Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, EDUCAUSE 2011 Partner to Create Hybrid Annual Conference
Mediasite to webcast conference for the seventh consecutive year
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (EDUCAUSE booth #1219)-- Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Inc.(NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management, and EDUCAUSE Platinum Partner, will stream four concurrent session tracks plus the keynotes at EDUCAUSE 2011 to virtual audiences. The conference takes place this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
By way of their desktops, 350 remote attendees from 165 campuses and 8 countries around the world will connect to the in-person participants. These attendees participate in teams that range from 2 to 60, and the estimated exposure is around 2,000. Remote attendees will have access to sessions from the face-to-face meeting including all keynote sessions, and more than 50 featured and themed concurrent sessions streamed via Mediasite. They will also participate in exclusive interactive discussion sessions with experts on current topics; access a virtual convention center, which will house all online components; and guide their virtual experience with an Event Planning Kit to facilitate remote discussion.
"We are able to implement a lot of innovative ideas in our programming. We've got many members who register an entire department or campus site using one registration fee. They have everyone meet in a room and watch the sessions. They literally create their own off-site campus event," said Victoria Fanning, director, hybrid and online conferences and events at EDUCAUSE. "The biggest benefit we have with Mediasite is that they have high-quality, solid equipment, the technicians are reliable and responsive, and the product they develop and stream is amazing. Before Mediasite, we were focused and confined to physical spaces. Now we can reach the entire world more easily."
The online program is available on the EDUCAUSE conference website at http://www.educause.edu/E2011/Program/Online. EDUCAUSE is offering public access to select keynote, featured, and themed concurrent session streams throughout the conference. On-site attendees will also be able to see a demo of live video streaming from select conference sessions in HD and on iPads at the Mediasite booth #1219.
Sean Brown, vice president of education at Sonic Foundry will be presenting "The Future of Lecture Capture: What You'll Worry About When Your Pilot Goes Campus-Wide" on Thursday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m. in meeting room 204B.
An EDUCAUSE webcasting partner since 2005, Mediasite by Sonic Foundry is a leading webcasting platform for hybrid events, training and lecture capture. Trusted by more than 900 colleges and universities, the patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, http://www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Event Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure(TM) Comes to Life as the Must Have Kids Entertainment Property of the Year
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Has Just One Holiday Hotlist Left to Top - Your Most Wanted
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Buoyed by glowing endorsements from the Toys"R"Us "Holiday Hot Toy List," the Toy Insider "Hot 20 List," and Time to Play's "Power Ups" holiday toy list, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is proud to announce that Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is available now at retailers worldwide. The Starter Pack includes the game, three Skylanders action figures, the Portal of Power(TM) peripheral, a poster and trading cards -- everything consumers need to experience the highly anticipated mingling of digital and physical play that only SkylandersSpyro's Adventure can deliver.
"Everyone at Activision and Toys for Bob has poured a tremendous amount of passion, imagination and love into creating Skylanders Spyro's Adventure," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "And while it's certainly gratifying to receive recognition from the likes of Toy Insider and Time to Play, we are most excited to share Skylanders Spyro's Adventure with the most important audience of all, young gamers everywhere."
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is the first game to deliver a cross-platform experience that allows kids to bring toys to life in a magical world via the Portal of Power. And because the toys remember their experiences, they can travel seamlessly -- from your house to a friend's and from one platform to another, including the Nintendo Wii(TM), Nintendo 3DS(TM), the Xbox 360(TM) game and entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 Computer entertainment system, PCs and Macs, as well as on the web with Skylanders Spyro's Universe(SM). Skylanders Spyro's Adventure's boundless multi-modal, cross-platform play is a watershed for both the toy and videogame industries, and for young gamers seeking genuinely innovative and exciting digital adventure. Kids can collect more than 30 characters, each with their own powers and personality; and each expands the gameplay experience. The sinister Portal Master Kaos has cast them out of the Skylands and banished them to earth, where they are frozen and appear to look like toys. But they are very much alive on the inside and only young gamers can free them by placing them on the Portal of Power so they can return to the Skylands and defeat Kaos.
Activision united in-house talent with top Hollywood talent to create Skylanders Spyro's Adventure's unique world. The game and technology were developed by Activision's Novato, California studio, Toys for Bob, led by creative director and studio head Paul Reiche. The adventure-driven story was penned by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, two of the Academy Award-nominated writers of the original Toy Story movie, Academy Award-winning composer, Hans Zimmer, created the game's theme song and Lorne Balfe composed the score.
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure includes a vast single player adventure, co-op gameplay, battle modes, puzzle solving and treasure hunts. The result is a line of highly collectible characters, an engaging story and an unparalleled interactive entertainment experience. The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB. For more information, visit http://www.skylanders.com/
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Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
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Asia's Leading Social Game Developer Happy Elements Raises $30 Million
Funds will be used to continue expansion in global social gaming market
BEIJING, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Top global social gaming developer Happy Elements today announced that it has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round. Led by Legend Capital with participation from existing investor DCM, the new funding will be used to expand more aggressively in global markets and to make an entry into the mobile entertainment market with the launch of several new smartphone games in 2012. The capital will also be used to aggressively recruit diverse talent from across the globe and to strengthen its leadership position as the social game developer with the strongest overall presence in Asia's principal markets.
Happy Elements is one of the fastest growing global developers in the social gaming industry. Since launching its first game in 2009, it has consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 game developers on Facebook and as one of the top Asian social gaming developers on Facebook. It maintains a leading position on social networking services (SNS) in Japan, China and South Korea. In the two years since its founding, Happy Elements has grown from an eight person team to a staff of 300. By the end of 2012, Happy Elements is planning to launch over eight new games.
"In the last two years, social games have given players a fresh gaming experience and a new way to interact," said Haining Wang, CEO of Happy Elements. "At Happy Elements, we really know how users socialize and how games operate and spread. With this new investment, we will continue to recruit diverse talent from across the globe and we will continue to attract top-class producers and managers. As we move forward, we will continue to focus on providing innovative games with the most compelling gaming experience," said Haining Wang, CEO of Happy Elements.
Creativity and persistence
Happy Elements creates games based on the belief that "games are a service". In August 2009, Happy Elements launched its first social game My Fishbowl on Facebook. Today it continues to entertain 1,500,000 daily active users, one of the longest life cycles among the top 10 games on Facebook.
In addition, titles released on other platforms around the world have also become extremely popular. Lounge Bar, after only four weeks, became the #2 game by number of active users on Mixi, Japan's top social networking website, while My Kingdom, a casual social game, was ranked first among the fastest growing games on Facebook after its launch in October 2010. It is also the most successful game released by Happy Elements on Japanese, Chinese Mainland and South Korean social networking platforms.
"Social networking websites are one of the most important innovations of the Internet era," said Erhai Liu, managing director of Legend Capital. "Legend Capital pays close attention to social platforms and SNS applications. Happy Elements is a top 10 social game developer. The company is rich in experience with product research and development, operations, and international publishing. We believe that Happy Elements will continue to provide high quality social game services."
Global operations and publishing
Since its founding, Happy Elements strived to be a company with global reach. Two years after its start, Happy Elements has developed games on 15 platforms around the world. The Global Integration Platform developed by Happy Elements connects and continuously updates its products on social networking platforms around the world. Among these platforms are: Facebook, Tencent, Renren, Kaixin, Mixi, Hangames, Cyworld, Daum, Netlog, Hyves, StudiVZ and Orkut. In addition, Happy Elements has established a global operations team with members from 15 different countries to ensure that its games are adapted to fit the various markets' needs. With its Global Integration Platform, operational experience in Asia and loyal user base, Happy Elements began helping third party game developers publish their games as of June 2011.
"Having invested in the first funding round of Happy Elements, we've witnessed, first-hand, the painstaking importance Happy Element's product teams have placed on their users' demands," said Osuke Honda, a partner at DCM, who is a member of Board of Directors of Happy Elements. "We're pleased to continue supporting this leading game publisher with a steady product development pipeline and a continued dedication to excellence."
Moving towards mobile
Happy Elements has launched three mobile phone games in Japan, to strong reception from the market. Pocket Bar has won special recognition from GREE Mobile as one of the platforms top games. In October 2011, Happy Elements released Happy Fish Dream Aquarium for the iPhone. With this new round of funding, Happy Elements will push even more aggressively into the mobile entertainment market, by launching an exciting array of creative new games for mobile devices. For more information, please visit http://www.happyelements.com.
About Happy Elements
Happy Elements is leading the next wave of gaming, providing the best gaming experience for users of social networks and mobile devices. Happy Elements has released and operated PC and smartphone based social games on 15 platforms across the globe. It believes that what it runs is a service, not just a product. The first wave of Happy Elements games for Facebook, including "My Fishbowl" and "My Kingdom", has been widely recognized for its user loyalty and convenient social interaction. Founded in 2009, Happy Elements is headquartered in Beijing, China with an office in Japan. More information about Happy Elements can be found at http://www.happyelements.com.
About Legend Capital
Legend Capital, a subsidiary of Legend Holdings Ltd, is an independent venture capital firm. It was established in April 2001, headquartered in Beijing, with offices in Shanghai and Wuhan. Legend Capital's investment team includes over 40 professionals, of which 13 are partners. At present, it manages funds totaling over 13 billion RMB, principally investing in China related growth opportunities. Its investments mainly cover the spectrum of TMT, outsourcing and professional services, clean technologies, medical care, consumer products and services and advanced manufacturing industry. As of September 2011, Legend Capital had invested in more than 100 enterprises. 18 of which have been listed on New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd, Taiwan Stock Market or Shenzhen Stock Exchanges.
Legend Capital is an innovative, teamwork driven company that believes in the pursuit of profit with principles and respect for people. Its goal is to create mutually beneficial partnerships between investors and entrepreneurs based on mutual trust and respect, for the goal of promoting innovation and growth.
