QNAP Debuts Its First Ultra-capacity 12-Drive Rack-mount Turbo NAS Models for High-end Business Utilizing Multi-core Intel® Xeon® & Core(TM) i3 CPUs, Optional 10GbE Networking, and Redundant Power Supplies
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced its first 12-drive 2U rack-mountable Turbo NAS models with up to 36TB storage capacity: the TS-EC1279U-RP and TS-1279U-RP, powered by Quad-core Intel® Xeon® CPU and Dual-core Intel® Core(TM) i3 CPU respectively. Both models are backed by a 3-year warranty, feature optional 10GbE networking and can achieve breakthrough data throughput of over 1,000MB/sec and 100,000 IOPS using 10GbE, delivering ultra-high performance suitable for high-end SMB and data center environments demanding efficient and large capacity storage solutions, and continuous up-time for mission-critical applications.
The new models can simultaneously provide storage solutions for IP-SAN (iSCSI) and NAS implementations. "Being VMware® Ready, Citrix® XenServer Ready, and Windows® Hyper-V compliant, the new series is ideal for providing network shared storage for virtual server environments," said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. "Redundant power supplies are provided on both new models to ensure continuous system up-time. The TS-EC1279U-RP with ECC RAM further enhances system reliability."
The new series supports RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, 6+ hot spare, 10+ hot spare, single disk, JBOD, and the Global Hot Spare allowing a spare drive to flexibly replace a failed drive on any RAID volume on the NAS for automatic RAID data rebuilding. The large capacity of the new units also provide an ideal solution for network-wide backups, file sharing in mixed Windows®, Mac®, Linux, and UNIX environments, private cloud storage, and high-performance computing applications such as high definition video editing.
By upgrading to QNAP's latest NAS firmware V3.5, which is available at QNAP's official website, the new series will be able to be added to an LDAP server and allow access for LDAP domain users; scan the server and delete or quarantine files infected by viruses, malware, Trojans, and other malicious threats; and support syslog serve to collect, parse, analyze, and store system messages from various servers or network devices, to name few.
"Today's business environment requires network attached storage solutions that provide efficient data access. Intel® Xeon® processors enable energy-efficient and high-performance solutions with integrated data protection features such as ECC memory," said David Tuhy, General Manager, Intel Data Center Group Storage. "Intel technology powers a broad range of innovative solutions, including the Intel® Core(TM) i3 processor family for entry-level data storage."
Key Specs of New Models
-- TS-EC1279U-RP - 12-drive 2U rackmount unit, Quad-core Intel® Xeon®
Processor E3-1225 (3.1 GHz), 4GB DDR3 ECC RAM, redundant power supply,
2X expansion slots for storage expansion and network expansion, 4X
Gigabit LAN ports;
-- TS-1279U-RP - 12-drive 2U rackmount unit, Dual-core Intel® Core(TM)
i3-2120 Processor (3.3 GHz), 2GB DDR3 RAM, redundant power supply, 2X
expansion slots for storage expansion and network expansion, 2X Gigabit
TS-EC1279U-RP and TS-1279U-RP are now shipping. Learn more about the new models and other models in the QNAP Turbo NAS lineup at http://www.qnap.com.
About QNAP Systems, Inc.
QNAP Systems, Inc. is a privately held company founded in 2004 and is dedicated to bringing network media players for the home, and world-class network storage and professional NVR video surveillance solutions to consumer, small/medium business, and high-end SMB market segments. QNAP leverages not only hardware design but also a growing core competency in software engineering that is precisely focused on bringing to market products that offer the highest available performance coupled with outstanding reliability, scalability, and ease of installation and use. QNAP is a multi-national company with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and subsidiary offices in China and the United States.
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Focus.com Launches Interactive Live Event App for Business Professionals Seeking Advice
Online expert network builds evolved web event platform integrating live chat, social media, and crowdsourcing ranking tools to connect industry experts with business professionals
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Focus.com, the leading and free online community for business expertise, with more than 1 million members and over 5,000 business and technology experts, today launched its enhanced Live Event Platform.
The Focus.com Live Event Platform is a web application that transforms web conferencing into a social and interactive event by allowing attendees to engage with presenters and colleagues remotely. The Focus.com Live Event Platform is a real-time, HTML-5 based, interactive application that allows participants to listen to roundtable discussions online, communicate with discussion leaders and other Focus.com members via live chat, and ask industry experts for business advice via structured Q&A in real-time. The new web-based application combines web conferencing and live chat with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter social media integration all in one place.
As with all Focus.com events, participants can submit questions to the discussion leaders. However, a unique feature to this live platform is the "Vote-Up" and "Interesting" buttons, which respectively give users the ability to promote audience questions they want to hear answered first, and gauge how interesting the immediate discussion is, allowing them to continue or change the direction of the conversation.
Since Focus.com was launched in May 2010, the site has held over 1,000 live events to provide expert advice for members. Focus.com events have varied from niche interests such as online gambling, B2B marketing, and social CRM to broader topics and breaking news events that affect multiple industries such as the NFL lockout and the 21st century tech bubble.
The core of Focus.com is built around a roster of over 5,000 business and technology experts who offer free professional advice to Focus.com members. Focus Experts are widely known leaders in their respective fields and include Co-Founder and Chief Strategist for Trendline Interactive Andrew Kordek, Twitter's most followed IT security analyst and Forbes blogger Richard Stiennon, and business intelligence expert and President of NAVinture Jonathan Wu.
The current full calendar of events is available at http://www.focus.com/events. "Since our launch last year, our goal has been to connect industry leaders with business professionals looking to communicate with experts in their field," said Scott Albro, CEO of Focus. "With this enhanced event platform, we're able to deliver Focus.com members a greater social and immersive experience. The new platform maximizes the learning and networking opportunities available via the already proven Expert Roundtable format."
For more information about the Focus Expert Roundtable events, and to access instructions on how to register as a Focus business expert, as well as gain access to the latest business research and expertise on the Focus network as a member, please visit http://www.focus.com
Focus.com is the leading online business professional network that consists of two interconnected groups - a membership base of more than 1 million business professionals and the highly-acclaimed Focus Expert Network, which features more than 5,000 of the most-recognized business and technology experts across every business category. Focus.com is ad-supported and entirely free to join. Within its engaged business community, members interact with each other and Focus experts to make more-informed business decisions.
To become a Focus expert, the Focus.com staff conducts an evaluation of the background and credentials of each candidate in their respective industry. In addition to free access to world-class business advice, Focus.com also offers real-time Q&A, industry research, relevant product and service information and personalized support. For more information, and to register to become a member or Focus expert, please visit http://www.focus.com/.
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CA Technologies Launches CA Service and Portfolio Management Partner Solution Center
New Online Resource Offers Content to Help Partners Succeed Using Company's Service and Portfolio Management Technologies
ISLANDIA, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced the CA Service and Portfolio Management Partner Solution Center, a new online resource that helps partners drive innovation and value from the company's Service and Portfolio Management solutions for new and existing customers.
The CA Service and Portfolio Management Partner Solution Center offers partner-centric content, such as solution briefs and demonstrations, which helps partners effectively deliver business services and solutions for their customers.
"We have been successfully delivering solutions around the CA Service Management and Project and Portfolio Management solutions for more than a decade," said Bob Schwartz, managing principal, Digital Celerity, an IT solutions provider. "This new online resource expands the content CA Technologies provides and delivers it in a convenient way making it easy for us to take those assets and apply them to new and existing customer initiatives."
CA Technologies Service and Portfolio Management business provides advanced technologies in the service management and project and portfolio management sectors. With a service desk solution that is certified on all 15 ITIL V3 processes, and its leading Clarity project and portfolio management technology, CA Technologies delivers the tools that drive services and solutions that help partners address the business needs of their customers.
"Our technology, tools and supporting go-to-market assets help our partners reduce sales cycles and uncover new opportunities," said Brian Bell, general manager, Service and Portfolio Management, CA Technologies. "The partner relationship is important for our business and that of our customers. The work we are doing with our partners puts them in a strategic role, helping customers move from product-based implementations to best-practice solutions that better show the value of IT."
The CA Service and Portfolio Management Partner Solution Center is the fourth center launched as part of a phased initiative to better enable CA Technologies partners. Already serving partners today are solution centers for Service Assurance, Virtualization and Automation and Managed Service Providers. To learn more about the partner solution centers, please e-mail CApartners@ca.com.
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments - from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at http://www.ca.com.
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Redesigned Pandora Site with HTML5 Offers More Advertising Solutions and Opportunities for Brands
Advertisers Benefit From Enhanced Features
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading personalized radio service, today announced that its redesigned website, now available to all listeners, features a host of new HTML5 enabled advertising products and opportunities for brands.
The new site allows advertisers to take advantage of:
-- New Look and Feel: A new centralized content area accentuates each ad
execution by increasing the space and immersing the user via an
integrated skin for campaigns. Additionally, the modern page design
scales to provide more creative possibilities for advertisers with
additional ad formats.
-- Additional Screen Real Estate: Ads are seamlessly integrated across the
entire site while listeners explore music and artist content and engage
in robust social experiences, such as interacting with self and friend
profiles and feeds.
-- Simplified Cross Platform Execution: Smooth platform parity between web
and mobile, making it easier to execute cross-platform audio and visual
-- Bigger Videos: Video ads have been upgraded to a larger, full-screen
video overlay, prominently showcasing advertisers' videos.
-- Enhanced Social Features: New opportunities for advertisers to connect
with listeners as they share and engage with others in the Pandora
community and their social networks.
"All the great advertising options enabled by the HTML5-based site redesign lets us execute even more creative and targeted ads at scale with highly measureable results for our partners," said John Trimble, Chief Revenue Officer at Pandora. "Advertisers can further leverage the Pandora personal radio experience to connect directly with listeners and tap into the passion music evokes."
Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. (OK, we've added comedy as well so we're also up for playing some jokes you'll love.) Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love. http://www.pandora.com
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MTN Satellite Communications and Sensory International Partner to Deliver Global VSAT Services and Connectivity to Superyachts
Partnership Ensures Superyacht Customers Experience Seamless Provisioning of Services for Every Electronic Requirement on Board from Communications to Security
MIRAMAR, Fla., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the global provider of communications, connectivity and content services to remote locations around the world, and Sensory International, a leading architect, designer and installer of complex and sophisticated automation systems for the marine and residential markets, today announced a partnership to provide integrated VSAT services and connectivity to superyachts. As a result of this partnership, customers now have a single source for procuring all of their onboard automation requirements supported by the most reliable VSAT connectivity available.
"Over the past 10 years, we have honed and perfected our craft in the most challenging and critical environments of all: aboard superyachts. Our systems include audio-visual, security, lighting control, IT networking, communications and any other type of demand customers may have," said Nigel Sherlock, Business Development Manager for Sensory International. "MTN has built a reputation as being the VSAT provider of choice in the larger yacht market and we know that they will provide our customers with the most reliable connectivity to ensure their services are 'always on.'"
Sensory will provide MTN's reliable VSAT services and support to its customers that own yachts 50 meters or more in length. In addition, MTN's VSAT systems will serve as the cornerstone product in Sensory's new Communications Division. The companies are beginning to work together on projects and training Sensory's staff to provide technical support for MTN's VSAT solutions to ensure that customer service is consistent around the globe.
"Sensory International was founded by two former superyacht captains, so they have an intimate understanding of the connectivity requirements for these vessels," said Kerry Pettitt, Head of Business Development for MTN's yacht division in EMEA and Asia. "This knowledge, coupled with MTN's expertise in the satellite communications market, will provide the industry with leading connectivity on some of the world's most luxurious yachts."
MTN continues to expand sales and service capabilities through its tiered partnership program and agreements with leading marine electronics companies in major maritime centers. These relationships ensure prompt and attentive shipboard service and technical support products around the world. For more information on MTN's global network of Maritime Service Providers, visit http://www.mtnsat.com.
