Browser Plug-In Gives Shoppers Cash Back on Purchases and Finds Available Coupons for Over 18,800 Retailers on the Web
MIAMI, Nov. 8th, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MonaBar (http://www.monabar.com) today announced the launch of MonaBar, a free browser plug-in that gives shoppers cash back on purchases at over 18,800 retailers in the online marketplace and automatically notifies them on best deals and coupons without interrupting the shopping experience. To begin using, visit MonaBar.com from your Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser.
MonaBar leverages partnerships with the most powerful affiliate marketing programs as well as established direct relationships with retailers in order to offer shoppers cash back on their purchases. With deals for 95% of all online shopping destinations, MonaBar allows users to earn 1% to 30% cash back rewards for shopping at their favorite online stores, without doing anything differently. Additionally, MonaBar has a built in coupon aggregator that automatically brings all of the best coupons to the shopper. As the only bar available that crawls the web to search for all active coupons, MonaBar not only awards shoppers with cash back, the plug-in also helps save money right from the start.
"Online shopping is responsible for over $200 billion in sales and booming. We're dedicated to bringing added value to our users in such an exciting and growing space," said David Azar, MonaBar Co-founder and CEO. "We've created MonaBar to be the ultimate online shopping assistant by designing a tool to seamlessly integrate into the background of almost any shopping experience, giving users cash back for items they already intend to buy from retailers they love and trust."
Online shoppers can benefit from MonaBar's automatic cash back capabilities by simply shopping as usual. The plug-in does not require shoppers to go out of their way with extra clicks to purchase or to collect cash rewards. The plug-in allows them to collect their cash once they have accumulated $5 in cash back offers via PayPal or once a quarter via check. With a simple one-time e-mail sign in, shoppers can take advantage of deals on goods they planned to buy without being redirected away from the current website. Additionally, MonaBar's referral policy enables shoppers to get an additional 10% cash back when someone they've referred to MonaBar signs up and makes a purchase on a participating retail site. In celebration of the launch, new users will automatically receive $1 welcome bonus just for signing up.
Visit MonaBar.com to begin collecting cash back while you shop today.
Miami-based MonaBar is dedicated to offering online shoppers the best cash back and couponing program available for free. The MonaBar flagship product automatically provides cash back rewards and surfaces coupons without requiring users to alter their shopping routines. For more information, visit MonaBar.com.
New app available to iPhone, iPad, Android users for free
WATSONVILLE, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nordic Naturals®, the leading manufacturer of omega-3 supplements, has announced the launch of its mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android users. The Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials app offers easy access to the company's full range of award-winning products.
Features of the new app, which is available free to Apple and Android mobile device users, include the ability to order products online or find a retail store. The "Daily Omega Reminder" allows users to set daily prompts for taking their omega-3s and monthly reminders to reorder products. Information on the wide-ranging benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids is available to educate consumers and help them select the right product to meet their personalized nutritional needs.
"Nordic Naturals is an omega-3 industry leader," said Joar Opheim, CEO and founder of Nordic Naturals. "We are pleased to lead the way in offering the convenience of a mobile app to consumers."
App users will be among the first to be notified about product launches, emerging research about omega-3s, and store-specific sales and promotions.
The Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials app also answers the question, "Why Nordic Naturals?" App users can learn about the company's patented manufacturing processes, independent testing, and participation in ongoing research. The app will also help consumers understand the qualities that distinguish Nordic Naturals products, including proven purity, exceptional freshness, great taste, and superior triglyceride form.
"We're dedicated to making a difference," Opheim said. "From the way we source our raw materials, to the way we process our oils, to our charitable donation programs - we are guided by our goal of seeing generations of healthier, happier people around the world."
Based in Watsonville, CA, Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering the world's safest, most effective omega oils to help provide the essentials of an extraordinary life. Distributing to more than 35 countries, Nordic Naturals offers more than 150 products in a variety of flavors and formulations, all in line with leading standards for safety, efficacy and sustainability. By providing omega oil supplements for adults, kids, athletes and pets, Nordic Naturals helps everyone do more of what they love. Further information is available at http://www.nordicnaturals.com. Nordic Naturals is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nordicnaturals and people can follow the company on Twitter at @NordicNaturals.
Remington Launches Innovative Mobile Commerce Site
LONDON, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Spectrum Brands, a global consumer products company with market-leading brands,
announced today that an mCommerce enabled, mobile-optimised version of its UK personal
care Remington website has been launched.
Designed and built by leading mobile marketing agency, Incentivated
[http://www.incentivated.com ], the site is a transcoded version of the brand's desktop
website, providing access to the full range of Remington products from hair dryers to
The innovation for this transcoded site (http://uk.remington-europe.mobi) comes
through the UI and UX brought to life through template designs and menu structures.
Echoing the design elements of the website, Incentivated have enabled dynamic,
split-screen image-based menus, using swipe gestures for intuitive interactivity and ease
of searching and browsing through the site.
The split screen allows for Remington "hero" products to be promoted - and for these
heroes to be dynamically updated as offers change or new products are released. Because
the site is transcoded, any content changes made to the website are automatically fed
through to the mobile site without any further editing being needed.
Secure integrated payment technology allows product purchases to be completed through
the mobile-optimised checkout.
Katie McLean, European Digital Manager, Spectrum Brands: "We are pleased to be able to
bring our products to our customers through their mobile devices. Presenting a
cookie-cutter site to our customers was never an option for Remington. They, and we, are
more sophisticated than that and we are delighted to be able to provide them with a fully
transactional site that maintains our brand integrity."
Jonathan Bass, Managing Director, Incentivated: "Mobile is fundamentally different
from desktop browsers and you can't just pare down a site to 'make it work' for mobile.
Being able to deliver this site for Remington which pays as much respect to their brand
and the design challenge in providing customers with an experience that works with the
phone's capabilities and strengths, such as the swipe for touchscreen phones and 'click to
We believe this is another great example of a company understanding that mobile is
critical to their future success, but not compromising their brand in order to deliver for
Remington is "How the World Gets Ready". With fiscal 2010 net sales of $474 million,
Remington is a global leader and innovator of affordable hair care, flat
irons/straighteners, rotary and foil electric shavers, personal groomers, moustache and
beard groomers, and haircut kits. For more information about Remington, visit
uk.remington-europe.com [http://uk.remington-europe.com ].
About Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a member of the Russell 2000 Index, is a diversified
global consumer products company and a leading supplier of batteries, shaving and grooming
products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn
& garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents and portable lighting.
Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, the Company offers a broad portfolio of
market-leading and widely trusted brands including Rayovac(R), Remington(R), Varta(R),
George Foreman(R), Black & Decker(R), Toastmaster(R), Tetra(R), Marineland(R), Nature's
Miracle(R), Dingo(R), 8-in-1(R), Littermaid(R), Spectracide(R), Cutter(R), Repel(R), and
Spectrum Brands Holdings' products are sold by the world's top 25 retailers and are
available in more than one million stores in more than 120 countries around the world.
Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales of $3.1 billion from continuing operations in
fiscal 2010.For more information, visit spectrumbrands.com [http://www.spectrumbrands.com
We help our international client base engage with their customers by designing,
developing and delivering integrated acquisition, retention (CRM) and transaction
(mCommerce [http://www.incentivated.com/web/mcommerce.aspx ]) campaigns and services for
British Airways new 'Skylab' Uses iTrinegy Network Emulation
CAMBRIDGE, England and RENO, Nevada, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
British Airways selected iTrinegy's network emulation technology for their 'Skylab', a
major hub for testing all their back-office and front-end networked applications.
'Skylab' is the responsibility of the Networks Team based at British Airway's
[http://www.britishairways.com/travel/about-british-airways/public/en_gb ] main offices in
Waterside, UK. With business processes such as flight preparedness, aircraft readiness,
flight load control, baggage protections, etc., being delivered over the British Airways
data network, ensuring everything runs smoothly is of prime importance.
Ian Matthars, Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer at British Airways comments, "Sky
Lab is at the hub for testing all the network integrations involving our back-office and
front-end networked applications. We don't leave anything to chance - before an
application can go live we thoroughly test for all the variables experienced in
'real-world' live networks, including conditions such as latency, loss, delay and jitter.
These conditions can impact any application, and with our new front-end check-in/seating
system for agents and customers, it's essential that we guarantee a good experience for
Ian and his team purchased iTrinegy's INE LCD
[http://www.itrinegy.com/index.php/products/network-emulators/ine-lcd ] network emulator to
replicate the network and all the associated network conditions. "As applications continue
to increase in size and complexity, the performance of applications in standard networks
and their associated conditions can be limiting and unsuitable for our applications."
Frank Puranik, Product Director at iTrinegy comments "Our network emulators enable
companies like British Airways to fully understand how applications work no matter what
the application or what type of network conditions they need to run in."
Ian continues "Network emulators
[http://www.itrinegy.com/index.php/products/network-emulators/ine-lcd ]allow us to create
the worst kind of networks, and seeing how our applications behave allows us to make sure
our systems work no matter where in the world our networks, staff and customers are
located and INE LCD continues to be an important part of our network testing within our
iTrinegy's [http://www.itrinegy.com ] INE LCD Network Emulator is a portable appliance
that is well suited to this type of task as it enables the user to see how an application
or device will work in a realistic replication of environments such as WAN, Cloud, Mobile,
Wireless and Satellite networks etc., prior to actual deployment. Its ability to mimic
characteristics such restricted bandwidth, link speed, latencies, jitter and packet loss
etc. means that the user will be able to quickly identify how these factors can affect
About British Airways: British Airways is the country's largest airline, based on
fleet size, international flights and international destinations in the UK. Based in
Waterside, near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport, British Airways is a full service
global airline, offering year-round low fares with an extensive global route network
flying to and from centrally-located airports.
