SparkFun Offers Classes on How to Solder and Program Electronics
Three consecutive days of hands-on classes to help attendees learn how to solder and program their own Simon Says memory game
BOULDER, Colo., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boulder-based SparkFun Electronics (http://www.sparkfun.com), provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, today announced it will host three consecutive days of classes to teach people how to solder and program their own customized version of the Simon Says memory game using a few of SparkFun's most popular kits. Classes are designed for all types of learners - from beginners to seasoned tinkerers. People who want to learn basic and intermediate soldering and programming skills in less than a week are encouraged to take all three classes.
"We are very excited to offer these classes to the community," said Lindsay Levkoff, director of education at SparkFun. "We've been teaching soldering classes for years, but having three days of consecutive classes to teach basic soldering, intermediate soldering and a way to turn your Simon game into a drawing tool on your computer is something beginners and experienced tinkerers will really enjoy."
The following are overviews of each class being offered:
PTH Soldering Class - March 20th (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11090)
If you've never soldered before, this is the class for you! This will be a hands-on class where students learn techniques to help them solder through-hole components. Soldering can be daunting for the first solder joint, but as you go, it will become easier to learn and apply.
SMD Soldering Class - March 21st (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11094)
The SMD Soldering Class is our very popular hands-on course that teaches students techniques to help them solder surface mount components. It is highly recommended that students have a strong background in soldering, as basic soldering skills will not be covered. For students that know their way around a soldering iron, teachers will share some advanced tips and tricks (flux, wicking, hot-air rework, etc.).
Simon Sketch Class - March 22nd (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11095)
The Simon Sketch class is for people who want to learn how to turn their Simon game into a drawing tool on their computer. Add a breadboard, a few dials, an FTDI connecting your Simon to Processing on your computer and you're ready to go! With the knowledge of how to connect Simon (or Arduino) to a computer interface, the tinkering possibilities are endless. This class is intended for people with at least a little experience with Arduino programming, but little or no experience with processing. Students should bring in their own Simons and teachers will show them how to get started.
Each class will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and will last a few hours. Simon kits are included in the price of the class and SparkFun will provide all of the tools, irons and solder for the two soldering classes. For further information on the course prerequisites and what to bring to the Simon Sketch class, please visit the website listed above under "Simon Sketch Class."
"We've seen people as young as five and as old as 80 participate in our soldering classes, which demonstrates that DIY electronics projects are very fun, approachable and affordable for people of all ages," continued Levkoff. "We hope to build upon our past success and look to continue offering classes every month here at our offices in Boulder."
Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects.
SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 140 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
MLB® 12 The Show(TM) Launches Onto Store Shelves Today, Available Exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) Systems
Number-One Rated Sports Title Four Years Running Delivers The Most Authentic Baseball Experience To Date With Full PlayStation®Move Support And PlayStation Vita Cross Platform Functionality For Fans To Continue Playing Anytime, Anywhere
FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) announced today the North American launch of the latest installment of the number-one selling and rated Major League Baseball® (MLB®) game franchise, MLB® 12 The Show(TM), available exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) systems. Widely considered the most authentic baseball game on the market, The Show has been and continues to be the highest ranked officially licensed baseball title of this console generation (according to MetaCritic.com) and the number-one rated sports game over the past four years (according to GameRankings.com), delivering true-to-life gameplay, authentic franchise and season modes, and incredible detail not found in any other sports game.
Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios' San Diego Studio, MLB 12 The Show brings unparalleled innovation and polish to the sports genre complete with full PlayStation®Move support in all gameplay modes, cross platform save functionality between the PS3 and PS Vita versions, enhanced graphics and visuals with TruBroadcast presentations, revamped gameplay mechanics in the form of true ball physics, and Diamond Dynasty, a new mode that juggles aspects of team management, player progression, and online competition with more creative freedom than any sports game to date. With compelling new features and enhancements to this year's installment, MLB 12 The Show is poised to continue the franchise's reign as the premier MLB licensed game on any platform.
"As the number-one selling sports title of over the past four years, MLB The Show has done a fantastic job of delivering the most authentic MLB experience available with unparalleled realism and attention to detail," said Guy Longworth, Senior Vice President, PlayStation Brand Marketing, SCEA. "This year is no different as MLB 12 The Show brings players closer to the action that ever before. From full PlayStation Move support in all modes of play to the ability to share save files between PS3 and the newly launched PlayStation Vita, MLB 12 The Show captures the true passion of Major League Baseball, while allowing fans to continue playing, anytime, anywhere."
Leading off on the new features set for the PS3 version is full PS Move support in all gameplay modes, meaning players can control all aspects of The Show with the PS Move motion controller, including hitting, pitching, fielding, and even running the bases. There are also custom meters on screen to compliment the experience so players will see the on-screens batter's hands move as you move at the virtual plate.
Next up is cross platform save functionality between the PS3 and PS Vita versions. Yes, MLB 12 The Show will be available on PS Vita utilizing all of the core gameplay features and modes found in the PS3 game, including Exhibition, Home Run Derby®, and online play, as well as the ability to share save files between both hardware platforms. Therefore, players can save their Season, Franchise, and Road to The Show campaigns, and then load their save files at home on PS3 or on the road with PS Vita, anytime, anywhere. MLB 12 The Show for PS Vita will also feature new touch screen controls, including user interface navigation by tapping or sliding your fingers on the Front Touch screen and additional gameplay controls using the Rear Touch Pad controls, such as throwing the ball to specific locations, pitching commands, and running the bases.
On the visual side, MLB 12 The Show makes the biggest leap forward ever with TruBroadcast presentations, truly blurring the line between reality and the in-game experience. With completely refined presentations combined with enhanced artificial intelligence (A.I.), revamped cameras, and expanded audio, MLB 12 The Show is poised to deliver the most realistic baseball gaming experience to date.
Brand new to MLB 12 The Show is the addition of Diamond Dynasty, a new mode that allows players to build a team through virtual baseball cards and customize all aspects of that team by managing its performance, training, and budget against other players or against the CPU. Players can acquire cards through pack purchasing, buying from other users, or through the Diamond Dynasty recycling system.
Lastly, the sixth generation of Road to The Show returns with a new assortment of training modes for base running and fielding, along with a slew of new accessories to compliment the already extensive system. Ultra realistic ball physics have also been added to this year's game incorporating the proper spin for balls that bounce off the bases, the pitcher's mound and rubber, and other surfaces on the field. The baseball now bounces realistically using actual math for a spinning ball hitting these surfaces. Additional new features includes compatibility with the 3D Display from Sony Computer Entertainment incorporating revolutionary SimulView(TM) technology, Zone Analog Batting, Pulse Pitching, situational collision awareness, improved catch mechanics, a new tag animation system, improved online gameplay via PlayStation®Network, hundreds of new animations, and much more.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® systems, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP, PSPgo and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.
Merrell Engages Women in the Barefoot Movement Through New Women's Barefoot Running Online Resource
Training, Videos, Music and Stories Encourage Women to Unlock Their Natural Potential Defined as "Pretty Strong"
ROCKFORD, Mich., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing their commitment to education around barefoot running and fitness, Merrell unveils a women's-specific online resource dedicated to educating and training women on barefoot running and fitness. The title of the site is "Pretty Strong," captioned with "unleash your natural power, embrace your natural beauty," bringing powerful and personal definition to the natural balance women seek everyday to be strong and embrace their potential. It is meant to encourage women to set and meet their personal fitness goals through the benefits of natural movement. The site is interactive and engages women to share their personal stories through testimonials, comments on the women's blog and through Merrell's social places. http://www.merrell.com/barefoot-women. Additionally, the site reaches women through a video illustrating the real-life barefoot stories of four female fitness enthusiasts in the Merrell family. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5ctW384Pbg&feature=player_embedded
There are 16.9 million women runners today, a twenty-three percent increase since 2006, (according to National Sporting Goods Association). Merrell aims to engage with this powerful community and educate them on the total body benefits of incorporating barefoot running and fitness into their routine. The women's resources are built to be inclusive and connect with women of all athletic abilities. Through the page, Merrell invites all women to try natural running and fitness and feel the benefits for themselves. A 180 beat per minute playlist includes fitness music selected by female barefoot enthusiasts on the Merrell team and encourages the natural 180 cadence (feet landing 180 times in a minute while running) of barefoot movement.
The women's resource page offers a women's-specific transition to barefoot and training program with coach Walt Reynolds, professional trainer and President of NovaSport Athlete Development. Reynolds is one of the architects behind Merrell Bareform(TM).