DCM is an early stage venture capital firm that has been helping entrepreneurs build world-class technology companies since 1996. The firm's partners manage six funds totaling US$2 billion, and have made investments in more than 140 technology companies across the United States and Asia. With offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Tokyo, DCM provides hands-on operational guidance and a vast network of business and financial resources to its portfolio companies globally. DCM has backed industry leading companies such as 51job, About.com (acquired by The New York Times Co.), Clearwire, eDreams (acquired by TA), Foundry Networks, Kabu.com, Sling Media (acquired by EchoStar), SMIC, and VanceInfo as well as upcoming startups such as Bridgelux, Happy Elements, mBaoBao, PapayaMobile, RenRen, RockYou, Sandforce, Trion Worlds, Ustream, and Vipshop. Recent exits include three new China-based IPOs: BitAuto Holdings, DangDang Inc., and Shanghai Luxin and two US-based exits: Fortinet and PGP (acquired by Symantec).
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Hughes Announces Major Enhancements to its HughesNet Service Delivering More Capacity and Improved Performance for all Satellite Internet Customers
GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced significant enhancements to its HughesNet® satellite Internet service to bring faster speeds and a richer Internet experience to customers.
This week Hughes will complete the rollout of network upgrades for HughesNet subscribers which began this past summer. These network upgrades boost browsing and download performance resulting in an improved online customer experience. Another important enhancement is an increase in daily download allowance for all service plans, which provides an addition download capacity per month of well over 1 GB.
Hughes also offers subscribers easy-to-use tools and services to help them take advantage of these improvements and maximize their online experience. To ensure uninterrupted performance, the HughesNet Status Meter application continuously monitors the customers' usage so they will always be aware of how much of their daily download capacity is available. Another tool is the HughesNet Download Manager which enables users to schedule large file downloads during off peak hours without affecting browsing speeds or their daily download allowance.
"Customers' best choice in satellite Internet is getting even better," said Mike Cook, senior vice president of the North American Division at Hughes. "Hughes will be continuously improving the HughesNet service over the coming months with optimization technologies, and further enhancements to service plans and customer support. Our vision is to take satellite Internet to the next level with the most advanced high-bandwidth satellites and services that will enable subscribers to experience the Internet at its fullest."
To help customers get the most from their HughesNet service, Hughes also has launched new online channels where customers can access the latest information about service improvements, new promotional offers, and post comments and questions. The newly launched HughesNet Community is an active social community where customers can gain direct access to Hughes company experts, as well as HughesNet "power users." On the Hughes Facebook page, customers can ask questions, get answers, share their favorite tips, and keep track of the latest enhancements to HughesNet's ever-improving service.
Today's announcement is the first in a series of performance, feature, and technology enhancements that Hughes will be rolling out in coming months, culminating with the 2012 launch of Jupiter(TM), its next-generation, high throughput Ka-band satellite designed to meet the bandwidth needs of the future. HughesNet subscribers will be able to enjoy a faster and more media-rich Internet experience for video, music, image download, and voice capabilities, among other performance benefits.
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Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 2.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit http://www.hughes.com.
Enterasys Announces OneFabric, First Network Fabric to Extend Beyond the Data Center for End-to-End Application Delivery
Innovative Approach Provides Simplicity, Scalability and Control from the Data Center to Mobile Edge
ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, today announced its OneFabric architecture, the industry's first unified network fabric to span from the data center to the wired and wireless edge. OneFabric allows enterprises to provision the network end-to-end with consistent performance and enhanced security for business-critical applications, all managed from a single pane of glass. OneFabric is an open and standards-based architecture that provides simplicity, scalability and control for complex IT environments, delivering a platform for reducing network tiers, flattening data center networks, and creating a more intelligent network infrastructure.
Enterasys will offer customers flexible entry points to deploy OneFabric without requiring a rip-and-replace of existing network infrastructure. Customers are able to identify their immediate infrastructure needs and implement one or more OneFabric solutions, including: OneFabric Data Center, OneFabric Edge, or OneFabric Security. Unlike competing fabric solutions, OneFabric is able to coexist with existing infrastructure investments while providing incremental value.
"Virtualization and distributed appliances are transforming every part of IT and to maximize the potential of virtualization, the network must also transform. Our new OneFabric architecture brings simplicity and scalability to the delivery of business-critical applications, particularly in virtualized environments," said Chris Crowell, president and CEO at Enterasys Networks. "OneFabric redefines what constitutes a fabric by providing a single architecture that spans from the data center to the network edge, including wired, wireless, mobile and cloud. Furthermore, OneFabric provides one network environment, delivering one network experience, making predictable, reliable application delivery simple."
OneFabric Control Center Provides Unified Management
Key to the OneFabric vision, Enterasys is also introducing OneFabric Control Center, unique in the industry in delivering a single pane of glass for the unified management of an end-to-end fabric, including deep integration with virtual infrastructure from VMware, Citrix and Microsoft to dramatically improve network performance in virtualized data centers.
"Our OneFabric deployment from Enterasys provides us with a secure, highly available network spanning our unified wired/wireless edge to the data center," said Gaston Hebert, director of technical resources, St. Edwards University. "OneFabric Control Center provides us with 'single pane of glass' management enabling us to automate provisioning for users, devices and applications. This allows us to reduce the time it takes to deploy and support new systems and 21st Century learning tools. OneFabric is helping St. Edward's achieve its goal to deliver a secure, open and collaborative environment for our students, faculty and staff around the globe."
OneFabric Control Center, which is deployed as part of the initial customer implementation, becomes the unified management platform from which customers can manage both OneFabric and third-party network infrastructure. OneFabric Control Center also delivers key integration with VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft virtualization platforms to deliver automation, visibility and control across the virtual data center environment.
OneFabric from Enterasys allows customers to evolve to fabric-based networking for application delivery, offering the following benefits:
Reduced Complexity and Cost: Tight integration into the workflows of virtualization and storage teams deliver simplicity without compromise. The Enterasys unified architecture edge-to-data center architecture also reduces complex and wasteful layers of management overhead, simplifies application delivery based on common technology components from the data center to the edge, and delivers radically improved total cost of ownership.
Guaranteed IT Service Level Agreements (SLAs): As organizations move towards public/private clouds, scale out their virtualization deployments, and unify LAN/SAN solutions, network predictability and visibility often deteriorates. OneFabric makes it possible for IT to guarantee application delivery to the business, with infrastructure and tools to enable end-to-end automation across the entire network for consistent service provisioning and QoS.
Improved Operational Efficiency: It is no longer acceptable for IT to exist as a cost center. IT must achieve cost savings transferrable to the bottom line, where operational efficiency is a key metric. Customers who have adopted OneFabric have achieved network management efficiency gains of up to 90 percent.
"Enterprises need to think beyond the traditional silos of networking, storage and servers and take a holistic approach to their enterprise and data center network," said Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, IDC. "With server virtualization and the issue of virtual machine (VM) sprawl, gone are the days when server teams didn't need to interact with the networking group. Instead, IT organizations have to work collaboratively to ensure optimized application delivery, all the way from the virtual server to the mobile edge. Architectures such as OneFabric from Enterasys provide customers with solutions to these problems with consistent policy management and automation that spans from the data center to the mobile edge."
Additional Supporting Quotes
"As we continued to virtualize our environment, while also becoming more highly mobile, we struggled to manage each virtual machine and device with its own set of provisioning and security requirements. Enterasys Data Center Manager, now integrated in OneFabric Control Center, provides us the automation necessary to appropriately provision and secure each device. Providing that level of automation and visibility across the entire network is imperative to manage the changing and ever-evolving nature of our network."
-- Michael Proft, IT director, University Hospital Leipzig
"Virtualization has redefined every part of IT over the past decade, except the network. For companies to fully leverage virtualization and maximize the ROI of this new era of IT, the network now must transform. The Enterasys OneFabric vision addresses not only the transformation of the data center network but addresses the needs of the end-to-end enterprise network. OneFabric will allow CIOs and IT managers to focus on optimizing user experience not just IT infrastructure."
-- Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst, ZK Research
-- Enterasys OneFabric webpage
-- Enterasys on Twitter
About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit http://www.siemens-enterprise.com or http://www.enterasys.com.
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Toronto-Based Company's Renowned Local Deals and Customer Service Now Available in 21 U.S. Markets
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dealfind, Canada's most visited daily deal site, continued its expansion throughout North America, launching Monday in Denver. The group buying site allowing consumers to eat, play, shop and relax at 50 to 90 percent off is now available in 21 U.S. cities in addition to 28 cities across Canada.
Dealfind now offers Denver consumers carefully chosen deals on products and services worth buying from some of the most notable small and midsize businesses in the market, as well as Dealfind's distinguished customer service. Every voucher purchased through the site features a 30-day refund policy to ensure customers are treated fairly.
Area merchants serve to benefit from Dealfind's entry into the market by gaining a whole new customer-base though marketing to the site's database of registered users. There are no upfront costs in partnering with Dealfind, limiting the risk of business owners using this medium to gain clientele.
"Dealfind's growth has been spurred by our commitment to customer service and offering deals on products and services people actually want to purchase," said Dealfind Co-Founder and President Gary Lipovetsky. "As we continue our U.S. expansion out west, Denver is a key market for us to establish a significant presence. With all the skiing and beautiful resorts in the area, we plan on featuring deals to let locals experience these desirable spots without breaking their budgets."
Since the Toronto-based company's founding in 2009, Dealfind has saved North Americans more than $300 million through more than 1.3 million purchased vouchers. Featured deals have included discounts on restaurants, spas and salons. The Dealfind website receives between 12 and 16 million visitors per month.
"When I was approached by Dealfind about trying out their service, I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the sales team," said Dara Johnston, Owner of Body Kneads Massage in Denver. "I've used other services to promote my business in the past, but my interactions with the sales team made me excited about trying out Dealfind. They showed tremendous dedication in catering to my needs."
Body Kneads Massage will be one of first companies featuring a Denver deal, offering a 60-minute massage from a Licensed Massage Therapist for $29, which is valued at $75.
