DynamicOps Launches Partner Program for Award-Winning Cloud Management Solution
North American and European Partners, Including Ahead, PAR 4 Technology Group, and Stoneburn, Join Program to Accelerate Cloud Market Expansion
BURLINGTON, Mass., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DynamicOps, the provider of the Operations Virtualization(TM) platform that enables unified cloud automation and management, today announced the DynamicOps Partner Program. The company is signing on leading solution providers and consulting partners who want to capitalize on the growing interest in private cloud and the award-winning DynamicOps Cloud Automation Center. These partners include Ahead, Gotham Technology Group, PAR 4 Technology Group, and Strickland Consulting in North America, and Stoneburn and Union Solutions in Europe.
"Demand for DynamicOps solutions has been growing at a remarkable pace - driven largely by enterprises who realize that DynamicOps provides them a level of agility, efficiency and speed-to-cloud value that is simply not available via other means and technologies," said Carlos Delatorre, SVP Sales Worldwide, DynamicOps. "A critical component of our continued success will be to build an ecosystem of partners who have demonstrated expertise in helping their customers derive business value from cloud and virtualization. We're very excited to launch this program and expand beyond our initial key partners who are already gaining traction and success with customers."
"Private cloud is a major initiative for many of our clients, and they trust us to recommend and help deploy the best products. After evaluating cloud alternatives, it became clear that not only is DynamicOps taking an innovative approach to cloud computing, it is a proven, mature and comprehensive solution. This assessment has been borne out by our clients, who are responding very positively, and we expect to see significant adoption," said Mitch Northcutt, VP of Consulting at Ahead, which was recognized as the Top Cloud Practice in CRN's 2011 VAR500 list and ranked as the second fastest-growing value-added reseller on CRN's 2011 Fast Growth 100 list.
"As a consultancy that's 100 percent focused on cloud, we have a deep understanding of what businesses are looking for in private and hybrid clouds. DynamicOps is uniquely positioned to help us meet this need," said Justin Brister, CTO, Stoneburn, a cloud solution specialist that ranks as the largest managed partner for Google Apps in the UK and a leading SI for Amazon in the UK. "We can rapidly deploy custom cloud solutions using DynamicOps Cloud Automation Center, extend private clouds by taking advantage of public clouds like Amazon and Google, and easily develop packaged cloud solutions using DynamicOps Cloud Development Kit."
The DynamicOps Partner Program is open to qualified partners with expertise in virtualization, private/public cloud and infrastructure solutions:
-- DynamicOps Solution Providers - offer services and sell licenses for
DynamicOps solutions, and have established practices in managed
services, managed hosting, systems integration or value-added reselling.
-- DynamicOps Consulting Partners - offer design and implementation
services for DynamicOps solutions and have practice areas in IT
consultancy, business consultancy or managed services.
As part of the program, partners will have broad access to DynamicOps technical and training resources, sales incentives and marketing initiatives.
To learn more about the program, click here to register for the complimentary "Introduction to DynamicOps Partner Program" webinar, taking place November 21, 2011 at 10:00am EST. For a data sheet that provides more details on the program, click here. Companies that are interested in partnering can contact DynamicOps here.
DynamicOps provides an Operations Virtualization(TM) platform that enables enterprise IT to evolve existing infrastructure into on-demand private and public cloud services in days, achieving unparalleled time-to-cloud and responding to market dynamics faster and more economically than ever. Enterprises imprint their own way of doing business on the cloud by leveraging existing, cross-organizational processes while having the freedom to easily interchange technologies, creating a best-of-breed, multi-vendor solution. DynamicOps Cloud Automation Center unifies the management ecosystem providing end-to-end governance, self-service capabilities and an orderly extension to the public cloud. Using DynamicOps Cloud Development Kit(TM), enterprise IT is furthered empowered to create next-generation cloud services. Recently awarded "Best of VMworld 2011 Private Cloud" and named "Cool Vendor in Cloud Management" by Gartner Research, DynamicOps is privately held and based in Burlington, MA. http://www.dynamicops.com.
New Look, Easy-to-Use Features, and Just Plain Cool - Siftsort.com Releases Its Latest Version to Help You Get Better Organized; And Best of All, It's Free
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Siftsort.com has released the latest version of their Web platform to help people organize, access and share important family documents. And best of all, it's free. Founder Darren Conte explains how too much "important stuff" is scattered around the house and office and it needs to be centralized. "I take care of an 85-year-old uncle, and have a lot of medical records and insurance claims piling up each month -- it's overwhelming. Now it comes directly into my Siftsort.com account via fax or email, I do nothing," he admits.
A trip to Louisiana six weeks after hurricane Katrina gave him the idea to create a secure platform that every household could use to better organize important documents. "I saw people stressed trying to provide important documents to insurance companies and state agencies, and I knew there was a better way," Conte explains. "Cloud computing provides us with a lot of leverage, and if done securely, it can really make a difference," he says.
Conte and each of his team members have spent over 15 years working for financial institutions and creating secure systems. They have utilized their talents to create a platform that is now used by many of the financial institutions they used to work with. "We don't use shared cloud resources like most popular 'online storage' companies -- it's just not as secure as you might think," says Conte. "We've been audited by top-tier retail banks and brokerage firms prior to licensing our software to them, and they have chosen our platform because of our security approach -- that says a lot," Conte admits.
Best of All, It's Free
In today's economy, the company knows that consumers need to watch every penny, and that's just fine with them -- they have two plans to fit any household. The Basic Plan offers one family member profile, 2GB of storage and you can email or upload files into your account, then share them via email or fax. Premium users have unlimited storage, up to 10 family member profiles, can import contacts from Gmail or .CSV, and can share multiple files and folders using secure email links. Both plans have access to planning resources to help you get better organized or do important things like create an estate plan. Siftsort.com is also working on a wizard to help you get your paper files professionally scanned and uploaded into your account for you.
Siftsort.com is an innovative software company that helps people securely organize, access and share critical documents. The founders have comprehensive expertise creating leading Web technology and crisis management tools for the financial services sector, in accordance with New York Stock Exchange, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.
NICE Selected by US Outsourcer C3 for Improving Interaction Management and Enabling Real-time Payment Card Industry, PCI Compliance
C3 replaces competitive system with latest version of NICE solution for its scalability and lower TCO
RA'ANANA, Israel, November 14, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE), today announced that
C3/CustomerContactChannels (C3), a global provider of customer management
solutions, is enhancing its recording and quality management systems with
NICE Interaction Management and NICE Quality Management, recording and
quality management solutions of the NICE SmartCenter Workforce Optimization
[http://www.nice.com/smartcenter-suite ] suite.
C3/CustomerContactChannels, a global provider of customer management and
business processing services, offers solutions for a variety of industries,
including the healthcare, telecommunications, travel, and finance sectors.
C3 partners with companies throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia,
implementing customer management solutions and providing new and unique
technologies. In the face of recent global economic conditions, C3 continues
to earn new business and expand its operations. The flexibility and
scalability of the NICE solution for supporting C3's continued expansion are
among the reasons for its selection.
Rick Ferry, C3's President and COO said, "We selected NICE as more than
a technology solution provider. We view NICE as a partner in helping us
differentiate ourselves from our competition, as we strive to help our
clients provide the highest level of service to their customers. The NICE
solution will provide us performance, security and cost benefits. On the
performance level, its scalability for virtualized environments will enable
us to lower the hardware resources required as well as reduce overall Total
Cost of Ownership (TCO). NICE will also enable us to help our clients
protect their customers' privacy with advanced real-time capabilities that
ensure compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
NICE Interaction Management was also selected for its enterprise
readiness, with easy (click-and-go) deployment, rapid implementation; and
integrated out-of-the-box system monitoring and reporting. It will enable C3
with multi-tenancy capabilities, easy configuration and ongoing management,
and advanced virtualization for higher scalability.
Yochai Rozenblat, President and CEO of NICE Americas, said, "We are
pleased to add C3 to the NICE customer base. The company is quickly growing
and the latest release of NICE Interaction Management provides the agility
and scalability that suits C3's needs. We're confident that our solutions
can grow with C3, supporting a multitude of contact center environments."
C3/CustomerContactChannels is a global provider of BPO services unlike
any other in the market today. Services include Sales, Service, Performance
Optimization, Reputation Management and complete customer interaction
management via traditional, web, and emerging communication channels. C3
positively engages and promotes our clients' brands with every contact we
make with their customers. With a global team that is thousands of employees
strong, the company is headquartered in Plantation, FL. More information can
be found at http://www.c3connect.com.
The NICE Enterprise offering addresses the needs of customer-centric
businesses with intent-based solutions. Driven by real-time, cross-channel
analytics [http://www.nice.com/cross-channel-analytics ], NICE provides
solutions for increasing revenue, enhancing customer experience, improving
regulatory compliance, and optimizing contact center and back office
operations [http://www.nice.com/back-office ]. NICE Enterprise solutions are
implemented by contact centers of all sizes, branches, trading floors and
About NICE Systems
NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE), is the worldwide leader of intent-based
solutions that capture and analyze interactions and transactions, realize
intent, and extract and leverage insights to deliver impact in real time.
Driven by cross-channel and multi-sensor analytics, NICE solutions enable
organizations to improve business performance, increase operational
efficiency, prevent financial crime, ensure compliance, and enhance safety
and security. NICE serves over 25,000 organizations in the enterprise and
security sectors, representing a variety of sizes and industries in more
than 150 countries, and including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies. http://www.nice.com.