About iTrinegy: iTrinegy develops products that enable organizations to address the
whole Networked Application Performance Lifecycle(TM) from initial design & development,
through testing, QA, to production rollout and on-going performance monitoring. Many
leading organizations deploy iTrinegy technology including Alcatel, Aviva, BlackRock, BT,
HP, General Dynamics, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Logica, Raytheon, Thomson Reuters,
Schlumberger, Starbucks, and Unisys. iTrinegy has offices in the USA and UK together with
a select network of specialist resellers. For more information, please visit http://www.itrinegy.com
Press Contact: Debra Wilkins, PR Manager, iTrinegy
Tel USA +1-888-448-4366
Tel UK: +44(0)845-226-1900
Admiral is an award-winning global hedge fund administrator with offices in the Cayman
Islands; Dublin, Ireland; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Richmond, Virginia. It combines best
of breed technology including Advent Geneva, Advent Partner and Paladyne with highly
skilled and qualified staff to provide clients with a comprehensive customised solution to
meet the specific needs of the alternative investments industry including hedge funds,
private equity funds, UCITs and other regulated funds. At the recent HFM awards in New
York, Admiral was a finalist for Best Technology for an Administrator among other industry
leaders such as SS&C GlobeOp, Citi, State Street, and Citco. Admiral was also voted Best
Offshore Administrator by Hedgeweek in 2011.
With over 35 years international administration experience, Maitland is today
recognised as one of the fastest-growing fund administrators in the world. The acquisition
of Admiral supports Maitland's strategy of targeted growth, expanded global reach and
leadership in the fund administration industry. The combined group will have total assets
of US$145 billion under administration, 700 employees and 15 offices across 13 countries
including: BVI, Cayman, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Isle of Man, London, Luxembourg,
Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, South Africa and the United States.
Maitland CEO, Steve Georgala, said: "Admiral is a premier specialist provider of hedge
fund administration services and represents a strong franchise with industry leading
technology. The deal offers strategically attractive and financially compelling synergies.
Admiral's hedge fund services expertise and award winning technology will enhance
Maitland's fund services capabilities. We are well positioned to expand our traditional
administration services into the jurisdictions where Admiral has a presence."
Canover Watson, Managing Director of Admiral, who will remain the global head of hedge
fund administration for the group, said: "The merger of platforms will result in a
powerful combination of Maitland's global institutional presence and resources, and
Admiral's world-class industry leading technology and extensive hedge fund expertise. We
aim to be a global leader with the institutional infrastructure, size and resources to
assist our clients, whatever their size, location or investment strategy, to meet the
increasingly complex requirements of their investors and regulators."
Trend Micro Managed Service Provider Program Facilitates Channel Partners' Journey to the Cloud
CUPERTINO, Calif. and ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), the global leader in cloud security, is leading the way in helping small and medium businesses (SMBs) and value-added resellers (VARS) transition to the managed service provider (MSP) business model. Today, Trend Micro announces updates to the managed service provider program, solution integration into ConnectWise, and a new PartnerPlus Portal to facilitate this managed service provider (MSP) transition.
"There is huge opportunity for growth in the managed service provider market. Trend Micro's priority is to help our partners prosper by delivering security solutions and tools that allow them to gain efficiency and keep their customers' data safe. Along with the new updates to our MSP program we will continue to make enhancements so partners can successfully transition some or all of their business to a cloud-based service model while they simultaneously manage their traditional install base," said Magi Diego, director, SMB Marketing at Trend Micro.
Trend Micro MSP Program Supports Channel Partners' Transition to the Cloud and Managed Services
-- Trend Micro MSP solutions uniquely enable MSP partners to automatically
license, monitor and manage both traditional on-premise as well as
cloud-based security solutions from a single management console,
providing the flexibility to migrate to the cloud at their own pace.
With this single login MSP partners can provision, deploy, manage, and
report on their entire customer base, both cloud and on-premise.
-- The MSP solutions are now available in 22 languages.
-- MSP partners are able to manage annual and monthly recurring licenses
together, aiding the move from an annual renewal-based business model to
a recurring-revenue annuity business model.
Trend Micro MSP Solutions are Now Integrated into ConnectWise
-- Trend Micro helps increase automation and scalability through a direct
integration with ConnectWise to automate billing, ticketing and
-- The cloud-based provisioning, deployment, management, monitoring, and
reporting solutions provided by Trend Micro eliminate setup/startup
costs associated with on-boarding of managed services clients.
-- Trend Micro's broad platform support (Windows, Mac, Android) and Trend
Micro(TM) Worry-Free Business Security product-family options (WFBS
Services, Standard, Advanced, and Hosted Email Security) provide more
revenue- generating opportunities for MSP partners.
"The Trend Micro MSP program tools help our security business, particularly as it relates to the state of licenses and updates -- we never had the ability to manage our clients at this level and it has made us much more efficient," said Michael Beecher, president, EscapeWire Solutions.
Trend Micro's New PartnerPlus Portal is Now Available in the USA
The new PartnerPlus Portal, designed specifically to support Trend Micro partners growing their security practice, serves as the central hub for sales tools, training, certification, on-demand marketing, announcements, promotions, webinars, and much more. The new portal provides:
-- Enhanced ease of use
-- Updated product information and collateral
-- A unique "My Account" feature which provides direct access to sales
opportunities, programs and reports
The PartnerPlus Portal will fully support the new upcoming Trend Micro PartnerPlus Program, a program that offers several unique features and benefits to help Trend Micro partners grow their business. The program enhancements coming soon include:
-- Simplicity-- Trend Micro is changing the partner-level naming
convention. The new PartnerPlus tiers will become Bronze, Silver, Gold,
and Platinum. As partners progress up through partner levels, it will be
easier for them to increase their knowledge of Trend Micro solutions,
and gain a wealth of benefits.
-- Training & Education-- Comprehensive online and classroom-based training
courses will be offered to strengthen partners' technical expertise,
increase their industry recognition, help accelerate the sales
process--and their revenues. This will all be available through the new
-- Specializations--Trend Micro will offer specialization certifications in
cloud-based security, small business security, and managed security
services. Being a specialized Trend Micro partner opens the doors to
extra benefits, which can include preferred listing on the Trend Micro
partner locator, deal registration, priority lead pass, and more.
The PartnerPlus Program enhancements will be effective Q1 2013.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704;TSE: 4704), the global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years' experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers' and partners' needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro Smart Protection Network cloud computing security infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge - from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe.
DreamWorks Dash n Drop Delivers Holiday Cheer to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android(TM)
PikPok® and DreamWorks Animation bring Rise of the Guardians movie based game to the App Store and Google Play
GLENDALE, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) in conjunction with leading smartphone games publisher PikPok®, today announced the release of DreamWorks Dash n Drop for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android, based on the CG animated film Rise of the Guardians, which arrives in theaters on November 21. The DreamWorks Dash n Drop app is available now for US$0.99 from the App Store at http://www.itunes.com/appstore and Google Play at http://play.google.com
DreamWorks Dash n Drop is a legendary sleigh riding game based on DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians. When there's trouble at the North Pole and gifts get scattered everywhere, it's time to embark on an epic adventure! Players will gather and deliver gifts to children everywhere as they dash through the evening sky in the Guardians' magical sleigh. Along the way, they'll collect elves, coins, power-ups and upgrades as they travel around the world, all while avoiding Pitch's army of Nightmare enemies.
"We are thrilled to add this fun and addictive pick-up-and-play game based on Rise of the Guardians to our ever expanding app portfolio" said Chris Hewish, Head of Global Interactive for DreamWorks Animation. "The film-inspired gameplay is easy to jump into but has layers of challenge, making it perfect for kids and parents alike."
"Collaborating with DreamWorks on this game has been an absolute joy" said Mario Wynands, Managing Director of PikPok. "Dash n Drop brings to life all the fun and magic that DreamWorks has created in the Rise of Guardians film right onto your mobile device."
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for four consecutive years. In 2012, DreamWorks Animation ranks #14 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 24 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. The Company's theatrical releases for the current year are Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted on June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians on November 21, 2012.
PikPok is a Smartphone and tablet developer and publisher of great games. With a portfolio of original, licensed, and third party developed properties, PikPok delivers games that appeal to all consumers with pick-up-and-play gameplay, high-quality art, and immersive audio design which provide rich game experiences. PikPok has released multiple critically and commercially successful games including Flick Kick® Football, Flick Kick® Field Goal, Monsters Ate My Condo(TM), Bird Strike(TM), Slam Dunk King(TM) and more. Steal a moment, and play a game from PikPok. For more information on PikPok, please visit: http://www.pikpok.com
Navman Wireless Plans New Add-on for FMCSA Compliance with Paperless Driver Logs & Driver Vehicle Inspection Applications from ISE
New Option Launching in Early 2013 for OnlineAVL2 Fleet Tracking System
GLENVIEW, Ill., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Navman Wireless USA today announced an agreement with Innovative Software Engineering (ISE) that will equip fleet managers using the Navman Wireless OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system with easy-to-use paperless driver logs and driver vehicle inspection reporting (DVIR) applications to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) regulations. The new option - achieved via integration with the eFleetSuite compliance package from Innovative Software Engineering (ISE) - will be available in the U.S. in early 2013.
When the joint deployment goes live, eFleetSuite will be displayed on Navman Wireless M-Nav in-cab touchscreen navigation/messaging terminals for instant driver access and roadside inspection, as well as available through any Internet browser for office use. eFleetSuite has been customized to seamlessly integrate with the workflow of the OnlineAVL2 system.
Use of ISE's Electronic Driver Logs with OnlineAVL2 will automate Hours of Service reporting per FMCSA regulations Part 395, section 15 and will:
-- Allow drivers to sign on through their M-Nav unit using their existing
-- Automatically record Hours of Service status information, based on
detection of vehicle motion, as well as capture vehicle location and
-- Automatically calculate remaining driver availability
-- Provide driver log history for roadside inspectors with a tap on the
-- Enable dispatchers to view driver logs, including violations, driver
time, mileage summaries and driver availability, through an ISE link in
Use of ISE's Electronic Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting with OnlineAVL2 will enable drivers to electronically record the results of pre- and post-trip inspections per FMCSA regulations Part 396, section 11 and 13 and will:
-- Automatically prompt drivers to review the previous inspection when they
log on to the M-Nav
-- Allow drivers to report needed repairs and deficiencies for each power
unit and attached trailer(s) using their M-Nav display
-- Enable customization of parts lists and common defects descriptions to
speed driver documentation
-- Display reports for roadside inspectors with a tap on the M-Nav screen
-- Allow maintenance technicians to review reports, enter notes, and
certify that repairs have been made through an ISE link in OnlineAVL2
Fleets will benefit from reduced paperwork; increased back-office visibility to driver hours for better resource utilization and load planning; and immediate notification of vehicle defects enabling more efficient scheduling, faster repairs and less downtime.
