Elsevier Announces Winners of "Apps for Science" Challenge
AMSTERDAM, November 1, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Winning Submissions Available in SciVerse Applications
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical
information products and services, today announced the winners of the "Apps
for Science [http://www.appsforscience.com ]" challenge, an international
competition challenging software developers to create customized
applications that can enhance information search and discovery for
During the submission period (April 17 to July 31, 2011), participants
developed 27 diverse applications [http://appsforscience.com/submissions ]
that enhance the SciVerse search experience. The submitted apps include
productivity and time-saving tools, visualizations of search results or
author data and social add-ons enabling collaboration. The winning
"We thank all the creative developers who answered our call for
innovative applications. We are impressed with the ingenuity and innovation
displayed in the development of applications for the Apps for Science
challenge and are very pleased with the scientific community's engagement in
building solutions that would help researchers globally," said Rafael Sidi,
Vice President Product Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer
SciVerse Applications [http://www.applications.sciverse.com ] and the
Developer Network [http://developers.sciverse.com ] provide opportunities
for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating
and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The
Developer Network features a growing community of application developers who
may gain recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to
About the Elsevier SciVerse Suite
The SciVerse ( http://www.sciverse.com) suite of search and
discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a
constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be
accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse
ScienceDirect ( http://www.sciencedirect.com), the world's largest
source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles,
and SciVerse Scopus ( http://www.scopus.com), an abstract and citation
database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 18,000
titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse
Hub beta ( http://www.hub.sciverse.com), which enables researchers to
perform a single search across all of the SciVerse content as well as
targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without
duplication. SciVerse Applications ( http://www.applications.sciverse.com) and Developer Network ( http://www.developers.sciverse.com) allow the scientific community to
build, find and use applications that enhance the SciVerse research
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
[http://www.elsevier.com ] employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is
part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC [http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a
world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext
Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock
Identity Games Brings The Traditional Board Game Experience to Life with Innovative iPad Accessory - GameChanger(TM)
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holidays, Identity Games - an international award-winning game creator, producer and publisher - introduces a true "game changer" to the board game category. Presenting GameChanger(TM) - a groundbreaking innovation in game play. GameChanger is an electronic game board that works with the iPad. Featuring interactive animation and sound, GameChanger adds a whole new dimension to the traditional board game by creating a different experience every time you play.
The GameChanger, which is an app-based accessory "Made for iPad," is very simple and easy to use. Kids are given the option of playing two different games; The Magic School Bus® from Scholastic or Animal Mania. The iPad simply slides into the GameChanger cradle, and one of the included game skins can be placed on top of the board. Parents can download the App, which is free with GameChanger purchase, and then the family fun can begin!
"The GameChanger is going to revolutionize traditional board game play," said Emile Kalis, Creative Director, Identity Games. "By bringing together the best of both worlds - board games and the world's number one tablet, GameChanger offers an entirely new gaming experience for the family that is both fun and educational."
With GameChanger, the electronic game board and the iPad screen become one, and come alive with a simple touch. The game pieces themselves interact with the iPad, which asks questions and assigns tasks, so players always know whose turn it is. A "spin" of the wheel on the iPad lets players move their pawn across the game board. Since the game board and the iPad are connected, all game play is completely guided and tracked.
In The Magic School Bus® game, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, kids can join Ms. Frizzle and her class as they play, learn and discover through fantasy and science. As young ones move across the game path, they will travel and see the world, learning fun facts through different video clips and questions. In the Animal Mania game, it's a crazy animal mad house! Young explorers will travel the world across different continents and time periods, learning about animals, their habitats and behavior. Kids will meet mammals, sea creatures and even prehistoric dinosaurs as different animals challenge them along the game path. With trivia questions, fun tasks and entertaining riddles, young explorers will learn about animals in a whole new way.
The GameChanger comes with the electronic game board, four game skins (Scholastic's The Magic School Bus and Animal Mania), four game pieces and free App download. It is recommended for children ages 6 and up, and has a suggested retail price of $79.99. It will be available beginning on November 1, 2011 at retailers including Toys"R"Us, Apple StoresandAmazon.com. Additional games will soon be available, including Kaboom and DuckDuckGoose. For additional information, visit http://www.boardgamechanger.com.
About Identity Games
Identity Games is an international award winning game creator, producer and publisher.
The company was founded in 1992 and specializes in personalized games for B2B, for consumers and distributors worldwide. The mission of Identity Games is to make innovative, creative and educational games for every business, family and market and exceed customer expectations by delivering high quality games at the best possible prices.
About The Magic School Bus®
Based on the best-selling Scholastic book series written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, The Magic School Bus is an Emmy Award-winning animated television series that has been seen in 39 countries in 16 languages. Now in its 17th season, it currently airs on the Qubo Channel in the United States. With more than 58 million books in print, the brand has won numerous industry excellence awards, including two Emmys for Lily Tomlin (for her portrayal of Ms. Frizzle in the TV series), five CINE Golden Eagles, a Parent's Choice Gold Medal, a National Conservation Achievement Award, an Environmental Media Association Award, and an Annenberg Public Policy Center Award.Two The Magic School Bus book apps are available for the iPad(TM) and a live show entitled "The Magic School Bus Live: THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE" launched in October.
Contex Introduces SD 36-inch Wide Format Scanner with New CIS Innovations
ALLEROED, Denmark, November 1, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Sleek New 36-inch Scanner Delivers Value, Quality, and Ease of
Contex, the world's leading developer of wide format scanning and
imaging solutions, today introduces the SD3600, a compact and lightweight
36-inch addition to the company's successful SD wide format scanner series.
The SD3600 is a 1200-dpi technical document scanner for drawings,
schematics, blueprints, and sketches. This is the industry's first 36-inch
scanner that is completely upgradable in the field, which enables users to
increase a scanner's speed or resolution, or to switch from monochrome to
color, without justifying a large ROI by purchasing a new scanner. The wide
format scanner also features two patent-pending CIS innovations that
minimize sensor differences while a scan is in process and correct color
fringing, a natural occurrence of CIS technology.
To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
Additional features of the SD3600 include instant-on scanning and
one-touch interface, which provide quick access to main features for
scanning to a network and copying to a printer.
A new, automatic scanner maintenance system also keeps the SD3600
scanner tuned and ready, which is ideal for highly productive scanning. The
SD3600 is Energy Star-compliant and competitively priced to ensure a quick
return on investment.
"Contex is a clear leader in the CIS marketplace because our scanners
deliver the affordable quality and speed that businesses require," comments
Jette Lundquist, Vice President of Marketing, Contex A/S. "When used either
as a dedicated scanner or connected to a printer, the Contex SD3600 wide
format scanner delivers an easy and cost-effective way to scan in-house,
while delivering quality scans, scalability, and flexibility."
The SD3600 is capable of producing 324 color scans and 744 mono scans
(A1) per hour. The scanner provides precise, accurate images with a high
optical resolution of 1200 dpi and 48-bit color capture.
The SD3600 is also available as a multi-function product (MFP). When
paired with Nextimage software, a scanning, editing, and enhancement tool
with a broad set of printer drivers, users can easily connect the SD3600 to
most office printers, copiers, or large format inkjet and LED printers. The
SD's compact, lightweight design makes it space-saving and simplifies moving
the scanner or MFP to different locations or workstations.
Contex Raises the Bar With All-New HD Ultra Wide Format Scanner
ALLEROED, Denmark, November 1, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Fastest, Most Productive Scanner is Unmatched for Image
Contex, the world's leading developer of wide format scanning and
imaging solutions, today announces the all-new HD Ultra wide format scanner.
The HD Ultra is the market's most advanced wide format scanner, featuring
unmatched productivity and versatility. Built with Contex's next generation
xDTR2, its exclusive extended data transfer rate, and Gigabit Ethernet, the
HD Ultra is twice the speed of its predecessor, and more productive than any
other scanner on the market. The scanner delivers 6-inch per second scanning
speeds and an unprecedented 901 monochrome and 597 color scans per hour.
To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
"Our R&D and dedication to customers have made us a leader in the wide
format scanning industry, and we are pleased to offer the most advanced
scanner on the market with the HD Ultra," comments Niels Appel, Executive
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Contex A/S. "Every detail has been
specifically designed with the goal of helping our customers win projects,
boost productivity, and lower costs."
The powerhouse HD Ultra delivers unsurpassed image quality with all-new
precision camera technology, intelligent calibration, and the innovative
AccuColor enhancement algorithm. Energy-Star compliant, the HD Ultra is
available in 36- and 42-inches and is the most field-upgradeable wide format
scanner in its class. Users can now upgrade the scanning resolution, speed,
width, color, or Gigabit Ethernet without changing the hardware.
The HD Ultra comes with intuitive new features that make operation quick
and easy, including one-touch control, fail-safe paper loading, and
automatic size detection. Contex's new FlexFeed technology with intuitive
media handling, allows the scanner to easily insert any document, thanks to
right-side loading and funnel-shaped feeding. SnapSize, Contex's
sophisticated optical sensor technology, lets users automatically switch
between different size documents.
Additionally, SmartShare lets users connect to a LAN, so that any
computer in the workgroup can access the scanner.
The HD Ultra comes in two versions: Professional, for high-volume
applications, and Office, for occasional use or walk-up scanning. The
scanner is also available as a multi-function product (MFP), which includes
a space-saving high stand that allows users to combine the wide format
scanner with most large format printers.
ViaWest's KINECTed(TM) Cloud offers customers a choice in platforms: VMware vCloud® Powered or Xen®-based.
DENVER, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, ViaWest announced the launch of its KINECTed(TM) Cloud service, which, unlike other cloud computing offerings, provides users a choice between two different hypervisors: a VMware-based vCloud® Powered hypervisor and an open source Xen®-based hypervisor. With KINECTed(TM) Cloud, users can choose the cloud type that best meets their needs and avoid the pitfalls of a "one-size-fits-all" solution.
