Independa Launches Angela - Social Engagement and Fun for Remote Care Recipients
Game-changing solution connects caring family members, professionals with the elderly, prolonging independence and enriching Golden Years
SAN DIEGO, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Independa(TM), Inc. today announced launch of the Angela(TM) personal interaction solution for the independent elderly. Angela is fully integrated with existing Independa services that monitor care recipients' health and well-being.
This new addition to Independa's integrated telecare suite provides the all-important social engagement that helps the elderly continue living healthy, safe, rewarding lives in their own residences. Knowing their loved ones or patients are thriving also gives remote caregivers peace of mind.
"Angela is unique, powerful and inviting - truly angel-like," said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. "We see it as the next Wii or iPad for the golden generation. It's especially designed to entertain and engage while being convenient for those who care for the elderly. Imagine being able to see Mom or your patient right away, or engage them through emails, Facebook or even video chat. Now imagine them doing all this plus a whole lot more, like playing games and surfing the Internet, without any prior computer knowledge."
Independa's new social interaction solution is tailor-made for the non-technical elderly. Running on an off-the-shelf touch-screen tablet, Angela provides an intuitive interface with secure, one-touch access to video chats, email, the Internet, Facebook, games and puzzles, and other interactive content. The preconfigured Angela tablet comes ready to use. Those being cared for do not need to learn to use a general-purpose computer, navigate with a mouse or type on a keypad.
Meticulously designed for aging adults, Angela offers larger screen fonts, higher contrast and brighter colors. Users don't need to worry about repeated software updates, blue screens or virus scans.
"Angela is the latest building block in the integrated suite of solutions Independa is rolling out to help family members and home-care professionals stay in touch with and watch over care recipients when they can't be with them," Saneii said. "Elderly care recipients can use simple, fun tools, and those looking after them need practical solutions that are easy to use and don't require their own care. Angela meets all those needs, and adds essential social elements."
How can Angela enrich an elderly person's life? In a myriad of ways. Mom can have a "video-chat breakfast" with her granddaughter. Dad can finally use email. A patient alone at home can reconnect on Facebook with friends who have moved away and play interactive games. Angela also can remind users to take medications; keep medical and personal appointments; and remember birthdays and anniversaries.
"At LivHOME, we believe that technology is going to play a key role in providing consistent high-level senior in-home care at an affordable price," said Mike Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer of LivHOME. "We feel that Independa has the best-in-class solution to date. Over the two years we have followed their development of care monitoring, medication reminders and other technology solutions, LivHOME has been excited about the prospect of offering the Independa solution to our established national locations and our growing franchise markets. With the launch of Angela, we are proud to be able to offer it as a component of the LivHOME solution to our thousands of clients across the country."
Angela is an antidote to the critical problem of social isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
"User-friendly technology solutions that encourage social engagement are essential in preserving independence for older adults," said Dr. Richard Della Penna, Chief Medical Officer of Independa. "While often overlooked, isolation is the Number One issue for the elderly, as it commonly triggers depression and physical illnesses, which can hasten the move to less-independent living and shorten life."
Laurie Orlov, founder of the market research firm Aging in Place Technology Watch, commented: "Traditional telehealth boxes and computers are last-decade clumsy approaches to helping older adults, providers, and caregivers. Twenty-first century solutions will look more like the integrated engagement and wellness platforms of new firms like Independa and its 'Angela.'"
The Independa Angela solution builds and enhances upon Independa's Smart Reminders(TM). Launched in January, Smart Reminders uses patent-pending technology to enable caregivers to set up automatic reminders for care receivers to take their medications, keep medical and social appointments, and record "Life Stories." Angela adds visual notifications to existing telephone alerts as options for receiving reminders, as well as confirmation to a family member or professional caregiver that a reminder was acknowledged and confirmed, closing an important daily communication loop for medication compliance.
Angela will be available for beta testing July 1 and generally available in September. After the beta period, the software will be available for monthly subscription, with tablet pricing to be determined. Care recipients will only need Internet access to their homes to stay connected to the service.
Plans call for an option of a 10-inch or 22-inch tablet screen with the commercial offer and a 10-inch screen for the beta phase.
Independa, Inc. provides an integrated telecare platform to help family and professional caregivers enable their loved ones and patients to continue living at home longer, more safely and more comfortably. Independa specializes in delivering technology-enabled products and services for the rapidly growing population of nearly 50 million U.S. adults supporting elderly relatives. Independa supports home-care and other professional enterprises offering remote care, assisted living, and home health care. Independa provides an integrated, cost-effective and real-time answer to the key question, "How is my loved one doing?" With Independa, caregivers can delay or even eliminate the costly and dreaded move to significantly more expensive and cumbersome levels of care.
Independa's cross-disciplined leadership team and expert advisory board intimately understand the market, technology and needs of the elderly and their caregivers. Privately held and based in San Diego, Independa is in active discussions with next-stage investors and strategic partners.
Alcatel-Lucent Opens the Door to a Faster, Smarter, and Greener Internet
PARIS and MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, June 28, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) has unlocked the potential for
radical new Internet applications and services with a technology hailed as
the key to greater capacity, faster connections and reduced congestion on
Alcatel-Lucent has today unveiled a next-generation chip that will
dramatically enhance the infrastructure needed to access rich new online
services, from broadcast-quality high-definition video conferencing to
applications in the business and professional world.
The new 'FP3' chip will eliminate the bottlenecks preventing such
services from taking off today, widening the Internet's digital highways
while enabling dramatically higher data speeds and improving traffic flow.
At the same time, the chip will lower the energy consumption of networks,
requiring up to 50 percent less power than equivalent chips in use today.
Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent Chief Executive Officer, said: "This is
the key to unlock a new world of online communications. It's easy to think
the Internet of today does all it will ever be capable of, but we have
scarcely scratched the surface of its potential. This chip creates
tremendous potential, not just in terms of technology, but in terms of how
people connect and interact with each other."
Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent's IP Division which developed
the chip, added: "Alcatel-Lucent is broadening the possibilities, the value
and the efficiency of what can be delivered over the Internet. We have taken
a major step forward in the ability of service providers to deliver exciting
and compelling applications for use by consumers and professionals alike."
Major telecom operators, including BT, NTT and Verizon today welcomed
Alcatel-Lucent's announcement and its potential to enable faster, smarter
and greener networks and applications.
Karl Penaluna, President of Global Networks and Computing Infrastructure
at BT, said: "We see no end to our customers' insatiable demand for
bandwidth, especially on our Ethernet platform. As cloud-based services
emerge and rich multimedia services proliferate, this type of technology can
help us provide the best quality of service at even higher speeds."
Masato Minamisawa, Vice President of IP Technology in the Business
Network Services Department of NTT Communications said: "We look forward to
the new functions and increased performance of Alcatel-Lucent's FP3 silicon
technology. This next generation network processor will enable rich, market
leading service innovation at the network edge."
Ihab Tarazi, Vice President Global Network Planning of Verizon, said:
"Verizon continues to enhance the FiOS and wireless data broadband access
capabilities for our customers and we have worked with Alcatel-Lucent to
deploy next generation Ethernet and MPLS metro technology. In March of this
year, Verizon led the industry with a 100G Ethernet field trial based on
Alcatel-Lucent's service router technology with its 100G FP2 silicon engine.
We are excited to work with Alcatel-Lucent and continue to push the industry
in technological innovation to support the significant growth of access data
Alcatel-Lucent's new FP3 processor tailors network capacity and
performance to different needs, ensuring flawless broadband delivery of
entertainment, business-to-business communications and digitized public
services. The systems, operating at 400 Gigabits-per-second (G), will extend
Alcatel-Lucent's current second-generation technology, which today delivers
an industry-leading 100Gigabits-per-second.
In addition to a fourfold performance improvement compared to the
current industry benchmark, the FP3 processor is also designed to reduce the
environmental impact of IP networks, consuming up to 50 percent less power
and taking up 30 percent less space within a service provider's premises.
The FP3 processor has been developed by Alcatel-Lucent's IP Division,
which generated revenues of ?1.46Bn in 2010, growing more than 24 percent
To learn more about this innovation:
Join the Alcatel-Lucent webcast June 28, 10am EST at:
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in
mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and
services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost
centres of research and innovation in communications technology.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most
experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is
a local partner with global reach.
The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is
incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.
MartinJAY Digital Acquires Social Blaze Analytic Technology Assets
Acquisition Enhances MartinJAY's Existing Technology and Ability to Provide Intelligent Social Web Strategies, Management, ROI Data and Analytics to Global Brands
TROY, Mich., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hybrid agency MartinJAY Digital has expanded its ability to provide smarter social web strategies and ROI with the acquisition of the intellectual assets, including patent rights, source code and associated domain names from Social Blaze, a Los Angeles, Calif.-based developer of analytics technologies and social media management applications.
Social Blaze is a Los Angeles-based enterprise-grade social media management application developer founded in 2009. The company's "Social Blaze" application provides comprehensive tools for social media monitoring, engagement and analytic reporting.
"MartinJAY Digital has always been an technical authority and development leader," said Ken Stock, MartinJAY Digital Executive Creative Director. "What makes us unique is how we meld that technical know-how with our creative team and strategic practice."
"This acquisition not only enhances our ability to provide clients with the information and hard data they need to make meaningful connections with their customers via the social web, but this proprietary application also gives us the additional insight we need to create intelligent social strategies. And it gets us closer to answering the question that everyone is asking, 'What's the payout for social media?" Stock said.
MartinJAY Digital is a new breed of digital agency that blends creative and technical specialties in one flexible model to bring together strategists, developers, social web practitioners, and media buying teams - all backed by creative talent. The agency has helped shape the digital presence of brands such as Ford Motor Co., snack food giant Frito Lay, eBay, Tropicana and others.
"It's a powerful model," Stock said. "The best creative work is produced when you bring great minds together around an idea; instead of fragmenting it across silos.
"The acquisition of new technology to support that mission makes us all the more powerful in the marketplace," he said.
Financial terms of the deal, which closed June 14, were not disclosed.
About MartinJAY Digital: MartinJAY Digital is a new breed of digital agency -- an innovative hybrid that fuses creative talent with strategic insight and development know-how to build and maintain national and global brands. Based in metro Detroit, MartinJAY Digital specializes in integrated digital solutions, including strategy, design, development, media, and analytics. We use highly skilled teams to produce innovative and effective work that helps brands build meaningful connections with their audience.
ICE mobile Now Available on Android; Trading on iPhone, iPad and Android to Launch July 5
ATLANTA, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global regulated futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, announced updates to its ICE mobile application. ICE mobile is now available for Android devices and mobile trading for iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices via the ICE mobile application will launch on Tuesday, July 5. Real-time, view-only market data and charting is now available on Apple, Android and Blackberry devices.
ICE is the first futures and OTC marketplace to offer a fully integrated platform for market data, trading and order management in a mobile application.
"We're pleased to offer market participants a secure and convenient way to trade and manage risk across all of our futures and cleared OTC markets," said ICE SVP and Chief Strategic Officer David Goone. "As markets become more transparent and the regulatory landscape changes, ICE continues to create opportunities for our customers with innovative technology solutions."