From a compliance perspective, fleets will ensure proper documentation for roadside inspections; fewer roadside-related driver violations resulting in lower compliance, safety and accountability (CSA) scores; and automated workflow ensuring that driver vehicle inspection reports are not skipped.
"Penalties for non-compliance with FMCSA regulations are high. Driver and fleet fines are costly, fleets can be shut down for continued poor performance, and insurance rates can increase with poor CSA scores," said Renaat Ver Eecke, Vice President and General Manager, Navman Wireless North America. "Partnering with ISE will help our customers avoid these problems, increase driver productivity through automated documentation, and provide real-time visibility for back-office personnel into driver and vehicle status for increased operational efficiency."
"eFleetSuite was specifically designed to provide telematics providers with off-the-shelf electronic driver log and DVIR applications that can be quickly implemented as well as customized to each partner's needs," said ISE President Hass Machlab. "By selecting eFleetSuite as its FMSCA compliance platform, Navman Wireless is equipping its customers with the tools to improve safety, lower their CSA scores, and streamline the process of conforming to FMSCA requirements."
The partnership is the latest in a series of Navman Wireless initiatives to integrate best-in-class third-party applications with the OnlineAVL2 platform, providing key add-on functionality requested by customers in a timely manner. Other integrated services to date include speed monitoring, multi-stop route optimization and trucking management through partnerships with SpeedGauge, Dashfly and McLeod Software, respectively.
For more information about the ISE integration, email ProductSpecialist@navmanwireless.com or call 877-891-5009 in the U.S.
About Navman Wireless
Navman Wireless is a global leader in GPS-based fleet optimization products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking and analytics delivered under the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that enable companies to track, monitor and communicate with their movable and fixed equipment assets. The company's technology currently monitors more than 160,000 vehicles owned by over 14,000 organizations worldwide, making Navman Wireless one of the world's largest fleet management providers with coverage on five continents. Navman Wireless is based in Glenview, IL, with facilities in the U.S., Mexico, UK, Italy, Taiwan,Ireland, China, New Zealand and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.navmanwireless.com.
ISE is a leading full-service software development and systems integration firm providing business strategy, program management, systems engineering, software development and quality assurance services. ISE specializes in developing telematics solutions, enterprise mobility applications and custom software tailored to customers' unique needs. Customers come from a wide range of industries including communications, education, telematics, transportation and health care. More information can be found on the company's web site at http://www.iseinc.biz
SOURCE Navman Wireless
CONTACT: Lisa Kornblatt, Navman Wireless, SSPR, +1-847-415-9330, firstname.lastname@example.org, Mark Schumacher, Innovative Software Engineering, +1-773-857-3346, MarkSchumacher@iseinc.biz
Skype(TM) Launches New Online Platform for Small Businesses
Skype in the workspace designed to help businesses connect and grow.
LONDON and PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Skype today launched to the public Skype in the workspace (SITW), a new online platform for small businesses to instantly connect with potential customers, partners and suppliers across the globe.
The free-to-use tool makes use of the huge network already offered by Skype, allowing millions of small businesses to promote their products and services to new networks and connections. Users can improve existing connections and establish new ones by instantly sending messages and talking to or meeting face-to-face with peers and business prospects over Skype.
The SITW community is already active because today's launch comes at the end of a six-month beta trial, which enabled 500 businesses, offering more than 140 different services, to sign up, try out and test the platform.
"With more than 280 million connected users each month, Skype offers a huge range of contacts for the small-business community," said Ural Cebeci, head of SMB Marketing at Skype. "We aim to connect millions of small businesses with Skype in the workspace and believe that, by taking advantage of this shared network, businesses can develop the range of tools they need to grow, regardless of location or industry. From the designer in San Francisco looking to source textile suppliers in Thailand to the London consultant connecting with clients in Milan, the possibilities are endless."
SITW will provide a central hub for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses to connect with experts,coaches and consultants who can help them develop their businesses. Users join the community using their existing Skype accounts, then through a series of promotional tools can create public "offers" or "opportunities" inviting community members to live sessions on Skype to demonstrate services or products to a wider audience. Users can also book appointments with potential customers or suppliers and keep track of them with a meeting notification service. When an opportunity is over, users can instantly give testimonials on the product or service offered.
"Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy," Cebeci said. "For these businesses to survive and grow in what is still a tough economic climate, we understand that good communication and connections are key to their success.
"This is why today we are opening the Skype in the workspace platform to the public," Cebeci said. "We feel we're helping connect businesses face-to-face with their customers and prospects, no matter where they are located. It opens up a world of opportunity for them."
Alison Coward, an avid user of Skype and owner of the London creative collaboration agency Bracket, said, "Skype in the workspace is a real breakthrough. It's the perfect platform for me to promote my business and connect with the people who can help it to grow. My business is about getting in front of people and helping them to solve their problems. With Skype in the workspace, I am visible to quality leads without even leaving the office. With no travel time to contend with, it's also now far more feasible for me to grow my business outside the U.K. into Europe and the U.S."
Jorge Parra, an avid user of Skype and owner of Florida-based Jorge Parra photography, said, "There's a big difference between a professional network and a social network, and Skype in the workspace seems to understand this distinction. It is the perfect companion to my existing online presence and generates connections that will actually bring me business."
Cindy Bidar, owner of All Quality Websites, a U.S. startup providing expert advice on how to design, build and maintain an online presence, added, "Skype in the workspace has offered something other online platforms couldn't -- a community of business-focused individuals who can explore my services and interact with me in real time."
SITW is available to all Skype users starting today. Those wanting to sign up for the community can register their details here.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Creates New Site and Mobile App for Charity's 2012 Tournament
LANCASTER, Pa., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital solutions agency Williams Forrest today announces a partnership with TopSpin Charity, a community of sports, entertainment and media professionals dedicated to supporting nonprofits working to solve the most pressing child education issues. Williams Forrest will serve as TopSpin's 2012 Digital Solutions Strategy and Delivery Partner.
To date, Williams Forrest has created a new website for TopSpin, a new Facebook page with applications and a refined Twitter feed.
For TopSpin's upcoming New York City Ping Pong tournament and fundraiser on November 14, Williams Forrest created a mobile application for corporate teams to register prior to the event as part of the "Corporate Team Challenge." Williams Forrest will run a live leader board the night of the event, allowing challenge players to see scores and keep track of their favorite teams.
Additionally, Williams Forrest will stream photos live from the event's photo booth into a slideshow application that will display in an engaging format on TV screens throughout the event.
"The opportunity to contribute to TopSpin is natural fit for Williams Forrest," said Carolyn Stonerook, Williams Forrest Project Manager. "The charity resonates with our company culture and we're happy to give our time to a great cause and be part of the TopSpin family. Since a Ping Pong table doubles as our conference table, this event is an opportunity to showcase both our Ping Pong and technology skills."
"TopSpin's new site has helped monumentally in driving donations and overall awareness," said Peter Farnsworth, Founder/CEO, Foxrock Partners and Founder, TopSpin Charity. "We're grateful to have Williams Forrest on board as our Digital Solutions partner. They understand our needs and goals and are the type of partner we look for."
Started in New York City in 2009, the annual TopSpin event has become a who's who of sports, marketing and education professionals and has raised $750,000 since inception and spurred events in Chicago and San Francisco.
About Williams Forrest
Williams Forrest is a premium creative technology agency based in Lancaster, PA. We design and develop digital strategies and solutions for web, mobile and social channels for many of today's top agencies and best loved brands, including BMW, HP and Puma. Williams Forrest specializes in delivering solutions that support the sustainable growth of brands in the digital space. We value innovation, creativity, and the people invested in the outcome.
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TopSpin Charity is a community of sports, entertainment, and media professionals that believes every child deserves access to a well-rounded, quality education. TopSpin Charity raises awareness and provides funds for exceptional nonprofits to better and bring together the communities in which we work and live. In just the past (3) years, TopSpin Charity has raised close to a million dollars to provide tangible, meaningful assistance for public K-12 city school programs in New York City and across the country.
The signature, enterprise-level event at the center of this on-going effort every year is an NYC corporate brand, sports, and entertainment celebrity gathering and table tennis tournament, backed by an effective multi-channel promotional campaign, to drive support and interest in our cause, non-profit partners and corporate sponsors.
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KosherLab.com Connects New Kosher Brands to a Thriving Online Community Just in Time for Kosherfest 2012
Ajax Union launches new kosher website that connects new and established kosher brands to a vast online community of kosher buyers, bloggers, and businesses.
NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Keep it kosher with Kosher Lab, a brand new website from Ajax Union that offers kosher products just hitting the market or established products valuable exposure to a vast online community of established bloggers and foodies. The website, now available at http://www.KosherLab.com, features the newest developments in all things kosher including meat, wine, hummus, music, and entertainment.
"Our goal for Ajax Union has always been to give companies the opportunity to succeed, especially with online marketing and getting their name out there to bring in business. With Kosher Lab, we would like to extend that philosophy to companies that exclusively deal with kosher products. We want to give kosher-focusing companies, no matter how big or small, an online presence and an outlet to reach the right consumers," said Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union and the Kosher Lab website.
This multifaceted kosher experience is designed to promote making connections through kosher-dedicated products and companies. Spotlighting the latest kosher brands and displaying them in one convenient location, this networking initiative links startup brands to kosher experts and buyers all across the web. This kind of exposure can greatly benefit the latest products by putting them in contact directly with top online kosher entities including buyers and distributors.
Kosher business owners looking to gain exposure on Ajax Union's new site can visit http://www.KosherLab.com/Advertise for more information. Filling out one simple form can get businesses started on immediately connecting to their target kosher audience.