Trademark Note: NICE and the NICE logo are trademarks or registered
trademarks of NICE Systems. All other marks are trademarks of their
respective owners. For a full list of NICE Systems' marks, please see: http://www.nice.com/nice-trademarks.
This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is
defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such
forward-looking statements, including the statements by Messer Rozenblat,,
are based on the current expectations of the management of NICE-Systems Ltd.
(the Company) only, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause the actual results or performance of the Company to differ
materially from those described herein, including but not limited to the
impact of the global economic environment on the Company's customer base
(particularly financial services firms) and the resulting uncertainties;
changes in technology and market requirements; decline in demand for the
Company's products; inability to timely develop and introduce new
technologies, products and applications; difficulties or delays in absorbing
and integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel;
loss of market share; pressure on pricing resulting from competition; and
inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements. For a
more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting
the company, refer to the Company's reports filed from time to time with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on
Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release
are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no
obligation to update or revise them, except as required by law.
WISeKey Announces its Project to Deploy Digital Identity Based Mobile Payments in India at the India Economic Summit
GENEVA, Switzerland, November 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Since 2008 WISeKey has been working to bring Mobile Banking to millions
of people with active projects targeting the BRIC countries. At the 2011
India Economic Summit, WISeKey announces it will be expanding efforts in
India with new strategic partnerships in the coming months. WISeKey has a
network of affiliates deploying this technology at the national level. As a
result, WISeKey is offering Indian partners a platform that will enable
anyone with a mobile phone to carry out financial transactions, even if they
don't have a bank account.
"It is estimated that only one billion of the world's five billion
mobile device users have bank accounts, but everyone needs a way of sending
money", said Carlos Moreira, CEO of WISeKey. "In addition to the 'unbanked',
there are the 'under banked'-those who have difficulty accessing their bank
accounts, as branches and ATMs are rare in many emerging economies."
WISePay and WISeID, based on WISeKey technology, allow financial
institutions, mobile operators, e-commerce, and catalog retailers to provide
customers with universally trusted services through the most common and
Both WISePay and WISeID will be fully compatible with the Unique
Identification Number (UID) project, in which the Indian government aims to
provide a unique ID to its citizens, but without smartcards. WISePay in
combination with WISeID is ideal for this initiative as the WISeKey
technology provides a Digital ID for use through your mobile phone.
JetBlue Finds That More Than Half of Americans(1) Leave an Average of 11 Vacation Days on the Table Each Year
-- Stressed about asking for time off? The new JetBlue Getaways Granter can help -
-- JetBlue Getaways breaks the ice with a custom Facebook application designed to serenade bosses everywhere into approving well-earned vacation time --
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --We're increasingly working after hours, but how many people are taking advantage of their vacation days to truly get away? A recent Harris Interactive study conducted on behalf of JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) found that 57 percent of working Americans will have unused vacation time at the end of the year, and most of them will leave an average of 11 days on the table - or nearly 70 percent of their allotted time off. The survey also showed that while more than 60 percent of those with vacation days believe they deserve to take their time off, 39 percent report having reservations about asking their boss for a vacation.
To alleviate this anxiety and help customers take the vacation time they've earned, JetBlue Getaways, the airline's comprehensive vacation package product, today introduces the "Getaways Granter": an interactive Facebook application on JetBlue's page designed to break the ice with bosses everywhere by serenading them with a custom video request for vacation approval.
"We were surprised to learn that almost a third of American workers feel guilty, nervous or stressed when asking for a day off of work," said Grant McCarthy, director of JetBlue Getaways. "Whether outdoor wrangling, island hopping, or romantic retreating, JetBlue Getaways wants to help people make the most out of their unused vacation days. We believe people deserve their vacations, so much so that we will go out and ask their boss for them."
With the new Getaways Granter, JetBlue will take the edge off of requesting vacation days by allowing fans to plug in their desired number of days off before choosing from four destination themes to suit their getaway needs. They can even upload a photo of their supervisor to be featured in the video, crooning bosses everywhere into letting employees take their much-needed getaway.
Whether employees are hesitant to ask for time, apprehensive about having colleagues cover their work, or don't have anyone available to cover assignments, the online survey of 1,118 working Americans further showed that 41 percent of those who do take vacation time take at least a week off at a time, which isn't surprising since the average working person reports needing at least six consecutive days to truly unwind. And when it comes to planning a vacation, almost half (47%) of those surveyed are interested in comprehensive, cost-saving packages for flight, hotel and car rental.
JetBlue Getaways offers customers complete vacation packages that deliver just that. With the Best Price Guarantee, customers are guaranteed the lowest airfare on available flights. JetBlue Getaways customers also have access to 24/7 travel support and Concierge On Call to answer questions, make recommendations, dinner reservations, tee-times and more. Members of JetBlue's customer loyalty program, TrueBlue, can also earn six points for every dollar spent on vacation packages, earning reward travel twice as fast.
(1) Among those who receive vacation days from their company
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of JetBlue Airways from September 27-29, 2011 among 2,226 adults aged 18 or older, of which 1,118 adults were employed either full or part time. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Jaclyn Bailey at 617-226-9922.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American and European offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients - stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit http://www.harrisinteractive.com.
About JetBlue Airways
New York-basedJetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit http://www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 66 cities with 650 daily flights. Later this year, JetBlue plans to introduce service to St. Thomas and St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, La Romana, Dominican Republic as well as Liberia, Costa Rica. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, 1-801-365-2583, or visit http://www.jetblue.com.
CONTACT: Media Contacts: JetBlue Corporate Communications, +1-718-709-3089, firstname.lastname@example.org; Reservations: +1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583); if located the Dominican Republic: +1-801-365-2583; TTY/TDD: +1-800-336-5530; http://www.jetblue.com
MegaMatcher 4.2 Multi-biometric and MegaMatcher On Card 3.0 SDKs Released Today
Fingerprint, Iris and Face Biometrics Can Be Used in Any Combination, Including Tri-Modal Verification on Smartcard
VILNIUS, Lithuania, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced two major releases: MegaMatcher 4.2 and MegaMatcher On Card 3.0Software Development Kits (SDK). The MegaMatcher 4.2 SDK includes the updated VeriFinger 6.4 fingerprint identification engine, VeriLook 5.1 facial identification engine and VeriEye 2.4 iris identification engine - all of which are designed to be used individually or in any combination for the development of fast, reliable biometric solutions. Palmprint and VeriSpeak voiceprint identification capabilities are also included. MegaMatcher On Card 3.0 SDK features fingerprint, facial and new iris on-card matching engines based on the high-precision MegaMatcher identification algorithms. With MegaMatcher On Card, tri-modal verification on smartcards is now possible, providing the highest degree of accuracy and flexibility available for smartcard biometric solutions.
"MegaMatcher 4.2 SDK includes significant improvements in software functionality and fingerprint, face and iris algorithms," said Dr. Algimantas Malickas, CEO of Neurotechnology. "The new version of MegaMatcher On Card extends support for different Java and native smart card platforms and, in addition to fingerprint and face modalities, introduces iris and tri-modal off-line verification capabilities. MegaMatcher continues to be one of our most important products, and we believe these improvements and additional features provide our integrators with even greater flexibility and the capability to develop and implement more advanced applications," Malickas added.
The new MegaMatcher 4.2 includes a number of enhancements over previous versions:
-- The VeriFinger 6.4 fingerprint algorithm includes improved extraction
and a reduction of about 25 percent in the false rejection rate at the
same false acceptance rate level compared to the previous algorithm
-- VeriLook 5.1 includes a new capability to detect faces with head poses
up to half-profile (up to 45 degrees, compared to roughly 20 degrees yaw
angle rotation in the previous version). Non-frontal faces are
recognized successfully if the head angle difference is up to 30 degrees
in any direction. Additionally, a set of detectable facial feature
points was extended with nose tip and mouth center points (only centers
of both eyes were detected in the previous version).
-- VeriEye 2.4 includes iris-matching template creation compatible with
on-card technology in the MegaMatcher On Card 3.0 SDK
-- A new plug-in framework for the device manager allows developers to add
support for previously unsupported, new or custom microphones (audio),
video cameras and fingerprint and/or iris scanners into applications
based on Neurotechnology SDKs.
With the new MegaMatcher On Card 3.0 SDK, the fingerprint, face and iris biometric algorithms in MegaMatcher 4.2 have been optimized to run within the restricted computational capabilities of smartcard microprocessors. The introduction of integrated, on-card iris biometrics provides a third, trustworthy modality that offers higher off-line authentication reliability for card owners as well as providing more flexibility when one of the biometric modalities may not be available.
MegaMatcher On Card also provides more flexibility in the choice of smart cards. Through partnerships with different card vendors, Neurotechnology's on-card solution is now available on a wider range of integrated circuit card (ICC) platforms running either Java or proprietary native OS within different microcontrollers.
MegaMatcher On Card 3.0 features and capabilities:
-- A wide range of card-side matching engine configurations allows users to
choose the optimal settings for different card types and specific
-- The pure Java-level configuration may be loaded on a card within its
life cycle. The native ROM-masked implementation provides enhanced
reliability, performance, memory saving and makes the product applicable
for large-scale, high volume projects.
-- Utilization of smart card and on-card biometric matching-related ISO
standards and Java Card specifications allows easy development of
on-card verification applications that maintain the security of the
cardholder reference data.
-- Inclusion of card-side and PC-side sample applications that demonstrate
enrollment and verification of supported modalities on a smart card
provide ease of integration.