Starting July 5 ICE mobile features will include many of the real-time features of WebICE such as:
-- Ability to place orders and view, edit, or cancel orders placed from
both the WebICE desktop and ICE mobile
-- Powerful risk management tools including the ability to control mobile
functionality on a per user basis
-- Real-time P&L and summary reports of daily open orders and completed
trades from both the WebICE desktop and ICE mobile
-- Full depth of market price display with implied orders and ticker for
-- Customizable views and market profiles
-- Secure order entry and password protection
-- Real-time charting including moving averages, candlestick, bar, line and
-- Breaking market news and more
WebICE accountholders may access ICE mobile via a free trial using existing login information. It can be downloaded on iPhone and iPad from the Apple App Store and for Android devices from the Android Market. Real-time, view-only data is currently available for Blackberry devices including the Playbook tablet as well as on the forthcoming HP TouchPad.
IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE) is a leading operator of regulated futures exchanges and over-the-counter markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy and equity index contracts. ICE Futures Europe hosts trade in half of the world's crude and refined oil futures. ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada list agricultural, currencies and Russell Index markets. ICE is also a leading operator of central clearing services for the futures and over-the-counter markets, with five regulated clearing houses across North America and Europe. ICE serves customers in more than 70 countries. http://www.theice.com
The following are trademarks of IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. and/or its affiliated companies: IntercontinentalExchange, ICE, ICE and block design, ICE Futures Europe and ICE Clear Europe. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information regarding registered trademarks owned by IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. and/or its affiliated companies, see https://www.theice.com/terms.jhtml
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 - Statements in this press release regarding IntercontinentalExchange's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see ICE's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in ICE's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, as filed with the SEC on February 9, 2011.
A+E Networks Announces Expanded LifetimeMoms.com Featuring Influential Mom Bloggers and Social Media Experts in Trusted, Multi-Platform Environment
Expanded Content and New Channels Emphasize Site's Focus on Real Experiences from Real Women encouraging audience to participate and share
NEW YORK, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifetime Moms(TM), A+E Networks' premier mom blog network that celebrates and inspires real women, today announces expanded content, including video and four new channels on LifetimeMoms.com, that reflect the growing roles and experiences of moms today. The site is the flagship of a network of more than 85 sites.
Since launching in 2009, the Lifetime Moms family of sites has demonstrated strong growth, posting seven consecutive quarters of year on year growth with audiences and more than doubling in size in the last year.
"Lifetime Moms brings together the top influential mom bloggers and social media experts to celebrate their diverse life experiences through compelling stories and opinions," said Kimberly Dobson, VP Lifetime Moms. "Thanks to the combined efforts of our Lifetime Mom Channel Leaders and Affiliate Network, Lifetime Moms now reaches more than one million moms per month. With our new site and content, we look forward to welcoming more women to the community and becoming an integral part of their daily lives."
Lifetime Moms offers the only opportunity where advertisers can reach moms in a trusted online environment, supported by on-air promotion and customized messaging across all channels including social media. Lifetime Moms has established advertiser preference with some of the biggest global brands including Milk, Disney and Canon. "MilkPEP understands the important role mothers play in the health of their families and are excited to launch this new partnership with Lifetime Moms," said Victor Zaborsky, Marketing Director for the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP). "We look forward to sharing exclusive content to help moms build strong families."
New Channels Reflect Expanded Interests of Today's Mom
Lifetime Moms comprises 10 distinct channels headed up by 16 Leaders who provide diverse content that combines personal insights and experiences on a variety of topics relevant to moms today. They share entertaining and engaging stories that celebrate and inspire moms - both as a woman and as a mom building strong relatable and interactive relationships with the Lifetime Moms audience.
Six of the Lifetime Moms Channels have been expanded, including Family & Parenting, co-hosted by Amy Lupold Bair rated 2nd most influential mom on Twitter by Cision and Home & DIY, hosted by seven-time Addy Award winner Social Media Strategist, Katja Presnal.
Lifetime Moms is also introducing four new channels, including Multicultural Moms, hosted by award winning journalist Kimberly Seals Allers and Work & Life, co-hosted by Stephanie Elie a Top 50 Nielsen Power Mom in Digital Media.
"We Just Had to Ask" for More Interaction
The site now hosts a new video series feature called "We Had to Ask..." that allows Channel Leaders to respond personally to questions from the Lifetime Moms community. Each week, Channel Leaders will address a new hot topic from their point of view that can highlight a sponsor brand objective in an authentic story-telling way. Additionally, the site includes a thoughtful and engaging selection of games, sweepstakes, and contest opportunities that reflect the interests of the community.
About A+E Digital Media
A+E Digital Media, a division of A+E Networks, LLC, is a leading provider of digital content for properties including History, Lifetime, A&E, Biography, Roiworld, DressUpChallenge and Lifetime Moms. More than 14 million unique visitors per month engage with the company's digital brands across 13 properties, and millions more consume the content via syndication, social media and mobile.
Cypherpath and MAVI Interactive (MAVI) Solidify an Americas Partnership to Launch a New Multisensory Highly Immersive Cyber Awareness Learning Tool
STERLING, Va., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cypherpath LLC announces a new solution partnership with MAVI. The partnership enables Cypherpath to develop a world class learning solution using the powerful MAVI immersive gaming platform that helps internalize the security best practices and increase awareness around daily vulnerabilities on a network. The MAVI platform enables Cypherpath to change individual's daily behavior as a result of their natural learning experience.
MAVI's "Agent Surefire" training game empowers the user in the role of an investigator asked to locate and tag vulnerabilities in an office environment while hunting down an insider. The office environment can be tailored to make it relevant to specific requirements and the game-based immersive learning experience provides risk awareness, information assurance and clear desk policy training.
Cypherpath CEO Kevin Rogers adds, "The majority of information security violations are caused or initiated by insider sources, using no computers, or high-tech devices. Agent Surefire provides our enterprise clients with complete risk awareness improvement tool that can be customized rapidly for each individual organization while engaging the user audience up to 400% longer. More importantly, it produces near perfect retention rates. The MAVI team is brilliant and they think outside of the box which enables Cypherpath to create exceptional outcomes."
MAVI CEO Bora Aytun comments, "Cypherpath is one of the best teams we are privileged to work with! The unmistakable synergy between our companies is the key to realizing our common mission to deliver cutting edge training technologies in the Information Assurance field."
CypherpathLLC is a group of thought leaders and IT Security experts who enable organizations to create cyber aware and ready individuals through precise and targeted learning aids, and provides training and education that transfers knowledge, skills and abilities. http://www.cypherpath.com.
MAVI Interactive LLC creates immersive learning and Serious Games training products with a focus on regulatory compliance. They partner with industry leaders to deliver engaging, interactive game-based learning tools to a wide range of businesses. Their multi-award winning off-the-shelf simulations tackle the high-risk/low-retention subjects, providing a natural learning experience. Clients benefit from drastically reduced deployment time and costs, great trainee participation and striking results. http://www.maviinteractive.com.
SOURCE Cypherpath LLC; MAVI Interactive LLC
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CONTACT: Art Payne, Cypherpath LLC, +1-703-249-5181, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call of Duty®: Black Ops Annihilation Now Available on Xbox Live®
All-New Map Pack and Gripping Zombies Experience Set to Annihilate Xbox Gamers Today
SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Call of Duty®: Black Ops, the best selling game ever on the Xbox 360®, today unleashes a new onslaught of combat with a fresh delivery of downloadable content, Call of Duty®: Black Ops Annihilation. Available now worldwide on Xbox LIVE, Annihilation delivers four new multiplayer maps and a mind-blowing Zombies experience for the ultimate online showdown.
Annihilation is the third downloadable content pack release from Activision and Treyarch in support of the worldwide phenomenon and record-setting Call of Duty: Black Ops. Fueled by the breakthrough Call of Duty®: Black OpsFirst Strike and Call of Duty®: Black OpsEscalation content packs, the blockbuster title is recognized for having the highest selling add-on content in Xbox LIVE history, according to Microsoft.
The Annihilation content pack's new maps include:
-- "Hangar 18," located in the highly classified military base of Area 51,
where gamers will fight through experimental weapons labs, the SR-71
test hangar and a mysterious autopsy room.
-- "Drive-In," where players experience close-quarters combat through a
1960's American Drive-In theater, complete with a snack shack and a
-- "Silo," where-in gamers can infiltrate a massive secret Soviet nuclear
missile site under construction within a multi-level battleground.
-- "Hazard," located on the cliff sides of Cuba, gamers can explore a
coastal golf course fit for a Dictator, where stocked clubhouses and
manicured fairways meet snipers hidden in sand traps.
-- "Shangri-La," the all-new Zombies experience, transports players into a
mythical paradise overrun with the undead. Our Heroes will come
face-to-face with new species of zombies and navigate through a
treacherous labyrinth of underground caverns, all set within a legendary
shrine lost in an exotic jungle.
"Our commitment to delivering great new content for Black Ops continues with Annihilation," said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. "Annihilation offers four of the best Black Ops multiplayer maps to date, and a stunning new Zombies experience laden with deadly traps and dark secrets buried deep within the shifting walls of the infested temple."
To celebrate the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation, Activision and Treyarch today are hosting a "Grudge Match" on Xbox LIVE at Treyarch. Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks and Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies will lead teams in a head-to-head match-up featuring members of the Treyarch development team and Call of Duty: Black Ops fans.
Developed by Treyarch and published by Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), Call of Duty: Black Ops is rated "M" (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language. Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation is available first on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 1,200 Microsoft Points. For additional Call of Duty updates and information, visit us on the web at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops,http://www.facebook.com/codblackops, and also via Twitter @Treyarch. Treyarch will host Double XP starting Friday, July 1st though the holiday weekend.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
Call of Duty and Activision are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.
Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE are registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation.
IRVINE, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer car research portal zAutos.com launches the Car Video Weekly Spotlight. Every week zAutos selects a new vehicle to spotlight. In the Weekly Spotlight, zAutos features an editorial video and a detailed review of the spotlighted car.
The video gives viewers a virtual tour of the vehicle - inside and out. Each editorial video also includes a detailed narration of the vehicle, so viewers get both a visual and audio tour in each video. The videos are crisp, clean, and informational. Videos are one of the many resources that zAutos provides consumers to help them become more knowledgeable which leads to smart buying decisions.
Below the video, viewers will find a detailed review of the spotlighted vehicle. The review provides information on drivability, available trims, engines, options, features, and pricing. The review also gives styling information on the vehicle. Readers are often presented with the manufacturer's logic behind the current style of the model. At the end of each review, zAutos concludes by providing readers with their general opinion of the vehicle.
zAutos keeps an archive of the spotlighted vehicles on the zAutos Car Video Center, so that consumers can review previous cars that were part of the weekly spotlight. You can find previous spotlighted vehicles, in the right sidebar, on the zAutos Car Video Center.
