NanoSight Webinar Addresses the EU Definition of Nanomaterials
SALISBURY, England, March 7, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
NanoSight, leading manufacturers of unique nanoparticle characterization technology,
responds to the EU Commission recommended definition of Nanomaterials with a webinar to
provide expert insight into the consequences for chemical industries. This will be held on
Wednesday 21st March.
At the end of 2011 the EU Commission published a recommended definition of
Nanomaterials. Seasoned Commission-watchers recognised this much-anticipated document as a
turning point, likely to have significant legislative impact on producers of Nanomaterials
in Europe and beyond. This definition was the missing jigsaw piece that so many
legislators and NGOs anticipated, to forward a robust framework for nanotechnology
Two industry reactions are observed. Whilst all would agree that the right legislative
framework will enable major investment in nanotechnology, a large industry group are doing
nothing and hoping perhaps that it goes away, whilst others are thinking through potential
solutions. Having tracked the scientific consultative effort in preparation to get to this
stage, NanoSight believes this definition is here to stay and will have significant
On Wednesday, 21st March at 1330 and 1500 UK time, NanoSight will host a webinar to
look at the implications of this definition and how as a company with unique
multi-parameter nanoparticle analysis is able to address these freshly defined
The invited speaker is Dr Denis Koltsov, a leading international expert in
nanotechnology legislation and control. Dr Koltsov serves on several UK governmental
strategy committees as well as expert committees at BSI/ISO/CEN/OECD WPN and the
Nanotechnologies Industries Association (NIA). He has conducted a number of industry-led
consultations in the nanotechnology sector and reported to the relevant regulatory
authorities. He operates BREC Solutions, a consultancy company in the field of
nanotechnology innovation. Key to this is to act as an information source of
nanotechnology regulation and standardisation. In his talk, he will examine the definition
in detail and provide a thorough understanding of the document. Dr Koltsov will outline
his views on the likely speed and scope of legislation.
NanoSight will present a practical draft solution to address the characterization
requirements of this definition. Requiring as it does, particle counting from 10nm to
100nm, a combination of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis and Electron Microscopy is
proposed. This webinar will be both informative and interactive. Register now and join in
the discussions on this important issue: http://www.nanosight.com/webinar. It will
also be available for viewing after the live event. The link will be the same.
To find out about the company and to learn more about nanoparticle characterization
using NanoSight's unique nanoparticle tracking analysis solutions, visit http://www.nanosight.com and register to receive the next issue of NanoTrail, the
company's electronic newsletter.
For further information:
Please contact NanoSight direct or their marketing agency, Talking Science:
Amesbury SP4 7RT UK
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NHN Japan Announces Release of PC and Smart-tablet Browser Versions of Its Free Calling and Messaging App "LINE"
- LINE Supports Multi-device Function, Creating New Opportunities for Use and Now with Even More Features to Protect User Privacy -
TOKYO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NHN Japan Corporation (hereinafter referred to as NHN Japan) announced on March 7 the release of the PC version (for Windows/Mac desktop clients) and browser version for smart tablets of its free calling and free messaging app "LINE" (http://line.naver.jp/en/).
*As of today, NHN Japan has released the PC and browser versions, and all of these functions can currently be used on those using Androids (latest version). For iPhone app users, this feature should be released in the next few days.
LINE is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messages to one another, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. On March 5, 2012, 8 months since its launch in June 2011, LINE achieved a total of 20 million downloads worldwide (iPhone/Android combined) and continues to show rapid growth.
Of course LINE has always been available for use on smart phones and feature phones. However, with the introduction of the PC version, users can now enjoy LINE on their PCs as well, simply by installing the dedicated client software. At the same time, with the release of the browser version which caters especially for smart tablets, users can now enjoy LINE on their iPad and Android tablets. With large-sized screens typical of tablet devices, users can feel free to use LINE both at home and in the office. At the moment, only the Chat feature is supported on the PC and browser versions, and free calling is not yet available.
Furthermore, coupled with the release of these new features, NHN Japan has introduced a multi-device function with the updated version of the Android smart-phone app. Users will now have the option to register an email address and password to their LINE account which they can use to both log in to the PC or smart-tablet browser versions of LINE and to access their original LINE account details (such as Friends, Groups and Profile information). (Previously, the user's phone number was used at the initial registration process, meaning that once the user changed his or her phone number and/or device, the LINE account would have to be reinitialized.)
-- Users can also use their LINE QR Code to log in to the PC and browser
versions without registering any additional details.
-- NHN Japan is currently working on making these features available for
iPhone app version and feature phones in the near future.
While LINE has always made it its policy to explicitly ask for prior consent from the user when obtaining contact details, this new version of LINE has made improvements to the user interface to make it even clearer and more understandable to the user.
As one of the world's leading global messaging services, LINE aims to achieve the 100 million-user mark during 2012 and, consequently, will continue to improve the user friendliness of its services as well as protecting the user's privacy.
System Requirements: iOS 4.3 or higher, Android 3.0 or higher
Devices: iPad, Android tablets
Browsers: Mobile Safari, standard Android browsers
Languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional)
About NHN Japan Corporation
On top of achieving the 20 million-download mark with the LINE smart-phone app, NHN Japan's operations are centered around its portal site "livedoor" and the search engine "NAVER" as well as online games "Hangame" and provides many Internet services including games, search/portals, media, and matching. The total download figure for all smart-phone applications has reached in excess of 35 million (as of the end of January 2012) and, in addition, the Corporation has 44 million* unique users for PC games, making it the 4th most popular service within Japan. The company is headquartered in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. Its CEO is Akira Morikawa. (*Figures according to comScore, as of the end of December 2011)
SOURCE NHN Japan Corporation
NHN Japan Corporation
CONTACT: Fumiko Hayashi, PR Room, Web Services Division, NHN Japan Corporation, TEL: +81-70-5077-6073 (Japanese only), Email: Webservice-PR@nhn.com
Sony Computer Entertainment to Expand PlayStation®Suite by Further Strengthening Support for Content Development
Open Beta Version of SDK to be Released in April, Official Version to be Released Later This Year
TOKYO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will release the open beta version of PlayStation®Suite SDK*(1) to content developers in April 2012 and the official version later this year. Through the introduction of these SDKs, SCE will offer a more streamlined content development environment for content developers -- from large game development companies to small, independent shops -- and further expand the world of PlayStation® to open operating system based portable devices.
In November 2011, SCE released the closed beta version of PlayStation®Suite SDK to limited content developers in Japan, United States and the United Kingdom. The upcoming open beta version incorporates their feedback and will dramatically enhance convenience and efficiency of the content development environment. The phased rollout of the open beta version will start in April 2012 free of charge and expand target countries beyond Japan, United States and the United Kingdom. Developers will also be able to conduct performance verification of their content developed with the open beta version on PlayStation®Vita.
SCE will also release the official version of PlayStation®Suite SDK at $99 US annually later this year, allowing content developers to have their content distributed through the PlayStation®Store*(2) on a commercial basis. Through the official version, content developers will also be able to seamlessly continue to develop content which was created with the open beta or the closed beta versions.
Furthermore, SCE will be adding content for PlayStation®Suite in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia. The phased rollout of the update will start later this year. The phased rollout will include improving the PlayStation®Suite presence on PlayStation®Store for users who want to enjoy a variety of content with ease and convenience on their PlayStation(TM)Certified devices. SCE will also deliver content created through the official version of PlayStation®Suite SDK after the necessary procedure is completed.
As of March 7, 2012, the line-up of PlayStation(TM)Certified devices includes Xperia(TM) arc, Xperia(TM) acro, Xperia(TM) PLAY, Xperia(TM) acro HD, Xperia(TM) S, Xperia(TM) ion*(3) from Sony Mobile Communications AB, and "Sony Tablet" S and "Sony Tablet" P from Sony Corporation. SCE will continue to further accelerate the expansion of PlayStation(TM)Certified devices.
Through PlayStation®Suite, SCE will deploy various measures to support content developers in their business, and expand the PlayStation® entertainment experience on an open operating system.
*(1) Software Development Kit is a set of development tools and software libraries. Developers are able to obtain this SDK by signing a license agreement with SCE.
*(2) Users can download vast digital content including games through PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP, PS Vita and PS Certified devices.
*(3) Model name may vary by region.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PlayStation®2 (PS2®) computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2® further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Suite, a cross platform and cross device initiative. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.
PlayStation, PS3, PS2 and PSP are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xperia is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Mobile Communications AB. "Sony Tablet" is a trademark of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
SOURCE Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
CONTACT: Dan Race of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Dan_race@playstation.sony.com
SIGMAnet and Intel Set to Deploy Versatile New Server Processors
ONTARIO, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SIGMAnet today announced that it is working with Intel to redefine the modern data center by deploying a flexible new line of server products. SIGMAnet will be among the first IT solution providers to offer the versatile new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 product families, designed to meet the diverse and demanding needs of today's computing environments.
This new family of Intel server processors will enable SIGMAnet to derive greater value for its clients by deploying new solutions such as virtualization to reduce data center cost and complexity, and by employing automation to improve service, efficiency, and agility. Supported by a range of new single- and dual-socket server boards, chassis and other system products, the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 product families are ideal for a range of computing environments, from small and medium-size business to enterprise, storage, cloud computing and high-performance computing applications.
"Intel continually drives innovation and performance providing best in class processors to our OEM partners. And the new E5 family of processors is no different. We are excited and looking forward to introducing the E5 family of processors to our customers as we help them deploy next generation datacenters," said Hassan Kassih, Practice Director of Datacenter Solutions at SIGMAnet.
For even the most demanding environments, the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 product families deliver an optimum combination of performance, built-in capabilities, and cost-effectiveness. These processors are designed to meet evolving data center needs with up to 80 percent higher performance over earlier processor generations, as well as improved energy efficiency, offering more cores, more cache, and increased memory capacity.
The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 product families feature second-generation Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.05, which delivers more speed when it's needed for peak workloads. Another performance-enhancement feature, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX), can double performance in applications employing floating point or vector computations. To keep processor cores most productive, Intel® Data Direct I/O Technology enables direct data transfers from storage to cache, instantly moving data to wherever it is needed and increasing I/O performance by up to 2.3 times.
The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 product families derive more performance value from every watt using an enhanced Intel® Intelligent Power Technology for optimum balance between performance and energy consumption. And, the Intel® Data Center Manager plugs into existing management frameworks so that IT staff can monitor and manage power and thermal status for individual or multiple servers.
To reinforce security, Intel based its new server processors on a solid foundation of encryption standards, trusted resources and standards-based protocols for protecting systems and sensitive data on shared infrastructure. To extend security across the network without significantly compromising performance, Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard - New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) accelerates and strengthens encryption to protect all users and assets.
The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 product families employ Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) to establish trusted pools of resources so that computing environments are better able to protect themselves from malware or other attacks at or before launch.
Founded in 1986, SIGMAnet is a IT value-added reseller headquartered in Ontario, California. A Cisco Gold Certified Partner/DVAR, HP Elite Business Partner, Dell Enterprise Partner, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, VMware Enterprise Partner, and Apple VAR, SIGMAnet's core competencies include best-in-class, highly mature solutions that include Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS), Information Technology Lifecycle Services (ITLS), Mobile Device Management Services (MDMS), and SIGMAnetCARE Managed Services. Please visit our website at http://www.sigmanet.com
CONTACT: Paul Wiederkehr, Partner Relations Manager | 909-230-7083 | firstname.lastname@example.org
WD® and Hitachi Expect to Close Agreement for the Sale of Hitachi's HDD Business to WD on March 8th
IRVINE, Calif. and TOKYO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) and Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT / TSE:6501) today announced that having obtained all required regulatory approvals for WD's acquisition of Viviti Technologies Ltd. (holding company of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies), they expect the acquisition to close on March 8, 2012. WD and Hitachi will provide more information upon closing of the transaction.