Because of its unified API, MegaMatcher On Card can be easily integrated with systems that are based on any other Neurotechnology SDK, including VeriFinger, VeriLook, VeriEye or multi-biometric MegaMatcher deployments.
MegaMatcher technology is used in a wide variety of biometric solutions worldwide for national-scale projects, including border control, passport and visa documentation, election control, criminal investigations, duplicate searches in large-scale databases and a range of other government and commercial applications. The MegaMatcher fingerprint recognition algorithm is NIST MINEX-compliant for use in US Government Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program fingerprint recognition applications and it supports most biometric industry standards.
MegaMatcher 4.2 and MegaMatcher On Card 3.0 are available through Neurotechnology or from distributors worldwide. For more information, go to: http://www.Neurotechnology.com.
Neurotechnology is a provider of high-precision biometric fingerprint, face, iris, palmprint and voice identification algorithms, object recognition technology and software development products. More than 2500 system integrators, security companies and hardware providers integrate Neurotechnology's algorithms into their products, with millions of customer installations worldwide.
Neurotechnology's identification algorithms have consistently earned the highest honors in some of the industry's most rigorous competitions, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE), the Iris Exchange (IREX) and the Fingerprint Verification Competitions (FVC).
Drawing from years of academic research in the fields of neuroinformatics, image processing and pattern recognition, Neurotechnology was founded in 1990 in Vilnius, Lithuania and released its first fingerprint identification system in 1991. Since that time the company has released more than 60 products and version upgrades for identification and verification of objects and personal identity.
Media Contact:Jennifer Allen NewtonBluehouse Consulting Group, Inc.+1-503-805-7540Jennifer (at) bluehousecg (dot) com
AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Coverage in Cedarville
New Cell Site Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network
CEDARVILLE, Mich., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of one new mobile broadband cell site in Cedarville that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
"AT&T¹s new investment in the Upper Peninsula represents a significant step in the effort to reinvent Michigan," said state Rep. Frank Foster (R-Pelston). "We're working every day in Lansing to turn this state around, and AT&T is helping provide the resources job makers need to grow their businesses."
The new cell site is one part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation's best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.
"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the Cedarville community, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that," said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Cedarville. If approved, this deal means that we'll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband - 4G LTE - from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent."
AT&T's mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest 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 offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.
AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 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.
"We want you to have an extraordinary experience whether you are sharing videos and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or keeping your business mobile on your AT&T device," said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager for in AT&T Michigan and Indiana. "Smartphones, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere. We're investing in a combination of technologies right here in Cedarville to meet these needs and ensure an advanced broadband experience for all our customers."
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Michigan or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
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.
George Mason University Implements Enterasys Networks Switches for Seamless Multi-Vendor Data Network
University Eliminates Downtime and Interoperability Issues
ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, today announced George Mason University has implemented Enterasys switches to expand its multi-vendor network environment in order to avoid downtime and interoperability issues and prepare for new network technologies, such as expanded wireless access and VoIP.
Mason's IT department believes in the value and benefits of a multi-vendor environment - significantly reduced operational costs, no vendor lock-in, and creating a custom-tailored best-of-breed solution. The Network Engineering and Technology department of the Information Technology Unit (ITU/NET) identified the need, set the parameters, and performed the evaluation to replace legacy switches that were nearing the end of their lifecycle. In an extensive competitive bidding process, Mason selected Enterasys based upon superior management capabilities with the ability to seamlessly run alongside Cisco in their core and support intelligent edge access to the campus network for both academic and administrative facilities.
"We conducted an extensive vendor evaluation of the key vendors in the space. Our goal was to supply Power over Ethernet (PoE) to all university sites in order to prepare for expanded VoIP and wireless network access, while maintaining interoperability with our existing infrastructure and equipment," said Randy Anderson, director of network engineering and technology at George Mason University. "We wanted the best solution that would enable our IT department to keep up with the expanding size and technological needs of the university. Affordability was also a key factor in our decision."
George Mason University is the largest state university in Virginia, with three campuses and several satellite locations across Northern Virginia, all supported by the central IT unit. The university's network supports up to 20,000 unique wireless users and as many as 30,000 devices connected to the network. The university doesn't restrict the types of devices that students and faculty connect to the network, but makes an effort to ensure they are supported and secured.
Enterasys C-Series stackable switches and the Network Management Suite (NMS) were implemented to replace the university's legacy equipment. Mason's networking staff has realized the financial benefits they sought, without experiencing any downtime or interoperability issues. Members of the IT staff were able to quickly learn the Enterasys command structure for configuration and troubleshooting. Additionally, NMS Policy Manager will enhance network management, operations, and automation, as well as provide the university with the ability to define role-specific policies and support centralized control and policy distribution.
"We weren't initially looking for a central manager for the switches, but finding out Enterasys had one and how robust it is was definitely a plus," said Anderson. "We were looking for great performance at an affordable price and we've achieved that with Enterasys. The service we've received so far suggests they will be a great business partner."
-- George Mason University case study
-- Enterasys Blog: Interoperability in Multi-Vendor Environments
-- Enterasys C-Series stackable switches
-- Enterasys Network Management Suite
-- Enterasys Higher Education solutions
About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit http://www.siemens-enterprise.com or http://www.enterasys.com.
SOURCE Enterasys Networks
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World Record in Fingerprint Identification: DERMALOG Correctly Identifies 129 Million Fingerprints in one Second
HAMBURG, Germany, November 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH is Germany's largest biometrics
manufacturer, and has set a new world record in the identification of
fingerprints. The new system, known as "DERMALOG Next Generation AFIS", is
capable of correctly identifying the ten fingerprints of one individual
within a second from a database of more than 129 million fingerprints. The
renowned international SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS has tested the product and
acknowledged that this combination of speed and accuracy is unique
throughout the world.
Every fingerprint is unique and so is the new Automated Fingerprint
Identification System (AFIS) from the biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG. It
has achieved a new world record in the identification of fingerprints. The
newly developed "DERMALOG Next Generation AFIS" proved its unique speed and
accuracy at the test recently conducted by SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS. Using an
LF10 DERMALOG fingerprint livescanner, the ten fingerprints of one person
were scanned and compared with a database of 100 million fingerprints
representing 10 million people, each having ten fingerprints. This
corresponds to the approximate population of Portugal or the Czech Republic,
for example. From within this huge data pool, the ten scanned fingerprints
were correctly identified within just 0.89 seconds on a standard blade
server with twelve cores making it a world record without compromising the
FAR and FRR rates.
The aim of the test was to prove that the DERMALOG system sacrificed
none of its accuracy even when working at extremely high speed. The testers
at SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS have now confirmed that DERMALOG can achieve a
quality of results never seen before in a search matching speed which is
quite unique throughout the world involving the examination of 129,296,050
fingerprints per second on a blade server with 12 cores, which today is now
a standard system. The new software is not only accurate and fast but also
easy to install and requires no special hardware. It is suitable for
standard PCs and standard blade servers such as are typically used today for
data processing. This achievement has now set a new standard for speed and
accuracy in fingerprint identification.
Guenther Mull, founder and Managing Director at DERMALOG, is proud of
the world record. "The result shows how accurately and fast our new software
works," he says. "During the test everyone was identified correctly. There
were no errors. And so our "Next Generation AFIS" has now set a new standard
for speed and accuracy in fingerprint identification. The system is
especially designed for use in conjunction with large-scale databases such
as used at border checkpoints. That saves on long waiting times and enables
speedy processing, with no errors in a second."
Dr. Bernd Grabe from SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS commented on the test
results saying "As the speed of fingerprint searching increases, the
accuracy of the results is often reduced. But no loss in quality was
observed with the "DERMALOG Next Generation AFIS" despite its extremely high
speed. And what is more it uses standard hardware."
The new "DERMALOG Next Generation AFIS" software will be on show at the
CARTES trade fair in Paris from 15th to 17th November 2011, and is available
now for all existing and new DERMALOG customers.
DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH, based in Hamburg, is the largest
German biometrics manufacturer and one of the world leaders in biometrics.
It has a high level team of scientists and IT knowledge team working
continuously on new innovative products. Its product range includes highly
advanced biometric border checkpoint systems, secure biometric ID cards, and
the new "FingerPayment" system. The main sales markets are Germany, Europe,
Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
DERMALOG has supplied more than 20,000 fingerprint scanners to the
national registration offices in Germany for the new electronic passports,
ID cards and permanent resident's cards, and has also supplied more than
50,000 finger scanners to national authorities in over 40 countries. The
company has installed its AFIS (Automatic Fingerprint Identification System)
at 60 government authorities throughout the world - they mostly use them to
identify false or duplicated identities before issuing ID cards or
passports. DERMALOG is also the technical partner in the REWE Group's
project for fast, secure payment by fingerprint, and the partner of
Wincor-Nixdorf in fitting cash machines, ATMs with finger scanners ("Finger
instead of PIN number"). For further information, please visit the website http://www.dermalog.com.
Media liaison - For more information, contact:
DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH
Contact person: Peter Breuer
Netflix and Lionsgate UK Announce Multi-Year Premium Pay TV Window Agreement in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Starting In Early 2012, Netflix Members in the UK And Ireland Will Enjoy Instantly Watching High-Quality Films From Lionsgate UK
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Lionsgate UK, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: LGF) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for first-run feature films from the studio.
Lionsgate UK titles will be available for Netflix members in the UK and Ireland to watch instantly in the pay TV window on their televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones, for a low monthly price. Netflix announced last month that it would launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012.