Dealfind is the largest Canadian-owned group buying website in North America, operating in 49 markets in Canada and the U.S. Dealfind is ranked as #3 on the North American Daily Deal Media Power Rankings(1). It has sold more than 1.3 million vouchers since 2010, saving consumers more than $300 million. Privately held, Dealfind boasts refundable group buying vouchers, as well as full customer service support. The Toronto-based company provides small and medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to cost-effectively gain new and repeat customers through smart online marketing and referral programs.
(1) The North American Daily Deal Media Power Rankings is a proprietary ranking and verification system launched by Daily Deal Media in May 2011. Daily Deal Media is the authoritative source for news, data and resources for the Daily Deal industry.
Level 3 Works with 52Eighty to Develop 200 New Wireless Tower Sites Connected to Level 3's Advanced Fiber Backbone
Sites Will Enable Wireless Operators to Expand Service Coverage Capabilities, Optimize Network Performance and Reduce Operating Expenses.
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with 52Eighty, a wireless tower infrastructure company, to develop 200 new wireless tower access sites near Level 3's strategic Extended On-Net (EON) sites. The new sites, which will be located in rural, suburban and metropolitan markets, will provide wireless operators with key access points to expand geographic service capabilities, optimize network performance, reduce operational expenses and leverage Level 3's extensive portfolio of advanced network services.
Mainstream adoption of Internet-connected mobile devices has resulted in the explosive growth of wireless data traffic. As such, wireless operators require tower infrastructure solutions that enable them to meet the continuously growing demand for high-capacity wireless access. In order to ensure optimal network performance and mitigate the costs of transporting these high volumes of data, it is vital for wireless operators to leverage sites near advanced backbone networks that are capable of scaling to meet this demand.
"52Eighty is dedicated to providing mobile operators with the most reliable and cost-effective tower access solutions capable of handling large volumes of mobile-generated data traffic," said George Alex, CEO of 52Eighty. "Working with Level 3 on this project will enable us to offer customers a best-in-class solution for tower access and the provisioning of advanced wireless services."
Level 3's work with 52Eighty will result in 200 new wireless tower access sites, to be built on or near strategically selected Level 3 EON locations. Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 will grant 52Eighty access rights to develop the new tower sites near its facilities within a two-year period, while Level 3 will deploy the necessary optical transport equipment at the sites. Additionally, 52Eighty will cover the cost of the tower construction, and Level 3 will enable transport services to and from the compound structure.
"Wireless connectivity is a vital component for our increasingly mobile society, and Level 3's advanced optical networking capabilities are a crucial factor in delivering superior wireless services," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Transport and Infrastructure Services for Level 3. "We are delighted to work with 52Eighty on this initiative and believe it will greatly enhance the ability of wireless service providers to continue improving their service area and performance."
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a premier international provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers' growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit http://www.level3.com.
Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to: the company's ability to successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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Odyssey Software Posts Video Demonstrating iOS5 Support
Apple iOS5 Device Managed by Athena(TM) Product in Online Video
WEST HENRIETTA, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Odyssey Software, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-class mobile device management (MDM) products, today released a video that demonstrates management of an Apple iOS5 device with its award winning MDM software, Athena(TM).
Odyssey Software iOS5 Demonstration Video
"This video underscores Odyssey Software's recent announcement that Athena supports iOS5 at the October 12 launch date of the new Apple platform," said Mark Gentile, CEO of Odyssey Software. "While other companies talk about managing iOS5 devices, we simply deliver. With Athena, customers can manage their iOS5 devices today."
Earlier in October, Apple announced that over 250 million iOS devices have been sold. The majority of these devices can take advantage of the new iOS5 operating system and the rich new features that it enables. It is expected that millions of iOS device users will upgrade to iOS5 almost immediately, so enterprises can't wait for upgrades from MDM vendors to support this new platform.
The new video demonstrates enrolling and managing an iOS5 device with Athena from the perspective of the device user.
About Odyssey Software
Odyssey Software is a leading provider of enterprise-class mobile and embedded device management software products for today's most popular device platforms. Our mission is to provide industry leading software technology innovations that make it efficient and cost effective for IT organizations to remotely manage, support and control the complexity of enterprise deployments. More information is available at: http://www.odysseysoftware.com or by calling +1-585-214-2409.
All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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Odyssey Software, Inc.
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New Rental Application App Helps Tenants Win the Apartment Race With Their iPhone & iPad
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It seems like every time a great apartment becomes available, there are mobs of people clamoring to fill out a rental application. Most property managers operate on a first come, first served basis, and nobody likes filling out forms, especially when the same information is repeated over and over again. Esq Apps ZipCastle is a fast, simple mobile app designed to make tenants more competitive in their race to rent the best houses and apartments.
Available for .99 cents on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, ZipCastle users create a single rental application form for instant emailing to landlords and property managers. Tenants can include all of the information necessary for their prospective landlord to complete a credit & background check. ZipCastle gives tenants the option to leave their social security number off of their rental application. Now tenants have more control over their personal information during their search for housing because they control what information appears on their rental application.
"Nobody likes filling out the same form over and over as they go through the stressful process of finding a place to live. Some of the lowest priced apartments in San Francisco disappear from Craigslist in a matter of minutes. Now you can fill out a single ZipCastle rental application form on your iPhone or iPad and start applying for places right away," said Adam Brumm, California Attorney and Co-Founder of Esq Apps.
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Phone: (831) 406-1ESQ (1377)
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Flash Networks Announces Mobile Video Transcoder Version 2.0
Featuring 3D optimization and real-time user experience monitoring
LONDON, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Flash Networks, a leading global provider of intelligent mobile Internet solutions, announced today a new version of its Harmony Transcoder with the ability to optimize new video formats such as HTML5, Ultra HD, as well as 3D videos, and measure in real time the quality of service to ensure a positive user experience. Flash Networks will be presenting the challenges and solutions for video optimization at the Mobile Video Summit, October 18th in London.
According to data collected by Flash Networks from mobile operators around the globe, video bitrates, and therefore also video volumes, have more than doubled in the last 18 months. In addition further congestion is predicted from new formats such as 3D video , a small yet increasing segment of video traffic, that has twice the bitrate of a normal 2D video on average.
Flash Networks Harmony Transcoder provides the smoothest possible viewing based on real time network conditions and measures the end to end user experience during transcoding to ensure adherence to quality standards. The transcoder further varies the level of optimization, and dynamically transrates the video in real time or offline depending on network conditions. This new version which has significantly higher capacity, supports the widest variety of formats including HD, Ultra HD and 3D, and dynamic adaptive streaming schemes including the leading delivery methods from Apple, Adobe and Microsoft.
"With new standards such as 3D video and ultra high definition gradually penetrating the market, optimization solutions are becoming an increasingly important focus for mobile operators," said Merav Bahat, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Flash Networks. "As pioneers in the mobile video optimization market, we were the first to introduce advanced video optimization capabilities to mobile operators worldwide, and we continue to evolve our solution in response to market changes and maintain our competitive edge."
Flash Networks' Video Optimization and Transcoder is part of the Harmony Mobile Internet Services Gateway which enables operators to enhance user quality of experience, reduce operational expenses, and manage and monetize access to the open Internet by applying best-in-class services to mobile data traffic.
About Flash Networks
Flash Networks is a global provider of intelligent mobile Internet solutions that enable operators to improve quality of experience, reduce network operational expenses, and manage and monetize the mobile Internet. Providing a faster, safer, richer, and more personalized user experience, Flash Networks' Harmony Mobile Internet Services Gateway helps operators achieve significant cost savings through intelligent data traffic optimization, and applies intelligent policies for targeted marketing and charging. With offices in Europe, Asia, and North America, Flash Networks' installed base of top-tier mobile carriers includes O2, Orange, SingTel Group, T-Mobile, Telefonica, and Wind. For more information, visit http://www.flashnetworks.com.
Birch Completes Acquisition of Cordia U.S. CLEC Assets
Twelfth "Tuck-in" Transaction since 2006
ATLANTA, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecommunications and managed services provider for small- and medium-sized businesses, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the U.S. CLEC assets of Cordia Communications Corp. ("Cordia"), a competitive local exchange carrier based in Orlando, Fla. Included in this asset acquisition are approximately 55,000 business, residential, broadband, long-distance access lines across 24 states as well as the related accounts receivable.
"We are proud and excited to welcome the former Cordia customers into the Birch family, and look forward to introducing them to our signature Birch customer service experience," said Chris Aversano, Birch chief operating officer. "Our commitment to provide superior customer support via our domestic U.S.-based customer service support teams is what sets Birch apart from many of our competitors. As a result of this asset acquisition, Birch has added jobs in its U.S.-based Customer Operations Centers. Many of these jobs were previously located outside the United States, and we take great pride in repatriating these positions back into the U.S."
"Today is yet another significant step forward as we advance our multi-year 'tuck-in' acquisition strategy designed to build customer density throughout our 38-state footprint," said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. "This acquisition will also leverage the continued expansion of our state-of-the-art Birch IP-Network, further strengthening Birch's leadership position in providing mission-critical communications and managed services to our customers."
This asset acquisition is the 12th transaction that Birch has completed since 2006. As a result of our unique organic sales and strategic asset acquisition growth strategy, Birch has been ranked in the Inc. 500|5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
About Birch Communications
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Birch Communications provides managed communications and information technology services to a target market of small- and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas within 38 states across the United States. Birch services include local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, integrated PRI, mobile voice and data, e-mail, web-hosting, voicemail, prepaid, and many other communications and information technology services. Birch voice and data services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology on the company's secure IP-Network rather than over the public Internet.
According to Inc. 500|5000 magazine in its 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011 rankings, Birch was one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In 2010, Birch was also named the 7th fastest growing private business in Atlanta, and one of the Top 100 Private Companies in Atlanta, by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit http://www.birch.com for more information.
About Cordia Communications
Cordia Corporation, through its U.S. operating subsidiaries, Cordia Communications Corp., My Tel Co., Inc., and Northstar Telecom, Inc. provide business, residential, and wholesale services such as local, long distance, toll-free and DSL via its multi-year, multi-state interconnection and commercial services agreements with Verizon, and Qwest. Source Capital Group, Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to Cordia in connection with this transaction.