KINECTed(TM) Cloud is a "community" cloud where members reside within ViaWest's data center facilities and abide by its acceptable use policies, while taking advantage of attractive entry-level pricing. The ViaWest KINECTed(TM) Cloud is a flexible service designed to accommodate businesses at every stage of their lifecycle.
KINECTed(TM) Cloud provides a dynamic pool of computing, storage, and networking resources and doesn't demand a capital outlay or ongoing personnel costs. Through resource pooling, KINECTed(TM) Cloud offers an elastic, yet measurable, service that is ideal for public-facing content, or for serving as a vital component in disaster recovery planning. The KINECTed(TM) Cloud can also be used as a staging, test, and development platform, because it gives developers the computing power to test multiple scenarios economically. And, as companies' needs change, ViaWest KINECTed(TM) Cloud scales to meet them on two vectors, not just one.
"We found ViaWest's Cloud offering to be incredibly reliable and predictable. Coupled with ViaWest's hands-on customer service, we have determined that KINECTed(TM) Cloud is the ideal platform for our company's ever-changing needs," remarked Colin Hostert, CIO of Grooveshark, a ViaWest KINECTed(TM) Cloud customer.
Additionally, ViaWest's KINECTed(TM) Cloud boasts vCloud® Powered status, a service badge for hybrid cloud services based on VMware's vSphere and vCloud Director, which support the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) for image upload and download. This best-of-breed technology offers users a competitive advantage by allowing them to increase their speed-to-market and decrease infrastructure costs, without sacrificing control.
ViaWest's KINECTed(TM) Cloud is an extension of ViaWest's hybrid services philosophy. From colocation to managed hosting, and now KINECTed Cloud(TM), ViaWest allows customers to purchase any combination of services to best meet their needs. According to Roy Dimoff, Chairman and CEO of ViaWest, "Our strategy is to offer a flexible cloud service that businesses of all sizes and technology preferences can embrace. Customers have the ability to mix and match cloud and traditional infrastructure to form a single, optimized solution."
The introduction of KINECTed(TM) Cloud continues ViaWest's aggressive growth of the last 12 months. During that time, ViaWest opened its Synergy Park data center in Dallas, Texas and Hillboro II facility in Portland, Oregon. With these additions, ViaWest now has 22 data centers offering more than 410,000 square feet of usable raised floor. More information can be found at http://www.viawest.com.
ViaWest is one of the largest privately held data center service providers in North America. They provide colocation, complex hosting, cloud and managed services to businesses of all sizes nationwide. ViaWest owns and operates 22 enterprise-class data center facilities in Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada, delivering high-quality, flexible solutions designed to support customers' unique business needs. For additional information on ViaWest, please visit http://www.viawest.com or call 1-877-448-9378.
4G LTE From AT&T Available in Boston on November 6
Customers to benefit from ultra-fast mobile broadband on new LTE compatible devices
BOSTON, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday, Nov. 6, AT&T* will turn on its 4G LTE network in Boston, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T 4G LTE provides several benefits, including:
-- Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband
speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers can stream, download,
upload and game faster than ever before.
-- Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the
processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how
long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you've sent
the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming,
two-way video calling and telemedicine.
-- More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource,
and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than 3G, creating more space to
carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network
-- Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including
new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones on sale Nov. 6.
"We continue to see demand for mobile broadband skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Boston responds to what customers want from their mobile experience -- more, faster, on the best devices," said Stephen Krom, vice president and general manager for AT&T New England.
4G LTE Devices
AT&T offers six 4G LTE-compatible devices:
-- HTC Vivid, available beginning Nov. 6
-- Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, available beginning Nov. 6
-- HTC Jetstream tablet
-- AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G
-- AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G
-- AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline
AT&T's 4G LTE Network
AT&T will continue to expand its 4G LTE footprint in Boston over the coming months. AT&T has already launched 4G LTE in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, and will launch in four more markets on Nov. 6, including Athens, Ga., Baltimore, Boston, and Washington D.C. AT&T plans to offer 4G LTE in at least 15 markets total and to 70 million Americans by the end of 2011.
Even as AT&T's 4G LTE network expands, customers will be able to enjoy more consistent 4G speeds as they move in and out of LTE areas. Not only is AT&T deploying 4G LTE, it has also deployed fast HSPA+ technology throughout its mobile broadband network. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with 4G speeds. Customers of competitors who have transitioned to LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE areas.
AT&T plans to deliver 4G LTE over 700 MHz, as well as 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum, which enables strong coverage and excellent capacity.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. Deployment ongoing. 4G LTE device and data plan required. Up to 10x claim compares 4G LTE download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more about 4G LTE at att.com/network.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
SOURCE AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Meaghan Wims of Duffy & Shanley for AT&T New England, +1-401-278-4434, email@example.com
BlackBerry Bold 9900 and All-Touch BlackBerry Torch 9860 Smartphones Arrive for AT&T Customers on Nov. 6
New 3G BlackBerry Curve 9360 Hits Store Shelves Nov. 20
DALLAS, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
-- AT&T* today announced the price and availability of the BlackBerry(®)
Bold(TM) 9900, the all-touch BlackBerry(®) Torch(TM) 9860 and the
BlackBerry(®) Curve(TM) 9360.
-- AT&T delivers the broadest portfolio of the latest 4G BlackBerry
smartphones, including three models - the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the
all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860, and the previously-released 4G
BlackBerry Torch 9810. On AT&T's 4G network, the three 4G smartphones
are capable of speeds up to nearly four times the network speed
capability of previous models.
-- AT&T delivers the broadest portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones at the
best prices, ranging from $29 to $199, so customers can choose the best
form factor for their needs at a great price.
BlackBerry Portfolio from AT&T
AT&T delivers the broadest portfolio of BlackBerry® 7 -based smartphones, including three 4G models - the Bold 9900, the all-touch Torch 9860, and the previously-released Torch 9810, the first 4G BlackBerry smartphone from AT&T. All 3 4G smartphones take advantage of AT&T's 4G HSPA+ network to deliver network speeds nearly up to four times faster than most previous 3G BlackBerry smartphones. In addition to the three 4G options, AT&T is also releasing the new BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone, which is a significant upgrade of the Curve series, and a great option for messaging-intensive and socially active consumers and business users.
All the new BlackBerry smartphones from AT&T support multitasking, so customers can send and receive messages or browse the web while on a telephone call on AT&T's mobile broadband network. They also follow global roaming standards so customers are able to enjoy international voice roaming in more than 220 countries and data roaming in more than 205 countries.
The complete portfolio allows customers to choose the best BlackBerry smartphone for their needs - whether it's the premium touch QWERTY Bold 9900, the touch/ slider QWERTY Torch 9810, the all-touch Torch 9860, or the classic QWERTY Curve 9360. AT&T offers excellent pricing across the full portfolio so customers can choose the right BlackBerry form factor at the right price.
Full Suite of BlackBerry 7 Smartphones
Each of the new BlackBerry smartphones features BlackBerry 7 OS, a powerful evolution of the BlackBerry software. BlackBerry 7 OS delivers speed, efficiency and UI enhancements, and introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience.
BlackBerry 7 OS also includes the premium version of Documents To Go free of charge, BlackBerry® Balance to allow customers to fully experience work and personal features without compromising the IT department's need for advanced security features, as well as voice-activated universal search, among other features.
BlackBerry Bold 9900
The new, premium BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone is distinguished by its iconic Bold design and delivers best-in-class productivity for people who want the industry's leading full QWERTY keyboard while enjoying the convenience of a touch screen. The thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever at just 10.5 mm, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 boasts 4G speeds, a brilliant 2.8-inch touch screen, 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics(TM) technology, which delivers a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics, 768 MB RAM, 8GB of onboard memory (that you can expand to a total of 40 GB with a 32 GB media card), HD video recording and dual-band Wi-Fi®.
BlackBerry Torch 9860
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone is AT&T's first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone and delivers the largest screen on any BlackBerry. The 3.7-inch display makes your photos, videos, games and apps come to life in incredible detail for a rich multimedia experience. Similar to the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the all-touch Torch BlackBerry smartphone also boasts 4G speeds, a 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics technology, 768 MB RAM, and HD video recording.
BlackBerry Curve 9360
The new BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone is slim, stylish and ergonomically designed with a comfortable keyboard for fast, accurate typing and an optical trackpad for easy, one-handed navigation. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 features a 2.44-inch hi-resolution display and includes a 5MP camera with flash and video recording so that memories can be captured and instantly shared on social networks. Customers will welcome the increased productivity and enhanced user experience delivered by the faster processor, increased memory, and up to 2x the network speed of previous BlackBerry Curve models from AT&T. A non-camera version will also be available for purchase.
Price and Availability
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be available starting November 6 for $199.99 with a two-year contract online and in company-owned retail stores. The all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860 will be available online the same day for $99.99 with a two-year contract. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 will be available for $29.99 with a two-year contract starting November 20 in company-owned retail stores and online. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 will be available to business and government customers on November 14 while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860 will be available in those channels starting November 7.
"Our BlackBerry enthusiasts will welcome these three new BlackBerry smartphones to AT&T's premium smartphone lineup - the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, all-touch Torch 9860 and Curve 9360," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "From new and improved versions of BlackBerry classics to AT&T's first-all touch BlackBerry smartphone as well as 4G models, our leading suite of BlackBerry smartphones has something for everyone - government, business and everyday consumers - at the best prices available in the market."
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Not available everywhere. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. Learn more at att.com/network.
Important Information: Limited-time offer. Coverage not available in all areas. Two year agreement with qualifying voice plan and a minimum $15 a month smartphone data plan required. Smartphone data plan requirements differ for CRU customers. Subscriber must live and have a mailing address within AT&T's owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activation fee applies. Equipment price and availability may vary by market and may not be available from independent retailers. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose additional fees. Other conditions and restrictions apply. See contract for details. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.
