Marketplace(R).
From 1987 to 2004, Artprice's databanks became the reference in this area and made
Artprice the global leader in standardised art market information before it turned to the
problem of market dematerialisation. This latter project fully exploits the
standardisation represented by its 18 databases, fed by acquisitions around the world of
publishers and art archives.
All of the industrial processes forming Artprice's databanks are patent protected,
notably by the A.P.P. (Agence de Protection des Programmes). These industrial processes
standardise the Art Market (artist ID, work ID, catalogue raisonné ID, bibliography ID,
estimate/econometric info ID.) with more than 180 million data entries and proprietary
Artprice posted the best French stock market progression in 2011 and has filed a
request for admission to compartment B of Euronext Paris.
Despite the crisis affecting stock market's, Artprice's share price outperformed in
2011 with an astonishing increase of +472% since 1 January 2011, on the back of a traded
volume of approximately 873 million euros, i.e. an average daily volume of 3.2 million
euros. This increase was the best performance on the regulated French Eurolist by Euronext
markets (compartments A, B, C).
As Artprice satisfied all the admission criteria for admission to Compartment B in
2011, it is preparing its admission request for registration on compartment B of Eurolist
to be filed with the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) along with the presentation
of its candidacy to the NYSE Euronext Scientific Committee for Indices to be included in
the indices relating to Compartment B.
In order to understand the legislative evolution of the art market over five centuries
and the impact of recent changes on Artprice, we invite our shareholders and the market to
read the 72 short and pedagogical questions and answers that form the basis of the
interviews conducted in June and October of 2011. Hyperlinks to Actusnews (a professional
regulated information provider licensed by the AMF): http://www.actusnews.com/communique.php?ID=ACTUS-0-25689
Lastly, Artprice invites its new and future shareholders who would like to acquaint
themselves with the history of the Company to consult its highly detailed regulated
information in its 2010 Registration Document filed and online at the AMF under D.11-0784
since 25 August 2011. Artprice, with more than 12 years of regulated disclosure on
Eurolist, is proud of the high quality of the information it provides to financial market
professionals and art market novices. All the questions of Artprice's 18,000 shareholders
are systematically answered in Artprice's regulated disclosures that its posts online on
its own website and on that of its AMF-authorised financial information provider,
Artprice is the global leader in databank on Art prices and indices with more than 27
million indices and auction results covering 450,000 Artists. Artprice Images(R) gives
unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world, a library of 108 million
images or engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day along with comments by
Artprice's art historians. Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information
from 3,600 auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the main
news agencies and 6,300 international written media. For its 1.3 million members (member
log in), Artprice posts standardized adverts in what is today the world's leading
Standardised Marketplace(R) for buying and selling works of Art (source Artprice).
Artprice is listed on Eurolist by Euronext Paris: Euroclear: 7478 - Bloomberg : PRC -
The Brand New Avant Browser 2012 Ultimate with Tri-Core Rendering and More Exciting Features
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Avant Browser has been devoted to providing the best surfing experience for years. The browser has been recognized as a fast and stable browser with easy-to-use features. Recently, Avant Browser has announced a brand new version which fully integrates three rendering engines behind Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. Visit official site: http://www.avantbrowser.com/
Switching between and customizing active rendering mode
The browser with Tri-Core Rendering provides the options for users to switch between three render engines for each webpage. Users can assign different browser engines for different websites; Avant Browser will automatically switch browser engines when users navigate between these websites. For example, users may assign Chrome engine for online Banking websites, and Firefox engine for FTP websites, when navigating from online banking websites to FTP websites, the browser engine will switch from Chrome to Firefox automatically.
Automatically log into accounts saved by AutoFill on startup
Many browsers have the AutoFill feature. Avant Browser has taken that a step further by providing users the option to automatically login to any sites with AutoFill feature at startup. If you always login certain web sites after starting your browser, you will find it convenient to have them start and logged-in automatically.
Stay on Top FloatingTabs
A detached tab is a web page which can be detached from the main browser window which has a "Stay on Top (picture-in-picture)" feature. It can hover above all other applications. For example, a web based messenger can remain in the foreground and visible while you're working in another application such as MS Word. This feature is highly useful for those who multi-task with interactive web-based applications.