About Source Capital
Source Capital Group, Inc. (SCG) was founded in 1992 by a management team with extensive financial industry experience at firms such as Bankers Trust, Chemical Bank, and Smith Barney. The firm began as a boutique investment bank specializing in small to medium-sized transactions and continues to focus investment banking activities in those segments of the market, with expertise in the communications, green energy and clean technology verticals. The firm has grown to include businesses in general securities, emerging market securities, distressed and high yield debt securities, investment management, mortgages, project finance, and business lending. SCG is based in Westport, CT and has 140 professionals in several offices across the United States.
Alchemy Solutions Launches NeoKicks and CICS on Windows Azure
BEND, Ore., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alchemy Solutions, Inc. announced at The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo today that NeoKicks(TM), their CICS modernization tool, can push CICS applications to Windows Azure(TM). NeoKicks V3.1 runs on Windows servers and is the first CICS migration framework to run natively on Windows Azure without the use of virtual machines.
"We're committed to giving businesses a clear route to the cloud and all the benefits it offers," said Alchemy Solutions President Jim Harrer. "We've worked hard to ensure our solutions are fully integrated with Windows Server, and now our clients can take advantage of all the benefits of Windows Azure."
Alchemy Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has worked with Microsoft to fully integrate its products into the .NET Framework and Windows Azure. NeoKicks takes full advantage of Windows Azure without relying on virtual machines or emulation.
"The latest version of NeoKicks lets mainframe customers take advantage of the elasticity, scale, availability and economics of Windows Azure while retaining their unique business logic," said Microsoft's worldwide Director of Platform Modernization Bob Ellsworth. "Solutions like NeoKicks continue to demonstrate that Windows Azure is an excellent platform for enterprise workloads."
Full Windows Azure Compatibility
NeoKicks uses the Windows Azure web and worker roles to enable true cloud computing. "NeoKicks is based on .NET and so is Windows Azure," said Kelly Hollis, Vice President of Engineering at Alchemy Solutions. "It can take full advantage of the platform without compromise."
NeoKicks now includes a Windows Azure Wizard in Microsoft Visual Studio® that makes launching CICS applications to the cloud simple and fast, said Hollis. "It's just a matter of publishing your NeoKicks application with Visual Studio by clicking a button. Because NeoKicks already runs in ASP.NET, there are only a few configuration steps."
Premier Cloud Platform
Windows Azure is Microsoft's premiere public and private cloud computing platform. It features full scalability, automatic backup and disaster recovery and includes professional IT services. The platform offers nearly unlimited performance and storage space at a fraction of the cost of mainframes. Windows Azure automatically scales up to meet computing demands and scales down when demands decrease. Businesses only pay for what they use, drastically reducing costs versus mainframes or even distributed systems.
"We are beginning to see inquiries from our mainframe clients who are considering moving workload to the cloud," said Dale Vecchio, Research VP at Gartner, Inc. "Many clients have already moved mainframe workload to a distributed environment and cloud implementations that mirror the same technology approach may be appropriate for some systems."
Moving CICS Online Workload to Windows Azure Enables True Modernization
This week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Alchemy Solutions is demonstrating a retail video store application written in COBOL, running in a web role in Windows Azure talking to a Windows 8 Tablet utilizing the Metro UI. The demonstration will be held in Booth 628.
"It's extremely exciting to see this in action," says Harrer. "It's a completely modernized COBOL application using the latest Microsoft technology that exists. Using different technologies like this will allow our clients to truly modernize their applications--with limited effort. I encourage everyone at the symposium to stop by and experience the demo."
Alchemy Solutions will also be demonstrating this technology next month at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Las Vegas.
The Future of Cloud
Alchemy Solutions configured its COBOL compiler, NetCOBOL® for .NET, to run on Windows Azure earlier this year. The modernization firm plans to add Windows Azure support to the rest of its product line, including NeoBatch® and NeoData(TM), in the coming months.
"Windows Azure is the future of distributed computing and we want to give our clients the best tools to get there," said Harrer. "It's part of our overall commitment to providing our clients with the most powerful and cost effective IT solutions."
Interested early adopters can receive NeoKicks V3.1 for evaluation now. Contact the Alchemy Solutions sales staff to reserve your copy now.
The final release of NeoKicks V3.1 will be available for purchase November 2011.
About Alchemy Solutions
Alchemy Solutions modernizes business IT through software developed for the Microsoft® application platform. NetCOBOL® for .NET runs COBOL on the Microsoft .NET(TM) Framework. NeoKicks(TM) translates CICS to ASP.NET web pages. NeoData(TM) converts indexed data files to SQL. NeoBatch® executes JCL in Windows. The mainframe modernization tools can also launch COBOL and CICS into the cloud via Windows Azure(TM). Alchemy Solutions, Inc. is a privately held company with its headquarter in Bend, Oregon, USA.
Award-Winning NLE Software Provides Comprehensive GPU Acceleration, NVIDIA 3D Vision Support and New Titling Technology
MADISON, Wis., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and authoring applications, today announced the latest upgrade to its Vegas(TM) editing technology. Vegas Pro 11 adds significant performance improvements to the award-winning NLE, courtesy of OpenCL(TM) and highly optimized GPU hardware acceleration for video processing and rendering. Vegas Pro 11 is the world's first Windows-based OpenCL NLE, broadly supporting the open standard for core video editing operations, video effects and rendering. Other new features include NVIDIA® 3D Vision(TM) support for single-display 3D computers such as the VAIO® F Series 3D laptops and L Series 3D desktops, an enhanced video stabilizer tool, and new software tools for creating animated titles.
"Sony continues to be a leader in developing professional content-creation applications that are extremely powerful, yet easy to use," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. "With the addition of GPU acceleration, Vegas Pro 11 streamlines the video editing experience by providing smoother previews and faster rendering times, ideal for industry professionals who work on tight deadlines where every second counts. Utilizing the OpenCL standard, customers will find that even very affordable GPU solutions from AMD and NVIDIA offer workflow enhancements that provide between two and four times faster rendering speeds, with equally as impressive performance gains during video playback."
Vegas Pro 11 Feature Highlights:
-- GPU Accelerated Video Processing - Working with OpenCL-supported devices
from AMD and NVIDIA, Vegas Pro 11 leverages GPU acceleration for the
core video processing engine, video effects, transitions, compositing,
pan/crop, track motion and encoding, providing a significantly faster
workflow. Details regarding these improved processes can be found at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceleration.
-- Sync Link - More powerful than Event Grouping, this comprehensive
editing feature enables users to easily organize and synchronize events
on the timeline. Secondary audio and B-roll video clips can be edited
independently of each other while remaining in sync with the primary
-- 2D and 3D Text Tools - Quickly create dynamic and visually stunning text
animations and effects within Vegas Pro 11. Add 3D titles with the new
Titler Pro from NewBlueFX, a great addition to the stereoscopic 3D
workflow. Users can manipulate text down to the character level and on
the X, Y, and Z axes. Stylized 2D motion can be applied to text events
using the Titles and Text tool or with the improved ProType titler.
-- Advanced Video Stabilization - Featuring motion analysis on all three
camera axes, this new stabilization technology allows users to reduce
jittery or shaky video caused by handheld recording devices, as well as
eliminating rolling shutter problems inherent in most CMOS camera
imagers. Stabilization is now implemented as an OpenFX plug-in which
provides greater flexibility and power.
-- Improved NVIDIA 3D Vision Support - Users can now edit on single-display
3D computers including VAIO F Series 3D laptops and VAIO L Series
All-in-One 3D desktop systems.
-- New Render Template Filtering - New render dialogs create a more
efficient environment for searching and filtering render templates
speeding up the workflow for finalizing output formats.
Industry-Leading Innovation, Broad Format Support
Sony Creative Software continues to innovate with world-class support for 3D technology and strong integrated video and audio tools through its latest version. Vegas Pro 11 improves on its ground-breaking "no transcode, no re-wrap" heritage by adding native format support for stereoscopic 3D MVC and MPO files from Sony camcorders and DSLRs. By eliminating the transcode and re-wrap process required by other applications, Vegas Pro 11 users can save valuable production time, minimize storage requirements, and preserve the pristine quality of the original source material. Other natively supported codecs and formats include XDCAM®, XDCAM EX(TM), HDCAM-SR(TM), NXCAM®, AVCHD, AVCCAM, RED R3D®, RED EPIC, and AVC-based .MOV and RAW files from popular DSLR cameras. Native P2 support is also available with an optional plug-in. Users now have the option to render to the AVC/MP4 file format which includes progressive file download support for streaming purposes.
Vegas Pro 11 easily handles complex projects with multiple formats and mixed resolutions, from standard definition to 4K. The intuitive, integrated stereoscopic workflow in Vegas Pro 11 enables novices as well as experienced editors to produce compelling 3D content without the added expense or complexity of aftermarket plug-ins.
"Vegas Pro meets the high standards required for our films, including managing and processing 4K 3D workflow," said Jean-Jacques Mantello, director of the acclaimed IMAX theater films "Dolphins and Whales 3D," "Sharks 3D" and "Ocean Wonderland," distributed by 3D Entertainment Distribution. "We've come to expect a consistent level of quality from Vegas Pro."
Vegas Pro 11 is now available for purchase at retailers worldwide and online at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for Vegas Pro 11 software is $699 USD. Upgrades from previous versions of Vegas Pro will be available for $199 USD from http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com. Localized French, German, Spanish and Japanese versions will also be available.