Appearing exclusively on Netflix within one year of their theatrical release will be such films as "The Hunger Games," the highly-anticipated film based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling teen novel and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth; "The Expendables 2," the sequel to the blockbuster hit starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Jet Li and the recently-announced remake of the beloved 1987 classic "Dirty Dancing."
Among recent Lionsgate UK hits available to watch instantly in the UK and Ireland are "The Mechanic," "Saw 3D" and the original "The Expendables" as well as great catalogue titles including "Reservoir Dogs," "Blair Witch Project," "3:10 to Yuma," and "Good Night and Good Luck."
"Lionsgate is an important and successful supplier of television series and movies to us in all of our territories," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. "We are proud to be the exclusive Pay TV home for Lionsgate theatrically-released films in the UK and Ireland."
"Netflix is the leading worldwide brand in steaming movies and they have an incredible service in North America. We are very excited to be working with them as they launch their service and bring our movies to audiences in the UK and Ireland," added Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate UK CEO.
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.
About Lions Gate:
Lionsgate UK is the diversified UK-based filmed entertainment arm of Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio. The company (formerly Redbus Film Distributors) was acquired by Lions Gate in October 2005 and has since established a reputation in the UK as a leading producer and distributor and acquirer of commercially successful and critically acclaimed product, recently releasing such boxoffice hits as The Expendables, Harry Brown, Oscar and BAFTA winner The Hurt Locker, Drag Me To Hell, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, I've Loved You So Long, 3.10 to Yuma, Good Luck Chuck, The Bank Job and Oscar-winning The Lives of Others in the UK. Upcoming releases include 50:50, Machine Gun Preacher, The Sam Raimi produced The Possession, Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus, David Cronenberg'sA Dangerous Method, TheHunger Games and What to Expect When You're Expecting and Lasse Hallstrom's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristen Scott Thomas.
Its prestigious and prolific library of nearly 13,000 motion picture titles and television episodes - including Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and Weeds - is a valuable source of recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses - film production and distribution, TV programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. The Lionsgate UK brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe. http://www.lionsgatefilms.co.uk
VAYANT Announces the Release of its Worldwide Availability Server Module
Multi-source Strategy allows Airfare Search with Real-time Availability
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VAYANT Travel Technologies, the next-generation airfare shopping innovator, announces today the December 2011 release of VAYANT v2.0 which includes their Worldwide Availability Server solution. With this release, a groundbreaking achievement in airfare search, VAYANT becomes the leading independent airfare search and shopping provider.
This release will now allow VAYANT to further integrate availability results within the flagship OneSearch(TM) engine as well as in VAYANT's Microproduct suite. "Our goal has always been to innovate around the new travel shopping trends consumers are asking for today," comments Brian Clark, CEO of VAYANT. "VAYANT v2.0 is key to that strategy and solidifies VAYANT's leadership of the next generation of airfare shopping providers."
By working with VAYANT, online travel agencies and meta-search engines reduce their risk of spiking look-to-book ratios, and airlines avoid unnecessary inventory queries. "We are happy to deliver further cost optimizations for airlines globally," says Brannon Winn, Chief Commercial Officer at VAYANT. "VAYANT v2.0 delivers richer result sets to travel search - finding lower fares more often - and integrates smoothly with existing systems. VAYANT now offers the best of both worlds - the speed, flexibility and distribution effectiveness demanded for Internet shopping combined with the accuracy of airline hosting systems."
VAYANT joins a select group of providers who can offer multi-carrier result sets inclusive of availability on a worldwide basis. "VAYANT v2.0 has always been on schedule and will release in December 2011," comments Eric Dumas COO. "Our Worldwide Availability Server module will also have the ability to perform live availability queries which, unlike predictive shopping engines, can provide a full-fledged solution, utilizing the highest level of inventory accuracy in the marketplace. But, this is just the beginning of our innovative functionality releases."
This announcement follows right behind the release of VAYANT's second product launch of 2011, Airfare Intelligence, which offers forward-looking real-time fare information for use in the revenue management and marketing fields.
About Vayant Travel Technologies LLC
Using patent pending technologies, VAYANT's flagship product OneSearch(TM) delivers innovative personalized search results and increased itinerary options improving the end user experience, decreasing customer look-to-book ratios, increasing revenues, and cutting costs. VAYANT Airfare Intelligence(TM) offers a real time snapshot of future airfares world-wide including all taxes and fare rules. VAYANT provides its full suite of products to travel related companies such as airlines, meta-search engines, online travel agencies, tour operators and revenue management.
24online Announces "Service Management Platform" Roll out for ISPs and Hospitality Segment
AHMEDABAD, India, November 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Elitecore Technologies, the provider of 24online's Service Management
Platform announces the availability of SMS & HIA series - a truly
plug-n-play solution with segment specific features enabling internet
providers, hotels, hotspots, educational institutes and airports to rapidly
launch new revenue-generating services and prevent bandwidth leakages as
The Brand pioneered with Billing and Bandwidth Management Solution in
India and today enjoys a major market share in the ISP segment. It has a
vast client base with 2500+ installations that extend to 40+ countries
across the globe. 24online has developed a vast reach in the Middle-East,
Africa and Asia with a dedicated partner network. Taking into consideration
the rising trend of internet subscribers and internet usage at hotels,
hotspots and various such segments in the African region we now look forward
to business expansion in Africa as a major potential market to capture, as
was said by Mr. Samiksh Aggarwal - AVP Sales Data Networks.
24online's Service Management Platform offers AAA Server for
Authorization, Authentication & Accounting controls, advanced billing system
for prepaid-postpaid billing, data and VoIP billing, franchisee and
subscriber management for new as well as existing service providers on
Wired, WiMAX, Broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
24online Hospitality Internet Access (HIA) series pre-integrated with
famous property management systems like Micros Fidelio, Opera, Amadeus, IDS,
Shawman, etc. offers advance access controllers with guest management and
billing functions. It also offers pre-paid voucher management, zero
configurations, Captive Portal capabilities, etc. 24online HIA is highly
flexible, plug-n-play solution offering a high speed Internet experience to
guests and visitors at small and large hospitality/hotspot locations.
Founded in 1999, Elitecore Technologies is an Information Technology
Products and Software Solutions Company headquartered in India. Elitecore
leveraging its global sales and distribution channel spanning in 110+
countries provides business critical solutions for Telecommunications,
Networks Security and Access gateway.
Elitecore's offerings include Security Solution - Cyberoam the provider
of Network & End Point Data Security solution, Telecom Practices - Crestel
Billing & Revenue Management & Core Network Solution that meets the OSS/BSS
requirements for Voice, Video & Data services offered by Telecom Operators
/Large Service Providers; 24online - Service Management Platform for Hotels,
Hotspots and Small to Medium Internet Service Providers, Elite AAA,
NetVertex - Policy Manager.
Head - Corporate Communications
Elitecore Technologies Pvt. Ltd. http://www.elitecore.com
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AT&T Telepresence Solution® Enhancements Make Collaboration Easier
DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* is taking more steps to make global communications and collaboration even easier and more pervasive with new AT&T Telepresence Solution service bundling options. These new choices give customers even more flexibility to meet "face-to-face" from a wider range of locations.
"Within the next few years, global telepresence exchanges that let enterprises reach across their networks will increase the impact of, and demand for, video conferencing solutions," said Brian Washburn, Current Analysis Research Director, Network Services. "AT&T's telepresence solutions allow organizations to connect networks and unlock a vast number of new meeting relationships."
In addition to the new service bundles, AT&T is making telepresence more accessible to businesses and organizations of all sizes with new features and scheduling capabilities that allow for greater connectivity and unification across disparate video conferencing systems.
New AT&T Telepresence Solution capabilities include:
-- New Service Bundles - AT&T now offers customers a wide range of Cisco
video equipment options from immersive to desktop units (including
former TANDBERG endpoints). The fully managed service bundle includes:
-- Connection to the AT&T Business Exchange enabling users to connect
internally with employees, and externally with customers and
-- Flexibility to connect to a wide variety of endpoint equipment and
network types from a broad range of manufacturers, thereby getting
more out of prior investments.
-- AT&T design and implementation of telepresence and video
conferencing equipment including hardware and software.
-- AT&T owned equipment, management, proactive monitoring, maintenance
and help desk bundled into one monthly service fee.
-- Value Case Tool - To help create a "Success Plan" to deploy these new
capabilities AT&T has also recently updated its industry-specific Value
Case Tool which helps customer define use cases, build design and TCO
scenarios, determine break-even points, and project operational costs
and business benefits.
-- Scheduling Add-In - Schedule internal or external telepresence meetings,
right from your Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes calendar. This
enhancement unifies scheduling and is expected to be available before
the end of 2011 for hosted deployments.
-- ActivePresence - Enhance the meeting experience by viewing all meeting
attendees during a conference, regardless of the number of locations
connected. The speaking participants appear full size on the screen
while others appear as part of a panel view or "filmstrip" along the
bottom of the screens. Participants switch into the full screen position
automatically when they speak.
-- Guest Access - Schedule and attend telepresence meetings with companies
that are not on the AT&T Business Exchange, over the Internet or
traditional telephone network, opening an even more extended world of
-- Intercompany Direct Dial - Enjoy point-to-point conferencing from one
Cisco TelePresence® endpoint to another on the AT&T Business Exchange
without needing to schedule a meeting in advance.
-- AT&T adopts telepresence internally: AT&T intends to install more than
50 internal telepresence rooms in 2011, growing internal deployments to
more than 190 rooms spanning more than 20 countries.
-- Using AT&T's Carbon Impact Assessment Tool, organizations can easily
calculate the estimated greenhouse gas emissions and cost savings of
using telepresence to replace or reduce business travel and increase
productivity and collaboration.
