Famigo Family App Review Now Supports Apple iOS; Android Version Garnering Rave Reviews
Trusted Resource Reviews, Rates and Curates the Best Kid-Friendly Mobile Apps, Games and Content
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Famigo is expanding its efforts to help families discover appropriate mobile content by launching support for Apple iOS apps today. In July, Famigo introduced Family App Review, an interactive guide that enables families to search and sort for games, e-books and other apps. Today, families can now use Family App Review to discover, select and share favorite apps for both the Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms by visiting http://www.famigo.com.
For many families, finding the best kid-friendly content among the million plus apps in the Apple App Store & Android Market can be daunting. Famigo Family App Review resolves this by surfacing the best apps for Apple or Android across a variety of family-focused categories. Famigo Family App Review simplifies the process of app discovery for parents by providing a unique combination of filters and power searches. As a result, parents can now zero-in on appropriate content while weeding out apps that may be inappropriate. (For a demonstration click here.)
"Whether you are looking to entertain or to educate your kids, there's a lot of great mobile content available for families. The problem is finding it," explained Famigo Co-founder and CEO Q Beck. "Existing marketplaces are very general and the number of apps can be overwhelming. Family App Review puts families first. It is a trusted one-stop resource where parents can find the latest--and the greatest--child-friendly apps quickly and easily, whether you use Apple or Android."
Famigo Makes App Discovery Easy for Apple and Android
Famigo's Family App Review greets parents with a curated list of the best family-friendly apps across the most frequently requested categories. Parents can also sign up to receive a weekly email that recommends the best apps for their platform of choice, be it Apple or Android, tailored to their family's needs.
Parents can be confident that each app is thoroughly tested by Famigo's internal review team. App ratings are determined by a team of internal reviewers who score apps according to topics such as "Ease of Use," "Educational Value," "Entertainment" and "Family Usefulness." Scores from each category are calculated and processed through an algorithm that draws on user analytics and proprietary research to mirror how real-world families assign importance in their daily choices.
Famigo's "Family Power Search" feature allows families to search and sort apps based on a number of search criteria such as: Android/Apple, Free/Paid, Age of User, Educational or Tablet Compatible. Users can refine searches by excluding features such as advertising, profanity, violence and in-app purchases, to ensure the games, apps and e-books shared with their children meet their family standards.
Famigo has one goal: To make mobile work for families, regardless of the flavor of technology in their pocket. The joint mission of a former Nickelodeon exec, a neuroscientist and a software maestro, Famigo was founded in 2009 and incubated within Capital Factory, an Austin startup accelerator. Famigo can be found on the web at http://www.famigo.com, and on Twitter @Famigo.
Laura Beck, 512-786-1098
AT&T U-verse Rewards Customers in Honor of "Hispanic Heritage Month" With Exclusive New Content On Demand En Espanol
AT&T Continues to Develop and Nurture Relationships with Latin Music Recording Artists and Give Fans Access to the Music and Video Content They Like Across Multiple Platforms - All at no Additional Cost
DALLAS, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced that it is expanding its portfolio of On Demand En Espanol TV content for AT&T U-verse® TV customers to mirror the lifestyles and match the interests of U.S. Hispanic consumers - the country's fastest-growing demographic.
The expansion of the On Demand En Espanol TV content portfolio comes on the heels of a number of recent partnerships with Latin music industry leaders and recording artists, and it is part of the company's effort to deliver fresh new content to this growing demographic. Available On Demand En Espanol are a series of private concerts, behind-the-scenes clips, rehearsals, and interviews from some of the most popular Latin recording artists.
"It's crucial in today's society for Hispanic consumers to feel like they have a source of information that will give them a sense of connectedness to their roots, culture and heritage," said Roberto Garcia, executive director, Hispanic Marketing, AT&T. "Music is and will always be a very big part of who Hispanics are, and how they choose to express themselves. We're particularly excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month and are proud and honored to join the community in an extended celebration all year round."
In recent years, AT&T has collaborated with various Latin music icons and up-and-coming talent to bring that experience to customers at home and on the go. Some of those artists include Juan Luis Guerra, Don Omar, Christian Castro, Alexis y Fido, Paulina Rubio, Thalia and Venezuelan duo Chino y Nacho. Just this past year, AT&T joined forces with global superstar JUANES, legendary Latin rock band Mana, Latin urban duo Wisin y Yandel, Spanish pop singer Natalia Jimenez, Venezuelan music icon Franco de Vita, and Puerto Rican pop singer and songwriter Luis Fonsi.
These established relationships with award-winning artists and the Latin music industry as a whole, in addition to our wide array of culturally-relevant products and services, allow AT&T and music labels to work together and design unique platforms to deliver the latest in music and enhance the overall music experience for fans.
"We at Universal Music Latin Entertainment completely embrace the AT&T motto of 'thinking without limits' and value the partnership that we have established with the company over the last 5 years," said Victor Gonzalez, President of Universal Music Latin Entertainment. "Together we have helped forge a one-of-a-kind relationship that has helped us design unique platforms with which to showcase the new releases from some of our most talented artists. The campaigns that we have executed with artists such as JUANES, Wisin & Yandel, Luis Fonsi, Paulina Rubio, Don Omar, Jenni Rivera, Banda el Recodo, Pedro Fernandez, Belanova and Chino y Nacho amongst others, are just the beginning of many great things to come."
AT&T integrates the power of music in national ad campaigns, sponsorships, and consumer engagement events in an effort to create an emotional connection with Hispanic consumers. AT&T also leverages the power of its award-wining TV service to meet the demands of U.S. Hispanic consumers. With AT&T U-verse, customers can access the content they want and when they want it, across multiple screens (TV, Online, and Mobile).
"Technology in communications has opened up many new avenues for providing access to music, and it is extremely important that communications companies recognize the power of music, especially in the Latino community," said Ruben Leyva, president, Sony Music US Latin. "AT&T is a pioneer in that it has harnessed the power of music and has developed three-screen platforms that give fans direct access to music and unique content. We are honored to be a part of this strong partnership with AT&T and are excited about the reach that the AT&T platforms will continue to give to our artists' music."
Additionally, AT&T creates memorable experiences and cultural connections for avid music fans at store events and concerts and even when they are at home or on the go with U-verse TV, U-verse Online at http://uverseonline.att.net, and on smartphones with the U-verse Mobile app. U-verse subscribers interested in the world of music and fashion can access Mundo Fama, a bi-weekly Spanish entertainment magazine show, On Demand En Espanol at no additional cost. Mundo Fama presented by AT&T offers viewers a fresh look at the world of Latin entertainment with special features, interviews, and the latest celebrity scoop.
In addition, featured On Demand En Espanol content such as exclusive behind the scenes videos, private concerts, rehearsals, and interviews can be accessed by U-verse subscribers on the go through U-verse Mobile on select AT&T mobile devices. And to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, featured On Demand En Espanol content, including private concerts from Franco De Vita and Natalia Jimenez, is also available to fans online.
*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.
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.
U-verse TV Customers Can Now Watch STARZ, ENCORE Content on U-verse Online
DALLAS, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's busy viewers want the ability to watch TV where they want it, and when it fits their schedule. AT&T* U-verse® lets you watch hit shows online anytime, anywhere in the U.S. on AT&T's entertainment website, U-verse Online (http://www.uverseonline.com). Now U-verse TV customers can enjoy access to more than 500 premier titles of STARZ and ENCORE movies and original programming on U-verse Online as an added benefit of their monthly STARZ and ENCORE subscriptions.
U-verse customers who subscribe to U-verse TV packages that include STARZ and ENCORE can sign-in to U-verse Online and watch popular shows from the networks on their computer, including STARZ Originals Torchwood: Miracle Day, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Camelot; the ENCORE Original series Moby Dick; and numerous hit movies including, Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid, Just Go With It, Grown Ups, Tangled, The Other Guys, Salt and The Tourist.
"This compelling content from STARZ and ENCORE is a great addition to U-verse Online, especially as we continue to expand our content library on every screen," said Dan York, president of content, AT&T. "We're securing rights from leading content providers to make TV shows available to U-verse TV customers across platforms - on TV, online and on mobile devices."
U-verse Online continues to grow its content library, with more than 175,000 titles of TV shows, movies and video clips - with a large selection of titles viewable for any online user. With the fall TV season in full swing, viewers can tune into U-verse Online to watch virtually all of the major broadcast networks' fall TV series.
"We are very pleased that U-verse Online has added the STARZ ONLINE and ENCORE ONLINE services to its suite of premium product offerings," said Ed Huguez, executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing. "Offering STARZ and ENCORE movie and original programming across multiple platforms creates a great value proposition for premium subscribers."
AT&T continues to expand TV watching to the devices that matter most to you, with hit TV shows available on U-verse TV, U-verse Online, U-verse TV on Xbox 360, and U-verse Mobile.
AT&T U-verse TV is the fastest growing TV service in the country** and the only 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service offered by a national service provider.
*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.