Avant Downloader / Video Sniffer
Many browsers support the download of common files like full web pages or images. Avant Browser brought that feature to a higher level, when Avant finds a video it can grab it from a web page, a "Download Video(s)" box will appear in the top right-hand corner of the web page, giving you quick access to save the file to a designated location. Best of all, unlike paid products like Internet Download Manager, Avant provides this feature completely free-of-charge. The video downloader can be run from within Avant Browser or separately as a stand-alone application.
Split Views for multi-taskusers
Split view adds to Avant Browser's multitasking functionality by providing an easy way to view two different web pages side by side. Split view adds another dimension to Avant's customizable interface layout. You're able to watch online videos and browse headlines at the same time while remaining completely in control of what's happening in your browser. This feature is also useful for people who like reading different opinions of stories from different sources or similarly if you're learning a new language and viewing different language versions of Wikipedia articles.
ViXS(R) Announces Digital Living Network Alliance(TM) (DLNA(R)) Commercial Video Profile (CVP) and Remote User Interface (RUI) Software for XCode(R) Network Media Processing Solutions
ViXS Enables Expansive Distribution of Premium Content on ViXS' True
Mobility Platform using DLNA CVP/RUI
TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - ViXS Systems Inc. today announces support
for DLNA features to enable service providers to provide a richer
multi-screen experience based on ViXS' XCode True mobility platform.
Consumers want to watch premium content such as movies and network
television programming on devices such as tablets, smartphones and game
consoles. DLNA provides the framework to share the digital content
between connected devices in the home network. ViXS DLNA stack is
available as a part of the Xtensiv(TM) software suite and ViXS' SoC multimedia processors.
ViXS is an established leader in multi-media processing and content
distribution with multiple simultaneous transcodes, support for
expansive list of media formats and networking solutions to meet the
demand for multi-screen viewing in the digital home network. Increased
customer retention rate and increase in average revenue per customer
are some of the benefits a service provide can realize with using ViXS'
true mobility platform to offer value added multi-screen services
within their network.
"The DLNA software stack is an important initiative for ViXS'. This
end-to-end standards-based solution enables service providers to create
a richer consumer experience within the home", said Sally Daub,
President & CEO of ViXS. "ViXS' media-processing and MoCA(®) solutions offer a real multi-screen experience by enabling delivery of
multimedia content over tablet, smart phone and connected TV screens."
Please contact the ViXS sales department at email@example.com for samples, pricing and further information.
About ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS is a multimedia solutions innovator providing technologies for
processing, managing, securing and distributing high quality video and
audio allowing seamless control, conversion, and connectivity between
many classes and sizes of digital entertainment devices.
ViXS supplies advanced System-on-Chip semiconductors, software solutions
and hardware reference designs for the world's top manufacturers of
Digital TVs, DVDs, Set-top boxes, Personal Video Recorders, PCs,
Network-Attached Storage devices, Residential/Home Gateways, Blu-ray
players/recorders, as well as Broadcast and Professional Equipment
ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with global operations and
offices in Europe, Asia and North America. ViXS has filed more than 334
patents worldwide with over 103 patents being issued to date. Listed
for four years running as one of Deloitte's fastest growing North
American companies, ViXS is setting new standards in the way digital
entertainment is viewed and transmitted across an endless array of
For more information on ViXS, please visit our website: www.vixs.com.
The ViXS(® )logo, XCode(TM), XConnex(TM) and Xtensiv(TM) are trademarks and/or registered
trademarks of ViXS. MoCA and MoCA logo are registered trademarks of
Multimedia over Coax Alliance. MoCA Certified logo is a trademark of
Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
SOURCE ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS Systems Inc.
CONTACT: David Jones, Tel: (416) 646 2000 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toshiba Announces Availability of New TransferJet(TM) Wireless LSI
Demonstrations of Tablets, Laptops and Smartphones Using the Toshiba TransferJet(TM) LSI Available at the TransferJet Consortium Booth at CES 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced the availability of its wireless LSI compliant with the TransferJet(TM) standard for high-speed wireless data transfer. The TransferJet LSI (part number TC35420) enables fast, close proximity exchange of large multimedia files between consumer electronics devices. Toshiba, a member of the TransferJet Consortium, will host technology demonstrations featuring tablets, laptops and smartphones running the company's TransferJet LSI at CES, January 10 - 13, 2012, in the TransferJet Consortium booth (#15112).