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and home entertainment products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (http://www.westerndigital.com)to access a variety of financial and investor information.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE:6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
Western Digital Safe Harbor
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used, the words "anticipates", "believes", "expects", "may", "should" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the expected timing of the completion of the acquisition. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the risk that one or more conditions to the closing is not timely satisfied or waived by the parties; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the company's recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on January 27, 2012, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
Hitachi, Ltd. Cautionary Statement
Certain statements found in this document may constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such "forward-looking statements" reflect management's current views with respect to certain future events and financial performance and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "forecast," "intend," "plan," "project" and similar expressions which indicate future events and trends may identify "forward-looking statements." Such statements are based on currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the "forward-looking statements" and from historical trends. Certain "forward-looking statements" are based upon current assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. Undue reliance should not be placed on "forward-looking statements," as such statements speak only as of the date of this document.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any "forward-looking statement" and from historical trends include, but are not limited to:
-- economic conditions, including consumer spending and plant and equipment
investment in Hitachi's major markets, particularly Japan, Asia, the
United States and Europe, as well as levels of demand in the major
industrial sectors Hitachi serves, including, without limitation, the
information, electronics, automotive, construction and financial
-- exchange rate fluctuations of the yen against other currencies in which
Hitachi makes significant sales or in which Hitachi's assets and
liabilities are denominated, particularly against the U.S. dollar and
-- uncertainty as to Hitachi's ability to access, or access on favorable
terms, liquidity or long-term financing;
-- uncertainty as to general market price levels for equity securities in
Japan, declines in which may require Hitachi to write down equity
securities that it holds;
-- the potential for significant losses on Hitachi's investments in equity
-- increased commoditization of information technology products and digital
media-related products and intensifying price competition for such
products, particularly in the Components & Devices and the Digital Media
& Consumer Products segments;
-- uncertainty as to Hitachi's ability to continue to develop and market
products that incorporate new technologies on a timely and
cost-effective basis and to achieve market acceptance for such products;
-- rapid technological innovation;
-- the possibility of cost fluctuations during the lifetime of, or
cancellation of, long-term contracts for which Hitachi uses the
percentage-of-completion method to recognize revenue from sales;
-- fluctuations in the price of raw materials including, without
limitation, petroleum and other materials, such as copper, steel,
aluminum, synthetic resins, rare metals and rare-earth minerals, or
shortages of materials, parts and components;
-- fluctuations in product demand and industry capacity;
-- uncertainty as to Hitachi's ability to implement measures to reduce the
potential negative impact of fluctuations in product demand, exchange
rates and/or price of raw materials or shortages of materials, parts and
-- uncertainty as to Hitachi's ability to achieve the anticipated benefits
of its strategy to strengthen its Social Innovation Business;
-- uncertainty as to the success of restructuring efforts to improve
management efficiency by divesting or otherwise exiting underperforming
businesses and to strengthen competitiveness and other cost reduction
-- general socioeconomic and political conditions and the regulatory and
trade environment of countries where Hitachi conducts business,
particularly Japan, Asia, the United States and Europe, including,
without limitation, direct or indirect restrictions by other nations on
imports and differences in commercial and business customs including,
without limitation, contract terms and conditions and labor relations;
-- uncertainty as to the success of alliances upon which Hitachi depends,
some of which Hitachi may not control, with other corporations in the
design and development of certain key products;
-- uncertainty as to Hitachi's access to, or ability to protect, certain
intellectual property rights, particularly those related to electronics
and data processing technologies;
-- uncertainty as to the outcome of litigation, regulatory investigations
and other legal proceedings of which the Company, its subsidiaries or
its equity method affiliates have become or may become parties;
-- the possibility of incurring expenses resulting from any defects in
products or services of Hitachi;
-- the possibility of disruption of Hitachi's operations in Japan by
earthquakes, tsunamis or other natural disasters, including the
possibility of continuing adverse effects on Hitachi's operations as a
result of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on
March 11, 2011;
-- uncertainty as to Hitachi's ability to maintain the integrity of its
information systems, as well as Hitachi's ability to protect its
confidential information or that of its customers;
-- uncertainty as to the accuracy of key assumptions Hitachi uses to
evaluate its significant employee benefit-related costs; and
-- uncertainty as to Hitachi's ability to attract and retain skilled
The factors listed above are not all-inclusive and are in addition to other factors contained in Hitachi's periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in other materials published by Hitachi.
Western Digital, WD and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
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Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability for 2012 Blu-Ray Disc(TM) Lineup
New Models Feature Enhanced VIERA Connect(TM), Smartphone Remote, Improved Super Resolution Processor, Built-In WiFi System and Reduced Power Consumption
SECAUCUS, N.J., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray Disc(TM) format, today announced pricing and availability for an expanded 2012 Blu-ray Disc player lineup featuring four new Full HD 3D models - the DMP-BBT01, DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320, DMP-BDT220, and two 2D Blu-ray Disc players - DMP-BD87 and the DMP-BD77. All four of the 3D models include Panasonic's proprietary VIERA Connect(TM)( )IPTV platform(1), while the 2D models feature IP VOD(1), a service that offers a targeted selection of sites including Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube(TM) on TV
Panasonic's Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players (BBT01, BDT500, BDT320 and BDT 220) include an improved UniPhier chip processor, 24p output for VOD, an expanded VIERA Connect functionality, and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec),192Hz/32bit Audio DAC (not available on the DMP-BBT01), Smartphone remote control capability, a new touchpad remote control (available on DMP-BBT01, DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320), 2D-to-3D up-conversion(2), which can convert 2D images from VIERA Connect(1), DVDs and Blu-ray discs into 3D with natural depth perception, a new slim design and a unique slot-in drive that is found in two of the models (the DMP-BBT01 and DMP-BDT320). The slot-in drive allows the user to insert a disc without the need for a tray and prevents inadvertently loading a second disc. In addition, the DMP-BBT01 introduces a new design concept and a greatly reduced form factor featuring a stand and enables operation either vertically or horizontally.
The DMP-BDT220 (SRP $149.99) and the DMP-BDT320 (SRP $199.99) are the first of the Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players to ship and are now available. Also now available are Panasonic's two 2D Blu-ray Disc(TM) players -- the DMP-BD87 (SRP $119.99) and the DMP-BD77 (SRP $89.99). Panasonic's two top-of-the-line Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players; the DMP-BDT500 (SRP $349.99) and the DMP-BBT01 (SRP $269.99) will be available in May.
The 2012 Panasonic Blu-ray Disc player line builds upon the company's commitment to continually seek improvements to its state-of-the-art products. With that in mind, the 2012 lineup includes a number of improvements over last year's models.
-- The UniPhier single chip signal processing LSI employs a simplified
circuit architecture that eliminates unnecessary wiring and reduces
noise on the picture and sound signal to the absolute minimum. The
UniPhier chip produces high clarity sound and turns off the analog video
circuit when not needed - otherwise the analog video circuit is working
even when not in use, causing interference to the other circuits.
-- Adaptive Chroma Processing, a high quality image processing technology,
precisely processes the video signal of each pixel in vertical and
horizontal directions, resulting in a 50% increase in vertical color
data processing as compared to 2010 models.
-- A redesigned DVD Super Resolution Processor helps produce natural
pictures with no false contours, higher resolution for details and a
reduction in noise, all resulting in richer gradation.
The new 2012 models can convert 2D content from VIERA Connect(TM)( ()2), DVD discs and Blu-ray Discs into 3D images with stunning depth. Also new for 2012 is technology that allows for VOD 24p output, thereby synching with the original 24 fps (frames per second) video format and delivering film-like motion characteristics. Using 24 fps, each frame is uniformly converted, so more natural and flickerless images are reproduced.
Recognizing that audio is an essential component to any viewing experience, Panasonic has made a number of improvements to ensure that the audio quality meets the same high standards as the video quality. To that end, the DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320 and the DMP-BDT220 utilize a 192kHz/32bit audio DAC, while the BDT500 also includes high-grade audio parts (gold plated terminals, high grade electric capacitor and insulator) to reproduce audio content that is faithful to the original. The BDT500 also provides for 7.1 channel output and includes twin HDMI outputs, allowing one to be dedicated for audio output. Not only does this result in less interference with the video signal, but the additional HDMI makes the BDT500 compatible with legacy amplifiers. Audio is further improved via Panasonic's unique clock control technology that drastically reduces jitter during HDMI transmission, thereby lessening noise and delivering pure sound. Furthermore, the 2012 players are compatible with a variety of formats such as the lossless audio codec FLAC, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. In addition, the Blu-ray Disc(TM) players simulate the warm, comforting sound of tube amplifiers with six distinct sound environments.
Panasonic's VIERA Connect(TM) IPTV platform, now under the Smart VIERA umbrella, has been expanded and now utilizes cloud technology to offer access to a virtually unlimited collection of many of the most popular applications for social networking (including Skype(TM) voice and video calling, YouTube(TM), Facebook, and Twitter), video content (including Amazon Instant Video(TM), Netflix, Hulu(TM) Plus, and Ustream), professional sports (including FOX Sports, MLS Matchday Live, NBA Game Time, and NHL Game Center), gaming (Accedo Funspot, Gameloft, and PlayJam), fitness (including BodyMedia, ifit, and Withings), music (including Pandora and Shoutcast) news and information (including AccuWeather, Associated Press, and WSJ Live) and more.
The two 2D players (DMP-BD87 and DMP-BD77) feature IP VOD, a targeted internet solution that offers consumers access to Netflix, CinemaNow, Vudu and YouTube.
Connectivity and ease of use continue to be of prime importance to Panasonic. The entire 2012 line features easy connection to other DLNA-equipped products and VIERA Link, which provides connectivity to other VIERA Link-compatible products and NAS compatibility. This year's players are also compatible with the NTFS format HDD. Five of the six Blu-ray Disc players provide built-in WiFi, while the DMP-BD77 is wireless ready. To personalize the experience, the new multi-user mode allows one to register four users and each can record individual, favorite settings. They can also select a personal icon from 16 pre-installed images, or photos from an external source. To further personalize the player, there is the option to customize the home screen with any image the consumer chooses. Also new this year is the ability to use any Smartphone(3) as the remote control. There is also a new touch pad remote control that offers simple, intuitive operation.
Always mindful of the impact on the environment, the 2012 models are ENERGY STAR qualified. Additionally, the DMP-BDT320 features a Smart Eco Sensor which detects the user's movement and switches to the quick start mode (boot time 0.5 seconds) automatically. When a user is within 16 feet of the player it is in ECO mode, using approximately 0.1 watts. When motion is detected within 16 feet the player turns on the quick start mode (approximately 3.2 watts). The BDT320's new slim design also cuts down on packaging, thereby saving on paper and allowing more players to be placed on a pallet, which can reduce carbon emissions due to transportation.
"Panasonic is always working to improve its technology, design, and commitment to providing the consumer with the best possible video and audio experiences. We are also very mindful of the need to provide products that are user friendly and easy to operate," said Alex Fried, Product Manager, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. "Features such as the slot-in drive, home screen customization, enhancement of VIERA Connect(TM) allow consumers to easily personalize their entertainment experience to fit their lifestyle. Additionally, a feature like the slot-in drive is one that makes it extremely easy for the user to insert and play the disc."
Full HD 3D Adaptive Chroma Processing 2D --> 3D
conversion High Clarity Sound Plus Digital Tube
Sound Pure Audio on HDMI Linear PCM/FLAC
Compatibility VIERA Connect DLNA NAS HDD
Playback Built-in WiFi Smartphone Remote
Control Touch Pad Remote Control Multi User Mode
VIERA Link Ultra fast Booting and Loading Slot-
in drive Low Power Consumption Energy Star
Full HD 3D Adaptive Chroma Processing 2D --> 3D
conversion Twin HDMI 192kHz/32bit DAC 7.1 Analog
Output High Clarity Sound Plus Digital Tube Sound
Pure Audio on HDMI Linear PCM/FLAC Compatibility
VIERA Connect DLNA NAS HDD Playback Built-in
WiFi Smartphone Remote Control Touch Pad Remote
Control Multi User Mode VIERA Link Ultra fast
Booting and Loading Low Power Consumption Energy
Full HD 3D Adaptive Chroma Processing 2D --> 3D
conversion 192kHz/32bit DAC High Clarity Sound
Plus Digital Tube Sound Pure Audio on HDMI Linear
PCM/FLAC Compatibility VIERA Connect DLNA NAS
HDD Playback Built-in WiFi Smartphone Remote
Control Touch Pad Remote Control Smart Eco Sensor
Multi User Mode VIERA Link Slot-in Drive Ultra
fast Booting and Loading Low Power Consumption
Ultra Slim Design Energy Star Qualified
Full HD 3D Adaptive Chroma Processing 2D --> 3D
conversion 192kHz/32bit DAC Pure Audio on HDMI
Linear PCM/FLAC Compatibility VIERA Connect DLNA
NAS HDD Playback Built-in WiFi Smartphone Remote
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About Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America, a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American Subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations, offers a wide-range of consumer solutions in the U.S. and Canada. The Company's portfolio of innovative consumer products ranges from VIERA Full HD 3D Televisions, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Wellness and Personal Care products and more.
Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking. Follow Panasonic on Twitter @panasonicdirect, and additional company information for media is available at http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
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(3) Not available on DMP-BD77 and DMP-BD87
CONTACT: Chris De Maria (Panasonic), +1-201-348-7182, Christopher.Demaria@us.panasonic.com; Blayne Murphy (Cohn & Wolfe), +1-212-798-9763, Blayne.Murphy@cohnwolfe.com; or Jeff Samuels (Panasonic), +1-201-392-4571, Jeff.Samuels@ext.us.panasonic.com
SIPCO, LLC Announces Minority Ownership Agreement with GE and MPEG LA
ATLANTA, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SIPCO, LLC is pleased to announce that GE, acting through its Licensing operation, and MPEG LA, LLC, through its wholly owned subsidiary Tagivan II, have each acquired a minority ownership position in SIPCO and IntusIQ. SIPCO and IntusIQ, privately held companies, are prominent developers in providing leading edge wireless technology solutions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
According to T. David Petite, CEO of SIPCO, LLC, "We are thrilled to welcome MPEG LA and GE Licensing to the SIPCO family. Since 2003, we have remained committed to the development of leading technologies for use in a wide-range of groundbreaking energy efficiency and wireless applications. With GE, a leader in innovative technology, and MPEG LA, a leader in technology licensing, we can ensure access to and accelerate delivery of our solutions to the market."