The launch of Kosher Lab coincides with two major kosher marketing events happening in November. The first, the Kosher Food Blogger Conference, brings together the top vendors, bloggers, and readers in the kosher industry today. The event will headline a talk given by Ajax Union CEO Joe Apfelbaum. His SEO tips and tricks, followed by a Q & A session, will inform businesses on how to make a positive impact through online marketing. He will also be spotlighting the brands on KosherLab.com to hundreds of bloggers in the audience, giving them additional publicity outside of the site. Business owners can sign up now online for this affordable service before the November 12 blogger conference to have their brands featured here as well. It will be held at the Millesime in The Carlton Hotel in New York City.
The second major event coinciding with the launch of KosherLab.com is the premier exhibition Kosherfest 2012, which takes place on November 13 and 14 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Custom landing pages on KosherLab.com can also boost visibility for exhibitors at Kosherfest 2012. Leading kosher distributors such as Osem USA Inc., The Kedem Group, Blue and White Foods, and Manischewitz Company will all be in attendance. Without the proper publicity, however, smaller businesses won't reap the benefits of exhibiting alongside these companies. Using a variety of SEO and online marketing tools, a landing page on KosherLab.com increases the chances that interested bloggers and kosher distributors will visit your company's booth on the days of the festival. Over 325 exhibitors will be in attendance at this sold out trade show including Ajax Union, which will be manning Booth #747 both days.
"Launching KosherLab.com in time for this year's Kosherfest just happened to be an ideal opportunity for us to get the site going with some of our clients that will be exhibiting and gaining additional coverage from KosherLab.com during the two-day event. This is such a great opportunity for them to promote their company and brand, and it is such a great opportunity to reach out online," said Certified Google Trainer Joe Apfelbaum.
Not attending Kosherfest this year? Not a problem. Even brands just starting out with kosher marketing can find success by signing up for a custom landing page through KosherLab.com. Ideal for businesses without a website or any social media presence, this regularly updated page can help create exposure to bloggers, buyers, and distributors across a multitude of sites. Brands will find success after being connected to blogs like http://www.BusyInBrooklyn.com, which boasts tens of thousands of visitors monthly.
Phone.com Offers Free Accounts To Businesses In New Jersey Affected By Superstorm 'Sandy'
Hosted telephony provider can help hard-hit SMBs, SOHOs return to operation
LIVINGSTON, N.J., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Phone.com, Inc., a provider of VoIP and cloud-based telephone service specializing in small-sized businesses and home offices (SOHO), today announced it is offering free accounts for service for up to one year to as many as 100 businesses in New Jersey that have been affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Even if their own brick-and-mortar locations are in disrepair, businesses whose office communications hardware or systems have been knocked out by storm-related coastal surge, rain, wind or other damage from Sandy can take advantage of accounts with Phone.com to re-establish their presence with their customers.
"SMBs and SOHOs can stay viable and remain in business if they maintain a telephone presence despite having their buildings wiped out, unusable during repair or left without electrical power for weeks at a time, and that's where Phone.com can help," said Ari Rabban, co-founder and CEO. "As a New Jersey business, we're making our offer to as many as 100 fellow business people in the Garden State."
Each free, one-year Phone.com account would include free calling minutes for 12 months and in switching their numbers to Phone.com's hosted service, affected businesses retain their existing telephone numbers so that to callers they appear in business as usual.
"We would require a business name, address and owner contact information, and we would need a credit card for incidental expenses," said Rabban, who recently joined the board of directors of the New Jersey Technology Council.
With Phone.com, as long as a business has a "cloud-based" telephone number, calls can always be received even if power to a building fails. It doesn't matter what device a business person has, or where he or she is located, because Phone.com's advanced calling rules allow any phone number to ring a VoIP land line, mobile phone, copper-wire line or tablet-based "soft" phone simultaneously. So an SMB's entire workforce can work remotely and be reachable, appearing to customers as if the company is open for business as usual.
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-- If cable broadband and copper landlines are down, business people can
use Phone.com with a "soft" phone on their PCs, tablets or smartphones
with Wi-Fi and remain in operation.
Phone.com® is a cloud-based phone company offering a variety of innovative and economical business and home phone services for entrepreneurs, home offices, small businesses and individuals. Powered by advanced VoIP technologies, the company offers Phone.com Virtual Office for small businesses, Phone.com Virtual Number for individuals on the go, Phone.com Home Phone Plus for consumers and Phone.com Mobile Office and Mobile VoIP.
N-Play Announces First Real Estate Marketing Platform for Facebook
Agent-centric marketing solution targets listing ads to buyers on Facebook for as little as $2 dollars per day
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- N-Play, a company that offers agent-centric real estate applications, announced today the first turnkey solution for agents to market themselves and their listings on Facebook. The company has developed a real estate ad platform that interfaces with Facebook's ad platform providing agents a simple, low cost and highly effective social media marketing solution.
Listing display advertisements are automatically generated for the agent as they add listings to their agent profiles on Facebook. Through its interface to the Facebook ad platform, the service automatically targets the ads based on location, Facebook user data and proprietary algorithms. The agent can select up to six listing ads per campaign and instantly launch ads on Facebook. Buyers clicking on any listing ad are linked back to the respective detail page and to the agent's Directory profile on Facebook. Daily campaign budgets can be created for as little as $2.00 per day delivering thousands of targeted impressions.
"Each day people spend more time on Facebook than anywhere else on the internet," said Raina Van Cleave, Director of Marketing for N-Play. "Targeting buyers on Facebook is a goldmine for agents. By combining advertising services with the viral ecosystem we've created for Directory members, our platform is second to none for agents to market themselves and connect with customers," she said.
Agents must first become members of the Real Estate Agent Directory on Facebook to advertise their real estate services on Facebook. The Directory is a search service for consumers and real estate professionals. Consumers can find agents who are on Facebook by location and expertise in over 7,500 U.S. cities.
Since its launch last year, 125,000 agents have joined the Directory by adding their profiles and listings, and linking the Directory to their Facebook business pages. In select markets, agents can add Home Search, an IDX-compliant search service. Agents' listings are automatically imported and consumers can search for a home directly on an agents' Facebook page.
Representatives from N-Play are attending the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. Conference attendees interested in the learning more about N-Play's services on Facebook should contact:
Raina Van Cleave
Director of Marketing
Call or Text: 352-514-6574
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Budge Revolutionizes Charitable Giving With The Launch Of Mobile Micro-Donation App
Harnessing the power of social networks for good, Budge debuts a simple, fun way to donate to charity on your iPhone
NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Budge, the only social, mobile micro-donation platform, today announced the launch of its new iPhone application that provides a fun, simple way to donate to charity. With Budge, users challenge their friends to everyday activities or play the games they already love on behalf of a meaningful cause. The loser of the challenge then donates a preset micro-donation to one of a handful of relevant charities.
"Budge was born out of our vision that giving to charity should be a fun and super easy process," said Hillan Klein, CEO and co-founder, Budge. "With this goal in mind, we set out to build a new culture in charitable giving specifically aimed at Gen Y by combining social gaming with micro-donations. We want to educate people that it's okay to give in small amounts--casual deeds can truly have a meaningful impact."
Budge disrupts traditional roadblocks to philanthropy by encouraging people to use their regular daily activities and interactions with friends as a way to donate to charity. In doing so, Budge has created a simple and engaging way for people to support the causes they care about.
A strong focus has been to create a beautiful and easy to use platform that people will enjoy using. Once downloaded, users can easily invite or find friends through Facebook, or simply connect with those who are already using the app. From there, it takes only a few seconds to create a "budge," select a charity and challenge their friends. "Budges" can be anything - a game of chess, meeting for coffee, a pizza-eating contest, you name it. The winning "budge" can be published to Facebook, with the loser donating to charity. To better promote the social act of giving, the app features a "like" feature as well as a news feed for following friends' actions.
After a successful beta launch, Budge currently has members actively "budging" and donating in the United States and Australia. To date, the company has raised $1 million in funding from influential investors in Australia including Square Peg Ventures; Tony Faure, former CEO of Yahoo!SouthAsia, NineMSN and chairman of Pollenizer; and Matt Rockman, co-founder of SEEK.com.au. Additionally, the company has cultivated partnerships with key nonprofits including African Services, BreastCancer.org, EngenderHealth, Envirolution, National MS Society (NY Chapter), The United Nations World Food Program USA and READ Global.
"Budge is creating a cultural shift in micro-philanthropy," said Paul Bassatt, principal, Square Peg Ventures. "Currently, charitable giving is at an inflection point--struggling to engage younger generations while also grappling with how best to revive a stagnant industry. With its seamless social mobile user experience, we think Budge will help power this new era of philanthropy and we're excited to be part of this opportunity."
Budge is available for free from the App Store.
Budge is a private, venture-backed mobile micro-donation platform that makes giving to charity fun. Budge allows people to play with their friends and give to charity at the same time. Budge is available for free in the App Store. For more information, please visit http://www.thebudge.com.
ReadSpeaker Launches New Version of its Enterprise Highlighting Solution With Significant Usability and Accessibility Enhancements
UPPSALA, Sweden, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
ReadSpeaker Enterprise Highlighting enables website owners to easily convert online
text into speech for a better and more accessible user experience.
ReadSpeaker announced today the launch of the Enterprise Highlighting 2.5 with major
advancements and new functionalities. With the new version, website owners can provide
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In terms of accessibility, the audio player is completely keyboard accessible and
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ReadSpeaker Enterprise Highlighting 2.5 provides end-users with new features, such as
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pages can be easier to follow. Highlighting options of the words and/or sentences being
read now allow the user to choose the colors used. The text selection functionality
enables users to only listen to certain parts of the page with the new audio player
appearing near the selected text.
"The new version of ReadSpeaker Enterprise Highlighting provides an even more
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users. This has been a major focus for this release along with more flexibility, better
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Onteco Corporation, ONTC, Closes Acquisition of Cyber Centers Worldwide Corporation
MIAMI, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Onteco Corporation (OTC.QB: "ONTC"), (the "Company", or "Onteco"), announced today that it had closed its acquisition via a share exchange agreement with Cyber Centers Worldwide Corporation, a privately-held Florida corporation, ("CCW").
Under the terms of the agreement Onteco acquired all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of CCW, in exchange for a number of shares of preferred and common stock of Onteco. CCW is in the business of interactive social gaming on the Internet.