The Toshiba TransferJet LSI is a single-chip solution that uses an RF-CMOS manufacturing process to support both RF and digital functionality in one chip. Having a complete TransferJet solution in one chip reduces power consumption and design footprint; key areas of concern for customers designing battery-powered, small form factor consumer electronics devices. Furthermore, the Toshiba TransferJet LSI has a receiving sensitivity of -78dBm, which far exceeds the TransferJet specification and contributed to the device's range and stability.
"The proliferation of mobile broadband and consumer electronics devices with lots of storage has enabled consumers to take their movies, music and photos anywhere. But moving that content between devices can be a tedious process involving cables or confusing Bluetooth or Wi-Fi configurations," said Andrew Burt, vice president, Analog and Imaging Business Unit, System LSI Group, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "TransferJet removes these complications, letting consumers simply place devices next to each other to securely transfer large multimedia files in seconds. Our TransferJet LSI will let OEMs add this functionality to their devices with minimal effect on their device's size or power consumption."
The Toshiba TransferJet LSI is now available, priced at $5 per unit in sample quantities.
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, LCD displays, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2010 WW Semiconductor Revenue, April 2011). Toshiba was founded in 1875, and has more than 490 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $77 billion. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
TransferJet is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at http://www.chips.toshiba.com, or from your TAEC representative.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
Tel.: (408) 526-2454
SOURCE Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
CONTACT: Bob Nelson of REN Public Relations, +1-408-201-2402, email@example.com, for Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
Internap Acquires Enterprise Hosting and Cloud Services Provider Voxel
Addition of dedicated hosting and automated provisioning capabilities results in unmatched IT Infrastructure offering for enterprises
ATLANTA, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of intelligent IT Infrastructure services, today announced that it has acquired Voxel Holdings, Inc., a provider of scalable hosting and cloud services for the enterprise, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $30 million, plus an additional potential $5 million in cash tied to the delivery of specific objectives during the next two years. The transaction was closed on Friday, December 30, 2011. Headquartered in New York City, with a global presence extending into North America, Europe and Asia, Voxel serves more than 1,000 customers and has approximately 50 employees.
The combination significantly enhances Internap's flexible IT Infrastructure platform with the addition of Voxel's dedicated hosting and cloud products. Voxel's offerings are highly complementary to Internap's existing portfolio and provide a level of automation and self-service that will be available immediately to Internap's customer base. Voxel also extends Internap's addressable market, enabling the company to serve early- to mid-stage IT Infrastructure customers seeking dedicated hosting services, a high-growth market currently estimated by Tier1 Research to reach approximately $3 billion in 2012.
"As IT Infrastructure outsourcing advances, enterprises increasingly seek service providers to support myriad applications and workloads throughout their entire IT lifecycle," said Eric Cooney, president and chief executive officer of Internap. "This acquisition of Voxel increases Internap's market share and growth rate, accelerates our product roadmap and creates an unmatched competitive position as an IT Infrastructure services provider."
Voxel provides on-demand dedicated hosting and cloud services to enterprises and web-centric businesses. Founded in 1999, with strong roots in software development, Voxel has leveraged deep industry expertise, modular components and intelligent automation to overcome the complexities of both dedicated and cloud environments and provide highly agile infrastructure management solutions. Its dedicated hosting offering provides customers with a robust online interface and comprehensive API that enables them to provision and activate services in minutes, gaining cloud-like flexibility from dedicated physical servers. Moreover, customers can also seamlessly integrate physical servers and cloud instances in the same environment, overcoming a typical barrier to enterprise cloud adoption for use with legacy or complex custom application stacks.
By adding Voxel's service locations in Amsterdam and Singapore to Internap's existing service locations, the combined company will offer a truly global platform of colocation, managed hosting, dedicated hosting and cloud services. Additionally, Voxel's automation technologies and expertise will be leveraged to enhance the existing Internap product set.