A video featuring four Merrell women shows that each has a different personal goal and story but all benefit from their transition to barefoot shoes and discover they are "Pretty Strong." Through their different athletic personalities and goals, Merrell hopes to convey the benefit of barefoot movement for any woman, to make barefoot fitness an inclusive experience that all women can relate to and become curious about. To further their story reach, Merrell will dedicate the majority of its advertising efforts this spring on Merrell Barefoot for women. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5ctW384Pbg&feature=player_embedded
"At Merrell, we have spent many years watching how the natural beauty of the world outside motivates people to greatness," said Meg Hammond, marketing director at Merrell. "Not surprising that Mother Nature is both a woman and a force to be reckoned with. From many years of experience outside and a dedicated focus on women's-specific designs, Merrell understands the natural power of women. It is Pretty Strong. Merrell Barefoot is designed to unleash a woman's natural power, her natural beauty and helps her feel the whole body benefits from moving the way nature intended."
"She is really important to us and we will continue to offer female designs that are lighter and more nimble in fit, feel and function, as well as feminine in look," said Snowy Mellish, women's product line developer at Merrell. "What is right for her will be different than what is right for a 200 pound guy. Merrell has had a successful history in the outdoor market differentiating itself by moving away from a 'shrink it and pink it' mentality and we feel the same will benefit us in the running and athletic markets."
Merrell® is a brand within the Outdoor Group, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. that also includes Chaco and Patagonia Footwear. Merrell believes in encouraging everyone to get outside, be active and have fun. The Brand's mission is to increase youth participation in the outdoors through causes like Outdoor Nation. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is headquartered in Rockford, Michigan. The company's portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates®, Chaco, Cushe®, Hush Puppies®, Merrell®, Sebago® and Wolverine®. The Company is also the exclusive footwear licensee of the following popular brands: CAT®, Harley-Davidson® and Patagonia®. The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in nearly 180 countries and territories. Merrell, 9341 Courtland Drive, Rockford, Mich. 49351. Phone: (800) 789-8586; Fax: (888) 746-3329. FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/merrell TWITTER: @merrelloutside. http://www.merrell.com/barefoot-women.
LG Electronics Brings 'Home Court Challenge' to 2012 NCAA® Men's Final Four®
Leading Consumer Electronics, Appliance and Mobile Phone Brand Reignites 20-Year-Old Duke-Kentucky Game, Teams up with CBS Sports' Greg Anthony
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics USA, an official NCAA Corporate Partner, will give fans a chance to relive a classic 20-year-old college basketball game during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four. The "LG Home Court Challenge" is a highlight of LG's buzzer-beating fan engagement activities, which also includes a nationwide sweepstakes this month and interactive technology experiences at the NCAA Bracket Town fan extravaganza on Final Four weekend in New Orleans.
The number "20" is a recurring theme for LG at the Final Four this year. The 20-year reunion of the 1992 Duke vs. Kentucky Regional Finals will take 20 minutes - the length of a half of play in college basketball and the exact amount of time as an NCAA tournament halftime. The centerpiece of the LG Home Court Challenge is groundbreaking new TurboWash(TM) laundry technology which saves consumers 20 minutes per wash cycle*.
Joining the LG team for NCAA March Madness® 2012 is Greg Anthony, former college and NBA basketball player and current CBS Sports and Turner Sports analyst. Anthony will emcee the LG Home Court Challenge during Final Four weekend.
Taking place at Buick Arena, the LG Home Court Challenge will flash back 20 years to what some call the greatest game in NCAA basketball history: Duke vs. Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA East Regional Finals. LG will bring back two of the game's all-star players - Bobby Hurley from Duke and Travis Ford from Kentucky - to compete in the ultimate one-on-one rematch to see who can clean up better on the home court.
The LG Home Court Challenge will tip off on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. CT at Bracket Town in New Orleans. To celebrate this two-decade-old milestone, Buick Arena will be transformed into an LG model home and the two players will be tasked with completing a variety of household chores while being scored on skill and flair by Anthony. The challenge kicks off in the laundry room highlighted by the ultra-fast TurboWash technology that gets clothes cleaner in less time.
After the players navigate the two laundry areas, the challenge takes them through two kitchen spaces where they'll unload groceries and prepare appetizers, followed by a quick stop using two LG Nitro HD smartphones for calling friends and family, and into a living room with recliners where each player will cool down while enjoying exciting 3D sports action on an LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV.
After crowning the LG Home Court Challenge champion, LG will make donations in both participating players' names to Coaches vs. Cancer charity and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to monetary donations to both organizations, LG will donate a number of Nitro HD smartphones along with a year of prepaid AT&T service to patients of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, exemplifying yet another way LG is committed to incorporating technology that helps make life better for consumers and their families.
"The LG Home Court Challenge is a friendly competition that emphasizes rivalry and good sportsmanship, giving fans an opportunity to relive the legendary Duke-Kentucky game from 20 years ago and offering an entertaining look at how innovation enhances consumers' lives," said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA.
Anthony echoed Fishler's sentiments about the action-packed Home Court Challenge and applauded LG for its full-court press against cancer. "Coaches vs. Cancer and MD Anderson are fortunate to have strong supporters like LG and the NCAA," said Anthony.
Besides calling the LG game at Buick Arena, Anthony also appears in LG's "Do March Right" TV commercials airing this month within March Madness coverage on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.
In addition to the LG Home Court Challenge, attendees at Bracket Town will have the opportunity to participate in interactive experiences, including an "LG House" that will give fans the chance to get up close and personal with LG's latest home appliances and personal technology.
-- A key fixture in the LG House will be LG's new washing machines with
TurboWash(TM) technology that allow users to save 20 minutes per cycle,
even with large loads of laundry, while still offering outstanding
cleaning performance. LG's super-capacity French-door refrigerator will
also be a star player, offering the largest capacity in its class at 31
cubic feet**; this refrigerator provides fans plenty of space for all
their viewing party must-have drinks and snacks.
-- Other star players are LG's CINEMA 3D Smart TVs that feature an enhanced
2D to 3D conversion technology that allows viewers to convert any TV
program into 3D. LG CINEMA 3D TVs provide the option for consumers to
catch all the March Madness action in mesmerizing 3D from the comfort of
-- Completing the LG Home Court Challenge experience is LG Nitro HD
smartphone that, like competitors in the Final Four, pushes boundaries
in speed and capabilities. From the 4.5" true high-definition IPS
display - the same display technology used in premium LG HD televisions
- to the 8 megapixel high-definition camera with 1080p HD video
recording, users can capture, watch and share the most exciting Final
Four weekend experiences quickly and easily thanks to AT&T's 4G LTE
network and the Nitro's superfast 1.5 GHz processor.
The 2012 NCAA Bracket Town, refreshed by Coke Zero, will take place at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, site of this year's NCAA Men's Final Four. Fans can meet legendary coaches and former college basketball stars at exclusive autograph sessions, sign up for daily youth clinics or test their athletic skills at one of the NCAA championship sport activities. For additional information, visit: http://www.NCAA.com/FinalFour.
Fans are invited to enter LG's "Do March Right" sweepstakes*** for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four and great new LG products, including LG washer and dryer sets, LG CINEMA 3D TVs and LG Nitro HD smartphones. There are three ways to enter:
-- Visit LG's Facebook page and "like" the Fan Gate
-- Visit http://www.LG.com/NCAA
-- Scan a picture of the LG "Do March Right" QR Code at participating
Retailers are also taking advantage of the "Do March Right" excitement by offering March Madness specials in the coming weeks. Purchasing qualifying LG Smartphones, CINEMA 3D TVs or major home appliances may result in instant savings or even free LG devices at participating retailers now through April 7. Consumers can learn more in Anthony's TV commercials or by visiting http://www.LG.com/NCAA.
*Based on AHAM-HLW-1-2010 test protocol. Cotton/Normal or comparable cycle at default settings, 8-lb loads, front load washers only. Excludes other LG manufactured products. Excludes quick wash or comparable cycles intended for small, lightly soiled loads only.
**Largest capacity standard-width French Door refrigerator; excludes other LG manufactured products.
***NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 US states, Washington DC & Puerto Rico, 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Begins 2/20/12, ends 3/24/12. Subject to Official Rules available at http://www.lg.com/us/ncaa/ncaa_official_rules.jsp. Sponsor: LG Electronics USA. The NCAA is not a sponsor of this Sweepstakes. NCAA and Final Four are registered trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Promotion must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Facebook.
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About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led non-profit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit http://www.ncaa.org and http://www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions--AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola--and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners--Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG Electronics, Lowe's, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's (Hershey's), Unilever, UPS and Wheat Thins (Kraft).
About LG Electronics USA
A proud Corporate Partner for the NCAA, LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, home appliances, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com.