International Roaming: Activation of international service may be required. International roaming apply outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S.V.I. Visit att.com/worldpackages and select Packages to view rates and available discount plans. Restrictions apply. Coverage, service and features while roaming are not guaranteed. International roaming pay-per-use rates apply in countries outside the roam zone.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
Earnest & Associates Acquires Proven Data Solutions
BALTIMORE, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Earnest & Associates (E&A) announced today that it has acquired Proven Data Solutions (PDS) of Meriden, Connecticut. The combined company will employ approximately 75 and provide information technology (IT) services to over 300 businesses nationwide.
E&A and PDS share a common history of successfully marketing enterprise software by Infor to the wholesale/distribution and manufacturing industries for the past 30 years. With the acquisition, the PDS offices in Meriden and Walpole, Massachusetts will become branch offices for E&A. The company will remain focused on helping small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) implement Infor software and related technologies to help increase their productivity and profitability.
"We are delighted to have PDS become part of the E&A team," said E&A president Tim Earnest. "E&A will strengthen its leadership position within the SMB market space by offering a contiguous physical presence up and down the east coast, from Boston to Miami. Employing one of the strongest talent pools to be found among privately-held, vertical market-focused technology companies on the east coast, E&A's services include business consulting, data backup and recovery, help desk, hardware and network support, online education, software implementation and more."
"We are thrilled to be part of E&A," commented Eleanor Renkun, who manages the Meriden branch. "Our emphasis on providing quality customer service meshes well with E&A's corporate culture. I believe that our customers will recognize the value to be gained through access to E&A's technical resources and value-added services."
E&A is a professional services firm dedicated to helping companies increase their productivity and profitability through the implementation of information technology. E&A is one of the largest services companies in North America dedicated to supporting Infor products including Infor10 Distribution Business (SX.enterprise), Infor10 Distribution Express (FACTS) and Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) with over 300 installations nationwide. E&A has over 70 employees in ten offices located in Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland (headquarters); Cleveland, Ohio; Greensboro, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; Meriden, Connecticut; Miami, Florida; Richmond, Virginia; Springfield, Illinois; and Walpole, Massachusetts.
SOURCE Earnest & Associates
Earnest & Associates
CONTACT: Tom Birdwell, Marketing Manager, +1-410-766-6076, firstname.lastname@example.org
deCarta and ZTE Mobile Telecom Bring Advanced Navigation and Location-Based Apps to Consumers Across China
ZTE Mobile Telecom Will Provide Its Customers With Fast, Accurate Navigation and Location Services in a Growing and Demanding Market
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- deCarta, the leading independent enabler of location-based services (LBS), today announced a partnership with handset provider ZTE Mobile Telecom to provide Chinese consumers with advanced search, navigation and mapping services in its mobile handsets.
As one of deCarta's first major customers in China, ZTE Mobile Telecom plans to bundle deCarta's applications on its handsets.
"Demand for premium location-based mobile services in China is growing at an incredible rate. Our users want the quickest, most precise navigation and mapping capabilities possible," said John Chen, CTO of ZTE Mobile Telecom. "deCarta's applications deliver these capabilities and give our consumers a more reliable and trusted solution than our competitors."
In China, demand for location-based services has grown rapidly without Google in the region; this has left OEMs to find other providers of worldwide location-based applications for their Android devices.
"deCarta provides OEMs and developers with global mapping and navigation applications and APIs," said Mike Cottle, vice president of worldwide sales for deCarta. "We are working with ZTE and other OEMs as well as independent application developers in China so they can offer unique LBS services to consumers in China."
About ZTE Mobile Telecom
ZTE Mobile Telecom is a majority-owned subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions operating in more than 140 countries. Focusing on mobile terminals business, ZTE Mobile Telecom offers a wide choice of mobile communication products ranging from 3G/4G, multimedia, wireless broadband and value-added services.
deCarta is the leading independent enabler of location-based services for mobile network operators, mobile device OEMs, and local media companies. deCarta's technology includes an industry-leading LBS platform, white-label applications, APIs, a local search engine, and content indexing; these power many leading applications for mapping, navigation, local search, mobile advertising, social networking, and enterprise.
DutyFreeZone.com Announces the Launch of a One-of-a-Kind e-Commerce Website
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DutyFreeZone.com is Announcing the Launch of a One-of-a-Kind e-commerce Website.
"Our website is going to revolutionize the e-commerce industry and generate business, and in-store traffic for small to medium store owners," quoted Ken Rubenfeld, Vice President of Operations. "We challenge and invite Retail store owners to upload their products on DutyFreeZone.com at no cost to them. DutyFreeZone.com will display the selected products and sell it to consumers using our proprietary marketing technology."
DutyFreeZone.com web based system helps visitors search for deals worldwide. After selecting the item(s) they wish to purchase, they can process the order via secured credit card processing and then simply drive to the retailer to pick up the order. An automated delivery system from store to consumer is in the works and will be available soon.
DutyFreeZone.com is the only e-commerce web site that sends a pre-paid sales coupon to the buyer once the product has been purchased. The buyer then presents the coupon to the retailer. This gives the retailer an opportunity to create a relationship with the buyer visiting the store.
DutyFreeZone.com's goal is to assist small to medium businesses sell items on the same playing field as their larger competitors without spending huge marketing dollars. The retailer may list as many products as they want on DutyFreeZone.com.
DUTYFREEZONE.COM HAS A UNIQUE BUSINESS MODEL
-- B2C - Business to consumers. A store owner logs on DutyFreeZone.com,
uploads its products, and the consumer logs on and buys the product at a
discounted price called "Duty Free Zone price."
DutyFreeZone.com offers a great deal as most of the products featured are sold for as low as 50% off the retail price. The retailer can move store inventory, drive traffic into the store while DutyFreeZone.com pays all the applicable sales taxes in every state.
-- B2B - Business to Business. DutyFreeZone.com is offering bulk buying for
importers/wholesalers worldwide. Sellers or manufacturers can upload
their products on the DutyFreeZone.com website.
The importer or buyer is responsible to pay for applicable taxes and duties within their country.
DutyFreeZone.com will encourage store owners to create a DutyFreeZone.com corner in stores, where consumer can shop at ''DUTY FREE ZONE'' prices and place their order online from the store.
Coming soon: DutyFreeZone.com kiosks in retail locations and airports.
Sybase Does More Big Data Analytics With Native MapReduce and Hadoop Integration
New Version of Sybase IQ, Industry-Leading MPP Column-Based Database Unlocks Value of Big Data with new Advanced Analytics Techniques that Run In-Database
DUBLIN, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sybase, Inc., an SAP® company (NYSE: SAP) and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software, today launched the new version of the Sybase® IQ high performance column-based analytics database. The new features of Sybase IQ 15.4 provide advanced techniques to address the new generation of Big Data and unlock critical business insights.
"The core applications for Big Data are in extremely scalable analytics, where the extremes involve processing a heavy volume, high velocity, staggering variety, and unpredictable variability of data types," according to the October 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. report Enterprise Hadoop: The Emerging Core Of Big Data. "This growing tsunami of intelligence feeds downstream business processes in both the front and back office, helping organizations optimize their interactions and operations through powerful analytics."
Today's growing demand for analytics to spot trends, correlate cause and effect, identify patterns, or ask "what if?" questions necessitates new analytics techniques, such as the use of advanced tools and the execution of analytical algorithms close to the data stored in the database. The new release of Sybase IQ expands support for in-database analytics, including a native MapReduce API, Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) support, integration with Hadoop, and an expanded library of statistical and data mining algorithms that leverage the power of Sybase IQ PlexQ® massively parallel processing (MPP) technology. New APIs enable developers to quickly and safely implement in-database algorithms achieving greater than 10x performance acceleration over existing approaches.
"Sybase IQ delivers the breadth of tools like native MapReduce and advanced Hadoop integration that data scientists need to analyze unstructured and structured data together to discover and predict deeper, more accurate insight into business performance and market dynamics," said Brian Vink, vice president, database products, Sybase, an SAP company. "The latest release of Sybase IQ combines this breadth of tools with the ability for enterprises and application vendors to design high performance data analysis techniques to fully unlock the true potential of Big Data analytics."
"Sybase IQ 15.4 provides Fuzzy Logix with an opportunity to further innovate on our certified flagship offering for Sybase IQ - DB Lytix - a quantitative library for high performance in-database analytics," said Jim Zhang, vice president of Analytics, Fuzzy Logix. "By taking advantage of Sybase IQ 15.4's highly versatile and parallel native MapReduce API, we can quickly integrate new data mining algorithms and boost the performance of many existing functions. This new version of DBLytix for Sybase IQ allows customers to quickly invoke sophisticated advanced analytics models to analyze Big Data using simple SQL statements and to run the models in a massively parallel fashion in Sybase IQ's advanced PlexQ technology framework."
The ability to execute models in the industry standard Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) format in-database within Sybase IQ allows data scientists to build predictive models in industry standard analytics tools and then automate their execution in Sybase IQ. The PMML capability combined with existing capabilities for text and multimedia analytics provides enterprises with a breadth of available techniques for analyzing Big Data.
"Zementis delivers standards-based analytics solutions focused on the Predictive Modeling Markup Language," said Michael Zeller, CEO, Zementis. "Using Sybase IQ 15.4's new JAVA API we were able to provide a Universal PMML Plug-In for Sybase IQ. This solution allows external predictive models created in the PMML standard to be parsed, ingested and executed In-database in Sybase IQ. This unique capability will appeal to most enterprises that leverage multiple data mining tools or seek to deploy their existing predictive models closer to the data for better performance and broader applicability."
Sybase IQ 15.4 delivers APIs to execute proprietary algorithms in-database providing differentiated analytic capabilities with unmatched performance. Using these new APIs developers and data scientists can integrate and execute certified function libraries from Sybase partners and custom-developed models, analytic algorithms, and data mining technologies inside a Sybase IQ database server, easily giving 10x performance gains over traditional approaches. Key capabilities include:
-- Native MapReduce API using In-Database Analytics and SQL interfaces
enabling data scientists to use alternative techniques to analyze
massive data sets.