About Sony Creative Software
Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, audio, and music production, as well as industry-leading technology for DVD production and Blu-ray Disc(TM) authoring. Sound Forge(TM) Pro, ACID(TM) Pro, and Vegas(TM) Pro software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals. These signature product lines continue to advance media production by providing powerful, accessible tools. Today, there is a Sony Creative Software application for every level of expertise, including a full line of consumer software based on the company's professional applications. In addition, Sony Creative Software produces the extensive Sony® Sound Series collection of royalty-free loops and samples, Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series exclusive sound effects, and Vision Series video creation assets. Further, the company provides the industry-leading tools for enterprise-level Blu-ray Disc(TM) authoring: Blu-code(TM) encoder, Dualstream 3D(TM) MVC encoder, Z Depth(TM) 3D subtitle editing application, and Blu-print® software. The company's customers span the globe and include professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, and hobbyists. For more information about professional and consumer products, visit http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com.
Vegas is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Creative Software Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
The idea of the MQL5 Cloud Network is simple. If a person has a computer
that is not occupied for a certain time, he or she may rent this computing
power to those who need it. For example, such spare resources can be used by
developers of automated trading systems (trading robots) or researches who
may need large amounts of computation. The owner of the leased computer
receives fees for providing the resources.
"Initially we wanted to provide additional computing resources to
developers," said Renat Fatkhullin
[http://www.metaquotes.net/en/company/management ], CEO MetaQuotes Software
Corp. "However, over time, we realized that we had organized quite a
powerful computational tool with virtually unlimited scalability. Especially
for this service, we have developed a new site with a billing system, and
now anyone can use the vast computing capabilities of our network to solve
absolutely any problems."
All programs for the MQL5 Cloud Network
[http://cloud.mql5.com/en/about ] are created in the specialized trading
strategy development language MQL5 (MetaQuotes Language 5). However, this
language is very similar to C++ in terms of syntax and performance.
Therefore, if you have experience in C++ development, you can quickly write a
program in MQL5 and get more processing resources of the MQL5 Cloud Network.
To become a member of the MQL5 Cloud Network and receive fees from the
rental of your computer's resources, simply register on cloud.mql5.com
[http://cloud.mql5.com ]. To use the computing power of the network, you
also need to register on the site and deposit money into your account.
"By launching the MQL5 Cloud Network, we want to help developers of
trading robots, other software developers and researchers. We hope that the
computing power of our network will be of great assistance to them in
solving their tasks," Renat Fatkhullin said.
Detailed information about the MQL5 Cloud Network is available at
cloud.mql5.com [http://cloud.mql5.com ].
About MetaQuotes Software Corp.
MetaQuotes [http://www.metaquotes.net/en ] is a professional trading
platform developer with over 10 years' experience. During this time, the
company has become the market leader in retail Forex. With the MetaTrader 5
trading platform, the company plans to enter the stock markets.
MetaQuotes Language 5 (MQL5) is a C++ like language for programming
trading strategies. The language is built into the MetaTrader 5 trading
platform. The MQL5 development environment also includes an editor with a
debugger, a tester and an execution module (the MetaTrader 5 trading
No More Mailbox Overload? University Of Dayton iPad App Puts Interactive Viewbook in Students' Hands
DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mailboxes overflowing with glossy collegiate viewbooks may become a thing of the past, replaced by the cutting-edge interactive technology Millennial students expect.
Aimed at the new generation of digital natives, a new iPad application for the University of Dayton introduces prospective students to campus life through the interactive viewbook, engaging them with fast-moving video, bold graphics and opportunities to videoconference with admission counselors.
The new app designed exclusively for the computer tablet is already demonstrating global appeal: the free viewbook app has been downloaded in more than 20 countries, according to Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management.
And he says the iPad viewbook is spot-on in sending a powerful message about the University of Dayton.
"We want people to look at us as a cutting-edge, innovative school. Everything we want people to associate with a University of Dayton education is evident through this application," Kumarasamy said.
He believes it's the first time any university has adapted its viewbook for iPad technology. Adobe Digital Publishing is featuring it as a case study and showcasing its innovative software use by 160over90, the University's Philadelphia-based marketing agency, which created the app and the original print viewbook.
The University first transformed the print viewbook in 2007, rolling out a dramatically different and edgier publication, a radical departure from traditional college viewbooks that feature smiling students on beautiful campuses.
"We wanted to leverage the investment we had already made in print, but translate it into something much more interactive," said Kumarasamy. "The computer tablet and iPad app allow us to put our viewbook in the hands of potential students and engage them as they explore it."
He says the University's enrollment management is already using the app to reach -- in a personalized way -- some students who otherwise might not consider the University.
"We're sending iPads to high school counselors across the country for them to share with students they think might be a good fit for the University," said Kevin Schultz, assistant director for University marketing and digital innovation. "We'll do a videoconference with the iPad and look through the viewbook with them."
The students will see videos and slideshows about academic facilities, study abroad opportunities, athletics and student life. The app provides live Twitter feeds and other immediate content as well as links to the University's virtual tour, specific program pages and contact information.
The iPad app also has a tool to connect students directly to the University's online application and the widely used Common Application.
Kumarasamy said there are no plans to discontinue the print viewbook. However, the University plans to use it more strategically to eliminate sending duplicate copies and to better target recipients.
Mancala Networks and Comarch Combine the Power of Their Respective Solutions in an Integrated, State of the Art Solution for Real-Time Security, Infrastructure and Service Management
GRENOBLE, France, October 17, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Mancala Networks ( http://www.mancalanetworks.com), provider of
network control and management products, and Comarch ( http://www.comarch.com), a global IT company and provider of a powerful,
yet affordable complete IT management solution today announced the joint
integration of their respective products: Comarch ITM and the Mancala
Comarch ITM enables IT organizations to design, adapt, ensure and
operate value-added IT services in the most efficient way. Comarch ITM
provides appropriate methods and functionalities for the efficient
management of not only infrastructure devices, but of the whole system
involved, such as people, processes and knowledge. It equips enterprises
with a unified management environment, natively integrating the relations
between monitoring, IT service management, CMS/CMDB and customer support.
The Mancala Network Controller provides enterprises with an easy to
deploy, real-time network control and management solution. It enables
enterprises to securely manage the explosion in both the numbers and the
types of connected devices. It equips enterprises with a powerful tool to
easily migrate to an 802.1X centric, authenticated and context aware
The combined solution will provide enterprises with unequaled IT service
management functionality, infrastructure monitoring ability, real-time CMS /
CMDB discovery and update capabilities, as well as fine grained control and
traceability of network and IT resource access.
It facilitates the unavoidable evolution of enterprise network
infrastructure and security posture driven by the explosive growth in both
the number and types of connected devices (Smart Phones, iPhones, iPads,
Sensors, ...) as well as by ever increasing user mobility requirements.
Mancala Networks' deep expertise in network authentication and security,
enables us to accompany our clients and deployment partners by providing not
only standard Network Controller related audit and solution implementation
services, but also custom design, development, integration and support of
AAA platforms based on the world's favorite RADIUS server - FreeRADIUS.
Comarch is a global IT company delivering solutions for its customers in
various areas: telecommunications, finance and banking, trade and industry,
public administration and small and medium businesses.
Comarch ITM, as a complete IT management solution, combines
fully-featured monitoring with a service desk which implements the most
common ITIL processes, through a unique and integrated web environment.
Comarch ITM proven technologies ensure the product scalability, while
focusing on flexibility and adaptability to any organization size and
Everyday millions of events happen on Planet Earth. In Sports, Business,
Entertainment. The big shows are covered by major television studios, but
the majority is not covered live yet. This will change. miniCASTER(R), a
pocket sized mobile live encoder streams any camera signal in TV quality
directly to the web and to millions of people. Any event is worth it to be
covered. Weddings, the soccer game of the Junior's 5th league in South
Wales, the opening of a shop, etc. miniCASTER compresses the audio video
signal before contributing it to the internet via 3G cellular networks, a
Wi-Fi hotspot, a landline or even a satellite terminal.
A powerful built-in battery enables production units to run the pocket
sized encoder without being wired for up to one hour. Perfect for sports.
miniCASTER generates an H.264/mp4 RTP stream with up to 8 Mbit/s and
1080i/1080p max. resolution, which is called Full HD. This IP-based stream
can be delivered by leading CDNs like Akamai, Limelight, Level (3), TV1.EU
or platforms like livestream.com, ustream.com and soon Youtube.
Profiles and settings can easily be changed via remote management and
also directly on the device. miniCASTER is highly recommended for use with
Wowza Media Server(R), the unified any-screen delivery platform from Wowza
In early October 2011 the first resellers from Germany, France and the
USA signed contracts and are ready to start selling in their region. The
first units were shipped to customers in Malaysia, Switzerland, Japan,
Austria, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Portugal and the USA.
Michael Westphal, CEO: "miniCASTER is a fine piece of German Engineering
and ready to change the landscape of the TV industry. I am very proud to
announce that miniCASTER will be represented by highly professional
resellers in more than 10 countries within the next few weeks and in our
online shop. I hope we'll soon see 100,000 TV stations powered by
NIIT to Focus on Delivering Large Multi-Year Managed Training Services to Global Corporations
Sells its stake in Element K, Enters into Strategic Partnership with SkillSoft
ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- NIIT a leading global talent development corporation and Asia's largest IT Training company addressing global markets in the corporate, retail and schools segments announced today that it has divested its stake in its step down subsidiary, Element K Corporation, based in Rochester, NY, USA, by selling the Element K business to SkillSoft Corporation and SkillSoft Ireland Limited (the "Buyers"), indirect subsidiaries of SSI Investments II Limited ("SSI II") which is the parent company of SkillSoft Limited (formerly SkillSoft PLC) ("SkillSoft"), for consideration of $110M in cash, subject to closing adjustments.
Over the last few years, NIIT has consolidated its expertise in Managed Training Services including Custom Content Development; enabling technologies including Learning Management System, Learning Portal and Training Operations Management System; Instructor Led & Web-Based Technology Assisted Training Delivery; Strategic Sourcing; and technology enabled Training Administration services in order to provide multi-year, multi-million dollar training solutions & services to global corporations.
NIIT also announced that it has entered into strategic long-term services and licensing agreements with SkillSoft. The two companies have a history of working together on multiple product development initiatives to create e-learning products that have been successful in the global business learning market. As a first effort in this renewed relationship, NIIT will become a SkillSoft product development partner in helping produce new content for SkillSoft's e-learning content collections for Business, IT and Desktop skills.