-- Between January and September 2011, AT&T has realized almost $7.5
million in travel dollars saved and more than 4,400 metric tons of
CO2 emissions averted.
-- Since 2008, AT&T has logged more than 83,400 telepresence meeting
-- Telepresence is going global: More than one third of the endpoints
connected to the AT&T Business Exchange are outside the United States,
and AT&T now supports over 75 countries with the expanded offerings.
-- Millions of meeting minutes: AT&T customers held nearly 12 million
minutes of meetings on immersive telepresence systems in the first three
quarters of 2011.
-- The number of end-points continues to grow rapidly: Telepresence
continues to see customer acceptance and continued growth from 1,281
meeting rooms in 2009 to more than 3,000 meeting rooms projected for
-- Industry leading companies are adopting telepresence: More than one
third of the companies ranked in the Fortune 100 are connected to the
AT&T Business Exchange.
"From large, classroom-like settings to conference rooms to desktops to home offices, AT&T Telepresence Solution is helping our customers connect through face-to-face collaboration," said Shawn Conroy, vice president of Voice, Collaboration and Unified Communications Services, AT&T Business Solutions. "Expanding our popular service bundles to include conference room and desktop units is an important step in pursuing our vision of a pervasive telepresence experience where users can connect without borders from the device and at the time and place that's most convenient for them."
Learn more about the value of AT&T Telepresence Solution and how AT&T helps organizations measure the benefits.
*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.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. 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.
Geeklist Announces the First Achievement-Based Geek Identity
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Geeklist.com - Geeklist announces they have built the first Achievement-based social platform for developers. Still in Private Beta mode, the site allows developers to share their achievements, find other geeks, give credit to peers and connect in a way never possible before.
Geeklist is the world's first real-time tech data engine based on achievements. "It's a window into knowing who is using which technologies, with whom, where, when and how. It's a virtual 'safe-zone' for geeks to share and even brag a little about some of the great things they've done in their careers. We give Geeks a place their voice can be heard and considering our lives are run by what developers build, that voice is really quite powerful," stated Reuben Katz, CEO & co-founder of Geeklist.
Christian Sanz, CTO & co-founder of Geeklist, spent years hiring developers using traditional means like networking, job sites and resumes. "They just don't work. There is no depth to a resume and even less in an online job resume or profile," exclaimed Christian. "LinkedIn is great for many things, but for hiring developers and builders, well, not so much. We provide developers the ability to share what they have done in the context of telling their peers, not trying to sell themselves to recruiters," continues Sanz. "It's like when developers get together for a drink after work and talk about the amazing stuff they just did, or war stories of things they built in the past, things they are really proud of which other geeks can Hi 5."
Currently developers can view real-time discovery streams of cards and micros showing who did what behind the scenes of amazing companies like Twitter, Microsoft, Joyent, Mozilla, Yammer and even Google. Guys like, Laurence Gonsalves (http://geekli.st/Laurence) write "I helped build Google Reader from the ground up" or famed ex-Microsoft developer, Charlie Kindel (http://geekli.st/ckindel), who wrote an Achievement card stating "I was one of the earliest Windows app developers. Windows 2.x. in 1989. My apps could print." Even some of Twitter's earliest engineers and founders say things in Geeklist like "I scaled Twitter".
Geeklist is also announcing that they have secured a round of Angel funding from industry heavy-weights including, Great Oaks Venture Partners, Milan Ventures, Nick Wilson, Jeff Fluhr, Sean Knapp, Tony Hsieh among others. "We're growing rapidly and just broke over 100,000 activities inside the site, stay tuned for more communication, data and discovery," said Katz.
Geeklist, Inc. is located virtually at http://geekli.st and physically in the heart of San Francisco's SoMa startup scene inside RocketSpace 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105.
Cimatron Invites 30,000 Expected at FabTech to Explore its Powerful DieDesign Solution
GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, November 13, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Cimatron's DieDesign solution to feature at FabTech show in
Chicago, November 14-17, 2011.
Cimatron Limited [http://www.cimatron.com ] (NASDAQ and TASE: CIMT) will
exhibit its integrated CimatronE DieDesign solution at the forthcoming
FabTech trade fair, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating,
finishing and welding event.
"Producing a high quality die within the required time frame is often
easier said than done, particularly given the costs and complexities
involved," said Mr Bill Gibbs, Cimatron's President North America.
"It is for that reason that Cimatron developed an integrated DieDesign
solution predicated on the key factors of speed and accuracy.
"The success of DieDesign in meeting these goals has been overwhelming,
with our many customers worldwide lauding the solution's contribution to
their competitiveness in a demanding market."
CimatronE DieDesign covers the process from quoting through design,
machining and wire EDM. Recent enhancements to the Die Design solution offer
a far more flexible strip design process. Among the enhancements that
simplify the process is the new "insert forming shape" feature, which allows
users to insert additional forming shapes (stations) at any point during
design, while maintaining complete associativity.
There are also enhancements in die tool design, with faster, more
automated trimming punch creation. CimatronE's trimming punch feature, which
allows users to design trimming punches in one click, can now create
multiple trimming punches in the same operation. Additionally, the system
now supports split matrixes (used to simplify the manufacturing process) and
several new types of fasteners.
"Our customers have commented that DieDesign has enhanced their
efficiency by 25-30%, significantly reducing the design time involved in
complex strips, as well as helping them to win new business by speeding up
the quotation process," said Mr Gibbs.
The FabTech trade show will be held in Chicago from November 14-17,
2011. The Cimatron display and information will be at booth #3137.
With over 28 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations
worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM software
solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete
parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective
solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles and ultimately shorten
product delivery time.
Cimatron's shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange and the Tel
Aviv Stock Exchange under the symbol CIMT. For more information, please
visit Cimatron's web site at: http://www.cimatron.com
This press release includes forward looking statements, within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are
subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those anticipated. Such statements may relate to Cimatron's
plans, objectives and expected financial and operating results. The words
"may," "could," "would," "will," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate,"
"expect," "intend," "plan," and similar expressions or variations thereof
are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned
that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond
Cimatron's ability to control. The risks and uncertainties that may affect
forward looking statements include, but are not limited to: currency
fluctuations, global economic and political conditions, marketing demand for
Cimatron products and services, long sales cycles, new product development,
assimilating future acquisitions, maintaining relationships with customers
and partners, and increased competition. For more details about the risks
and uncertainties related to Cimatron's business, refer to Cimatron's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cimatron cannot assess
the impact of or the extent to which any single factor or risk, or
combination of them, may cause. Cimatron undertakes no obligation to
publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SALINA, Kan., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents in Salina now have a Books-A-Million (BAM!) for all their books, toys, tech and more needs. The new store recently opened in Central Mall located at 2259 South 9th Street, Salina, KS 67401.
"Whether you're a reader or a tech-lover, our new BAM! store has something for everyone," said Alice Terry, General Manager. "We are excited to be here in Central Mall to provide the best customer experience for all who visit."
The Central Mall BAM! provides a diverse selection of books, magazines, bargain books and gifts, as well as unique sections within the store. There's a special "Kids-A-Million" section featuring children's books, learning resources, toys and games along with a myriad of literature for children and products from Lego, Skip Hop, LeapFrog, Hasbro and more.
For the tech savvy reader, there's an array of electronics, featuring the NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color; iPhone, iPod and eReader accessories and DVDs in addition to electronic accessories by brands such as Skullcandy, JVC, Built and ProtectIt.
All new customers are invited to sign up for the Millionaire's Club, where members save 40 percent off bestsellers, 20 percent off hundreds of items throughout the store and 10 percent off everything, every day. Millionaire's Club members also experience special sale events and receive exclusive promotions and coupons through weekly emails.
From quality customer service to convenient access to superior merchandise, BAM! has so much to offer, including discount programs for teachers and community organizations as well as community fundraising opportunities. The new location is open just in time for the holiday season. At BAM!, books are just the beginning.
About Books-A-Million, Inc.
Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation's leading book retailers and sells on the Internet at http://www.booksamillion.com. The Company presently operates over 230 stores in 29 states and the District of Columbia and, after the opening of the new stores, the Company will operate over 250 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million, Books & Co., and 2nd & Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the Company's corporate website at http://www.booksamillioninc.com.
Accessory Workshop Unveils Next-Gen Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad 2
Specifically designed with Apple® in mind, tyPad 2 includes high-performance keyboard and sleek new case
PARAMUS, N.J., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Accessory Workshop, first to market with their popular tyPad line of Bluetooth keyboard cases for iPad, today announced the launch of tyPad 2,specifically designed with Apple® in mind. Designed in close collaboration with a team of iPad experts, tyPad 2 is engineered to be student-tough, professionally sharp and travel-friendly. It boasts more than a dozen enhancements over the best-selling prior generation of tyPad models and continues to be a must-have iPad accessory.
"We design tyPad products to meet iPad users' ever-changing needs," said Brad Hotz, CEO of Accessory Workshop. "Our customers demand improved keyboard performance and enhanced functionality in a slimmer, more lightweight case, and we have responded by delivering the next generation tyPad 2."
Offered with Bluetooth v3.0 and Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), tyPad 2's re-engineered keyboard features an unobstructed space bar, larger dual-shift keys, essential Apple shortcut and command keys, and a longer-lasting battery. The new keyboard delivers superior typing, improved accuracy, and enhanced functionality.