About MD Anderson
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. For eight of the past 10 years, including 2011, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in "Best Hospitals," a survey published annually in U.S. News & World Report.
Gamers Feel the Need ... The Need for Speed With the Release of Top Gun: Hard Lock
Game Puts Players in the Cockpit with Adrenaline Pumping Gameplay Available in Stores in North America
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 505 Games, a global publisher of video games, has announced that Top Gun: Hard Lock for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system has shipped to North American retail outlets. The Windows PC version is available for download at http://www.impulsedriven.com/.
Top Gun: Hard Lock lets fans fly into the danger zone as an all-new crew of elite naval aviators taking air combat to new heights. Players engage in adrenaline-fueled, dog fights to tailgate MiGs at Mach 2 and master the game's Hard Lock feature to perform high-G aerial combat maneuvers in order to destroy enemy pilots.
"More than 25 years after its debut the 'Top Gun' brand is still going strong and we are proud to be part of that heritage with the release of Top Gun: Hard Lock," said Ian Howe, president, 505 Games North America. "Our game lets fans experience an all-new storyline as well as the same high-octane action found in the film, allowing them to immerse themselves in the 'Top Gun' universe like never before."
Featuring 14 playable planes, including a selection of licensed planes such as the iconic F-14 Super Tomcat, Top Gun: Hard Lock also features a single-player campaign that spans 15 exhilarating missions and an all-new modern-day storyline. Players can also compete online in an addictive multiplayer campaign that supports up to 16 players.
Top Gun: Hard Lock was developed by Headstrong Games, a division of Kuju Entertainment, under license from Paramount Digital Entertainment. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system versions are available for a SRP of $39.99 and the downloadable Windows PC version is available at http://www.impulsedriven.com/ for $29.99. The game has been rated "T" (Teen - language and violence - content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older) by the ESRB.
505 Games is a global video game publisher focused on offering a broad selection of titles for players of all ages and levels. The company publishes games on all leading console and handheld platforms as well as for mobile devices and social networks. Product highlights include Naughty Bear, Rugby World Cup 2011 and IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey.
505 Games is headquartered in Milton Keynes, UK with offices in Los Angeles, Lyon, Munich, Milan and Madrid and a network of distribution partners within the Nordic territories and Australia. For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit http://www.505games.com.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
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SAN DIEGO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Arkeia Software, a leading provider of fast, easy-to-use, and affordable network backup solutions, today announced the vmOneStep virtual appliance for VMware, a turn-key backup solution for VMware hypervisors packaged as a simple to install single virtual machine, ready for deployment on any VMware vSphere, ESXi, or ESX hypervisor.
Arkeia's vmOneStep virtual appliance for VMware offers comprehensive backup and recovery support for VMware vSphere platforms, including vCenter, ESX, and ESXi. The new vmOneStep virtual appliance auto-discovers, auto-includes, and auto-protects all virtual machines across multiple hypervisors in a single backup schedule. As an all-in-one agentless backup solution for the entire organization, the vmOneStep virtual appliance supports not just VMware, but also Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer, as well as more than 200 physical platforms.
Deployment in Just One Step
"By packaging vmOneStep as a virtual appliance Arkeia raises the ease-of-use bar in the virtual server backup market," said Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at Deep Storage. "Installing the leading VM backup solutions requires an administrator to clone an operating system template, look up the recommended configuration for memory and vCPUs, join the server to the domain, and then install the backup application. Once all that's done they have another server to patch and maintain. With vmOneStep it's just the one step of deploying the virtual appliance."
Distributed as a single Open Virtualization Format (OVF) image, the virtual appliance provides image-level backups of live virtual machines using VMware's vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). Arkeia takes advantage of VMware's Changed Block Tracking (CBT) for fast incremental and differential backups and guaranteed point-in-time recoveries of virtual machines. File-level restore is available for both Windows and Linux virtual machines, including LVM (Logical Volume Manager) support.
The Arkeia vmOneStep virtual appliance supports direct backup to disk and tape, and replicates backup sets to local media as well as to public or private clouds, for secure off-site storage. See an on-line demo of the deployment at http://www.arkeia.com/en/products/online-demos.
Features and Capabilities
Other capabilities managed through the virtual appliance's web-based user interface, include:
-- Works with VMware's Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to further reduce
capacity and network traffic for faster backups
-- vCenter integration simplifies management of backup and recovery
operations for environments with multiple physical hosts
-- vApp support backs up and restores groups of VMs working together, as
well as granular restore on a per-VM basis
-- Multiple transport methods deliver best performance in LAN-free backups
over the SAN, over the virtual LAN, or via SCSI hot-adds
-- Supports Raw Device Mapping (RDM) for backups of remote block storage
devices, including incremental backups using CBT when in virtual
-- Supports hypervisor redirection and choice of datacenter/folder,
cluster/host, resource pool, or datastore destinations to simplify
Availability and Pricing
The Arkeia vmOneStep virtual appliance for VMware is available now. Prices start at $2,000 for an unlimited number of virtual machines on one physical server (i.e. hypervisor) with any number of CPUs and CPU cores. Prices include one year of maintenance updates/upgrades and unlimited support access. A 30-day trial version is available for download at http://www.arkeia.com/testdrive
About Arkeia Software
Arkeia delivers data backup and recovery solutions to protect more than 100,000 networks in 70 countries. The Arkeia Network Backup Suite is designed for mid-sized organizations that require fast, easy-to-use, and affordable data protection. The company's appliances, virtual appliances, and software back up critical data to disk, tape, and cloud storage. Arkeia protects all major virtual platforms including VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, and more than 200 physical platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Netware, Solaris, AIX, BSD, and HP-UX. The company's patented source-side Progressive Deduplication(TM) technology helps users realize better performance at a lower cost by reducing data volumes. Arkeia's deduplication is crucial to accelerating replication of on-premise backups to private or public clouds. Products are sold through resellers and managed service providers worldwide. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
Arkeia and Arkeia Network Backup are trademarks or registered trademarks of Arkeia Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
Synology Announces the Official Release of DiskStation Manager 4.0
BELLEVUE, Wash., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Synology America Corp. today is proud to announce the public launch of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.0. This marks the end of Synology's most successful beta program to date, with over 79,000 downloads. The newest version of Synology's renowned NAS operating system makes it even easier for users to take control of both their data, and their own personal cloud.
Cloud Station brings real-time personal cloud synchronization with no recurring fees. The new app allows users to easily sync their files between their PCs and their DiskStation, even on the go. QuickConnect allows users to take advantage of this with no port forwarding required. As the data resides on the DiskStation, users can retain control of their data and their capacity. A Mac client is already in the works which will give the same tools to OS X users.
DSM 4.0 offers an improved Package Center, allowing users to find and install applications with just one click. As more apps have become unhooked from the DSM, users and administrators can select only the services they want to be installed.
DSM 4.0 has comprehensive iSCSI support to allow virtual network users to get the most out of their investments. Synology has even included integrated LUN backup software at no additional charge, making for significant savings.
"We are extremely proud to announce the public release of DSM 4.0," said Doug Self, Product Marketing Manager at Synology America Corp. "As a free upgrade, this adds a lot of additional value for existing customers, whether they are business or home users."
DSM 4.0 adds a number of business-friendly features:
-- Improved ADS/ACL support - Edit and audit ACLs from within DSM
-- Improved notification system - Users can select which events will notify
and which methods will be used (email, SMS, instant messaging, and even
-- VPN client - The DiskStation can now act as a VPN server or client
-- VLAN support - DiskStations can now work over VLAN segments
-- DHCP server
-- Scheduled SMART scans
-- LUN backup software
There are many improvements for home and SOHO users:
-- Antivirus Essential - Included antivirus software
-- Improved Apple support - added support for Airport Express/Extreme and
integration with iCloud saves time in configuration
-- Enhanced mobile support - updated apps for iOS, Android (including
tablets), and Amazon Kindle Fire
-- Cloud Station and QuickConnect - for easy file synchronization
-- Improved Package Center
Synology DSM 4.0 is free for all users with a DiskStation x08 series and newer.
Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small- to medium-sized business markets. Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices, Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit http://www.synology.com for more information.
Synology has a global presence with regional offices in the US (Bellevue, Washington), the UK (London, England), Germany (Duesseldorf) and Taiwan (Taipei).
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Whatabeautifullife.com Engages Famous Creative Fashion Designer David UBL
ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Whatabeautifullife.com (WABL), a new and fast growing online fashion retailer, today announces that it engages David UBL, one of the youngest notable creative fashion designers in the international fashion arena to bring more creative fashion items such as wedding apparel and accessories and Lolita dresses, to consumers at anytime and anywhere.