The Car Video Weekly Spotlight is highlighted on the popular zAutos Car Video Center. The Car Video Center is one of the most widely visited areas of the consumer car research portal. zAutos has more than 4,000 high resolution and editorial videos available for users to view.
zAutos.com is committed to providing automotive consumers and enthusiasts premium online tools. Automotive consumers can choose from several online applications that will assist them in making intelligent buying decisions: vehicle eBrochures, car reviews, car videos, invoice prices and build a car. Automotive enthusiasts can enjoy current auto news and a forum to express their interest and enthusiasm for the cars they love.
Catapult Systems Launches New Mobile Application Division
"Mobile Alchemy" to Help Enterprises Run on Mobile Platforms
AUSTIN, Texas, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning IT consulting firmCatapult Systems today announced it has partnered with Seed Labs to launch a new division - Mobile Alchemy- which will focus exclusively on developing custom mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and a whole range of tablets. Mobile Alchemy combines Catapult Systems' nine years of enterprise mobile application development experience with the Seed Labs' expertise in delivering some of the world's most popular mobile apps for consumers.
"As analysts continue to project accelerated sales growth for tablets and smartphones, we've seen a significant rise in demand from our clients to help them navigate this new mobile frontier and deploy business critical mobile solutions for their customers and employees," said Sam Goodner, Catapult Systems CEO. "With Mobile Alchemy we're helping our clients develop their mobile strategy and create mobile applications to solve complex business problems."
The team at Mobile Alchemy is comprised of development experts from Catapult Systems and Seed Labs, who have already helped business leaders like Coldwell Banker and ESPN deliver mobile applications to millions of users worldwide. Mobile Alchemy is headquartered in Austin, Texas with additional development personnel in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Denver, Tampa and Washington, D.C.
"Mobile devices are emerging as a primary platform for business," said Todd Rogers, Seed Labs CEO. "By teaming with Catapult Systems to launch Mobile Alchemy, we're creating one of the first development teams to specialize in serving the unique needs of mobile business application creation."
Catapult Systems is a national Microsoft-focused IT consulting company. With offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Denver, Tampa and Washington, D.C., Catapult Systems offers a full spectrum of IT services including application development, software integration, managed services, and creative solutions. A Microsoft National Systems Integrator (NSI), Catapult Systems holds 10 gold and 17 silver Microsoft competencies, an accomplishment unmatched by any other Microsoft partner worldwide. For more information about Catapult Systems visit http://www.CatapultSystems.com.
About Seed Labs
Seed Labs develops mobile applications for events including festivals, fairs, sporting venues and trade shows. Utilizing a unique cross-platform mobile technology and an administrative portal to manage event data, Seed Labs enables a full event experience for end-users and event hosts across the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms. For more information about Seed Labs visit http://www.SeedLabs.com.
Catapult Systems is a trademark of Catapult Systems, Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
CorFire(TM) and InComm Partner to Deliver Mobile Commerce Solutions to Merchants
New partnership focused on merchant-branded solutions for promotions, payments and loyalty
ATLANTA, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --CorFire,the mobile commerce business of SK C&C USA and the leading innovator and global pioneer of mobile commerce solutions, announced a strategic partnership with InComm, the leader in prepaid products and an innovator in transaction processing. The partners will deploy a mobile commerce platform that will deliver promotion, loyalty, and general payment solutions to national merchants and their customers. Different from other mobile wallet platforms, the solution works within a merchant-branded environment that gives consumers a wallet experience that is tailored to the specific retailer.
The unique core of the joint offering is made possible by combining InComm's direct point of sale (POS) integration with over 225,000 retail doors and CorFire's long history with mobile commerce platforms in Korea where they currently enable 30 million transactions per day. This foundation enables a transformational approach to mobile commerce where promotions and payments can be securely linked to a consumer and individually processed. When combined with loyalty and gifting, merchants will have a fully functional application that simplifies the consumer's life. InComm and CorFire will target Phase 1 roll out in Q4 of this year.
"This partnership is a pivotal moment for our industry," said Brooks Smith, InComm's CEO. "The relationship between InComm and CorFire makes it easier for our merchants to deliver customer value, such as promotions or 'deals' that can now be linked to, and redeemed by, individual consumers."
"Big brands and national merchants have been asking for a mobile solution that can both tie to a single consumer and scale to millions," said Keith Smith, President of CorFire. "The CorFire-InComm partnership makes this a practical reality via mobile technologies that focus on the needs of the merchants and their customers."
Nick Holland, senior analyst at Yankee Group, commented on the partnership, "The partners' approach to technology will help the merchants deliver additional value to the customer as well as help the industry migrate from existing magnetic swipe technology to next generation technologies such as NFC."
InComm is the industry leading marketer, distributor and technology innovator of stored-value gift and prepaid products using its state-of-the-art point-of-sale transaction technology and payment solutions to revolutionize retail product sales and customer experiences. With $13+ billion in retail sales transactions processed in 2010, InComm is the nation's largest provider of gift cards, prepaid wireless products, reloadable debit cards, digital music downloads, content, games, software and bill payment solutions. InComm partners with consumer brand leaders around the world to provide more than 225,000 retail locations the products and services their customers demand. To learn more about InComm, visit http://www.incomm.com or call 1.800.352.3084.
CorFire, the mobile commerce business of SK C&C USA, is headquartered in Atlanta with a second office in San Francisco. Poised to lead the mobile lifestyle revolution, CorFire offers mobile technology platforms to financial institutions, mobile network operators (MNOs), payment processors, card issuers, retailers, and other technology innovators that enable delivery of mobile commerce to the mobile phone today. Its three core technology offerings include its Trusted Services Manager (TSM) platform, a robust mobile wallet platform, and a state-of-the-art suite of mobile marketing platform.
SK C&C USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of SK C&C Co., Ltd., a leading global payments technology provider and systems integration company. For more information about our mobile commerce business, please visit http://www.corfire.com.
SinglePoint(TM) strategic research portals now contain searchable information about more than 500 IT analyst conferences, webinars and podcasts
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Light (http://www.northernlight.com) today introduced "IT Analyst Events Radar", a new content set for subscribers to its SinglePoint(TM) strategic research portals. IT Analyst Events Radar provides SinglePoint users information about more than 500 conferences, webinars and podcasts produced by 80 information technology (IT) industry research firms. It augments Northern Light's unique, full-text-indexed $1 billion repository of IT industry research reports, which SinglePoint users can search comprehensively through a single query.
IT Analyst Events Radar listings include the event date, location, sponsor, title, focus area, contact information, and a link to the relevant website. All listings can be sorted and browsed within SinglePoint.
Currently, employees often don't know what events are available from the IT research firms to which their company subscribes. In many cases, analyst webinars and podcasts are free to clients of the sponsoring IT research firm. By providing a central location where employees can get information about all upcoming events, Northern Light expects utilization of these events will increase dramatically, which will benefit both the information provider and the recipient.
"We have seen from the pilot deployment of IT Analyst Events Radar that it can drive significant incremental value for an enterprise from its industry analyst subscriptions," Northern Light CEO C. David Seuss said. "One company saw its analyst interactions increase 30 percent in the first month."
Northern Light's SinglePoint strategic research portal is the only turnkey enterprise search application that provides centralized search, analysis, and access for diverse sources of internal, external, and licensed market intelligence. SinglePoint portals are used by many of the world's leading research-driven companies in IT, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, financial services and other industries for competitive intelligence and market research, strategic planning, product development, marketing, and sales. Northern Light also offers a SinglePoint "dashboard" tool, which lets organizations immediately publish specific content on time-sensitive strategic topics for audiences whose focus needs to be on tasks other than research. SinglePoint dashboards provide executives a snapshot of key information needed to make business decisions, and to stay current on developments in their company and industry sector.
About Northern Light
NorthernLight has been providing strategic research portals, business research content, and search technology to global enterprises since 1996. Northern Light's current clients include Fortune 100 market leaders in information technology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy, financial services and insurance, transportation, retailing, and electronics. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a development center in St. Petersburg, Russia, Northern Light Group LLC is a profitable, privately-held, self-funded company with more than 50 employees.
UMass Memorial Health Care Unveils Groundbreaking Integration of Online Diabetes Management and Electronic Health Record
Teams with MyCareTeam to connect patients and care providers through remote patient monitoring linked to Allscripts EHR
WORCESTER, Mass., June 28, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UMass Memorial Health Care is aiming to improve and lower the cost of diabetes care using a new approach that allows patients and their care team to better manage their health remotely. UMass Memorial, clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is the first health care provider in the United States to integrate MCT Clinical, a new web-based diabetes management system from MyCareTeam, with the Allscripts electronic health record (EHR) solution used by UMass Memorial's physicians in ambulatory settings. UMass Memorial has already enrolled more than 1,000 patients, enabling patients to upload their blood glucose meters from home or from within UMass Memorial outpatient offices - and to have that data easily added to the patient's medical record. The UMass Memorial diabetes care team has already noted significant improvements in clinic patient flow and greater efficiencies within the clinic, since blood glucose meters can be uploaded by the patient at home and all meter uploads use the same system.
By capturing and presenting patient data in an easy-to-access format that can be seen by the patient and his or her health care team, the integration of MCT Clinical and the Allscripts EHR is expected to improve long-term diabetes management, and enable collaboration among an interdisciplinary team of primary care providers, nutritionists, endocrinologists, diabetes educators and family members. Moreover, UMass Memorial providers using the integrated solutions will be able to remotely monitor their patients' health from their EHR. As a result, providers will be more intimately involved in care management and patients will receive the information and tools they can use to better self-manage their health.
"The current care delivery model of periodic patient visits to their health care providers does not lend itself to the regular, disciplined self-management and care required for successful treatment of diabetes," said David Harlan, MD, codirector of the UMass Memorial Health Care Diabetes Center of Excellence and the William and Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School. "Integrating MCT Clinical with the Allscripts EHR revolutionizes our care for patients with diabetes and provides efficiencies not previously possible. Not only is it easier and faster than other meter upload systems, but the EHR integration gives us a comprehensive view of our patients' health status and enables better population health management."
Studies indicate that diabetes patients benefit significantly from regular monitoring of simple parameters such as nutrition, glucose levels and regular intake of prescribed medications. Non-compliance with the recommended treatment regimen can lead to serious complications and costly but avoidable emergency room visits. The MCT Clinical-Allscripts EHR integration facilitates ongoing monitoring and can help patients gain greater control of their condition.
"I like knowing that when I contact them, my entire care team at UMass Memorial can now access my health records and from those records, also see my 'real time' blood glucose meter data which I can easily upload from home," said Michaella Conlon, a 17-year-old from Leominster, MA. "The fact that my care team can now access all my diabetes relevant data to advise me gives me peace of mind, and my health care team seems happy about it, too."
Michaella's parents are also pleased with the new approach. "We all feel more empowered by this new system," said Michael Conlon, Michaella's father. "It makes assisting her with the management of her diabetes so much easier."
The Allscripts-MyCareTeam integration is a part of Cornerstone, UMass Memorial's multi-year, multi-entity corporate initiative to implement common patient clinical and financial systems and to reduce variability in processes and workflows across the system.