"This acquisition is but the first example of our plan to expand and diversify our 'portfolio of companies' in order to add shareholder value," said Dror Svorai, CEO of Onteco. He added, "We believe that Cyber Centers Worldwide has the capability to rapidly grow our revenue in a fresh and innovative way while building excitement in the new social media marketplace."
About Cyber Centers Worldwide Corporation
Cyber Centers Worldwide Corporation, formerly named Cyber Centers International Corporation, is developer of interactive online gaming designed for consumer play via subscription through a computer or mobile device (e.g., cell phone). Their online games are designed to be played across a number of software platforms.
About Onteco Corporation
Onteco Corporation was founded to develop innovative, practical and cost-effective solutions to some of the most significant global environmental challenges. Today, the Company is broadening its operational footprint into rapidly growing consumer markets, while continuing to focus on technologies to increase the efficient use of energy, and improve the recycling of consumer products.
This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Certain statements set forth in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate, or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain the words "estimate", "project", "intend", "forecast", "anticipate", "plan", "planning", "expect", "believe", "will likely", "should", "could", "would", "may" or words or expressions of similar meaning. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results and financial position to differ materially from those included within the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those relating to the Company's ability to grow its business. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the Company's limited operating history, the limited financial resources, domestic or global economic conditions -- activities of competitors and the presence of new or additional competition and conditions of equity markets.
Nyxio® Lands First Major Sale for its Venture Mobile Media Viewer
SEATTLE, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nyxio Technologies Corporation (OTCBB: NYXO) ("Nyxio" or the "Company"), a leading provider of cutting edge "Smart TVs" and consumer electronic devices, is very pleased to announce it has executed its first substantial volume sale with a national distribution company. This will allow the distribution to other resellers and expand to a national market.
Nyxio's Venture MMV is a unique eyewear product that allows a viewer a cinematic experience through a non-connected goggle type device. Once connected, content can be downloaded to the device directly from a user's pc. The product is also capable of being connected to external products such as a gaming system or DVD player where the user can also view content on the Venture mobile media viewer.
We are very pleased to announce a large sale on this product. The Venture will now be more readily available to consumers for purchase nationally. This a wonderful opportunity for Nyxio, and for the public to experience such a unique product, said Giorgio Johnson CEO
Additional details regarding the Company, its business and its agreements, are filed as part of the Company's continuous public disclosure as a reporting issuer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC") EDGAR database. For more information visit: http://www.nyxio.com.
Consumers Digest/ConsumersDigest.com Names America's Top Charities
DEERFIELD, Ill., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Two hundred and twenty-one charities out of some 2,400 were ranked by Consumers Digest as "America's Top Charities." The rankings, which are published in CD's December issue (on sale Nov. 1) and are available at ConsumersDigest.com, span seven categories: development/distribution, educational/cultural, environment/wildlife, health, humanitarian, human services and religiously affiliated.
The rankings are based on charities' spending efficiency--that is, the percentage of generated income that's spent on their mission and not on other costs, such as fundraising, marketing and administration. A charity had to distribute at least 65 percent of its total funds to its program(s) to make Consumers Digest's list.
Among each of the seven categories of charitable organizations, the top three charities are:
-- Development/Distribution: Brother's Brother Foundation (99.63 percent
efficiency), International Aid (99.48 percent) and Good360 (Gifts In
Kind) (99.07 percent).
-- Educational/Cultural: Scholarship America (97.08 percent), Public
Broadcasting Service (95.02 percent) and National Public Radio (94.19
-- Environment/Wildlife: Conservation Fund (97.42 percent), Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution (94.94 percent) and Animal Welfare Institute
-- Health: Help the Children (99.63 percent), Christian Blind Mission
International (98.87 percent) and American Kidney Fund (97.45 percent).
-- Humanitarian: Kids in Distressed Situations (99.50 percent), Heart to
Heart International (99.00 percent) and Operation Blessing
(International Relief & Development) (98.83 percent).
-- Human Services: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (98.45 percent), Fisher
House Foundation (98.00 percent) and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
-- Religiously Affiliated: Christian Aid Ministries (98.58 percent), Jewish
National Fund (98.49 percent) and Map International (98.24 percent).
The list of top charities per category numbers: development/distribution-32; educational/cultural-17; environment/wildlife-24; health-49; humanitarian-32; human services-39; and religiously affiliated-28.
A review of Consumers Digest's results indicates that the category of charities that generally is most efficient is development/distribution. A comparison of the average spending efficiency of the top 15 charities in each category found that development/distribution charities seemingly operate on lower marketing and administration budgets than do charities in the other six categories, to produce better spending efficiency. The top charities in the development/distribution category funnel an average of 96.41 percent of their total expenditures to their cause. The top charities in the humanitarian and health categories averaged 94.89 percent and 94.10 percent, respectively. Charities at the top of the religiously affiliated and human services categories followed with an average of 93.00 percent and 92.21 percent, respectively. The top charities in the environment/wildlife category managed an average spending efficiency of only 88.88 percent. The top charities in the educational/cultural category fared the worst in Consumers Digest's investigation, averaging 86.22 percent.
Consumers Digest also calculated a charity's cost to raise $100. Twenty-five of the 221 organizations on Consumers Digest's "America's Top Charities" list spent less than $1 to raise $100. Twenty-two charities on the list spent more than $20. Not one development/distribution, educational/cultural or humanitarian charity on the list spent more than $20. Twenty percent of the 49 health charities on the list spent more than $20. Eighteen percent of the human services charities spent more than $20 to raise $100.
The "America's Top Charities" list was published in conjunction with the special report "Using Your Head and Your Heart." CD's editors scrutinized how fallout from the tough economy and thousands of charities' lost tax-exempt status might affect individuals' donation decisions.
Consumers Digest is designed to inform and educate readers so they can buy with confidence, no matter the product or service. The publication is committed to providing practical advice, factual evaluations and specific recommendations that lead consumers to exceptional values in today's complex marketplace. Consumers Digest recently launched a completely rebuilt ConsumersDigest.com in conjunction with the celebration of its 50th anniversary of serving consumers.
Talk show host, Skinnygirl entrepreneur, natural chef and mom shares advice on how smart snacking can help keep busy women from overindulging during the holidays
MODESTO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it's over-spending or over-eating, it's easy to get carried away during this time of year, and Skinnygirl entrepreneur and reality television star Bethenny Frankel wants us to snack smart and stay healthy during the holidays. Frankel has teamed up with California Almonds to launch a bi-coastal campaign to share her secrets to snacking success during this holiday season and beyond.
Frankel, whose new nationally syndicated daytime talk show, "bethenny," will launch in 2013, is hitting the streets next week to launch the campaign at a consumer event in Los Angeles. She'll get up close and personal with her fans, revealing snacking tips as well as recipes that are easy to prepare and pack. She'll even share some new research about almonds as a smart snack. As part of the campaign, her candid insights, tips, power pairings and an exclusive snack recipe are featured in the "Snack Talking with Bethenny Frankel" guide, available for free download at AlmondBoard.com/Bethenny.
"With a new talk show on the way and looking after my baby and business, I'm busier than ever," Frankel says. "But no matter how busy I am, I make sure I don't sacrifice healthy, satisfying food, especially when it comes to snacking. Making smart choices is easy to do while on the go and can be delicious without being high in calories."
Frankel's not the only one snacking. According to Food Technology magazine, Americans are snacking more than ever these days, and in a big way: Nearly half (48%) snack at least two times a day, nearly double the 25% who snacked in 2010. What's more, U.S. retail sales of packaged snacks increased to nearly $64 billion in 2010, and predictions show snack sales will approach $77 billion by 2015.
As a natural foods chef, author, business woman and busy mom on the go, Frankel notes the importance of keeping her snacks nutritious and portable in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether it's a craving for a second breakfast or a simple chocolate fix, she encourages her fans to "snack out of it" when hitting a mid-morning or mid-afternoon energy slump -- something that's common during the busy holiday season.
Frankel's favorite way to boost energy levels and fuel her busy day is to keep whole, natural snack combinations on hand, particularly those that contain protein, fiber and are otherwise rich in nutrients. Some of Frankel's favorites include:
-- 100% whole wheat bread with almond butter or hummus
-- A small handful of whole natural almonds with a small honeycrisp apple
or pear, or with an ounce or two of dark chocolate
-- Sliced turkey rolled up with mustard and dried cranberries
According to Frankel, the perfect snack should be satisfying, tasty, nourishing, and fewer than 200 calories--and almonds fit the bill. In fact, while the Nutrition Facts Panel states almonds have 160 calories per ounce, the results of a recent study using a new method to calculate calories shows that whole almonds have 129 calories per ounce. The study, which takes into account the digestibility of whole almonds, was conducted by scientists from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and released in the August 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).( [i]) Further research is needed to better understand the results of the study and how this technique for calculating calories could potentially affect the calorie count of other foods.
Snack Talkin' with Bethenny Frankel Events
With all this snacking going on, choosing nutritious, heart-healthy options is more important than ever. Frankel is scheduled to appear at the California Almonds Snack Talkin' Lounge on November 15, 2012 at The Grove in Los Angeles at noon and in early 2013 in New York where she will share her Snack Talkin' Guide and samples of her favorite granola recipe. For more information on these events and to download the free "Snack Talkin' with Bethenny Frankel" guide, visit http://www.AlmondBoard.com/Bethenny or visit http://www.Facebook.com/AlmondBoard.
About Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frankel is the New York Times bestselling author of "A Place of Yes" (Touchstone, March 2011), "Naturally Thin" (Touchstone, March 2009), "The Skinnygirl Dish" (Touchstone, December 2009) and "Skinnydipping" (Touchstone, December 2012). She is most recently the star of the "Bethenny" talk show on FOX, which piloted successfully in 2012 and will launch nationally in 2013. Frankel is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand, which extends to cocktails, fitness, and health. In 2011 was named one of the Top 100 Women in Entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter. She is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Bethenny lives in New York with husband Jason, daughter Bryn, and dog, Cookie. Visit Bethenny.com for health tips, recipes and all other things Bethenny.
About Almond Board of California
Consumers all over the world enjoy California Almonds as a natural, wholesome and quality food product, making almonds California's leading agricultural export in terms of value. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 California Almond growers and processors, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit AlmondBoard.com.