** Claim based on comparison of major TV providers' percentage growth in subscriber counts and national market share data.
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.
Razer and Hasbro Launch Transformers 3 Gaming Peripherals With Movie DVD/Blu-ray Release
CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Earth will soon shroud in the dark of the moon as the great war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS explodes, threatening to tear our planet apart. Razer, the world leader in high performance gaming hardware, under license from Hasbro, Inc., will unleash a unique Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition product line to prepare you for the metal on metal battle of epic proportions now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, MEGATRON, and SHOCKWAVE: four legends crafted and transmuted into four uniquely designed Razer DeathAdder mice to give you unparalleled gaming performance while evoking the heart-pumping excitement and robot wonder of the Transformers universe.
Also included in the product line is a dual-sided Razer Vespula mouse mat. One side represents the Autobots with a speed-enhancing surface, the other of the Decepticons with a control-enhancing surface, to showcase your favored allegiance as you annihilate opponents with your preferred style of swiping. And finally, an exclusive laptop case designed by Razer, available in the four iconic Transformers brand colors, delivers a sleek and eye-catching storage solution for your gaming on the go.
"The Transformers franchise has never been more mind-blowing. Especially now with the Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie, a blockbuster hit across the globe," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President, Razer USA. "Fans, whether long-time or newcomers thanks to the films, will love the Transformers product line we've designed. It'll give you our best gaming-grade peripherals wrapped up in the designs of the famed robot universe."
"Powerful technology in spectacularly designed hardware - that's what both the Transformers franchise and Razer have in common," said Joe Keane, VP Brand Licensing for the Americas, Hasbro. "And that's why this collaboration is something fans of the brand and gamers alike will seriously enjoy."
About the Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse
The Razer DeathAdder has always been the weapon of choice for gamers seeking a combination of comfort and unbridled gaming precision. A 3500dpi 3.5G infrared sensor, 1000Hz Ultrapolling with 1ms response time, 5 Hyperesponse buttons, and On-the-Fly sensitivity adjustments make the right-handed ergonomic Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition more than meets the eye.
Available in four unique designs representing four famed characters of the Transformers universe: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Shockwave.
Price: US $59.99 / EU euro 59.99
North America (Retail and Razerzone.com) - Available Now
Rest of the World - Q4 2011
-- Ergonomic right-handed design
-- 3500dpi Razer precision 3.5G infrared sensor
-- 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
-- 5 independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
-- On-the-fly sensitivity adjustments
-- 60 - 120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
-- Zero-acoustic Razer gaming grade Ultraslick mouse feet
-- Gold-plated USB connector
-- 7-ft lightweight, braided fiber cable
-- Approx. size in mm: 128(L) x 70(W) x 42.5(H)
About the Razer Vespula: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
The dual-sided Razer Vespula mouse mat provides two distinct gaming-grade surfaces on an abrasion-resistant hard coat to suit your preferred swipe style - SPEED for smoother fast-paced action, maximizing freedom of movement; and CONTROL for ultra-precise movements and tactile feedback with its textured surface. Game over extended sessions in complete comfort thanks to a memory conformance wrist rest designed to reduce fatigue and make smashing your metal opponent to a pulp so much easier.
The speed-enhancing surface of the Razer Vespula: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition is embossed with a design of Optimus Prime representing the Autobots, and the control-precise side embossed with a design of Megatron representing the Decepticons. Choose which side of the great war you'll fight and swipe on for victory.
Price: US $34.99 / EU euro 34.99
North America (Retail and Razerzone.com) - Available Now
Rest of the World - Q4 2011
-- Non-slip, anti-reflective, abrasion-resistant hard coat on dual sides
for accurate mouse tracking
-- Design of Optimus Prime and Autobots on SPEED surface for faster mouse
-- Design of Megatron and Decepticons on CONTROL surface for precise mouse
-- Size: 300mm (length) x 240mm (width) x 4 mm (height)
-- Comes with a gel-filled wrist rest for maximum comfort
About the Razer Laptop Case: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition
A new product crafted exclusively for the Transformers brand, the Razer Laptop Case is made of a flexible hard weave with a zip seal to ensure your precious game-destroying machine is well protected on the go, and easily accessible for quick deployment. Available in four colors, two embossed with a chrome metallic faction logo of the Autobots, two of the Decepticons'.
Price: US $49.99 / EU euro 49.99
North America (Retail and Razerzone.com) - Available Now
Rest of the World - Q4 2011
-- Storage for laptops up to 15"
-- Hard, flexible plastic shell for maximum protection and shock absorption
-- Padded inner lining for laptop scratch protection
-- Straps to securely fasten laptop for travel
-- Metallic logo of AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS emblazoned on front of case
-- Four colors available: Red, yellow, silver, purple
-- Approximate internal storage size: 390mm x 300mm x 40mm (15.4 in x 11.8
in x 1.6 in)
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com.
About the Razer Group:
Razer(TM) is the world leader in high performance gaming hardware. Founded in 1998, with its headquarters in Carlsbad, California, the company has offices in nine cities around the globe. Used by the most demanding professional gamers who compete in global tournaments, Razer provides gamers with the unfair advantage of cutting-edge technology and award-winning design. We live by our motto: For Gamers. By Gamers.(TM)
CONTACT: USA, Melonie McElhannon, Melonie.McElhannon@razerzone.com, or Europe, Torsten Meier, Torsten.Meier@razerzone.com, or Asia Pacific, Chen Terng Shing, Terngshing.Chen@razerzone.com, or China, Chris Chen, Chris.Chen@razerzone.com, all of Razer
Jennifer Lopez Through Her Company Nuyorican Productions & Believe Entertainment Group Announce New Youth Digital Series "Tiger Beat Entertainment"
AOL & Cambio to Distribute Premiere Digital Series Featuring Young Adult & Teen Entertainment
NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jennifer Lopez, her company Nuyorican Productions and Believe Entertainment Group announce plans to launch a new digital video series entitled "Tiger Beat Entertainment," an all-new entertainment news and lifestyle show for teens and young adults. The series will be distributed through and in partnership with AOL and the teen and young adult platform Cambio and will be produced at Cambio's Hollywood studio.Believe Entertainment Group is a New York-based digital entertainment company. Nuyorican Productions is a television, film and digital production company founded by Jennifer Lopez and Simon Fields.
A partnership with Tiger Beat, the popular teen fan magazine,will provide the show a framework to grow and expand its creative impact and reach among a teen and young adult audience. Jennifer Lopez, Simon Fields, and Believe Entertainment Group will co-executive produce the series.
An ongoing series 'for, about, and by teens and young adults,' Tiger Beat Entertainment will include celebrity, entertainment, music, TV, film, books, gaming and apps news as well as social media and Twitter trends and targeted lifestyle topics such as fashion & beauty, food, health & wellness, decor, relationships and more. In addition to robust media distribution for Tiger Beat Entertainment, Cambio will also lend its suite of proprietary social media tools designed to foster community and interaction with the series. The show will be hosted by a panel of young adult anchors providing a new online format for teens and young adults to share their point of view on all things entertainment.
"Teens and young adults are influencing the entertainment market more than ever and understand how to use social networks and new media to voice their opinions, talk about news that is important to them, and influence their large circles of friends," said William H. Masterson III and Dan Goodman, Co-Founders, Believe Entertainment Group. "We're handing over the reigns with this show to let them do what they do best, and Jennifer is providing the first-hand experience and creative direction."
"We're excited to join forces with the Tiger Beat brand to provide our audience with a unique online experience," said Simon Fields. "Jennifer has long been a trendsetter in all areas of lifestyle and entertainment, and this will afford her the opportunity to bring her expertise to social networks and the new media space in a big way."
"This program is the perfect alignment of the ever growing AOL & Cambio audience base, our commitment to high quality and professionally produced content, and our expanding studio resources," said Erin Clift, Senior Vice President of Branded Experiences, AOL. "We're excited to be able to bring this kind of innovative opportunity and level of talent to our users and advertising partners."
UTA and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum Matlof & Fishman represented Jennifer Lopez and Nuyorican Productions for this deal. Additional details on advertiser partnerships for Tiger Beat Entertainment will be announced soon.
About Believe Entertainment Group
Believe Entertainment Group is a digital entertainment company producing high profile content in partnership with elite talent and leading brands through a variety of digital outlets such as web, mobile, VOD, and social media. Believe Entertainment Group recently announced a documentary-style show that will go behind the scenes with world-famous DJ/producer Tiesto called In the Booth, set to launch later this year, and in April launched The LeBrons, a new original, animated Web series with NBA star and two-time league MVP LeBron James and brand partners HP, Intel, Bing, Sprite and Nike, that premiered on YouTube and was distributed through LeBron's Facebook, Twitter, and a dedicated section of LeBronJames.com, with syndication through Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG). In 2010, Believe Entertainment Group announced an alliance with Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) working together on the hit digital series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD), created by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D) and distributed through Hulu; the company also expanded its partnership with MommyCast, the Webby Award winning multi-medium show for moms, and announced the launch of MommyCast Latina, a first-of-its-kind, original HD Web show specifically for the Latina mom. Dan Goodman and William H. Masterson III, Co-Founders of Believe Entertainment Group, have launched previous digital entertainment projects including Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and meinspace.com, an online effort to support Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno, as well as original short form content with the world famous improv troupe, The Second City among others. Their extensive experience in advertising and marketing has led to brand and distribution partnerships with well-known, respected brands such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Priceline, Johnson & Johnson, State Farm and Microsoft among others, as well as key distribution relationships delivering scalable audiences for their projects including YouTube, Google, Hulu, Digital Broadcasting Group, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and more.