"NIIT has made a strategic commitment to expanding its Managed Training Services business as a key platform for growth. This partnership will enable NIIT to rapidly expand its Managed Training Services business," said Vijay Thadani, CEO of NIIT.
In addition, the two companies intend to collaborate on R&D initiatives to explore and create new paradigms for technology-enabled learning and performance support. "We've enjoyed a very productive relationship with NIIT over the years, and look forward to this renewed partnership," said Chuck Moran, CEO of SkillSoft. "By leveraging SkillSoft's and NIIT's joint experience and know-how, we believe there is great opportunity to create new innovations that will make online learning even more broadly embraced by the global market."
This partnership will also help NIIT become content-agnostic and increase the ability to provide its large clients a broader vendor neutral solution including custom-developed content created at NIIT's own facilities.
VectorSpan acted as advisors to NIIT on the transaction, and Arnall Golden Gregory LLP provided legal counsel to NIIT on the transaction.
About NIIT Enterprise Learning Solutions Business (ELS)
NIIT's Learning Solutions Business for Enterprises delivers innovative strategies that help clients accelerate business impact. NIIT Managed Training Services are a suite of best-in-class training processes that enable customers to reduce costs, sharpen their business focus, and drive quantifiable results. Our Managed Training Services deliver more relevant training to organizations, bring proven best practices into business processes, and redirect surplus training capital into core business functions. Known worldwide as a leader in learning outsourcing, with presence in more than 44 countries, NIIT's Learning Solutions Business for Enterprise offers products and services including learning administration, learning content, learning delivery, learning technology, advisory services, learning management systems, demand generation services, virtual labs, student retention services, and strategic assessments. Together with its organizations, Cognitive Arts and Element K, NIIT's global talent development programs help clients achieve real-world skills to better compete in today's market. Established in 1981, NIIT is known globally as the number one choice for strategic learning solutions. NIIT has earned more than 50 awards, including 14 Brandon Hall awards. For more information about NIIT's Learning Solutions Business for Enterprises, please visit niit.com or facebook.com/niitels. You may also contact Kimberley Kelly, Director of Marketing at Kimberley.Kelly@niit.com. Visit http://www.niit.com or http://www.facebook.com/NIITELS for more information.
CONTACT: Kimberley Kelly of NIIT, Kimberley.Kelly@niit.com
OpDecision Offers Free Wireless Audits for Nonprofits
OpDecision Says Nonprofits with up to 200 Wireless Cell Phones Are Eligible
SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OpDecision (http://www.OpDecision.com), a leader in reducing corporate wireless costs, is offering free wireless audits and optimizations for nonprofit organizations with up to 200 wireless cell phones. This includes a free audit of bills and recommendations to reduce their monthly wireless expenses.
"Nonprofit organizations need to keep their operating expenses to a bare minimum in order to direct as much of their resources to their worthy causes," says Jay Milgrom, CEO. "Understanding the negative impact this economy has had on the flow of donations to these organizations is what has inspired us to offer our free services to help them operate more efficiently through these troubled times. Our expertise in wireless cost management allows us to give them a much needed financial break."
Wireless, voice and data charges from carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can be complex. OpDecision's expertise and access to unpublished pricing allows it to scrutinize the monthly charges and assess whether there is a better plan that is available. "The general rule is that our industry expertise and access to unpublished pricing rates invariably result in a significant savings to the business," says Milgrom. "The most attractive part of this, of course, is that the business takes advantage of those savings month after month."
The offer for a complimentary audit and optimization will continue through December 31.
This is not the first time OpDecision has participated in programs for worthy causes. Recently, the company has worked with nonprofits such as Easter Seals and Gift of Life. OpDecision has also formed a sponsorship with Cell Phones for Soldiers where OpDecision and Cell Phones for Soldiers called on companies and individuals to support U.S. troops overseas by donating used cell phones for reconditioning and resale. The proceeds helped purchase phone cards for the soldiers.
OpDecision LLC is a leader in corporate wireless expense management. Midsize to Fortune 1000 companies (and organizations) enlist OpDecision to reduce their wireless expenses. The Southampton, PA- based company helps businesses reduce wireless costs by up to 45 percent without changing their current carrier or contract. To register for your free review and recommendation, call 800-910-8517 or visit http://www.opdecision.com.
CONTACT: Tom Peric, +1-856-874-0049, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Announces Facebook and Twitter Contests to Win a Free Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System
Winners Will Be Chosen from the Brand's Social Communities and Announced End of October
WINCHESTER, Va., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), the leader in solution-based commercial products, announced a contest to win a free Rubbermaid HYGEN(TM) Clean Water System in celebration of the product launch. The Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System is the only floor cleaning system to feature a unique water filter integrated into the mop bucket to generate clean water, resulting in a cleaner mop and floor. The integrated water filter improves cost-in-use and sustainability by reducing water and chemical usage and increasing worker productivity, saving a typical facility about $6,000 a year in labor costs. RCP is helping facilities clean on a global level, as 1,000 Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water Systems will be seeded in markets around the world from now through the end of 2011.
The social media contest will award one winner from Facebook and one winner from Twitter, a free Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System. The contest also is being announced via a Rubbermaid Commercial homepage takeover to promote the contest, as well as a custom Facebook application.
To enter the contest, join the RCP social communities -- "like" the RCP Facebook page or follow @RubbermaidComm on Twitter and tweet a message about the contest. The tweet must include the hashtag #WinARubbermaid, and a link to the Rubbermaid Commercial Product Blog, "Trash Talking Clean Freaks." One winner will be picked from Twitter and one winner from Facebook at the end of October.
"We are committed to providing communities around the world with the new Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System. This is the industry's first product with an integrated water filter that generates cleaner water and offers sustainable benefits to its users, " said Neil R. Eibeler, President of Rubbermaid Commercial Products. "The product was recently awarded the 2011 ISSA Innovation Award, proving that we have revolutionized the way the world cleans, helping to improve productivity, and create healthier, safer environments."
About Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), headquartered in Winchester, Va., is a manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food services, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, and safety products. RCP, an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, is part of Newell Rubbermaid's global portfolio of leading brands and continues to develop innovative products. Visit http://www.rubbermaidcommercial.com.
Nefsis Video Conferencing Introduces Multi-Layer Whiteboard - Further Expanding its Collaboration Toolset for Productive Online Meetings
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Online services innovator Nefsis® announced today the addition of advanced, multi-layer whiteboard capabilities to its business video conferencing collaboration tools. The advanced features let multiple online meeting participants add text, graphics, and hand-drawn objects to the whiteboard, and edit them in real-time. These features are beyond basic whiteboards included in most web conferencing products, and far beyond H.239 one-user-at-a-time screen sharing limits found in most hardware-based video conferencing systems. The improved whiteboarding features deliver more interactivity and a better, seamlessly integrated web and video conferencing experience - an advantage made possible by Nefsis cloud computing which can easily integrate new software-based features.
Online meeting whiteboards are typically simple "paint" utilities rendering all mouse-drawn inputs on a single, raster-image layer. The Nefsis advanced whiteboard supports multiple layers and several 'objects' such as text, graphics, and shape and drawing tool inputs. The various objects can be moved, stretched, and deleted by the presenter and any participant given whiteboard privileges. These additional capabilities are useful for distributed project teams, brainstorming, and inter-office chalk talks where basic whiteboards fall short.
"You can do more than simple painting. Nefsis includes a full multiple layer model, with various objects and tools that can be moved, stretched, deleted and modified, providing a lot more utility for savvy online meeting users," said Allen Drennan, Nefsis Chief Technology Officer. "Cloud computing seamlessly integrates HD multiparty video and collaboration tools for our users, without the complexity and IT maintenance burden required by 'platform' infrastructure solution suites, video routers, and other pre-Internet video conferencing architectures."
The multilayer whiteboard and all Nefsis web collaboration tools are available now to all Nefsis Professional customers and trial users via worldwide cloud delivery. For a free trial, visit Nefsis.com.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Nefsis is a technology specialist in video conferencing software and cloud computing online services. The Company's global cloud provides multipoint HD video and advanced collaboration tools to business, government and educational customers in more than 45 countries worldwide. As compared to previous generations of video conferencing solutions requiring video routers, MCUs and desktop gateways, the Nefsis cloud-based offering is less expensive, automatically maintained, and easier to expand.
For more information, please visit http://www.nefsis.com or call +1 (858) 715-0970 in the Americas or +44 (0) 870 224 0415 in the UK and Europe.
Amy Robinson / Brittney Wolff
LEWIS PR for Nefsis
Nefsis is a registered trademark of Nefsis Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are property of their respective owners.
MMAX Media, Inc. Announces Approval of Update to Its PayMeOn(TM) iPhone® Mobile Application
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MMAX Media, Inc. (otcbb:MMAX) (otcqb: MMAX) announced today that the update to its PayMeOn(TM) mobile application has been approved and is now available free on iTunes® at the AppStore. The PayMeOn application allows users to share their favorite local deals and earn Social Income(TM). Every time PayMeOn users earn Social Income by sharing deals, the application notifies them by a ringing cash register sound and display of the amount of money they've earned. Users can collect their Social Income in cash either by PayPal® or by check. The PayMeOn application is currently rated 4+ stars.
Through its principal offering, PayMeOn, MMAX Media is pioneering the monetization of social networks. PayMeOn has trademarked the term "Social Income" and believes that the sharing of local deals is the beginning of a greater trend towards people earning cash from their vast connections to friends and colleagues across their various social networks.
MMAX Media, Inc. and PayMeOn are not affiliated with PayPal®, Apple®, iTunes® or the iPhone®. All Apple® trademarks are the property of Apple® and MMAX Media, Inc. and PayMeOn do not in any way claim to represent or own any of the Apple® trademarks or rights. Apple® does not own, endorse or promote any MMAX Media, Inc. or PayMeOn products or services.