-- Hadoop integration offering different techniques to integrate Hadoop
data and analysis with Sybase IQ.
-- In-database Analytics APIs and tools: A new Java API and new extensions
to the C++ APIs allowing implementation of high performance proprietary
or certified ISV algorithms in-database that run 10x faster.
Additionally, the new in-database analytics simulation environment eases
development and testing.
-- Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) support through a certified
plug-in from Zementis to automate the in-database execution of analytic
models created in industry standard data mining tools and other popular
predictive workbench products.
-- Updated in-database statistical and data mining library, DBLytix from
Fuzzy Logix, harnesses the power of Native MapReduce API (TPF) to
deliver high performance analysis.
-- Better compression of text data than commonly found in Big Data
-- Faster bulk loading of large data sets through ODBC and JDBC interfaces.
Sybase IQ 15.4 will be generally available by November 30, 2011, and also introduces a free Express Edition, enabling IT departments, developers and application vendors to easily download and start developing with Sybase IQ. Visit: http://www.sybase.com/iq. Read blogs: http://blogs.sybase.com/sybaseiq.
In Related News
Sybase today unveiled its new guide on Big Data analytics titled Intelligence for Everyone: Transforming Business Analytics Across the Enterprise. The guide demonstrates through facts and examples there are tools and methods to make sense of new and massive data sets, service all users at all levels, and analyze many different data types to provide actionable answers. To download a copy of go to: http://www.sybase.com/analyticsguide.
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U.S. Healthcare Suppliers Choose GHX to Help Them Reduce Operating Costs, Improve Financial Results
Growing number of suppliers leverage GHX services and software solutions to improve process efficiency, enhance customer service and gain a competitive edge in today's challenging economy
LOUISVILLE, Colo., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospitals and other healthcare providers are expensive customers to serve, with healthcare suppliers bearing the burden of selling, general and administrative expense (SG&A) costs that are nearly twice those of other industries. To improve their operational and financial performance, a growing number of suppliers are choosing GHX to streamline their order processing and better serve their customers.
Among supplier customers signing contracts with GHX are the following:
-- Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
-- Draeger Medical Inc.
-- Integra LifeSciences Corporation
-- KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc.
-- PSS World Medical, Inc.
Suppliers leverage GHX electronic trading exchange services and software solutions to automate order processing through a single connection to GHX provider members. By consolidating multiple ordering channels (phone, fax, email) and facilitating electronic orders through GHX that are faster, more accurate and more visible than manual processes, suppliers can reduce operating expenses while enhancing customer service.
GHX also delivers access to more accurate data, helping suppliers gain visibility to customer and market trends, and providing the intelligence to reduce risk while planning new investments and growth strategies. Using GHX, supplier organizations can improve margins and reduce costs, protect and grow market share, and enhance focus on their organization's core competency--delivering great products and exceptional service to their customers.
"Both healthcare providers and suppliers are struggling with greater margin pressures and declining revenues. Suppliers that recognize and address their customers' pain points along with their own can be most successful in this challenging economy," said Derek Smith, GHX executive vice president, Marketing and Product Management. "The supply chain represents both a significant area of expense and cost savings opportunity for both parties. Understanding this, a growing number of suppliers are choosing GHX to help improve efficiency and drive unnecessary costs out of the ordering process, benefiting both the supplier organization and the customers they serve."
Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) makes healthcare more efficient by delivering software and services that enable both healthcare providers and suppliers to increase efficiency, lower costs and provide better patient care. With the largest footprint in healthcare supply chain management, GHX connects more than 80 percent of licensed hospital beds at U.S. hospitals, as well as providers in Canada and Europe, with the suppliers from which they purchase the majority of their medical-surgical supplies. GHX is transforming today's linear healthcare supply chain into the industry's only Healthcare Supply Cloud(SM), providing 360-degree visibility into areas affecting both clinical and financial performance. Working with GHX, organizations can improve business processes, automate supply chain systems and collaborate to solve the tough challenges facing healthcare today. GHX is owned by members of the healthcare industry, including Abbott Exchange, Inc.; AmerisourceBergen Corp.; Baxter Healthcare Corp.; B. Braun Medical Inc.; BD; Boston Scientific Corp.; Cardinal Health, Inc.; Covidien; C.R. Bard, Inc.; Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.; GE Healthcare; HCA; Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.; McKesson Corp.; Medtronic USA, Inc.; Owens & Minor; Premier, Inc.; Siemens; University HealthSystem Consortium; and VHA Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ghx.com. Follow GHX on Twitter @GHX_LLC and on Facebook @GHX.
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World's First Battle Rap Game for iPhone Available Now
Game features rap icons Paul Wall, Mistah FAB, Hopsin, J Peezy and Fresh Caesar
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jump Shot Media, LLC, a Silicon Valley-based mobile and social game company, has announced the official release of its flagship mobile game, Battle Rap Stars(TM).
The game, the first of its kind, is the only mobile application capable of evaluating and scoring original rap performances. In Battle Rap Stars(TM) the better you rap, the higher your score and the further you progress in the game, going head-to-head with well-known rappers along the way. It is available now for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad.
"We are takin' battling to another level SON," says rapper Hopsin, challenging users to take him on.
Battle Rap Stars(TM) consists of five rounds, where users face and compete against real rappers. The game features Grammy-nominated rapper Paul Wall, world-recognized battle and freestyle rapper Mistah FAB, critically acclaimed and outspoken L.A.-based rapper Hopsin, J Peezy and Fresh Caesar.
"Getting past these other rappers is even hard for me, so you have to seriously bring it in order to make it to the final round," says Paul Wall.
Videon's aVia Media Player Launches as a Featured Google TV(TM) App
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Videon Central, Inc. (Videon), a leading software provider of media streaming technology and Blu-ray Disc (BD) middleware for the consumer electronics (CE) market, announced today that its aVia Media Player has launched as a Google TV(TM) featured application in Android Market(TM).
"Videon has been a close development partner for the Google TV program from the beginning. Our BD solution was included in one of the initial products, and we are thrilled to have aVia selected as a featured application for the Google TV market launch. To date, our middleware solutions have shipped on more than 20 million connected devices. We believe aVia, with the power of Google TV and support of Android Market, is well positioned to add significantly to these totals," stated Michael Daulerio, Vice President of Business Development at Videon.
aVia simplifies access to media with one, easy to use application. It enables users to play, manage and share personal content (audio, video and images) from their Google TV devices. With aVia, users can browse, scan and select media from many sources including local, USB, Facebook and networked with its built in DLNA/ UPnP functionality. Additionally, aVia has been optimized for Android based mobile devices and can be found in Android Market for tablets with support for smart phones available this month. For more details on the aVia Media Player, please visit http://www.aviatheapp.com.
About Videon Central, Inc.
Videon Central, Inc. (Videon), an Intel Capital portfolio company, is a leading independent software vendor (ISV) supplying video streaming technology and Blu-ray Disc (BD) middleware for the consumer electronics (CE) market. Videon's media playback solutions have enabled over 20 million embedded products including Smart TVs, IPTV set-top boxes, BD players, Tablets and other connected devices. Videon specializes in applying our core IP with software system integration, custom software and hardware design and product certification testing services. Videon offers OEM and vertical market customers a unique set of capabilities to help scale their product development and facilitate the launch of their next generation digital media applications. For more information on Videon, visit http://www.videon-central.com.
PlumChoice to Release Extension of Tific Version 8.0 to Support Microsoft SQL Server
Technical Support Automation Solution Now Handles Multiple Database and CRM Systems
BILLERICA, Mass., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PlumChoice, Inc., a pioneer in the delivery of remote technical services in the next-generation Service 2.0 model and the parent company of Tific AB, a global support automation solutions platform, today announced the upcoming extension of Tific Version 8.0. The new product release supports the popular Microsoft SQL Server, enabling administration of automation customers on one of a number of database platforms. It is expected that the updated version will be available for commercial use late in the fourth quarter of 2011 with some customers immediately adopting the new release.
This latest release signals PlumChoice's ongoing commitment to delivering the most advanced service automation tools and platform in the industry. Version 8.0 supports the broadest set of underlying database and customer relationship management (CRM) systems via Microsoft SQL Server, which is a key infrastructure element for systems used by many top companies. It is anticipated that this new release will allow broader adoption by those companies whose standard is SQL Server.
"Microsoft's SQL Server provides us with a robust and efficient database server platform for delivering our SaaS service automation platform. Our addition of SQL Server makes us the most diverse service automation platform in the industry," said Ted Werth, Chief Executive Officer of PlumChoice.
"PlumChoice will continue to set the standard for automated service delivery," said Par Ribbner, President of Tific and Senior Vice President at PlumChoice. "The release of the Version 8.0 extension underscores our position as the market leader."
PlumChoice expects to officially release the extension to Version 8.0 prior to December 31, 2011.
PlumChoice, Inc. sets a new standard of customer care with its Service 2.0 approach, reinventing the way technology care is provided to connected homes and small businesses. As the largest independent technology care provider in the industry, PlumChoice pioneered the remote technical services business, providing 24x7 online repair and assistance for digital devices through local industry-certified agents. With its patented SAFElink® service relationship platform, PlumChoice offers a fully integrated, highly secure solution for service providers and other customers via a white label strategy, providing new sources of revenue and cost reduction. PlumChoice services are delivered remotely and on-site, as a one-time service, bundled with products/services or via subscription. Covered devices include PCs and Macintosh® computers, laptops/netbooks, mobile phones, TVs and home theater systems, routers and servers, networks, security systems, consumer electronics, software, peripherals, iPhones® and others.
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PlumChoice, Tific and SAFElink are trademarks or registered trademarks of PlumChoice, Inc. in the United States and other countries.All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.