About Nuyorican Productions
Founded by entertainer Jennifer Lopez and award winning producer Simon Fields, Nuyorican produces film, TV and online content. Nuyorican, is in development on several film and TV productions that includes a partnership with 20th Century FOX, including the romantic comedy "Taming Ben Taylor," in which she will star as a top-notch real estate agent who wins over a rugged vintner; "Help" for ABC; "Sweet Little 15," which tells a young Mexican girl's coming-of-age story as she plans her Quinceanera; and the teen television comedy and book series, "Amigas Sweet 15 Club," which will follow five teens in Miami who run a Quinceanera (Sweet 15) business. Nuyorican's current production, "South Beach Tow" for TruTV is the highest rated show ever for the network.
Cambio is an interactive online entertainment experience, connecting teens and young adults to their favorite celebrities and professionally-produced original content programs. This iconic destination fuses information, social interaction, exclusive video and compelling entertainment content together to bring our passionate audience from fans to friends. Cambio is a joint venture between AOL, Jonas Group and MGX Lab. For more information, visit http://www.cambio.com.
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Believe Entertainment Group
Gretchen Wagner, 917-716-6047, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sony DADC Gives PlayStation® Users Ability to Capture and Upload User Created Movies Direct to YouTube
LOOT(TM) Active Camera Offers New Social Experiences via PlayStation®Home and YouTube(TM) -- Takes Machinima Creation to the Next Level
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- User-created content can now be recorded and uploaded to both YouTube(TM) and the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system's XrossMediaBar (XMB(TM)) directly from PlayStation®Home with the new LOOT(TM) Active Camera. Developed by LOOT, Sony DADC's Digital Services development team, the LOOT Active Camera features YouTube(TM) functionality and is available today in the LOOT store on PlayStation®Home, the social game platform available exclusively for PlayStation®Network on the PlayStation 3 system.
The introduction of the LOOT Active Camera opens the door to new realms of social video content experiences. In the past, people who wanted to capture video from video games and other virtual environments had to invest in separate PC capture and recording equipment. Now, this capability is seamlessly integrated into the PlayStation®Home experience with the LOOT Active Camera allowing users to save and upload videos coupled with controls for recording and editing provided through the XMB(TM) Video Editor & Uploader so users can share with friends on YouTube and across social networks.
Machinima creation using the PlayStation®Home platform has been a key focus for LOOT, which has been developing PlayStation®Home Machinima tools since it unveiled its first private spaces: The Living Room Stage Set 2, Ghostbuster's(TM) Firehouse: On Location and the Modular Stage Set 3. "With more than 100 Machinima-related items already available in the LOOT store, the addition of the LOOT(TM) Active Camera will help Machinima artists take their productions to the next level and offer a fun new activity in PlayStation®Home to all our customers," said David Sterling, vice president of business development at Sony DADC. "With the ability to now record and upload directly to YouTube or the PS3 XMB, it will be easier and less expensive than ever for people to realize their creative visions on the platform."
Seamless integration with YouTube makes it easier than ever for virtual videographers to share their productions across the globe. With more than 3 billion daily views, YouTube is the world's largest video distribution platform as well as a top-tier social network through which millions of people connect, inform, and inspire each other every day.
"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
About Sony DADC Digital Services
Sony DADC Digital Services is a pioneering provider of end-to-end digital supply chain solutions to customers across the media and entertainment industries, including major film studios, broadcasters, music labels, game companies, software providers, and other content providers. Drawing on proven expertise in physical supply chains and a unique understanding of the global media marketplace, Sony DADC Digital Services is committed to the continuous development of next-generation solutions that deliver the speed, efficiency, and quality required by today's digital media businesses and the audiences they serve. For more information, please visit http://www.sonydadcdigital.com.
Comprehensive, Technologically Advanced Service For Individual Management of 401K Retirement Investments Launches Online Today
Plan with Confidence at 401KGPS.COM
BRIGHTON, Mich., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to the need for professional, on-going Protactical(TM) management of individual retirement accounts, 401KGPS.com launched online today. The team of seasoned investment professionals behind 401KGPS.com manages this unique, tactical service, designed for individual and small business management of 401K retirement investments.
"Through the 401K GPS proprietary Protactical(TM) process, our investment team assesses and monitors each client's 401K strategy daily, to ultimately prosper in up markets and protect investments in downturns," said Albert Herzog, Co-Founder and President of 401K GPS. "Our expert investment team guides each contributor through the often confusing world of 401K management ensuring consistency, flexibility and protection, taking the guesswork out of 401K retirement planning and investment management."
Protactical(TM) Investing is a proactive and tactical service delivering sound market information and forward thinking recommendations to the 401KGPS.com investor, allowing one to monitor and reallocate personal portfolios in a timely manner.
"We established 401K GPS after we saw so many people take incredible losses in the past three market downturns due to mismanagement of their 401K portfolio," said Adam Kulesza, Co- Founder and Investment Strategist for 401K GPS. "People were forced to alter or delay their retirement dreams because they did not actively monitor the investment in their company sponsored plan. We are here to provide the bridge that results in successful 401K retirement planning."
For a low quarterly fee of $59, or $199 annually, 401K GPS provides the investor with a personalized risk profile based on age and the number of years until planned retirement. On a quarterly basis, individual recommendations are given to properly reallocate one's portfolio based on retirement goals and market expectations. With a constant eye on the market, the 401K GPS team monitors positions on a daily basis. In times of extreme volatility, the team will send emergency intra-quarter alerts.
The 401K GPS investment team is headquartered in Brighton, Michigan.
National Parking Association and Parking in Motion Launch Initiative to Increase Real Time Access to Parking for Consumers
NPA & Parking in Motion form alliance to bring real time parking information and reservations to GPS, in-car navigation, and mobile devices.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Parking Association (NPA) announced today that it has formed a strategic alliance with Parking in Motion (PIM), the leading provider of static and real time parking information. Through this global alliance, NPA members can connect directly to consumers by making their parking locations more visible and accessible to the public.
PIM's international parking database and search functionality enables NPA members to deliver facility information to millions of customers through navigation devices and mobile apps --making it easier than ever for drivers to find available parking. NPA members can easily enter, claim, verify and update their parking locations and map points via this alliance.
Parking in Motion offers more than 25,000 parking locations in 500 cities and 19 countries, making PIM a major source for parking information. Additionally, operators can utilize the parking search and map functionality on their own websites, helping customers easily locate their lots. This powerful database provides locations for hospitals, universities, commercial parking and municipal parking with rates, hours of operation, and amenity description--as well as exact entry points.
NPA President Christine Banning said, "NPA is pleased to make this innovative move to partner with Parking in Motion, a leader in mobile parking solutions. NPA supports best in class partnerships that provide its members with effective, consumer-centered tools to improve the public's access to parking."
Banning added, "Location-based services, mobile search, mobile payment and social networking are converging to enhance the parking experience for consumers. NPA is at the forefront of one of the most important trends in business to consumer outreach and technology."
"As Parking in Motion takes the lead in providing drivers with actionable real time parking info, we selected the industry's largest and most prestigious association to partner with us," said Sam Friedman, Co-Founder and CEO of Parking in Motion. He added, "NPA is adopting technology, advancing research and embracing a mobile revolution that's transforming the industry as a whole. With PIM's help, we are both excited to make the search for parking a thing of the past."
According to the Gartner Group, mobile user spending is expected to reach $15.9 billion in 2012 with 1.4 billion users by 2012 and mobile email users reaching 713 million people in 2014. NPA members can add all their parking locations, number of parking spaces and company information to be part of worldwide distribution of their parking locations to consumers.
About NPA: The National Parking Association is the nation's leading parking trade group advancing the interests of the private and public sector in parking technology, sustainable mobility, certification, advocacy, research and education. Founded in 1951, NPA has more than 2,200 members and represents all facets of the parking industry, http://www.npapark.org.
About PIM: Parking In Motion, Co-Founded by Sam Friedman and Alex Israel and headquartered in Santa Monica, California, is the leading aggregator of static and real time parking information, with over 25,000 parking locations. Parking In Motion works with garage operators, smart meter manufacturers and municipalities to improve driver awareness and decrease auto emissions. PIM has been featured notably in CNET, The Los Angeles Times, Tech Crunch, USA Today and Mashable among others, http://www.parkinginmotion.com.