Under the terms of the agreement, SIPCO has designated MPEG LA as its Licensing Administrator. Through MPEG LA, SIPCO's extensive portfolio of innovations will continue to be available for license.
"We are delighted to have been selected as the Licensing Administrator for SIPCO's patent portfolio," said Larry Horn, President and CEO, MPEG LA. "With MPEG LA's expertise, we will ensure that these advanced technologies remain available to the marketplace as catalysts for innovation and new product development."
About SIPCO and IntusIQ
SIPCO, LLC and IntusIQ, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, are led by renowned Native American independent inventor and successful entrepreneur T. David Petite. Mr. Petite has been active in the wireless industry for over a decade and has developed many leading edge solutions. His inventions are deployed in various products and networks throughout the country and have been licensed to numerous companies.
SIPCO and IntusIQ, formerly known as IPCO, LLC, are leading developers of wireless mesh technology, providing technology to customers and licensees. SIPCO and IntusIQ provide critical patent rights through the ESSENTIAL WIRELESS MESH(TM) Patent Portfolio for various wireless infrastructure systems and service applications. For more information visit http://www.sipcollc.com and http://www.intusiq.com.
About MPEG LA
MPEG LA is a leader in alternative technology licenses, enabling users to acquire worldwide patent rights necessary for a technology standard or platform from multiple patent owners in a single transaction as an alternative to negotiating individual licenses. Wherever an independently administered one-stop patent license would provide a convenient marketplace alternative to assist users with implementation of their technology choices, the licensing model pioneered and employed by MPEG LA may provide a solution. By balancing patent users' interest in reasonable access with patent owners' interest in reasonable return, MPEG LA creates the opportunity for adoption of new technologies and fuels innovation. MPEG LA's initial licensing program for MPEG-2 digital video compression helped produce the most widely employed standard in consumer electronics history, and the MPEG LA® Licensing Model has become the template for addressing other technologies. Today MPEG LA operates licensing programs consisting of more than 6,000 patents in 74 countries with 157 Licensors and some 5,000 Licensees. For more information, please refer to http://www.mpegla.com
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.ge.com.
GE Licensing is dedicated to creating new spaces for GE technology, driving the commercialization and development of licensing portfolios for GE in adjacent markets. In collaboration with GE businesses, the Licensing team develops and invests in opportunities to build creative solutions in GE focus areas, such as ecomagination and healthymagination.
SOURCE SIPCO, LLC
CONTACT: SIPCO, LLC - Candida Petite, +1-678-228-1192, Cpetite@ewmesh.com; MPEG LA - Tom O'Reilly, +1-303-200-1710, firstname.lastname@example.org; GE Licensing - Colleen Sabo, +1-609-936-6112, email@example.com
UBM Electronics ' DESIGN West Conference & Exhibition to Heat Up Silicon Valley with Industry's Hottest New Products & Embedded Technologies
Record Attendance Forecasted for the U.S. Electronics Industry's Biggest Exhibition
March 26 - 29, 2012, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
UBM Electronics, a UBM company and the daily source of essential business and technical information for the electronics industry's decision makers, today unveiled the complete program, including the list of more than 300 exhibiting electronics technology and product companies, at the exhibition of DESIGN West (March 26 - 29, 2012, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California). This new event builds on the rich engineering education foundation of the well-established Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which is now combined with popular electronic design summits (Android Summit, Black Hat Summit, DesignMED, Multicore DevCon, EDN's Designing with LEDs, Sensors in Design) in one venue for the first time.
"Bringing together 7 top industry summits under one roof at DESIGN West allows UBM to deliver an unparalleled conference and exhibition featuring technology and products from more than 300 leading edge and early stage electronics design companies," said Kathy Astromoff, CEO, UBM Electronics. "With its comprehensive engineering curriculum combined with exciting theater presentations, the popular Build Your Own Embedded Systems Sessions, product teardowns, networking events and thousands of giveaways, DESIGN West dramatically raises the bar for electronics industry events."
Complementing the multi-day, in-depth DESIGN West Conference educational program targeted toward electronics engineers, DESIGN West Exhibition highlights include:
Technology Specific Show Floor Zones dedicated to specific solutions, showcasing the hottest technologies:
-- ARM® Connected Community Pavilion: The place for attendees to interact
exclusively with ARM partners.
-- M2M Zone: A specialized area with exhibitors demonstrating connectivity
-- Board Zone: The place where experts will convene to address the
toughest board-related design challenges.
-- DesignMED Pavilion: Featuring medical industry exhibitors.
-- Multicore Zone: Multicore education, hands-on training, exhibitors,
giveaways, parties and more.
-- Sensors in Design Zone: The show floor area dedicated to sensors design,
education and exhibitors.
All Day Hands-On Training by Texas Instruments: On Tuesday March 27, attendees can attend courses in the exhibit hall hands-on lab, Booth #2440, to learn about the latest MCU and DSP technologies for their embedded designs.
Industrial Control in Concert: 90 Days From Concept to Completion with Intel®Architecture: A musical collaboration of several devices powered by Intel® Atom(TM) processors revealing how the Intel® Architecture can be used for real-time capability as it applies to the industrial/factory environment where flexibility and scalability are important for faster time to market.
Geek's DIY Lab and Giveaways from Raspberry Pi: An interactive event featuring UBM Electronics' VP of Content Karen Field and an assortment of creative engineers and inspired tinkerers sharing some of their favorite DIY projects through a series of rapid-fire, highly visual presentations and step-by-step overviews of how they taped, screwed, banged, soldered, and wired together some of the world's most amazing gizmos, one-of-a-kind gadgets, and wearable technologies. The revolutionary Raspberry Pi - the $25 ARM GNU/Linux box - will be given away to the three most actively engaged engineers in the audience.
DESIGN West and Sensors Theater Presentations and Teardowns:
-- "Chevy Volt Tear-Downs: Battery Pack, Charging System, Infotainment"
with Brian Fuller, EE Life and Al Steier, Munro & Associates
-- "Sensors in Automotive" with Vijay Ullal, Maxim
-- "What you Need to Know about Status Motion Activated Radiofrequency Tag
(SMART) Sensors" with Robert Kauffman, UDRI and Matty Toomb, American
-- "Bridging the Gap between Sensing and Knowing in Mobile Devices" with
Kevin Shaw, Sensor Platforms
-- "A Closer Look Inside the Animas OneTouch® Ping® Glucose Management
System": A Teardown
-- Supply Chain - Planning for the Unexpected
-- Motion Interface: The Next Transformational Technology in Consumer
-- Engineering the Next Generation of STEM
-- Status Motion-Activated Radiofrequency Tag (SMART) Sensors in
Smartphones & More
-- MEMS and the Changing Automobile
-- Bring Your Old Tool (BYOT): TI/Mouser Sensors Tool Swap - Located in the
Sensors Expo Theater, engineers can bring their old sensor tool and get
a new tool in return from TI and Mouser. Tools offered in this exchange
include an ultra-small, low-power, 16-bit analog-to-digital converter,
an evaluation board and the LaunchPad development tool.
Industry Recognition Awards:
-- Embeddy Awards: Sponsored by VDC Research Group and presented to
exhibitors announcing or demonstrating the most significant new software
and hardware products.
-- ACE Awards: UBM Electronics program honoring the people and companies
behind the technologies and products that are changing the world of
Exhibit Hall Party, March 27, 5:30 PM: Free drinks, snacks and prizes.
Prizes and Giveaways:
-- 1200 DESIGN West "Tech Totes" loaded with hardware, software and free
-- Exhibitor Giveaways Include:
-- TI's Microcontroller Tool Swap - Attendees are invited to bring in a
competitor's microcontroller hardware tool and exchange it for their
choice of select TI MCU tools at TI Booth #1320.
-- iPad, from Arium
-- Kindle Touch, from Qt Commercial, Digia
-- LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0, from National Instruments
-- 50% off CMX-RTX or CMX-MicroNet PP License, from CMX Systems
-- Microchip Development Boards/Tools, Energizer® batteries
-- Single user perpetual license, from Mosaic Software
-- $150 Amazon Gift Card, from Parasoft
DESIGN West registration is open at http://www.ubmdesign.com.
For more information on exhibiting or sponsorship, please contact Sean Raman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.947.6622
Held in key strategic technology development locations worldwide, UBM Electronics' DESIGN events are the global electronics industry's leading gatherings. With cutting edge product demonstrations, visionary speeches and hundreds of essential technical training classes and accreditation opportunities, DESIGN is the ideal venue for the electronics engineering community to learn, collaborate and recognize excellence. UBM Electronics' DESIGN events cater to the extremely technical, higher-learning needs of the world's top engineers while providing an unprecedented forum for the examination of the industry's pressing business challenges. In addition, DESIGN West celebrates decades of unique local electronics industry culture, innovation and Silicon Valley's significant contributions to the global technology industry.
About UBM Electronics
UBM Electronics is the global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry. UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision makers involved in the design, development and commercialization of technology through its market leading brands, peer communities and professional education services. More than 2.2 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands which include EE Times, EDN, EDN China, EDN Asia, EDN Japan, Design News and Test & Measurement World, TechOnline, Designlines and Embedded.com across the globe to accelerate technology sales. The international electronics community gathers at UBM Electronics market leading events such as the Embedded Systems Conferences, DESIGN West, DesignCon and ARM Technology Conference to share, learn, discuss, and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the electronics industry. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media, custom solutions and research. UBM Electronics is part of UBM (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.
For more information on DESIGN West 2012 please contact:
PlanOn Introduces SlimScan - World's First Credit Card-Sized Receipt Scanner
Fits in Your Wallet - Powerful High-Res Tiny Color Scanner
Never Lose a Receipt Again! Advanced Technology Scans Digital Images of
Small, Easily Misplaced Items: Receipts, Warrantees, Business Cards, Shopping
Tags, Cards, Tickets, Stubs & Handwritten Notes
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - PlanOn System Solutions Inc. http://www.planon.com, the world leader in scanning and printing solutions for the mobile
professional,introduced today SlimScan,theworld's first credit card-sized portable full color scanner that lets
you scan and organize receipts and business cards on the road. A full-featured, powerful, tiny high resolution color scanner so small
(dimensions: 2" x 3.1" x .12") and light that it easily fits into your
wallet or credit card holder -- SlimScan goes everywhere you go for
scanning as fast and easy as pulling out your wallet. With its
convenient size and advanced scanning technology, SlimScan is perfect for capturing crisp clear full-color digital
images of small, easily misplaced items, like receipts, business cards, handwritten notes, as well as photos, articles
and other printed materials, anywhere, any time.
Crafted in classy, durable stainless steel, SlimScan features a
convenient preview screen that lets you instantly view, zoom-in and pan scanned images on the fly.
With PlanOn's included powerful, yet straightforward Receipt Management System (RMS) software, you can easily scan, edit and organize receipts, import them to a
computer for viewing, transfer them into an expense database, and
create Excel reports which can be easily emailed. RMS' business card capture module also lets you easily organize scanned business card contacts by
meeting, trade show, conference, or business event. Optical Character
Recognition (OCR) software can convert scanned images into editable
form so you can import the contact information into Outlook, Microsoft Word or Excel spreadsheets to facilitate your follow up.
Global design services agency extends brand to mobile clients; offers a content-rich mobile website for use on smartphones.
BOSTON, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VDA Productions, the premier provider of 3D marketing experiences and design solutions that bring brands to life for Corporate Meetings, Tradeshows, Themed Events, Exhibits and Themed Retail Environments, today announces the launch of their new mobile website for use on smartphones. The site will provide users with streamlined browsing capabilities and access to the information and services they need while on the move.
The new mobile version of VDA Production's website is designed to operate on the popular iPhone, Android, and Blackberry operating systems and is tailored to the smaller screen of the mobile device. The mobile site takes the most popular features of the standard site and simplifies them, making it easier to gather information. Additionally, each page allows access to the full site to see the entire photo gallery, and the opportunity for social engagement via Facebook and Twitter.
"The days of the laptop are disappearing, and we (VDA) are answering the call of our clients to provide them with a mobile site that meets their need for convenient access to information anywhere, at any time, through a mobile device," said Meghan Welborn, Director of Sales and Marketing at VDA Productions. "Our clients enjoy the manageability and functionality of our new website, launched earlier this year. We are thrilled to make those features available on our mobile web offering."
About VDA Productions
VDA Productions has been brings visions and brands to life for Corporate Meetings, Tradeshows, Themed Events, Exhibits and Themed Retail Environments. The agency has produced events on a national and global scale, and employs a full-time team of experienced professionals including executive staff, creative designers, account executives, producers and production managers, carpenters, welders, sculptors, painters, lighting directors and audio engineers. VDA provides clientele with virtually turnkey event management solutions integrating all logistical, production, fulfillment and management aspects, with the majority of production needs being met fully in-house.