David UBL is a famous creative fashion designer. From 10 years old, David began sewing clothes and devoted his time to creative fashion design in New York. To grasp inspiration and follow the leading fashion trends, David studied and worked in New York, Paris, London, Milan, and Hong Kong- the top fashion cities in the world. David is proud of his working experience in DKNY and great memories in working with Donna Karan. Until now, David has garnered many achievements, such as winner of Gold Hempel award, a promising star in TV shows, etc.
David UBL said, "When I met WABL, I understand the power of when lava meets sea! This crossover with WABL gives me a great chance to make my design ideas come true. My wedding dress collection will be available soon in WABL. My dream is to get every bride to look like a princess in their wedding. "
William Chow, CEO of WABL, said, "This engagement with David UBL, talented creative fashion designer, gets me excited and I cannot wait to see his new collections to be launched soon in our website. I believe his international fashion experience, working experience in DKNY, and marvelous creative fashion design will bring consumers more stylish items to dress up in and create a fashion lifestyle."
The Wedding dress collection "PURE" and Lolita dress collection "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" with designer David UBL are available in whatabeautifullife.com soon.
Whatabeautifullife.com (WABL) is a new and fast growing online fashion retailer, covering 50+ nations worldwide. It aims to bring stylish items, including wedding apparel and accessories, Lolita dresses, designer dresses, evening dresses, special occasion dresses, jewelries and costumes to consumers worldwide. It leads creative fashion design trends around the world, encourages culture sharing and various lifestyles across continents. Its designers have international background.
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New Zealand Airport Improves Security and Operations with March Networks Command IP Video Solution
OTTAWA, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - March Networks(®) (TSX: MN), a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, today
announced that Christchurch International Airport Ltd. in New Zealand has standardized on the company's IP video surveillance
solution to support safety and security requirements across its
operations. The March Networks Command((TM)) video management software and high-definition IP cameras have provided such a high return in operational efficiencies that the
solution is now a critical component of the airport's overall business.
Christchurch Airport's surveillance commitment has increased
considerably in recent years because of the worldwide focus on
transport security. The airport has expanded its coverage from a few
dozen to hundreds of cameras, including more than 200 March Networks'
MegaPX 1080p, CamPX MiniDome and PTZ IP cameras, to gain greater
visibility of its terminal, airfield and automated baggage system. It
is also using the solution for operational purposes, such as managing
gate allocations for incoming flights, directing taxis to where they
are most needed, and responding remotely to inquiries from unattended
"We have grown to rely on the March Networks solution equally for
security and operations, and we're very pleased with its performance,"
said Tim Morris, Operations Manager, Christchurch International Airport
Ltd. "The system is user-friendly and has massive scale and
reliability, which keeps us prepared at all times - even during last
year's February earthquake, when we served as an emergency
transportation hub for rescue teams and medical evacuation flights."
The March Networks system withstood a violent, 6.3 magnitude earthquake
that shook the city of Christchurch on February 22, 2011. The city has
recorded more than 10,000 aftershocks since that time, but the system
has never gone down or lost video.
Christchurch Airport's security and IT teams engaged in a rigorous
evaluation process before selecting the Command solution, working with
certified March Networks provider ECL Security. As a next step, the airport is planning a complete integration with
its access control system. It is also assessing the use of video analytics available in the March Networks portfolio, such as loitering or left
"The market for airport security solutions is expected to exceed $1.5
billion by 2015, with video surveillance representing the fastest
growing segment," said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March
Networks. "Our solutions provide airport authorities with
enterprise-class solutions that are scalable, highly reliable and
easily managed. In addition, they support a wide range of operational
applications that help airports work smarter and faster, and realize
better returns on their investment."
About March Networks
March Networks(®) (TSX:MN) is a leading provider of intelligent IP video solutions. For
more than a decade, the company has helped some of the world's largest
commercial and government organizations transition from traditional
CCTV to advanced surveillance technologies used for security, loss
prevention, risk mitigation and operational efficiency. Its highly
scalable and easy to use Command((TM)) video management platform incorporates a web-based client interface to
enable rapid system deployment and complete system control. It is
complemented by the company's portfolio of high-definition IP cameras,
encoders, video analytics and hybrid recorders, as well as outstanding
professional and managed services. March Networks systems are delivered
through an extensive distribution and partner network in more than 50
countries. For more information, please visit http://www.marchnetworks.com.
This release contains certain forward-looking information, including
expectations of future business. This information is based on the
Company's current expectations and assumptions that are subject to a
variety of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and
that may be beyond March Networks' control. Actual results could differ
materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements due
to factors such as customer demand and timing of purchasing decisions,
increased levels of competition, technological changes and the
successful development of new products, dependence on third-party
manufacturers, risks relating to intellectual property infringement
claims, and other risks and factors identified in March Networks'
public filings with regulatory authorities in Canada. March Networks
assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a
result of new information or future events.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SuccessEHS announces that it will begin offering consulting services to help clients implement health reform initiatives, optimize workflows and maximize revenue. SuccessEHS will offer general consulting services, as well as consulting services for achievement of specific initiatives such as clinical workflow optimization, practice/billing workflow optimization, Patient-Centered Medical Home, Physician Quality Reporting System, Meaningful Use and Ryan White reporting. Consultants will help guide clients by performing gap analyses, creating customized training plans, providing assistance during the planning phase of the desired initiative and offering follow-up support.
SuccessEHS has assembled a team of expert consultants who each have extensive experience in the field of health information technology. Each of the consultants has participated in numerous implementations and has expertise in using the SuccessEHS solution to optimize workflows and maximize results. To learn more about the team of consultants at SuccessEHS, visit http://www.successehs.com/meet-the-consultants.
SuccessEHS's new consulting offerings underscore the company's commitment to its clients' success. SuccessEHS recognizes that its clients are overwhelmed with large patient loads, set to increase under the Affordable Care Act, and face a host of regulatory compliance issues.
"The complexities of today's health care industry leave many primary care practitioners with little time to manage care and oversee the numerous changes required for participation in health reform initiatives," said Joanna Edge, Director of Physician Services at SuccessEHS. "For this reason, our consulting services will provide expert assistance to those clients who need a helping hand with the many transitions required for participation in these initiatives, as well as to those clients who simply want assistance with optimizing workflows and processes."
SuccessEHS is a nationally acclaimed vendor providing Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solutions with Integrated Medical Billing Services. SuccessEHS also provides Electronic Dental Record (EDR) and Dental Imaging solutions. Founded in 1995, SuccessEHS established itself as a leader in the emerging practice management applications market by delivering an innovative blend of clinical, operational and financial software paired with a suite of specialized integrated success services. SuccessEHS, entirely in-house developed and supported, has achieved multiple certifications from CCHIT.
SuccessEHS's SuccessEHS 6.1 is a CCHIT Certified ® 2011 Ambulatory EHR additionally certified for Child Health, with a 5-star usability rating.
Success EHS 6.1 is also 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on September 30, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for Eligible Providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The certification ID number is CC-1112-909422-1. The clinical quality measures certified include: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0043, NQF 0031, and NQF 0034. The additional software used in testing includes Multum, SuccessEHS Patient Portal, ExitCare Patient Education, and Oracle. This certification neither represents an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor guarantees the receipt of incentive payments.
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AppDynamics Adds Free End-User Monitoring to the Only Application Performance Management Solution Designed for Modern Web Applications
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AppDynamics, the leading Java/.NET application performance management (APM) solution, today announced the addition of End-User Monitoring to its commercial edition, AppDynamics Pro, giving customers the world's first end-to-end APM solution designed for today's complex, distributed application architectures. Current and new customers will gain free access to End-User Monitoring as part of their AppDynamics Pro license.
AppDynamics customers will be able to leverage the new End-User Monitoring feature to:
-- Monitor Their Global Audience and track End User Experience across the
World to pinpoint which geo-locations may be impacted by poor
-- Capture end-to-end performance metrics for all business transactions -
including page rendering time in the Browser, Network time, and
processing time in the Application Infrastructure
-- Identify bottlenecks anywhere in the end-to-end business transaction
flow to help Operations and Development teams triage problems and
-- Compare performance across all browsers types - such as Internet
Explorer, FireFox, Google Chrome, Safari, iOS and Android
"Fox News already depends upon AppDynamics for ease-of-use and rapid troubleshooting capability in our production environment," said Ryan Jairam, Internet Operations Lead at Fox News. "What we've seen with AppDynamics' End-User Monitoring release is an even greater ability to understand application performance, from what's happening on the browser level to the network all the way down to the code in the application. Getting this level of insight and visibility for an application as complex and agile as ours has been a tremendous benefit, and we're extremely happy with this powerful new addition to the AppDynamics Pro solution."