Aiseesoft Releases iPod Transfer Platinum - The Best iPod Assistant Software
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- To provide users with an all-round solution to handle with iPod documents, Aiseesoft brings customers the professional iPod Transfer Platinum, which has major updates based on the standard version of iPod Transfer. This best iPod transferring software has the ability to transfer iPod files and convert Blu-ray, DVD and video files to iPod files.
To be specific, this iPod Transfer Platinum can help customers transfer files, like music, movies, TV shows, podcast, iTunes U, ringtones, eBooks, pictures, camera roll, voice memos, and camera shots, from iPod to computer and iTunes. Also, it is able to import videos, songs, pictures, ePub and PDF files from local disk to iPod for enjoyment. With this amazing iPod Transfer, users can even share files with friends through transferring files between different Apple portable devices.
Moreover, Aiseesoft iPod Transfer Platinum allows users to rip Blu-ray/DVD and convert video/audio files to iPod compatible video and audio formats. And the powerful video editing features of this software enable customers to customize the output iPod video effect. For instance, users can trim video length, crop video frame, add watermark to the video, join videos together, and even adjust video effect.
This iPod transferring software is highly compatible with all Apple portable devices, like iPod, iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. iPhone users can even create a special ringtone with source DVD, video and audio files.
For iPad users, Aiseesoft specially prepares the professional iPad Transfer Platinum, which can help iPad owners transfer files between iPad and computer, and convert Blu-ray/DVD/video to iPad files.
OS Supported: Windows NT4/2000/2003/XP and Windows Vista, Windows 7
Hardware Requirements: 800MHz Intel or AMD CPU, or above; 512MB RAM or more
About Aiseesoft Studio
As a professional multimedia software provider, Aiseesoft Studio is dedicated to developing the best multimedia desktop applications to help the Windows and Mac users smoothly convert, edit and transfer various video/audio files. In order to meet users' various requirements, Aiseesoft Studio constantly brings in new ideas, technologies, etc. To Aiseesoft Studio, user satisfaction is a consistent pursuit. For more information, please visit: http://www.aiseesoft.com.
CA Technologies Delivers Same-Day Support for IBM's Next-Generation Mainframe Operating System
CA Mainframe Chorus, CA Mainframe Software Manager and Company's Extensive Portfolio of Mainframe Solutions Back IBM z/OS v1.13
ISLANDIA, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced "Day One" support for IBM's next generation z/OS® v1.13 across its extensive line of mainframe management software solutions, including CA Mainframe Chorus and CA Mainframe Software Manager (MSM) continuing to deliver timely support for new releases of IBM® System z® hardware and operating systems.
"Our same-day support reflects our commitment to helping customers maximize the value of IBM's next generation Mainframe platform with our next generation Mainframe management capabilities," said Dayton Semerjian, general manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. "As both companies continue to innovate, we will work together to deliver on this objective."
Today's announcement arrives on the heels of record worldwide adoption of the mainframe for its long term economic value, energy efficiency and performance benefits. Specifically, mainframe maker IBM reported in the second quarter that over the past four quarters, System z revenue went up 49 percent year to year and MIPS (millions of instructions per second), the amount of mainframe computing power purchased by clients, was up 59 percent.
CA Mainframe Chorus, a key deliverable in CA Technologies strategy of helping customers reduce costs, simplify management and improve operational efficiency, supports the new z/OS release, offering a role-based integrated management workspace, rich data visualization, a modern GUI, and advanced knowledge capture and transfer capabilities.
CA Mainframe Software Manager, another pivotal product in simplifying mainframe management, helps customers more easily acquire, install, deploy, configure and maintain mainframe products. CA Mainframe Software Manager can also ease the upgrade process and accelerate time-to-benefit as customers move to the new z/OS operating system.
CA Technologies has also implemented support for IBM's SMP/E FIXCAT HOLDDATA to facilitate identification of CA product maintenance required for compatibility with z/OS v1.13, and actively engages in the early testing of z/OS and support for mutual customers participating in IBM's early testing programs.
In addition, CA Technologies recently delivered same-day support for IBM's new, innovative zEnterprise model z114 hardware and introduced new capabilities for managing Linux on System z.
"CA's same day support of the new z/OS demonstrates the industry ongoing demand for mainframe services. This announcement also proves that the mainframe's ecosystem of software solutions continues to expand, offering more flexible options for mainframe users worldwide," said Greg Lotko, vice president and business line executive for System z at IBM.
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CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments - from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies' innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at http://www.ca.com.
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Enhanced Functionality to Provide Further Value to Home Care Agencies
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandata Technologies, LLC, a leading national provider of information technology solutions to the home care industry, announces the release of our newest version of our Santrax® Agency Management operational Home Care technology solution. Santrax® Agency Management 6.0, is built upon Sandata's proven agency management platform and now includes enhanced functionality enabling our customers to manage all their lines of business, including Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial and Private Duty patients. Santrax® Agency Management 6.0 has already been successfully deployed at nearly 700 Home Care agencies.
Building on the Santrax® Agency Management platform, version 6.0 now includes a complete clinical feature set, including a comprehensive Electronic Health Record, Electronic Clinical Submission, Advanced Scheduling and Analytics to provide complete visibility into Home Care agency performance. Santrax® Agency Management also provides Client & Staff Management functionality, Compliance Tracking & Documentation, and full financial functionality to manage Billing, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll reporting and exporting. Sandata's industry leading Santrax® Electronic Visit Verification, which is fully integrated with Santrax® Agency Management, can be added to enhance compliance and increase efficiency and visibility.
Santrax® Agency Management also provides an innovative approach to automating your mobile field workforce through multiple technologies. Our new Santrax® Mobile Visit Verification solution supports caregiver visit verification and workforce tracking through GPS enabled devices and our Santrax® Point of Care solution automates the process of clinical assessments and documentation in the field. These features and functionality build upon the foundation of our flagship Santrax® Agency Management product which has been used by home care agencies throughout the United States for over 15 years.
According to Jeff Silverman, Sandata's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, "Our Home Care agency customers are faced with increasing challenges in regard to complex regulatory issues and declining reimbursement. It is critical for them to have advanced technology solutions that enable them to efficiently manage their business and deliver quality care to their patients. Sandata is proud to release our next generation Santrax® Agency Management Version 6.0 to help our customers navigate this complex environment through advanced business automation. Sandata will continue to develop innovative solutions such as Santrax® Agency Management to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers."
Visit us at the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) show at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV October 2nd through October 4th at booth 626, or at http://www.Sandata.com for more information.
About Sandata Technologies, LLC
Sandata provides a complete package of information technology solutions, which includes scheduling, time and attendance, billing, payroll, compliance and clinical applications, for the home care industry. Sandata's suite of products includes Santrax® Telephony, the market leading time and attendance product, Santrax® Agency Management and Santrax® Payor Management, web-based software solutions with features including: voice biometrics to perform speaker verification, and a jurisdictional view dashboard solution for states and other payors, municipalities and the home care agency market.
Sandata's solutions enable home care agencies, whether Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial or Private Duty, government or managed care payors as well as any organization with a remote workforce to realize administrative cost savings, streamlined operational procedures, and significantly reduced paperwork burdens. Sandata has over 2,500 customers in all 50 states using its products in more than 500,000 homes and processes over 150 million telephone calls annually. Four data centers are strategically located across the country with state-of-the-art redundancy and disaster recovery capabilities.
New Virtual Print Driver App Offers Fast, Affordable Way to Mail One Letter or Many
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Click2Mail (http://www.click2mail.com), an affiliate partner of the U.S. Postal Service and creator of a leading cloud-based mailing system, today announced the launch of MailJack, a free business automation app for sending postal mail. Developed in collaboration with Gruppo CMT, a leading European document management company, the app enables Windows PC users to quickly and easily print documents directly into the U.S. Mail via the Internet.
MailJack offers users a number of unique benefits including:
-- Flexibility - Whether sending one letter or a hundred, MailJack easily
handles the job.
-- Speed - With just a few clicks, documents are sent via the Internet for
next-day printing and mailing via First-Class Mail.
-- Efficiency - Addresses are automatically read from the document,
standardized to match USPS databases and letters are individually
barcoded and geo-routed to one of several regional US print and mail
-- Cost-effectiveness - A standard business letter can be printed overnight
and mailed via First-Class Mail for less than $1.00.
"We're excited about MailJack because it meets the needs of both corporate users and small businesses who are sending less postal mail overall but who have told us they have an ongoing need to mail relatively small numbers of letters quickly and inexpensively," said Lee Garvey, President and CEO of Click2Mail. "It's ideal for business communications because you can print from any Windows application and include corporate letterhead and customized document layouts."
With the MailJack app installed, professional quality printing and mailing options are just a mouse click away in any PC application. Using the 'File and Print' menu, choose 'Click2Mail MailJack', select print and mailing options, see an accurate print preview and print-to-mail, plus get real-time pricing and make payments online.
To learn more about MailJack and download the free app, go to click2mail.com/print-driver.