Pokki and Digital Chocolate Give Gamers Some Sugar With New Galaxy Life Desktop Pokki App
New Pokki App Expands Library of Social Games on the Desktop
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SweetLabs, makers of Pokki, and Digital Chocolate today released the popular Galaxy Life game as a free desktop download for the first time at http://www.pokki.com. With Galaxy Life nowjust a click away, gamers can build armies, form colonies and interact in constant connectivity with friends and rivals using Pokki.
"Giving consumers multiple ways of accessing our content is critical to our success, and we're excited to expand the reach of our titles through our partnership with Pokki," said Jason Loia, COO of Digital Chocolate. "Letting players access Galaxy Life directly from their desktop gives us strategic distribution advantages, and we're confident that Pokki will provide added convenience and accessibility for our gamers while helping us increase engagement and retention."
"Galaxy Life is a beautiful and highly creative game, making it a perfect fit for the high-quality, full-screen social gaming experience Pokki offers directly on the desktop," said Chester Ng, Co-Founder and CMO of SweetLabs. "Pokki lets game developers broaden their distribution beyond the web and social networks, and provides users with immediate, one-click access to their favorite games."
SweetLabs was founded in 2008 to empower developers to reach new users and monetize great applications. The company's first product was the OpenCandy advertising network, which powers user-friendly software recommendations during the download and installation process. In June 2011, SweetLabs launched Pokki, an application platform that brings the modern "app" experience to the desktop, enabling developers to create engaging, connected desktop applications using standard web languages like HTML5. SweetLabs is based in San Diego and funded by Intel Capital, Google Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Visit http://www.sweetlabs.com for more information.
About Digital Chocolate, Inc.
Digital Chocolate has rapidly emerged as a leader in cross-platform social games. Best known for Zombie Lane, Army Attack, Millionaire City, and MMA Pro Fighter, Digital Chocolate has been the fastest-growing maker of Facebook social games with virtual goods in 2010 and led all software companies in App Store downloads in 2009. Focused on original brands and technology for a wide variety of platforms, the company has made over 100 different award-winning games and works with 200 leading web and mobile channel partners in 80 countries. Digital Chocolate has operations in San Mateo, Seattle, Helsinki, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Bangalore, and Mexicali.
CONTACT: Dustin Blackwell, Senior Account Executive, +1-512-657-6929, email@example.com, for SweetLabs
Uptown Network Releases Its App That Creates a Network of Brands and Concierge Expertise on iPads
'Personal Sommelier' has far reaching impact for hospitality and retail venues. Release of more powerful iPads, possibly iPad 3 or iPad HD accelerates new category of mobile software.
NAPLES, Fla. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Uptown Network (previously named Hospitality Social) today announced a new consumer focused app to drive sales of mid and high tier brands. Uptown's patent pending technology ushers in the beginning of a new type of mobile software, where an app is actually a network of brands. Also, curated content as opposed to 'tags' brings mobile search expertise to a new level.
With over 2 billion apps downloaded a month, leading brands have recognized that investments in mobile apps return better than web site investments. iPads are particularly of interest as they generally target affluence.
Started as a project under the name Hospitality Social that included about 20 restaurants, it quickly evolved into a group of leading brands that launched the possibility of 'The Network Effect'. Over 100,000 users have experienced the app to select wine and food pairings.
"It offers an elegant, engaging and easy way for our guests to choose the right wine reflecting their unique tastes that also complements their meal," explains Dave Shula, President, Shula's Steak Houses, LLLP.
In the initial project, a Personal Sommelier was delivered on an iPad that can help consumers expertly explore wine and food pairings even before they dine at a restaurant. The results were positive for large brands and independent operators alike.
"As a 70 seat restaurant, I was amazed by the impact of the app," said Manuel Verney-Carron, Owner, Manuel's Bread Cafe. "Our wine sales went up more that 20% immediately, but more importantly we are selling wines which we never sold before and this definitely is increasing the guest experience."
Evolution and Future
With the advent of more powerful iPads, possibly the iPad 3 or iPad HD this week, this 2-year project promises to usher in a new category of mobile software. Offering real time branding and on-the-fly product availability driving major revenue increases to brands that participate in the network.
"This is truly a new category of mobile software," explained Phil Turner, Vice President of Research and Development at Uptown Network. "Just as PCs became local area networks and then the Internet, apps are at the very beginning of that journey. The proliferation of apps is quickly becoming a problem. Our patent pending app brings brand value to a new level while delighting consumers."
In addition to technology breakthroughs, Uptown has also developed a proprietary system to create high quality, curated content in a very inexpensive and scalable way.
Specifics and New Features
In addition to network capabilities this app adds these new features:
-- In-venue and consumer behaviors -- a singular code base can sense a
consumer iPad and in-venue iPads. Consumer iPads are immediately
connected to social media such Facebook and Twitter, venue web sites and
-- Promotion through the Apple App Store -- over 2 billion apps are
downloaded every month, making a mobile app strategy more important than
an Internet advertising strategy. Uptown gives mid and high tier brands
superior access to this exploding distribution channel.
-- Cloud based back-end which enables world-wide seamless updates of new
brands and content.
-- Specialties. Cocktails, cigars, appetizers, desserts and more are easily
promoted with compelling pictures, prices and descriptions.
-- Fast Venue Switching -- the singular code base can swiftly change
between brands and in-stock products under a brand based on location or
-- Data Tracking/Live Feed - Real-time click stream data allows
participating venues to understand WHY a product was selected, not just
a rear view mirror of WHAT products were selected. It is WHY and HOW as
opposed to WHAT and WHEN.
-- More than 50 other new features making Uptown Network the clear leader
in mobile concierge networks.
Empowerment to Gen X-Y-Z Labor Force
Hospitality Venues and retailers face similar and significant challenges. The expertise in today's workforce is declining while the economy is forcing pay reductions. Tech savvy Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z know how to use an app, but may not have any experience in fine wine, cigars, culinary arts, and more. This solution turns app pros into domain experts, unlocking a key human resource in today's society.
"We sell both wine and cigars," said Dana Rice, Owner of Havana Nights Jazz and Cigar Club in Virginia Beach, VA. "Even if our staff member is not an expert about wine or cigars, they are perceived as an expert because they know how to use the app. Our customers regularly tell us how much they enjoy the iPad experience."
The end result is increased revenue and much better customer satisfaction. Early brands have seen a 27-54% increase in sales with the Uptown app.
"Wine is such a rich experience and it is enhanced by knowledge," explains Robert Bath, a master sommelier and professor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. "I do not like to see inaccurate or misspelled information on wine lists. This app helps to automate the sharing of a rich description and thereby ensures knowledge and accuracy."
Impact on Mobile Search
Browsers on mobile devices are antiquated. The lack of context and personalization relegate browsers to more of a librarian value proposition as opposed to a concierge value proposition. Tablets and smart phones offer a significantly greater opportunity. Uptown believes that mobile concierge networks are the new solution to mobile search. Social graphs and Pinterest type capabilities put the browser in the rear view mirror.
Localeze, 15 Miles and comScore released findings from their 5th Local Search Study. The survey of 4,000 U.S. adults (together with behavioral data) documents how consumers search for and find local business information across digital platforms. Currently, 49 percent of smartphone and tablet owners are using apps to find local information.
Cascading Effect for many Venues and Market Segments
"It is no secret that the future success of private clubs demands that as members get older, they are replaced by younger members," says Hopi Stradling, Managing Partner of the private 100 Club in Portsmouth, NH. "Uptown Network has helped us modernize our experience and delivered a valuable amenity to affluent and tech savvy members."
In addition to private clubs, Mobile Concierge Networks will impact cruise lines, hotels and many retail segments.
About Uptown Network
Uptown Network, formerly Hospitality Social, is a new company that debuted on May 21st at the NRA Restaurant Show. Every day, billions of dollars are spent in the hospitality industry based on social networking. However, the explosion of mobile and the Apple App store is changing the landscape and spending habits of consumers. Mobile Concierge Networks are emerging as the winning solution and Uptown Network plans to be the leading company in the new category.
Contacts: For Uptown Network: Kristin Simmons Kristin(at)UptownNetwork(dot)com : 239-514-0236
IBM Unveils New Solutions to Help Make Smarter Computing Real for x86 Users
Expanding analytics and cloud capabilities across the IBM System x product line
ARMONK, N.Y., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new server solutions designed to expand cloud and analytics capabilities across its entire portfolio, helping make Smarter Computing a reality for x86 clients.
The new offerings include high-performance systems, networking and software products aimed at helping clients optimize data center operations with flexible, easy-to-deploy solutions to help reduce complexity, lower costs and deliver rapid return on investments.
Today, clients are looking for solutions that help them handle specific business challenges and make better use of existing IT infrastructures. More and more clients are turning to cloud computing, analytics and other smarter computing solutions to help their businesses grow. Cloud computing deployments are expected to grow more than 19% per year, according to IDC (1), and a recent IBM CIO study (2) showed cloud implementations nearly doubling from 33% to 60% over the last two years.
"From the design of the servers, software and services, IBM solutions are created to help accelerate the journey to Smarter Computing," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager, IBM System x business. "IBM is delivering easy-to-deploy cloud and analytics products to help clients align their businesses to manage unprecedented amounts of data, and become much more efficient at turning that information into timely business insights."
Among the solutions introduced is a new version of IBM's BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud (BCFC), an integrated virtualization platform with built-in system management and preconfigured with servers, storage, and networking. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is now powered by the new generation of IBM BladeCenter HS23 systems that offer 62% more compute power, and comes integrated with the new 10GbE Virtual Fabric technology that enables clients to run 20% more virtual machines, creating an optimal environment for building and deploying advanced cloud applications.
The increased bandwidth and up to four times more memory allows the HS23 to support faster data transfers that are essential to virtualized cloud and analytic workloads. In addition, IBM FastSetup for BladeCenter, a cost and time-saving console application can help clients reduce from days to hours the time it takes to complete large deployments.
Bytemobile and German Leibniz Supercomputer Center Bet on IBM Cloud and Analytics
California-based Bytemobile (http://bit.ly/wwxyCC) and Germany's Leibniz Supercomputing Center in Munich are among the first customers to purchase IBM next generation x86 systems. Santa Clara-based Bytemobile, a leading global provider of mobile Internet solutions for global wireless network operators, is using IBM BladeCenter HS23 servers as the foundation for its cloud computing implementation.
"With the new performance capabilities of the BladeCenter HS23 combined with our software, we are able to achieve two-and-a-half times the performance over our previous infrastructure," said Chris Koopmans, chief operating officer, Bytemobile. "The IBM solution allows us to process large amounts of network data more quickly and easily. Given the way that video traffic is exploding on mobile networks around the world, this is crucial in being able to provide customers an optimal, seamless end-user experience."
The Leibniz Supercomputing center provides supercomputing services to scientists in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and other parts of Europe. It is in the process of installing a new high-end supercomputer based on IBM System x iDataPlex technology, which will help scientists solve a broad range of challenging scientific problems.
"Our new iDataPlex-powered SuperMUC system will help enable the scientific community to test theories, design experiments and predict outcomes as never before," said Professor Dr. Arndt Bode, director of the LRZ supercomputing center. "In addition, the new SuperMUC system will be able to provide previously unattainable energy efficiency along with sustained performance."
IBM SmartCloud Solutions for Mid-sized Business Clients
IBM also introduced new and affordable SmartCloud solutions powered by its latest IBM System x 3650 M4 server, the most expandable, upgradeable system of its kind. The x3650 M4 demonstrated excellent performance on industry-standard benchmarks. It achieved a leadership two-processor score for SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark (3), set a new record for two-processor server performance on TPC-E (4), more than 45% faster than the previous-generation result achieved by the HP ProLiant DL380 G7 server (5), and a leadership two-processor result on Windows on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark. (6)
The System x 3650 M4 also comes with IBM eXFlash solid-state storage technology, bringing exclusive IBM enterprise-class storage capability to a two-socket rack server. The SSD technology enables 30 times more performance and a 90% increase in performance per watt for consolidating collaboration and database workloads. In addition, the new x3650 M4 system supports the IBM Smarter Analytics portfolio of offerings, a set of compact, integrated, single-analytics offerings supported by storage-dense System x two-socket systems running IBM InfoSphere Data Warehouse and Cognos business intelligence and performance management software.
IBM's new portfolio of x86 computing solutions also include:
-- The IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4, which offers significant
flexibility for supporting a wide range of high-performance computing
workloads. The system is designed for datacenters requiring high
performance with limited floor space, and power and cooling
infrastructure. Available with specially designed exclusive IBM warm
water-cooled technology, this iDataPlex system is up to 40 percent more
energy efficient than air-cooled systems, recovering 90 percent of heat
-- The IBM System x 3550 M4, a dense, feature-rich 1U server designed for
data and business critical workloads, and the IBM System x3500 M4 tower
that provides data center performance in a desktop package. The x3550
delivers four times more memory, more virtual machines, and improved
networking performance in less space at a comparable price. The x3500
also offers four times the memory, plus 33% more storage capacity than
prior generations. It is designed for quiet operation and fits easily
under a desk or rack, making it ideal for office environments.