With its sleek, new patent-pending design, tyPad 2's portfolio case is 30 percent lighter and 15 percent slimmer than previous models and allows the iPad to be positioned for optimal viewing. It closes securely using a smart-strap closure and incorporates corner flaps that provide additional protection. A business card window allows for easy identification in the office or classroom. The tyPad 2 is packaged in an all-new black and red retail box.
Accessory Workshop will release a limited edition tyPad 2 made from carbon fiber in December.
tyPad 2 retails for $99.99 and is available for purchase at http://www.buytypad.com. The tyPad 2 and other Accessory Workshop products also can be purchased at major retailers, including Walmart, Toys R US, Airport Wireless, Hudson News, Microcenter, B&H, and Datavision.
About Accessory Workshop
Accessory Workshop, LLC, is a design and manufacturing firm specializing in tech accessories. We create and develop innovative products meant to enhance your computer and gaming experience. For more information, visit http://www.accessoryworkshop.com.
ESDNetwork Launches Retail Touch Screen Lead Generating Consumer Prize Sweepstakes
JANESVILLE, Wis., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ESDNetwork (Electronic Sales Dealership Network) released its brand new consumer facing national prize sweepstakes featuring touch screen lead generation.
"We help retailers increase their sales and profits by growing one of their most important assets - the email addresses of interested customers who in fact shop or browse in their physical store and online," says ESDNetwork's CEO, Steve Yeko. "Every retailer knows their most qualified customers are those that actually visit their store. ESDNetwork's National Prize Sweepstakes is 100% managed by ESDNetwork, so all a retailer has to do is turn on the touch screen computer monitor and the entire program engages," concludes Yeko.
ESDNetwork's National Prize Sweepstakes invites customers to register using an in store touch screen monitor with the incentive to win a $1,000 monthly prize provided by ESDNetwork. "On the first day of each month a brand new sweepstakes begins, so customers register all the time. The retailer is guaranteed to collect their customers' current email address," sites Brad Bensman, ESDNetwork's Vice President of Marketing.
"It's true," raves a family jewelry store owner in Illinois. "I've tried for two years to ask for customers' email addresses without any results. Now customers are walking up to the touch screen prize kiosk and punching their email address themselves! The very first weekend we added 83 brand new email addresses. Now we can market to more and more qualified potential customers."
"That's the beauty of it all," claims Milanie Cleere, ESDNetwork's Chief Operating Officer, "National Prize Sweepstakes drives traffic in store and online and helps retailers reach their customers with technology relevant to consumers' lifestyles." Consumers can register each month in store, on a retailer's Facebook page, visiting their web site from a smart phone, iPad or computer.
"It's just in time for Christmas traffic," Yeko continues. "What better way to capture more 2011 business and begin 2012 with so many new sales leads?"
The ESDNetwork platform is a web based collection of tools that empowers manufacturers and retailers to streamline the ecommerce supply chain. ESDNetwork is a privately held company founded in 2009 based in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Tech-based Golf Coaching Site Partners with Start-up Internet Company UNATION
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Golf Coach Direct today announced that it is launching its live interactive golf tutorial site in conjunction with UNATION.com, a Tampa-based Internet company that has created a new, event-driven social media platform to be unveiled today, 11/11/11. To celebrate the launch, Golf Coach Direct will offer free golf lessons to the first 1,111 people to sign up for Golf Coach Direct through UNATION.
"We're excited to be part of the launch of Golf Coach Direct," said UNATION Co-Founder George Beardsley. "Their virtual approach will bring coaches together with students in a new way, and we are happy to help them increase their reach through social media."
Golf Coach Direct specializes in connecting professional golf coaches with students of all levels through live interactive lessons over the Internet. Through its campaign with UNATION, Golf Coach Direct can connect and share with its customers like never before through utilizing social media tools.
"UNATION offers a cutting-edge approach to social engagement, which aligns well with our innovative approach to golf instruction," stated Golf Coach Direct founder Phil Auerbach. "It was important to us that golfers can easily interact and enjoy their experience and UNATION offers a best-in-class environment for Golfcoachdirect.com."
Golf Coach Direct (http://www.GolfCoachDirect.com) allows users to register with an exclusive circle of top PGA golf coaches. Once a user captures and uploads their swing through Golf Coach Direct's patent-pending technology, they can book live lessons with a professional golf coach.
UNATION (http://www.UNATION.com) is an Internet company that is improving on the strengths of many communication tools and technologies utilized in social networking, telecommunications, journalism and rich media. Through a unique, event-driven platform, UNATION will fundamentally change the way corporations, organizations and individuals interact with their contacts.
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Sam's Club Members Jingle with Joy: 60 Featured Items Revealed for Day After Thanksgiving Shopping Event (D.A.T.E.)
Make a DATE with Sam's Club for members-only savings, free breakfast and extraordinary holiday values
Additional items to be revealed at Holiday Taste of Sam's Club Sampling Event - Nov. 18 to 20
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam's Club, the nation's eighth largest retailer, today revealed 60 featured deals set for the annual Day After Thanksgiving Event (D.A.T.E.) with sought-after jewelry, electronics, toys, wireless and entertainment gifts for 2011, including Black & White Diamond Silver Ring (1.0 CT T.W.) or Earrings set (1.0 CT T.W.) for $149 each, Dyson® DC 24 All-floor vacuum for $279 and a Samsung 51" 720p 600Hz Plasma TV for $498. Sam's Club Facebook fans and mobile app users were the first to view the items this morning.
The members only in-club shopping event kicks-off at all Sam's Club locations nationwide at 5 a.m. on Friday, November 25, featuring members-only privileges to simplify the season for time-strapped shoppers, including: .
-- Complimentary breakfast from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. in-club, including hot egg
sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt and coffee.
-- Shoppers who join Sam's Club or upgrade to Plus Membership while in-club
through the weekend will receive a $20 gift card to spend immediately or
stuff a stocking.
-- Sam's Club Credit account holders will pay no interest on a single-item
purchase of $488 or more if paid in full in 24 months.
Members eager to avoid lines and get a head start on shopping may also shop all D.A.T.E. values online at SamsClub.com and on the Sam's Club mobile app as of 10 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 23.
"Between preparing the home, entertaining guests, cooking and finding great values on gifts, holiday season 'to-dos' pile up quickly. Sam's Club provides our time-strapped members less hectic access to amazing savings anywhere in the U.S., any hour of the day," said Marybeth Cornwell, senior vice president of Home and Apparel at Sam's Club. "Members will be delighted at the extraordinary quality of Sam's Club holiday items from tech to toys, jewelry and 'break-apart' gifts to please everyone they shop for, including themselves."
Holiday Savings Made Simple with Day After Thanksgiving Event Items:
In an effort to better serve members, Sam's Club has selected dozens of values at extraordinary pricing in-club and online. Sam's Club deals will include:
-- Black & White Diamond Earrings (1.0 CT T.W.) - $149
-- Dyson® DC 24 All-floor vacuum - $279
-- Samsung 51" Class 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV - $498
-- HP Pavilion 17.3" Notebook - $499
-- Sony®160GB PS3 Complete Entertainment Bundle - $239
-- The Zone Two-Player Basketball Game - $79
-- Nintendo Wii Blue Console - $99
-- Cuisinart Classic 15 piece Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware Set - $99
-- 7' Pre-lit Pull-Up Christmas Tree - $99
Sam's Club also offers a special D.A.T.E. selection of gifts under $20:
-- Wolfgang Puck Rechargeable Wine Opener - $9.98
-- 4G Android Smartphones (3) for 96 cents*
-- 100 Holiday Photo Greeting Cards for $15 at Sam's Club Photo Center
-- Choose from 20 Blu-ray Titles for $9.88 each
To download the entire Sam's Club Thanksgiving Day ad, visit SamsClub.com.
More Values Revealed at Holiday Taste of Sam's Club: Nov. 18 to 20During the ninth annual Holiday Taste of Sam's Club, Nov. 18 through 20 in all Sam's Club locations nationwide, attendees will receive an exclusive sneak peek handout with even more Thanksgiving Day deals. During the sampling event, members and guests can "try before you buy" the hundreds upon thousands of free seasonal samples including a variety of delectable, gourmet items such as savory Daily Chef(TM) Chicken & Bacon Bruschetta, mouthwatering Butterball® Deep-Fried Turkey Breast, and The Cheesecake Factory® Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cheesecake - a deliciously rich treat sure to delight.
For savings throughout the season, sign up for Sam's Club's Holiday Value of the Day, offered between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, 2011, visit SamsClub.com/gifts or download the Sam's Club mobile application to your iPhone®, Android or BlackBerry, which provides a floor-plan of members' local Clubs to simplify the D.A.T.E. shopping experience.
*Carrier and phone selection vary by club. Requires qualifying two year agreement.
About Sam's Club Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million Members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made Simple®, visit SamsClub.com and look for Sam's Club on Twitter, Facebook and our mobile app.
Soitec Receives Regulatory Approval of Power Purchase Agreements Totaling 155 Megawatts for California Projects
Announcement Represents Significant Step Forward in Soitec's Expansion Plans and Strategy in the United States
BERNIN, France, November 11, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Soitec (Euronext), a world leader in generating and manufacturing
revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy
industries, today announced that its subsidiary, Soitec Solar Development,
LLC, received the approval of five of its power purchase agreements with San
Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) from the California Public Utilities
Commission (CPUC). These five projects represent a combined capacity of 155
megawatts (MW) of solar energy with electricity generated at solar power
plant sites in San Diego County that will use Soitec's Concentrix(TM)
concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology. Additionally, the CPUC approved
an option agreement for the right, but not the obligation, for SDG&E to
purchase additional capacity from Soitec Solar Development, LLC. This
announcement represents a significant step forward in Soitec's expansion
plans and strategy in the United States.