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Click2Mail provides affordable cloud-based postal mailing services for businesses of all sizes. Providing intuitive online design tools and direct mail resources, supporting multiple mailpiece formats and synchronizing with the U.S. Postal Service's databases for address standardization, Click2Mail makes creating postal mail quick and easy. Click2Mail.com is an easy-to-use, highly affordable hybrid mail portal that today powers the mail programs of thousands of small- and mid-volume corporate, nonprofit, member-based, academic and municipal organizations.
VimpelCom Announces That its Subsidiary WIND Telecomunicazioni Won 4G Spectrum in Italy
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "VimpelCom Ltd" ("VimpelCom" or the "Company") (NYSE: VIP), a leading global provider of telecommunications services, announces that its fully owned subsidiary in Italy, Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. ("WIND"), has successfully bid for and been awarded spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies following the completion of the competitive spectrum auction initiated by the Italian government on August 29, 2011. Please see below the original press-release published by Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. on September 29, 2011.
WIND IS AWARDED 800MHZ AND 2600MHZ SPECTRUM FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF ITALIAN COMPETITIVE SPECTRUM AUCTION
Rome, Italy (September 29, 2011) - WIND Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. ("WIND" or "the Company") announces that it has successfully bid for and been awarded spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies following the completion of the competitive spectrum auction initiated by the Italian government on August 29, 2011.
In detail WIND has been awarded two blocks FDD (5+5 MHZ paired each) of spectrum in the 800MHz frequency range and four FDD (5+5 MHz paired) blocks in the 2,600MHz frequency range for a total consideration of euro 1,120 million. WIND will be required to pay an amount of approximately euro 682 million within 30 days from the completion of the auction while the remaining amount of approximately euro 438 million will be payable over five yearly instalments.
The first spectrum payment will be funded by a combination of cash on hand and draw down under a euro 600 million bridge loan facility available to WIND and provided by a group of leading international banks.
The spectrum awarded to WIND will enable the Company to successfully deploy and launch LTE/4G telecommunication services in the coming years. The combination of the acquired 800 MHz and 2,600 MHz blocks will allow Wind to exploit the LTE technology to the maximum performance as well as provide the service with high quality indoor coverage. The 2,600MHz spectrum will be available immediately whereas the 800MHz spectrum will be available for use by the awardees at the beginning of 2013 and both will have a validity until 2029.
VimpelCom is one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services operators offering a wide range of wireless, fixed, and broadband services in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada. VimpelCom's operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 868 million people. VimpelCom provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind", "Infostrada" "Mobilink", "Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands. As of March 31, 2011 VimpelCom had pro forma 186 million mobile subscribers. VimpelCom is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (VIP). For more information visit: http://www.vimpelcom.com
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Introducing Powerbag - The Battery Charging System Disguised As The Coolest Bag You'll Ever Use
Stylish Backpacks, Messenger Bags & Travel Accessories Designed In Collaboration With Lifestyle Brand, ful, Features Built-In Battery Charging System To Power Thousands of Digital Devices
The Powerbag(TM) "Stay Charged" Tour Hits College Campuses and Retailers Nationwide Starting On October 1
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On your phone all day with no access to an outlet? Not enough juice to watch the movie you downloaded to your tablet? Is your playlist longer than your charge?
No more excuses! RFA Brands today announced the launch of Powerbag(TM), a new collection of stylish backpacks, cross-body messenger bags, tablet bags, slings and wheeled travel bags with a built-in charging system that charges your favorite devices on the go. Designed in a fashion partnership with travel and lifestyle brand, ful, Powerbag is the ultimate charging system disguised as the coolest bag you'll ever use. Seamlessly integrated into every Powerbag is the exclusive Powerbag Charging System, which charges all of your favorite mobile devices, including Smartphones, iPods/MP3 players, Tablets, eReaders, Bluetooth headsets and more, right in the bag.
As part of the launch campaign, the Powerbag "Stay Charged" Tour will embark October 1 on the ultimate road trip: a multi-city, nationwide tour that will give students on college campuses and other retail shoppers a chance to experience Powerbag for themselves. The Powerbag Stay Charged Tour kicks off on October 1 in Boston, Massachusetts at CollegeFest, the most heavily attended back-to-school event in New England. The tour will hit many college campuses, including University of Michigan, New York University, The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, UCLA, University of Illinois, George Washington University, and more. The tour will also make stops at key Powerbag retail partners, such as Best Buy, F.Y.E. and OfficeMax. For the complete tour schedule and more information, visit http://www.mypowerbag.com.
"Powerbag brings together function and convenience with style, and we can't wait to show students and other consumers just how easy it is to stay charged throughout the day," said Ron Ferber, president of RFA Brands, creators of Powerbag. "Everyone needs power these days, and the Powerbag has taken bags to the next level. With Powerbag, a charge is as close as the bag on your shoulder which, by the way, also does a very nice job of carrying books, notebooks, make-up, bottled water and other daily essentials."
The Powerbag "Stay Charged" Tour will power its way across America in a 37 foot interactive lounge and showroom that features a host of engaging activities including video game stations, a chance to win cool prizes playing classic games such as Plinko and Cornhole, and tons of free giveaways. All visitors will have a chance to try Powerbag for themselves.
A contest featured on the official Powerbag Facebook page will give college students and other consumers a chance to be a DJ at local events held throughout the Powerbag "Stay Charged" Tour. To be considered, visit the official Powerbag Facebook page and click on the Contest tab to submit a DJ demo that showcases your skills in action.
"Students are on the leading edge of a growing need in our society to constantly be plugged in - whether they're on Facebook, texting, downloading and watching movies, or listening to music. And you can't stay connected without power," said Lynda Rose, chief marketing officer for RFA Brands. "The Powerbag 'Stay Charged' Tour will let people experience how Powerbag can make their lives so much easier by being able to charge up their digital devices right in their bag."
Powerbag is available at http://www.MyPowerbag.com and will be available nationwide at leading college bookstores, Best Buy, OfficeMax, F.Y.E, airport stores and other national retailers starting in October 2011. At launch, Powerbag will offer five (5) different bag styles in multiple colors with prices starting at $139.99 MSRP. Learn more at http://www.MyPowerbag.com.
How Powerbag Works:
-- Powerbag comes charged and ready to go!
-- Connect up to four (4) mobile devices at a time using the included
pre-routed connectors (1 micro, 1 mini, 1 Apple) and one USB port inside
every Powerbag; keep devices connected or plug-in when you need more
-- The exclusive Powerbag Charging System will automatically detect the
connected devices in the bag and send the right amount of power to
optimally charge each one.
-- To recharge Powerbag, plug into any standard wall outlet with the
included AC Adapter. Powerbag comes with a built-in, lightweight,
rechargeable and removable battery to get you through your day
(available with a 3000 mAh or 6000 mAh battery based on model).
-- When plugged in, Powerbag will charge all connected devices first and
then charge its own battery.
Inspired by musicians and a music lifestyle, travel goods brand, ful, is dedicated to making quality, value-driven products with a fashion edge. The brand attributes its rapid growth and recent success to diversifying its product portfolio, adapting to travel trends and quickly creating products that complement their consumers' lifestyle. In addition, the company has become a popular brand among touring musicians including Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Zack Brown Band, Sugarland, Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots, Paramore, Slash, Lil Jon, Mike Posner, Sublime and the Deftones. ful has been featured in Travel Goods Magazine, Shape, InStyle, Women's Health, Paper Magazine, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rachael Ray and Extra. For further information about ful (http://www.ful.com).
About RFA Brands
RFA Brands is a portfolio of distinctive consumer brands, each built from the ground up to alleviate problems in today's increasingly digital, always-on-the-go world. Whether it's power, portability, protection, environmental responsibility, or some juicy combination, RFA Brands will have something that speaks to you. Learn more about Powerbag from RFA Brands at http://www.mypowerbag.com.
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TeamQuest Software Enhanced for IBM PowerVM, AIX and VMware Environments
TeamQuest simplifies analyzing the performance and capacity of virtualized infrastructure.
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TeamQuest Corporation upgraded its enterprise IT performance and capacity software suite including enhancements for managing IBM PowerVM and AIX environments and new functionality for analyzing and reporting on VMware datastores.
"We're always looking to simplify performance and capacity management," said TeamQuest Director of Product Management Scott Adams. "With this release we've streamlined PowerVM LPAR capacity planning, for example. Making it easier to predict the performance of several LPARs at once. We've also added Live LPAR Mobility analysis and reporting, and we can analyze and report on PowerVM Active Memory Sharing and AIX Active Memory Expansion."
TeamQuest also added to its support for VMware with new datastore analysis, including new pre-defined reports:
-- Datastore Capacity Report
-- Datastore Usage by Virtual Machine
-- Datastore Usage by File Type
-- Datastore Heat Map
-- Datastore Projection
The new release includes many other new capabilities for TeamQuest Performance Software, including Directory Service Authentication, which allows TeamQuest user authentication via LDAP or Active Directory, a time-saver for enterprise IT organizations.