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Beech Brook's New Website Showcases Mental Health Programs with Creative Design and Simple Navigation
CLEVELAND, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When Beech Brook opened its doors in 1852 as Cleveland's first orphanage, it marked the beginning of a long legacy of hope and healing for children and families in Northeast Ohio. Today, as a leading mental health center, serving nearly 21,000 children and families each year, Beech Brook announces the launch of its updated website, beechbrook.org,to help share information about its broad range of programs for children, youth and families.
New compelling content and updated features of the website include:
-- A fresh, contemporary design
-- User-friendly, intuitive navigation where visitors can easily find
-- Updated information about programs and updated services
-- Online registration for seminars and events
-- Stories and videos
-- Careers information and an online job application
-- Online donation and support opportunities.
"We are pleased to be able to share much more information about our programs as well as opportunities for our customers, clients, donors, job seekers, friends and supporters to connect with Beech Brook in a much more interactive way. We hope many visitors will come to the site to learn more about Beech Brook's mission of healing troubled children and strengthening families," said Debra Rex, Beech Brook CEO.
Beech Brook's campus and headquarters are located at 3737 Lander Road in Pepper Pike, Ohio, with community-based offices in Cleveland and Elyria.
About Beech Brook
Founded in 1852, Beech Brook is a multi-service mental and behavioral health agency serving approximately 21,000 children and families each year through programs such as residential treatment, foster care, school-based mental health programs, parent education, community-based programs for at-risk youth, and many other services that strengthen and support families.
For more information, visit beechbrook.org.
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New Grassroots Campaign: Victims Get Vocal Helps Bring Justice to Sexual Abuse Victims
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A growing grassroots initiative under the name Victims Get Vocal is drawing attention to rape and abuse victims whose offenders remain un-charged. Their spokesperson, Zoie Brown, 18, a sexual abuse survivor, is speaking out about her molestation in an effort to help others tell their story and find justice. Zoie started her campaign based on a lack of action by the Santa Barbara District Attorney.
Her case is not typical. At the age of 14, despite threats of violence from her abuser, Zoie found the courage to tell her teacher who then reported him to Child Welfare Services. He fled shortly thereafter. Before he was named one of America's Most Wanted, captured, and sent to prison for fraud, Zoie reported her sexual molestation to the Sheriff and the Santa Barbara District Attorney. Although they have corroborating evidence against him, they refuse to charge him, citing a lack of physical evidence. Today, her abuser walks free untried for these allegations.
"How is a twelve-year-old girl in fear for her life going to provide physical evidence?" Zoie asks. "This is why most child molesters walk free: our justice system does not support victimized children." The statistics are frightening: 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 6 boys are sexually molested before the age of 18. Most of their abusers remain unpunished. "This needs to change. The child molesters are winning," states Zoie.
Zoie started a website, Victims Get Vocal (http://www.victimsgetvocal.com), to serve as a forum for sexually abused children. She says, "This is an extremely difficult situation for children, dealing with the fact that their molesters will never be charged. We need to stand together and encourage the judicial system to hear us out."
Activision Recruits Xbox 360 And PlayStation®3 System Gamers to Become the Ultimate Mi6 Agent In GoldenEye 007(TM): Reloaded
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), today announced that GoldenEye 007(TM): Reloaded is now available in retail stores nationwide, allowing Xbox360® and PlayStation®3 system gamers to experience the modern re-telling of the legendary GoldenEye film for the first time ever on their HD consoles. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded was built on a brand new engine that delivers the gritty, lethal action of Daniel Craig's James Bond at 60 frames per second with stunning visuals, lightning fast gameplay and the ability to play using the PlayStation®Move sharp shooter.
"This is the epitome of a classic reborn," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President at Activision Publishing. "We know that fans love the original GoldenEye film, so our team worked closely with the original screenwriter and film talent, along with the devoted developers at Eurocom, to create a modern reimagining tailor-made for Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 gamers around the world."
Based on the original screenplay, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded introduces brand new 'Mi6 Ops Missions' - new, distinct levels additional to the single-player campaign that span the varied environments from the story. The game challenges players to complete different Assault, Elimination, Stealth and Defense objectives all showcased in HD and running at a smooth 60-frames per second. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded takes multiplayer to new heights, maintaining and improving its renowned four-player split-screen action and adding full, adrenaline-pumping 16-player online matches with more maps, weapons, characters and game modes than ever before.
The game is brought to life with an updated story penned by the Hollywood screenwriter from the original GoldenEye film, Bruce Feirstein; the voices of Daniel Craig as James Bond and Judi Dench as 'M'; and combat animations motion-captured by Daniel Craig's film stunt double, Ben Cooke.
GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is being developed by Eurocom under license from EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution In, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com.
About EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli in 1995 and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
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Online travel agency eDreams [http://edreams.com ] has launched an
innovative travel game on their Facebook Page. Participants are invited to
add kilos to their rivals' suitcases and keep their own luggage as light as
they can, in a race for a fun prize: a trip for 4 to Madrid or Kiev.
Today eDreams launched a new travel game on their Facebook Page
[https://www.facebook.com/eDreams.EN ] in which players invite their friends
to help them with their virtual luggage and try to win the race by adding
kilograms to rival suitcases.
Participants will start with a virtual suitcase that weighs more than
they can take on the plane with them, and they will try to make it lighter
by inviting their friends to carry a few kilos. With every invitation they
send, the players will be able to subtract a kilogram from the weight of
their suitcase. Whenever an invited friend joins the game, the players will
receive kilograms they can add to rival suitcases. The weight can be added
right away or just before the game, bringing a strategy element to it.
The game will last for two weeks and winners get a round trip for four
from London to Madrid in the first week (31st October - 7 November) and
another trip for 4 from London to Kiev in the second week (7 November - 14th
With this game, eDreams is offering not only 2 fun trips for two groups
of friends, but also a few hours of fun. Players get the chance to show off
both their strategy skills, as well as their popularity among Facebook
friends, as the game will be won by the player with the most helpful and
eDreams (http://www.edreams.com) is one of the largest independent
European online travel agencies. The company is based in Barcelona, Spain
and offers services in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, UK,
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Chile, India, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina,
Colombia, Switzerland, USA, and the global English-speaking markets through
their web properties: edreams.es, edreams.it, edreams.fr, edreams.pt,
edreams.de, edreams.co.uk, au.edreams.com, edreamsviagens.com.br,
ca.edreams.com, cl.edreams.com, edreams.in, edreams.pe, edreams.ch,
edreams.net and edreams.com.
The company offers a large selection of flights, hotels and vacation
packages at competitive prices and makes them available to its clients
through booking engines with the latest pricing and search technology.
Permira acquired eDreams from the previous majority stakeholder, TA
Associates, in August of 2010.
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Activision Releases Cabela's® Survival: Shadows of Katmai(TM)
Chilling adventure for survival against all odds is now available
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that its gripping 3rd-person survival adventure game Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai(TM)is now available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) system from Nintendo. The new harrowing adventure comes packed with the Top Shot Elite wireless controller and puts gamers in a fight to survive the harsh Arctic environment after a horrifying accident. From the electrifying single player campaign to the multiplayer shooting galleries, this is one of the most extraordinary Cabela's adventures yet.
"With a brand new style of gameplay, an epic tale of perseverance, and its focus on survival, Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai(TM) represents a brand new chapter in the Cabela's franchise," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President of Activision Publishing.
Players will answer the call of the wild as they take the role of bush pilot Logan James after he survives a horrific plane crash in the Arctic wild. Injured, isolated and in the middle of a hostile wilderness, Logan is cut off from all hope of rescue and it's up to players to guide him to safety. In this heroic battle against deadly creatures and freezing weather, players must use all their survival skills and trek through a variety of environments as they use scavenged firearms and gear to stay alive. In addition, the game has a deep selection of shooting galleries for an endless amount of party fun.
Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai(TM) is available with the Top Shot Elite on Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 for $79.99 and Wii for $59.99. The game can be purchased separately on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $39.99 and $29.99 on Wii. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, go to activisionhunts.com and please follow on Twitter @ActivisionHunts and Facebook - at Facebook.com/ActivisionHunts.
Cabela's Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world's largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company's founding in 1961, Cabela's has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World's Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela's growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela's also issues the Cabela's CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CAB."
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
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mophie Delivers Power and Navigation With New juice pack outdoor edition
App and Hardware Bundle Transforms the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S into a Connected -- and Charged -- GPS device
SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- mophie(TM) is venturing into the great outdoors with today's announcement of its new juice pack outdoor edition, a hardware and GPS app bundle that gives iPhone 4 and 4S users access to twice the battery power and more than 650,000 map images for on-the-go navigation. The outdoor edition is the first solution from the company to merge its award-winning battery charging capabilities with enhanced function through a supporting application. Available now in a new, eye-catching orange and gray color combination, the mophie juice pack outdoor edition's 2,000 mAh battery capacity and sophisticated GPS app effectively transforms the iPhone 4 and 4S into a connected, dedicated GPS device.
"The juice pack outdoor edition eliminates the need for iPhone users to carry multiple devices to stay connected while also accessing super sophisticated GPS, mapping and tracking resources," said mophie's Ross Howe, vice president of marketing. "We are very excited to enter the app market and deliver a product that combines our best battery charging capabilities with a valuable and intuitive application that will keep iPhone users connected and powered up during any adventure."
mophie has partnered with award-winning mobile GPS developer NeoTreks Inc., to create the highest quality user experience possible for the mophie outdoor app, a GPS application that includes access to more than five million square miles of outdoor recreation maps providing complete coverage of the continental United States and Hawaii.
"We are pleased to partner with mophie to be the first to provide a complete outdoor GPS solution for iPhone 4 users," said Michael Bullock, president of NeoTreks. "The juice pack outdoor edition bundle provides more features and convenience than dedicated outdoor GPS units that can cost more than $500."