"Managing care for patients with diabetes is truly a team effort," said Ronald Adler, MD, a family medicine physician, director of primary care practice improvement at UMass Memorial's Center for the Advancement of Primary Care and assistant professor of family medicine and community health at University of Massachusetts Medical School. "This integrated approach promotes the view that patients are the most important member of the diabetes care team and the idea that some of the most important management of diabetes occurs between visits. The opportunity to communicate efficiently between visits adds tremendous value for patients and the health care team, as it enhances quality while conserving resources. Communication through this innovative system may help resolve health care problems and avoid extra office visits."
MCT Clinical is a new software platform that was specifically integrated with the Allscripts EHR and can manage other chronic diseases besides diabetes such as weight management, blood pressure and in the future, asthma.
MCT Clinical is essentially a behavior modification tool that allows individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and their care providers to collaborate and monitor glucose levels, insulin dosage, carbohydrates consumed, exercise history and other factors known to affect glycemic control. The software allows patients to download their blood glucose readings to MCT Clinical from the vast majority of commercially available meters through a secure, HIPAA-compliant web-based application directly from any personal computer with Internet access. The data can then easily be imported and presented in the appropriate place and time within the caregiver's EHR workflow.
"We are extremely pleased to be an integral part of a revolutionary change in patient care with respect to diabetes," said Jim Mingle, chief executive officer of MyCareTeam. "MCT Clinical has been shown to improve the health of those who suffer from diabetes, and now because of its integration with the Allscripts EHR, patients and care providers will have an even tighter relationship which will result in better overall health outcomes."
"This innovative partnership demonstrates yet again UMass Memorial Health Care's leadership in finding opportunities to provide better care to their patients and include them as a part of the entire care process," said Glen Tullman, chief executive officer of Allscripts, who also serves on the International Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the world's largest research organization devoted to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. "Active self-management paired with health monitoring by a care team are two of the most critical aspects of controlling diabetes and preventing long-term complications. By integrating remote monitoring with the Electronic Health Record, we're delivering the insights that will drive improved care along with the population disease management capabilities that healthcare organizations will need to be successful in the coming age of value-driven reimbursement."
About UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with UMass Memorial Medical Center, its academic medical center, member and affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. To learn more about UMass Memorial, please visit http://www.umassmemorial.org, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About MyCareTeam, Inc.
MyCareTeam, Inc. was founded to provide software offerings that are designed to help people with diabetes, hypertension, and weight management to collaborate and manage their illness while reducing overall healthcare costs. The company's offering has been successfully used for over seven years by patients, doctors and nurses to dramatically improve the health and wellness of people with the aforementioned chronic health issues to reduce overall healthcare costs. MyCareTeam is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and the company's website is http://www.mycareteam.com
Kodak Expands Mobile Photo Printing with KODAK Pic Flick App for ANDROID OS Devices
ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ANDROID OS device owners can now print photos directly to their wireless KODAK All-in-One Printer(1) with the free KODAK Pic Flick App, available now in the ANDROID Market.
"Kodak is committed to make printing easy and more accessible in today's mobile and connected world," said Susan Tousi, General Manager, Inkjet Systems, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. "We will continue to deliver smart printing solutions that provide exceptional ink value and high quality output for the home and home office."
The KODAK Pic Flick App also enables mobile printing of photos from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or BLACKBERRY Device(2). In addition, pictures can be sent to wireless KODAK Digital Picture Frames(3).
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
(1) The KODAK Pic Flick App is compatible with the KODAK ESP 9200, 7200, 5200, C300 Series and ESP Office 6100 and 2100 Series All-in-One Printers.
(2) Compatible with iPhone (iOS 3.0 or later), iPad and iPod touch (2nd generation or later) and Wi-Fi-enabled BLACKBERRY Devices with OS 4.5 or later and ANDROID OS v2.2 or later. Printer and device must be connected to the same local area network.
(3) The KODAK Pic Flick App is compatible with any KODAK PULSE or KODAK EASYSHARE W820 / W1020 Digital Picture Frames.
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ABBYY Announces End-to-End Mobile Data Capture Solution for Enterprises Looking to Expand Mobile Channels
New Solution Leverages Company's Camera OCR and FlexiCapture Technologies to bring New Opportunities for Enterprises to Engage with Customers and Enable Their Mobile Workforce
MILPITAS, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ABBYY®, a leading provider of document recognition, document capture, and linguistic technologies and services, today announced its Mobile Data Capture Solution, ushering in a new age of time-saving convenience for consumers, and powerful opportunities for enterprises to win and retain new customers through expanded mobile channels. Integrating ABBYY's cutting edge document recognition and document capture technologies, it enables enterprises to expand the range and adoption of their services -- by turning camera-equipped mobile devices into the simplest way ever to capture, process and share data.
With embedded image processing on the device working in concert with server or cloud-based intelligent recognition and data capture, users can instantly extract information from virtually any source, including paper documents, license plates, restaurant menus, gas and water meters, street signs or packaging. From there, with two or three clicks, they can populate a wide variety of forms, update content management applications, or send information for further processing.
As Andrey Isaev, director of Technology Products Department at ABBYY, describes: "Applications based on the solution will mean that mobile devices can make many time-consuming tasks such as paying bills, ticket registration, banking and completing tax forms fast, easy and simple to accomplish."
Yet as Isaev explains, the benefits for companies can be even more profound. "By enhancing their services with a mobile channel, companies will get closer to their customers and have even more opportunities for expanding into mobile channels. For example, they can attract new groups of customers from among hundreds of millions of mobile phone users -- and then leverage entirely new ways to market and promote themselves through mobile applications that utilize the camera as a scanner. And all the while creating an internal channel for fast data exchange between their own employees and partners."
ABBYY Mobile Data Capture Solution offers a powerful way for organizations in the insurance, healthcare, banking and government sectors, to reach clients and meet their needs. With it, they can create applications for conducting financial transactions, calculating the prices of goods and services, inputting data into back-end systems (e.g. insurance claims), controlling home energy consumption, and more. "This," asserts Isaev, "provides an opportunity for organizations to extend the availability of their services, while reducing the costs associated with handling piles of documents from those they serve."
The unique advantages of the ABBYY Mobile Data Capture Solution are the result of industry-leading software technologies and professional services. ABBYY's Mobile Data Capture Solution combines the company's advanced Camera OCR(TM) (Optical Character Recognition) technology for photo processing, with intelligent FlexiCapture(TM) technology for data and document capture -- along with a wide range of ABBYY mobile technologies specifically designed for mobile devices.
And as the world's only developer of the full spectrum of core technologies for document recognition and data capture, and mobile technologies, ABBYY matches the quality of its solutions with world class support for developers and business partners.
For more information about ABBYY Mobile Data Capture Solution and the real-life applications it offers, visit http://www.abbyy.com/mobile_data_capture or contact your local ABBYY office. At the ABBYY Web site, you can also view demonstrations of applications that utilize this technology, and see how easily mobile data capture can be used to extract, integrate and process data from smartphones and tablets.
ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software, and development tools. ABBYY Language Services provides comprehensive linguistic solutions to corporate customers. Paper-intensive organizations from all over the world use ABBYY solutions to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and Montgomery County Government of the USA. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, KnowledgeLake, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world's top manufacturers such as Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, Plustek, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Cyprus, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit http://www.ABBYY.com.
ABBYY, the ABBYY Logo, FineReader, ADRT, Lingvo, FlexiCapture, Recognition Server, and PDF Transformer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ABBYY Software Ltd. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized.
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Training JumpStart Releases Its e-Learning System Version 11.2
Advances in Training JumpStart(TM) Portal Release v. 11.2 boost commercialization and online on-demand delivery for the small to medium training organization serving global enterprises
WILTON, Conn., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Training JumpStart LLC, Ltd. announced the release of major extensions and enhancements of its hosted software-as-a-service, the Training JumpStart(TM) Portal, which enables enterprises to launch a private-branded portal for producing, deploying, selling and delivering their online, on-demand testing and courses comprising any digital media created with any desktop application tools. Training offerings range from individual courses purchased a la carte to B2B online sales of learning paths.
The Training JumpStart(TM) Portal Release 11.2 offers three important new features to extend focus on the commercialization of on-demand e-learning for B2B as well as B2C commerce:
1. Management of client enterprises: payment online or offline via purchase
orders for "blocks of seats" that client enterprise coordinators can
further allocate; enterprise usage tracking, allowing clients to manage
and track their own enterprise's usage and training compliance.
2. Prerequisite enforcement, final tests and certificates are established
per training track or course.
3. Additional reports based around enterprise clients. For example, see
sample output for the Composite Company Report.
Says Grace Kraaijvander, Manager of Learning Services at SiriusDecisions (http://www.SiriusDecisions.com) -- a leading training and advisory services provider in sales and marketing, "We greatly value Training JumpStart's secure e-learning system that gives us the ability to manage enrollments and track learner usage and performance, which we can view per client enterprise. Designees at our client enterprises can similarly view portal data, but limited to their own learners."
Other 11.2 features include:
-- True streaming of training videos or narrated presentations over a
distributed server network, enable enhanced security and global
availability with high performance.
-- PDF Viewers with enhanced security that optionally disable the ability
to download, save, print or copy sensitive intellectual property.
-- More extensive reporting for portal owners regarding portal usage by
company, by user, and by course. Instructors of courses with
instructor-led components can view participant responses to pre-tests or
surveys for their own classes, while managers at the learners' client
enterprise can run reports to track usage and performance for their own
-- Learners can participate in surveys, evaluations and course ratings and
view cumulative course ratings.
-- Integrated discussion forums per course or class.
-- Site owners employ their custom training-related vocabulary and phrasing
in all user interaction by leveraging the Training JumpStart
Customizable Vocabulary facility, not only in proprietary trainingware,
but also in portal messages, captions, report headings, and specific
-- Establish training tracks/learning paths with enforcement of
Says Adam Rin, co-founder and product architect of the Training JumpStart e-learning system, "With the ability to implement fine-grained access control suiting our clients' business models and to accommodate variants of both B2B and B2C e-commerce modes, Training JumpStart powers our clients' successful training businesses." Per veteran client SiriusDecisions, "The product breadth and capabilities are impressive. Customer service is impeccable."
About Training JumpStart
Through proven software as a service, Training JumpStart (http://www.TrainingJumpStart.com) provides training organizations their hosted branded training portal, implemented in just days. Beyond mere LMS Software, Training JumpStart imports, manages and delivers any content, with robust authentication and security, with access control and/or e-commerce with individuals and with enterprises. Our clients extend their reach, packaging training for self-study or blending with live webcasts or events. Content delivery, whether internal or in the Internet marketplace, is through a secure, access-controlled portal that includes true streaming video from high-performance servers and secure PDF viewers. Expert professional services are offered for training and test design. Learn about the robust e-learning system from Training JumpStart implementing our clients' online business models for on demand delivery.
Contact: Adam Rin+1.203.762.8122 or +1.866.589.2774 | PR@TrainingJumpStart.com
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National Semiconductor Introduces Industry's First High-Voltage PMBus System Power Management and Protection ICs
High-voltage Hot Swap Controllers with Integrated System Power Measurement Improve Reliability, Enable Lower Power Consumption in Telecom Infrastructure Systems
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) today introduced two new high-voltage system power management and protection integrated circuits (ICs) with on-chip power management bus (PMBus) support. The 48V input voltage LM5066 and -48V input voltage LM5064 integrate high-performance system protection and management blocks that precisely measure, control and manage the electrical operating conditions in systems such as routers, switches and base stations. The LM5066 and LM5064 enable comprehensive system power management for improving system reliability and reducing power consumption in wired and wireless telecom infrastructure systems that operate from high-voltage system backplanes. Watch a product overview at http://bit.ly/LM5066-64Video.