"This release is packed with great new features and improvements requested by our customers," said Adams. "I believe it is a reflection of our partnership with our customers."
About TeamQuest Corporation
TeamQuest Corporation is the global leader in IT Service Optimization (ITSO), specializing in Capacity Management software. TeamQuest helps IT organizations consistently meet service levels while minimizing costs and mitigating risks. By combining performance data and business metrics, TeamQuest software enables IT organizations to provide accurate, objective information as input to critical business decisions. Companies around the world trust TeamQuest software to help them proactively improve service delivery and support best practices.
For more information, visit http://www.teamquest.com or call +1-641-357-2700. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, call +46-31 80 95 00, and in Asia Pacific call +61 3 9641 2288.
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CONTACT: Vernon Johnson of TeamQuest Corporation, +1-641-357-2700, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betabrand Turns Customers Into Models With Launch of Model Citizen App
Customers-Turned-Models Broadcast Their Fame and Drive Sales in Unique Approach to Social Commerce
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Betabrand, the online clothier known for cult fashion hits like Cordarounds, Bike to Work Pants, and DARPA Hoodies, formally launched its Model Citizen app today, giving customers the chance to be instant models on Betabrand.com -- no matter how good, bad, or outrageous their photos might be.
According to founder Chris Lindland, "So many people send in shots of themselves in Betabrand products, we invented a way to turn them into our site's superstars." Since test-launching Model Citizen in May, more than a thousand customer images have premiered on Betabrand.com, each inviting an average of 20 Facebook friends to take a look. "That's more than 20,000 new visitors who've been welcomed to Betabrand by a friendly face," said Lindland.
Unlike other companies with online fan photo galleries, Betabrand actually turns customer photos into the site's principal product images. To become Model Citizens, customers simply upload their photos to the site, where they instantly get a unique product-page URL they can share with friends, family, and anyone else they want to impress beyond belief. Friends ask, "How in the world did you end up modeling for a clothing company?" And so the social-commerce conversation begins.
Since Betabrand implemented Model Citizen, the results have been impressive:
-- During Model Citizen's alpha release, the number of people it attracted
to Betabrand.com would have cost the company $22,340, assuming an
average CPC rate of $1.
-- 1 in 10 Model Citizen photos generates a trackable order from a new
-- Total number of Model Citizen images so far: 1,108.
-- Total unique views generated by Model Citizen images: 22,340 (roughly 20
views per Model Citizen image).
-- Most number of unique views: 619.
-- Most revenue generated by a Model Citizen image: $787.
-- The 14-person company expects to generate more than $2M in sales in
In addition to being fashion forward, Betabrand aims to be "fashion forward-able." From its popular clothing to regular sales newsletters and other marketing materials, everything the company creates embodies the idea that people will share things that are interesting and entertaining. "This is the most blatant way to communicate to our fans that we want to showcase customer experiences with our clothing," Lindland says. "The more people who share their photos, the more amazing the Betabrand shopping experience will become."
To learn more about Betabrand, visit: http://www.betabrand.com. Fans can submit photos by clicking the green Model Citizen tab on the right side of any Betabrand.com page.
Established in 2009, San Francisco-based Betabrand produces unique and clever clothing in small, limited-edition, beta-tested batches every week. The lighthearted, online-only clothing company has been covered by media around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, and enjoys an ever- growing number of fans, including Stephen Colbert and Paul Feig.
No Moment Missed with Kodak's Newest Small and Affordable PLAYFULL Waterproof
Latest Kodak pocket video camera provides worry-free fun in a perfectly sized package
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced the launch of the new PLAYFULL Waterproof Video Camera, a pocket video camera that is the perfect size to have on hand for any occasion. Showing Kodak's commitment to innovation, affordability and understanding the consumer's needs, the PLAYFULL makes capturing every enjoyable moment fun and worry free.
"Today's consumers are looking for products that offer worry free simplicity while meeting the needs of their active lifestyles," said Phil Scott,Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Accessories, Kodak. "A video camera should be easy to use, convenient to carry, and designed so you don't worry about it regardless of where you are. That is why the new KODAK PLAYFULL Waterproof Video Camera is small enough to fit easily in a pocket or small purse, it is waterproof so it is always with you for those unpredictable moments and it's affordable."
Kodak's exclusive Share Button and pop-out USB arm make it seriously simple to e-mail videos directly to friends or upload to popular social networks and photo sharing sites. It can also record up to ten hours of HD video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32 GB. With a great feature set, affordable price and small attractive design, the PLAYFULL is the everyday HD video camera that you'll never want to go anywhere without. Available in black for US $119.95 MSRP with a 4GB SDHC memory card and in red or white for $99.95 MSRP without the SDHC card, the PLAYFULL is available this fall at major retailers and Kodak.com.
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
Marken Launches New Marketing Campaign and Website
Coincides with new direction and reflects the 'voice of the client'
NEW YORK, Sept. 30. 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marken, a global leader in supporting clinical research logistics, announced the launch of a new global brand and advertising campaign to reflect the unique position that it holds in the pharmaceutical industry. The campaign will be introduced globally with the launch of its new website, http://www.marken.com, and will include its new brand and tagline: "Global Life Science Supply Chain Solutions".
"The Marken name has been synonymous with reliability and impeccable customer service," said Wes Wheeler, Marken's Chief Executive Officer. "This new branding and marketing campaign reflect the voice of our clients who trust Marken to provide supply chain solutions to the clinical and commercial segments of the pharmaceutical industry. This is especially relevant as we bring more pharmaceutical depots online according to our master plan."
Marken's new purpose-built depots will form a 'Pharmaceutical Services Network' which will support the conduct of clinical trials in remote locations. Each depot will be able to store and distribute clinical trial supplies, aggregate and store frozen research specimens for batch shipment to central laboratories and to provide secure GMP compliant facilities to support more than 6000 investigator sites in over 100 countries.
The new brand and campaign was announced at its first global sales and operations meeting on the eve of the Marken-sponsored IQPC Cold Chain Conference in Philadelphia. In her opening remarks, Ariette van Strien, SVP Commercial Operations, stated: "Our new campaign: 'Marken makes it happen', reflects what we have heard from our clients. We are proud of our reputation in the industry and will continue to provide reliability, innovation and regulatory expertise to our clients."
Founded in 1980, Marken is focused on supporting life science companies by managing their supply chain through the entire clinical trial lifecycle. Marken integrates Depot and Logistics services into solutions that extend the reach of clinical trials to even the most remote treatment naive geographies. As the leading supply chain solutions company managing global collection, transportation, storage and distribution of specimens and clinical trial supplies, Marken supports the clinical supply chain to over 6000 investigator sites in excess of 100 countries.
Scalar announces partnership with Pythian to provide full suite of Oracle services
Oracle hardware and software experts come together to provide holistic
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Scalar Decisions Inc., Canada's
leading provider of IT Solutions for the data center today announced a
partnership with Pythian, a global remote database and applications
infrastructure services company. Under the partnership, Scalar,
headquartered in Toronto, and Pythian, headquartered in Ottawa, will
provide a full suite of Oracle hardware, software and services to the
Canadian marketplace. Scalar's customers can now benefit from seamless
service alignment - from application to disk, including architectural
design, deployment, and management of an application stack.
Pat Misasi, Director of Strategic Partnerships with Scalar Decisions,
said "Scalar is proud to partner with Pythian to enhance our Oracle
offering and bring a full-service Oracle solution to our existing
customers and the wider Canadian marketplace. Pythian's expertise in
Oracle technology and Oracle Exadata Database Machine solutions will
greatly enhance Scalar's position as a successful Oracle hardware
provider, and we are excited to bring this partnership to market."
"We are excited to partner with an industry leader like Scalar to bring
added value through strong operational support services offerings to
Scalar and Oracle customers in Canada," said Andrew Waitman, Pythian
Chief Executive Officer.
"Oracle is pleased to see Scalar and Pythian collaborate to bring
Oracle's full suite of offerings to the Canadian marketplace," said
Andy Bailey, senior vice president, Strategic Alliances, Oracle. "Their
expertise across multiple industries, knowledge of Oracle's
capabilities - from application to disk - and understanding of the
region are all critical pieces they bring to this relationship. We look
forward to seeing them succeed."
Both Scalar and Pythian have a large footprint of Oracle customers
across many verticals, including education, healthcare, government,
finance, technology and media. Scalar Decisions is a Gold level member
in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and was founded in 2004. Pythian is a
Platinum level member in OPN, with deep roots in the community, and is
widely recognized as a thought leader and world class solution enabler.
Additionally, Pythian holds seven Oracle PartnerNetwork Specializations
including a Specialization in Oracle Exadata.
About Scalar Decisions
Scalar Decisions is an IT solutions integrator headquartered in Toronto
with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and SWO. Scalar is the
Canadian leader in designing, deploying and managing innovative
solutions focused on data center automation and cloud enablement. In
2010 and 2011, Scalar was included on the PROFIT list of the
fastest-growing companies in Canada. For further details, visit http://www.scalar.ca or follow Scalar on Twitter, @scalardecisions.