[i] Novotny JA, Gebauer SK, Baer DJ. Discrepancy between the Atwater factor predicted and empirically measured energy values of almonds in human diets. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2012 ajcn.035782; First published online July 3, 2012.doi:10.3945/ajcn.112.035782
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Domino's Pizza® Expands Mobile Ordering Lineup With New Spanish-Language App
Domino's gives U.S. Hispanics another option for placing orders through smartphones
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is launching its new Spanish-language ordering app for smartphones, available immediately. With this update to its current app, Domino's currently covers more than 80 percent of smartphones, and will now offer a language alternative for Hispanic consumers.
The app, and its Spanish-language update, join an already strong mobile ordering lineup that features the English version for the Apple iPhone(®), Android phones andAmazon's Kindle Fire(®), along with a full-feature mobile ordering site at http://mobile.dominos.com. The new app allows Spanish-speaking customers the ability to order from nearly every Domino's store in the U.S. from the palm of their hand and with just a few taps on their screens. Que bien!
"We are committed to making sure we're connecting with all our customers wherever they are," said Russell Weiner, Domino's Pizza chief marketing officer. "Now, that means providing Spanish-speaking users with the convenience of ordering from their mobile devices in a language that they are most comfortable with."
The new update is designed for customers whose primary language is Spanish, benefiting customers who have their mobile device primarily set to Spanish. Much like the English version of the app, the Domino's Spanish-language app gives customers instant access to the full Domino's menu, as well as local and national coupons. Users can also search for the closest Domino's location, and can utilize the fan favorite Pizza Tracker to follow the stages of their order, from the oven to their door.
Domino's incredible mobile ordering, along with traditional online ordering, makes up 30 percent of Domino's sales. Domino's estimates it is one of the top ten e-commerce retailers when measured by number of transactions. Customers can order online at http://www.dominos.com.
The Domino's Spanish language app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch, at http://www.itunes.com/appstore or the Amazon Appstore and Google Play store on Android phones.
About Domino's Pizza(®)
Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino's is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "DPZ." As of the third quarter of 2011, through its primarily locally-owned and operated franchised system, Domino's operated a network of 9,541 franchised and Company-owned stores in the United States and over 70 international markets. During the third quarter of 2011, Domino's had global retail sales of nearly $1.6 billion, comprised of over $771 million domestically and nearly $813 million internationally. Domino's Pizza had global retail sales of over $6.2 billion in 2010, comprised of over $3.3 billion domestically and over $2.9 billion internationally.
In May 2011, Pizza Today named Domino's its "Chain of the Year" for the second straight year - making the company a three-time overall winner, and the first pizza delivery company to receive the honor in back-to-back years. In 2011, Domino's was ranked #1 in Forbes Magazine's "Top 20 Franchises for the Money" list. Helped by the launch of its Domino's Smart Slice school lunch pizza in late 2010, Domino's is collaborating with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to serve healthier school foods and beverages in the United States. In late 2009, Domino's debuted its "Inspired New Pizza" - a permanent change to its hand-tossed product, reinvented from the crust up.
Macmillan adds STEM interactive homework and learning solution to portfolio.
Macmillan New Ventures [http://www.macmillannewventures.com ], a technology innovation
division of Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., today announced the acquisition of Sapling
Learning [https://www.saplinglearning.com ], a leading provider of interactive homework
and learning software for the higher education and high school in the areas of science,
economics and other STEM disciplines. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Macmillan will preserve Sapling Learning's headquarters in Austin, Texas and expand
the existing team of 96 employees. Moving forward, Macmillan will provide Sapling support
to scale operations, and investment to extend into new disciplines.
"Sapling Learning has developed a powerful learning solution based on instructional
assessment and student progress monitoring that results in improved learning and
retention," said Troy Williams, president of Macmillan New Ventures. "Macmillan New
Ventures' mission is to find and accelerate proven technology solutions in education that
are making a real difference in the core mission of the educational endeavor - helping
students learn more and learn faster. Sapling has a product that demonstrably increases
student achievement in contrast to a lot of what we see in edtech - companies with
attractive features and software but no clear data that student outcomes are improving."
Over 800 schools and universities have adopted Sapling's online interactive homework
and instruction system. Sapling has experienced explosive growth, tripling sales last
year, and is on target for similar growth this year. Part of the reason for Sapling's
dramatic growth is the fact that a number of peer-reviewed studies have shown that
students who use its interactive homework solution experience from one-half to more than a
full letter grade in performance improvement.
"Macmillan New Ventures has been extremely supportive of our technology, vision and
our team. We're proud to join Macmillan and be a part of continuing their tradition of
delivering excellent learning experiences," said Dr. James W. Caras, Sapling Learning
Founder and CEO. "The students have always come first and with Macmillan supporting our
brand we can reach new students at a scale that wasn't possible before. For example, one
of our core features is that we are textbook-agnostic; Macmillan New Ventures will
continue to support and help us grow our efforts with other publishers, as they have with
their other portfolio companies that also work with non-Macmillan content providers."
Sapling is the second acquisition by Macmillan New Ventures in the past six months,
adding to a strong portfolio of proven, innovative education technology companies. In May,
Macmillan New Ventures acquired EBI MAP-works [http://www.webebi.com ], a leading student
success and retention platform. Sapling also joins i>clicker [http://www.iclicker.com ], a
leading student response system, and PrepU [http://www.study.prep-u.com ], an adaptive
learning platform, in the Macmillan New Ventures portfolio.
Macmillan New Ventures' acquisitions are part of a broader investment in start-up
business at Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., one of the largest and best-known international
publishing groups in the world and part of the privately owned media group, Verlagsgruppe
Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH. Under CEO Annette Thomas's direction, it's science, academic
and education group has invested in three innovation divisions over the past two years:
Digital Science, which specializes in providing software solutions for scientists; Digital
Education, which invests into and builds consumer-focused educational services, and
Macmillan New Ventures.
Macmillan's more established businesses - Macmillan Education, Palgrave, Nature
Publishing Group and Macmillan Higher Education - have all built strong brands and an
enviable track record for editorial excellence by taking a content-led, technology enabled
approach. It is the fusion of the disruptive technology start-up businesses with the
editorially rich established players that enables Macmillan to evolve its overall business
and fuel quicker access to new markets and new opportunities.
About Macmillan New Ventures
Macmillan New Ventures discovers and develops innovative and proven technologies and
new products that drive learning outcomes and engagement. Part of global media company
Macmillan, the New Ventures division pushes the boundaries of where, when and how learning
happens - teacher to student; student to teacher; and peer to peer. For more information,
About Sapling Learning
Sapling Learning is a leading interactive homework and assessment software for high
school and higher education sciences. Founded in 2004, Sapling Learning focuses on
providing students with rich, discipline specific interactions to promote engagement and
comprehension in challenging problem-solving disciplines such as chemistry, physics,
biology, engineering, and economics. Sapling Learning is the only solution that provides
seamless integration of rich learning elements for both creating and learning scientific
material. For more information, visit http://www.saplinglearning.com.
Macmillan New Ventures
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Objet Launches 'Scholar' - An Accessible & Affordable 3D Printer Package for Academia at 2012 ASME Congress - Houston TX, USA
REHOVOT, Israel, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- Package includes professional Objet30 Scholar 3D Printer, choice of 2 or 3
year supply of materials, water-jet system, training, maintenance and technical
- Objet30 Scholar will be on display at the ASME International Mechanical
Engineering Congress & Exposition, 11-15 November, 2012
"The Objet30 Scholar Package was developed to make Objet's 3D printing systems and
solutions even more accessible to the strategically important education market," says
Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet. "It provides students and faculties across
multiple disciplines - particularly STEM curriculum studies - with increased opportunities
to create and prototype advanced design ideas."
Tailor-made 3D printing solutions for the education
[http://objet.com/industries/education ] market are a strategic objective of Objet. The
company's 3D Printers have been adopted by many of the world's leading universities and
research departments, including Virginia Tech, University of New Orleans, Art Center
College of Design, Purdue University, and The Technion.
The package was designed with educators in mind allowing academic institutions to
focus on creativity. It includes the Objet30 Scholar professional desktop 3D Printer; two
or three year supply of rigid opaque 3D printing materials (Objet RGD240 rigid blue and
support material) which Objet will store and deliver on-demand; a desktop Water-Jet system
to remove the support material; training for users; maintenance of the 3D Printer; and
technical support. Objet30 Scholar customers are also entitled to further discounted 3D
printing material re-fill packages.
The Objet30 Scholar provides 28 micron layer accuracy and the material features
high-detail visualization for simulating the precise look of standard plastic products. As
well as giving students the ability to develop a 3D printing project portfolio, the
Objet30 Scholar package provides graduates and post-graduates with valuable knowledge and
experience that can help support future design and manufacturing careers in Fortune 500
companies that operate similar professional 3D printing systems.
About the Objet30 Scholar Package
- Ultra-high resolution accuracy, typically 0.1 mm (0.0039 inch)
- Produces models with smooth surfaces, fine details & moving parts
- Suitable for small spaces, offices and desktop operation
- Can be used with all types of 3D CAD software
- Tray Size (XcrossYcrossZ) 300x200x150mm (11.81x7.87x5.9 inches)
- A one-time package for 2 or 3 years
- No material storage headaches
- On-demand materials, delivered when needed
- High resolution 3D printing for simulating the precise look of students'
intended end product
*Material quantities are limited to either 2 or 3 year packages. Objet reserves the
right, at its sole discretion, at any time, with no advance notice to change the terms,
suspend the availability, or replace any of the contained items of the Objet30 Scholar
Objet30 Scholar Package terms and contained items might vary in different territories
and as supplied by different Objet resellers.
Objet Ltd. [http://www.objet.com ] is a leading provider of high quality, cost
effective inkjet-based 3D printing systems and materials. A global company, Objet has
offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India.
Objet's 3D printing systems and 3D printing materials are ideal for any company
involved in the manufacture or design of physical products using 3D software or other 3D
content. Companies using Objet's solutions can be typically found in sectors
[http://www.objet.com/INDUSTRIES ] such as consumer goods & electronics, aerospace &
defense, automotive, education, dental, medical and medical devices, architecture,
industrial machinery, footwear, sporting goods, toys and service bureaus.