"We are excited to be joining Internap, a company that shares our commitment to developing innovative IT Infrastructure solutions to drive the next generation of Internet and cloud applications," said Raul K. Martynek, president and chief executive officer of Voxel. "The combination of Internap's broad market presence and robust, high-performance IT Infrastructure platform with our expertise in automated hosting and cloud services will deliver a powerful option for a broad range of enterprise customers."
Voxel was backed by Seaport Capital in New York. DH Capital served as financial advisor for Voxel.
Internap will conduct a conference call to discuss the transaction today at 1 p.m. EST.
Conference Call Information:
Listeners may connect to a webcast of the call, which will include accompanying presentation slides, on the investor services section of Internap's website at http://ir.internap.com/events.cfm. The call can also be accessed by dialing 866-515-9839. An online archive of the webcast presentation will be available for one month following the call. An audio-only replay will be accessible from Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 3 p.m. EST through Monday, January 9, 2012, at 855-859-2056 using the replay code 40213942.
Internap provides intelligent IT Infrastructure services that combine unmatched performance and platform flexibility to enable our customers to focus on their core business, improve service levels and lower the cost of IT operations. Our unique trio of route-optimized enterprise IP, TCP acceleration and a global content delivery network improves website performance and delivers superior end-user experiences. Our scalable colocation, managed hosting, private cloud, public cloud and hybrid offerings provide enterprises the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs and future-proof their IT Infrastructure. Since 1996, thousands of companies have entrusted Internap with the protection and delivery of their online applications. Transform your IT Infrastructure into a competitive advantage with IT IQ from Internap. For more information, visit http://www.internap.com, our blog at http://www.internap.com/blog or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/internap.
Voxel is a leading provider of cloud and hybrid hosting solutions. With hosting facilities around the world, Voxel provides the industry's only truly hybrid infrastructure solution, allowing clients to seamlessly mix and match dedicated VoxSERVERS, virtual VoxCLOUD servers and scalable storage across their deployment. All Voxel services are backed by a 100% uptime SLA and 24x7x365 "Zero Bureaucracy" support. Please visit: http://www.voxel.net for more information.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements related to the combination of companies and the expected benefits of the acquisition, including our market share and growth rate, acceleration of our product roadmap and competitive position. Because such statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include the actual performance of our products and services and those of Voxel; our ability to successfully integrate Voxel, including its products, services and employees, into our company; the reaction and behavior of customers and the market to our combined company; our ability to respond successfully to technological change; the availability of services from Internet network service providers or network service providers providing network access loops and local loops on favorable terms, or at all; failure of third party suppliers to deliver their products and services on favorable terms, or at all; failures in our network operations centers, data centers, network access points or computer systems; our ability to provide or improve Internet infrastructure services to our customers; and our ability to protect our intellectual property, as well as other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statement for any reason.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden Standardizes on Ruckus ZoneFlex System to Deal with Increasing Density of Wireless Users and Applications
Premiere Sporting Venue Sees Smart Wi-Fi as Vital to Improving the Guest Experience and Operations of Its World-Class Facilities
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless(TM) today announced that the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Indian Wells, Calif.), the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world and home of the BNP Paribas Open, has selected and standardized on Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi to support a myriad of indoor and outdoor wireless applications from point of sale and entry/exit ticket scanning to guest access and mobile data offload. The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week tennis tournament in the world.
The move to offer ubiquitous, high-speed Wi-Fi service by Indian Wells and other pubic venues such as Balboa Park in San Diego (see related release) reflects a major trend in Wi-Fi adoption as a standard public access service by network operators and public-facing enterprises around the world.
According to IDC, the global smartphone market will double from an expected 2011 shipment of 472 million to nearly a billion units by 2016. Information and analysis provider IHS forecasts that tablet shipments will rise from 60 million units in 2011 to over 275 million units by 2015. Wi-Fi is integral to virtually all of these devices. As mobile devices proliferate and the demand for anywhere connectivity accelerates, Wi-Fi has become an essential access method in high-density environments. In-Stat predicts the number of Wi-Fi hotspot-connects to reach 11 billion by 2014, up from 2 billion in 2010.