The statements in this press release that relate to the Company's future expectations are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "may," "could," "should," "anticipates," "likely," "believes" and words of similar import also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current facts and analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determined and assumptions of management. Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this release, even if new information becomes available in the future. Additional information on risks and other factors that may affect the business and financial results of MMAX Media, Inc. can be found in the filings of MMAX Media, Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
MMAX Media, Inc.
1-800-991-4534, ext 101
Sting Alarm, Inc. Expands Into Northern California With 200 Newly Acquired Accounts
HENDERSON, Nev., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Henderson, Nevada-based Sting Alarm, Inc. expanded into Northern California with the acquisition of 200 residential and commercial accounts from National Alarm Systems.
Jon Perry, vice president and partner for Sting Alarm, Inc., said that with the recent addition of accounts from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, the company now serves the entire state of California, providing video broadband alarms and the latest technology in the security industry. By offering customers an option to pair alarms with real-time, monitored video surveillance, Perry says Sting is able to verify incidents as they happen and increase law enforcement efficiency. Their goal, said Perry, is to help solve crimes, not simply record them.
"We look forward to growing our business in the Northern California market area," Perry said. "We see a good potential for growth by bringing in services not previously available there, like our video monitoring and verification."
Perry added that the company is in the process of reaching out to new customers acquired from National Alarm Systems to ensure a smooth transition. "We mailed everyone a large package with their yard signs and decals, a welcome brochure and a letter telling new customers what to expect," Perry said.
Jonathan Fine, president and partner, added that the company plans to target new customers to further expand the company's security alarm and video surveillance solutions for California. "We're now offering packages for residential and business security systems and services throughout California through our Customer Monitoring Center," Fine said.
New customers in this market area include a multi-unit retailer that will add to Sting's list of national accounts, as well as other commercial and residential customers.
Sting Alarm offers comprehensive security solutions, including surveillance technology and alarms for loss prevention and deterrence as well as technology solutions. Clients include hotel/casinos, bars/nightclubs, convention facilities, real estate/construction firms, restaurants, retail stores, check cashing/loan stores, homeowner associations and private residences, among others.
CONTACT: Jon Perry, email@example.com, or Jonathan Fine, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of Sting Alarm, Inc., +1-702-737-8464; or Ruth Furman of ImageWords, +1-702-255-8288, email@example.com, for Sting Alarm, Inc.
EarthLink Issues Notice to Redeem 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes
ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today issued a notice of redemption to redeem all of its outstanding 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (the "Notes") on November 15, 2011.
Special Notice to Noteholders
Under the terms of the indenture governing EarthLink's outstanding 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (the "Notes"), EarthLink's calling of the Notes for redemption requires an adjustment to the conversion rate for the Notes as a result of the $0.05 dividend paid by EarthLink on September 20, 2011, which adjustment will be effective October 14, 2011. In addition, as a result of calling the Notes for redemption and the occurrence of a specified period allowing conversion, the Notes may be surrendered for conversion from October 14, 2011 to, and including, November 15, 2011, subject to earlier redemption, for the consideration provided for in the indenture.
In order to convert a Note held in certificate form, a holder must (1) complete and sign a Conversion Notice in the form attached to the applicable indenture, with appropriate signature guarantee, on the back of the Note, (2) surrender the Note to the Conversion Agent, (3) furnish endorsements and transfer documents required by the Conversion Agent, (4) pay any accrued unpaid interest through the conversion date and (5) pay any tax or duty related to the conversion. If a holder holds a beneficial interest in a Global Security, a converting holder must comply with the applicable procedures of the Depositary, The Depository Trust Company.
The Conversion Agent is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.:
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.,
Corporate Trust Services
625 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55479
Attention: EarthLink Account Manager
A separate notice with additional information is being delivered to registered holders of Notes, the Conversion Agent and the Trustee.
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business(TM) provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website http://www.earthlink.net.
Motorola Mobility Introduces the World's Most Advanced Wireless Headsets With Bluetooth® Technology
Discreet design, My MotoSpeak(TM) hands-free texting and unparalleled audio performance achieved through exclusive software solution
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility, Inc. today announced the arrival of two new ground-breaking Bluetooth headsets, Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP. The innovative Bluetooth headsets boast unmatched sound quality and features, including Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, HD Audio Plus and three times greater connection range than the leading competitors.
Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP feature NFC technology, which allows you to pair either headset with your phone with a quick tap(1). The inclusion of HD Audio Plus in both headsets increases clarity and provides richer sound for all your conversations with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk(TM) dual-microphone noise cancellation technology. With an extended roaming range of up to 300 feet(2) from Class 1 Bluetooth technology, you can walk away from your phone without disconnecting your conversation.
The Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP also work with the My MotoSpeak(3) application to read, dictate and send text messages hands-free. The new My MotoSpeak application adds the capabilities for users to initiate and send text messages without touching or holding their phone.
"Seamless integration of elegant design and new ground-breaking technology make Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP, the obvious choices for consumers from the tech savvy to the fashion conscious," said Yossi Cohen, senior vice president, Companion Products, Motorola Mobility. "In designing these headsets, we built custom software to deliver new user experiences. Multiple technology advancements such as NFC, HD Audio Plus featuring wideband audio and My MotoSpeak provide an additional layer of superior and innovative functionality."
Barely noticeable, impossible to ignore
Weighing in at just under half an ounce, Motorola ELITE SLIVER can hardly be seen but it certainly can be heard. The headset is perfect for those who want discretion but don't want to sacrifice great audio or advanced features. In addition to the aforementioned features, Motorola ELITE SLIVER offers more than twice as much talk time as the leading competitors. The stylish protective charging case recharges the headset for a total of up to 15 hours of talk time without needing to search for a power outlet.
Keep talking... and be heard
Motorola ELITE FLIP lets users talk through almost anything. In addition to the rich and clear audio of HD Audio Plus, the TrueComfort(TM) design let you choose the most comfortable way to wear the headset. Motorola ELITE FLIP provides the unique capability to choose from three wearing options first seen on the Motorola HX550.
My MotoSpeak integration
Both headsets work with My MotoSpeak, the ultimate hands-free texting application for an increasingly hands-free world. The latest generation of Motorola's MotoSpeak application, My MotoSpeak allows you to initiate, dictate and send a text message without touching your phone. The free application reads incoming text messages aloud through the headset and lets you reply hands-free, including interpreting common acronyms such as 'asap' or 'l8r.' The smart button feature on Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP makes sending a text easier than ever. With one simple touch of the smart button on the headset, you can initiate a text message and simply talk aloud to dictate the message. In addition, My MotoSpeak can also easily customize headset settings like noise cancellation, equalizer and smart button function.
Motorola ELITE SLIVER Key features and specifications:
-- HD Audio Plus with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk(TM) dual-mic
technology enable increased clarity and richer sound
-- NFC technology pairs device to NFC-enabled phones(1) in one tap
-- Extended roaming range up to 300 feet(2)
-- Integrated with My MotoSpeak to hear incoming messages, speak outgoing
texts and send without ever touching your phone
-- Up to 15 hours of talk time(4) when combined with the included charging
-- Weighs less than half an ounce and can barely be seen when worn
Motorola ELITE FLIP Key features and specifications:
-- HD Audio Plus with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk(TM) dual-mic
technology enable increased clarity and richer sound
-- NFC technology pairs device to NFC-enabled phones(1) in one tap
-- Extended roaming range up to 300 feet(2)
-- Integrated with My MotoSpeak to hear incoming messages, speak outgoing
texts and send without ever touching your phone
-- TrueComfort(TM) with three distinct wear styles
-- The unique RapidConnect(TM) feature lets you simply flip open to turn on
and talk, flip closed to turn off and save power
-- Battery provides up to six hours of talk time, 12 days of standby
Pricing and Availability
Starting Oct. 24, 2011, both headsets will be available online at http://www.store.Motorola.com. Motorola ELITE SLIVER will be $129.99 and Motorola ELITE FLIP will be $99.99.
My MotoSpeak is a free download from Android Market(TM).
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit Motorola.com/mobility.
Juli Burda+1 847-523-5035Juli.Burda@Motorola.com Motorola Mobility, Inc.
This device supports Bluetooth® hands-free, advanced audio distribution (A2DP) and serial port (SPP) profiles. Certain Bluetooth features, including those listed, may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality, or visit http://www.Motorola.com/bluetoothconnect for more details.
PPC Associates Launches New Site, International Focus
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PPC Associates, a San Francisco Bay Area-based SEM company co-founded in 2008 by industry veterans David Rodnitzky and Will Lin, has released a new web site: http://www.ppcassociates.com. The new site reflects the Company's shift from a boutique SEM firm to major player in the digital marketing agency space.
Within the last year, PPC Associates has grown its marketing spend under management by 400% to more than $85 million annually. The Company has brought on many new clients, including Qwikster, Limelight Networks, and GoPro Sports Cameras, and represents more than 50 leading companies. Its emphasis on smart, comprehensive marketing strategies - including paid search, display advertising, video, Facebook PPC, and mobile platforms - custom-crafted to each client's business profile and goals, earned it a score of 91% in an August 2011 Net Promoter Score survey measuring client satisfaction.
"Our focus on client satisfaction, measurable results, and deep expertise has enabled us to maintain triple digit annual Company growth since inception," CEO and Founder David Rodnitzky said. "I'm excited to now have a Web site that explains our value proposition to potential clients and partners."
Although PPC Associates originally focused on domestic-only accounts, the Company, which features native speakers in Mandarin, French, Spanish, and German, has driven major success for clients through international SEM. PPC Associates has established its international qualifications with success in growing Chinese e-commerce company LightInTheBox, which engaged PPC Associates in early 2011 and has since realized a significant growth in revenue.