Founded in 1998, the company has thousands of customers
[http://www.objet.com/RESOURCES/Case_Studies ] worldwide including a substantial share of
the relevant Fortune 100 and Fortune 500. Its award-winning technology (13 awards in 8
years) is based upon over 110 patents and patent pending inventions.
Objet's 3D printers [http://www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Products_Overview ] are available
in a range of form-factors, from cost-effective desktop 3D printers ideal for entry-level
professionals all the way to industrial-scale multi-material machines for front-line
designers and top manufacturers. Objet's 3D printers feature the industry's
highest-resolution 3D printing quality, based on 16-micron (0.0006 in.) super-thin
layering, wide material versatility, office friendliness and ease of operation.
MADFINGER Games has garnered worldwide recognition as a leading developer of mobile
games, placing key emphasis on next-gen graphics and offering mobile gamers a visually
stunning gaming experience. The game studio's most recent title, the first person arcade
shooter DEAD TRIGGER [http://www.madfingergames.com/g_deadtrigger.html ], has recently
reached 10M downloads.
SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE is a free-to-play standalone multiplayer game released on both App
Store and Google Play. By focusing on iOS and Android mobile platforms, MADFINGER Games
has created the most advanced handheld multiplayer game on the market - optimized for
superb performance and offering a level of quality typically reserved for console gaming
With SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE, players are treated to the stunning graphics and easy-to-use
controls of the original SHADOWGUN that breathed new life into contemporary mobile gaming
To provide an improved gaming experience, MADFINGER Games has worked in conjunction
with companies such as UNITY, NVIDIA, Much Different and Ericsson.
SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE allows gamers to experience intense tactical multiplayer combat
with up to 12 players connected online. The multiplayer sequel to SHADOWGUN promises a
great variety of game content by allowing players to experience heroic battles in two
popular game modes - Deathmatch and Zone Control - where players are divided into opposing
groups of mutants and bounty hunters.
- Players can choose from various maps and from 10 playable characters
- As a character's ranking increases, new elements will be unlocked and
available during gameplay
- New control elements such as sprint and roll have been implemented into
- A wide ranging arsenal offers Vega (Attack Rifle), Big Boy (Machine gun),
Spate (Plasma Rifle), Mace (Shotgun), Osog (Sniper), S***Storm (Rocket Launcher) all
of which are upgradable
- Items - Medi Kit, Ammo Kit, FlashBang, EMP Grenade, Frag Grenade, Sentry Gun
and Mine - have also been added to the mix in the new release
Aside from support for game pads, MADFINGER Games has also promised the introduction
of an entirely new service - multiplayer voice chat - exclusively developed and provided
"As veterans of MP games on PC/consoles, we are happy that we can bring this
experience to mobile devices now as well," said Marek Rabas, CEO at MADFINGER Games.
"MADFINGER Games continues to develop amazing content that plays brilliantly on
Tegra-powered devices," said Ashu Rege, Vice President, Game Content & Technology at
NVIDIA. "As the beta cycles have shown, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone is yet another triumph and
we're thrilled to have helped the team launch each stage of the project."
"We are excited to work with Marek and his talented team at MADFINGER Games. This
game, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone, will set a new standard for iOS & Android games and we are
thrilled to see how our voice service adds another dimension to an already fantastic
game," said Mathias Linder, Head of Global Sales&Marketing, Ericsson In Game
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Cars.com Offers Important Information for Current and Potential Suzuki Owners
CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts from Cars.com, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars are offering important information for current and potential Suzuki owners. With news released that the automaker's U.S. distributor has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be pulling out of the domestic market, Cars.com experts have put together advice and answers to many questions:
-- Will my warranty still be honored? All currently valid warranties will
be honored, according to Suzuki representatives. If you buy a new Suzuki
today, the existing new-car warranty will be included.
-- Where do I take my car to be serviced? There are 220 Suzuki dealers
nationwide, and Suzuki says they will transition to delivering parts and
service only from here on out.
-- Will parts be hard to find? If past bankrupt automakers are any
indication, parts will be available but may be harder to track down.
Japanese Suzuki remains in business, so the prospects are more promising
than they would be for a liquidated company.
-- Will this lower my resale value? We have seen bankruptcies immediately
decrease resale value of existing cars, most recently with Saab.
"As a result of Chapter 11, many Suzuki dealers might be trying to clear out their inventories, which means shoppers could find a great deal," said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's Executive Editor. "Potential buyers do need to understand that resale value will also be lower -- unpredictably so -- and parts could be harder to find. Additionally, we urge all shoppers to confirm with the dealer that there will be warranty coverage before buying."
Currently there are 3,647 new Suzukis listed for sale nationwide on Cars.com. For more information and advice about this news and the four Suzuki models currently on the market, visit blogs.cars.com.
Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many other tools. Cars.com put millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions. Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).
New Online Portal From MPR Offers Free e-Prescribing & Clinical Tools For The Busy Healthcare Provider
Novel Online Resource Portal Gives Healthcare Practitioners Easy Access to the Tools They Need
NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MPR is pleased to announce the introduction of MPRxOnline, a collection of services and resources to support healthcare practitioners in their busy practice. Through MPR's website, http://www.eMPR.com, healthcare professionals are now able to e-Prescribe via a Surescripts® certified platform, anytime, anywhere, and at no cost by accessing MPRxOnline on their computer or mobile device.
In addition to free e-Prescribing capabilities, MPRxOnline offers a one-stop destination for a comprehensive array of resources including patient education materials; product coupons, samples, and vouchers; detailed product information; and access to patient assistance programs.
Users of MPRxOnline also enjoy access to MPR's robust database of 4,300 concise drug monographs, a comprehensive drug interactions checker, clinical charts, daily drug news, and point-of-service interfaces including Billing & Coding, Drug Pricing, and a Pharmacy Locator.
"Our goal at MPR is to provide effective and efficient tools that lead to better decision making by busy clinicians and to safer, improved outcomes for patients," said Tammy Chernin, RPh, VP of MPR Drug Information & Product Development. "The addition of product resources and e-prescribing capabilities to the MPR web site supports this mission by providing the clinician an opportunity to check dosages, potential interactions, contraindications, and allergies before they prescribe a medication. Providers can then follow-up with educational materials, coupons, financial assistance programs, and other services to support high-quality, cost-effective health care."
MPR strives to connect our users to the resources they want, when and where they want them in user-friendly formats that allow for quick, easy retrieval of accurate, timely information. Available anytime, anywhere via a smartphone or tablet Internet browser, and to debut in December, eMPR.com's responsive design for mobile devices will make for a seamless, multiplatform source of drug information and clinical support tools. The combination of services and resources will meet the needs of enhanced patient care for both practitioners and patients.
MPRxOnline is powered by Healthcare Resources Online (HRO). HRO has designed this platform to promote better communication and information exchange with patients and ultimately better utilization of resources.
About Monthly Prescribing Reference and Haymarket Media Inc.
Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) is published by Haymarket Media Inc. (HMI), a global publication and communications company with operations on five continents. Since 1985, MPR has been the most widely used drug reference by healthcare professionals in a wide variety of specialties and practice settings. Founded in 1957 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, HMI publishes titles in 23 languages in more than 100 nations. In the United States HMI publishes a number of healthcare journals, including MPR (primary care and specialty editions),TheClinical Advisor, and Renal & Urology News.
About Healthcare Resources Online
Healthcare Resources Online (HRO) provides healthcare professionals and patients web-based resources and tools benefitting all participants. Its vision is to connect the healthcare community to improve the standard of care.
SOURCE Monthly Prescribing Reference
Monthly Prescribing Reference
CONTACT: Jenny Ko, PharmD, Director, MPR Drug information & Product Development, +1-646-638-6128, Jenny.Ko@empr.com
Academy Of Interactive Arts & Sciences Launches Academy Connect In Collaboration With introNetworks
CALABASAS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the professional video games organization advancing the artistic values of the interactive entertainment community, is pleased to announce our partnership with introNetworks Inc. to create Academy Connect. Launching today, this technology allows Academy members a unique, private online community to connect, communicate and collaborate with one another. The result of these connections will be accelerated access to the global game community.
Academy Connect will bring to its members private peer-to-peer networking, intelligent matchmaking tools, unique groups and forums and an easy-to-use and intuitive system to bolster networking capabilities between Academy members. The introNetworks technology is used by TEDx, NASA and one of the world's largest advertising agencies to bring together people and their ideas.
"This is an opportunity for our members to engage in year-round conversations without any of the hassles," said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "It is a key opportunity for our 22,000-plus members to be able to share ideas - small or grand - and solve problems in a collaborative environment, join and start groups based on shared interests and hobbies, make important connections to engage with members of the game community globally, and to kick-start invaluable conversations prior to one of the best networking events in the industry, the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit."
"We are thrilled to partner with the Academy to bring an extremely valuable membership benefit to its members," said Mark Sylvester, CEO, introNetworks, Inc. "Academy Connect facilitates community centered conversations that aim to improve topics and dialogue key to the vibrancy of the industry. The process of working with the Academy team to understand the dynamics of its members companies was instrumental in allowing us to fine-tune the matching engine. This important step allowed us to be extremely specific as it relates to the interactive industry, ensuring that members are matched across a diverse set of interests and skills."
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Lincoln Institute announces credit for online courses in tax policy and planning
Continuing education credits from APA and IAAO
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Users who engage in the Lincoln Institute's self-paced online education courses about land use planning and property tax policy can now get continuing education credit from the American Planning Association and the International Association of Assessment Officers.
Upon completion of the courses, users can apply to get one credit for each hour of approved online education completed. The planning-related courses are for certification maintenance credits for planners accredited by APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP),says Armando Carbonell, chair of the Department of Planning and Urban Form.
The tax-related courses are eligible for continuing education credit within IAAO's professional designation program, according to, and Joan Youngman, chair of the Department of Valuation and Taxation.
As part of its continuing commitment to online education, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy currently offers 12 online courses that are now available on the Adobe Captivate platform for optimal viewing. There are also numerous online courses in Spanish, in addition to lectures and conference keynote presentations at the Lectures & Videos page.