National's LM5066 and LM5064 complement National's family of intelligent system protection and power management products that include the LM25066, which provides accurate power measurement, protection and control of blade servers in data centers. The LM5066 and LM5064 extend these benefits into high-voltage systems that face stringent power management challenges associated with maintaining continuous uptime in the presence of extreme voltage and power conditions.
Ethernet routers and switches are often used alongside computing servers within data centers, driving the need for the same accurate measurement and control of power flow into each card. Additionally, new wireless base stations must control and measure the power to the remote radio heads located at the top of a tower. The LM5066 and LM5064 are highly integrated ICs that meet these demands using a industry-standard PMBus interface that is software-compatible with National's entire family of system protection and management products.
The LM5066 and LM5064 provide complete subsystem power management for high-voltage systems by precisely measuring the power to each card or block while continuously protecting against damaging inrush current surges due to hot swap or transient events that damage downstream components. The new ICs leverage National's unique hot swap architecture that continuously monitors and limits both system current and power while accurately measuring power consumption and fault conditions. The ICs continuously supply the system management host with real-time power, voltage, current, temperature and fault data for each node in the system. The system management bus (SMBus) communications interface delivers this data via the PMBus protocol. The host's system diagnostic and optimization routines use the data to increase system reliability and minimize overall power consumption.
Technical Features of the LM5066 and LM5064 System Power Management and Protection ICs
The LM5066 features a voltage input range of 10V to 80V and the LM5064 operates over a range of -9V to -80V. Both ICs have selectable 25 mV/50 mV current limit thresholds for addressing a wide range of intermediate bus voltages and load currents. A measurement block measures both current and voltage at 1,000 times per second with 4.5 percent accuracy over the full temperature range. Additionally, simultaneous sampling of current and voltage provides true power measurement of the system's power consumption. The measurement block also captures the peak current and peak power and computes the average of subsystem operating parameters (Vin, Iin, Pin and Vout) over a user-programmable time frame, offloading the processing burden from an external microcontroller.
A temperature monitoring block interfaces with a low-cost external diode to measure temperature of the external MOSFET or other critical temperature source. The LM5066 and LM5064 report the status of all system parameters and fault conditions through the SMBus interface and offer individually programmable warning thresholds for all faults. This feature provides design flexibility and dynamic system protection.
All of National's systems protection and power management products use the same evaluation tool and Graphic User Interface (GUI). Watch a lab demonstration at http://bit.ly/LM5064-66Demo.
The LM5066 is available now and production quantities of the LM5064 will be available in August. Both ICs are offered in a 28-pin thermally-enhanced TSSOP package and cost $4.95 each in quantities of 1,000.
National Semiconductor is a leader in power management technology. Known for its easy-to-use analog integrated circuits and world-class supply chain, National's high-performance analog products enable its customers' systems to be more energy efficient. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.52 billion for fiscal 2011. Additional information is available at http://www.national.com.
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ProfitStars Introduces Remote Deposit Anywhere: Mobile and Flatbed Remote Deposit Capture Solution
- Hosted solution expands deposit channels and drives convenience and profitability -
MONETT, Mo., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: JKHY), a leading provider of computer systems and electronic payment solutions primarily for financial services organizations, today introduced Remote Deposit Anywhere(TM), a mobile, tablet device, and flatbed scanner remote deposit capture solution provided by its ProfitStars® division as part of its Enterprise Payment Solutions platform. This ASP solution enables financial institutions to offer retail and small business customers the option to deposit checks from a compatible smartphone, camera-enabled tablet device, or flatbed scanner.
Remote Deposit Anywhere will help banks and credit unions retain and attract new customers and members by expanding the available deposit channels. It will also drive operational efficiencies for the institutions, including reduced labor and operating costs. The hosted technology features end-to-end security and accuracy and compliance services that will be maintained and updated with changing regulations.
According to David Foss, president of ProfitStars, "Smartphone and tablet adoption has been more rapid than initially predicted and Remote Deposit Anywhere enables financial institutions of all asset sizes to meet the growing demand for enhanced consumer convenience which is inherent in these devices. It offers small companies and on-the-go individuals the ability to scan deposits from any location with a variety of devices while enhancing the efficiency and performance of financial institutions."
Remote Deposit Anywhere can complement financial institutions' existing Enterprise Payment Solutions platform or it can be implemented as a stand-alone solution. It can be customized based on business-sized and personal-sized checks, velocity preferences, and limits for mobile-based transactions and traditional deposits.
ProfitStars has a Remote Deposit Capture Knowledge Center available online at http://discover.profitstars.com/remotedepositexpert to assist customers and prospects with achieving all of the benefits of remote deposit capture. The knowledge center is an educational resource for disseminating relevant and timely information to any financial institution wanting to begin, grow, or enhance its remote deposit offering.
As a diverse, global division of Jack Henry & Associates, ProfitStars combines JHA's solid technology background with the latest breakthroughs in four performance-boosting solution groups - Financial Performance, Imaging & Payments Processing, Information Security & Risk Management, and Retail Delivery. Explore the power of ProfitStars-enhanced performance at http://www.profitstars.com.
About Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: JKHY) is a leading provider of computer systems and electronic payment solutions primarily for financial services organizations. Its technology solutions serve more than 11,200 customers nationwide, and are marketed and supported through four primary brands. Jack Henry Banking(TM) supports banks ranging from de novo to mid-tier institutions with information processing solutions. Symitar(TM) is the leading provider of information processing solutions for credit unions of all sizes. ProfitStars provides highly specialized products and services that enable financial institutions of every asset size and charter, and diverse corporate entities to mitigate and control risks, optimize revenue and growth opportunities, and contain costs. iPay Technologies operates as a leading electronic bill pay provider supporting banks and credit unions with turnkey, highly configurable retail and small business electronic payment platforms. Additional information is available at http://www.jackhenry.com.
Statements made in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking information. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking information. Specifically, there are a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by any forward-looking information. Additional information on these and other factors, which could affect the Company's financial results, are included in its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings on Form 10-K, and potential investors should review these statements. Finally, there may be other factors not mentioned above or included in the Company's SEC filings that may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information.
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GarrettCom Introduces Gigabit Switch to Support Complex, Data-Heavy Industrial Networking Applications
Magnum 12KX Layer 3 Switch Supports Smart Grid, Security and Surveillance, and other Critical Industrial Network Applications
FREMONT, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GarrettCom®, Inc. today introduced its first Gigabit-only switch with 16 combo ports for copper and/or fiber ports and optional Layer 3 switching software. The Magnum(TM) 12KX Gigabit Managed Switch, with advanced bandwidth capacity, is a workhorse backbone switch with applications in all four of GarrettCom's target markets: power utilities, surveillance and security, transportation, and heavy industry. With Layer 3 switching capability, based on high-performance routing using Layer 3 addressing information, the 12KX will more rapidly route large amounts of data in applications using complex networking techniques such as VLANs or multicast routing strategies.
"The 12KX Gigabit Managed Switch is the third major product introduced this year as we roll out our next generation of networking devices targeted to meet the demands of data-intensive industrial applications such as Smart Grid substation networks," said Lee House, GarrettCom General Manager. "Our relationship with Belden Inc., has enabled us to step up the pace of technology deliverables as we target the increasingly sophisticated and challenging network applications resulting from the explosion of IP-enabled industrial devices."
The GarrettCom Magnum 12KX Gigabit Managed Switch can be used in combination with Magnum 10KT Managed Switches and Magnum 10ETS Managed Terminal Servers, both announced earlier this year, to allow network architects to create industrial networks encompassing features such as precision time synchronization, high-availability Layer 2 and Layer 3 devices, serial and Ethernet connectivity, and routing flexibility such as full wire-speed IPV4 Routing Information Protocol (RIP) or Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol.
The Magnum 12KX Switch is substation hardened, able to withstand some of the most grueling industrial environments with high EMI, extended temperature range and significant atmospheric contamination. It has a non-blocking switching fabric to provide wire-speed performance on all ports, has an option to configure four ports for PoE, uses sealed-box convection cooling, and has optional single or dual internal power supplies. The 12KX switch can be synchronized via SNTP or IEEE 1588 v2 precision timing, the latter of which ensures accuracy within 30 ns on all ports. It addresses a variety of applications with environmental certifications including IEC 61850 and RoHS compliancy, and has low voltage DC as well as worldwide AC/DC voltage power input options.
-- Power utilities will appreciate the 12KX for its ability to serve as a
smart grid backbone switch to aggregate the increasingly large amounts
of data generated by AMR (automated meter reading), demand response and
other smart grid applications.
-- Surveillance and security applications can leverage the 12KX's Gb
performance, PoE option, long-distance fiber connectivity options, and
multicast routing and management protocols such as DVMRP, PIM-DM, IGMP
and IGMP-L2 to aggregate large amounts of streaming video traffic.
-- Transportation applications, such as Intelligent Traffic Systems, and
applications in heavy industry can leverage the same 12KX backbone
switch capabilities used by surveillance and security applications to
manage data in traffic control centers and industrial plant, military,
or site operations centers.
Magnum 12KX specifications
The GarrettCom Magnum 12KX Gigabit Managed Switch provides 16 combo ports with built-in small-form-factor pluggable (SFP) ports--allowing a choice of fixed 10/100/1000 BASE-TX connectivity or fiber SFPs, and has a temperature rating of -40° C to +85° C. For a complete technical description of the Magnum 12KX, please access the data sheet by visiting http://www.garrettcom.com/techsupport/hardware/datasheets/12kxds.pdf
GarrettCom, Inc., Fremont, Calif., is a leading provider of industrial networking products for specialty and stressed applications with business locations in North America, Europe and India. GarrettCom specializes in mission-critical, customizable, and durable products for extreme conditions. It offers premium industrial and substation-hardened networking products such as managed or unmanaged switches, multi-protocol routers, Ethernet(TM) and serial media converters, terminal servers, cellular wireless, and serial communications. GarrettCom also offers software capabilities in the areas of cyber security, physical security, and fault-tolerance for high-availability industrial networking solutions. The company has diversified sales channels with a premier customer base, including 75 percent of the top 100 power utilities in North America and top-tier industrial system integrators worldwide. GarrettCom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Belden Inc.
GarrettCom is a registered trademark and Magnum is a trademark of GarrettCom, Inc. Ethernet is a trademark of Xerox Corp. Belden is a registered trademark of Belden Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - FUJIFILM Canada Inc. today
introduced the Instax Mini 50S, the perfect summertime accessory to
capture every moment with beautiful, high quality instant photo
prints. The newest addition to the popular Instax family, the Instax
Mini 50S uses Instax Mini Instant Film to produce credit card sized
photo prints that can be snapped anywhere and developed instantly, for
a retro take on sharing memories on-the-spot with friends and family
Sleek and compact with a shiny black finish, the Instax Mini 50S is
feature-packed for creative photo taking, including two shutter release
buttons placed on the front and side of the camera for portrait or
landscape prints. It also has a handy self-timer that takes one or two
pictures at once - one for you and one for a friend; and a blank strip
at the bottom of each print provides space to write a message capturing
the fun of the moment.