-- IBM Feature on Demand across the IBM System x product line. Feature on
Demand allows clients to activate or unlock features in the firmware or
software on demand, providing customers the ability to grow their
systems as they grow their businesses without the need for costly rip
New Business Partner Incentives to Sell Client Solutions
The IBM Solution Accelerator incentive is a new channel initiative to sell combined software and systems, and business solutions. It has two elements. First is a Software and Systems reward that amounts to a 5% incremental rebate for selling eligible IBM systems and a 15% percent incremental rebate for selling eligible software together to a single client. Secondly, a Business Solutions Reward offers an additional 10% rebate for selling a solution aimed at a particular IT challenge on eligible software content of the solution. Eligible solutions cover client needs such as turning information into insights, managing risk, security and compliance and social business. In addition, approximately 1% in fees can be earned when clients finance their solution through IBM Global Finance.
The new products will begin shipping worldwide by March 16, 2012.
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(1) IDC Worldwide Enterprise Server Cloud Computing 2011-2015 Forecast, doc #228916, June 2011.
(2) IBM 2011 Global CIO Study, "The Essential CIO".
(3) x3650 M4's result: overall performance score of SPECvirt_sc2010 2,158 @ 132 VMs. Configuration: 2 chips/16 cores/8 cores per chip, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 (2.9GHz with 20MB L3 cache per processor), 512GB of memory, Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 6.2 and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. Result referenced is current as of March 6, 2012, and posted at http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2010/results/. View all results for SPEC benchmarks at http://www.spec.org/. SPEC and SPECvirt_sc are trademarks or registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).
(4) x3650 M4's results: 1,863.23 tpsE (transactions per second E) at $207.85 USD / tpsE, total solution availability May 31, 2012. Configuration: 2 processors/16 cores/32 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 (2.9GHz with 20MB L3 cache per processor), 512GB of memory, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition SP1. Results referenced are current as of March 6, 2012. View all TPC results at http://www.tpc.org. See the details for this result at http://www.tpc.org/tpce/results/tpce_last_ten_results.asp
(5) HP ProLiant DL380 G7 Server with Intel Xeon Processor X5690 (3.46GHz--2 processors/12 cores/24 threads, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition; 1,284.14 tpsE at $250.00 USD / tpsE, total solution availability of May 4, 2011. Results referenced are current as of March 6, 2012. To view all TPC results, visit http://www.tpc.org.
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(6) IBM System x3650 M4's result of 7,855 SAP SD benchmark users on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark: 2 processors/16 cores/32 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 (2.9GHz with 20MB L3 cache per processor), 128GB of memory, 64-bit DB2 9.7, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition, and SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0. Certification number 2012---.
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Autonomous Space Capture Challenge Opens Algorithmic Crowdsourcing to General Public
Zero Robotics from MIT, DARPA and NASA Wants Competitors to Program Satellites to Synchronize and Capture Objects in Space
GLASTONBURY, Conn., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder®, Inc., the world's largest competitive Community of digital creators and MIT, today announced registration has opened for the Autonomous Space Capture Challenge, an algorithm competition from Zero Robotics which seeks computationally efficient code solutions for a hypothetical mission scenario which models autonomous docking or satellite servicing procedures. The online challenge is open to all eligible participants but especially teams from high schools and colleges. Four winning submissions will be tested aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in the recently established SPHERES national laboratory by astronauts. Successful teams will be invited to watch the event live onsite at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or via webcast feed remotely. Register at http://www.zerorobotics.org.
Competitors in the Autonomous Space Capture Challenge will be tasked with programming an active satellite or "Tender" to synchronize its motion with and capture a tumbling, passive space object or "POD". The tournament will have four week-long rounds, during which teams will test their solutions and submit them for scoring and publication on the leader board. At the end of each week the best submission will be published on the Zero Robotics website for public reference and use in the next round. The winner from each week will be included in a demonstration aboard the ISS in late May with the best performing finalist being awarded an additional commendation.
-- March 28 - competition begins
-- April 4 - submission 1 closes
-- April 11 - submission 2 closes
-- April 18 - submission 3 closes
-- April 25 - submission 4 closes
How to register
-- Create an account at http://www.zerorobotics.org ;
-- Submit an application form at http://www.zerorobotics.org/web/zero-robotics/registration/form?tourname
-- Follow the link in the approval email and create your team name.
"Robots are not just very cool, they represent a rapidly growing and increasingly critical field of education and business," said Rob Hughes, president and COO of TopCoder, Inc. "From defense to manufacturing, agriculture to pharmaceutical as well as ongoing space exploration, the study and application of robotics has a very bright future."
Sponsored by DARPA and NASA, and run by the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences, Zero Robotics is a programming tournament that opens the SPHERES satellite research platform to the general public. Originally developed to engage U.S. middle and high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Zero Robotics includes a web-based development environment to create programs for the SPHERES satellites and run simulations to evaluate resulting performance. For more information visit: http://www.zerorobotics.org.
About TopCoder, Inc.
TopCoder is the world's largest competitive community of digital creators with nearly 400,000 members representing algorithmists, software developers and creative artists from over 200 countries. The TopCoder Community creates digital assets including analytics, software and creative designs and solutions for a wide-ranging client base through a competitive, rigorous, standards based methodology. Combined with our extremely talented community this groundbreaking methodology results in superior outcomes for our clients. For more information about sponsoring TopCoder events and utilizing TopCoder's software services and platforms, visit http://www.topcoder.com.
TopCoder is a registered trademark of TopCoder, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Imagination Announces PowerVR Insider SDK 2.10 and PVRTC2(TM)
Major upgrade includes support for latest PowerVR PVRTC2(TM) texture compression format
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Game Developers Conference -- Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia chip technologies company, has released version 2.10 of its industry leading PowerVR Insider SDK (software development kit). Free and fully featured copies of the SDK will be available for download soon following a brief period where preview copies will be exclusively given away on DVD by Imagination at GDC 2012 in San Francisco.
Imagination's PowerVR Insider SDK is the leading SDK and toolset for mobile 3D graphics development. The PowerVR Insider SDK fully supports the development of applications using the Khronos OpenGL® ES 1.1 and 2.0 APIs. An established favourite with more than 28,000 developers world-wide, the PowerVR Insider SDK includes tutorials, source code, extensive documentation, platform abstraction frameworks and a highly integrated suite of tools. Developers can join up, download the SDK for free and interact with the community through dynamic online forums at http://www.powervrinsider.com.
Says Bryce Johnstone, senior manager of ecosystems, Imagination: "Our rich and mature SDK and tools are the heart of our ecosystem offering, backed up by extensive technical support, co-marketing and education. We are delighted to be back again at GDC in 2012 alongside developers who are using PowerVR to deliver the best 3D gaming content for smartphones, tablets, embedded devices, mobile computing and handheld games consoles."
Release v2.10 of the PowerVR Insider SDK includes new versions of the PowerVR Toolchain including: PVRShaman with post-processing support and enhanced shader profiling; 'IntroducingPrint3D', a new training course demonstrating the much more fine grained control now available in the Print3D tools; PVRTrace with recording and graphical scene analysis; PVRTune with optimised GUI and support for custom counters; PVRScope, a new performance analysis tool that enables developers to embed the power of PVRTune in their own software; and PVRTexTool and PVRTexLib with support for PVRTC2, the new texture compression format being introduced for PowerVR at GDC 2012.
The highly acclaimed PVRTC texture compression (TC) format is one of the most widely used texture compression formats in the mobile industry today, implemented in more than 600m devices. PVRTC2 is a major upgrade of this technology, adding a wide range of new features.
Says Tony King-Smith, Vice President marketing for Imagination: "Our PVRTC format has for many years led the way for mobile and embedded devices. Indeed the PVRTC 2bpp (bits per pixel) format is widely acknowledged as the most advanced TC format in mainstream use today, enabling compression of textures stored within an application by up to 16x compared to their uncompressed form.
"PVRTC2 raises the bar yet again for mobile and embedded TC to further strengthen PowerVR PVRTC - and now PVRTC2 - as the leading format of choice for cross-platform, cross-OS textures in leading mobile and embedded platforms, and embedded in the industry's leading applications."
Partner demos at GDC 2012 (Imagination Technologies, booth 618)
The latest game, middleware and applications content from PowerVR Insider partners, including Remedy, String, Paper Mountain, Epic, Guild Software, Unity, Allegorithmic, Digital Legends/Adidas, Havok and Geomerics, and the latest PowerVR enabled devices from Intel, MediaTek, Renesas, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments will be on display on Imagination's booth, #618, at GDC Expo (Moscone Center, San Francisco, 7-9th March).
Following last year's 'sell out' standing room only session Imagination will be delivering two masterclass sessions at GDC 2012.
-- Getting Great Graphics Performance with the PowerVR Insider SDK
(Wednesday 17:00-18:00 Room 2010, West Hall, 2nd floor)
-- Masterclass in Graphics Technology and Optimization (Thursday
14:30-15:30?Room 2014, West Hall, 2nd floor)
PowerVR Insiders and mobile developers may also be interested in the session:
-- Bringing AAA Graphics to Mobile Platforms by Niklas Smedberg of Epic
Games (Thursday 10:00-11:00 Room 2002, West Hall, 2nd floor)
Developers can also book time with Imagination engineers at booth 618 for a personalised tour of the PowerVR Insider SDK and toolchain.
Demonstrations of advanced OpenGL ES 2.0 shader-graphics content created with Imagination's development tools are available as binary downloads from Imagination's website at http://www.imgtec.com/demo_room/index.asp
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) - a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies - creates and licenses market-leading multimedia IP cores for graphics, video, and display processing, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP cores and multi-standard communications and connectivity processors. These silicon intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by platform level IP and services, a strong array of software tools and drivers and extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets includemobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics.Its licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: http://www.imgtec.com.
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TwinStrata Launches a Free 1-Terabyte Storage Gateway for Google Cloud Storage Users
TwinStrata CloudArray® storage gateway makes Google Cloud Storage as fast, easy and secure to use as local storage for applications behind the firewall
NATICK, Mass., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --TwinStrata, Inc., a leading innovator of cloud-based data storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced that it is offering customers fast and flexible access to data stored on Google Cloud Storage via the TwinStrata CloudArray® storage gateway. TwinStrata has also released a free CloudArray virtual appliance capable of handling up to one-terabyte of data (and expandable to 50 petabytes), available for download at http://www.twinstrata.com/google-cloud-storage. This extends TwinStrata's industry-leading compatibility with cloud storage providers to best meet customers' budget and service-level requirements.
Google Cloud Storage is a service for storing and accessing vast amounts of business data on Google's advanced storage infrastructure. By using CloudArray in conjunction with Google's Cloud Storage offerings, customers gain immediate access to enterprise-class cloud storage to accommodate data growth on demand, or to meet archiving, data protection and disaster recovery needs, while paying only for the storage they actually consume.
"Google customers have come to expect a variety of services and applications that help make their lives easier and Google Cloud Storage is no different," said Martin Buhr, head of technology partnerships for Google's cloud infrastructure offerings "Using our service in combination with the TwinStrata CloudArray iSCSI storage gateway allows businesses to easily and inexpensively expand their storage capacity and make it accessible to users, applications, backup software and other systems in a way that makes it feel like the storage is on site."
TwinStrata CloudArray leverages Google Cloud Storage features such as scalability, flexible security and sharing, fast data access, and reliable storage and networking to help companies escape the maintenance costs and data center overhead associated with traditional data storage and tape backups.
CloudArray seamlessly provides compelling multi-site data storage consolidation and disaster recovery solutions without the capital and administrative expense of traditional storage. The CloudArray iSCSI gateway inter-operates with numerous applications including the most popular backup and archiving solutions, features in-flight and at-rest encryption, and also provides compression and deduplication technology that reduces stored data volume, minimizing remote storage and bandwidth requirements.
"Google has pioneered the provision of cloud-based IT infrastructure and applications, and we're excited to support Google Cloud Storage," said Nicos Vekiarides, Chief Executive Officer at TwinStrata. "Our mutual customers can break the costly storage array life cycle by using TwinStrata CloudArray to thin-provision terabytes or even petabytes of Google Cloud Storage in minutes and connect it to their applications and data protection software for fast, safe and easy backup, storage tiering or capacity expansion."
CloudArray is available as a virtual or physical appliance from TwinStrata. A free, 1-terabyte version of the CloudArray virtual appliance software is available for immediate download to Google Cloud Storage users at http://www.twinstrata.com/google-cloud-storage. For a fee, the free 1TB CloudArray appliance can be expanded dynamically to manage up to 50 petabytes of data. For more information, please visit http://www.twinstrata.com, email email@example.com or call 508-651-0199.