As a result, sports teams, stadium operators, and stadium vendors view public-access Wi-Fi as an opportunity to improve the guest experience, better serve customers, and pursue revenue growth via stadium-specific mobile apps ranging from food ordering to delivering compelling in-venue video content, such as replays of a big play or live streaming from a variety of camera angles, and in the near future, providing interactivity with fans.
"Reliable Wi-Fi services for a diverse set of users and applications is vital to improving the operation of our facilities and enhancing the guest experience," said Steve Simon, Chief Operating Officer, Indian Wells Tennis Garden. "We no longer see Wi-Fi as an amenity but rather as a necessary utility for staff, vendors and guests who need to stay connected."
Last year, more than 350,000 people attended the BNP Paribas Open, making it the most attended tennis event in the world outside of the Grand Slams. In addition to the tennis tournament, the site has been host to a wide variety of special events such as arts festivals, concerts, and pre-season NBA basketball games. Past artists include The Eagles, Tom Petty, Pavarotti and Bocelli.
Tennis with a Wireless Twist
Built in March 2000, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a multi-use sporting facility that includes a 16,100-seat stadium court, 23 match/practice courts, box office facilities, a fitness center, and 45 VIP suites on 54 acres.
After evaluating Wi-Fi alternatives from Cisco, BelAir, Aruba and Sonic Wall, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden selected and is deploying a unified Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi indoor and outdoor infrastructure. For the upcoming BNP Paribas Open (March 5-18, 2012), the system will provide wireless access to players, officials, coaches and VIPs, as well as for supporting box office credential scanning and other vendor services. The facility will also use long-range point-to-multipoint bridges to extend wireless connectivity to remote will-call ticket operations.
"The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a large venue, and the events held there have a wide variety of needs, so easy deployment of wireless connectivity is essential," said David Sahl, director of technical services for the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. "The Ruckus advanced wireless meshing technology with adaptive antenna arrays gives us the flexibility to provide extensive Wi-Fi coverage and consistent data rates in areas where pulling cables is prohibitive."
Previously the Indian Wells Tennis Garden found coverage, reliability and user density to be major problem areas with its legacy Wi-Fi system. "We really needed a single indoor and outdoor wireless system that was specifically designed to support a high density of concurrent users while providing stronger and better coverage throughout a facility that, in itself, is a challenge for any wireless system," said Sahl.
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden faced a problem numerous sports venues encounter - prior to an event wireless coverage would be excellent, but once obstacles and users began appearing it became difficult to maintain a strong signal throughout the facility. Consequently, they turned to a wireless system capable of automatically adapting to such changes in real time.
Wireless Advances Make Big Difference in Simplifying Deployment and Security
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is making use of a number of unique features with the Ruckus system such as smart meshing, dynamic pre-shared keys (dynamic PSK), client isolation and dynamic VLAN assignment to improve wireless network security and simplify deployment.
Smart meshing on Ruckus APs extend wireless coverage at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden quickly and easily to locations where cabling is difficult. Simply plugged into a power source, a Mesh AP automatically forms a reliable mesh connection to a nearby AP that offers the best capacity. Unlike other Wi-Fi mesh alternatives, an adaptive antenna array in each Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi access point (AP) provides longer range and more reliable wireless links to its neighbor APs by constantly steering transmissions over the best performing signal paths while mitigating interference.
With dynamic pre-shared keys, Indian Wells Tennis Garden can give its corporate users secure access through unique encryption keys that are generated by the ZoneDirector and automatically provisioned on each user device without human intervention. With client isolation capability on the Ruckus ZoneDirector, Indian Wells bolsters network security by prohibiting users on the open network from seeing each other.
Using dynamic VLANs, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is able to automatically assign a discrete VLAN to each vendor at the venue upon authentication. This eliminates significant network configuration chores typically required to provide vendors with their own segregated Wi-Fi network.
While initially offering limited public access, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sees Wi-Fi as an ideal technology for offloading data traffic from overburdened cellular data networks to improve spectators' online experience. Wi-Fi is also viewed as a key technology for supporting future wireless applications such as IP security cameras, voice over IP communications and IP-based video streaming.