"We've typically seen our Mean-Time-to-Resolution drop from hours to minutes as a result of using AppDynamics, but having this new visibility into the End-User Experience makes AppDynamics an even more indispensable solution for our Operations team," said Richard Blumlein, Systems Administrator at Colorado State University. "Using AppDynamics' End-User Monitoring, we've been able capture end-to-end performance metrics for all business transactions, including page rendering time in the Browser. As a result, we've been able to make application changes that have made our end users much happier and reduced the number of complaints sent to the Help Desk."
"Awareness of real user experience is a critical dimension of APM which is key to understanding the quality of application delivery," said Jonah Kowall, Research Director at Gartner. "With today's rich internet applications being built with a wide range of web 2.0 technologies, the browser takes on more of the processing burden, APM solutions must now provide visibility into the timing and execution of the browser runtime."
AppDynamics stands at the forefront of a generational change in how web applications are managed: modern applications are no longer monolithic in nature but are highly distributed and dynamic, fueled by architectural trends like Cloud, SOA, Big Data and Agile Development. As a result, traditional application performance management solutions have become outdated. AppDynamics is well poised to exploit this generational shift, and is already experiencing 400% bookings growth in 2011. AppDynamics has attracted over 70,000 users of AppDynamics Lite, a free Java performance monitoring download that helps IT Operations to troubleshoot application performance problems while Tomcat monitoring, JBoss monitoring, Weblogic monitoring, Websphere monitoring, and Glassfish monitoring.
AppDynamics End-User Monitoring gives customers:
-- Complete End-to-End Visibility of the Browser, Network, and Server-Side
latency of every End User Business Transaction
-- Full Visibility into the performance of Web 2.0 or Rich Internet
Applications (RIA) leveraging AJAX technologies
-- Full Visibility for applications running in Private, Public or Hybrid
-- Enhanced Dynamic Baselines and Anomaly Detection that now incorporates
end-user experience metrics into its best-in-class problem detection
-- Proactive Analytics and Real-Time Alerts for Ops to rapidly troubleshoot
End User Pain
AppDynamics' new End-User Monitoring feature is available immediately as part of AppDynamics Pro, which starts at $4,000 per agent for a 2-year subscription.
AppDynamics is the leading provider of Software-as-Service (SaaS) and on-premise application performance management for modern application architectures in both the cloud and the data center. The company delivers solutions for highly distributed and agile environments, helping organizations such as Priceline, TiVo, AMICA Insurance, Hotels.com, StubHub, DSW, Staples, Insight Technologies, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Cornell University monitor, troubleshoot, diagnose, and scale their production applications. Over 70,000 people have downloaded AppDynamics Lite, the company's free java troubleshooting solution. Visit our blog or follow us on Twitter.
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HomeFusion Broadband From Verizon Powers In-Home Internet Connectivity With 4G LTE
Verizon's First Residential Wireless Broadband Solution Harnesses High Speed of 4G LTE Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today introduced HomeFusion Broadband: a new service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using the power and speed of the nation's largest 4G LTE network. The solution will offer households in areas with limited broadband options a reliable alternative for data connectivity in their homes.
"HomeFusion Broadband is just one of the new products and services that is made possible with our 4G LTE network," said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless. "Customers want to connect more and more devices in their homes to the Internet, and HomeFusion Broadband gives them a simple, fast and effective way to bring the most advanced wireless connection from Verizon into their homes."
The 4G LTE network is efficiently delivered to an antenna which transmits the signal to a broadband router inside the home. The cylinder-shaped antenna is professionally installed at the customer's home, and the product's innovative design includes multiple internal antennae allowing the device to pick up Verizon's 4G LTE signal. The broadband router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi, including everything from computers to gaming consoles.
HomeFusion Broadband will be available beginning later this month in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., with additional markets to follow. Verizon Wireless is working with Asurion, a trusted leader in consumer technology protection services, for installation.
Customers can choose several usage-based plans, beginning at $59.99 monthly access for 10 GB of data, specifically designed for HomeFusion Broadband. A one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies, and installation is free.
Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in the United States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers, including HomeFusion Broadband customers, should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 108 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Wedge Networks Wins 8th Annual 2012 Info Security Global Excellence Award
Wedge Networks WedgeOS Platform Recognized as Leading Security Product and Solution for Telecommunications
CALGARY, Alberta, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wedge Networks, an innovator providing remediation-based Deep Content Inspection for high-performance, network-based Web security, today announced that Info Security Products Guide, the industry's leading information security research and advisory guide, has named the Wedge Networks WedgeOS platform a winner of the 2012 Global Excellence Awards in Security Products and Solutions for Telecommunications.
WedgeOS shatters the industry misconception that Deep Content Inspection is not suitable for Telco and ISP networks because of the latency introduced. With the WedgeOS platform, high bandwidth providers now have a viable content security solution that can host any third-party application for providing content-based services. The WedgeOS platform is the industry's first solution to provide security from new threats found within HTML5. With initial industry interest and aligning industry trends that will change network management, WedgeOS continues to be a strong differentiator in a competitive market.
Wedge Network's Deep Content Inspection based solutions leverage comprehensive signatures across mobile and fixed devices, heuristics and reputation-based databases to provide the industry's highest accuracy in malware detection. The WedgeOS platform provides a scalable, real-time solution that understands the intent of Data-in-Motion, enabling the detection and remediation of both known and novel threats without affecting network performance.
-- Hongwen Zhang, president and CEO, Wedge Networks, said: "With a higher
reliability requirement and an explosion of users connected to the
Internet, large scale service providers need to find reliable and
scalable network security solutions. Wedge Networks WedgeOS Platform is
designed to meet the performance, accuracy and usability demands of
large telecommunication providers, with the scalability to provide the
same level of protection for organizations of all sizes."
About Info Security Products Guide
Info Security Products Guide sponsors leading conferences and expos worldwide and plays a vital role in keeping end-users informed of the choices they can make when it comes to protecting their digital resources. It is written expressly for those who are adamant on staying informed of security threats and the preventive measure they can take. You will discover a wealth of information in this guide including tomorrow's technology today, best deployment scenarios, people and technologies shaping info security and market research that facilitate in making the most pertinent security decisions. The Info Security Products Guide Awards recognize and honor excellence in all areas of information security. To learn more, visit http://www.infosecurityproductsguide.com and stay secured.
About Wedge Networks
With patented Deep Content Inspection-based technology, Wedge Networks offers a novel approach to rapidly enable unified content security at the network layer for service providers and enterprises. The WedgeOS technology platform provides the ability to mitigate any harmful content traversing inbound and outbound; while maintaining network visibility and manageability. This allows organizations an unprecedented ability to manage and secure their infrastructures.
Through strategic partnerships, WedgeOS is being used by leading vendors as a network content service integration platform to offer highly customizable security and compliance solutions to their world class customers. Running on WedgeOS, the award winning BeSecure product line offers an integrated solution for customers looking for turnkey security appliances. For more information, visit http://www.wedgenetworks.com.
WD® Ships Its Third-generation Enterprise 2.5-Inch SAS Hard Drive Family
Ultra-Reliable, High-Performance WD S25 SAS Drives Get Capacity Boost to Offer Greater Support for Mission-Critical Enterprise Server and Storage Environments
IRVINE, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), a leader in the desktop, mobile, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives, today announced the availability of its third-generation WD(®) S25 SAS hard drives, serving the performance-optimized, mission-critical enterprise server and storage market. Shipping now, the new 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM, WD S25 with SAS 6 Gb/s interface hard drives offer IT professionals a more advanced array of ultra-reliable and efficient, high-performance storage, available in capacities of 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB, and 900 GB. The WD S25 line is designed for the most demanding applications such as online transaction processing and multi-tiered networked storage arrays.
"Continuing our commitment to the industry's fastest-growing segment -- 2.5-inch drives -- WD is updating our small form factor SAS offering with the advanced technology of our third-generation drive, including a new 900 GB capacity point," said Darwin Kauffman, vice president of enterprise storage solutions, WD. "Our latest generation of WD S25 SAS drives offer a powerful combination of enterprise-class performance and industry-leading reliability that is ideal for demanding high-performance computing and mission-critical environments. WD is also delivering higher capacity offerings and the power efficiency of the small form factor footprint, providing the most efficient storage solution for IT professionals and enabling lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)."