"Holding a printed photo in your hands to relive a memory is a different
experience than viewing them on a computer screen or cellphone," says
Melinda Liberatore, product manager, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM Canada
Inc. "In today's digital world, the Instax Mini 50S revives the
nostalgia and fun of taking and sharing printed photos that can quickly
become treasured keepsakes."
Other features include:
-- Macro lens for close-up shots up to 30cm away
-- Intelligent flash for brighter backgrounds
-- Exposure indicator display
-- Brightness control to lighten or darken photos
-- Tripod mount
-- Shiny black finish
-- MSRP: $129.99
Instax Mini Instant Film:
-- ISO 800 film speed (20 exposures)
-- Glossy finish
-- Sharp, clear reproduction
-- Vivid color and natural skin tones
-- Film size: 2" x 3" image area: 1.8" x 2.4"
-- MSRP: $19.99
-- Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S and Instax Mini Instant Film are
currently at Amazon.ca, Black's, Henrys, London Drugs, and
other photo retailers across Canada.
-- It is also available on the Fujifilm e-store http://www.fujifilmestore.ca.
To learn more about the Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S Instant Film Camera and
Instax Mini Instant Film, or any of Fujifilm's entire line-up of
instant film solutions, visit http://www.fujifilm.ca/instax.
FUJIFILM Canada Inc. is a subsidiary company of FUJIFILM North America
Corporation. Fujifilm Canada is based in Mississauga Ontario, with
regional offices in Montreal and Vancouver. A leader in the
distribution of technologies that provide the backbone for
state-of-the-art Imaging, Graphic Arts, Photofinishing, Recording Media
and Motion Picture products, Fujifilm Canada stands proud as a proven
solutions-provider. For more information, visit http://www.fujifilm.ca.
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM
Corporation, consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary
company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial
photographic products and services including film, one-time-use
cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing
equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer
digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture
film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services
to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides
binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television,
videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM
Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more
information, please visit http://www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to http://www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct
from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at http://www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous
innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries,
including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical
systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and
office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine
chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the
top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in
the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*.
Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate
citizenship. For more information, please visit http://www.fujifilmholdings.com.
*At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.
All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their
SOURCE FUJIFILM Canada Inc.
FUJIFILM Canada Inc.
CONTACT: Celine Rouzaud MSL Canada
New Module Development, Cloud enablement and easier Customer Rollout are
just a few ways Independent Software Vendors can reinvent their legacy
product and stay ahead of their market
VANCOUVER, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Make Technologies, a leading provider
of legacy application modernization technologies and solutions, today
announced the launch of its innovative Make Technologies ISV Suite for
independent software vendors. ISV Suite includes everything a software
company needs to reinvent its products and stay ahead in its market.
Many software vendors have built their products on legacy platforms that
are as much as 25 years old. This makes it difficult to improve their
feature sets, integrate with other products and to take advantage of
modern technologies such as cloud and mobile. As a result, these
vendors are losing market share to more nimble competitors that are
better able to embrace cutting-edge technologies. These vendors have a
critical choice to make: rejuvenate legacy platforms through a
modernization initiative or face market share erosion.
With the Make Technologies ISV Suite, independent software vendors can
revitalize their product offerings and give their customers all the
advantages of a modern technology stack. With ISV Suite, vendors get:
-- Cloud enablement: to transform the way products are delivered
to customers by creating a cloud-ready software package
-- Rich user experience: to provide easy-to-use interfaces in a
variety of environments, including mobile devices, to
streamline user training and improve productivity.
-- Global reach: to increase market coverage by adding full
internationalization and improved extensibility.
The Make Technologies ISV Suite uses TLM® 6, the proven modernization
platform, to cover the three key components of the product
1. Application re-architecture: Make Technologies conducts an
in-depth analysis of every aspect of a legacy product; including
functionality, source code and data structures. Next we help
determine which functionality can be slimmed down, reused or
eliminated as the product transitions to a modern architecture.
Make Technologies ensures valuable intellectual property built up
in the code base over time is safely retained while still adopting
a new state-of-the-art, cloud-enabled platform.
2. New module development: ISVs can leverage Make Technologies' TLM
Application Design and Collaboration tools to define and build the
new features and modules of the modernized product. This allows
software vendors to deliver the improvements their customers have
been asking for at a fraction of the cost of traditional
approaches while ensuring that the new functionality is seamlessly
integrated with the modernized functionality.
3. Customer roll-out: Make Technologies provides the tools needed to
automatically and smoothly upgrade an ISV's customers to its
modernized system. ISVs can use Make Technologies' TLM Code and
Data Analysis products to identify not just custom modifications
to source code but also the business impact of those changes. TLM
Data Migration uses the transformation rules created during
modernization to automatically migrate customer data to the
"To keep pace with changing customer needs, every independent software
vendor needs to add new features and improve the functionality of their
products," says Bill Bergen, President and CEO of Make Technologies.
"The only way to do this is through a highly scalable, modernized
architecture. The Make Technologies ISV Suite lets you leapfrog your
competition and set a new standard in your market."
A hosted webinar about the Make Technologies ISV Suite will be presented
on Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 8:30am PDT. Registration available by
About Make Technologies
Make Technologies is a leading global provider of legacy modernization
software and services. Founded in 1999 and based in Vancouver, BC, Make
Technologies has helped customers in a broad range of industries,
including finance, healthcare, insurance, natural resources,
distribution, communications and government. Make Technologies is a
trusted brand in enterprise legacy-modernization initiatives, with
partners including Deloitte®, Oracle® and IBM®.
- New Module Development, Cloud enablement and easier Customer Rollout
are just a few ways Independent Software Vendors can reinvent their legacy
product and stay ahead of their market
Make Technologies, a leading provider of legacy application
modernization technologies and solutions, today announced the launch of its
innovative Make Technologies ISV Suite for independent software vendors. ISV
Suite includes everything a software company needs to reinvent its products
and stay ahead in its market.
Many software vendors have built their products on legacy platforms that
are as much as 25 years old. This makes it difficult to improve their
feature sets, integrate with other products and to take advantage of modern
technologies such as cloud and mobile. As a result, these vendors are losing
market share to more nimble competitors that are better able to embrace
cutting-edge technologies. These vendors have a critical choice to make:
rejuvenate legacy platforms through a modernization initiative or face
market share erosion.
With the Make Technologies ISV Suite, independent software vendors can
revitalize their product offerings and give their customers all the
advantages of a modern technology stack. With ISV Suite, vendors get:
- Cloud enablement: to transform the way products are
delivered to customers by creating a cloud-ready software package
- Rich user experience: to provide easy-to-use interfaces in a
variety of environments, including mobile devices, to streamline user
training and improve productivity.
- Global reach: to increase market coverage by adding full
internationalization and improved extensibility.
The Make Technologies ISV Suite uses TLM(R) 6, the proven modernization
platform, to cover the three key components of the product modernization
1) Application re-architecture: Make Technologies conducts an
in-depth analysis of every aspect of a legacy product; including
functionality, source code and data structures. Next we help determine
which functionality can be slimmed down, reused or eliminated as the
product transitions to a modern architecture. Make Technologies ensures
valuable intellectual property built up in the code base over time is
safely retained while still adopting a new state-of-the-art,
2) New module development: ISVs can leverage Make Technologies'
TLM Application Design and Collaboration tools to define and build the
new features and modules of the modernized product. This allows software
vendors to deliver the improvements their customers have been asking for
at a fraction of the cost of traditional approaches while ensuring that
the new functionality is seamlessly integrated with the modernized
3) Customer roll-out: Make Technologies provides the tools needed
to automatically and smoothly upgrade an ISV's customers to its
modernized system. ISVs can use Make Technologies' TLM Code and Data
Analysis products to identify not just custom modifications to source
code but also the business impact of those changes. TLM Data Migration
uses the transformation rules created during modernization to
automatically migrate customer data to the rearchitected system.
"To keep pace with changing customer needs, every independent software
vendor needs to add new features and improve the functionality of their
products," says Bill Bergen, President and CEO of Make Technologies. "The
only way to do this is through a highly scalable, modernized architecture.
The Make Technologies ISV Suite lets you leapfrog your competition and set a
new standard in your market."
A hosted webinar about the Make Technologies ISV Suite will be presented
on Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 8:30am PDT. Registration available by visiting http://maketechnologies.com/news/
About Make Technologies
Make Technologies is a leading global provider of legacy modernization
software and services. Founded in 1999 and based in Vancouver, BC, Make
Technologies has helped customers in a broad range of industries, including
finance, healthcare, insurance, natural resources, distribution,
communications and government. Make Technologies is a trusted brand in
enterprise legacy-modernization initiatives, with partners including
Deloitte(R), Oracle(R) and IBM(R).
2011 Copyright(c) Make Technologies Inc. Transformational Legacy
Modernization (TLM(R)) is a registered trademark of Make Technologies in the
U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks
referenced are the property of their respective owners.
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Southern Comfort Showcases Night Out Through Social Content Hub
Follows Launch of Summer Media Buy for Popular Bar Call SoCo Lime
LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Comfort launched a social content hub today synthesizing all digital and offline activities to drive awareness and fuel consumer conversations around the brand. The hub is organized around how consumers plan their night out, with the popular bar call SoCo Lime and Southern Comfort Lime flavor extension taking the creative lead.
"If you look at night out with friends, there's a cyclical flow from planning to partying to rehashing all of the memorable moments," said Lena DerOhannessian, U.S. Marketing Director, Southern Comfort. "Whether it's posting on Facebook to find out what everyone is doing that night, tweeting about the shot you just drank with your friends or posting a picture of the tall stack of pancakes you just took down, people socialize their nights out in their own personal way."
The hub resides in user-friendly formats on three key consumer communications platforms: the Southern Comfort Facebook page where the brand and its community actively engage with one another; SouthernComfort.com where consumers go to for brand information; and a scaled down version on the brand's mobile site where it travels with the consumer. Much like an element of a digital buy, the SoCo Lime creative will also take over both SouthernComfort.com and the mobile site for the duration of the buy.
The activities highlighted include:
Pass a Shot: Fans can pass a virtual shot of SoCo Lime to their friends.
Digital Content Partners:The Onion®, Pandora® and ESPN interactive custom content can be seen. The Pandora® station is available across all versions of the hub.
SoCo on the Scene: SoCo is tweeting updates about the nightlife areas where promo teams will be appearing in select markets.
SoCo Summer Social: Every Friday from 3-9 p.m. at the Southern Comfort Facebook page, fans have the opportunity to receive a $3-$11 rebate (where legal) once they've opted in to the SoCo Summer Social application.
Summer Sweeps: For the 101 days of summer, fans have a chance to win a branded prize every day, including a trip to New Orleans.
Out and About with SoCo: This photo gallery features the action from Southern Comfort promotions.