About Sensory International Ltd
Sensory International brings a "can do" passion and imagination to every project, marrying unrivalled expertise with leading edge technology to bring clients' dreams to life. Working closely with clients, designers and shipyards and using our own creativity Sensory can design, install, commission and support a range of technologies essential to modern Superyachts. These include audio-visual, lighting control, security, IT networking, and system control integration. Via the in-house Communications Division, Sensory provides all the vital communication systems modern yachts need and demand including high-bandwidth VSAT, Crew GSM, Satellite TV, Picocell On-Board GSM, Daily Digital Newspapers, Iridium, Inmarsat and the Oculus Passenger Information System. For all these services Sensory are able to supply both the hardware and relevant airtime contracts and the necessary technical support. The Company was founded by two ex-Superyacht Captains who, along with their team of over 35 experienced staff, have a real 'first hand' understanding of the Superyacht industry requirements. Combined with an ability to really "deliver the goods" Sensory is totally committed to providing top level service in the most professional manner on a global basis. Sensory is the only ever company to twice win the prestigious award "Best Marine Installation" from the industry world trade association, CEDIA.
About MTN Satellite Communications
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) is the leading global provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world. MTN's maritime VSAT solutions and global satellite communications network offer the reliability that only "Always On - Always Available" systems can provide. More than 600 vessels and land-based terminals worldwide, including private yachts, cruise ships, commercial ships, offshore drilling and production sites, government and military vessels, and ferries depend on MTN's voice and data networks to allow them to "be in the middle of nowhere and at the center of everything." Premium services include remote access for Internet, fixed and mobile phones, fax, television, onboard newspapers, banking services, direct payroll deposit for crew, and other enterprise solutions. MTN is based in Miramar, Fla. and has offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.mtnsat.com.
Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Illuminate With LG Enlighten(TM)
Multi-tasking and Customization are Easy with LG Enlighten on the Verizon Wireless Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile), today announced LG Enlighten(TM) will be available online at http://www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 22, and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Sept. 29.
Powered by Android(TM) 2.3, LG Enlighten is ideal for messaging, email and apps in a slim and affordable smartphone. Customers can stay connected and up-to-date on news and their social life on the nation's most reliable network.
-- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
-- 3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)
-- 800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking
-- Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing
-- Adobe® Flash® 10
-- 3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to
five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
-- Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and
-- Customizable apps menu
-- 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder
-- Support for Google(TM) Mobile Services, including Gmail(TM),
YouTube(TM), Google Search(TM) and Google Maps(TM), as well as access to
more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market(TM)
-- Bluetooth® 3.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
-- Wi-Fi connectivity (b/g/n)
-- Exchange support
-- Suite of messaging options, including text, picture, video and voice
messaging and mobile instant messaging
-- 2 GB microSD(TM) card pre-installed
Pricing and availability:
-- LG Enlighten will be available for $79.99 after a $50 mail in rebate
with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the
rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the
card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
-- Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk
plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data
package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
-- Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at
$20 for 2 GB.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2010 global sales of 55.8 trillion Korean won (USD 48.2 billion), LG comprises four business units - Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions. LG is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula 1(TM). As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com.
About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit http://www.lgmobilephones.com.
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CONTACT: Albert Aydin, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7513, Albert.Aydin@verizonwireless.com; Elizabeth Latham, LG MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., +1-757-705-6361, Elizabeth.Latham@lge.com
Auto-Update Function Added to All Tipard Mac Video & DVD Converting Apps
BEIJING, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- In order to make sure that the latest and updated versions of Tipard software products are always available for Mac users, Tipard is adding auto-update function to 57 Tipard Mac video and DVD converting applications. From now, once there is an updated version of a program, the function will give a timely reminder to ask users whether or not they wish to update the program.
Referring to Mac video converting products, Tipard Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. With powerful converting performance, this Mac video converter can easily convert any kind of video formats, including AVI, MP4, MPG, MOD, TOD, MOV, MKV, WMV, DivX, XviD, MPEG-1/2, 3GP, 3G2, VOB, MPV, FLV, and HD formats to many popular video or audio formats with fast processing speed and superior output quality. It is available for only $42. For more information and to get the free trial version for a wonderful experience, please visit http://www.tipard.com/video-converter-for-mac.html
For Mac DVD converters, Tipard DVD Ripper for Mac is your best assistant. Once owning this Mac DVD ripper, users are allowed to rip any kind of DVD disc, DVD folder or DVD IFO files to many mainstream video or audio format, such as AVI, MPEG, MPG, WMV, DivX, XviD, RM, MOV, FLV, 3GP, 3GP2, MP4, HD MP4, TS, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, AU, FLAC, MP3, M4V, MP2, OGG, WAV, WMA, etc. Plus, versatile video editing functions can help users freely adjust source file video effect, play region, duration, even add a text or image watermark to create a customized video work to share with friends. This software is available for only $42. For free download and to experience fast converting speed, please visit: http://www.tipard.com/dvd-ripper-for-mac.html
Hardware Requirements: 512MB RAM, Super VGA (800×600) resolution, 16-bit graphics card or higher
Hint: PowerPC Processor is not supported, but if you need such an application for PowerPC, we can make one for you. Just contact us by email: email@example.com
About Tipard Studio
As a leading player in the multimedia software field, Tipard Studio always takes bringing multimedia users best software as its responsibility and keeps being innovative and competitive. With advanced technologies and a first-class R&D team, it has constantly developed many excellent multimedia desktop applications, which are very popular among Windows and Mac users. For more details about Tipard Studio, please visit: http://www.tipard.com
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NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UL is notifying consumers and retailers that Apollo light dimmers, manufactured for Neptun Light, Inc., bear an unauthorized UL Mark for the United States and Canada. The dimmers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety and it is unknown if these dimmers comply with UL safety requirements for the US and Canada.
Name of Product: Neptun "Apollo" Dimmer Models 80005 & 80005-3P
Number of Units: 1,362 (Model 80005) and 876 (Model 80005-3P)
Manufacturer: Neptun Light, Inc.
960 North Shore Drive
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Manufacture: March 2010
Identification: On the product:
A label attached to the dimmer is marked with the model "80005"
or "80005-3P" and the following:
NEPTUN - APOLLO
Dimmer 120 V - 60 Hz
Dimmable Compact Fluorescent -12 Amp Max. Load
Dimmable LED - 12 Amp Max. Load Current
Incandescent or Halogen - 600 W Max. Load Power
Engineered in USA
Assembled in China
Sold at: This product is known to be sold at Menards and may have been sold by other retailers.
UL is a premier global safety science company with more than 100 years of proven history. Employing more than 6800 professionals in over 96 countries, UL is evolving the future of safety with five distinct business units - Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Verification and University-to meet the expanding needs of customers and the global public. Additional information about UL can be found at UL.com or Safetyathome.com.
CONTACT: Joe Hirschmugl, Media Relations Manager, Underwriters Laboratories, +1-847-664-1508, Joseph.F.Hirschmugl@us.ul.com
O.co (aka Overstock.com) Acquires O.info Domain for New Consumer Portal
O.co committed to making consumer information easier to find
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- O.co (also known as Overstock.com, Inc., NASDAQ: OSTK), today announced the acquisition of the domain name O.info for a new consumer information website. The company acquired the domain name from Afilias Limited, the official .info domain registry. The O.info site is scheduled to launch in March 2012.
"We will use O.info as a website destination to consolidate useful consumer information," said O.co Chairman and CEO Dr. Patrick M. Byrne. "The .info domain is the logical destination for visitors to find product information, user manuals, buying guides, manufacturer and brand reviews, video demonstrations and recall notices. We believe that the O.info site will be particularly useful to the savvy consumer who is looking for information from and willing to share insight with a trusted source like O.co."
Roland LaPlante, CMO of Afilias, said, "O.co is committed to its strategy of investing in domain names that help customers easily find O.co's Web properties. With O.info, it will make a wealth of pre- and post-purchase consumer information extremely easy to find. With .info now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the domain remains by far the most popular new top-level domain name assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN) in 2001."
Overstock.com announced its evolution into O.co in June of 2011. O.co will continue to evolve as the online retailer's brand in the coming months.
"Our customers associate 'O' with Overstock.com, which made the transition to O.co seamless. As a Savings Engine, this is the next step in adding more visibility to our new URL," said Byrne.
Afilias is a global provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Afilias' reliable, secure, scalable and globally available technology supports a wide range of applications including Internet domain name registry services, new gTLD services and managed DNS. For more information on Afilias, visit http://www.Afilias.info.
About O.co (also known as Overstock.com) O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is Your Savings Engine offering brand-name products. The company offers its customers an opportunity to shop for bargains conveniently, while offering its suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. O.co, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co. O.co regularly posts information about the company and other related matters on its website under the heading "Investor Relations."
Overstock.com® is a registered trademark of Overstock.com, Inc. O.co(TM) and Your Savings Engine(TM) are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc., Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the proposed launch date and uses of the o.info domain. Our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or any amendments thereto, and our other subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections, estimates or forward-looking statements.
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Built From the Ground Up: The Nikon 1 System Balances Speed, Style and Simplicity to Creatively Capture All of Life's Spontaneous Moments
The New Nikon J1 and V1 Cameras as Well as Four New Ultra-Portable Lenses are Engineered for Expressive Living
MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon Inc. today announced a revolutionary new digital imaging system built from the ground up to empower users with new ways to tell stories through photography, driven by imaginative next-generation technology. The iconic new Nikon 1 system is designed to become one with the user and their lifestyle, providing a unique form of expression with amazing image quality, speed and portability.
From Nikon, a company with more than 75 years in imaging excellence, the Nikon 1 J1 is an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that opens the door to a fresh way to capture pictures and High Definition (HD) movies. This Nikon 1 system represents a new category of camera that challenges conventional thinking, emphasizing a pocketable form factor with unbelievable speed, combined with the high image quality that only Nikon could create. Thanks to a wealth of innovative technologies, the Nikon J1 camera is a simple to use conduit for creativity, seemingly anticipating a consumer's needs in any situation. Moments are instantly captured using amazingly fast new hybrid Autofocus (AF), and blazing fast speed with continuous AF. Users can also shoot with confidence knowing that the Smart Photo Selector will automatically capture the best possible image without a second thought. Furthermore, just a touch of the shutter button instantly captures a high quality image while simultaneously recording Full HD 1080p movies, and the exciting new Motion Snapshot mode captures fleeting moments like never before with a combination of moving and still images, bringing memories to life. To accompany this exciting new form factor, Nikon created the entirely new 1 NIKKOR lens system that seamlessly integrates powerful precision optics into a camera platform to capture more of the world around the user.
"The needs of the consumer are changing and the world is becoming one of visual conversation, which paves the way for the next chapter in image capture devices. The new Nikon 1 system is the culmination of more than 75 years of optical excellence and relentless pursuit to the unrivaled technological advancements in camera technology," said Bo Kajiwara, Director of Marketing, Nikon Inc. "Nikon's new 1 J1 camera allows consumers to have confidence in a new way to express themselves, with amazing speed, versatility, ease of use and portability."
One Purpose: A Revolutionary New System
The new Nikon 1 system is a completely original concept, engineered specifically to strike the ultimate balance of performance, intuitive simplicity and portability to chronicle life like never before. This breakthrough platform lays the foundation for future technologies, and the Nikon 1 system has been created for the consumer who wants to capture, share and connect to life. The fully electronic lens system enables the camera to keep pace with an active lifestyle and delivers amazing images and Full HD 1080p movies to connect with friends and family. Whether it's a spontaneous outing or a planned trek abroad, the versatility of interchangeable lenses in a convenient form factor will allow a consumer to take the camera with them wherever life leads. Furthermore, the J1 camera makes a personal style statement with a variety of matching colored camera bodies and lenses.
The heart of the new J1 camera is the new Nikon developed CX-format, 10.1 megapixel High-Speed AF CMOS sensor that helps make this camera the pinnacle of portable performance. The newly developed CMOS sensor has been engineered for amazing image quality in a variety of lighting conditions, with a native ISO range of 100-3200 (6400 Hi-1) for maximum versatility. Images captured with this new sensor exhibit striking colors, vivid hues and rich detail so lifelike, it's the next best thing to being there as memories unfold.