The CPV modules, as previously announced, will be manufactured in a new
Soitec factory planned for the San Diego area. The new manufacturing
facility will use new Concentrix fifth generation technology to supply the
projects, which provides a market-leading module efficiency that exceeds 30%
(or 2 to 3 times the efficiency of conventional PV technology.) CPV
technology converts sunlight directly into "clean" electricity via
concentrator optics and high-efficiency solar cells offering the best design
for use in sunny regions, environmentally-friendly, and delivering low-cost,
reliable, solar generated electricity. Additionally, CPV technology requires
no water for ongoing operations, a crucial consideration for the
water-constrained San Diego and Imperial Counties.
At full capacity, the San Diego manufacturing facility will generate up
to 450 direct jobs and more than 1,000 indirect jobs within San Diego
County. The factory location is expected to be announced before the end of
Soitec [http://www.soitec.com ] is an international manufacturing
company, a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary
semiconductor materials at the frontier of the most exciting energy and
electronic challenges. Soitec's products include substrates for
microelectronics (most notably SOI : Silicon-on-Insulator) and concentrating
photovoltaic systems (CPV). The company's core technologies are Smart
Cut(TM), Smart Stacking(TM) and Concentrix(TM), as well as expertise in
epitaxy. Applications include consumer and mobile electronics,
microelectronics-driven IT, telecommunications, automotive electronics,
lighting products and solar power plants for large-scale utilities. Soitec
has manufacturing plants and R&D centers in France, Singapore, Germany, and
the United States. For more information, visit: http://www.soitec.com.
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Regular Joes are Uniting on SharedSense.com to Beat the Stock Market
BOSTON, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Anti-bank feeling has resulted in the public looking to take more responsibility for investing their own money.
A new website has come up with a simple but novel way to help the regular Joe invest his own money and avoid the advisory services of financial institutions that are perceived to have let the public down.
Shared Sense is based on the theory of famed investor and mentor to the man on the street: Peter Lynch. The site takes his ideas of "invest in what you know and that the best stock tip is in front of you in the mall" and goes a step further. It allows people to share these observations on a worldwide basis and so helping people gather market research through group thinking.
It uses the wisdom of the crowd to get people's views on what is selling or not. Put simply, people can give an opinion on what brands are hot or not in their area. The information is gathered worldwide and the site gives back the total view on what people see as popular or not.
As increasing or decreasing sales is generally the most important investment criteria, members can use the information as part of their investment decisions.
The site editors take this information and add their experience to it. They analyze the other important factors including financials, margins and outlook and give full stock tips to members.
The site is not another stock price prediction site but focuses on identifying brand popularity to give regular investors an edge. The themes of the site are honesty and humor - the idea being to strip stock picking of all the overly fancy jargon and replace it with raw honesty. The top predictors are invited to join to the site as full authors.
Ned Goodwin, Shared Sense founder says: "Why can't stock picking and investment be based on a co-operative system where people help each other by sharing information on buying trends? This is a practical way of occupying Wall Street -- taking the power of investment decision back to the people. People helping themselves to get an investment edge. As Peter Lynch said, if you're buying the product it might be worthwhile buying the stock. We're saying if you know we're all buying the product it's definitely worthwhile buying the stock."
Spike TV Launches New Campaign Aimed at Helping Veterans Find Work
"Hire A Veteran" Will Salute Companies That Put America's Real Heroes To Work After Serving Their Country
NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike TV, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), proudly announces it has created a comprehensive initiative to salute companies that hire the brave men and women of our armed forces when they return home from service. "Hire A Veteran" will showcase businesses, from Main St. to Wall St., that provide jobs for the selfless heroes who risk their lives in defense of our country.
The network will also create a website that will serve as a destination for vets looking for work and companies looking to hire those leaving the armed services. The announcement was made today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV president.
"Spike TV is honored to assist this country's veterans -- real-life heroes who represent the best of what our country is about," said Kay. "These young men and women who have bravely served their country are now making the often difficult transition from military service to the general workforce. Hire-A-Veteran is designed to help in that process."
Spike TV will create a series of original public service announcements for its multiple platforms that will call to attention businesses that have hired or created positions for veterans. These "Honor Roll" spots will feature the actual veterans who will discuss what it means to them to have found work. The network will also serve as a media partner for nonprofit organizations committed to hiring veterans, offering them opportunities for publicity and recognition, while incentivizing other companies to make their own commitments. Among those appearing in Spike's "Hire A Veteran" spots include Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Drew Brees, George Lucas, Bradley Cooper, Larry Fitzgerald, and others.
The organizations partnering with Spike in the "Hire A Veteran" initiative include IAVA, Wounded Warrior Project, GI Jobs, Helmets to Hardhats, HireHeroesUSA, VETSAgency, Military.com, among others.
The companies saluted will range from those in the Fortune 500 who have initiated a training program for veterans to a small-town construction company that actively recruits veterans. Spike will run spots saluting different companies periodically throughout the day. Every few weeks, Spike will showcase a new crop of organizations who are hiring veterans.
Spike TV has created a website HireAVet.spike.com for more information for veterans looking for work, companies looking to hire veterans, job training and mentoring and veterans looking to start their own business.
Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is http://www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
Travel Management Company to Offer Gogo Biz In-Flight Internet
Charter Operator Using In-flight Connectivity to Improve Passenger Experience and Differentiate Fleet
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aircell, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, announces that Travel Management Company is installing Gogo Biz(TM) high-speed Internet service on all mid-size aircraft in its growing fleet of charter aircraft. Installations are already underway and are scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012. Today's announcement includes 21 firm orders plus options for as many as 30 systems for deployment on additional aircraft.
Gogo Biz enables passengers and flight crews to enjoy high-speed Internet capabilities above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, EFBs, smartphones and other mobile devices.
Travel Management Company (TMC) is a privately-owned, full-service air charter company with an ARG/US Platinum Rating. The company solely owns and operates 50 light and midsize jets, including the industry's newest and largest privately-owned fleet of Hawker 400XP's, along with a growing fleet of Hawker 800/850XP's. More information is available on the company's website at http://www.tmcjets.com.
Scott Wise, general manager of TMC, said, "We own every one of the aircraft we operate and that gives us complete control over the fleet - including what amenities are offered. Connectivity has become like oxygen to our customers and Gogo Biz will dramatically change the in-flight passenger experience, as well as significantly differentiate us in the charter market. We're delighted to offer it and look forward to completing the installation process."
John Wade, Aircell's executive vice president & general manager, said, "We continue to hear that charter aircraft equipped with Gogo Biz fly more than those that aren't, and that when customers search for lift, Internet-enabled charter aircraft get chosen first. We're pleased to see TMC using Gogo Biz as a strategic tool to continue growing and expanding their company."
Aircell, a Gogo company, is a leading provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation. Through a full range of services including voice, high-speed Internet, cockpit data and more, Aircell increases the productivity, safety, and enjoyment of the business aviation travel experience. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA, Aircell is an AS9100-certified company serving a global customer base with an authorized dealer/distributor network that spans 6 continents. A trusted brand in airborne communications, Aircell is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer and installed on the world's largest fractional ownership fleets. The only company to offer all three of the industry's most popular network technologies - Iridium Satellite, Inmarsat SwiftBroadband and Gogo Biz(TM), Aircell provides advice and solutions addressing any customer need, aircraft type, or geography.
A Collier Trophy nominee and the recipient of several dozen awards for innovation, Aircell is widely credited with many of the industry's most influential historical achievements, beginning with the groundbreaking airborne cellular concept that launched the company in 1991. Connect with us http://www.aircell.com and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aircellbizav.
Amazing LED Desk Light Combined with Music and Multi-Charger Function From M&C
HONG KONG, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The t'Light S, the latest innovation from M&C Lighting, features eco-friendly illumination from a 5W LED plus audio output and a charging function.
The LED has a superior life and lower power consumption than other light sources without any detrimental impact on light quality. The t'Light S is suitable for reading and protects your eyesight. If you want to keep a night light while sleeping, the remote controller will dim the LED light through a variety of settings.
If you want to have fun with music and a light, then t'Light S is an integrated audio solution. Two built-in stereo loudspeakers offer superior sound when you dock your iPod or iPhone. TDMA technology eliminates any interference given by your iPhone. The remote controller can play, pause, turn to previous/next and change the volume. t'Light S can even be used only as a stereo loudspeaker. It produces lifelike sound with a 3.5mm line in cable provided, which connects to any audio device. So you can enjoy background music when you entertain guests at home.
Furthermore, your iPod or iPhone will be fully powered whilst playing music if docked to t'Light S. A 10-jack USB multiple cable is provided for connecting other mobile phones and devices to t'Light S to enable the charging function. You have a choice of 3 colors for compatibility with your home or office. Enjoy the latest modern lifestyle from the moment you buy t'Light S!
-- High-power, long-life LED light source for bright light output
-- Continuously adjustable LED light output from 0 to 5W (max.)
-- Remote controller with iPhone / iPod Manu/LED light navigation
-- Built-in stereophonic loudspeakers offering lifelike sound
-- 3.5 mm AUX for MP3, MP4, various mobile phones, notebooks, etc.
-- App. dock and integrated USB port can be used to charge iPod, iPhone,
most mobile phones and other audio devices.
This premium-quality product can be easily ordered at http://www.tlight.cc and will be shipped by EMS worldwide.