Recipes: Users scroll through delicious Southern Comfort Lime summer drink recipes with the ability like, share and comment.
Thirsty Thursday: This existing SMS CRM program delivers a new Southern Comfort recipe every Thursday to the consumer's mobile phone.
The activity hub follows the launch of the new TV and digital media buy featuring Southern Comfort Lime creative that ran with great success last fall. Appearing through July, the creative leverages both the Southern Comfort Lime ready-to-drink product launched last year and the brand's birthplace of New Orleans.
The TV buy is on local networks and has been extended digitally via the video ad network Tremor Media. The Southern Comfort Lime creative is also featured digitally on Facebook, ESPN, Pandora® and The Onion®.
The Onion® features the custom Nightlife section hosting relevant video content, promoting the custom Southern Comfort "Guide to Gettin' After It" app designed to send consumer calls to action throughout the night, and releasing original "Living Life to the Fullest" tips.
Pandora® features a branded interactive station where users can decide what type of playlist they want to listen to based on their mood. The station has a custom skin and includes a :15 Southern Comfort Lime pre-roll spot.
The ESPN partnership is focused during the 3-9 p.m. time period around the sponsorship Major League Baseball previews and ownership of breaking news, analysis and highlights for all sports.
"We only scratched the surface when we ran the SoCo Lime commercials last fall," said DerOhannessian. "We are tapping into consumers interests - music, comedy and sports - to fuel conversation around the brand. Integrating our partners into the hub magnifies the sharable content and the brand itself."
Southern Comfort Lime is available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $16.99 for the 750ml size.
About Southern Comfort
Southern Comfort®, a fruit, spice, and whiskey flavored liqueur, was created in New Orleans by bartender M.W. Heron in 1874. Today, it is enjoyed by friends in over 100 countries around the world and continues to grow as an icon brand. Please visit us at SoCopressroom.com, SouthernComfort.com and facebook.com/southerncomfort.
Concur Announces That Business Travel Itineraries From Any Source Can Now Be Delivered Directly Into Concur Expense Reports
TripIt Pro integration provides greater visibility for both managed and unmanaged travel programs, and simplifies the end-to-end process for companies and their employees
REDMOND, Wash., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management services, today announced the availability of deep integration between TripIt Pro and Concur's industry-leading expense reporting solutions. Now, any Concur corporate client can enable TripIt Pro to deliver business travel itinerary data - no matter where that travel is booked - directly into their employee expense reports. In addition to providing companies with enhanced visibility into business travel spend, this integration gives any company - even those with lightly managed or unmanaged travel programs - the power to link travel and expense with zero disruption to their current approach to travel procurement.
"Concur pioneered expense report automation and continues to innovate, enabling more and more companies around the world to enjoy the benefits of integrating travel and expense management through an open platform," said Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur. "Thousands of Concur clients already enjoy one integrated travel booking and expense reporting experience. Now, by leveraging the power of the Concur Connect Platform to integrate TripIt Pro with Concur's automated expense reporting, it's possible for companies of any size - and any style of travel management - to have complete visibility into all of their travel spend. For the first time, companies can now leverage itinerary data from any source and then apply robust policies and sophisticated workflow - all through one seamless solution."
Concur already automatically sends travel data for Concur Travel customers, whether booked on-line or directly through their travel management company (TMC), to TripIt accounts, so business travelers can have all their travel plans in one place. Now, Concur clients can have all their business travel itinerary data - whether booked through Concur, the TMC, or through another source - automatically available for import into their employees' expense reports. Employees get the benefits of having the expense report auto-created with the combination of itinerary data and card charges.
The quickest way for any managed travel program to integrate travel and expense
For established travel programs, the integration of TripIt Pro with Concur expense reporting enables companies to gain greater visibility into all of their travel spend. Best of all, since TripIt Pro captures itinerary data from any source, companies can use any method of travel procurement to integrate their travel booking data directly into the expense reporting process - giving them greater visibility and insight into their travel spend.
And for organizations that require even deeper integration, Concur's most comprehensive travel and expense management solution comes complete with the power of Smart Expenses(TM) - Concur's unique capability to match travel booking information with credit card charges and electronic receipts to create a secure system of checks and balances. And by adding the unique capabilities of TripIt Pro, clients with a managed program that use Concur's travel and expense solutions now have even greater visibility to leakage issues. With Concur's reporting, travel managers will be able to distinguish between trips booked through Concur Travel, the TMC telephonically, or booked outside the program, giving them greater insights.
A revolution for SMBs and unmanaged travel programs
Concur Breeze and TripIt Pro is the first truly integrated travel and expense management solution geared specifically for small businesses. Concur's new offering automatically creates expense reports from the traveler's itineraries by seamlessly linking TripIt Pro's comprehensive itinerary capabilities with the easy-to-use expense reporting of Concur Breeze. In doing so, this solution now makes many of the benefits of a managed travel program available to any small business, even those that would like to continue to enjoy the flexibility of an 'unmanaged' approach to travel procurement. And with the combined capabilities of both TripIt Pro and Concur Breeze, users can organize travel plans, get instant flight alerts with alternative flight options, and enjoy a long list of exclusive features not available through any other expense management solution - online or on their favorite mobile device.
Concur® is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur's easy-to-use web-based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control costs and save time. Learn more at http://www.concur.com.
TripIt®, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur® (Nasdaq: CNQR), makes millions of travelers' lives easier by automatically organizing all travel information into one place - no matter where you book. Simply forward travel confirmation emails to email@example.com and TripIt automagically combines transportation, accommodation, dining and entertainment reservations from over 3,000 sites into a smart itinerary you can access on a smartphone, in your calendar, and online - and share with others. For even greater peace of mind while traveling, TripIt Pro is a premium service that acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps you constantly informed on flight status, alternate flights, and more; organizes all your frequent traveler information in one place; and can save you money with alerts on flight refunds. TripIt for Business is a newer, smarter way for companies to easily organize and plan employee travel in a fast, efficient way that makes everyone involved with office travel happier. For more information, please visit http://www.tripit.com and follow @TripIt at http://twitter.com/tripit.
CONTACT: Stefanie Fricke, Weber Shandwick, +1-425-452-5468, SFricke@WeberShandwick.com, for Concur
Electronic Cigarette Starter Kits Now Carry New Technology
Touted as the best alternative to tobacco since people started using tobacco, the e cigarette continues to grow in popularity among smokers
NEW JOHNSONVILLE, Tenn., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Even among false accusations by the anti-smoking establishment, the vapor cigarette that makes up the electronic cigarette starter kit is growing in popularity on a daily basis, but the growth may be due in part to the new technology that e cigarette or vapor cigarette companies are releasing to the public.
Just three short years ago, the e cigarette was in its infancy and there were still quality issues with the batteries, atomizers and other components, like the sensor chips that activate the atomizer when a smoker draws on it.
Now, after years of growing popularity, most of the top e cigarette companies have completed research and development on the products. They have been making them last longer, perform under more stressful conditions, and still handle the heat at over twice the rate that they were able to handle just three years ago.
The vapor cigarette industry has improved the electronic cigarette starter kit by improving the batteries, longevity of the atomizers and regulated the vapor to a more consistent level.
The problem is that there are still a huge amount of e cigarette companies that have not stepped up to the newer technology and are offering the old technology, hurting the industry by causing undue customer returns and unhappy customers.
It has been advised by many industry professionals to check out a few e cigarette reviews to make sure you are buying from a legitimate dealer or retailer with the most up-to-date products so that they are indeed getting the latest and greatest technology that is available in the e cigarette industry.
E Cigarette Junction is an e cigarette review website that endorses only top quality and modernized electronic cigarettes and the companies that produce them.
Radiall Introduces the First Easy-to-Use Composite BNC 75 ohm HDTV Connectors
Ideal for studio-quality broadcast production to video conferencing equipment
CHANDLER, Ariz., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Radiall USA, Inc. is proud to introduce the first to market lightweight and easy-to-use composite BNC 75 ohm HDTV connector to its offering of affordable HDTV BNC series for studio-quality broadcast production to video conferencing equipment applications.
Radiall's new technologically advanced true 75 ohm BNC HDTV connector features an easy-to-use two-piece design that makes it easy to crimp on the cable. This new connector can handle data rates up to 3 Gbps or higher while meeting or exceeding SMPTE 292M and 424M standards. The gold plated center and outer contacts provide excellent electrical performance with a frequency range of up to 6 GHz, and a low return loss of -32 dB at 3 GHz. In addition, it has a minimum of 1000 mating cycles for guaranteed durability in the field.
It comes in a wide variety of colors for signal cable identification and its special curved interface composite material design with positioning marks makes it easy and fast to connect and disconnect from the rear in high-density and recessed bulkhead applications. The connectors are also perfectly matched to high-performance HD cables.
For further information on BNC 75 ohm HDTV connectors, please contact a Radiall sales representative, distributor or visit http://www.radiall.com.
Radiall USA, Inc., Chandler, Arizona, is a global manufacturer of leading edge interconnect solutions. The company offers an extensive range of RF coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, coaxial switches, fiber optic and microwave components, multipin connectors and more. Radiall has sales offices and subsidiaries throughout the world, R&D in the U.S, Europe and China, along with manufacturing facilities strategically located in the U.S., Mexico, India, and China. http://www.radiall.com.
RF Products Marketing Manager
Radiall USA, Inc.
Tel: 203-776-2813 x107
MarCom Mgr & Corporate Com Coordinator
Radiall USA, Inc.
Enhanced Search and Personalization Features Added to Realtor.com® Android App
CAMPBELL, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Realtor.com is adding its signature Area Scout and 'My Real Estate' experience to its Android app, giving Android users a more powerful and personalized real estate search experience. Launched and available today by Move, Inc., (NASDAQ: MOVE), the leader in online real estate, other key enhancements on the Realtor.com Android app include a new home screen to find recent searches and saved listings faster, enhanced contact features that make staying in touch with agents easier, and instant access to all nearby open house events within one to 20 miles of a user's location.
Realtor.com mobile apps deliver the largest and most accurate collection of online property listings with more than 80 percent of all property listings updated every 15 minutes and the remaining updated every one to 24 hours.
Today, 13 properties are viewed every second on a Realtor.com mobile app including the Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and iPad. In May, more than 1 million active Realtor.com mobile app users viewed 35.6 million homes on Realtor.com, a 33.5 percent increase in home views in one month. In the past three months, active users of Realtor.com mobile apps have increased by 40.7 percent and user outreach to agents while using a Realtor.com mobile app has increased 24.3 percent
Key benefits to Android users resulting from today's Realtor.com Android app update include:
-- Know the list prices in a neighborhood at a glance anywhere in the U.S.
with Area Scout. It's fast and allows users to see the list price of all
homes in a neighborhood down to street levels. Tap the list price icon
and a listing detail bubble instantly appears on the map surfacing the
street address, number of bedrooms and number of bathrooms. Tap again
and the user is taken to the listing's detail page.
-- Personalize your search with addition of the "My Real Estate"
experience. As a result, Android users can instantly access 'My
Listings', 'My Saved Searches' and 'My Recent Searches' by using one
easy-to-find icon visible throughout the app. Once stored, these
searches and listings are available via each user's personal Realtor.com
account on a desk top and on all Realtor.com mobile brand apps. Users
can also sort, refine or filter search results according to what's
important to them - price, distance, square footage. Users can also
create new searches for homes or open houses based on their location,
MLS ID number, by city, state, or street.