Nikon's exclusive new EXPEED 3(TM) image processing engine drives the system and is the catalyst behind the camera's rapid response, fast AF and high-speed performance. In addition, the new dual core EXPEED 3 processor works to maximize battery efficiency while yielding images and movies with low noise and vibrant tones. The Nikon J1 is engineered for maximum ease of use, featuring a clean button layout and intuitive graphical interface. Distractions and menus are minimized; creating a clear path to the camera's advanced functions, further unleashing creative potential.
The Fastest One
From first steps to first date, life moves fast and the Nikon J1 is the camera to keep pace. The camera seemingly anticipates action with amazing autofocus, response time and operation. The new advanced hybrid AF system is the world's fastest autofocus(1), allowing consumers to capture more of their world than ever before. The Nikon J1 features new focal plane phase detection AF that reacts instantly to deliver incredibly fast, split-second response. Wherever action is happening in the frame, the 73-point AF system will get the shot. This newly developed hybrid system continuously evaluates the scene at hand for optimal results, and can switch between phase detection and contrast detect AF to best suit the scene. Whether shooting in low-light conditions like a late night block party, or a fast moving pick-up game, photographers can capture details with confidence.
When the action is happening, users can also shoot at a fast 10 frames per second (fps), with full adaptive AF for frame after frame of images with incredible sharpness and detail. Additionally, the scene can be captured at full resolution up to a staggering 60 fps (AF locked), which is the world's fastest continuous shooting speed(2). So go ahead and capture a best friend's high dive at the next pool party, and then confidently share every aspect of the leap with stunning detail.
The One That Inspires a New Way to Capture with Motion Snapshot
Motion Snapshot is a new approach to capturing images that will dramatically alter the way we perceive digital photography. By selecting the Motion Snapshot icon from the Mode Dial at the back of the camera, consumers can capture fleeting moments with staggering depth and emotion like never before. The result unites a frozen still image with a slow-motion movement set to a built-in audio soundtrack to create a portrayal of an occurrence with maximum impact. With Motion Snapshot, users are now able to relive memories in stunning detail, as real movement and depth are included in the image. Motion Snapshot provides a way to once again experience someone's hair flowing in the breeze or relaxing scenes like waves crashing or rustling leaves that evoke an emotional response.
Consumers are also able to create masterpieces of moving images from multiple files using the included Short Movie Creator software. This easy-to-use, intuitive software works in conjunction with Nikon's View NX2 to make managing photos and movies fun and easy. With these programs, users are empowered to organize, share and edit photos, Motion Snapshots and HD movies. Users are also able to connect and share Motion Snapshot files using Nikon's my Picturetown, an online resource at http://www.mypicturetown.com.
The One to Set Trends
Both the camera technology and exterior design were inspired by the pursuit of balance, as a device that lives in perfect accord with any lifestyle. The lines are clean and minimalist, the colors are vibrant, creating a stylish accessory for every personality. The design is meant to inspire creativity, with a simple interface and easy-to-use camera controls, intuitively placed for any user. Switching from modes and accessing advanced features is easy, enabling the user to further push creative boundaries, whether trusting the smart automatic settings or creatively exploring the full manual control modes.
Control highlights include a Mode Dial, with the four main common functions readily available, in addition to a Command Dial with common camera settings. The new "F" (feature) button is a new design element to Nikon cameras, which automatically brings up relevant menus and options based on what mode the camera is set.
The Nikon 1 system is further complemented by fashionable, premium accessories tailored to perfectly fit a user's lifestyle. These accessories include a custom fit body case set available in a variety of colors, as well as fashionable, color coordinated leather neck and hand straps.
The Smart One: Nikon's Smart Photo Selector
The new Nikon J1 is an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that features new technologies aimed at creating better pictures, easier. Nikon's new Smart Photo Selector feature strives to deliver a perfect image every time. When a "can't miss" photo opportunity arises, users can switch to the Smart Photo Selector mode which uses the camera's pre-cache to start shooting and storing images. All of these images are analyzed within the camera, and the best photo is selected based on a number of factors including exposure, focus and advanced facial recognition. While the camera suggests the best image, five frames are recorded, providing the user a choice of their favorite photo. What's more, the J1 also includes favorite core Nikon technologies, such as Active D-lighting, Auto Scene Selector and Picture Controls.
One Device That Also Captures HD Movies
The new CX-format CMOS sensor produces breathtaking Full HD movies at 1080p (30 fps). Users can also shoot at a rapid 60 fps (1080i), or elevate the production with additional 30/60/400 and 1200 fps modes for super slow motion effects. The J1 is made to be flexible, and can capture both HD movies and high resolution images simultaneously. Simply press the shutter while recording to freeze the action with a high quality image file with sharp focus.
Additionally, the Nikon J1 applies noise reduction to movie files, giving the user amazingly sharp, crisp movies with deep black levels. This feature makes this the ideal camera for shooting movies when light is less than ideal, such as indoors or at night. A full HD movie can record a full 29 minutes, while the senses are further treated to sound sampled in full stereo for lifelike reproduction.
One Vision, Two Distinct Cameras
The Nikon J1 is the model designed for those consumers who use a camera as part of their connected lifestyle; always carrying it to bring passion and depth to visual storytelling. Both the camera and the lenses come in a variety of matching stylish colors, including white, pink, red, silver and black. Photos and movies are easily composed and shared on the bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. With the aid of the concealed pop-up flash, consumers can easily add fill flash as needed or shoot in most conditions including low-light.
The Nikon 1 V1 is for photo enthusiasts who value interchangeable lens versatility and desire a small form factor. In fact, it's the world's smallest and lightest camera in the world with interchangeable lens versatility and an electronic viewfinder (EVF)(3). Aimed at the user excited about creating amazing images and movies, the Nikon V1 has added features including a 1.4 million dot high resolution EVF that automatically activates when the user raises the camera to their eye. In addition to the high-speed electronic shutter, the magnesium alloy body conceals a high performance mechanical shutter that affords tactile feedback and expanded shooting options. The V1 camera also features Nikon's new Multi-Accessory Port for attaching options such as the new SB-N5 compact speedlight, or the GP-N100 GPS module. For those making movies, the V1 has a stereo microphone input for professional quality audio.
1 NIKKOR Lenses and Accessories
Building upon a 75 year legacy of NIKKOR lenses and optical excellence, the new 1 NIKKOR lens system has been developed to push the boundaries of what's possible. Experience as the world leader in optical engineering has driven Nikon to create a compact, lightweight lens system that provides users with stunning image quality. New technology in these lenses includes a Silent Stepping Motor (STM) for whisper quiet AF and zoom during operation and while shooting movies. Additionally, this high performance system places Nikon's VR II image stabilization technology inside lenses to minimize instances of camera shake. The result is sharp images in a variety of challenging lighting conditions, even while handheld.
The new system offers a lens for every occasion. The camera kit includes a color-matched 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (27-81mm 35mm equivalent) for optimal focal range in a small lens. For those needing maximum versatility, a 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens (81-297mm equivalent) is available, or users can explore their creative side with a color matched 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 pancake lens (27mm equivalent). For the movie enthusiast, a new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 (27-270mm equivalent) power zoom lens will be available. This new lens is Nikon's first powered zoom, and provides smooth and silent changes in focal length while recording movies. Additionally, the FT-1 F-mount adaptor for legacy NIKKOR lenses will be available in the future, so that photographers can utilize their collection of quality NIKKOR lenses.
Price and Availability
The Nikon J1 and V1 will be available throughout the United States beginning October 20th. The Nikon J1 camera with 10-30mm lens kit will be available at a suggested retail price(4) of $649.95. The Nikon V1 camera with 10-30mm lens kit will be available for a suggested retail price(4) of $899.95. For more information, please visit http://www.nikonusa.com.
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image(TM). Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the new Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. In 2011, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 60 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon's heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @Nikon_USA.
(1): Based on performance with shooting using a standard zoom lens (10-30) at the maximum wide-angle position with AF-area mode set to Single-point (results based on Nikon test conditions)
(2): The world's fastest continuous shooting speed: 60 fps (while the AF is locked in the first frame) (shot at full resolution (10M)). Among cameras with interchangeable lenses
(3): Among cameras with interchangeable lenses with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF).
(4): Suggested retail price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time
*Comparison models include the Nikon D3100, Sony NEX-5, NEX-2 NEX-C3 NEX-5N, Olympus E-PL1s, E-PL2, E-P3, E-PL3, Panasonic G10, GF-2, GH2, G3 Samsung NX-10, NX100
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ToutSuite Social Club-Live Interactive Access + Experiences
With its salon-style online video platform, ToutSuite Social Club allows brand makers and consumers to join a daily international dinner party. In real time. From anywhere in the world.
NAPA VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ToutSuite Social Club, a virtual space where real life intersects with technology, is officially announcing the beta-launch of its video commerce community.
"The planet now spends over 110 billion minutes on social networks and blog sites a month, and 52% of all US adults have used the Internet to watch or download a video. But as profound as these numbers might be, no one has capitalized on the increasingly compelling intersection of social media, e-commerce and video," says ToutSuite Social Club co-founder and CEO Susan Quinn.
Enter ToutSuite, which combines these tools with cutting edge integration to create the first online membership/social commerce community engaging niche product brand makers with consumer trendsetters.
"Our members can turn on their laptops, iPads, or mobile device during a scheduled event time, enable their webcam and engage in real-time two way (and three, six, 20-way) dialogue with the tastemakers behind their favorite lifestyle products, as well as connecting with fellow members and fans," says ToutSuite co-founder and President, Didier Loustau.
At the same time, brand makers get the chance to talk directly with trendsetting consumers guiding the marketplace today, building real relationships with, and receiving immediate feedback from their most engaged consumers and brand evangelists. Archives of live events are created automatically and can be shared by the brands on a multitude of social media platforms.
"ToutSuite's interactive video platform has the potential to connect with beverage consumers in a truly unique way. We are excited to showcase the technology at the Third Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Party in Napa Valley this November," says Mutineer Magazine Editor and Publisher, Alan Kropf.
ToutSuite Social Club is changing the way consumers and brands engage by producing live, interactive, exclusive events with today's most exciting trendmakers. The salon-style video platform is upping the internet ante, connecting members to the creators of some of their most coveted lifestyle products in real time, and from anywhere in the world.
Who You Gonna Call For IGT's Ghostbusters(TM) Slots? MGM Resorts International(TM) Properties
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About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. In addition to its 51% interest in MGM China Holdings and the MGM Macau, the Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in three other properties in Nevada and Illinois. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts' unmatched amenities, the M life loyalty program delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges and personalized rewards for guests at the Company's renowned properties nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.mgmresorts.com.
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EMC Announces 1000 Node Analytic Platform To Accelerate Industry's Hadoop Testing and Development
EMC and industry leading companies including Intel, VMware, Micron, Seagate, Supermicro, Switch, and Mellanox Technologies Partner To Deliver the Greenplum Analytics Workbench (TM) analytic computing platform
NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Strata Summit --
-- EMC today announced a strategy for facilitating innovation of the Apache
Hadoop open-source software as an enterprise-ready tool for Big Data.
-- EMC introduces the Greenplum® Analytics Workbench, the industry's
largest test bed cluster for regular integration testing on the Apache
Hadoop trunk and its continuing releases.
-- The Greenplum Analytics Workbench will enable the Apache Hadoop open
source community to validate code to scale on a regular, ongoing basis.
With contributions certified at scale, enterprises can run them with
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced the creation of the Greenplum® Analytics Workbench, which will be used for regular integration tests on Apache Hadoop. The 1,000-plus node test bed cluster incorporates technology from the world's leading software and hardware manufacturers with the intention of providing the infrastructure needed to facilitate Apache Hadoop innovation. With the availability of a large-scale test bed, developers can have their contributions validated at scale, and enterprises can confidently deploy new releases in a production environment.