ABOUT PPC Associates
PPC Associates, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded in early 2008 and now has more than 50 clients, including Netflix, ExactTarget, Knewton, Shopify, Beau-Coup, EchoSign, and OneKingsLane. PPC Associates is currently accepting inquiries from savvy and growing prospective clients in need of expert SEM assistance. More information can be found at http://www.ppcassociates.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ForSaleByOwner.com Increases Customer Listing Exposure by 24 Million Visitors With New Zillow Partnership
CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ForSaleByOwner.com has partnered with Zillow® to add customer real estate listings to Zillow and Yahoo!® Real Estate's searchable database of properties for sale. Through this partnership, ForSaleByOwner.com, the nation's largest and most heavily trafficked "by owner" website, will extend its listings' overall exposure by as many as 24 million additional unique visitors per month.
As of today, all ForSaleByOwner.com customers will also receive listings on Zillow.com and Yahoo! Real Estate, providing these sellers more reach than ever before.
For an additional fee, ForSaleByOwner.com customers can upgrade to a "Featured Listing" on Zillow.com and Yahoo! Real Estate. Sellers who purchase the Deluxe or MLS Enhanced Listing packages on ForSaleByOwner.com will benefit during their first 30 days by being a "Featured Listing" on Zillow and Yahoo! Real Estate. Featured listings on Zillow.com drive about three times more traffic compared to standard listings(i).
"ForSaleByOwner.com sees this new partnership as another powerful tool in helping homeowners sell on their own," stated Eddie Tyner, Vice President of Tribune Digital Marketplaces and General Manager of ForSaleByOwner.com. "Home sellers will now have an opportunity to really increase their exposure and success rate at a reasonable price point."
Today, online tools and information allow homeowners to market their own properties in a way that was unthinkable in the not-so-distant past. A recent study shows that nearly ninety percent of home buyers rely on Internet listings when searching for their new homes.(ii)" ForSaleByOwner.com has developed a comprehensive online community designed specifically to empower home buyers and sellers. By providing tools and resources previously only available to real estate agents, ForSaleByOwner.com continues to equip sellers with everything they need to save thousands of dollars of their hard earned equity while providing buyers with a hassle-free platform to find their next homes.
This syndication partnership marks the latest home marketing enhancement to the repertoire of tools ForSaleByOwner.com offers.
ForSaleByOwner.com is the nation's leading "by owner" real estate website, connecting home sellers with home buyers since 1999. The company offers a wide range of listing packages ranging from $85 to $699 plus advertising, information, tools and resources to empower people to sell their homes themselves.
In 2010 alone, ForSaleByOwner.com facilitated the sale of $1.8 billion of residential real estate, accounting for upwards of $72 million(iii) in home equity saved by sellers.
By selling a home without a real estate agent, sellers can save thousands of dollars by eliminating the commissions and fees a full service agent would command. A homeowner selling a $300,000 house through a full service real estate agent would forfeit up to $18,000 of their hard-earned home equity, based on the traditional 6% commission rate that has become the industry norm. ForSaleByOwner.com was acquired in 2006 by Tribune Digital, a division of Tribune Company, based in Chicago, IL.
About Zillow, Inc.
Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. More than 24 million unique users visited Zillow's websites and mobile applications in September 2011(iv). Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile and Postlets®. The company is headquartered in Seattle.
(i) Source: Zillow internal, September 2011
(ii) NAR, Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 2010
(iii) Based on sellers paying a 2% commission to the agent representing the buyers of their homes as opposed to paying a full 6% real estate commission.
(iv) Internal tracking via Omniture, September 2011. Includes Zillow's websites and mobile applications.
Wondershare Celebrates the Release of Apple's Much-Anticipated iPhone(R) 4S With Specially Discounted Companion Software
New iPhone 4S Users Benefit from Popular Wondershare Software Titles for Converting Videos & DVDs for iPhone Playback, Managing iTunes Libraries, Capturing Streaming Audio, Creating Ringtones and more
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Wondershare Software is joining in the celebration of the much anticipated iPhone 4S launch by offering new iPhone 4S customers easy and economical solutions for enjoying content on their new iPhones. With Wondershare software, iPhone fans can convert and transfer their non-iTunes purchased video, music, audiobook, and eBook content to their new iPhones, and create ringtones, manage and backup their iTunes libraries, and much more.
Apple's iPhone 4S, shipping as of today, is being touted as the most advanced iPhone yet and with good reason. The new device features a new dual-core A5 CPU that is up to 2X faster than previous iPhones, an 8 Megapixel camera with 1080P video recording capability, and Siri - voice activated messaging & reminders. Additionally, the iPhone 4S is now available in more countries and on more networks, and pre-orders of the iPhone 4S shattered the million-unit mark prior to today's availability.
Wondershare offers several highly regarded iPhone-companion software titles that allow users to maximize their entertainment experience and both manage and protect the content on their new iPhone 4S. From October 14th through October 31st, iPhone 4S customers can save $10 on each of these popular Wondershare titles from the Wondershare online store:
-- Video Converter Ultimate -- The ultimate video conversion utility that
allows videos in virtually any format to be quickly converted and
transferred to the iPhone with fantastic quality. Users can rip DVDs to
enjoy on the iPhone, capture web videos from popular video sharing sites
for off-line viewing, edit videos and create iPhone-ready ringtones from
any audio source. The Video Converter Ultimate is available on Windows®
-- iTunBack -- An easy-to-use transfer tool for copying & merging content
from the iPhone to a user's iTunes account when the content on the
iPhone wasn't purchased via iTunes. Users can quickly and easily
transfer music, movies, playlists, TV shows, podcasts, ringtones, voice
memos, ebooks, and even audiobooks to their iTunes library. iTunBack is
available on Windows.
-- Streaming Audio Recorder -- A free application for conveniently
capturing streaming audio from popular online Internet radio stations
and websites. Users can also discover song information including artist,
album cover and track name, and save audio to the computer and transfer
to the iPhone for enjoying anywhere, anytime. Streaming Audio Recorder
is available on Windows.
To receive the special $10 discount, users need only purchase one of the mentioned iPhone companion products and enter coupon code IP5-45K2D469SB at checkout. It's that simple. To learn more about these and other fine Wondershare software products or to place an order, please visit http://www.wondershare.com.
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Square Enix Announces Army Corps of Hell for North America
The Battle for Hell Begins in 2012 Exclusively for the PlayStation®Vita system
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced Army Corps of Hell(TM) as an exclusive launch title for the PlayStation®Vita system.
Developed by Entersphere, Inc., Army Corps of Hell brings a new level of vicious combat, dark humor and lightning-quick action to the PS Vita system.Players control an army of a hundred goblin soldiers with various classes and abilities to defeat a host of enemies in order to reclaim the King of Hell's throne. In Army Corps of Hell, players can take full advantage of the unique control features of the PS Vita system to experience war like never before!
"We are very excited to have Army Corps of Hell as part of the exclusive launch line-up of the PS Vita system," said Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Square Enix, Inc. "The team at Entersphere is creating a unique action game that fully embraces the power and controls of the PS Vita system."
Defeated in battle, the King of Hell is stripped of his powers and banished from his throne. Burned to a meager corpse, the dethroned king uses the last of his strength to take command of a corps of weak-minded goblins. He commands this ragtag army of bloodthirsty goblins as he fights through hell to reclaim his throne, destroying his enemies and looting their corpses for equipment along the way.
-- Command massive goblin armies - Annihilate your enemies by controlling
an army of 100 goblin soldiers with assorted classes and abilities.
Restore the King of Hell's control, empower his army to take on all
comers, and reclaim his place as the ruler of the underworld!
-- Unleash the PS Vita system! - Use the rear touch pad to command your
goblins to play instruments, each activating special properties. Revive
your hero, rejuvenate your soldiers and inspire your army to increase
their strength! Skillful play will be rewarded with significant benefits
and a greater edge against the demon horde.
-- Reap the spoils of war to outfit your corps - Combine materials dropped
by fallen foes to create new equipment for your troops. Customize your
corps' equipment and items to change the look and upgrade the abilities
of your goblin soldiers.
-- Team up with friends and increase the challenge - Play with up to four
players via ad-hoc multiplayer and face tougher bosses to acquire rare
Title Army Corps of Hell
Platform PlayStation(R)Vita system
Release Date 2012
Army Corps of Hell is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 58 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
Nearly a Million People Rush to Play New Social Gaming App, House of Fun, by Pacific Interactive
House of Fun, a brand new social gaming app produced by Pacific Interactive, has exploded in popularity since its grand debut. In less than a month, the game has garnered over 700,000 active users on Facebook.
LONDON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When a company debuts a social gaming app, expectations are that it will perform well. However, House of Fun, the new, free app by Pacific Interactive, now hosts over 700,000 active players since the unveiling on September 13, 2011. The first week alone, user buzz on Facebook caused over 100,000 people to flock to experience the vibrant graphics and interactive gameplay, and Pacific Interactive couldn't be more pleased with the game's viral appeal.
Proving how on-trend the House of Fun app truly is, InsideFacebook.com and InsideSocialGames.com have both included House of Fun in recent lists of their fastest growing social media apps. Pacific Interactive also closely monitors the app's Facebook page, interacting with players, gaining feedback, and tailoring the game to meet the customers' demands.
"Our team of programmers at Pacific Interactive works incredibly hard to provide such a rich experience for our players. We're actually changing how the player interacts with the app, instead of just changing the graphics, and we're thrilled to see that users are enjoying it so much," said the CEO and Founder of Pacific Interactive.
Social gaming is becoming more popular every day, with over 290 million players looking for the next best app. House of Fun currently offers over 15 varieties of interactive slots, with table gaming coming soon. Loyal gamers clearly like the app too; over 10,000 reviews have been posted to the app's Facebook page.
"The numbers don't lie. Our players are really enjoying the unique House of Fun experience! We'd like everyone on Facebook to see what the hype is about. Visit us at http://apps.facebook.com/houseoffun/ and start playing today!" concluded the CEO and Founder.
About Pacific Interactive:
Pacific Interactive is comprised of experienced gaming industry professionals, committed to providing players with an unrivaled social gaming experience. With a number of game options available, players will be impressed with the crisp, colorful graphics, as well as the varied interactive play. House Of Fun is the developer's latest endeavor, which is available on social media sites like Facebook.
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