-- Staying Connected with an agent from each listing detail page via email
to ask questions or to schedule a tour is now effortless for Realtor.com
Android app users. Android users can now also store their agent's
contact details within the app so it's easier to send notes, comments
and ratings about properties to your agent without having to enter their
email address each time. In addition, users can now select email
addresses from their phone's contact list with one tap and listings are
instantly forwarded for sharing and consideration with your friends,
family or agent.
"Realtor.com is committed to giving people the tools and connections they need to buy and sell homes with the technology that meets their lifestyle. By continually updating all of our apps so they deliver the power of Realtor.com anywhere and at any time, buyers and agents can remain better connected and more productive together," said Realtor.com President, Errol Samuelson. "Through mobile, Realtor.com is helping turn what once was a lengthy process into literally a matter of hours or days. To say we're excited about where our mobile technology is taking us would be an understatement. We expect these updates and those planned later this year will continue to evolve property search."
In February 2011, the Realtor.com Android mobile app was the only real estate search app showcased at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the world's largest mobile exhibition and congress. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA Mobile World Congress unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators and 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.
Move, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE) is the leader in online real estate with over 15.5 million monthly visitors (1) to its online network of websites. Move, Inc. operates: Move.com, a leading destination for information on new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden and home finance; REALTOR.com®, the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®; MortgageMatch.com, Moving.com; SeniorHousingNet; ListHub; and TOP PRODUCER Systems. Move, Inc. is based in Campbell, California.
REALTOR.com®, where the world shops for real estate online, is operated by Move, Inc., (NASDAQ: MOVE) and is the official Web site of the National Association of REALTORS®. Ranked as the #1 homes-for-sale site, REALTOR.com® currently offers potential home buyers access to over four million property listings, as well as the most brokers and agents. It also provides REALTORS® and the home sellers they represent with the Internet's largest real estate marketplace, reaching more than 12.7 million consumers in May 2011 (2). Agents and companies have the power to customize REALTOR.com® resources to maximize their brand and productivity.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management's view of Move's future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Move, its subsidiaries, divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Move files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Move's future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Move cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Move expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
(1) internal mobile metric reports - March 2011 to May 2011
(2) comScore report - May 2011
SOURCE Move, Inc.
CONTACT: Jennifer.DuBois@move.com, +1-805-557-3087, or Julia.Reynolds@move.com, +1-805-557-3080, or Danielle Ferris, +1-415-844-6272, Move@accesspr.com
ViewCast Announces General Availability of Standalone VMp Live Module for Managing Live Video and Events
Independent VMp Live software module enables advanced digital media management capabilities
PLANO, Texas, June 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- ViewCast Corporation (OTCBB: VCST), a developer of industry-leading solutions for the transformation, management and delivery of digital media over enterprise, broadband and mobile networks, today announced the immediate availability of the standalone version of VMp Live, a software module that is part of the ViewCast Media Platform (VMp(TM)) suite of products. VMp Live can now be purchased as a standalone product, to independently manage streaming media devices, or as an add-on to ViewCast's rack-mountable Niagara® 7500 series and Niagara PRO II streaming media appliances. It offers an easy to use, cost-effective solution for organizations seeking to schedule and manage their live video events.
"VMp Live extends the capabilities of our Niagara line of streaming appliances, and provides our customers with a cost-effective means of automating, scheduling and delivering live events across the enterprise, or across the web," said ViewCast President and CEO Dave Stoner. "Customers may choose to deploy VMp Live as a stand-alone video event management solution, or they may use it together with our VMp Portal and Production modules for complete media management capabilities."
VMp Live capabilities include:
-- The ability to remotely control any number of video appliances while
centralizing and automating basic tasks, such as start/stop encoding,
assigning encoding profiles, and recording live feeds.
-- A comprehensive event planning guide to easily create a programming
-- An intuitive web-based calendar to schedule, capture and deliver live
video events to viewers anywhere on a private network or the public
-- Ability to manage multiple encoders and profiles in each managed device.
-- Performs functions manually or automatically based on pre-defined user
Comprised of the VMp Portal, VMp Live and VMp Production modules, VMp provides a unified platform for collecting, managing, sharing and publishing media content to help organizations leverage the power of digital media. Supporting online video publishing, live video streaming, video on-demand and digital asset management, VMp enables users to streamline and automate complex video production processes, enhance collaboration and maximize efficiencies across the enterprise. VMp's modular architecture affords users the flexibility to choose the modules that address their unique requirements, and provides users with the flexibility to evolve their VMp implementations as business needs, objectives and applications change.
ViewCast develops industry-leading hardware and software for the transformation, management and delivery of professional quality video over broadband, enterprise and mobile networks. ViewCast's award-winning solutions simplify the complex workflows required for the Web-based streaming of news, sports, music, and other video content to computers and mobile devices, empowering broadcasters, businesses, and governments to easily and effectively reach and expand their audiences. With more than 400,000 video capture cards deployed globally, ViewCast sets the standard in the streaming media industry. ViewCast Niagara® streaming appliances, Osprey® video capture cards and VMp(TM) video management systems provide the highly reliable technology required to deliver the multi-platform experiences driving today's digital media market.
ViewCast (http://www.viewcast.com) is headquartered in Plano, Texas, USA, with sales and distribution channels located globally.
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Scalado's Advanced Imaging Software Now Included in More Than 900 Million Mobile Devices
Scalado now controls a third of the total market for mobile imaging, after increasing its market share by more than 45 percent in 2010
LUND, Sweden, June 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Scalado [http://www.scalado.com/display/en/Home ], the world-leading
provider of high-performance imaging technologies, applications and services,
has today announced that its advanced imaging software is now included in
more than 900 million devices globally. With its highly advanced capturing,
viewing, editing, searching and sharing capabilities, Scalado's software is
now finally bringing the full-featured digital camera experience to the
world's most popular mobile devices.
Scalado's software was included in an additional 350 million units in
2010, and is expected to be included in further 500 million units in 2011,
as a result of new strategic agreements with several high-profile platform
and OEM manufacturers. As a result, Scalado will soon have its software
included in more than 1 billion camera phones and other mobile devices.
"By solving all of the most common problems and frustrations associated
with mobile imaging, we are rapidly improving and redefining the way in
which memories are captured, viewed, edited, searched and shared - anywhere,
at any time, and on any screen" says Fadi Abbas, CMO/VP BizDev and
Co-founder of Scalado. "This means that end-users can capture their
experiences very quickly and easily, just as they would with a high-end
digital camera and share them with the ease, most commonly associated with
leading social media platforms".
Founded in 2000, Scalado is a world leader in the mobile imaging
industry, thanks to a long history of developing innovative
platform-independent imaging solutions. Based on Scalado's unique Random
Access JPEG and more than 50 patent and patent pending technologies, these
innovations are currently being used by the world's leading global telecom
and platform players in over 900 million devices to date, a figure that is
rapidly growing towards 1 billion devices.
Scalado is headquartered in Lund, Sweden, and has regional commercial
and development facilities in USA, Korea, China (mainland), Taiwan, Hong
Kong, Singapore and Japan. For any inquiries, please visit http://www.scalado.com
Company Contact (Scalado)
Fadi Abbas, CMO/VP BizDev and Co-founder, Scalado
New Application Platform Lets Developers Create and Distribute Beautiful, Always-on Desktop Apps Using HTML5
The Pokki platform modernizes the desktop by giving users the same rich, always-on application experience that they've come to expect from mobile and tablet devices. Pokki offers real-time notifications allowing users to stay connected beyond the confines of the browser. Pokki also comes with a built-in store so users can easily discover new apps and instantly install them on their desktops with one click.
For web developers, Pokki makes it easier than ever to create desktop apps using the latest and most powerful web technologies, combining the speed of the web with the immediacy and convenience of the desktop. With a built-in distribution channel through the Pokki store, developers can better reach and engage their users, thanks to prominent placement on the desktop and constant connectivity.
"The desktop is the largest, yet ironically, the most ignored technology ecosystem on the planet, and our goal is to give developers and users something they don't have today; a standards-based platform to create and enjoy beautiful, connected applications on the desktop," said Darrius Thompson, co-founder and CEO of SweetLabs, the company behind Pokki. "Pokki combines the connectivity of the web experience with the elegance and simplicity of the app experience users love. We look forward to seeing what developers create for the platform."
Roke Launches World's First Wide Area Military Communications Base Station
ROMSEY, England, June 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Roke Manor Research today launches 'Battlefield Connect
[http://www.roke.co.uk/battlefieldconnect ]', a portable wireless broadband
base station which creates a private communications network for military
tactical deployments, whilst significantly enhancing spectrum use.
The Battlefield Connect evaluation system is the world's first portable
3G base station to have up to a 40km range, more than 40,000 times the area
covered by other similar devices. This extends the communications range
where no local infrastructure exists on military deployments, such as peace
keeping, special operations and assistance to population roles.
By providing a self contained dedicated 3G network, Battlefield Connect
achieves efficient spectrum access, supporting high bandwidth communications
such as streaming video from UAVs or imagery and biometric exchange, as well
as simultaneous voice communications, Internet access and texting. It is
also fully interoperable with the existing military command infrastructure.
Battlefield Connect is rapidly deployable. Once the base station is
switched on, mobile phones with the private network's SIM card work
immediately. This is an extremely cost effective and lightweight solution as
no specialist handset is required, negating the need for training and
reducing the soldier weight burden.
Battlefield Connect is also the first to support full mobility at speeds
of up to 120 kilometres per hour, allowing effective communications between
both static users, fast moving ground vehicles and UAVs.
James Fisher, Business Development Manager at Roke, said: "Spectrum
overload is a constant issue for the military. This is particularly so in a
coalition environment which makes spectrum use even more challenging as the
airwaves are extremely busy. Battlefield Connect allows an increased amount
of high bandwidth information to be channelled through the spectrum without
"3G technology is already widely used in the commercial world, meaning
that the expensive research and design has already been done. By using these
ready-made components to develop Battlefield Connect, we have created a cost
effective and resilient solution that will significantly improve the chain
of command during a military tactical deployment," said Fisher.
Roke Manor Research Ltd, based in Romsey, Hampshire, is the principal
electronics research and development centre of Chemring Group Plc. Founded
in 1956, Roke is one of the UK's leading suppliers of innovative solutions
and contract R&D. Roke employs 450 staff and has over 430 patents to its
name. Roke pioneers developments in electronic sensors, networks, and
Roke has over 50 years of communications experience, providing customers
with technology consultancy through to product development. Roke's
communications expertise is focused on wireless technologies and it has
actively participated in 3G standardisation including LTE. For many years it
has undertaken radio access network (RAN) and core network (CN)
specification, architecture and design, together with the implementation and
customisation of wireless physical and link layers for both the commercial
mobile communications and defence markets.
Source: Roke Manor Research Ltd
For further information please contact: Russell Hardy, Roke, +44(0)1794-833000, email@example.com