Founded in 1994 in Hong Kong, M&C Lighting has become a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting fixtures, bathroom lighting fixtures and utility lights. M&C Lighting is an ETL listed and ISO9001 certified company. More information at http://www.modernandclassic.com
Rockin' New Retail Concept Launches in Stores and Online
Join the Beautiful Rebellion with Lamb & Flag
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Lamb & Flag, a new retail concept catering to both men and women, ages 18 to 24, launched today via its e-Commerce store LambandFlag.com. Lamb & Flag is a denim driven brand that offers designer updated classic products reflecting an edgy rock n' roll spirit. The brands logo is a "Rebel X", a simple mark inspired by royalty and rebellion with its soul and authenticity coming from the idea that "imperfection is the new perfection".
Named after a venerated English pub, Lamb & Flag will introduce its first retail store on December 16th at Brea Mall (Brea, California). Shortly thereafter, two additional retail locations will open at The Shops at Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, California), and Los Cerritos Center (Cerritos, California) in January 2012. The stores, 3,500 square feet in size, are described visually as "wrecked elegance" embodying the different nuances of the brand mixing old with new.
Lamb & Flag's namesake label, carried online and in-store, will be supported by the most aspirational lifestyle brands curated together in an authentic and meaningful environment. The range of independent third-party brands available at Lamb & Flag include: A.P.C, Nudie, Cheap Monday, RVCA and many more.
Customers will find the initial delivery to include vintage denim styles, off-the-shoulder knits, cinched dresses, color-blocked sweatshirts, logo'd tees, striped hoodies, and military jackets. Retail prices for the Lamb & Flag branded collection range from $56 to $98 for denim, $22 to $68 for tees and wovens and $48 to $128 for outerwear. In addition to apparel, Lamb & Flag will also be introducing fragrances: Men's No. 18 and Women's No. 12.
For additional information on Lamb & Flag, visit LambandFlag.com, "Like" Facebook.com/LambandFlag, or follow us on Twitter @LambandFlagCo.
Civolution to Participate in Cisco Knowledge Network Session on Premium VOD Security
Special webinar November 16th to empower service providers with need-to-know content security requirements for the delivery of premium VOD
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing media content, today announced that it will contribute to a special Cisco® Knowledge Network webinar on latent content identification, fingerprinting, and watermarking for delivery of premium VOD content. The live webcast is part of the CKN Americas Video Series and will take place November 16th at 11am Eastern Time.
The decision by major Hollywood Studios to deploy premium VOD (PVOD), a service in which feature films are made available in HD for VOD shortly after the theatrical release and prior to their release on Blu-ray Disc, presents service providers with an opportunity to attract new subscribers and allow up-selling to increase the average revenue per user. In order to engage premium VOD, however, service providers must educate themselves on premium VOD-specific content security requirements.
As part of the Cisco Knowledge Network sessions, a series of webinars for content providers and service providers, the Civolution CKN session will explain premium VOD and its specific content security requirements. The webinar will cover the principles of fingerprinting and forensic watermarking, and how they can be utilized within the Cisco PMDC (Production Media Data Center) workflow. The session will also provide specific examples of the technology's use in both B2B content delivery and B2C premium VOD, and will illustrate how the forensic tracing of content can be implemented not only as a deterrent against content theft and piracy, but also as an analytical tool to measure the usage of content.
The Cisco Knowledge Network sessions are specifically tailored to the service provider audience and aim to offer technical overviews on Cisco and its partners products and solutions so that these service providers can get the most from their existing, planned and future network investments. Civolution, the leader in content identification technologies, provides solutions that enable content owners and distributors to curb piracy of premium VOD content, and protect revenue from consecutive release windows. The special live webcast, hosted by Cisco, will take place November 16th at 11am Eastern Time. More information can be found at http://www.ciscoknowledgenetwork.com.
Civolution (http://www.civolution.com) is the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing media content. The company offers an extensive portfolio of cutting edge applications for digital watermarking and fingerprinting which enable media protection (content filtering and forensic marking of media assets in pre-release, digital cinema, payTV and online), media interaction (accurate and real-time video synchronization for 2nd screen and SmartTVs) and media intelligence (audience measurement and media monitoring for television, radio and internet). Civolution offers the most comprehensive solutions to manage and facilitate profitable content distribution and use.
CONTACT: Emmanuel Josserand, Civolution Director Marketing, Tel: +44 (0)207 845 7371, firstname.lastname@example.org, or David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, email@example.com, or Sabrina Pietryga of Beck Media & Marketing, +1-310-300-4814, firstname.lastname@example.org
AT&T Enhances Mobile Broadband Coverage at Paul Brown Stadium
New Distributed Antenna System Provides Additional Wireless Capacity for Bengals' Fans
CINCINNATI, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services, AT&T* today announced that it has expanded its mobile broadband coverage at the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to serve customers throughout the facility.
"AT&T's gameday presence in the Jungle Zone pregame, and in the B-Zone in-stadium, offers our fans a unique and interactive experience," said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. "We're looking forward to AT&T customers enjoying enhanced wireless coverage throughout Paul Brown Stadium with the completed installation of AT&T's new Distributed Antenna System."
A DAS installation consists of several strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout the stadium, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations - terrain, building construction, etc. - or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience. The additional capacity is expected to help improve call reliability and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.
"We want our customers to have a great network experience whatever they're doing - whether that's making a call, checking e-mail, downloading apps or surfing the Internet," said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
"We're committed to our investment in the local wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at Paul Brown Stadium is just one way that we're investing in Cincinnati," said Tom Pelto, president, AT&T Ohio.
"AT&T's presence at Paul Brown Stadium is a great example of a public/private relationship that will result in a new revenue source for the county while providing a valuable communications service to taxpayers," said Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel. "We're very pleased that AT&T has the antennas ready to go as the Bengals continue their home schedule at PBS."
AT&T is an industry pioneer in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience. The company's recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand its network. If approved, this deal means that AT&T will be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband - 4G LTE - from its current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent.
AT&T's mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. 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. As of October 2011, AT&T offers more than 240 hotspots in the Cincinnati area. 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 mobile broadband coverage in Cincinnati or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit an AT&T Coverage Viewer.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit our 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.
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Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
Designed for the professional user, the AV4PRO-DP is the first Adder KVM
switch to feature DisplayPort video. DisplayPort has seen rapid adoption by
the computer industry, appearing across the Apple, Dell, Lenovo and HP
product ranges. DisplayPort interfaces carry not only video data, but also
digital audio. The Adder implementation further features dual-mode
DisplayPort which also supports DVI and HDMI devices.
The AV4PRO-DP features the same USB True Emulation technology seen in
the DVI range. "With USB True Emulation technology, a whole new group of
users can take advantage of the flexibility KVM switches have to offer,"
said Nigel Dickens, Engineering Director of Adder. "Users in architecture,
graphic design, post production and animation, for example, who often need
to use specialized interface devices such as graphics tablets, 3D explorers,
joysticks, and so on."
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Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 Sets All-Time Record for the Biggest Entertainment Launch with More than $400 Million in North America and United Kingdom Sales Alone
More Than 6.5 Million Units Sold in U.S. and U.K. in 24 Hours
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Shattering its own day-one sales records, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced that its highly-anticipated Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 has become the biggest entertainment launch ever with an estimated sell-through of more than $400 million and more than 6.5 million units in North America and the United Kingdom alone in the first 24 hours of its release, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information.
This marks the third consecutive year that the Call of Duty franchise has set day one launch records across all forms of entertainment, something no other entertainment franchise in any medium has ever accomplished. Last year, in North America and the United Kingdom, Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops(TM) had estimated day-one sell-through of $360 million and in 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, set day-one records with estimated sell through of $310 million, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information.
On November 8, 2011, millions of fans attended more than 13,000 midnight openings at retail stores around worldwide. According to Microsoft, after just two days, the number of gamers playing simultaneously on Xbox® Live® set a new peak concurrency record.
"We believe the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we achieved this record with sales from only two territories," said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard, Inc. "Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings," two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time."
Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing added, "Call of Duty is more than a game. It's become a major part of the pop cultural landscape. It is a game that core enthusiasts love, but that also consistently draws new people into the medium. It is the most intense, adrenaline pumping entertainment experience anywhere. I would like to thank our incredible teams at Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games for making a brilliant game. But most of all, I would like to thank our millions of passionate fans worldwide. We made this game for you."
Separately, Activision announced this morning that in support and gratitude for the efforts of American servicemen and women, this Veterans Day it donated $3 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit, public benefit corporation that seeks to provide job placement and training for veterans. This latest donation will be added to the $2 million that Activision has already donated to the Endowment, which has provided more than $1.5 million in grants and scholarships to veterans' organizations across the country since it was conceived by Bobby Kotick in November of 2009.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is rated "M" (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong Language and is available now for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows® PC. For more information visit http://www.callofduty.com/mw3 and http://www.callofduty.com/elite.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Blizzard's expectations for sales of Modern Warfare 3 are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Activision Blizzard's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Blizzard's titles, increasing concentration of titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment and market conditions within the video game industry, Activision Blizzard's ability to predict consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as first-person action and massively multiplayer online games and preferences among competing hardware platforms, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, changing business models including digital and used games, competition, including from used games and other forms of entertainment, possible declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, litigation risks and associated costs, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors, and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers that can create high quality "hit" titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities and potential challenges associated with geographic expansion, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and Activision Blizzard assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Although these forward-looking statements are believed to be true when made, they may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
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