The bundle retails for $119.95 at mophie.com. Key features and benefits of the outdoor edition include:
-- Turning the iPhone into a Dedicated GPS Device -- Utilizing the mophie
outdoor iPhone app, users have access to the following outdoor GPS
-- Free one year subscription for unlimited access to more than 650,000
map images encompassing five million square miles of complete
coverage of the continental United States and Hawaii
-- GPS tracking using AccuTerra or Google Maps
-- Save unlimited tracks, placemarks and geo-referenced photos
-- Share adventures via email and Facebook
-- Import and export adventures via Bluetooth
-- Utilize downloaded AccuTerra maps without being connected to 3G,
ultimately extending and saving the device's battery
-- The Ultimate Excursion Companion -- The outdoor edition also includes a
free one year subscription to access the new mophie outdoor edition
website for desktop viewing and planning for any camping, hiking, biking
or outdoor adventure. This premium portion of the bundle will also be
available for subscription purchase after the first year of service for
$19.99 a year.
-- Double the Battery Power -- Packing a 2,000 mAh capacity, the advanced
battery technology delivers an incredible amount of "juice" in a small
form factor, more than doubling battery life. Users will experience:
-- Up to 6 additional hours of GPS usage
-- Up to 8 additional hours talk time on 3G; 16 hours 2G
-- Up to 7 additional hours internet use on 3G; 11 hours WiFi
-- Up to 44 hours additional audio playback
-- Up to 11 hours video playback
-- Cool Color Combo -- The juice pack plus outdoor edition is designed with
the outdoor enthusiast in-mind, utilizing an orange and gray color
scheme prominent in outdoor designed products
-- Standby/Charging Switch -- Features a simple toggle switch that allows
for standby and charging mode so you only have to use the juice pack
plus battery when you need it
-- 4 Light LED Battery Status Indicator -- An integrated LED status
indicator tells you exactly how much "juice" is left and also displays
how much time remains during the charging process
The mophie juice pack outdoor edition is available now for purchase. Current juice pack users who want to take advantage of the mophie outdoor app but don't want to purchase the outdoor juice pack plus case can download the app in the Apple App store for free and purchase a one year map subscription via their iTunes account for $29.99. For additional information regarding the mophie juice pack line of products, please visit http://www.mophie.com.
mophie is a California-based, award-winning designer and manufacturer of mobile intelligent devices and accessories. It is widely recognized and highly acclaimed for its creative designs and innovative solutions. mophie is the proud developer of the juice pack, the first "Works With iPhone" portable battery solution certified by Apple Inc. All of mophie's products are developed to address real consumer and business needs and are seamless integrations of industrial, electronic, software and artistic designs. Its products are available in Apple stores, AT&T stores, Verizon stores, Best Buy stores and on http://www.mophie.com and http://www.amazon.com. Follow mophie on Twitter at twitter.com/mophie or on Facebook at facebook.com/mophielovesyou
NeoTreks, Inc. is a Colorado-based mobile software design and development company that focuses on creating unique geospatial products for smartphones and the web. Its recreation, historical and tourism apps have been featured on the Apple® App Store(SM), and in major media outlets. NeoTreks employs iOS and Android development platforms for both consumer and business applications.
TruSend(TM) gives users of the ParentLink communication system a fast and secure way to create and track great looking emails and school newsletters.
PROVO, Utah, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ParentLink® today announced the release of TruSend(TM), its new set of email tools for users of the ParentLink communication platform. Though ParentLink has always given its K-12 customers the ability to send messages via email, TruSend now gives schools additional tools that improve the quality of the appearance, delivery and management of email messages.
TruSend includes a set of email templates and advanced editing tools that allow users to create messages and email newsletters that will have a professional look and effectively convey the school or district's colors and brand. In the past, administrators could view reports showing which emails were not being sent due to bad addresses. With TruSend, users can not only know when and who received any given email, but they can also see if the recipient actually opened the message.
"TruSend is a great example of what can happen as we listen to our partner districts and create innovative products that meet their specific needs," said John Graff, ParentLink's President. "A huge percentage of our customers send newsletters home to parents, usually in print form. And many of those districts would like to save the time and expense of creating those newsletters on paper and send them electronically. TruSend does that extremely well. Not only does email communication reach more of their parents, but it also gives districts a way to find out of the emails are actually received and opened."
One of those partner districts is Azle Independent School District, located just northwest of Fort Worth Texas. "The ability to send professional looking newsletters, emails, text and phone messages from not only one application but from one screen saves me time and makes me more efficient," said Skip McCambridge, Director of District Operations at Azle ISD.
TruSend provides a host of new email features; including the ability to email surveys and password letters, use images and full HTML editing for great looking emails, and detect bounced or undeliverable emails to assist administrators in ensuring they have accurate contact information for parents.
With more than 2 billion users worldwide, email has become the preferred communication vehicle for millions of parents of school children. This quick, paperless way of dispensing information provides a valuable solution that is accessible almost anywhere. TruSend makes it easier than ever for schools to effectively connect with parents, students, staff and the community.
The TruSend Email tool comes as part of the innovative ParentLink communication system and is free to current ParentLink license holders. For more information about all of the solutions from ParentLink, please visit: http://www.parentlink.net.
ParentLink is the complete communication solution for education, providing the tools to link schools, parents, students, and the community in one common objective--to improve the educational process. Exclusively serving the K-12 market for over 20 years, ParentLink provides administrators with a communication platform that will keep parents engaged and students achieving. ParentLink is the central communications hub for all of a district's various information systems, allowing educators to communicate the right information in the right way and at the right time. Every week, thousands of schools use ParentLink to securely send millions of messages to students, parents, and the community, in the form of phone calls, emails, SMS text messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, printed letters, and fax messages, or via the web. ParentLink is the all-in-one communication solution, helping educators improve parental outreach efforts and enjoy the benefits of increased student achievement.
Nokia Siemens Networks Joins EEMBC Networking Subcommittee
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced that Nokia Siemens Networks, a global leader in telecommunications, is the consortium's newest member of its Networking Subcommittee. As a member of the Networking Subcommittee, Nokia Siemens Networks will have full access to utilize all the benchmark tools provided within that subcommittee, and will help drive the consortium's future direction, in the area of radio and networking equipment, and appliances.
EEMBC was formed in 1997 to develop meaningful performance benchmarks for the hardware and software used in embedded systems. EEMBC benchmarks help predict the performance of embedded processors and systems in a range of applications (i.e. networking, digital entertainment, automotive, office automation, telecommunications, and connected devices) and disciplines (processor core functionality, floating-point, Java, multicore, and energy consumption). The consortium is also working on a new benchmark suite, named DPIBench, which will provide a standardized, industry-accepted method of evaluating the performance of Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances.
"As a leader in the telecommunications networks market, Nokia Siemens Networks makes a notable addition to our membership," said Markus Levy, EEMBC president. "Nokia Siemens Networks' experience in this industry will help ensure that DPIBench is a fair and equitable benchmark. This will be important because the industry has lacked a common method of performance testing and validation of UTM throughput."
"As a Networking Subcommittee Member, Nokia Siemens Networks will utilize EEMBC benchmark standards to help us select the most effective processing solutions for our mobile broadband and connectivity equipment," said Jarmo Hillo, Manager, Computing Technologies, CTO Research, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Furthermore, we look forward to contributing our expertise to help EEMBC develop the best real-world benchmarks for the networking industry."
EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops and certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking, consumer, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java, and network storage-related applications. With members including leading semiconductor, intellectual property, and compiler companies, EEMBC establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results through the EEMBC Technology Center.
EEMBC members include ACE Associated Compiler Experts, AMD, Analog Devices, Andes Technology, Applied Micro, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium Networks, Cypress Semiconductor, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu Semiconductor, Green Hills Software, IAR Systems AB, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Lockheed Martin, LSI, Marvell Semiconductor, MediaTek, Mentor Graphics, Microchip Technology, MIPS Technologies, NetLogic Microsystems, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, NVIDIA, NXP Semiconductors, Plurality, Qualcomm, Realtek Semiconductor, Red Hat, Renesas Electronics, Research In Motion, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, TOPS Systems, VIA Technologies, Wind River Systems, Xerox, and Xilinx. For more information, visit http://www.eembc.org.
EEMBC is a registered trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.
CONTACT: Markus Levy, EEMBC, +1.530.672.9113, firstname.lastname@example.org
iQmetrix Utilizes Integration and Implementation Services from Avnet Embedded Americas to Bring Interactive Retail Solutions to Expanding Wireless Market
VANCOUVER, British Columbia and PHOENIX, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --iQmetrix, the leading provider of retail management software for the North American wireless industry has partnered with Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), to provide integrated multi-media solutions for the wireless market.
XQ Interactive Retail, is a new suite of in-store touchscreen applications developed by iQmetrix and designed to provide wireless retailers with an effective and engaging way to educate and guide customers through the process of buying a mobile device. The XQ suite enables wireless retailers to showcase their products on dynamic visual displays - enhancing customer education and completely altering the in-store shopping experience.
As part of iQmetrix and Avnet Embedded's relationship, Avnet Embedded will provide consultative services for hardware selection, site preparation and installation, as well as warranty extensions and maintenance to iQmetrix retail customers.
Additionally, iQmetrix customers will be able to take advantage of Avnet Embedded's world-class integration capabilities- specifically the strength of Avnet's supplier ecosystem -- to source pre-configured media players and touch screen display technologies to run iQmetrix XQ Interactive Retail in their stores.
-- Kelly Kazakoff, COO, iQmetrix said:
"XQ Interactive Retail changes the face of the retail experience. Our goal is not only to deliver innovative solutions that help our customers be more effective and efficient, but also to create great experiences whether they are working directly with us or with one of our many partners. Avnet's dedication to providing excellent customer service and integrated solutions made this partnership a natural choice."