Pythian is a global database and application infrastructure services
company for Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server. Since 1997, companies have
entrusted Pythian to keep their database infrastructures running
efficiently and to help them strategically align their IT and business
goals. Pythian's DBA skills, mature methodologies, best practices and
tools enable clients to do more with fewer resources. Pythian's
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Online Gaming Site, Sky Bingo, Unveils Two Brand New Bingo Games
LONDON, September 30, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
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Amer Networks' Breakthrough Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi Solution Brings Security, Reliability and Affordability to Laconia School District
The First Large-Scale Wi-Fi Deployment Leveraging CloudCommand's Unique, Patented Security Makes Classroom Connectivity and Network Management a Reality for New Hampshire Schools
TORONTO and PALO ALTO, Calif.,Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amer Networks, a manufacturer and global distributor of networking, storage and security products, and PowerCloud(TM) Systems, the leading software platform provider for cloud-managed networking services, today announce that the Laconia School District in Laconia, New Hampshire, has upgraded its wireless network to Amer's cloud-managed 802.11n wireless solution powered by CloudCommand(TM).
The new network delivers secure Wi-Fi to Laconia's entire public-school system and signals the district's commitment to delivering a 21st century learning environment to its 2,000 students. The installation additionally demonstrates how Amer's solution - which combines enterprise-type security and management features with unprecedented affordability - continues to set the standard for powerful, cost-efficient Wi-Fi in the K-12 market.
-- Laconia School District has completed a 76-unit installation of Amer's
cloud-managed Wi-Fi, the WAP223NC access point, into the district's six
schools and superintendent building. It supports up to 2,500 staff,
students and visitors who can access the Internet and private intranet
from classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, preschool and adult
learning centers, daycare facilities and administrative offices.
-- The WAP223NC provides extensive coverage, automatic configuration,
business-grade features, remote-management capability, multi-site
roaming and hotspot functionality. It is the only Wi-Fi access point
designed specifically for the education market and is powered by
CloudCommand, a networking platform developed by PowerCloud Systems that
radically reduces customers' total cost of ownership.
-- Laconia's IT administrators apply the network's highest security setting
- called Individual Device Authentication (IDA) - to restrict
connectivity to authorized mobile devices. The patented IDA offers
two-factor security and enables administrators to individually identify
and secure hundreds of devices.
-- The district deployed each of Amer's self-configuring access points in
minutes, making setup a simple and quick process which a single IT
administrator accomplished in a matter of hours instead of days or
-- Once the network went live, teachers immediately reported the positive
impact it had on classroom instruction, particularly in the preschool
and elementary schools, where usage is highest. In the elementary
schools, 72 laptops travel daily between classrooms on computer carts
and require reliable Wi-Fi at all times. Most elementary students have
frequent access to iPads and netbooks.
-- Amer's network replaces a collection of independent access points,
including Apple's AirPort Extreme, Cisco 4410 access points and various
Linksys models. The old infrastructure failed to meet the district's
security and monitoring requirements and was unable to keep pace with
the proliferation of wireless devices accessing them.
-- Amer's solution was selected over competitive offerings from Aruba and
Aerohive due to its combination of business-grade management features
and unbeatable pricing.
-- The network provides visitor hotspot functionality, which Laconia
leverages to support events such as evening lectures, conferences, adult
education classes and sports activities. An innovative "front desk"
interface allows assistant administrators to manually adjust a user's
connectivity privileges without disrupting the network.
-- Remote-management functionality through the cloud enables three IT
administrators to manage the network from anywhere. In real time, they
track network usage, troubleshoot problems and monitor connected devices
by location and activity levels.
Jeff Twombly, Laconia School District IT director:
"Amer's cloud-based solution amazed us with how simple and fast it was to deploy and make operational. It provides everything a mid-sized school district needs and more - from self-configuring setup to real-time alerts and convenient remote management. The Amer solution exceeds our requirements and costs less than half of comparable solutions. It's the ideal solution for school-based Wi-Fi."
Wai Lee, CEO of Amer Networks:
"The Laconia School District leads the way when it comes to preparing students for long-term success. By installing the right technology infrastructure in its schools, it has enhanced teacher instruction and improved the overall learning environment. We specifically designed our cloud-managed Wi-Fi solution for districts like Laconia, and we're thrilled with their success."
About Amer Networks
Amer is a manufacturer and global distributor of networking, storage and security products. Since its founding in 1997 in the education enterprise sector, it has earned the reputation as a provider of reliable hardware backed by the most comprehensive support and customer-appropriate product warranties on the market. Through it growing reseller network, Amer is expanding into the SOHO/SME market with a growing line of innovative, value-laden products that enhance productivity and improve efficiency - anywhere and everywhere that people connect. For more information, visit http://www.amer.com.
About PowerCloud Systems, Inc.
PowerCloud Systems is the leading online software platform provider for enabling Networking as a Service (NaaS). Its CloudCommand technology provides OEMs and service providers with the quickest, most powerful and cost effective path for adding comprehensive cloud capabilities to their new and existing networking equipment. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., PowerCloud Systems is a spin-out from PARC that is funded by PARC, Walden Venture Capital and Javelin Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.powercloudsystems.com.
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ConvenientPower Launches World's First Tilted Qi Wireless Charger and World's First iPhone 4 5-Watt Qi Compatible Wireless Power Receiver
Pioneering in-use-while-charging and fastest full charging for Qi compatible products, ConvenientPower launch at CEATAC Japan takes universal wireless charging to new level
HONG KONG, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- ConvenientPower, a global leader in innovating patent-protected wireless power technology and products, will debut a new generation of wireless charging solutions for the global market at CEATEC Japan, a major trade show highlighting world-leading technologies, products and services.
ConvenientPower will showcase the new products at Hall 3, Wireless Power Consortium Booth 3A65, Makuhari Messe, Tokyo from October 4-8.
The world's first Qi tilted wireless charging platform is unique in its in-use-while-charging design and functionality for Qi compliant smartphones.
"Customers are continually looking for wireless charging solutions which not only charge their smartphones, but also allow them to continue using their smartphones while charging. ConvenientPower's Qi tilted wireless charger slants at a vertical diagonal for intuitive, convenient video conferencing in portrait mode or watching video clips, movies in landscape mode while charging at the same time. This is a first in Qi wireless charging," said Bas Fransen, Chief Marketing Officer of ConvenientPower.
The world's first Qi tilted wireless charger incorporates ConvenientPower's cutting-edge hybrid Litz PCB coil array technology, most recently approved by the industry's Wireless Power Consortium as a new Qi-based wireless charger option.
ConvenientPower is also launching the world's first iPhone 4 5-watt Qi compatible wireless power receiver which delivers the fastest Qi, full charging of an iPhone 4.
"ConvenientPower's state-of-the-art wireless power conversion technology allows integration of receivers in ultra thin protective Qi compatible charging sleeves, enabling users to charge iPhone 4s fastest on any Qi transmitter, a breakthrough in Qi wireless charging," said Fransen.
Qi is the only universal standard for compatible wireless charging where any devices enabled with Qi can be charged, without wires, on any charging surface carrying the Qi logo, regardless of brands or manufacturers.
ConvenientPower is a global leader and innovator in wireless power charging patent-protected intellectual property and productization. It co-architected "Qi", the world's only universal standard for compatible wireless charging, co-founded the industry's Wireless Power Consortium and pioneered the world's first Qi wireless power products with partners in the market in the USA, Japan and Europe. Headquartered in Hong Kong, ConvenientPower Group is the first to productize compatible Qi wireless charging products in key markets.
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Ku6 Announces Redemption of Senior Convertible Bonds
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Ku6 Media Co., Ltd., (Nasdaq: KUTV) ("Ku6" or the "Company"), a leading Internet television company in China, announced today that it agreed to redeem senior convertible bonds of US$50,000,000 from Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited (Nasdaq: SNDA) ("Shanda").
Ku6 issued to Shanda US$50,000,000 of senior convertible bonds at face value on June 29, 2011. The bonds were to mature in three years after issuance and will bear an interest of 3% per annum, payable semi-annually. Based on the working capital position of the Company, Ku6 agreed to redeem the bonds on September 30, 2011 at its issue price.
The redemption and the relevant transaction agreements have been approved by the board of directors of Ku6 and a special committee comprised of three independent directors.
About Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.
Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: KUTV) is a leading Internet television company in China. Through its two premier online brands and online video websites, http://www.ku6.com and http://www.juchang.com, Ku6 provides video information services and entertainment in China.
As a leading online video portal, http://www.ku6.com provides a video platform for sharing and watching user-generated content. It also provides online video reports and other interactive entertainment programs for its users. For more information about Ku6, please visit http://ir.ku6.com.