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is deploying a high-speed, dual-band (2.4 and 5GHz) 802.11n wireless environment using Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 indoor and 7762 outdoor units controlled by a redundant centralized ZoneDirector WLAN controller. Ruckus 7731 point-to-point and point-to-multipoint bridges are being used to extend wireless broadband to remote locations.
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden located just 15 miles east of Palm Springs, CA is a 54-acre tennis venue including the second largest professional tennis stadium in the world with 16,100 seats. The site includes 23 plexi-pave surface championship courts with a year-round operating Tennis Club with a full-service tennis shop providing retail sales, fitness center, adult and junior programs and is the host site for many USTA National Tennis Championships. For more information visit iwtg.net
About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ruckus Wireless is supplier of advanced wireless systems developed to address critical reliability and capacity issues experienced with large-scale Wi-Fi deployments. The company markets and manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products for mobile operators, broadband service providers and corporate enterprises. Ruckus is credited with pioneering a number of Wi-Fi breakthroughs such as a adaptive antenna arrays that focus and direct signals over the best performing paths, automatically adapting them to changing environmental conditions. This unique capability extends signal range and ensures consistent reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. The company has raised $51 million in funding from premier investors such as Sequoia Capital, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill, Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus Ventures and Firelake Capital. The company is led by Ms. Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer. For more information, visit Ruckus Wireless at http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
Matt Van Tuinen
MVT Public Relations
Dee Dee Felich
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Sotera Completes the Acquisition of Potomac Fusion, Inc.
HERNDON, Va., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotera Defense Solutions (Sotera), a provider of mission-critical, technology-based systems, solutions and services for national security customers announced that on December 30, 2011 the company completed the acquisition of Potomac Fusion, Inc. Potomac Fusion develops data fusion, data analytics, cyber and visualization solutions for U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DOD) Tactical ISR mission systems operating in a cloud computing environment.
John Hillen, Sotera President & CEO commented, "This business combination is a natural fit - joining two organizations with the same emphasis on agility, ingenuity and integrity and a strong commitment to the national security mission. The addition of Potomac Fusion's expertise in cloud computing architectures, data fusion and data analytics expands the broad range of support we can provide to help our national security customers achieve their missions at home and abroad."
The Chantilly, Virginia-based company was founded in 2002 with a focus on developing software frameworks for data fusion and big data analytics for DOD customers. With the accelerated demand for cloud architectures and data analytics, Potomac Fusion has grown steadily and now has over 200 employees delivering leading-edge cloud architecture and software engineering solutions to the U.S. IC and DOD. The company is projecting revenues of $40 million for 2011.
Potomac Fusion will now be known as Potomac Fusion, a Sotera Defense Solutions Company and will be led by Russell Richardson.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
About Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. (Sotera) is an agile, mid-sized national security technology company that delivers innovative systems, solutions and services in support of the critical missions of the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies charged with ensuring the safety and security of our nation. Sotera provides essential counterterrorism, cyber operations, intelligence, C4ISR and force mobility solutions to our customers throughout the national security community. Learn more about Sotera at http://www.soteradefense.com.
Sotera Media Contact
Altai Technologies Enables Taipei 101 New Year's Eve Countdown Super WiFi Services
Almost 1 Million People Shared Their Happiness During the New Year's Eve Countdown at Taipei 101
HONG KONG, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Altai Technologies, a carrier-grade Super WiFi equipment supplier enabled Fitel, the BWA operator of Taiwan's New Year's Eve Countdown to provide Super WiFi services at Taipei 101.
To cope with the huge demand for mobile internet during New Year's Eve, the service operator built another high performance wireless broadband network to complement its existing WiMAX network. The WiFi network covered the streets around Taipei 101 with twenty-three units of Altai A8-Ei Base Stations deployed on the rooftops of buildings in the district to provide Super WiFi service. The network was built and turned into full service in less than 1 week.
In this densely urban environment, each Altai A8-Ei provided 650m line-of-sight signal coverage where every iPhone, iPad or smartphone user could directly connect to the base stations with a fast uplink and downlink WiFi performance.