-- Chuck Kostalnick, senior vice president, Avnet Embedded, said:
"Working together with iQmetrix has allowed Avnet Embedded the unique opportunity to provide integration and deployment services that go beyond those of a typical distributor," said Chuck Kostalnick, senior vice president of Avnet Embedded Americas. "By leveraging our long-standing supplier partnerships and the talents of our hardware and software experts, we've helped to create a new way for consumers to interact with iQmetrix's products. We're looking forward to providing our assistance and expertise every step of the way."
iQmetrix/XQ Facts and Highlights:
-- iQmetrix is a leading provider of SaaS solutions to wireless retailers
with over 10 years experience in wireless retail management software.
-- XQ Interactive Retail transforms the in-store experience with
applications that engage, educate and guide shoppers through the process
of buying a mobile device.
-- XQ Interactive Retail provides a complete solution to manage the
front-of-house experience and back-of-house operations.
-- XQ provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use content management system and
extensive content library to streamline the content management process.
iQmetrix is the leading provider of retail management solutions for the North American wireless industry. We strive to create the ultimate retail experience for the consumer, the employee and the business. Our flagship product, RQ4, is a complete software solution designed for wireless retailers to manage people, business processes and strategic decision-making. Our new product, XQ Interactive Retail, is a suite of in-store digital media solutions that provide an engaging way to educate and guide customers through the process of buying a mobile device. iQmetrix is a privately held software as a service (SaaS) company with offices in Canada and the United States. http://www.iQmetrix.com
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's website is located at http://www.em.avnet.com.
About Avnet, Inc.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 2, 2011, Avnet generated revenue of $26.5 billion. For more information, visit http://www.avnet.com.
Top Apple accessories, apps, and games take spotlight in 218-page download
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading independent Apple authority iLounge today released the 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide, a new edition of the world's most popular guides to Apple's pocket devices, accessories, and apps. Redesigned and better than ever, the Guide now features a whopping 218 pages of incisive information, including expert selections of the best iPhone/iPod speakers, headphones, cases, batteries, and games, each with options accommodating any budget. The 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide is the companion to iLounge's already million-downloaded iPad 2 Buyers' Guide; both Guides are available for immediate free download from iLounge.com in the popular, widely compatible PDF format.
"iLounge has written the industry's definitive books on Apple's portable devices and add-ons for years," said Jeremy Horwitz, editor-in-chief of iLounge. "Now we've done it again. Our 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide will help you make the most of your money, whether you're buying a new Apple device, improving your existing one, or looking to sell your used one and upgrade."
Designed to help novice and expert Apple users alike, the 2012 Guide focuses on several key areas of the iPhone and iPod experience:
* Apple's devices. iLounge includes capsule reviews of Apple's current iPhones and iPods, complete with screenshots, color guides, and per-model buying advice. A new feature called iNtelligence offers quick, smart advice at the bottom of every iPhone and iPod review, while a special comparative guide to iPhone and iPod touch cameras explains how every model compares with point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Additionally, the iGlossary clearly explains Apple technical and marketing jargon that has become confusing over the past several years.
* Accessories. iLounge walks you through 18 different accessory categories, explaining each category and focusing solely on the year's very best products. Selected by iLounge's editors strictly on editorial merit, these accessories represent the cream of the crop from thousands of different vendors, distilled down into easy two- to six-page collections of top picks. Best of the Year Awards include both Editors' and Readers' Choice Awards for 2011's top products and developers.
* Games and Apps. Separate, beautiful sections of the 2012 Guide look at the Top 100 Games of 2011, and the 100 Essential iOS Apps of 2011. While the Games section looks only at titles released within the past 12 months, the Apps collection includes the 100 titles our editors have picked as the most valuable to keep on iPhones, iPods, and iPads, spanning a number of different categories.
* History and Community. iHistory provides a comprehensive and remastered timeline of important events in iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes history, while the latest reader-submitted iPhone, iPod, and iPad Around the World photos show the incredible proliferation of Apple products into remote and populated regions of the globe.
"Our 2012 Guide is incredible," said Dennis Lloyd, Publisher of iLounge and the Buyers' Guide. "We offer the world's best book on iPhones, iPods, and their add-ons in a PDF format, so you can read it using anything from an iPod touch or iPhone to an iPad, PC, or Mac. Carry it in your pocket or a bag, or read it from a laptop or desktop computer. We hope you enjoy it from cover to cover."
iLounge's Buyers' Guides and Books are the world's most widely read publications covering Apple's digital media products. Downloaded millions of times, the Guides are the latest of 17 semi-annual magazine- and book-style publications released by iLounge since 2004. All of these publications are available from iLounge.com/library for free, and are published as a service to the Apple community without any editorial involvement from advertisers or Apple itself. The 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide can be downloaded from iLounge.com/2012bg starting today.
About iLounge: iLounge, Inc. is the exclusive partner of the Consumer Electronics Association for the iLounge Pavilion, a collection of iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac products that is now the largest dedicated exhibition area at the International Consumer Electronics Show, spanning over 80,000 square feet of space. As the world's leading provider of iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes information, iLounge is fully independent from Apple and vendors of related hardware, software, and services, with offices in Irvine, California and East Amherst, New York. Founded only days after Apple announced the first iPod in 2001, iLounge has exploded in popularity, today boasting millions of visitors and tens of millions of page views each month. Its editorial content is in no way influenced by advertising, paid placements, or other unsavory practices. Praised for years as "the ultimate in product reviews and tutorials on all things iPod," iLounge and its team have been spotlighted by the Associated Press, CNBC, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and many other leading publications.
Mobiles Republic Launches News Republic Google TV App
Top-Rated News App Now Available on All Leading Smartphone, Tablet and TV Platforms
NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobiles Republic, a leading developer of personal news applications, announces that its top-rated News Republic app will be available on the next version of Google TV's software, which will begin shipping over-the-air to Sony and Logitech Google TV devices in the next weeks. Already available on all smartphone and tablet platforms, the News Republic app is now also on TV screens with Google TV with a dedicated user interface.
The top-rated news app on the Apple App Store and the Google Android Market, News Republic is a free application that brings together content from hundreds of fully licensed news sources to provide users with customized, up-to-the-minute business, sports, political and entertainment articles and videos based on their own chosen keywords. Users can then click on headlines and read articles all within the same window, as well as clicking on highlighted words within an article to pull up related stories.
"We are thrilled for News Republic to be one of the very first Android apps optimized for Google TV," says Gilles Raymond, CEO, Mobiles Republic. "We look forward to bringing the world's most popular news app to the world's most advanced Smart TV platform."
News Republic and its sister applications Biz Report, APPY Geek and Glam Life have racked up over three million downloads to date, with over 70 million articles read last month alone. The apps can be found on all major application stores, including iTunes and Android Market.
Mobiles Republic apps are available in eight editions including the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, International (English) and International (Spanish).
Zillow and Pulte Homes to Give Away $350,000 House in Life-Changing "I Want a New Home Sweepstakes"
Visit Zillow on Facebook for a Chance to Win a New Pulte Home
SEATTLE, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Zillow® (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace, has teamed up with Pulte Homes®, one of America's largest home builders, to give away a new, $350,000 Pulte home(I) in the "I Want a New Home Sweepstakes."
To enter(II), participants must visit Zillow's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Zillow), "like" Zillow, then complete a short entry form for a chance to win. Existing Facebook fans of Zillow are also eligible to enter. Participants interested in doubling their chances of winning may earn one additional sweepstakes entry by visiting a local Pulte Homes community sales center(III). The sweepstakes runs from Nov. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. ET to Nov. 30, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
"We can't wait to change the life of one very lucky future homeowner," said Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow chief marketing officer. "Receiving the gift of a brand new, beautiful Pulte home is a transformative life event that will have a lasting impact on the winner in the midst of these tough economic times."
"With design, cost and energy efficient features, Pulte's Life Tested Homes Designs(TM), a result of extensive consumer research, are built to fit the way people live today - a real advantage over most re-sale homes," said Deborah Meyer, chief marketing officer for PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), Pulte Homes parent company. "We are excited to work with the sweepstakes winner on the crowning details of their new home."
Join the "I Want a New Home" conversation on Facebook and Twitter
During the month of November, participants are invited to share why they want to win a new home by posting on Zillow's Facebook wall, or tweeting @Zillow using the hashtag #IWantaNewHome.
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. Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile and Postlets®. The company is headquartered in Seattle.
Zillow, Zillow.com and Postlets are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc.
About PulteGroup, Inc.
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of America's largest home building companies with operations in approximately 60 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes and Del Webb, the company is one of the industry's most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer segments and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide home buyers with innovative solutions and new homes designed for the way people actually live today. As the most awarded home builder in customer satisfaction, PulteGroup brands have consistently ranked among top home builders in third-party customer satisfaction studies.
Pulte Homes and Life Tested Home Designs are trademarks of PulteGroup, Inc. and its affiliates.
(I) The winning sweepstakes entry will be given a choice of a $350,000 credit to purchase a new home in a participating Pulte Homes community or a $350,000 cash option.
(II) Entries valid from legal residents in the contiguous United States. Due to real estate brokerage laws, residents of Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island are excluded from the sweepstakes.
(III) Participants who are unable to visit a Pulte Homes community sales center may earn an additional sweepstakes entry via mail. See Official Rules for details.
CONTACT: Whitney Tyner of Zillow, +1-206-757-2701, email@example.com; or Leanne Wandoff of Pulte, +1-248-433-4542, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope Paige Medical Launches TextID® in Partnership with ICEdot® Powered by the American Ambulance Association (AAA)
Leading Medical ID Bracelet Company Provides Revolutionary Life-Saving SMS Technology Jewelry
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Nov. 1, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Hope Paige Medical (http://www.hopepaige.com), an award winning medical identification company, announced today the launch of TextID®, revolutionary Short Message Service (SMS) enabled jewelry. TextID® uses SMS technology to relay life-saving information with the convenience, speed and efficiency of a text message, making Hope Paige Medical an innovator in the market. In one easy step, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and first responders will be able to access a person's self-created emergency profile, detailing medical information, current medications, emergency contacts, and other potentially life-saving information by text messaging their unique PIN to 5-10-20.