About TwinStrata, Inc.
TwinStrata is an innovator in enterprise-class data storage, data protection and disaster recovery/business continuity solutions using cloud storage. With TwinStrata CloudArray®, companies of all sizes can simply and economically leverage the scalability and efficiency of cloud storage while maintaining the availability, performance and security of local storage. CloudArray software and hardware solutions support all file and operating systems, and deliver substantial advantages over traditional off-site storage solutions, including a pay-as-you-go model, unlimited elastic capacity, local performance, in-cloud snapshots and disaster recovery, dynamic caching, automated policies, AES256 encryption, and continuous access to data.
www.Catalog.com Launched as a Competitor to Pinterest and Groupon
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Catalog.com, Inc. the world's first web hosting company and its subsidiary ONEsite Inc., a leader in social software announce that they have formed a new joint venture Catalog Media LLC. The company will use the http://www.catalog.com domain to offer discovery shopping.
"We have designed http://www.catalog.com to appeal to all types of shoppers including men. From Survivalists to Fashionistas, Catalog will display items that others with similar interests have discovered," said Bob Crull Catalog's CEO. "Catalog.com is the place to start when looking for the perfect gift or a discount on something you intend to purchase online or locally. Unlike Groupon, our merchant plans will be self-service and much more cost-efficient to merchants." In addition to offering merchants the ability to have users discover their products, coupons and deals, Catalog will provide merchants social integration services so a Twitter or Facebook follower can purchase a voucher or redeem a coupon using Catalog's merchant tools.
Catalog.com, Inc. is the parent company of ONEsite Inc. and Catalog Media LLC. It has been in business since 1994 and provides web hosting, single sign on software and social networking software. Its offices are located at 14000 Quail Springs Parkway, Suite 3600, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. The CEO Robert Crull may be reached at 405-753-9300 x 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broadcom Announces Portfolio of Best-in-Class Ethernet Adapters and LOMs for Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation Servers
Broadcom NetXtreme(TM) Technology Featured in Dell's New Line of Server Products
IRVINE, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-- Broadcom-powered adapters enable IT managers to maximize performance,
efficiency and scalability of next-generation servers
-- Best-in-class performance - Broadcom adapters achieve 37 percent faster
networking throughput(1) and 120 percent higher iSCSI offload(2) than
-- Adapters incorporate Broadcom-based MACs and PHYs, providing integrated
single-chip solution for OEMs
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new portfolio of Ethernet adapters for Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers. Featuring Broadcom's latest generation of 1GbE and 10GbE NetXtreme controllers and the industry's highest performance networking silicon, the new adapters boost performance, efficiency and scalability of enterprise servers. For more news from Broadcom visit our newsroom.
Dell is offering a wide range of new Broadcom-powered solutions for its 12th generation servers (seven new products) that include dual-port and quad-port network daughter cards (NDCs), network Interface cards (NICs), converged network adapters (CNAs) and Mezzanine cards. These devices are designed for a wide variety of network configurations and are fully compatible with Dell PowerEdge(®) blade and rack servers.
Increasing demands for server virtualization, cloud computing, and I/O intensive applications are driving the need for greater processing capabilities in enterprise networks and data centers. According to a recent survey by IDC, top priorities for IT managers in 2012 will include increasing adoption of virtualization, improving system management and adding new servers.(3) Broadcom's latest Ethernet adapter solutions are engineered to help IT managers meet these demands while leveraging features and benefits that are associated with the new Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers.
Broadcom's NetXtreme Ethernet adapters feature a highly-integrated 40nm single-chip solution that combines the company's media access controllers (MACs) with its physical layer transceivers (PHYs). Engineered for use with 12G multi-core servers, the adapters deliver full line-rate throughput across all ports. To support enterprise and data center efficiency and scalability requirements, the adapters offer advanced functionality such as switch-independent NIC partitioning and IEEE 1588 time synchronization. They also take advantage of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), enabling lower power consumption (up to 42 percent less) for reduced IT operating costs.*
Industry Leading 10GbE Performance
Broadcom's new line of 10GbE Ethernet adapters deliver line rate throughput that is 37 percent faster than the nearest competitor.(1) The 10GbE adapters also provide full support of iSCSI and FCoE offload storage protocols and are capable of delivering up to 1.5 Million iSCSI I/Os per second (IOPS), 120 percent higher than the nearest competitor.(2) These adapters are optimized for virtualization by uniting data and storage networks on a common 10GbE fabric. By taking advantage of switch-independent NIC partitioning, Broadcom's solutions allow the server to adapt to a broad range of bandwidth configurations that reduce power and cooling costs while minimizing overall system complexity.
Dell has chosen Broadcom's new 1G and 10G network daughter cards (NDCs) to be the default offering across the Dell PowerEdge 12th generation server portfolio. The products were recognized by Dell for delivering best-in-class performance and functionality.
-- Increasing traffic and richer content continues to grow on the
-- Adoption of virtualization and other new server technologies/solutions
viewed a priority by IT managers(3)
-- Server-class network ports growing - total shipments to grow in excess
of 20 percent in 2011(4)
-- Increase in server-to-server communications(4)
-- Ethernet adapters optimized for Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers
are a clear requirement for next-generation networks
-- PCI Express® (PCIe(TM)) Gen2.0 x8 (5GT/s) support
-- Full line-rate performance across all ports
-- Broad OS and hypervisor support
-- Full iSCSI, FCoE-ready*, HBA-level hardware protocol offload
-- Full TCP/IP hardware offload* engine (TOE)
-- Switch Independent NIC partitioning - up to four partitioning
assignments per 10GbE link*
-- SR-IOV ready*
-- Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)*
-- IEEE 1588 time precision protocol*
All Broadcom devices listed above are now shipping by Dell.
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Brian Payne, Executive Director of Platform Marketing, Dell
"Broadcom's NetXtreme Ethernet technology is an excellent complement to our PowerEdge 12(th) generation servers. Our new and extensive portfolio of Broadcom-based adapters provide continuity, functionality and flexibility that IT managers demand and appreciate. The Broadcom products are key to our PowerEdge Select Network Adapter family and provide advanced features such as switch-independent partitioning and convergence that significantly enhance the value of the PowerEdge portfolio."
Jim Pappas, Director of Technology Initiatives, Intel Corporation
"We are pleased to see vendors like Broadcom take advantage of the new I/O performance features of the Intel(® )Xeon(® )processor E5-2600 product family - helping to build a rich Xeon(®) Server ecosystem. As the Intel(® )Xeon(® )processor E5-2600 product family raises the performance bar, it offers vendors such as Broadcom the ability to enable higher performing networking solutions, with the shared goal of driving towards a rich end-user experience."
Benjamin Woo, VP Storage and Big Data, International Data Corporation
"Increasing Internet traffic, cloud computing, virtualization, and new technologies such as Romley/Xeon E5 processors will continue to drive IT managers to seriously evaluate and implement major changes to their network systems. As that demand rises, so does the need for Ethernet adapters that will enable these managers to meet the needs of multiple networking applications and traffic demands. Broadcom has taken a very significant step forward in advancing their leadership of networking and storage I/O by providing these solutions to OEMs."
Vinod Lakhani, General Manager, High Speed Controllers, Broadcom Corporation
"Broadcom's latest generation of CNAs are engineered to maximize the benefits of PowerEdge 12th generation servers. They leverage the company's long-standing industry-leading position in Ethernet technology and provide the highest level of performance, efficiency, and scalability for the enterprise data center. Broadcom's position as a leading provider of networking technology also gives OEMs a unique advantage of working with just one vendor to address their needs. Integrating MACs and PHYs into these devices as a single-chip solution is a perfect example of that benefit."
(1) Demartek - Broadcom Adapter Evaluation
(2) Broadcom-internal benchmark tests
(3) IDC Top 10 Enterprise Server Predictions 2012, January 2012
(4) Crehan Research, Inc. - Server I/O Considerations - January 2012
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Panorama Necto BI Suite Announces SQL Server 2012 Support - Downloadable now for Beta Testing
Migration of Multiple Data Sources Including OLAP and In-Memory Enables Faster Calculations and Automated Social Analytics
TORONTO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Panorama Software, a global leader in proactive Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, announced today its socially-enabled BI platform Necto is now on SQL Server 2012, Microsoft's cloud-ready database software. The solution is currently available for download for beta testing.
Necto analytics allows enterprise users to receive the full power and value of SQL Server 2012. Working on both MDX and DAX languages, it can handle the combination of both organizational OLAP data and in-memory user data with seamless migrations. Complex enterprises with multiple data sources can utilize Necto as a connection point to develop broader insights, which are all viewable in a web-based workboard.
SQL Server 2012 is designed to work with metadata that is people oriented and relates to actionable intelligence. As the metadata grows, so does the enterprise's number of Necto workboards, which are combined into the platform's relevancy engine. By sorting through hundreds of workboards, Necto's engine is able to present cross-departmental information in a relevant and manageable form.
"We are very pleased to offer Necto on SQL Server 2012 for beta testing download and firmly believe this combination will have a transformative effect on enterprise analytics," said Eynav Azarya, CEO of Panorama Software. "Our collaboration and integration experience with Microsoft enables Necto to be a perfect complement to SQL Server 2012, a combined solution that quickly produces relevant data insights."
"Panorama continues to offer significant added value to Microsoft products," said Claude Lorenson, Director of SQL Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. "Necto, using the power of SQL Server 2012 gives enterprises a solution that enables the seamless combination of data from multiple sources, including the cloud, applications, flat files, financial reporting, and several others. And the self-service workboard means this combined data can be quickly turned into actionable intelligence."
About Panorama Software:
Panorama Software helps companies grow revenues, reduce costs and improve corporate performance by enabling social decision making and unlocking actionable insights contained within their data.
Leading the Business Intelligence 3.0 revolution, Panorama Software offers a new generation of BI solutions that introduces a unique way to connect data, insights, and people in the organization. Panorama Necto(TM) is the first BI solution that leverages Social Decision Making and Automated Insights to enable users gain insights more quickly, more efficiently, and with greater relevancy.
Panorama Software is the original developer of the OLAP technology that Microsoft acquired in 1996 and integrated into the SQL Server platform, and since has been a close and strategic Microsoft partner.
Panorama streamlines business operations for over 1,600 customers worldwide and has a wide eco-system of partners in 30 countries, maintaining offices throughout North America, EMEA and Asia. To learn more about Panorama Software, please visit http://www.panorama.com.
Necto, NovaView and the Panorama logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Panorama Software Ltd. All other company product or brand names are the trademarks or the registered trademarks of their respective companies. Panorama Software Ltd. is not responsible for errors or omissions. Copyright 2009 Panorama Software Ltd. All rights reserved.
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EMC Delivers "No Compromise" Technology, Solutions and Services for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
EMC Portfolio Enables 80% Faster Provisioning, 4X Better Performance and Up To 30X Less Backup Storage for SQL Server Applications
HOPKINTON, Mass., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-- EMC(®) today announced broad technology support, new EMC Proven((TM))
Solutions and Consulting Services for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 to help
customers deploy SQL Server for mission critical data center
-- By leveraging EMC best-in-class technology and services with the latest
SQL Server 2012 functionality, customers can increase performance and
maximize data availability at a lower cost.
-- New EMC Consulting services provide customers a defined path for
seamless migration and adoption of SQL Server 2012 and help customers
take advantage of SQL Server 2012's breakthrough insights functionality
to turn data into business intelligence and competitive advantage.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced broad technology support, new EMC Proven Solutions and Consulting Services for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 to help customers deploy SQL Server for mission critical data center applications. By leveraging EMC best-in-class technology and services with the latest SQL Server functionality, customers can increase performance and maximize data availability at a lower cost. New EMC Consulting services provide customers a defined path for seamless migration and adoption of SQL Server 2012 and help customers take advantage of SQL Server 2012's breakthrough insights functionality to turn data into business intelligence and competitive advantage.
EMC's Industry Leading Storage Platforms Optimized for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
In October 2011, an IDC(1) survey of Enterprise end-users named EMC the #1 storage choice for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and other mission critical environments. The survey ranks storage vendors on how end-users are deploying their technology with enterprise applications, and it shows that more customers choose EMC storage than any other storage for their Microsoft environments.
By leveraging EMC technologies to address SQL Server 2012 requirements customers can:
-- Achieve 80% faster SQL Server provisioning with EMC(®) VNX((TM))
-- Automate the allocation of SQL 2012 Server storage and eliminate 95% of
the typical manual storage calculation times with EMC Symmetrix(®)
VMAXe(®) 100% Virtual Provisioning;
-- Experience 4X more performance of SQL Server 2012 server and storage
resources at a lower cost using EMC FAST (Fully Automated Storage
Tiering) software, and EMC VFCache((TM)) server flash caching solution;
-- Complete more backups in less time with up to 30X less storage with EMC
backup and recovery solutions.
New EMC Proven Solutions and Consulting Services Designed for Mission Critical SQL Server 2012 Environments
EMC today announced two new EMC Proven Solutions to help customers leverage the newest features in SQL Server 2012.