The new family of WD S25 SAS drives has the speed required to service any enterprise need, delivering high performance with its 6 Gb/s SAS interface. With its small form factor allowing for more system airflow, resulting in lower cooling costs for customers, the latest WD S25 SAS drives require less than 8 watts to operate and have a 2.0 M hour MTBF rating--the industry's highest. WD's third-generation of 2.5-inch SAS drives are also its first to include support for T10 Protection Information (PI) for advanced data integrity, and the first to provide optional models that feature drive-level self-encryption that meets the Trusted Computing Group's specification for Enterprise Class A encryption.
WD S25 SAS hard drives are currently shipping to OEMs, with broader availability at select resellers and distributors worldwide later next quarter. WD S25 SAS hard drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. More information about WD S25 enterprise SAS hard drives may be found on the company's website at http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=10.
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and home entertainment products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
appMobi Releases directCanvas HTML5 Acceleration SDK for Android
appMobi's directCanvas accelerates games by up to 1000%, eliminating barriers to cross-platform Android game development using HTML5
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- appMobi (http://www.appmobi.com) today announced public beta availability of its highly anticipated directCanvas acceleration technology for the Android mobile operating system from its booth (#2324) at the 2012 Game Developers Conference ("GDC12") at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. directCanvas dramatically accelerates the speed of screen refresh rates in games and apps that use the HTML5 canvas element. On a typical Android phone or tablet, screen refresh rates will be more than 10 times faster when using directCanvas. This kind of acceleration can be the difference between a game barely working and a game having the fluid responsiveness of a native app.
The iOS version of directCanvas was released as open source in November 2011, and today's beta SDK release supports the use of directCanvas on Android version 2.2 (Froyo) through the current version (Ice Cream Sandwich) on devices like the Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Droid Razr, HTC One X and others. Developers are invited to join the directCanvas/Android beta program at http://www.appmobi.com/dCAndroidbeta. GDC12 attendees are invited to visit the appMobi booth, #2324, during the conference to receive a VIP code for the beta.
"Today appMobi is extending the proven game acceleration benefits of directCanvas beyond iOS to the Android platform," said Sam Abadir, appMobi CTO. "With over 300 million devices in the field, and adding 850,000 new devices every day, the Android smartphone platform dominates the Apple iOS platform in size, yet we have seen very few hit Android games. We intend to change that."
Like the iOS version, directCanvas for Android also accelerates sound and physics calculations. appMobi's multiSound API augments and speeds HTML5's built-in sound capabilities with low latency sound playback capabilities. The directBox2D API accelerates in-game physics calculations by up to 4000 percent, allowing complex physics-based games to handle large numbers of animated on-screen entities.
Since 2010, appMobi has been the clear leader in the industry's charge toward an open HTML5 mobile app standard. Piece by piece, the company has crafted an integrated technology platform that allows HTML5 games to perform as well as native iOS and Android app store games, on Facebook, and on the open mobile Web.
directCanvas for Android complements the complete appMobi HTML5 game platform, which includes:
-- playMobi, an API that supports cross-platform in-app payments,
analytics, and social gaming
-- directBox2D acceleration
-- Impact GameDev XDK for 2D physics-based game development
directCanvas for Android will join the iOS version as an open source technology when development and testing has been completed. Game developers who wish to help test and finalize directCanvas for Android can apply to join the beta program at http://www.appmobi.com/dCAndroidbeta or can visit appMobi in booth #2324 at GDC12 for their VIP beta invite code.
appMobi is a registered trademark of appMobi Inc. iOS and related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Apple Computer Corp. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners including: Amazon, Android, Barnes & Noble, Facebook, Google, HTC, Motorola and Samsung.
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- Company Expands Exclusive Games Portfolio, Collaborates with SEGA on "Virtua Tennis Challenge" -
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the addition of four high-profile games to the Snapdragon(® )GamePack, which contains more than 100 featured games for Snapdragon-enabled, Android-based smartphones and tablets.
Consumers can access these new titles through Snapdragon GameCommand(TM), which is available for download to most commercial Snapdragon-powered Android devices via the Android Marketplace. Snapdragon( )GameCommand enables mobile users to quickly discover and download the latest Snapdragon featured, enhanced and exclusive games. It also enables users to organize and launch all their favorite games in one place, and it delivers the latest gaming news from top gaming news sites.
The new games include:
-- "The Reem" - a mixed martial arts (MMA) game from Khaeon Gamestudio
featuring three-time UFC champion Alistair "The Reem" Overeem. "The
Reem" will be released in early April exclusively on Snapdragon devices
for a year. The game will also use AllJoyn(TM), the proximity-based,
peer-to-peer application development framework developed by Qualcomm
Innovation Center Inc., taking MMA fighting to a new level.
-- "Reign of Amira" - a game designed and developed by Qualcomm's in-house
gaming studio, where Princess Amira battles her enemies to retain the
lost glory of the Desert Kingdom. "Reign of Amira" will showcase the
latest graphics and gaming capabilities of the Snapdragon S4 Pro
processor and its integrated Adreno® 320 GPU. Adreno 320 enables full
utilization of the Snapdragon S4 quad CPUs, with the ability to render
advanced gaming effects and higher resolution content faster. The game
will be exclusive to Snapdragon devices running on Android and will be
available to users for free later this year.
-- "The Ball" - a highly anticipated game from Tripwire Interactive, which
will be released in March 2012. "The Ball" is already popular within
the PC space - having won PC Gamer's 2010 Action-Adventure Game of the
Year award - and debuts for the first time on mobile via Epic Games'
Unreal Engine 3. "The Ball" features Snapdragon's integrated Adreno GPU
with high-resolution visuals and will be first available to Snapdragon
devices running on Android for six months.
-- "Virtua Tennis Challenge"(TM) - the first mobile version of this popular
console game from gaming pioneer SEGA®. The game will be available in
March 2012 and is optimized on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor for the
Xperia Play and features some of the next-generation sports play and
GameCommand is currently available in North America, with plans to introduce the application in other global markets in the coming months.
Qualcomm works closely with developers of the Snapdragon GamePack games to fully maximize the power of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors and their embedded Adreno GPUs to bring a better gaming experience to mobile users.
Qualcomm will host a Sponsored Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference on March 6 at 10:00 a.m. The day will include insightful sessions and demos on topics such as:
-- Developing & Optimizing High-end 3D Games for Devices Featuring
Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor
-- Moving Your Mobile Games to Smart TVs and Set Top Boxes with Snapdragon
-- Delivering Your Multiplayer Games on 4G LTE
Raj Talluri will speak as part of a mobile gaming panel on March 7( )at 11:00 a.m. in the West Hall. For more information on Qualcomm's Snapdragon gaming initiatives, visit http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/gaming.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Qualcomm, Adreno and Snapdragon are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon GameCommand is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Veritec Rolls Out Blinx On-Off(TM) Smart Toggle Debit Card(TM)
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Veritec, Inc. (OTC -VRTC) and its wholly owned subsidiary Veritec Financial Services (VTFS) today announced the roll out of their Blinx On-Off(TM) Smart Toggle Debit Card. The Veritec Blinx On-Off(TM) Toggle Card uses web-based mobile technology to offer financial cardholders the very best technology in conducting secure financial transactions in real time, protecting personal identity, and financial account security.
Veritec's new Smart Toggle Card(TM) financial card has multiple features that will greatly benefit card holders. The card can easily be toggled on and off by using a mobile phone or the web. Card holders can receive instant notification of card activities and transfers of funds in real time, within the Veritec system. Veritec's debit card system produces an instant issue non-personalized re-loadable debit card and personalized re-loadable and subordinate family cards. All financial transactions conducted in real time are just a few of the many beneficial features found in the new Veritec's Blinx On-Off(TM) Smart Toggle Card.
Veritec's technology includes a Proprietary Secure Financial Card Processing Software Platform and is the approved Third Party Processor of debit cards for banks and Visa. Veritec is also an Independent Sales Organization (ISO) to market Visa Branded Debit cards.
Veritec is the patent holder for proprietary two-dimensional Matrix Symbology, VeriCode® and VSCode®. The Codes assist in the secure identification of people and products. The combination of a financial debit card and a secure identification card make Veritec's Multi-Purpose Cards unique in its field.
Van Thuy Tran, Executive Chair of Veritec states "We are all proud at Veritec to have achieved this milestone in the financial card market. Veritec continues to aggressively build our Company surrounded by innovative, patented technologies and card processing systems that will be the corner stone of secure identification and financial transactions while reducing complexity and costs."