"This kind of outdoor celebration activity is a big challenge for a wireless broadband network because of the high user capacity especially when the clock neared midnight on December 31st," said Chi-hung Lin, President & CEO of Altai Technologies. "We solved this problem using Altai's smart antenna technologies and a patented signal processing algorithm to provide the industry's best coverage per base station. Furthermore, we strengthen WiFi signal coverage by installing several base stations in the same area to provide cross coverage."
The New Year's Eve countdown Super WiFi program was a great success. The Altai Super WiFi Solutions are being trialled and deployed by more than 20 tier one operators around the world.
About Altai Technologies
Altai Technologies is a high technology company focused on the design, development and marketing of carrier-grade, innovative wireless broadband solutions. Altai has developed its patented long range WiFi technology that can dramatically improve the WiFi signal coverage while minimizing interference from other signals broadcasting within the 2.4GHz unlicensed frequency spectrum. Altai's products are currently deployed worldwide in every major industry including logistic, education, municipal government, network operator, hospitality, manufacturing etc. The Altai Super WiFi Solution is offering a total wireless solution comprising of base station (A8/A8-Ei/A8i), access point (A2/A2e), CPE (C1/U1), access controller and wireless management software (AWMS).
Altai's flagship product, the A8 Super WiFi base station, is being deployed with various WiMAX, 3G, CDMA and GSM mobile systems globally for 3G data offloading and city-wide WiFi networks. The Altai Super WiFi Solution has been proven in both urban and remote application in over 60 countries and regions.
Aiseesoft Brings Customers the New Year Gift - a Brand-new iPad Converter Suite Ultimate
BEIJING, Jan. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Since the release of the first generation of iPad, Aiseesoft is always offering users the best iPad assistant software. Now in the new 2012, Aiseesoft prepares this wonderful New Year gift - the ultimate version of iPad Converter Suite. The whole performance of the ultimate software improves a lot compared with the standard version.
This iPad Converter Suite Ultimate is packed with DVD to iPad Converter, iPad Video Converter, iPad Transfer Platinum, and DVD Creator. This wonderful iPad converting software is able to rip any DVD and convert popular video files (AVI, MPEG, WMV, RM, MOV, 3GP, VOB, FLV, etc.) to iPad compatible formats. And the AMD APP and NVIDIA® CUDA(TM) GPU processing acceleration technology can shorten the time it takes to convert DVD/video files greatly. Also the powerful video editing features could help users easily edit the output iPad video effect.
The iPad Transfer can assist users to transfer files between iPad and computer. In particular, it can export iPad files, like movie, music, pictures, TV shows, podcast, iTunes U, eBooks, camera roll, voice memos, camera shot, etc., to PC or other iPad devices. Also it is able to transfer music, video, ePub, PDF, image files from computer to iPad. This transferring software is highly compatible with all iPad, iPhone and iPod devices, and it supports the new iOS 5.
What's more, the DVD Creator provides users with the professional solution of converting video files to DVD disc, DVD folder, and ISO files. It can create DVD with nearly all popular video files. With this amazing software, users can burn videos taken with the camera into DVD disc. And this DVD creating software allows users to choose the DVD menu templates, edit the source video effect, add audio track and subtitle to the target DVD.
OS Supported: Windows NT4/2000/2003/XP and Windows Vista, Windows 7
Hardware Requirements: 800MHz Intel or AMD CPU, or above; 512MB RAM or more
About Aiseesoft Studio
As a professional multimedia software provider, Aiseesoft Studio is dedicated to developing the best multimedia desktop applications to help the Windows and Mac users smoothly convert, edit and transfer various video/audio files. In order to meet users' various requirements, Aiseesoft Studio constantly brings in new ideas, technologies, etc. To Aiseesoft Studio, Users' satisfaction is a consistent pursuit. For more information, please visit: http://www.aiseesoft.com.
GigaMedia: Strengthened China Operations to Begin Game Testing in March
New Focus on Web-Based Social Games
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 2, 2012/PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ --GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) ("GigaMedia") announced today that its China online games platform Jidi Joy has acquired a specialized Web-based social games development team in Shanghai and expects to roll out the first of its new proprietary social network games in March 2012.