This news release may contain statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "believes," "could," "expects," "may," "might," "should," "will," or "would," and by similar statements. The accuracy of these statements may be affected by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks related to: continued competitive pressures in China's internet video and audio portal market; changes in technology and consumer demand in this market; the risk that Ku6 Media may not be able to control its expenses in future periods; changes in the policies in China or the laws governing the operations and content of internet video and audio portal websites; the success of Ku6 Media's ability to sell brand advertising and other services on its websites; and other risks outlined in Ku6 Media's (and the former Hurray!'s) filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's (filed as Hurray!) annual report on Form 20-F. Ku6 Media does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under law.
SOURCE Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.
Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.
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I Wanna Be On Proposes an eFederalReserve for Fed Social Media Listening Platform
NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- I Wanna Be On®, the innovative social media research and production company, plans to develop eFederalReserve.com as a social platform to evaluate how Fed policy impacts the economic realities of average Americans.
Vincent Presti, the CEO of I Wanna Be On, claims that eFederalReserve.com will utilize multiple media strategies to gather and to produce original content for distribution over Internet and traditional media platforms.
"eFederalReserve.com will provide an outlet for every American to share their views about the economy and the policies that affect their spending and saving habits. Through applying mainstream entertainment concepts, we anticipate that the social platform will generate original content for discussions, documentary films, and talk shows."
I Wanna Be On plans on launching a beta version of the platform by year's end as it solicits input from the Wall Street and academic communities about content, design and overall implementation.
About the Company
Founded in 2006, I Wanna Be On® is a pioneering empowerment media organization. Our first-look deal with CBS Eye Two Productions to develop legal-themed reality programming evolved into an Internet media enterprise focused on helping individuals and businesses improve their ordinary routines through imaginative, problem-solving exercises.
Professor Vincent Presti, Founder and CEO, was a former associate at Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto and Director of Business Operations at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City.
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Wow! Restaurant.com Extends 90 Percent Off Groundbreaking Megadeal
Consumers Get Amazing Savings for Cravings--No Kidding--$25 Gift Certificates for One Buck
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Restaurant.com, the company that offers affordable dining experiences at more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide, announced today its 90 percent off dollar-stretching megadeal has been extended through the end of today, Friday, September 30.
Thursday's over-the-top, one-day savings celebration was a smashing success. The company saved customers more than $10 million as of 5 p.m. Thursday evening. The immense popularity of the one-day deal prompted Restaurant.com to extend its 90 percent off super sale one more day.
"Our customers need only one George Washington---you know what I mean, just a single dollar to score a $25 certificate," said Restaurant.com CEO Cary Chessick. "That's $24 in your pocket and a great night out with friends or family."
Economists who believe the dollar is shrinking have not seen this deal. According to the Consumer Price Index, what cost one-dollar in 1902 would cost about $25 today. The 90 percent off megadeal offered by Restaurant.com is most likely one of the best buys in more than a century.
"Given recent market volatility, even risky investment strategies such as playing the lottery, betting big at the racetrack, or panning for gold may seem attractive," said Restaurant.com President Christopher Krohn. "But for just $1, investing in a Restaurant.com certificate can pay dividends the very next time you plan a night out."
Consumers can save 90 percent on already discounted Restaurant.com Gift Certificates by entering promo code WOW at checkout. The offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) September 30, but Restaurant.com dining certificates never expire.
In addition to the wildly popular $25 denomination, this deal applies to all certificate denominations offered on Restaurant.com, which include values of $10, $50, $75 and $100. For instance, $50 gift certificates are just $2 and $100 gift certificates are just $4 today only. No kidding. Consumers are encouraged to act now before the company's bigwigs change their minds. A deal this good doesn't come around very often!
Restaurant.com helps deepen relationships and create lasting memories one dining experience at a time. The company offers savings at more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide with more than 45,000 daily gift certificate options. Restaurant.com brings family and friends together to relax, converse and enjoy dining out. Restaurant.com customers have saved more than $500 million since the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based company was founded in 1999.
SmallBusiness Essentials (SBE) is a range of online tools designed to
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VARTA Microbattery Introduces CoinPower Family of Rechargeable Li-Ion Cells Featuring High Energy Density and Extended Battery Life
ELLWANGEN, Germany and WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VARTA Microbattery GmbH, a world leader in research, development, production and sales of superior-quality electrochemical energy storage systems for electronic devices has announced a new line of rechargeable Lithium ion batteries. The new CoinPower family of cells deliver 3.7V with available capacities ranging from 40mAh to 80mAh at 1C rate. The smallest cell measures only 12mm in diameter, 5mm in height and weighs in at a mere 1.4 grams.
Patented features deliver higher energy density, extended life and superb mechanical stability.
The new line of CoinPower cells from VARTA Microbattery, features a number of patented technical innovations. These improvements include a new sealing system ILok, new coil process technologies, cell enclosure design, coil contact isolation technology and laser coil connection. The new design delivers superior mechanical stability compared to pouch cells, as the CoinPower cells exhibit virtually no swelling due to their stainless steel enclosure and patented features.
Energy density in CoinPower cells is up to 30% higher than comparable products and may be recharged over 1000 full cycles above 80% of their initial capacity. The cell can be fast charged in half an hour. Charging can be accomplished using standard charging ICs for reduced complexity in the circuit design.
With decades of experience and several billion rechargeable button cells sold to date, you can trust that VARTA has a solution to meet your battery requirements. Ms. Julia Palu, Vice President - OEM/PPS of VARTA Microbattery, Inc., commented on the new CoinPower products: "The demand for longer-lasting, higher energy density rechargeable batteries is growing steadily, and the move by our company to focus on the newest Li-ion technologies will position the VARTA brand in the forefront of companies developing miniature rechargeable cells for headsets, medical, instrumentation and industrial devices."
About VARTA Microbattery GmbH
VARTA Microbattery is one of the leading battery manufacturers in the world, maintaining facilities in key locations around the globe. The company is headquartered in Ellwangen, Germany. Varta Microbattery, Inc. is the American daughter company, offering engineering, and design support, project management, Logistics and Operations from White Plains, New York. VARTA Microbattery develops and manufactures a wide variety of batteries utilizing numerous electrochemical systems and cell geometries.
Depositphotos Stock Photo Agency Unveils Major Website Update
Redesigned website, 10 Times Better Performance, Increased Functionality and Improved Navigation
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Depositphotos, the fastest-growing stock photo agency in the world, released a major website update.
Depositphotos' new website design is modern and attractive, and is created to satisfy customer's needs and simplify the process of finding and purchasing the appropriate high-quality images.
Search functionality has been extended. Every word from an image title is used to determine image ranking in the search results. The search bar was updated with an easy-to-use filter on the type of image being searched.
The new layout is designed to fit the dimensions of any browsing device. Best fit starts from 1024x768, and higher resolutions are unlimited.
Every image size received its own file type description and separate download button. It has never been easier to purchase any image you need - just one click is required.
Image buyers and image sellers received updated dashboards. The contributor's interface has been revised and now all basic image information (title, description, keywords, categories, etc.) is available from the files dashboard, and batch operation of file functions are expanded.
The website core has been updated. Customers will receive better navigation and more relevant search results at 10 times faster speeds.
"Depositphotos' website update is designed to simplify clients' efforts in finding the images they need. We are open to all feedback, and will constantly continue to improve our service," says Igor Kalyuzhny, Head of Depositphotos' departments in Eastern and Western Europe.
About Depositphotos Inc.
Depositphotos is the fastest growing stock photo agency in the world. Presently it offers over 4 million stock photographs and vector images sold under royalty-free licenses. The stock photo library is increased daily by thousands of images, carefully checked and selected by moderators. The company is headquartered in Florida, USA, and has business offices in Germany, Great Britain and Russia.
SOURCE Depositphotos Inc.
CONTACT: Marius Klatt, Depositphotos Inc., +1-954-990-0075
New 2012 Vehicle Model Plays to Music Lovers with Pandora
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading personalized radio service, announced today that its automotive partner Hyundai began to deliver the all-new Pandora-enabled 2012 Veloster to dealers nationwide this month. The Veloster is a new model that is targeted towards drivers who seek to bring the "digital age" to the driving experience.
Pandora is offered as a free, standard feature in every new Veloster. This Hyundai integration with Pandora makes it possible for drivers to enjoy their personalized Pandora stations behind the wheel. At launch, the Veloster is compatible with the iPhone and connects to the dashboard using Bluetooth technology.
Pandora executive vice president of business and corporate development Jessica Steel said, "The car is an extremely popular venue for radio listening and we are thrilled that people can now listen to Pandora personalized radio right in the dash of their new Hyundai Veloster."
"Veloster is a fun-to-drive, three-door coupe that exemplifies Hyundai's commitment to offering drivers the latest and greatest in-vehicle connectivity and technology," said Scott Margason, director Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Having Pandora internet radio easily accessible in the Veloster enhances the drive experience, allowing Veloster customers to listen to their favorite music everywhere they go."
ABOUT HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee.
Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. (OK, we've added comedy as well so we're also up for playing some jokes you'll love.) Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love. http://www.pandora.com
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