Founded in 1982, Veritec offers a patented line of encoding and decoding software products that utilize the 2-D Matrix Symbology(TM), which allows users to create, apply, store, or transmit unique identifiers directly on the products or to an electronic device in the form of a coded matrix symbol, which enables automated manufacturing control, as well as identification, tracking, and collection of data via cameras, mobile phones, readers and scanners. The collected data can then be stored in the 2-D barcode available for contemporaneous verification or other user-definable purposes. Veritec's 2-D Matrix Symbologies, the VeriCode® and VSCodes®, with its incredible robustness, security features, and large data storage capacity, have proven to be the technology of choice for products tracking, identification, and verification in many automated industries. Veritec technologies are also applicable in the Secure Bio-ID Cards to provide positive identification via biometric markers such as fingerprints, or pictures. Veritec's licensed software products have recently been introduced to the banking industries via Stored-Value Debit Cards. In the mobile phone industry, Veritec has patented the "PhoneCodes(TM)" products that allow an individual using the Internet or mobile phones to purchase, send, or receive a gift certificate, ticket, coupon, receipt or transfer money.
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ADTECH Launches First MRAID 2.0 Compliant Mobile SDK Offering
Solution Enables Full Rich Media Capabilities for Mobile Applications
MUMBAI, India, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
ADTECH, a leading provider of ad serving technology and part of the AOL
Advertising.com Group, has today announced its latest Mobile SDK offering - the first of
its kind to be compliant with the IAB's rich media standard MRAID 2.0*.
Mobile SDKs (software development kit) are a key business driver. They enable
companies to extend business and deliver adverts through mobile apps. With ADTECH's
comprehensive ad serving solution, customers can more easily manage display, video and
mobile inventory within one tool which enables the saving of time and budget.
All of ADTECH's ad management features are available for in-app advertising such as
inventory management, campaign priorities and frequency. Additional features include
optimising the delivery of app specific campaigns through targeting - such as by app name
and mobile SDK version. Frequency capping of ads is also available across multiple apps,
ensuring that each ad is served only once within a given time period.
New key features:
- Delivers ads even if the device is offline
- Simplifies banner creation through MRAID support
- Easy Rich Media handling across different mobile platforms
- Caching ads for accelerating rich media content
- Mediates Inventory through Network Partners
- Integrated solutions for Mobile Web & Apps, Display and Video
Commenting on the launch, Erhard Neumann, CEO at ADTECH said: "The mobile internet has
fast become a popular communication medium and for many users, life can no longer be
imagined without it. As the number of mobile internet users increasingly rises,
advertising on the mobile web becomes more and more significant. Our Mobile ADTECH SDK
opens up an additional sales opportunity by enabling publisher clients to monetize the
advertising space in their mobile apps."
*Based on IAB Mobile Rich-Media Ad Interface Definitions (MRAID) v.1.0., Final Release
October 20, 2011
ADTECH is an international supplier of digital marketing solutions and is part of AOL
Advertising.com Group. For more than 14 years, ADTECH has delivered digital marketing
solutions around the globe. Its core product is the ad serving solution ADTECH IQ for
display, video, mobile and rich media ads. It allows marketing specialists, agencies and
advertisers to manage and evaluate these forms of advertising in one and the same booking
environment. The adserver seamlessly integrates other applications, including sales
management and business analytics.
According to OVK Adserver Benchmark, ADTECH adservers lead the way in speed and
availability. ADTECH also provides high-quality customer service and local know-how. Its
global customer base includes major players such as InteractiveMedia, BSkyB, Hi-media
Deutschland and Gannett.
Having helped millions of Americans to get online, AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is on a
mission to inform, entertain and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection
of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and
global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and
engaging digital advertising solutions. From time to time, we post information about AOL
on our investor relations website (http://ir.aol.com) and our official corporate blog http://blog.aol.com
Primary Media Contact : ADTECH India, email@example.com, 91-22-61984914
Top Visionaries and Scientists Share Revolutionary Discoveries About Human Nature in Groundbreaking Public Event
March 24, 2012 Gathering in San Francisco Features World-Class Lineup of Luminaries
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneers in the exploration of human nature will come together for the first-ever multidisciplinary event to explore exciting new discoveries that challenge outdated assumptions about the human condition. "Being Human 2012" will be hosted on March 24, 2012 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
"Everyday, fresh insights from science and philosophy shed new light on the processes of human experience - the how of feeling, thinking, and believing - and invite us to redefine who we are as human beings," said Peter Baumann of The Baumann Foundation and creator of the Being Human initiative. "We are delighted to bring these new understandings into the public arena. Our intention is to serve as a bridge between the theoretical and the practical, and to foster increased well-being."
Big questions to be explored include:
-- How does the nonconscious mind influence the decisions we make?
-- What is the relationship between self and culture?
-- Are you who you think you are, or is that just an illusion?
-- What does science tell us about our relationship with fellow humans?
-- What are the evolutionary origins of the human mind?
Being Human 2012 is for anyone curious about how and why they experience life the way they do, and interested in expanding their orientation towards self, others and the world.
Distinguished speakers include:
Richard J. Davidson, David Eagleman, Paul Ekman, Anne Harrington, Jane Hirschfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Beau Lotto, Hazel Markus, Thomas Metzinger, V.S. Ramachandran, Gelek Rimpoche, and Laurie Santos.
Speaker sessions will include 18-minute presentations and facilitated conversations. Multimedia and experiential elements will be integrated into the program.
The Baumann Foundation is a San Francisco-based think-tank that explores the experience of being human in the context of cognitive science, evolutionary theory and philosophy to foster greater clarity about the human condition. The work of the Foundation reflects the vision and passion of its founder, Peter Baumann: "Comprehending the nature of mental concepts and the dynamics of identification can foster greater clarity about the human condition and individual experience."
SAP Unveils Updates to Growing Product Line of Cloud Offerings
HANOVER, Germany, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced several key updates across its growing portfolio of cloud offerings, including line-of-business application services and its cloud suite, the SAP Business ByDesign® solution. New and existing customers alike are responding to the company's set of cloud solutions, including SAP® Sourcing OnDemand, SAP® Sales OnDemand and the newest offering, SAP® Travel OnDemand. The announcement was made at CeBIT 2012, being held March 6-10 in Hanover, Germany.
STULZ Air Adopts SAP Travel OnDemand for Mobile Workforce
Designed to let business people travel smarter, spend better and get reimbursed faster while staying in compliance with corporate policies, SAP Travel OnDemand is now available in Germany and the United States. Following a successful pilot project, STULZ Air, a leading global manufacturer of innovative cooling technologies, is among the first customers to adopt the solution across its sales and service organization. The company expects to go live within a few weeks.
"The decision to roll out SAP Travel OnDemand was not a difficult one for us," said Thorsten Weiss, CFO, STULZ Air Technology Systems. "Our sales and service people are always on the go; they appreciate the clean, easy-to-use interface and, crucially, the ability to manage and view their expenses via tablet or smartphone will simplify their lives. Native integration to SAP ERP sealed the deal as it will help reduce costs and make the whole process more efficient."
Update of SAP Business ByDesign Broadens Large Enterprise and Industry Capabilities
The first 2012 update of SAP Business ByDesign is now generally available and delivers additional capabilities for large enterprise and focus industries. As larger clients adopt the solution for their subsidiary operations in increasing numbers, SAP Business ByDesign continues to broaden its capabilities and integration scenarios for subsidiaries, as well as implementing additional SAP® Best Practices packages to lower risk and provide greater consistency than ever before. SAP Business ByDesign clients can now adapt and configure the system to industries without customization, and customers can access the system from anywhere via mobile and Web devices.
New enhancements in the latest release of SAP Business ByDesign include:
-- Additional iPad and iPhone support: Sales catalog, account management,
lead and opportunity management, as well as time and expense management
are now available for mobile users.
-- Enhanced professional service provider capabilities: New features
include enhanced billing methods for customer projects, enhanced revenue
recognition rules for customer contracts and advanced earned value
analysis for projects and enhanced resource management. These features
will help add value to both project-based firms and managed service
-- More support for distribution and manufacturing businesses: New
capabilities such as third-party logistics, complete delivery,
identified stock logistics and sub-material valuation are now available.
-- Additional partner-provided micro-vertical solutions: Globally, more
than 120 partner-provided solutions for SAP Business ByDesign are
currently available on SAP® Store.
-- Broadened large-enterprise subsidiary integration scenarios: SAP is
launching a new pilot program for tighter integration of SAP Business
ByDesign with corporate HR and analytics of large companies, a growing
market segment for the cloud suite.