"We are making rapid progress in China, positioning ourselves to benefit from two powerful market forces in online games: the ongoing shift into Web and mobile platforms and the continued strong popularity and growth of social games," stated Jidi Joy Chief Executive Officer John Huen. "Web-based and social games are projected by industry analysts to grow at up to triple-digit rates in China - faster than traditional client-based or PC games."
"This SNS-focused R&D team is a crucial extension of our business in China," stated Jidi Joy CEO John Huen. "Beta testing is now scheduled for late March 2012; we expect to launch multiple new games in China this year on our platform as well as on high-traffic social networking portals and are excited about the opportunities this creates for us."
The cornerstone of GigaMedia's growth initiatives in China, Jidi Joy is a developer and operator of online games in Shanghai. The company is led by a team of industry veterans and is a fully-licensed, full-service online game platform with ISO 9001 certified customer service and technical support.
GigaMedia Limited (Singapore registration number: 199905474H) is a major provider of online entertainment software and services. Through its subsidiaries, GigaMedia develops and operates a suite of online games in Asia, covering all regions of Greater China and Southeast Asia. More information on GigaMedia can be obtained from http://www.gigamedia.com.
The statements included above and elsewhere in this press release that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. GigaMedia cautions readers that forward-looking statements are based on the company's current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. Information as to certain factors that could cause actual results to vary can be found in GigaMedia's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in June 2011.
DNSSEC: One in Ten Swedish Domains Secure against Phishing
STOCKHOLM, January 2, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Swedish hosting provider Binero has DNSSEC-signed all customer .se-domains, increasing
the total amount of signed .se-domains from 5000 to more than 100 000. Nearly one in ten
Swedish domains are now validated against attacks with manipulated dns-information, like
phishing. The .se-registry, .SE has long called for DNSSEC to be introduced. Binero offers
the DNSSEC-validation free of charge and becomes the second largest provider in the world
for DNSSEC-signed domains. When more actors follow this example, the entire .se-domain
zone may become the first to be fully signed.
"DNSSEC-validation will not gain general acceptance as long as it is offered by few,
often at an additional cost. At Binero we want to do better than that, so we offer all our
customers DNSSEC-validation free of charge for domains registered through us. We hope our
industry colleagues will follow our example", said Binero founder and CEO, Anders Aleborg.
It has long been possible to manipulate the information between the recursive resolver
name server and the web browser (DNS-cache poisoning). It is a known way to divert
internet traffic in order to steal the mail- or credit card information of visitors
A solution to this is to DNSSEC-validate the domain zone. When a domain name is
requested by a browser, the signature is checked against a key with the party responsible
for the domain zone in question. Most Swedish internet service operators (ISP:s) have
DNSSEC-validated resolvers today, but few other than them. As of November 2011, there were
still only 5089 validated .se-domains, in spite of the top domain administrator, .SE
having called for DNSSEC-adoption since 1999. .SE warned of manipulated dns-information
among .se-domains as late as December 2011.
"In 2011 alone, five SSL-certificate providers or their resellers have had problems
with unreliable certificates, and the problem is increasing as more money is invested
online", said Anne-Marie EklundLowinder, Chief Security Officer with .SE, referring to
among others the Diginotar case where several global mail services where among the ones
with false certificates.
This month, Sweden's third largest reseller of .se-domains, Binero hosting has
DNSSEC-signed the .se-domains of all customers, nearly 100 000 without charging anything
"This DNSSEC-validation along with the one by ISP:s increases security both directly
and also indirectly, by increasing the ability to reliably spreading security attributes
like ssh-keys, SSL-certificates and similar. We applaud the registrars who have gone ahead
and DNSSEC-validated and we expect DNSSEC to become a compulsory requirement for
registrars as well as for customers during 2012", said Danny Aerts, CEO of the .SE
For more information, please contact:
Anders Aleborg, CEO, Binero, +46(0)76-804-42-00, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Arnberg, Marketing Manager, Binero, +46(0)70-398-75-34, email@example.com
Maria Ekelund, Head of Communications, .SE, +46(0)70-777-44-87,
A-MEklundLowinder, Head of Quality and Security, .SE, +46(0)8-452-35-17,