-- EMC SQL Server 2012 Readiness - Performance with VMAXe FAST VP and SQL
Server 2012 AlwaysOn Local Availability Groups - This solution documents
technology considerations for utilizing the new SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn
Availability Groups with EMC FAST VP and EMC VMAXe. The focus of this
solution is to create availability groups on a FAST VP enabled VMAXe to
support business requirements for read-only secondary database replicas.
This approach allows for the dedication of the primary replica for
mission critical online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads while
isolating OLAP/BI demands.
-- EMC SQL Server 2012 Multi-Site Disaster Recovery - Enabled by SQL Server
2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups, EMC VNX and FAST Suite - This
solution documents technology considerations for utilizing the new SQL
Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups, with EMC FAST Suite and EMC
VNX unified storage. The focus of this solution is to utilize the new
SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn transaction-level replication technology to
maximize the availability of a set of user databases between two distant
sites while enabling the database storage efficiency and performance to
be optimized by using EMC FAST Suite on VNX 5700.
New EMC Consulting services designed for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 help business and IT stakeholders to maximize their investment in SQL Server. The services also enable the customer's environment to support mission critical application quality of service requirements and enable pervasive business intelligence for competitive advantage.
-- The new Upgrade/Migration Service for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 helps
customers efficiently plan, manage, and execute their transition to the
SQL Server 2012 platform.
-- The new EMC Consulting Self-Service Business Intelligence (BI) service
helps customers empower their business users to quickly develop reports,
dashboards, and scorecards without direct support from IT resources.
During this service, EMC Consulting creates an interface to existing BI
systems using SQL Server tools and exposes the data in a Microsoft
SharePoint-based user interface.
A Diamond Sponsor of the SQL Server 2012 launch, as well as a Microsoft Certified Partner with 19 gold and silver competencies and a 21-time Microsoft Partner of the Year, EMC offers customers innovative information infrastructure, solutions and services optimized for their Microsoft environments. EMC Consulting, a business unit within EMC Global Services, works closely with Microsoft Corporation to develop and deliver services and solutions that help customers streamline deployment, migration and management of their Microsoft technology platforms. EMC Consulting accelerates its customers' journey to the private cloud through innovative and efficient use of information infrastructures to provide an optimal opportunity to federate information resources across cloud architectures.
Eduardo Rosini, Corporate Vice President, SQL Server Marketing, Microsoft
"SQL Server 2012 and EMC Solutions and Application services help our customers address mission critical performance, availability and data protection requirements. EMC's announcement of new consulting services that leverage Microsoft BI tools will enable our customers to use their data more competitively - providing breakthrough insights."
Andy Fuss, Manager of Technology and Engineering, CharterCARE Health Partners
"With the formation of CharterCARE Health Partners and the convergence of multiple IT infrastructures we were faced with enormous data growth. It became clear that our traditional tape-based backup approach had reached its end and we needed to make a transformational shift in our strategy. Data Domain® deduplication storage systems and EMC NetWorker® were a natural fit, and have dramatically improved the performance, efficiency and reliability of our SQL Server related backup process. With EMC storage solutions we've been able to focus on what's most important: protecting our core business, protecting our patients, and offering them the highest quality of healthcare that they need."
Brian Carpenter, Vice President of Information Technology, Heritage Auctions
"SQL Server is the lifeblood of Heritage Auctions (HA.com). We use it to provide our customers with a massive amount of data, a meaningful experience on our website, and historical information to help them make educated buying and selling decisions. Consolidating our mission-critical Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure on EMC Symmetrix VMAXe has opened the door for us to go full throttle with our most strategic initiatives, from the latest Microsoft releases to virtualization to Big Data. We have the utmost confidence that when we roll out SQL Server 2012, VMAXe is going to be ready to perform and handle the increases in workload and changes in processing."
Daniel Mettling, Information Technology Manager, Park Industries
"As our business evolves, we're constantly seeking more opportunities to improve our responsiveness and streamline data processes to save time. The level of integration provided by EMC VNXe unified storage streamlines management of our SQL Server environment while the flexibility of centralized access provides us with a broad snapshot across our systems at a moment's notice. VNXe gives us the tools to make snap decisions about storage management and report to employees without interrupting our day-to-day business, meaning we save time, and ultimately, thousands of dollars."
"EMC is committed to helping our customers make a seamless and effortless transition to SQL Server 2012 without compromising on performance, efficiency, simplicity or affordability. We've customized our engineering best practices, optimized our storage solutions to support SQL Server 2012, and have tailored our consulting services so that customers of all sizes are equipped with what they need to enable them to maximize information across their organization."
Dave Cox, Vice President, EMC Consulting, EMC Corporation
"Our new EMC Consulting services are right on target with EMC's strategy to support organizations' move to ITaaS so that they can better manage the massive amounts of data they are generating. EMC has the proven industry knowledge and technology expertise required to help SQL Server customers efficiently accelerate upgrades and realize the maximum value of their information."
EMC Corporation is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.emc.com.
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Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012 to Help Customers Manage "Any Data, Any Size, Anywhere"
Microsoft's next-generation data platform releases to manufacturing today.
REDMOND, Wash., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced that the latest version of the world's most widely deployed data platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, has released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2012 helps address the challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights. Expanding on Microsoft's commitment to help customers manage any data, regardless of size, both on-premises and in the cloud, the company today also disclosed additional details regarding its plans to release an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure.
"Data is being generated faster than ever before, and organizations need a way to process and analyze all that data," said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president at Microsoft. "Whatever the type or size of data, SQL Server 2012 delivers the platform and familiar tools to manage data, generate actionable insights and help drive business impact."
SQL Server 2012: Proven Capability
SQL Server 2012 has already been deployed for production use by hundreds of global, industry-leading customers, such as Volvo Car Corp., Revlon, the HSN, Sanofi Pasteur, Klout and LG Chemical. Customers choosing SQL Server 2012 enjoy the benefit of a rich hardware and software partner ecosystem that can create solutions for the most unique and demanding data management needs.
"Our business depends on delivering customers fast, detailed insight into hundreds of terabytes of social-network data," said David Mariani, vice president of Engineering at Klout, a leading provider of influence measurement. "With SQL Server 2012 and integrated business intelligence tools, we're processing massive volumes of data queries in near-real time. Microsoft's data platform has continued to advance and help us keep up with the evolving world of data."
Tackling Big Data
IT research firm Gartner estimates that the volume of global data is growing at a rate of 59 percent per year, with 70 to 85 percent in unstructured form.(*) Furthering its commitment to connect SQL Server and rich business intelligence tools, such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and Power View, with unstructured data, Microsoft announced plans to release an additional limited preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012.
Since the first limited preview released in December, customers such as Webtrends and the University of Dundee are using the Hadoop-based service to glean simple, actionable insights from complex data sets hosted in the cloud. Customers interested in signing up for the latest preview should visit http://www.hadooponazure.com.
Continued Improvements, New Levels of Return on Investment
To help customers more cost-effectively manage their enterprise-scale workloads, Microsoft will release several new data warehousing solutions in conjunction with the general availability of SQL Server 2012, slated to begin April 1. This includes a major software update and new half-rack form factors for Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse appliances, as well as availability of SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse reference architectures for SQL Server 2012.
In addition, Microsoft is releasing results from a new Microsoft-commissioned Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact study on the potential benefits of upgrading to SQL Server 2012. The study reports a potential return on investment of up to 189 percent with a 12-month payback period.
Microsoft and partners also announced today that SQL Server 2012 has demonstrated new record-breaking performance benchmarks through partner- and Microsoft-led testing that underscores SQL Server's ability to scale across the enterprise.
Those interested can find more information about today's announcements or download an evaluation copy of SQL Server 2012 at the SQL Server virtual press kit.
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IT Energy Management Leader Verdiem Expands International Energy Rate Coverage for Global Businesses with Surveyor 6 Spring Edition
Surveyor 6 Spring Edition Allows Multinational Customers to Better Manage Energy Consumption and Cost Across Multiple Locations, Energy Rates and Currencies
SEATTLE, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verdiem, a leader in IT energy management and efficiency software, today announced the availability of Verdiem Surveyor 6 Spring Edition, which delivers the most advanced functionality in the industry for global companies to more accurately track and manage energy consumption and costs across international boundaries, rates and currencies. This new location-based functionality represents another in a long list of market defining capabilities delivered by Verdiem over the past decade.
Energy rates differ greatly depending on location and time of year. Many locations also have energy costs that vary throughout the day known as time-of-use (TOU) energy rates. In some locations, TOU rates can change up to 15 times daily. As a result, it is challenging for energy managers to accurately calculate and manage energy expenditures in offices across multiple locations.
"Many of our customers have a global reach and require a solution that will help them precisely measure their energy consumption and costs across global offices," said John Scumniotales, president and CEO of Verdiem. "Surveyor 6 Spring Edition adds best-in-class features to the Surveyor platform that take into account an office's location to provide important information about energy consumption. This makes it easier for our customers to translate international data on energy savings and more accurately report their results."
Building on the robust features and functionality of Surveyor 6, the Spring Edition offers customers the ability to create rules that associate devices with specific locations. For example, IT staff can identify device locations based on IP addresses and automatically associate the device with the specific location's energy rates in the local currency. In addition, all of the devices within one office location are tied to specific energy policies that can be optimized based on local TOU energy rates.
"With these enhancements to Surveyor, customers now have the ability to configure energy rates and currencies based on location," said Andy Lawrence, research director for eco-efficient IT at 451 Research. "The technology provides organizations with a powerful tool for managing energy consumption and reducing costs at a time when electricity rates are rising around the world. Most organizations find energy efficiency to be a challenging project - technology like this makes it easier, more realistic and measureable."
Expanding on the advanced analytics and reporting features in Surveyor 6, the new multi-location, energy rate, and currency capabilities of Surveyor 6 Spring Edition allow customers to more accurately compare energy utilization and spending in global offices via data visualizations, improving the reporting and decision-making processes. The Surveyor solution measures energy consumption from each location, and easily calculates a device's power costs with even the most complex TOU rates. In turn, an organization's global energy consumption can be analyzed, translated and reported in a single currency, streamlining the reporting process. This simplifies the process of tracking cost savings and energy expenditures throughout the enterprise.
Verdiem has sold nearly 2 million licenses of its IT energy management software. Customers around the globe have selected Verdiem Surveyor 6 to monitor IT energy consumption and enforce IT energy policies in their organizations. With the rich visualization capabilities in Surveyor 6, customers are reducing operating costs and increasing IT efficiency. To learn more, visit http://www.verdiem.com.
Verdiem helped define the PC power management market and has now extended its leadership into IT energy management and efficiency software. Verdiem Surveyor enables customers to centrally control and reduce the energy used by PCs, Macs, and network devices running Cisco EnergyWise without impacting end users. More than 600 corporations, government agencies and universities have deployed Surveyor on nearly 2 million devices. Most customers experience ROI within six to 12 months. Based in Seattle, Wash., Verdiem is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. More information is available at http://www.verdiem.com or (206) 838-2800.
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Badgeville Launches World's First Mobile Software Development Kit for Gamification
iOS and Android SDKs to integrate gamification programs across devices now available to global client roster of over 140 customers
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Badgeville, the gold standard for gamification, today announced the launch of the world's first gamification Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS and Android devices. The Badgeville iOS and Android SDKs help developers integrate Badgeville-powered gamification features into their mobile and tablet applications.
Deloitte, Apontador, Menuism, George Mobile and BAMM.tv are among Badgeville's global customers that have added gamified mobile experiences using Badgeville's API and SDKs. The applications of gamification in these mobile use cases are diverse, ranging from customer- to employee-facing experiences, and sharing in the common goal to measure and influence user behavior.
Deloitte Digital, an innovator in social and mobile technology to improve the modern workplace, has built a proprietary geo-location service on top of Badgeville's Behavior Platform.
"We have been impressed by Badgeville's ease of use and flexibility in deploying Who What Where, a program to connect our consultants when they're on the go," said Frank Farrall, Leader of Deloitte's Online practice. "With Badgeville, we were able to create a robust proprietary geo-location service, and reward check-ins, for our team. This program was extremely easy to get up and running, and enables us to not only reward our people for checking in at locations, but also to surface expertise."
Meanwhile, other Badgeville customers are focusing on experiences centered around Apple's iPad.
"BAMM.tv will be launching a new iPad application for discovering emerging bands that places users in a virtual venue with live performance HD videos and includes a gamification program built on top of Badgeville's Behavior Platform," said Chris Hansen, CEO, BAMM.tv. "We selected Badgeville's gamification solution for its ease of integration into iOS and our iPad application."
In another popular use case, crowdsourced review communities rely on Badgeville to encourage user contributions by adding status and social rewards across their websites. Now, these review communities, such as Menuism and Apontador, are expanding gamification and reputation features from their web communities to their mobile applications.