Apache Hadoop has rapidly emerged as the preferred solution for Big Data analytics across unstructured data. Organizations looking for opportunity in an ever-changing business environment are finding that Big Data analysis is the competitive advantage. In fact, according to a 2011 TDWI survey, 34% of companies do big data analytics today, and that number is growing. Hadoop-based batch processing of unstructured and structured data at massive scale using commodity hardware has led to a profound change in analytics. By extracting the knowledge wrapped within unstructured and machine-generated data, organizations can make better decisions that drive revenue, improve service and reduce costs.
Hadoop innovation and development is reliant upon contributions made by open source developers. However, the Apache Hadoop community has consistently faced the challenge of provisioning the required resources to validate new releases of the open source software. Without access to a large cluster for scale validation, the Apache community - and enterprise users - must wait for Hadoop user communities to sponsor an effort to run scale validations. This is done very infrequently and a lot of time is spent stabilizing releases for enterprise adoption.
With an aggressive plan for testing on the Apache Hadoop trunk and its continuing releases, EMC is excited to contribute to the Hadoop open source community by providing testing resources it lacks to quickly identify bugs, stabilize new releases and optimize hardware configurations in an effort to speed up the innovation of Hadoop. EMC plans to provide test results to the Apache Software Foundation and open source community, and EMC's testing will be planned in coordination with the Apache Hadoop project.
The Greenplum Analytics Workbench is the result of a collaboration of several hardware and software vendors including:
The test bed cluster, which consists of 1,000-plus hardware nodes or 10,000 nodes with the addition of virtual machines, features 24 petabytes of physical storage. This is the equivalent of nearly half of the entire written works of mankind, from the beginning of recorded history.
"EMC and its partners have made a significant contribution to the Apache Hadoop community by promising to validate Apache Hadoop releases on clusters at petabyte scale. With access to continuous integration testing, the world's best unstructured data analytics software will get better and faster, allowing companies and organizations to gain better insights from their data."
- Dhruba Borthakur, Member of Hadoop Project Management Committee
"The EMC 1k node cluster fills a vital resource gap, one that has been missing up to this validating Apache Hadoop builds and releases at scale. I can't wait to take it out for a burn."
- Michael Stack, Engineer at StumbleUpon and Member of Hadoop Project Management Committee
"Apache Hadoop at this stage needs a standardized tool for testing and validating Hadoop releases at scale. EMC's 1,000 node test bed launch will facilitate the development of Apache Hadoop as a vital tool for Big Data analytics, advance its internal innovation, and lead to greater adoption of Hadoop. I am especially pleased that EMC is contributing its findings back to the open source community."
- Konstantin Shvachko of eBay, Member of Apache Project Management Committee
"Intel is excited to be a part of the largest Hadoop test bed cluster ever built. Being able to analyze Big Data sets and make use of the tremendous volume of unstructured data being created is an opportunity that could transform entire industries. The latest Intel® Xeon® 5600 series processors will provide the processing power required to scale Big Data analytics and realize the full potential of Apache Hadoop. The entire open source community, including Intel, will benefit from the key learnings from both development and testing on the cluster."
- David Tuhy, General Manager of the Storage Group, Intel Corporation
"Greenplum is excited to be part of the elite group of hardware and software manufacturers that made possible the Greenplum Analytics Workbench. The test bed cluster, at 1,000-plus hardware nodes, is itself an accomplishment. But more importantly, we are excited to make this test bed available to the open source community so that enterprises can feel comfortable deploying Apache Hadoop in a production environment and can reap the benefits of Big Data analytics."
- Luke Lonergan, Chief Technology Officer, Greenplum, a division of EMC
Regular testing cycles on the Greenplum Analytics Workbench will begin early next year.
Greenplum, a division of EMC
Greenplum, a division of EMC, is driving the future of Big Data analytics with breakthrough products including Greenplum Data Computing Appliance, Greenplum Database, Greenplum Community Edition, Greenplum HD, and Greenplum Chorus(TM)--the industry's first Enterprise Data Cloud platform. The division's products embody the power of open systems, cloud computing, virtualization and social collaboration--enabling global organizations to gain greater insight and value from their data than ever before possible.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
EMC, Greenplum, and Greenplum Chorus are trademarks or registered trademarks of EMC Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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EMC Delivers Industry's First Unified Big Data Analytics Appliance
Greenplum's Scalable, Modular System Combines Shared-Nothing MPP Relational Database with Enterprise-Class Apache Hadoop for Structured and Unstructured Data Co-processing
NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Strata Summit --
-- EMC today introduced the EMC® Greenplum® Modular Data Computing
Appliance (DCA), the industry's first complete Big Data analytics
-- The EMC DCA allows enterprises for the first time to combine a
shared-nothing MPP relational database with enterprise-class Apache
Hadoop in a single, unified appliance to achieve structured and
unstructured data coprocessing.
-- The revolutionary modular architecture of the EMC DCA completely changes
how enterprises think about scaling by giving them unprecedented ability
to start small and expand the appliance in more flexible and
cost-effective quarter-rack increments.
Continuing to build momentum for its "Big Data" analytics solutions, EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today introduced the EMC® Greenplum® Modular Data Computing Appliance (DCA), the industry's first complete Big Data analytics platform. Available now, the Greenplum DCA features a revolutionary modular architecture that for the first time allows enterprises to combine a shared-nothing MPP relational database with enterprise-class Apache Hadoop - along with Greenplum partner BI and ELT applications - to achieve true structured and unstructured data co-processing, and expand it gracefully as needed in a single, unified platform.
DCA modules enable enterprises to completely change how they think about scaling by providing the ability to start small and expand the appliance in more flexible and cost-effective quarter-rack increments based on processing performance or storage capacity needs. In addition to mixing and matching Greenplum Database and Greenplum HD (Hadoop) modules, enterprises can also bring all their BI applications and ELT tools directly into the cluster, in the same DCA, through the use of new Greenplum Data Integration Accelerator modules. The result is a unified Big Data platform combining structured and unstructured data and applications in a single infrastructure that is also monitored, managed and supported by EMC.
Today, enterprises are seeking to make better use of their data warehouses for advanced analytics, and this trend will accelerate as organizations strive to move from running business intelligence point solutions to deploying comprehensive analytics enterprise-wide. At the same time, enterprises are placing greater importance on integrating and analyzing their accumulation of their unstructured and semi-structured data. But as data warehouses get bigger, enterprises are facing scalability, performance degradation and management complexity, and are seeking ways to enable more concurrent users to access the data for business applications.
Four Greenplum Data Computing Appliance modules are available today:
-- The Greenplum Database Module is a purpose-built, highly scalable
data-warehousing appliance module that architecturally integrates
database, computing, storage and network into an enterprise-class,
easy-to-implement system. It is the industry leader in price and
-- The Greenplum Database High Capacity Module is designed to host
multi-petabytes of data without surging power consumption, increasing
costs or mushrooming space. For businesses that require detailed
analysis of extremely large amounts of data or those looking for a
longer term archive, this high-capacity version offers the lowest
cost-per-unit data warehouse.
-- The Greenplum HD Module is the world's first high-performance data
co-processing Hadoop appliance module. It marries Hadoop with the
Greenplum Database, allowing true co-processing of both structured and
unstructured data within a single, seamless solution.
-- The Greenplum Data Integration Accelerator (DIA) Module hosts partner
analytics applications and places them directly on the same high
performance, low latency interconnect as the other appliance modules.
This enables market-leading data loading performance in a parallel and
scalable model, to shorten batch loads or implement micro-batch loading.
Enterprises can start with a single, primary rack, which includes a single standard or high-capacity Greenplum Database quarter-rack module and room for three additional modules, as well as two master servers that are responsible for authentication, optimizing the query, balancing the workload among the different segment servers, managing the fault tolerant mechanism of data and other tasks for the cluster. Enterprises may expand the appliance in quarter-rack increments using Greenplum Database, Greenplum HD or Greenplum DIA modules in any order and amount, up to six racks total as their demand for processing capacity grows. All modules are linked via a redundant, high-performance, low-latency interconnect.
This new release of the Greenplum DCA also includes increased high availability and simple integration with EMC's market-leading solutions for data protection and disaster recovery. High availability is addressed via automated master-node fail-over and the Greenplum Database High Availability Group, enabling each full-rack DCA to sustain up to four server failures, one in each HA Group, nearly doubling the high availability rate. It also integrates with industry-leading EMC Data Domain® deduplication and backup technology from high speed backup and restore and wide area disaster recovery. The Greenplum DCA SAN Mirror Solution uses EMC Symmetrix® VMAX(TM), TimeFinder®/Snap and Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF®) for advanced storage and data replication between two sites in synchronous mode.
"Greenplum's unique approach to Big Data analytics is resonating with a growing number of large enterprise customers in the financial, healthcare, and media industries who are planning for the future and have adopted our technology to make fundamental changes in their overall data infrastructure in order to tackle these Big Data issues. Today's announcement reflects our shift to a focus on building the analytics platform of the future, and we have had great success with that as enterprises adopt and validate our vision of data coprocessing."
- Bill Cook, president and general manager of Greenplum, a division of EMC
"We are the only company enabling data coprocessing, the fast, bidirectional sharing of structured and unstructured data between relational and Hadoop modules within a single appliance, to allow each system do what it does best and achieve a whole that's much greater than the sum of its parts. That's why data coprocessing is so important and so powerful, and it is the new modularity of our DCA that provides this opportunity for enterprises to get the benefits of Big Data analytics from whatever kind of data they're working with."
- Scott Yara, vice president of products of Greenplum, a division of EMC
"EMC has unveiled a comprehensive Big Data strategy and continues to demonstrate their ability to execute by listening to what customers need and leveraging resources to put together a complete Big Data Analytics platform. The four Greenplum Data Computing Appliance modules enable companies to start with a configuration that makes sense for their data analytics application, the size of their wallet and need for scale and agility as their data processing capacities change or grow -all while leveraging a common hardware platform. It is an elegant approach that simplifies how companies incorporate both structured and unstructured data in analytics to gain a competitive advantage."
- Julie Lockner, Senior Analyst, Vice President Data Management, Enterprise Strategy Group
Availability and Pricing
The modular EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance is available now, and introduces new DCA platform pricing for the Greenplum Database Module to meet market demand for more compute per storage. For more details on individual modules, configuration and pricing, please contact EMC.
Greenplum, a division of EMC
Greenplum, a division of EMC, is driving the future of Big Data analytics with breakthrough products including Greenplum Data Computing Appliance, Greenplum Database, Greenplum Community Edition, Greenplum HD, and Greenplum Chorus(TM)--the industry's first Enterprise Data Cloud platform. The division's products embody the power of open systems, cloud computing, virtualization and social collaboration--enabling global organizations to gain greater insight and value from their data than ever before possible.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
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Truaxis Debuts Purchase Insights for StatementRewards Platform
Industry's first Netflix-like recommendation platform allows financial institutions to give customers personalized recommendations on local and national merchants, as well as detailed insights and social benchmarks on their spending habits
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Today, at the FinovateFall 2011 event in Manhattan, Truaxis (formerly BillShrink), the leading provider of data-driven personalized services, revealed the latest innovative enhancement to its StatementRewards platform--Purchase Insights. Purchase Insights gives financial institutions the ability to provide unique personalized services that meet rising customer expectations, replace expensive traditional reward programs, create new revenue streams and increase customer loyalty. The StatementRewards platform integrates directly within a bank's existing online and mobile interfaces.
To keep customers loyal, financial institutions must make the online banking experience go beyond checking account balances. Today's customers want free tools to allow them to bank whenever and wherever they are, as well as save them money and manage their finances. Further, Javelin Strategy & Research recently reported that financial institutions enjoy a three-to-one trust advantage over merchants or other third parties when it comes to delivering personalized services based upon customers' transaction data.
In a recent survey of users, 84% of respondents indicated that they would like to gain insight into their purchasing behavior automatically within their online statement versus registering their debit/credit information with a separate website.