Under the Department of Planning and Urban Form, the APA-eligible courses are:
1. Comprehensive Planning. Underscoring the critical importance of citizen planners in shaping the future of their communities through simple actions (or inactions) that can have important consequences, this course encourages responsible stewardship in a society that is rapidly changing. Modules provide users with tools and techniques, case studies, good practices, and other resources to meet the needs of twenty-first century urban, rural, or suburban communities.
2. Introduction to New England Forests The topics of forest management, ecology, stewardship, and sustainability are explored in this online program coordinated by Brian Donahue of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. They discuss how woodlands can be actively managed for timber and at the same time protected, in the context of urban and suburban growth, for future generations.
3. Local Communities Adapting to Climate ChangeAdapted from a two-day course developed by Larry Susskind, Patrick Field and Todd Schenk at the Consensus Building Institute in collaboration with Steve Aldrich of Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-eraTM), and Paul Kirshen at Battelle, this course introduces decision makers to tools for climate change adaptation planning, using videos, interactive exercises, and self-assessments.
4. Practical EcologyDan Perlman of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts introduces key lessons from the sciences of ecology and conservation biology to help land use planners, developers, and members of planning boards manage the interface between humans and nature for the benefit of all parties. Incorporating ecological and conservation insights into planning and development will increase human health and safety, add to human pleasure, and help protect native species and ecosystems.
5. Property Rights in America In this course, property rights scholar Harvey Jacobs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison acquaints participants with the history and structure of the property rights movement; approaches taken to restrict land use and environmental planning and policy (such as Measure 37 in Oregon); strategies to engage land use planning's opponents in constructive dialogue; policy approaches that address the concerns of property rights advocates; and the future of property rights in local, state, and national politics.
6. Resolving Land Use DisputesBased on the introductory course offered as part of the Mediating Land Use Disputes Series developed by Patrick Field, Ona Ferguson, and others at the Consensus Building Institute with the Lincoln Institute, this course presents practical experience and insights into negotiating and mediating solutions to conflicts over land use and community development. Through filmed lectures, interactive exercises, and simulations, participants learn about cases involving land development and community designing and adopting land use plans, and evaluating development proposals.
Under the Department of Valuation and Taxation, the IAAO eligible courses are:
7. Designing and Implementing Property Tax Systems in AfricaThis course provides an overview of property taxation and its role in fiscal decentralization, reviews current international practices and trends in developing and developed countries, discusses the implications of choosing different property tax bases, and examines the administrative realities inherent in any property tax system.
8. Successful Property Tax Reform: The Case of MassachusettsThis course examines the deep problems of the Massachusetts property tax in the 1970s and the subsequent reforms that created one of the most functional and fair property tax systems in the United States. Course modules explore the property tax system prior to reform; events leading up to the tax revolt and the assessment reforms; and the future of the current system.
9. Taxation and Economic DevelopmentDeveloped by Jeffrey Chapman of Arizona State University, this course analyzes the theory and tools of local economic development in the United States. In addition to modules focused on the role of the property tax and economic development, the course also explores economic development theory and the current state of the law on these issues; innovative public financial incentives; the role of the community in economic development; special problems in rural areas; and includes case studies offering private and public perspectives on these issues.
10. The New Model of Tax AdministrationThis course examines advanced statistical methods and new technology, such as spatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS), that can improve the valuation of land and buildings for tax purposes.
11. Two-Rate Taxation of Land and Buildings: Benefits and Challenges of Innovative Property Tax ReformThis course presents a variety of political and economic views on the taxation of land and buildings. It reviews the rationale for applying different tax rates to land and buildings, describes the history of two-rate taxation in Pennsylvania, and discusses current issues in the assessment of land value.
12.Valuing Land Affected by Conservation Easements Conservation easements brings together land policy, environmental questions and tax policy in a complex and compelling way; and though widely used and accepted since its implementation several decades ago, conservation easements still generate controversy. This course provides an overview of conservation easements, including background on the current policy debate, and draws on experts in environmental studies, planning, tax law, valuation and assessment.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy.
"Rush to develop mobile wallet leaves consumers vulnerable to security risks", says ValidSoft CEO Pat Carroll
LONDON, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pat Carroll, CEO of ValidSoft, a global supplier of telecommunications-based fraud prevention, authentication and transaction verification solutions, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE MKT formerly NYSE Amex: ETAK), discussed the security risks of the mobile phone at the Cartes 2012 conference in Paris today.
Since the first announcement of mobile wallet products in early 2011, there has been a rush for mobile network operators, banks, phone manufacturers and retailers to join the world of near field communication (NFC) contactless and P2P payments. However, according to ValidSoft's Mr Pat Carroll: "The rush to grab a share of the market has led to compromised security, highlighting the need for the industry to find a robust security solution."
According to McKinsey (Global Mobile Payments Consumer Survey June 2012) by 2013, almost 50 percent of us will use mobile payments at least once a week - if not every day, and research from Gartner has predicted that the cost of cybercrime will increase by 10 percent per annum through to 2016 thanks to the rise of mobile devices and mobile-based apps.
Pat Carroll said: "I am excited to participate in Cartes and view it as an opportunity to discuss industry trends in fraud prevention and technology. Fraud prevention and identity protection are of paramount importance for any banking or financial enterprise, particularly in the realm of mobile commerce, and I look forward to sharing my insights on the latest innovations developed to combat this growing global problem."
With more than 25 years of financial services and technological experience, Mr. Carroll founded and leads ValidSoft with the objective of preventing fraud through industry-leading authentication and transaction verification solutions. Throughout his career, Pat has been at the forefront of industry thinking, representing organizations and industry bodies and participating in industry initiatives.
At the Cartes conference Mr Carroll highlighted the opportunity that mobile payments and banking provide for proximity correlation, invisible layers and voice-based authentication. He also talked about the scope for including a "trust" factor - a protected channel that is created in real time and exists only for the duration of that transaction.
"The goal should always be to make enrollment, activations and transactions safe, but at the same time not to compromise the customer experience with overly complicated secured procedures. There is a delicate balance to be met if the mobile wallet is to be a secured as well as a commercial success."
Mr Carroll concluded: "The way to a European standard for the mobile wallet is a test of endurance rather than a sprint. The opportunities that will be generated through the development of mobile wallets are immense - it's not just a case of racing headlong in pursuit of quick market share."
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ValidSoft Limited has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elephant Talk since early 2010 and underpins our mobile/cloud security offering. The company is a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud relating to a variety of bank, card, internet and telephone channels. ValidSoft's solutions are used to verify the authenticity of both parties to a transaction (Mutual Authentication), the security of the relevant telecommunication channel used (Secure Communications), and the integrity of transactions itself (Transaction Verification) for the mass market, in a highly cost-effective and secure manner, while being very easy to use.
The company counts several leading worldwide service providers and institutions among its customers. These companies benefit from a very substantial reduction in false positives, thereby freeing up resources to combat actual fraud, as well as a substantial elimination of the fraud itself, all in real time. ValidSoft is the only security software company in the world that has been granted three European Privacy Seals. Visit http://www.validsoft.com.
Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE: ETAK), (formerly NYSE Amex: ETAK) is a leading international provider of mobile networking software and services. The Company's mission is to provide a single service, fully enabling and securing the mobile cloud.
Elephant Talk empowers Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) by providing a cloud based mobile communications infrastructure, operating software and managed services, based mostly on company developed and owned software. We enable these Mobile Operators and Virtual Network Operators by offering a full suite of products, delivery platforms, support services, superior industry expertise and high quality customer service without substantial upfront investment.
As a specialized outsourcing partner, we provide operating software, managed services, cloud and SaaS solutions, an integrated transaction and delivery platform to the mobile telecommunications industry globally. Our products include remote health care, credit card fraud prevention, mobile internet ID security, secure remote file access management, loyalty and transaction management services and a whole range of other emerging mobile services.
Elephant Talk can count several of the world's leading Mobile Operators amongst their customers including Vodafone, T-Mobile and Zain, and virtually all business is focused on tier 1 operators worldwide. Visit http://www.elephanttalk.com/.
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TagLikeMe.com Sees Dramatic Increase In Unique New User Count Of Over 1800% For October 2012
LONDON, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TagLikeMe Corp. ("TagLikeMe" or "the Company") (OTCQB:TAGG, Frankfurt M6C1; WKN A1JZ03) has experienced a month over month increase in unique new viewers of 1855% for the month of October 2012 over September 2012 for its online social search and share site taglikeme.com. The traffic increase is based on unique new views for the calendar month.
"We are very encouraged by the growth of our new user audience," states Richard Elliot-Square, President and CEO of TagLikeMe Corp. "which is being reflected in our new unique views for the month of October 2012. What's important to recognize is that this growth has taken place without advertising or any marketing efforts to increase our traffic -it's totally organic traffic that has come to our site virally. As we add marketing initiatives, we believe that we can increase that number markedly and that the return user rate will continue to stay on track at over 30%. That's very high compared to others in our sector."
TagLikeMe mobile app and website are a new, shared social information network that allows individuals or groups to search, tag (or bookmark) and share all forms of digital content privately or publicly using cloud based technology. Its next-generation search and share technology has powerful features for collaborating search and sharing all online digital content from a single location.
Mr. Elliot-Square says that the statistics also indicate that new users are becoming more engaged as they trial the search and share tools available through the site. "Our analytics show that along with the significant increase in traffic, the individuals are spending longer with high page views - nearly 80% more page views per unique viewer in October over the previous month. That tells us they are finding our product useful and exploring the capabilities to search and share socially," Mr. Elliot-Square says.
TagLikeMe relies on third-party analytics and data interpretation for the accurate reporting of its site traffic and user interaction.
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TagLikeMe Corp. owns and operates TagLikeMe.com, an Internet services platform that combines the most commonly used functions of search and social media interaction in one destination. TagLikeMe.com allows individuals to search the Internet by using the top three search engines of Yahoo(TM), Bing(TM) and Google(TM), in addition to viewing related activities from popular social media based sites such as Facebook(TM), YouTube(TM), Twitter(TM) and Wikipedia(TM) in a single search inquiry. It also gives searchers the opportunity to connect, chat and share with others worldwide that might be searching similar topics. This adds a much-needed human element to search and online social interaction.
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