"It was easy to develop the advanced gamified features for our iPhone and iPad applications using Badgeville. The cross-platform experience offers our top users the opportunity to earn status for participation across both our web and mobile experiences," said Rafael Siqueira, CTO, Apontador, the leading online review community in Brazil with 15 million unique visitors per month. "The mobile gamification program has already increased review contributions across our community."
Around 53 percent of all adult cell phone owners now use smartphones instead of feature phones, according to a recent report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and by 2014, mobile web usage will overtake the traditional desktop, according to Morgan Stanley. As a result, companies seeking to connect with customers and employees must consider ways to increase engagement on their mobile applications, and in cross-platform user experiences.
"Gamification's greatest potential is in its ability to track and reward user behavior across any device or application, whether that be on web, mobile, or connected device," said Kris Duggan, CEO, Badgeville. "In providing the world's first mobile SDK for gamification, we look forward to many more mobile and cross-platform gamification programs to be launched by our customers in the coming months."
The Badgeville SDKs contain a robust API Library that allows developers to optimize for applications running on iOS and Android.
Badgeville, the Behavior Platform, makes it easy for business leaders, marketers and innovative technologists to use smart gamification techniques to increase user loyalty and engagement across eCommerce, Media & Entertainment, Health, Education, Services and Enterprise web & mobile experiences. Using Badgeville, brands can reward users with real-time achievements and reputation, while at the same time driving user behavior, achieving specific business goals, and measuring and optimizing user engagement. Badgeville customers include Samsung, CA Technologies, X.Commerce, NBC, Universal Music, Deloitte, and The Active Network. Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Menlo Park, California and has offices in New York and Europe. For more information, visit Badgeville on the web at http://www.badgeville.com/.
Elbit Systems of America Features Peregrine Border Security Solution at Border Security Expo
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Building upon the years of its parent company's experience and success in addressing
the constantly changing needs of a dynamic border security environment, Elbit Systems of
America stands ready to provide an integrated tower-based border security solution. The
system, called Peregrine, will be featured in the Elbit Systems of America booth (#100) on
March 6th at the upcoming Border Security Exposition held at the Phoenix Convention Center
in Phoenix, Arizona.
Peregrine utilizes the international experience of Elbit Systems Ltd. and tailors it
to meet the critical needs of the United States Border Patrol. Like its namesake, the
Peregrine Falcon, this border security system detects and assesses items of interest from
miles away, with speed and accuracy. Peregrine can provide a cost-effective, highly
reliable system designed with ease of maintenance to improve border security along the
southwest borders of the United States.
Seeking to support current and future border security missions, Elbit Systems of
America designed the Peregrine border security solution with an open system architecture
that allows integration with a variety of sensors to meet current needs and accommodate
future growth. Integrating these sensor technologies through an intuitive, easy to use
Common Operating Picture (COP), agents are provided detailed information for detecting,
identifying, and classifying items of interest. The system is proven in challenging
geographical areas, including flat deserts, mountainous terrain and heavy vegetation.
Elbit Systems of America's Peregrine has been operationally tested and proven on the
United States southwest borders and is ready for deployment to assist agents in any
terrain, at any time.
About Elbit Systems of America, LLC
Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products and system
solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical
instrumentation markets.- With facilities throughout the-United States, Elbit Systems of
America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security
of the United States.- Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd.
(NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs
for innovative defense-and commercial-applications. For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems-us.com.
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide
range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its
subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command,
control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance
("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space
systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military
communications systems and radios.-The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing
military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and
commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services. For additional
information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com.
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WRGL Launches 'Social Live,' A New Social Community Network
RENO, Nev., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Warrior Girl Corp (Pink Sheets: WRGL) is pleased to announce the formal launch of "Social Live," its new social media community network.
Social Live is guided by a philosophy of building genuine online relationships, where quality over quantity is the watchword, and user privacy is paramount. It is a response to the view that Facebook has become unwieldy, unsympathetic to its user base, and a data-mining operation in which the business interests of Facebook often take precedence over the community and the individual.
"After establishing itself as the pre-eminent social networking site, many users now say they are unhappy and feel a sense of betrayal with Facebook, as it seems to have veered away from its original direction. Many users are abandoning the site due to issues ranging from privacy, complex settings and configurations, questionable use of personal information, bad to nonexistent customer support, and complaints over the new imposed 'Timeline' format which people cannot opt out of," commented WRGL CEO Julian Sula.
Some of the main features of WRGL's Social Live include: User Theme Management, allowing users to customize the look of their personal profile pages allowing them to stand out, simple to use and configure privacy settings and notifications, one click blog publishing capability, custom pages and groups, ability to share files and attachments, private messaging, events, live chat, discussion forums, activity feed, photos and tagging, polls, quizzes, marketplace, social sharing, videos, shout box, emoticons and many other features. Visit http://www.SocialLive.com/ to have a look at the future of social media.
"We invite everyone to sign up for free and join our social community network. We would love to get people's feedback and input on what they think of the site and help us improve and ultimately build a network that puts people as a priority first," added Sula.
"We believe in building a truly democratic network, responsive and sensitive to user needs. Our goal is that Social Live blossom into a beautiful and powerful place to share with others and play an important role amid the social media hierarchy."
ABOUT WARRIOR GIRL CORP:
Warrior Girl Corp is a holding company for a series of diversified online projects that span B2C operations, financial services, online hosting, web services and social media. WRGL also acts as an incubator for online start-up businesses, providing expertise and funding to development-stage entities in the web arena. New projects are selected which in the view of management have significant upside potential. For more information visit http://www.warriorgirlcorp.com
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LightSquared Announces Extension of Emulation on its SkyTerra-1 Satellite Network for Existing Customers
Recent regulatory events do not affect company's satellite services
RESTON, Va., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LightSquared announced today that the company is further extending the emulation phase of its current generation voice (MSAT), private network carrier and mobile data services over its new SkyTerra-1 satellite network through the end of 2015. LightSquared will continue to evaluate extending its current generation services beyond 2015 as it works to finalize its plans for launching next generation satellite services.
Service on SkyTerra-1 will emulate existing satellite services, including all LightSquared features such as push-to-talk, and is 100 percent compatible with all of the company's current devices. SkyTerra-1 was launched in November 2010 and is currently supporting the majority of LightSquared's satellite customers. This extension of current generation services, utilizing one of the world's most powerful and versatile commercial satellites, ensures that public safety officials and first responders have ubiquitous access to communications during emergencies. In addition, the LightSquared network will provide federal, state and local agencies with access to interoperable communications throughout the United States, even in the most rural areas.
Also benefitting from the extension of current generation services are enterprise customers from a variety of industries including transportation, oil, natural gas, maritime, utilities and telecommunications. These industries and others have thousands of workers in remote areas who depend on satellite communications for their jobs and their safety. LightSquared's MSAT 1 and MSAT 2 satellites remain in service and are available to provide critical redundancy capabilities, if needed.
"Our existing satellite customers will not see any change in service or coverage as a result of recent regulatory events," said Bryan Hartin, vice president of sales, distribution and business development for LightSquared. "LightSquared's mission is to support every user through the emulation period and transition them to a next generation LightSquared satellite platform," Hartin added.
Hartin continued, "LightSquared's next generation customers will be able to take advantage of the SkyTerra-1 advanced spot beam coverage capability to utilize the LightSquared L-Band spectrum more efficiently, resulting in significantly reduced device size and cost. Additionally, the SkyTerra-1 ground based beam forming system allows for customization of coverage over the North American continent, Hawaii and the Caribbean, giving customers the flexibility to provide increased coverage in specific areas and to change coverage over time as user demand requires."
For further information regarding LightSquared, please come by the LightSquared booth 351 at Satellite 2012, from March 12-15, in Washington, DC.
LightSquared's mission is to revolutionize the U.S. wireless industry. With the creation of the first-ever, wholesale-only nationwide 4G-LTE network integrated with satellite coverage, LightSquared offers people the speed, value and reliability of universal connectivity, wherever they are in the United States. As a wholesale-only operator, LightSquared will deploy an open 4G wireless broadband network to be used by existing and new service providers to sell their own devices, applications and services-- at a competitive cost and without retail competition from LightSquared. The deployment and operation of LightSquared's network represent more than $14 billion of private investment over the next eight years. For more information about LightSquared, please go to http://www.LightSquared.com, http://www.facebook.com/LightSquared and http://www.twitter.com/LightSquared.
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New Connectify Release Brings High-Speed Wi-Fi File Sharing to PCs
PHILADELPHIA, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Connectify, the emerging leader in easy-to-use wireless networking software, today announced the launch of their latest version of Connectify Hotspot, the popular application that lets users transform their laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot at the click-of-a-button. While Connectify has been the go-to app for users wishing to easily share any available Internet connection with all of their devices, the new Connectify release builds on the existing Wi-Fi sharing features, to bring easy-to-use, Wi-Fi file transfer to PC users everywhere. For the first time, Connectify v3.3 users can simply drag-and-drop files in order to initiate a Wi-Fi file transfer between two computers, or send files to their smartphone and other mobile devices at blazing fast speeds, even when no Internet or local network is available.
"Today, most people use either a cloud storage service, USB flash drive, and in some cases, email attachments, to transfer files between two computers that are in the same room," said Connectify CEO, Alex Gizis. "This seemed entirely counterintuitive to us. While our app already connects local devices to one another, we found ourselves in the unique position to offer the added Wi-Fi file transfer feature, making Connectify an end-to-end solution to a pervasive problem."
Not only can users send documents, photos, and large video files directly to any device connected to their hotspot, but the latest version of the software now detects all other Connectify users across the network they're on, and offers the same sharing capabilities with any other computer running Connectify.
Highlights of Connectify v3.3 with Wi-Fi File Transfer:
-- Cross-platform support: PCs running Connectify Pro can send and receive
files, while other computers, smartphones, tablets, and any mobile
device capable of running a web browser can receive files from
-- No file-size limitations: Connectify can transfer huge files that would
be impossible to share with a conventional USB flash drive, or via email
-- Keep sharing without a network connection: When no Internet connection
is available, rendering cloud storage services useless, Connectify lets
users start a local Hotspot for lightning-fast Wi-Fi file transfer
-- The easiest option: Don't bother going back and forth with USB flash
drives or emailing file attachments, just to transfer files locally.
Connectify is the easiest way to share files between two computers
within Wi-Fi range of one another.
-- Mobile device support: Sending files to iPads, smartphones, and other
mobile devices has never been easier. Just drag a file onto the
appropriate device in the 'clients' tab, and Connectify lets any
web-enabled device download it from your unique Connectify Homepage.
Connectify v3.3 is commercially available at http://www.connectify.me.
Connectify is a privately-held company that develops next-generation networking software for PC and mobile platforms. Connectify's mission is to give all users the power to perform complex networking tasks at the click-of-a-button. For more information on Connectify, visit http://www.connectify.me. Connectify is a trademark of Connectify Inc.
Gamesys: Success Written in the Stars for one Lucky Online Bingo Player at Jackpotjoy!
LONDON, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The most visited gaming site in the UK crowns yet another big online bingo winner of
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Playnomics Releases a Free Player Scoring Dashboard for Game Platforms and Publishers
Industry's first portable scoring system that quantifies and predicts player behavior
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Playnomics, the pioneer of applying predictive data mining to play environments, today announces a free player scoring system for connected game publishers. Through a free web-based dashboard, publishers can see which players are valuable, then upgrade to target them in-game with personalized promotions or acquire new players who are predicted to be valuable for their game. Publishers and platform owners can sign up for the free scoring dashboard at http://www.playnomics.com.
"You are how you play," said Chethan Ramachandran, CEO of Playnomics. "Our predictive scoring system reveals hidden traits about players, and is applicable to both publishers and players of games. Just like a credit score, our scores are portable across games, and predict how a player will perform in any game environment. Scoring gives the marketers at game publishers a way to find the right player for their game and then message those players in-game with personal promotions. Scores also ultimately give players a way to see their play personality - how social they are, how competitive, which informs who they want to play with and what to play."
To get implemented, publishers spend 20 minutes integrating the Playnomics API. Player data is ingested into the industry's most sophisticated data mining platform, to give each player multiple predictive scores (Loyalty, Attention, Intensity, Monetization) and personality scores (Social, Competitor, Explorer, etc).
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-- Retain and monetize existing players with personalized in-game
-- Benchmark game-level health scores against other games in genre or
Since launching the free scoring system for publishers in November, Playnomics has experienced rapid growth, and is currently scoring over 20M monthly active players across dozens of publishers, platforms and portals.
In the coming months, publishers and game portals will be able to reveal the Playnomics scores directly to players, giving players a new way to find other players to engage with, and find new games that fit their psychographic makeup. For example, players who have high Social scores would be able to find other Social players, and Explorers would find quest-based games that fit their personality.
Founded in 2009, Playnomics is the leading customer targeting solution for play. The company was founded by entrepreneurs and experts who pioneered data mining in finance, information security and bioinformatics. The company is backed by leading venture investors, including FirstMark Capital, x/Seed Capital, Metamorphic Ventures, Accelerator Ventures and TriplePoint Capital.