In turn, the rollout of new banking innovations are converting offline bankers to online and bill pay bankers, an impact that Javelin estimates will reduce financial institutions' operating costs by $8.3 billion annually (1).
Introducing Purchase Insights
Using the StatementRewards' platform, which uses anonymous transactional data to deliver highly personalized offers matched to customers' existing shopping preferences, Purchase Insights provides customers with recommendations for merchants that people with similar spend patterns enjoy. Additionally, Purchase Insights delivers the industry's first merchant-level spend summaries that analyze merchant, category and location data to give consumers insight into their spending habits over time, providing perspective on where money is going and how it can best be spent.
Purchase Insights enhances the StatementRewards platform with the following three solutions:
-- Transaction Genome Platform (Merchant Recommendations) - based upon
customers' shopping preferences and patterns, Purchase Insights helps
customers discover new merchants that millions like them love.
-- Survey findings show that nearly two-thirds of consumers would like
"Netflix-like" recommendations on where to shop and eat based upon
-- Social Benchmarking -- allows users to compare their spending against
multiple groups of people, including a national average and people like
them. Bank customers can compare their spending across purchase
categories, specific merchants, time periods or geographic location
against US averages, state averages, demographic sectors or even compare
their spend against a created, private group of friends and family
-- Two out of three people surveyed would like to know how their
spending habits compare against the national average, as well as
against people with similar shopping habits.
-- Summary of Spend - delivers graphical reports of where consumers are
spending their money, including the industry's first merchant-specific
-- Purchase category (e.g. restaurants)
-- Merchant (e.g. Starbucks)
-- Time period (e.g. monthly, quarterly)
-- Geographic location (e.g. purchases made near work, near home or on
"There is a great opportunity to respond to consumer demand for an enhanced banking experience," said Schwark Satyavolu, CEO and Co-Founder of Truaxis. "With a three-to-one trust advantage over third-party providers that analyze transaction data, banks are well positioned to create deeper relationships with customers and increase adoption of online and mobile channels, while tapping into customer-friendly revenue sources."
"Financial institutions should strongly consider ways to implement next-generation digital finance tools as a strategy to leverage their trust advantage over independent websites, offering features that are in-demand by consumers and promote high-value relationships between FIs and their accountholders," said Mark Schwanhausser, Senior Analyst, Multi-Channel Financial Services at Javelin Strategy & Research. "Our research shows that customers want tools that will give them better control and insight into their finances and with access to real time transaction data, FIs are well positioned to foster loyalty through the delivery of actionable financial advice. This in turn gives FIs an opportunity to reinvigorate online banking, drive the adoption of mobile banking and greatly reduce operating costs."
The StatementRewards Platform
Since launching in October 2010, StatementRewards has expanded its core platform beyond merchant-funded rewards (tailored rewards based upon customers' existing shopping habits) and personalized bill analysis(analysis of recurring monthly bills that can save customers on average $1,000) to offer a complete suite of data-driven personalized services that help banks and merchants build positive relationships with their customers.
In addition to today's announcement of Purchase Insight enhancements, the StatementRewards platform also includes these features:
-- Unified Loyalty Card -- enhances bank and credit union credit and debit
cards to create a multi-merchant loyalty card that manages all merchant
benefits in one place.
-- Highly Personalized Offers - delivers in-statement discounts and
merchant offers that are tailored to customers' existing shopping
preferences and generated from their transactions, spend, location and
type of purchase at national and local merchants, all without using any
personally identifiable information.
-- Reward Discovery -- shows consumers what additional rewards may be
available based on expanding their relationships with select merchants.
-- Mobile Geo-Location -- generates more attractive rewards depending upon
a users' physical proximity to stores and past shopping habits.
-- Exclusive Personalized Bill Analysis - analyzes customers' largest
recurring monthly expenses - such as wireless plans, TV service and gas
bills - against millions of available plan options and find customers an
average annual savings of $1,000.
Truaxis' presentation at FinovateFall 2011 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 10:00 am ET at Pier 92 in Manhattan.
Truaxis has published today on its website the whitepaper "Beyond Merchant-Funded Rewards: Aligning Customers, Financial Institutions and Merchants with Data-Driven Personalized Services," that includes survey findings and research on next-generation personalized financial services. To download this whitepaper, please visit http://www.truaxis.com/press/purchase-insights-whitepaper.
Truaxis (formerly known as BillShrink), the company behind StatementRewards and BillShrink.com, is working with the country's leading financial institutions and merchants to deliver the market's most comprehensive data-driven personalized services platform.
Launched in October 2010, Truaxis' StatementRewards platform leverages sophisticated analytics and matching capabilities to deliver a broad spectrum of data-driven services, including in-statement loyalty rewards that transform the relationships between banks and merchants, help better serving their customers and build brand loyalty. StatementRewards uses secure matching technology and anonymous user transaction data to pair users with personalized merchant offers and recommendations, as well as powering other rich features like a unified loyalty card, social benchmarking spend comparisons, and mobile and social rewards.
Truaxis' free consumer site, BillShrink.com, has helped 1.6 million Americans find potential savings of more than $1 billion by delivering personalized money-saving recommendations on their most common household bills. In an era when eight out of 10 people overpay on their everyday expenses, BillShrink.com sorts through millions of products and services - a billion cable and satellite packages, 10 million cell phone plan combinations, and 150,000 gas stations - to provide unbiased recommendations so users can get exactly what they need at the best price.
Truaxis' award-winning technologies have been recognized twice by Finovate as a "Best in Show" and have received accolades from The New York Times, American Banker, Consumer Reports, Forbes, The Today Show, CNN, FOX, ABC and CBS, among others. Truaxis is headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, please visit http://www.truaxis.com.
(1) Javelin Strategy & Research, October 2010 "2010 Online Banking & Bill Payment Forecast"
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Wineman Technology Introduces INERTIA(TM) for Real-Time Control Applications
New Add-on to NI VeriStand Helps Engineers Test with Dynamometer and Servo-Hydraulic Systems
SAGINAW, Mich., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wineman Technology, Inc. today announced INERTIA(TM), a software add-on for NI VeriStand that provides an integrated control solution for test cell applications. NI VeriStand is a software environment for creating real-time testing applications more efficiently, and by using NI VeriStand with INERTIA, control engineers can easily create and execute real-time control applications including dynamometer and servo-hydraulic test systems.
The NI VeriStand test environment provides real-time model execution, deterministic stimulus generation, data logging, and hardware I/O connectivity in a configuration-based environment. Up until now, to implement multi-axis or multi-mode control systems that are typically required in test cell applications, engineers had to develop and maintain custom features for NI VeriStand. Now with INERTIA, engineers can take advantage of ready-to-use functionality including control display templates, control groupings, and procedure commands designed specifically for physical control systems. INERTIA ultimately helps engineers rapidly configure and deploy control systems by allowing them to get systems up and running quickly without in-depth programming knowledge with a proven system deployed on more than one hundred applications.
"We are constantly developing specialized equipment, sensors, actuators, and electronics for high-technology systems," said Michael Condon of General Atomic. "INERTIA gave us the flexibility and customization we needed to test a very unique actuator with very unique requirements. Our final application exceeded our requirements and was on budget and on time."
INERTIA provides users with an intuitive and powerful environment for creating valid test profiles with specific control functions, and adds additional functionality, including:
-- Ready-to-use, closed-loop PID controllers with multi-axis
synchronization and amplitude control
-- Multi-mode control support with bumpless transfer between modes
-- Application-specific test editor tightly integrated with the control
loops and safety procedures
-- Integrated PID control loop tuning utility and other run-time tools
INERTIA is well-suited for any multi-mode or multi-axis control application that use dynamometers or hydraulic actuators, including test cells for engines, transmissions, tires, motors, valves, pumps, turbines, gear boxes, and auxiliary power units (APUs) used to execute performance, life cycle durability, and qualification testing. While the combination of INERTIA and NI VeriStand provide a ready-to-use test cell control and monitoring tool, Wineman also provides integration services for test cell applications that range from consultations to full system implementation and ongoing maintenance.
Established in 1991, Wineman Technology, Inc. specializes in providing the right technical solution for solving a wide range of test applications, such as dynamometer systems, servo-hydraulics, data acquisition systems, real time controllers, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems and general testing machines. Unlike other companies where test plays a partial role, Wineman Technology's singular focus is the design and development of test equipment for advanced research and development, functional test labs, and manufacturing production. Wineman Technology's focus on test systems with a diverse range of capabilities enables them to deliver superior system reliability, serviceability, and support.
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Rich Dad Company Powers Video Delivery With Unicorn Media
FINANCIAL EDUCATION COMPANY MANAGES MEDIA AND MONITORS CONTENT PERFORMANCE WITH UNICORN MEDIA
TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Unicorn Media, Inc., a digital media management provider, is handling the delivery of online video for Rich Dad Company, a leading provider of educational materials about personal finance. Rich Dad Company selected Unicorn Media's modular technology platform specifically for its ability to monitor content performance in real-time as well as its optimized ad integration technology.
Rich Dad Company provides financial education via books, seminars, videos, coaching, social media, innovative technology, and the board and Web game, CASHFLOW®. Unicorn Media's technology platform, Unicorn ELEMENTS(TM), provides them with media management tools that quickly and efficiently ingest, manage, syndicate and analyze their content. Rich Dad Company also has the capability to deliver their content to any Internet-connected device such as iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry, set-top boxes, game consoles and more through Unicorn Media's patented Unicorn ONCE(TM) technology.
Unicorn Media provides Rich Dad Company with real-time analytics through Unicorn VISION(TM), which allows them to monitor content performance to maximize profitability. Unicorn VISION(TM) is unique in that it provides detailed analytics such as video reach, content consumption, domain or geography-within seconds of real-time and across any platform including browsers, smart phones, tablets, set-top boxes and more. Unicorn customers can create custom reports on-the-fly ranked by streaming time, skips, number of plays, ad completes, location, date, etc. Unicorn Media's technology also allows the Rich Dad Company to easily place ads and track performance while allowing for content or ad changes on-the-fly to best monetize content.
Brett Bottesch, Executive Producer at the Rich Dad Company states, "For the first time, we can better serve our customers by knowing exactly what they are watching and how long they view our Rich Dad content. We will soon be reaching over 5,000 hours of footage. We are confident that this system will help us better manage our video assets."
"Rich Dad Company has a rapidly evolving video strategy and our patented technology platform takes the complexity out of their current workflow as well as making it simple to syndicate to other Internet-connected devices. Our technology was built to scale with our customers evolving needs, Rich Dad Company is well-positioned to grow their business," says Bill Rinehart, Founder and CEO of Unicorn Media.
About Unicorn Media, Inc.
Unicorn Media, Inc. is a digital media management provider that helps companies deliver media to any device, any time, anywhere, while providing real-time analytics on any platform. Unicorn's core services include Unicorn ONCE(TM), which allows content owners to ingest media one time and deliver everywhere and Unicorn VISION(TM), which provides real-time analytics across any Internet-connected device. These services are layered on Unicorn's core technology platform, Unicorn ELEMENTS(TM), which is a modular suite of workflow optimization tools that enable publishers to customize their online video strategy. Founded by Limelight Networks founding CEO, Bill Rinehart, and headquartered in Tempe, AZ, privately held Unicorn Media, Inc. has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and London. For additional information, please visit: http://www.unicornmedia.com
About The Rich Dad Company
Our company was founded in 1997 based on Robert Kiyosaki's best-selling personal finance book, "Rich Dad Poor Dad." While his poor dad's outlook closed his mind to the possibility of financial freedom, his best friend's rich dad elevated Robert's dreams, opened his mind to life's possibilities and allowed him to be financially free. Today, Robert and his team of experts provide financial education via books, seminars, videos, coaching, social media, innovative technology, and the board and Web game, CASHFLOW® , based on Robert's belief that people learn best through simulation. Our mantra is "Knowledge: the New Money." Everything we do has one common goal: to increase your financial knowledge and help you live the rich life. Discover how we can help you on your journey towards a rich life at http://www.richdad.com or call us at 800-308-3585.