TextID®, powered by ICEdot emergency ID and notification service, enables people to store their medical and personal information in a secure online account. For just $12 for the first year of membership, ($10 each year thereafter), customers can register their unique PIN number, which is engraved on their customized medical ID jewelry, and create their personal medical profile in minutes, including up to 10 emergency contacts. This profile can be updated at any time from any computer or smart phone at no additional charge.
"We are honored to be partnering with ICEdot, a company which has an exclusive partnership with the American Ambulance Association, to provide life-saving information to people that need it," says Hope Paige Medical President, Shelly Fisher. "An individual's information will be conveniently delivered in a text message to any cell phone. TextID is available on all major mobile phone networks. It's perfect for anyone with a medical condition, people engaged in active lifestyles, children or elderly who wander, and those unable to effectively communicate. And because TextID makes it easy to notify emergency contacts as well as access medical information, it provides peace of mind to anyone seeking to protect their loved ones, whether or not they have a medical condition."
Fisher adds, "There are often times when phone service may be unreliable, such as during severe weather conditions, and text messages often go through when phone calls cannot. TextID provides first responders with access to critical information in seconds without the need for phone calls and note pads. There has been nothing like this on the market until now."
"As an award winning EMS innovation ourselves, we feel this partnership is a natural fit," says Chris Zenthoefer, CEO of ICEdot, formally Invisible Bracelet. "It's clear why Hope Paige Medical is the market leader in medical jewelry. Not only do they offer quality and stylish products but their customer service is far superior to what we've seen out there. We are very excited to be working with them and to help this market technologically advance, offering a product that can make a real difference in emergency response."
For information on medical jewelry, setting up a TextID® user profile, or additional information, please visit http://www.hopepaige.com or call Hope Paige Medical customer support center at 610-234-0093. For real time information, follow Hope Paige Medical on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT HOPE PAIGE MEDICAL:
Founded in December 2003, Hope Paige Medical is a contemporary medical ID jewelry company that mixes fashion and style with function and purpose to develop an entire collection of fashionable medical emergency bracelets and jewelry for men, women and children. Their products can be found across the United States in doctors' offices, pharmacies, supermarkets, jewelry stores, specialty boutiques and online. A partial list of retailers include: Kroger, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Albertsons, Stop-N-Shop, Giant, Bashas, Bi-Lo, Kerr Drug, A&P, Medicine Chest, Brookshire, Amazon, Target, Martin's, Family Pharmacy, Focus Pharmacy and Price Chopper. For more information, visit http://www.hopepaige.com.
ICEdot, formally Invisible Bracelet, is emergency ID and notification software. ICEdot utilizes: the Internet, mobile applications and SMS technology to quickly identify a patient, relay important medical information and provide emergency contacts in case of emergency (ICE). ICEdot has an exclusive partnership with the American Ambulance Association (AAA) which helps further EMT education about their software so medics can identify and use the ICEdot service.
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oneDrum Enables Real-Time Collaboration on Microsoft Office Files With its P2P Desktop Application
STIRLING, Scotland, November 1, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
The only application that allows users to securely co-author, file share
and interact in real time on Microsoft Office documents
oneDrum [http://www.onedrum.com ], a UK-based software development
company, today launched its intuitive peer-to-peer (P2P) desktop application
that lets users securely co-author, file-share and interact in real time on
Microsoft Office applications.
Inspired by the concept of a networked application that could reduce the
cost and friction associated with true collaboration, oneDrum was developed
to respond to the needs of the modern, mobile information worker. The
application brings Google Docs functionality and more to Microsoft Office
documents, with edits appearing in real time when working online, while
offline edits synchronize effortlessly when connectivity is re-established.
Allowing users to work in their native Microsoft Office application
environment, oneDrum takes the compromise out of collaboration and is the
only application that lets users have shared documents on hand, and up to
date, at every moment. This all takes place using a simple and complete
security model that combines user authentication, network security and data
encryption to ensure that all aspects of the collaboration process are
"Our goal has always been to reset people's understanding both of what a
networked application is, and how it should be built," said Jasper Westaway,
chief executive officer and founder. "We designed oneDrum to be insanely
powerful and with as few compromises as possible. Users want files to be
accessible and editable offline whilst co-authoring, file sharing and chat
messaging are all experiences that people have become accustomed to and need
oneDrum is written in Java, allowing the application to support multiple
operating systems. The software supports all versions of Microsoft Office in
a Windows environment. Mac for oneDrum will launch in beta in Q4 2011. File
system integration for Mac will arrive this year, while integration with Mac
Office will arrive in the first half of 2012.
The next phase of cloud computing will need to adopt a hybrid model that
straddles data centers and user devices and applications more effectively,
and oneDrum offers this. oneDrum's peer-to-peer technology is resilient,
totally secure, and scalable to any size of business. Its advantage over
cloud-based solutions is its immediate scalability and inherent resilience.
Vectored transformation is the technology underpinning oneDrum and the
key to its unique approach. It is the mechanism that ensures that when
multiple people or devices are changing data, everyone has access to and can
edit that data, and that the data eventually becomes consistent across all
Up until this point, most collaboration has been done using email and
attachments. oneDrum offers dramatic efficiency over email attachments
because the latest version of the document is always accessible to all
collaborators, changes occur in real time, users can see what edits are
happening and when, and it offers the ability to chat within the oneDrum
platform with others working on a file.
"In general, email looks like it helps collaboration, because it helps
people communicate and pass files around," said Westaway. "In fact, it's a
huge problem. Email results in proliferating legacy copies of files and
users are generally operating outside of any kind of structured workflow.
Receiving five versions of a document and having to merge, edit, assess and
audit everyone's input is classic document collaboration hell."
oneDrum can be accessed through http://www.onedrum.com. The software
supports all versions of Microsoft Office in a Windows environment and a Mac
version will be launched in beta in Q4 2011. Future plans include the
development of an application programming interface (API) and software
development kit (SDK) to allow users to customize any application they are
developing or upgrading to enable it to become collaborative. In February
2012, a premium, subscription-based version will be released providing a
variety of extra features such as backup to the cloud and a self-hosted
oneDrum is a software-development company that is creating a unique
collaboration engine that at present includes an intuitive peer-to-peer
desktop application that brings Google Docs functionality and more to
Microsoft Office applications. oneDrum is a simple yet highly effective tool
that boosts workplace productivity by enabling seamless social collaboration
on documents between colleagues. Allowing users to work in their native
Microsoft Office application environment, oneDrum takes the compromise out
of collaboration and is the only application that lets users have shared
documents on-hand, and up-to-date, at every moment. For more information,
please visit: http://www.onedrum.com.
oneDrum and its associated logo are trademarks of Quolos Limited and are
the subject of trademark applications or registrations in various countries
around the world. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners. Some features available only in the Enterprise Edition. Speak to our
sales team on +44(0)845-018-1002 for more information
Wayfair.co.uk Launches As New, Large Online Home Goods Shopping Site
LONDON, November 1, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
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- Web Destination To Combine Thriving CSN Sites:
FurnitureByCSN.co.uk, LightingByCSN.co.uk, TVStands.co.uk And More
For three years, several sites have launched and grown here under CSN
Stores, the No. 2 online retailer of home goods in the U.S. These Web-only
shops include: FurnitureByCSN.co.uk, TVStands.co.uk and LightingByCSN.co.uk,
which have nearly tripled their revenues this year. Today, these virtual
shopping venues will be rebranded under one much larger site, Wayfair.co.uk
[http://www.wayfair.co.uk ], to be part of a more memorable and robust
This U.K. site consolidation brings over 500,000 product choices from
more than 800 manufacturers under the new Wayfair.co.uk site.
AllModern.co.uk also will remain as a site created to satisfy the particular
style preferences of modern decor aficionados.
"After growing successfully here in the U.K. with sites that reflected
specific product categories, we're simplifying and streamlining the shopping
process for a huge variety of home goods," said Wayfair.co.uk Managing
Director John Kennedy. "We also have a more consumer-friendly name, an
attractive logo and layout, and a technically advanced site platform -
upgrades that will give customers faster, more enjoyable, and more memorable
shopping experiences all in one place."
Sporting a new tagline, "a zillion things home," Wayfair.co.uk will
expedite searches for specific items while also giving customers broader
browsing ability to view other home-related categories, including furniture,
decor, cookware, lighting and more. Wayfair.co.uk offers all styles to
satisfy any budget, because when it comes to home products, everyone is
looking for something slightly different.
"Our mission is to become the favorite place to buy anything for your
home," said Wayfair's CEO Niraj Shah. "Based on our selection, strong
service and competitive pricing, we think this is achievable. We also keep
our selection fresh by adding thousands of new items each month."
The rebranding follows the company's first round of institutional
funding - June's $165 million investment from four U.S. firms - Battery
Ventures, Great Hill Partners, HarbourVest Partners and Spark Capital.
According to The MoneyTree Report, it was the largest round of funding in
the U.S. during Q2, 2011. This funding supports the Wayfair transition,
appropriate acquisitions, and other plans for corporate expansion globally.
To both accelerate and manage its growth, the company's London staff has
nearly tripled, from eight people earlier this year to 22 now, with
additional plans to hire in line with future revenue growth. To monitor job
openings in Wayfair's London office, consult: http://www.Wayfair.com/careers.
Across the globe, Wayfair now has more than 900 staffers and estimates
it will surpass 1,000 employees and total global sales of more than $500
million (USD) by year's end.
Formerly CSN Stores, Wayfair LLC is the parent company for Wayfair.co.uk
and AllModern.co.uk; the new German site, Wayfair.de; U.S. sites
Wayfair.com, AllModern.com and JossAndMain.com, and Australia's
Wayfair's international offices are in London, Galway, Munich and
Sydney. The Galway Operations Centre handles all consumer and supplier
requests for the Wayfair sites in the U.K. and Germany.
Beyond its Boston, MA headquarters, Wayfair also has an operations and
distribution center in Ogden, UT, and another distribution center in Hebron,