ADmantX Improves Semantic Online Ad Targeting by Adding New Emotional Categories
Deep, page-level semantic analysis targets consumers by capturing reader emotions in near real-time and without cookies.
LONDON and HARTFORD, Connecticut, September 21, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
ADmantX [http://www.admantx.com ], offering a superior semantic
page-level analysis that surfaces reader emotions and intentions in order to
match ads with similar emotional appeal, announced today that it has
improved its emotional intelligence features to better reach the target
audience - without using tracking cookies.
Leveraging its semantic-based analysis and dynamic categorization,
ADmantX not only matches ads to brand-safe appropriate content, but it also
goes a step further to ensure that the underlying emotional response to the
content matches advertiser goals. With its improved ability to identify more
emotions and behaviours, ADmantX delivers the best results for brand
advertisers by guaranteeing a more accurate view of content and audience
segments. Research shows a 40% improvement in ad engagement using this and
other targeting techniques.
"As lawmakers in Europe and the US take actions to protect our privacy
from cookie-based tracking systems, customers have been coming to us as a
viable alternative to targeting without cookies. In response, we have
enhanced the features that our customers are calling for by adding
additional emotional categories, which allows us to provide even deeper
segmentation and finer targeting," said Brooke Aker, CMO of ADmantX.
ADmantX offers ad networks, publishers, real-time bidders and agencies a
transparent way to maintain the benefits of targeting without invading
consumers' privacy by using third-party cookie tracking. ADmantX
incorporates enhanced emotional intelligence capabilities to better identify
true contextual data and increase online ad campaign segmentation and
targeting. During the ad match process, ADmantX doesn't track the movement
of online users; it understands content at a page-level, includes readers'
emotions and represents their real-time frame of mind.
ADmantX uses superior semantic technology to provide a leap forward in
monetizing content in new and powerful ways. Based on the Semantic Web,
Natural Language Processing and Social Collaboration features, publishers,
ad networks, ad exchanges, brand managers and agencies use ADmantX to
develop effective online advertising campaigns that establish emotional
connections with consumers. http://www.admantx.com
International Coach Federation Streamlines Credentialing System with Integral 7
LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the past, keeping track of your coaching credentials online has been a cumbersome, time-consuming process. ICF is now actively improving its user experience by employing a new online application process. This new system was created in partnership with Integral 7, an industry leader in credential application processes.
Using Integral 7 offers a wealth of new benefits and opportunities to the recent ACTP/ASCTH graduate and seasoned coach alike. One of these being the ability to keep a history of all previously completed forms and past interactions. This information is now stored and easily accessible to the user at any time.
"In the past, when a user would leave a document or form, the page and its information were gone, unavailable to the member again," ICF President Ed Modell said. "Now, all that information is readily available and helps streamline the process when applying for a new credential or renewal."
Another great aspect of Integral 7 is the simplified process of searching and finding the requirements for credentials. The Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) courses will be easily available for students and coaches to find. "Users will definitely be pleased at the speed and ease of finding the necessary requirements," explained Modell. "Now there are fewer steps in the credentialing and renewal process."
Not only does the adoption of Integral 7 allow for easier access, it will also help cut down on the service time it takes ICF to process member information. The new credentialing management system allows simultaneous application processing, improving the speed members receive their earned credential.
The implementation of the Integral 7 application process also shows ICF potential for many more improvements. "There has been some significant learning about the complexity of the application process and the problems regarding an applicant's experience that was not possible with the former system," said Modell. "Using Integral 7 has allowed the staff to do a great job of tracking problems and making adjustments to the forms and instructions based on feedback of the applicants. This ability to respond meets with ICF's goals of continuous improvement of the applicant experience."
In the future, ICF plans to roll out several more changes to its credentialing system using Integral 7. Users can look forward to seeing online renewal applications for credentials, and a new and improved CCE calendar. Eventually ICF hopes to use Integral 7 to eliminate the need for users to keep paper copies of CCE information. The eventual integration of all CCE information is a driving goal behind the Integral 7 implementation.
The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with over 17,800 members in more than 100 countries, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF is the only organization that awards a global credential which is currently held by more than 7,000 coaches worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.coachfederation.org.
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Brand Launches Consumer Promotion and New Miller Lite Chivas Facebook Page
CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Miller Lite, the exclusive beer sponsor of Mexican Primera Division soccer team Club Deportivo Guadalajara, commonly referred to as Chivas de Guadalajara, is gearing up for another season on the field.
This season, Miller Lite is capturing the passion of the "herds" of Chivas' fans with exclusive promotions tailored to the ultimate team-viewing experience through the Chiva-Gol sweepstakes. Legal-drinking-age fans can enter via text or online by following instructions and using codes inside specially-marked Miller Lite packages or on jersey jackets available at retail. Soccer fans can enter the codes up to two times per match to receive their "Chiva-Gol Minute." If the team scores a goal during the assigned minute, the lucky fan wins a prize.
The brand is also launching the Miller Lite Chivas Facebook page that offers exclusive Chivas content and Chivas-related items. Just visit Facebook.com/MillerLite and click on the "Chivas" tab for more information.
"We are excited to be a part of the incredible legacy that is Chivas de Guadalajara," said Al Patel, vice president of multicultural marketing at MillerCoors. "We know how diehard Chivas' fans are and we encourage them to build their rebanos with Miller Lite and some of the great programs we are offering this season, such as the Chiva-Gol promotion and the new Facebook tab."
All who enter the Chiva-Gol Sweepstakes will be rewarded with eligibility for greater prizes the more weeks they play. Fans outside of California can win prize packs that include Chivas gear for the winner and his or her friends and are also automatically entered to win the grand prize, the Ultimate Miller Lite Rebano Viewing Party. California residents have the chance to win other prizes, along with receiving a $15 discount off official Rebano jerseys.
The Miller Lite Chiva-Gol promotion will be featured prominently in bilingual messaging on packaging, on billboards and in retail displays. The brand will also create limited-edition commemorative packaging and a television spot to celebrate its support of the Chivas Rebano. In the interest of building the ultimate Rebano, Miller Lite will outfit selected bars around the country with the ultimate in Chivas-related promotional items including banners, Chiva-Gol jersey jackets, promo specialists and appearances by the team mascot, the Chiva Fighter.
Chivas is one of the most successful Mexican professional football clubs playing in the Primera Division de Mexico, having won a record 11 Primera Division titles, seven Campeon de Campeones and two Copa Mexico tournaments. Miller Lite became the official beer sponsor in the U.S. of Chivas in 2010.
MillerCoors brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment. Miller Lite is the great-tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also offers innovative products such as MGD 64, Miller Chill and Sparks. The new MillerCoors craft and import company, Tenth and Blake, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Molson Canadian and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and two microbreweries, the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. The MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth. MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.
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On the Heels of Securing $11M Funding, DataStax Releases the Industry's First Distributed, Scalable, and Highly-Available Database Platform Powered by Apache Cassandra(TM)
BURLINGAME, Calif., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NEW YORK O'REILLY STRATA SUMMIT -- Today, DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra(TM), announced DataStax Enterprise at the O'Reilly Strata Summit in New York. The new offering is the first enterprise solution of its kind that allows the management of both real-time and analytic workloads, all from a single, distributed, scalable, and highly-available database platform. The company today also announced DataStax Community Edition, which will be available free of charge and makes getting started with Cassandra fast and easy.
DataStax Enterprise addresses the information processing demands of today's data-driven enterprise, leveraging the powerful features of Cassandra to provide ease-of-use, performance enhancements, and cost savings that to date have been impossible to achieve with traditional database management solutions. It delivers optimal performance for both real-time and analytic workloads, either on-premise or in the cloud. DataStax Enterprise includes an enterprise version of DataStax OpsCenter, which is a visual, browser-based management solution used to manage, monitor, and control Cassandra-based database clusters from a single console. It also provides the expert production support and consultative services required for mission-critical applications.
"These offerings are the next logical step in delivering the power of Apache Cassandra to the enterprise. We listened to our customers describe the limitations they experienced with legacy databases, and set out to address these very real business challenges," said Billy Bosworth, CEO, DataStax. "DataStax Enterprise will enable data-driven businesses to easily build massively-scalable and highly-available applications for real-time, online systems. Now, for the first time, businesses can easily manage both real-time and analytic data in a simple, integrated solution that delivers maximum uptime, optimal performance, and significant cost savings. "
DataStax Enterprise solves the problems many companies encounter when trying to manage real-time and analytic data, including:
-- Providing the ability to use a single, scalable database for both
real-time and analytic data, which removes the need for complex ETL
processes and other time-consuming data movement operations
-- Integrating Hadoop, Hive, and Pig support for analytics that supplies
fault tolerance for Hadoop as well as faster performance than the
standard Apache release of Hadoop
-- Delivering smart workload separation so that real-time and analytic
tasks do not compete for data or compute resources with each other
supplying dynamic and flexible schemas that overcome the rigid
limitations found in legacy RDBMS's
Examples of Cassandra use cases include:
-- Constant Contact's Social Media feature uses Cassandra and helped the
company deploy the app in three months for $250K, compared to nine
months for $2.5 million - the cost associated with a traditional RDBMS
-- Cisco's WebEx is using Cassandra to store User Feed & User Activity data
-- HP stores playlists, play counts, favorites, and other content relating
to online music streaming from computers and smart phones using
-- Agentis Energy uses Cassandra to help control energy management tools
-- Ngmoco stores user information and gaming achievements in Cassandra
-- Adform uses Cassandra to help power its digital advertising platform
DataStax remains closely allied with the Apache Cassandra project, and continues to contribute major, innovative enhancements back into Cassandra. DataStax also remains the primary source of product documentation for Cassandra, maintains the Cassandra developer center, manages PlanetCassandra.com, and offers professional training courses for Cassandra.
DataStax will also provide DataStax Community Edition, a free platform based on Apache Cassandra that bundles the open source database with smart installers, drivers and connectors for popular development languages, demo apps, documentation, and a free version of DataStax OpsCenter for Apache Cassandra. "While DataStax is moving to the next level with our product offerings, we continue to strongly support the open source community around Cassandra, which our business is founded on," said Bosworth.
DataStax is the developer of DataStax Enterprise, a distributed, scalable, and highly-available database platform that delivers optimal performance either on premise or in the cloud for modern enterprise applications that manage both real-time and analytic workloads. The company has over 100 customers, including leaders such as Netflix, Cisco, Rackspace and Constant Contact, and spanning verticals including web, financial services, telecommunications, logistics and government. DataStax is backed by industry leading investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Crosslink Capital and is based in Burlingame, CA with offices in Austin, TX and Stamford, CT. For more information, visit http://www.datastax.com.
About Apache Cassandra(TM)
Apache Cassandra(TM) is an open source distributed database management system. It is designed to store and allow very low-latency access to very large amounts of data spread out across many commodity servers while providing a highly-available service with no single point of failure. This next-generation data platform evolved from work at Google, Amazon and Facebook, and is an Apache Software Foundation top-level project. For more information, visit http://cassandra.apache.org/.
Celebrities and Poker Pros to Battle for Expected GBP4 Million Prize Pool at PokerStars.com EPT London Poker Festival
LONDON, September 21, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
The PokerStars.com [http://www.pokerstars.com/uk ] European Poker Tour
(EPT), Europe's richest and most popular poker tour is coming to London this
month. In its' eight year history, almost 40,000 players have hit the felt,
and the EPT has paid out over GBP200 million in prize money. In August this
year, the EPT Barcelona event broke all previous records and became the
largest live poker event ever held in Spain with 811 players taking their
seats to play for share of the GBP3.5 million prize pool. The EPT London is
set to continue this record-breaking trend with the prize pool expected to
exceed GBP4 million.
Celebrities such as ex-tennis star and professional poker player Boris
Becker, model, presenter and previous EPT title winner Liv Boeree, and well
known broadcaster, journalist and 2006 EPT London winner Vicky Coren will
sit down alongside the biggest names in poker, all eager to pick up the
title and first prize, which is set to hit the GBP1 million mark for the
first time ever.
The 7-day long poker festival presented by PokerStars.com, will offer
players some of the best quality tournament poker action in the world. There
are 31 events on offer, including the European 8-Game Championship, the No
Limit Hold'em Women's Event, the two-day long GBP20,000 buy-in High Roller
tournament and of course, the coveted EPT London Main Event.
This year also marks the first ever EPT London Quest, an exciting
competition run through Twitter where one lucky player will win a seat in an
EPT London side-event tournament. Poker fans will need to follow the account
@PokerStars and hashtag #EPTQuest from 8.30am on Sunday 2nd October for
clues for a password and details of a secret central London location. Once
they crack the code and turn up to the location, they will need to correctly
say the password then play and win a 5-minute heads-up tournament. Win the
tournament, and they will receive one of nine golden chips to enter a live
game against the other eight winners. The champion of this table will take
their seat at the "No Limit Turbo - Win the Button!" tournament at 8.00pm
the same day.
Last year the record-breaking PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Main
Event was the biggest poker tournament ever held in the UK, attracting 848
players. It made David Vamplew the highest-earning Scottish poker player
ever with an amazing GBP900,000 first prize.
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PokerStars operates PokerStars.com [http://www.pokerstars.com ], the
world's most popular online poker site, and serves the world's largest poker
community, with more than 47 million registered members. It's the first
choice of the world's top players, with more daily tournaments than anywhere
else, and with the best security online. More hands have been dealt on
PokerStars.com than any other site; that's over 67 billion hands and more
than 430 million tournaments played.
PokerStars.com operates worldwide under license from the Isle of Man
government. Recent additions to the PokerStars family include PokerStars.fr,
which operates in France under the French government license, as well as
PokerStars.it, which operates in Italy under the Italian government license,
and PokerStars.ee, which operates in Estonia under the Estonian government
PokerStars.com stages some of the biggest online poker tournaments in
the world, including the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the
Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), and is the official sponsor of
some of the biggest live poker tournaments in the world, including the
European Poker Tour (EPT), the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and the
UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT).
PokerStars.com is also home to a team of sponsored players known as Team
PokerStars Pro. This elite group of players travel the world competing in
iPads in Dissection Labs and Lecture Halls are Increasingly Common
Sights in Medical Schools as Students Begin Their Fall Semesters
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, announced today the Netter's Anatomy
Atlas App for iPad is now available on the App Store. Based on the
world-renowned medical artwork of Dr. Frank H. Netter, full-color anatomic
illustrations allow users to personalize their atlas of over 500 illustrated
plates so that they can focus on the need-to-know anatomy specific to a
course or area of specialty and interest.
"Imagine carrying an interactive authoritative guide on human anatomy
wherever you go that allows you to study, quiz yourself and take notes on
the fly!" said John T. Hansen, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor at the
University of Rochester Medical Center and lead Editor of the Netter Atlas
of Human Anatomy, 5th edition. "No one does it better than Netter and his
brilliant color illustrations literally 'jump' off the iPad screen with a
luminescence that is unsurpassed. Test drive this App and you'll open a
whole new world of anatomical knowledge with just the tap or swipe of your
Features of the App include:
- The ability to tap Muscle Info buttons to review
attachments, innervations, actions, and blood supply;
- Label quizzes to test memory of terminology;
- A set of 50 anatomy questions from USMLEConsult.com to help prep
- Customization of individual labels with on, off, and highlight
- "My Netter" bookmark and notes to organize and personalize
- Enhanced suite of quizzing and customization features to create
an intuitive study guide;
- Quick navigation of the illustration database by Searching
(keyword or plate number), Browsing by Region or System, or Jumping to
Related Plates to see alternate views.
"Elsevier is committed to supporting healthcare students and
professionals by providing new, convenient and innovative ways to learn,
review and practice medicine," said Randy Charles the Managing Director of
the Global Clinical Reference Group at Elsevier. "This exciting new Netter
app is rooted in our deep customer insight research. The ability to access
these world-famous Netter images in a non-linear fashion in the app, and to
customize the user experience of the images, are aspects of functionality
with strong market demand. "
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
[http://www.elsevier.com ] employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is
part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC [http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a
world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext
Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock
Vice President, Global Relations, Elsevier
Minds + Machines Introduces New gTLD Program for Brands
Low-price solution lets companies start slow at reduced rates, using their gTLD as needed, when needed
WASHINGTON, September 21, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Minds + Machines, a leading provider of consulting and registry services
for new gTLDs, announced a new program for brand owners who are considering
applying for a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) from ICANN.
The announcement came at a meeting of the International Trademark
Association in Washington DC, where members gathered to discuss the new gTLD
program from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN), due to begin on January 12, 2012. With time running short, brand
owners must soon decide whether and how to apply for a new gTLD.
Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines, said: "Registry offerings
today are missing major elements that are important to brands. There are a
lot of innovative ways for brands to use new gTLDs, but most brands want to
first secure their gTLD for a reasonable price, and maybe use it internally,
before deciding on the next step. Our program provides a trusted partner,
complete choice of use, great workflow options, and low pricing."
The program's highlights include:
- Ability to acquire a gTLD now, then use it as needed, when
- Flexible and innovative pricing commensurate with use - as low
as $25,000 per year, up to a maximum of $100,000 per year.
- Full consulting and technical services covering the entire gamut
of application, evaluation, launch and technical back-end operations.
- Includes a private ICANN-accredited registrar (if desired)
- Company-friendly workflow allowing for multi-step domain name
- Easy cost control and inter-departmental accounting
- A trusted partner for every aspect of acquiring and using a
Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of Minds + Machines and former Chair of
ICANN's Board of Directors, said: "The flexibility of Espresso, our
technical platform, lets us bring some real choice to brands. Espresso lets
us offer companies a cost-effective, all-in-one solution that perfectly
complements our expertise on ICANN policy and processes."
About Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
Top Level Domain Holding is a publicly traded holding company listed on
the London AIM market. The company is focused on the new top-level domain
space. Top-level domains, such as .com, run by VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), and
.biz, run by NeuStar (NYSE: NSR), are regulated by ICANN. ICANN has
announced plans to expand the number of top-level domains. TLDH intends to
make targeted investments in this space, focusing on both infrastructure
technologies and specific top-level domains.
Minds + Machines is a registry services provider that works
internationally with commercial organisations, cities, not-for-profits and
entrepreneurs to secure and operate new web domains, known as top-level
domains (TLDs). Minds + Machines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Top Level
Domains Holdings, Ltd.
Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
Antony Van Couvering
Tel: +1 917 406 7126
Tel: +44(0) 20 7881 0180
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Toby Hall /Christian Pickel
Tel: +44(0) 20 3103 3902/3
Kenshoo Local is designed for companies that serve high volumes of small
to medium-sized businesses, including agencies, traditional media
publishers, directories, and online resellers. Kenshoo Local also delivers
unique value to regional, national and global advertisers with many
different locations, dealers or franchises.
Kenshoo Local 2.0 boasts a number of significant upgrades driven by
market demand and customer feedback. These include new onboarding and
campaign creation tools, support for Facebook, Baidu, and Yandex, multiple
conversion event optimization, dimension and category tagging, customizable
online reporting dashboards, and flexible scheduled email reports, among
"Kenshoo Local 2.0 is a game-changer," said Gregg Stewart, president at
15miles [http://www.15miles.com ]. "15miles has always seen great results
from Kenshoo Local, but the latest version will allow us to take our
clients' search and social campaigns to the next level. We're particularly
keen to use dimensions tagging to categorize and analyze various campaign
elements outside the confines of traditional search engine hierarchies and
to help inform our leading-edge local SEM strategies."
"Kenshoo Local has given us the tools to break into the SEM space and
quickly grow our customer portfolio. Features, such as Advanced Search,
offer tremendous efficiencies for our team and our clients. Kenshoo's
attribution models offer key insights into the buying funnel and enable
Meltwater's Account Managers to drive impactful results, which further
improves ROI for our clients," added Jonas Oppedal, Executive Director of
Meltwater Reach [http://www.meltwater.com/products/meltwater-reach ] at
Meltwater Group [http://www.meltwater.com ]. "Kenshoo Local 2.0 is a
significant leap forward and will help Meltwater Reach and our customers
deliver superior campaign results across search, display and social
Kenshoo Local is built on the Kenshoo Universal Platform, which serves
as a scalable foundation upon which all Kenshoo products are developed. One
key benefit of the Kenshoo Universal Platform to Kenshoo Local customers is
the ability to measure and optimize spend towards incremental offline
activity such as phone calls or in-store visits driven by online
advertising. This is activated through platform integration with leading
call-tracking and digital coupon providers.
"When we launched Kenshoo Local 18 months ago, it was the only
enterprise-class solution available to companies managing large volumes of
individual entities," commented Sivan Metzger, general manager of Kenshoo
Local. "Today, Kenshoo Local still stands alone as the only option in the
marketplace and, with our latest release on the Kenshoo Universal Platform,
our customers will be able to save more time and make more money than ever
Kenshoo is a digital marketing software [http://kenshoo.com ] company
that engineers technology solutions for search marketing, social media and
online advertising. Advertisers, agencies and marketing providers use
Kenshoo Enterprise, Kenshoo Local and Kenshoo Social to direct more than $15
billion in annual sales revenue. The Kenshoo Universal Platform delivers
automation, business intelligence, integration and scale to make better
marketing investments. Kenshoo powers 6 of the top 10 retailers in the
world, 6 of the top 10 hotel groups, 7 of the top 10 telecoms, 8 of the top
10 ad agency networks, and 22 of the Fortune 50 companies. With campaigns
running in more than 100 countries, Kenshoo customers include Barnes &
Noble, CareerBuilder, Facebook, Havas Digital, Hitwise, iREP, John Lewis,
LendingTree, Omnicom Media Group, Sears, Starcom MediaVest Group, Tesco,
Travelocity, Walgreens, and Zappos. Kenshoo has more than 10 international
offices and is backed by Sequoia Capital and Arts Alliance. Please visit http://www.Kenshoo.com for more information.
Contact: Stacie Susens, Director of Corporate Marketing and PR, Kenshoo, +1-877-536-7462, Stacie.Susens@Kenshoo.com
Dylan 'dylan12' Davies Scoops the Sky Poker Jackpot!
LONDON, September 21, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
One of the online poker room's most popular characters has won
the GBP6,500 Sky Poker Jackpot after winning two flagship tournaments on the
Some said it couldn't be done. However, online poker
[http://www.skypoker.com ] room Sky Poker is celebrating its first Jackpot
winner this morning after Dylan 'dylan12' Davies proved the doubters wrong
and accomplished what many thought would be poker's very own 'mission
Davies of Llandysul, Wales showed that winning two of the biggest online
poker events on SkyPoker.com on the same night was indeed possible, and in
one of the most action-packed tournaments on offer. Having secured the win
in the 8.15pm 'Mini Bounty Hunter', all eyes were on the Welshman as he
navigated his way to the final table of the GBP8,000 Bounty Hunter.
The brace of wins secured Davies the GBP6,500 Jackpot, making him the
first player to achieve the feat since the Jackpot was set up a little over
three months ago.
"The Sky Poker team couldn't be more pleased for Dylan," said Sky
Poker's Dave Bland. "He's one of the most popular characters within the Sky
Poker Community and his win last night in not one but two of the Main Events
on Sky Poker show he's an incredibly talented poker player, too."
The GBP6,500 Jackpot win goes with dylan12's tournament winnings -
GBP1,238 and GBP249 in bounties in the GBP8,000 Bounty Hunter and GBP180
plus GBP51 in bounties from his win in the 8.15pm 'Mini Bounty Hunter'. That
left Davies with an overall haul of GBP8,218 for a total buy-in of GBP25.30!
With players aiming to win cash prizes for eliminating players, winning two
tournaments in this particularly frenetic format is even more impressive.
The Bounty Hunter is one of the most popular formats on Sky Poker, and
is also the preferred format for Sky Sports viewers too, with Thursday
night's often seeing Sky Sports broadcast live coverage of the GBP12,000 Sky
Sports Bounty Hunter.
The Sky Poker Jackpot has now reseeded to GBP5,000, with an extra GBP100
added to the prize for each week it goes unclaimed. To give yourself a
chance of winning the bumper payout, head to Skypoker.com.
Sky Poker [http://www.skypoker.com ] is the British Sky Broadcasting's
online poker division, which allows users to play poker on their website and
screens selected hands from various tournaments and cash games on Sky Poker
TV, allowing players on the site to become the stars of the TV channel. Sky
Poker focuses on UK poker players, with all play at the tables in pounds
rather than dollars, as well as its own Sky Poker Tour around the country.
Sky Poker is licensed and regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control
About Sky Poker TV
Sky Poker TV launched in February 2007 and since then has expanded to
show more content from the site, highlights from the Sky Poker Tour (SPT),
as well as regular live appearances and interviews from the top names in
Poker Content Manager
Sky Betting & Gaming
T: +44(0)207 032 4108
360networks Announces Connectivity to San Diego Data Center
redIT World Trade location gives customers alternatives for connectivity
SEATTLE, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --360networks, a facilities-based wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, and VoIP services, today announced completion of a build out to the redIT data center, 12270 World Trade Drive, San Diego, California. This new data center location provides customers with additional connectivity solutions in support of their cloud services and other end-user applications. With this new location 360networks now covers over 70 markets within its 22 state coverage area.
redIT supports the global IT community with private, customizable cloud services and data centers in the southwestern U.S. and Latin America. redIT enables its clients to focus resources on what drives their competitive advantage - not the distractions of owning and managing IT. Through collaboration with clients such as Oracle, McDonalds, Bloomberg, and Carl Zeiss, among others, redIT customizes an IT strategy that delivers both long-term scalability and lower total cost of ownership.
"The addition of a carrier with the broad coverage and product portfolio of 360networks is great news for San Diego," said Mark Barlow, Chief Operating Officer of redIT U.S. "We're pleased to have been selected as their San Diego Point of Presence and have already seen significant interest in their services from our customer base."
"We will continue to expand our reach by connecting more data centers to our regional backbone network, like we have done in San Diego, with redIT providing the reliable infrastructure we need," said Steve Cardwell, vice president of sales for 360networks. "Anyone seeking connectivity or data center access out of, or into California's largest markets, now has more options."
360networks offers a full line of fiber broadband solutions, each with the flexibility to support customer's unique capacity, interface, geographic and pricing needs to include dedicated Ethernet, switched Ethernet, optical, wavelengths, SONET and IP services. All 360networks's services leverage the company's 18,500 route mile network to over 70 tier 1 to 4 markets, with more than 130 POPs and over 300 market-capable sites.
360networks is a full service wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, and VoIP services, on its wholly-owned fiber optic backbone. Its facilities-based network provides deep coverage, spanning 18,500 miles to over 70 tier 1 to 4 U.S. markets (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) and British Columbia. Financially strong and a CLEC in 36 states, 360networks helps the nation's voice, data and web-based application and service providers to quickly pursue next generation strategies, migrate from legacy networks, grow into new markets and services, and increase network diversity. http://www.360networks.com
CONTACT: Scott R Fincher, 360networks, Product Marketing Manager, +1-303-854-5016, or cell, +1-303-886-0566, firstname.lastname@example.org
Viacom International Media Networks and GigaMedia Announce New Developments Around World's First SpongeBob SquarePants Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
Expansions Include Content, Mobile Platforms and Europe, Russia and Latin America Publishing
SINGAPORE, TAIPEI, LONDON and NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), and leading Asian online games company GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) today announced new developments in their multi-year partnership around the first Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) based upon Nickelodeon's global smash hit, SpongeBob SquarePants. The companies will double the amount of content in the game, develop an iOS mobile game, and expand publishing internationally.
Announced in June 2010, the SpongeBob SquarePants MMOG is the first Nickelodeon television property to be developed as an MMOG, and Viacom's first to be developed outside of the United States.
The SpongeBob SquarePants MMOG will launch first in Taiwan in 2012 followed by rollout in multiple languages for players in China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and India. As part of the new developments announced today, GigaMedia will also publish the game in Europe, Russia and Latin America.
The SpongeBob SquarePants creative team at the Burbank-based Nickelodeon Animation Studios has been working closely with GigaMedia and their development partner BlueArk Entertainment to develop the online environment and SpongeBob SquarePants avatars, allowing players to create, customize and personalize their experience. The SpongeBob SquarePants MMOG will be designed to appeal to broad demographics, allowing players to play as characters including SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and others.
The game will use the Unity game engine from Unity Technologies. Unity is rapidly gaining recognition as an integrated development system for browser-based 3D games, and as a multiplatform tool it is also used for iPhone, Wii, PC, and Mac games.
The free-to-play model will offer an online store where users can purchase a range of bespoke items to populate and customize their experience, and will also feature a wide range of video and simple Flash®-based games allowing users of all skill-levels and ages to interact and share their SpongeBob SquarePants experiences online.
Full details of the game's content, objectives, rules, challenges, customization elements and add-on enhancements will be announced in 2012.
About Viacom International Media Networks:
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is comprised of many of the world's most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, non-premium Paramount branded channels, VH1, VIVA, MTVNHD, Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas, TMF (The Music Factory), COLORS and Game One.
GigaMedia Limited (Singapore registration number: 199905474H) is a major provider of online entertainment software and services. Through its subsidiaries, GigaMedia develops and operates a suite of online games in Asia covering the regions of Greater China and Southeast Asia. More information on GigaMedia can be obtained from http://www.gigamedia.com.
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The statements included above and elsewhere in this press release that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. GigaMedia cautions readers that forward-looking statements are based on the company's current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. Information as to certain factors that could cause actual results to vary can be found in GigaMedia's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in June 2011.
Alzheimer's Caregivers Going Online for Support in Record Numbers
Tremendous Growth and Adoption of Caring.com's Steps & Stages(TM) in First Year
SAN MATEO, Calif., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caring.com, the leading online destination for family caregivers, today -- on World Alzheimer's Day -- announced that its breakthrough Steps & Stages(TM) resource is now among the largest and fastest-growing online resources for Alzheimer's caregivers. Since its launch in October 2010, Steps & Stages has helped more than 120,000 caregivers with this free resource devoted to Alzheimer's caregiving.
With research indicating that over 25 percent of family caregivers seek support online, Caring.com has experienced tremendous growth in Steps & Stages -- which includes a free custom care guide, stage-based newsletter, and online support groups for caregivers. In the past three months, visits to Stage Groups, which provide Alzheimer's support by enabling caregivers to connect with each other, have grown by 200 percent.
"The journey for an Alzheimer's caregiver can be overwhelming and lonely. When you hear that a loved one has Alzheimer's, you don't know where to turn, what to do, or what lies ahead," said Andy Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Caring.com. "Steps & Stages has made this difficult process easier and more manageable for thousands of caregivers. The rapid growth of Steps & Stages validates the importance of getting information and support from those who truly understand the Alzheimer's caregiving experience."
Caring.com's Steps & Stages has changed how caregivers approach the progression of the disease, targeting their need for specific information based on where their loved one is on the path from early mild-stage to late severe-stage Alzheimer's disease. After completing a brief stage assessment, each caregiver receives a personalized care guide -- which can be updated as new Alzheimer's symptoms arise -- along with practical tips each week.
With thousands of visitors and conversation posts each month, Stage Groups connect caregivers whose loved ones are at a similar stage of dementia. Caregivers can visit their Stage Group at any time of day or night to share their experiences, get advice, feel less isolated, and laugh and cry with those who understand what they're going through. Whether talking about their daily trials and tribulations or discussing the pros and cons of Alzheimer's tests and clinical trials, Stage Groups provide a convenient, easy way for Alzheimer's caregivers to meet their information and support needs, on their own schedules and without fear of being judged.
"This group is a godsend. We help each other with everyday issues," says Tracey Jackson of Hoover, Alabama, who, for the last seven years, has been the sole caregiver for her mother, Edna. "I can log on at 4 a.m. and have someone to talk to -- or vent to. The prayers and words of encouragement are the best."
Alzheimer's caregivers who are interested in joining a Steps & Stages online support group can visit http://www.caring.com/alzheimers-support to preview conversations, join this vibrant community, and start receiving helpful tips and advice.
Caring.com's CEO and co-founder Andy Cohen will provide a live demo of Steps & Stages at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Monday, September 26.
Caring.com is the leading online destination for caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Caring.com offers helpful content, advice from leading experts, a supportive community of caregivers, and a comprehensive senior living directory. Based in San Mateo, California, Caring.com is a private company funded by DCM, Intel Capital, Shasta Ventures, and Split Rock Partners.
D-Link Announces New Plenum-Rated, Cloud-Managed Solution with Comprehensive Wireless Features for Small and Medium-Sized Business Environments
D-Link® DAP-2565 Wi-Fi Access Point Designed for Indoor Plenum Deployment Offers Secure Network Management for Businesses with Limited IT Resources
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- D-Link, the cost-effective, standards-based unified networking solutions provider for small business and medium enterprise IT environments, today announced the D-Link® DAP-2565 AirPremier® N Dual Band PoE Access Point with Plenum-Rated Chassis powered by CloudCommand(TM), designed for indoor plenum deployment in above-ceiling airspace installations. The new Cloud-Managed solution provides small and medium-sized businesses, as well as K-12 and hospitality environments, with a secure, reliable and affordable way to manage their networks.
As a new member of the D-Link Cloud-Managed Access Point family, the DAP-2565 delivers business-grade features at a lower cost than other enterprise solutions, including flexible IEEE 802.11n performance(1), Power Over Ethernet (PoE) support(2) for installation in areas where power outlets are not readily available, and secure guest access and control privileges for individual users. The DAP-2565 also utilizes CloudCommand, which allows end users and value-added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to easily and quickly set up, secure and remotely manage high-performance wireless networks with multiple access points through a Cloud portal, saving significant time and resources. In addition, the DAP-2565's plenum-rated metal chassis meets specific requirements to be flame retardant and have low smoke production for placement in air passageways.
"Purchasing and managing a secure enterprise-class Cloud solution can often be a daunting task for small and medium-sized businesses due to limited IT resources," said Joe Melfi, product manager, Cloud Business Solutions, D-Link Systems, Inc. "However, the DAP-2565 Access Point, along with D-Link's entire family of Cloud-Managed solutions, meets the needs of these small business environments, offering unsurpassed performance, robust security and central management capabilities at an affordable price."
Key features and benefits of the DAP-2565 Access Point include:
-- Plenum-rated for above-ceiling airspace installation
-- Selectable dual band 2.4/5Ghz for flexible IEEE 802.11n performance up
-- Integrated 802.3af PoE(2)( )support
-- Secure, segregated guest access and control privileges for each user
-- Central management capabilities to improve uptime and cost-effectiveness
-- Includes one-year subscription to CloudCommand Cloud service
D-Link Delivers on Flexibility and Affordability
D-Link unified networking solutions offer a range of capabilities to satisfy small and medium-sized business requirements for scalability, reliability, and performance with lower initial and ongoing costs. D-Link solutions also support industry standards for interoperability in multi-vendor environments. As such, through D-Link's superior economic model, businesses can take advantage of affordable Cloud-based solutions that deliver high-end features without being locked into expensive and proprietary hardware, software or service requirements
Pricing & Availability
The DAP-2565 is available for $615.99 MSRP with a one-year Cloud Service subscription and renewal price of $99.99 MSRP per year for each Access Point. D-Link's Cloud Managed solutions are currently available in the U.S. and are sold through D-Link's vast network, including value-added resellers, solutions providers and distributors.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit http://www.dlink.com or connect with D-Link on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/dlink).
(1) Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, buildings materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. Wireless range and speed rates are D-Link RELATIVE performance measurements based on the wireless range and speed rates of a standard Wireless G product from D-Link. Maximum throughput based on D-Link Wireless N devices.