New Wave of SAP Sourcing OnDemand Provides Standard Integration With SAP® SRM
The latest release of SAP Sourcing OnDemand, wave 9, delivers on standard integration with the SAP® Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) application to help enable greater compliance and cost savings opportunities for customers. Designed with the sourcing professional in mind, the new release of SAP Sourcing OnDemand includes features that enhance usability and drive more competitive sourcing, offering customers the opportunity for greater efficiency. The solution enables customers to effectively execute strategic sourcing, contract management and supplier management -- all areas integral to lowering customers' overall business costs.
proseed Adopts SAP Sales OnDemand; Wave 3 to Bring to Market New Salesperson-Centric Capabilities
Released in mid-2011 and designed from the ground up to empower salespeople to sell more effectively, SAP Sales OnDemand continues on a rapid pace of innovation, with a third release in nine months forthcoming. The cloud solution is gaining traction among SAP customers, including proseed GmbH, an industry-leading online marketing and consulting company. proseed recently selected SAP Sales OnDemand to help address its sales organization's unique needs, and arm them with a simple, mobile and user-friendly application that adds value throughout every step of the sales process.
"Our sales organization has zero time to waste," said Egon Scherer, CEO, proseed. "SAP Sales OnDemand gives us a super fast solution that everyone loves to use. The social collaboration lets us quickly exchange best practices, while the out-of-the-box mobile apps help ensure our salespeople are productive no matter where they are, with no additional costs and no IT headaches. SAP Sales OnDemand is designed for real salespeople and it shows."
Features planned for inclusion in the forthcoming wave 3 of SAP Sales OnDemand include:
-- Native integration with the SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP
CRM) application, which aims to enable customers to leverage the
transactional capabilities of SAP® Business Suite software while
protecting their current on-premise investment.
-- Support for Android, the fastest-growing mobile OS, which further
expands the mobile offering and enables salespeople to stay up-to-date
on key sales information from their preferred mobile devices at no extra
-- New "what-if" scenarios to provide salespeople with laser focus on what
actions will help them achieve their quotas faster.
-- Support for Italian and Portuguese languages.
SAP today also announced the SAP® Business One OnDemand solution, a new cloud offering that aims to build upon the broad market success of the SAP Business One application, addressing small enterprise preferences for minimal up-front cost and lower IT operations. To read more, see "SAP to Extend Business Opportunities for Partners With Launch of SAP Business One OnDemand."
To learn more about cloud solutions from SAP, visit the Cloud Computing page on sap.com. For more information, including additional coverage from CeBIT 2012, visit the Events newsroom.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 183,000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of Sybase) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit http://www.sap.com.
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Think You've Had a Tough Life? Take a Look at Bitter Sam!
NEW YORK, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Tilt-Based iOS Action-Puzzler Coming to the App Store on March 15
Sam's life has never been easy. Overlooked by his family, never the top of his class,
a victim of lost love... and now to top things off he's been kidnapped by a scientist and
tossed into a bottomless pit to search for crystals which hold a secret power. Fortunately
for Sam, help is on the way, as game developer Moon Active announced their first title,
Bitter Sam, will be available for iPhone and iPod touch on March 15!
To get a glimpse at Sam's bittersweet life (and some Bitter Sam gameplay) check out:
- Physics-based tilt controls
- 100 challenging levels (with more to come) filled with deadly spikes, rotating
blades, and other perilous obstacles
- 5 different worlds to master
- Unique power-ups to help Sam survive his journey, from exploding inflatable
pigs to invincible ropes
- Game Center connectivity with global leaderboards - compete with your friends
for perfect scores!
For more information about the game, visit the following:
Spread Betting On-The-Move With the BlackBerry Trading Platform
LONDON, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Spread betting with City Index [http://www.cityindex.co.uk/spread-betting ] offers
traders a multitude of features and the ability to trade on the price movements of over
12,000 markets including indices, shares, currencies, commodities and more.
Key features of spread betting include:
- Free from Stamp Duty*
- Free from Capital Gains Tax*
- Free from Commission
- Leveraged Trades
- Ability to go Long and Short
*Currently in the UK, all spread bet gains are free from Capital Gains Tax and as a
derivative product; it is also exempt from UK stamp duty. UK Tax laws are subject to
change and may differ depending on individual circumstances. Please seek independent
advice if necessary.
With markets moving quickly, particularly the forex market
[http://www.cityindex.co.uk/range-of-markets ] which trades 24-hours a day, it's important
that traders keep on top of current price trends and market news.
Offering two versions of their handy platform, here we focus on the BlackBerry Trading
Platform for handsets running OS 6.
BlackBerry Trading Platform OS 6
Use your BlackBerry Trading Platform to check the latest prices and market movements,
in the same way you would online - however, with this mobile based application; you can
keep track of the market wherever you are, whenever you want.
With over 12,000 markets to trade, it's both easy and secure to place trades, view
up-to-date market information, place and amend orders, set stop and limit orders and full
or partially close your trades.
Designed with professional traders in mind, you receive a detailed charting package
with a range of customisable technical indicators, giving you the upper hand over other
Other key features of the BlackBerry Trading Platform OS 6 include:
- Watchlists: Monitor your favourite markets, view multiple Watchlists, etc.
- Orders: Full range of order types available, set opening orders 'on the go',
- Positions Charts: Check how your positions are performing, plus streaming,
real time updates of each P&L, etc.
- Account Summary: View your trading activity at a glance, cash balance, margin,
To benefit from everything the BlackBerry Trading Platforms have to offer, you'll need
a live City Index [http://www.cityindex.co.uk ] trading account.
Today more and more individual traders are discovering the benefits of derivatives,
and many of them are discovering them through a City Index trading platform.
As a group, we transact in excess of 1.5 million trades every month in over 50
countries. We provide access to a wide range of instruments including margined foreign
exchange, CFDs and, in the UK, financial spread betting
We constantly look to improve the performance of our platforms and expand our range of
services. The result is our customers benefit from innovative trading tools with
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IT Energy Management Leader Verdiem Expands International Energy Rate Coverage for Global Businesses with Surveyor 6 Spring Edition
LONDON, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Surveyor 6 Spring Edition Allows Multinational Customers to Better Manage
Energy Consumption and Cost Across Multiple Locations, Energy Rates and Currencies
Verdiem [http://www.verdiem.com ], a leader in IT energy management and efficiency
software, today announced the availability of Verdiem Surveyor 6 Spring Edition, which
delivers the most advanced functionality in the industry for global companies to more
accurately track and manage energy consumption and costs across international boundaries,
rates and currencies. This new location-based functionality represents another in a long
list of market defining capabilities delivered by Verdiem over the past decade.
Energy rates differ greatly depending on location and time of year. Many locations
also have energy costs that vary throughout the day known as time-of-use (TOU) energy
rates. In some locations, TOU rates can change up to 15 times daily. As a result, it is
challenging for energy managers to accurately calculate and manage energy expenditures in
offices across multiple locations.
"Many of our customers have a global reach and require a solution that will help them
precisely measure their energy consumption and costs across global offices," said John
Scumniotales, president and CEO of Verdiem. "Surveyor 6 Spring Edition adds best-in-class
features to the Surveyor platform that take into account an office's location to provide
important information about energy consumption. This makes it easier for our customers to
translate international data on energy savings and more accurately report their results."
Building on the robust features and functionality of Surveyor 6, the Spring Edition
offers customers the ability to create rules that associate devices with specific
locations. For example, IT staff can identify device locations based on IP addresses and
automatically associate the device with the specific location's energy rates in the local
currency. In addition, all of the devices within one office location are tied to specific
energy policies that can be optimised based on local TOU energy rates.
"With these enhancements to Surveyor, customers now have the ability to configure
energy rates and currencies based on location," said Andy Lawrence, research director for
eco-efficient IT at 451 Research. "The technology provides organisations with a powerful
tool for managing energy consumption and reducing costs at a time when electricity rates
are rising around the world. Most organisations find energy efficiency to be a challenging
project - technology like this makes it easier, more realistic and measureable."
Expanding on the advanced analytics and reporting features in Surveyor 6, the new
multi-location, energy rate, and currency capabilities of Surveyor 6 Spring Edition allow
customers to more accurately compare energy utilisation and spending in global offices via
data visualisations, improving the reporting and decision-making processes. The Surveyor
solution measures energy consumption from each location, and easily calculates a device's
power costs with even the most complex TOU rates. In turn, an organisation's global energy
consumption can be analysed, translated and reported in a single currency, streamlining
the reporting process. This simplifies the process of tracking cost savings and energy
expenditures throughout the enterprise.
Verdiem has sold nearly 2 million licenses of its IT energy management software.
Customers around the globe have selected Verdiem Surveyor 6 to monitor IT energy
consumption and enforce IT energy policies in their organisations. With the rich
visualisation capabilities in Surveyor 6, customers are reducing operating costs and
increasing IT efficiency. To learn more, visit http://www.verdiem.com.
Verdiem helped define the PC power management market and has now extended its
leadership into IT energy management and efficiency software. Verdiem Surveyor enables
customers to centrally control and reduce the energy used by PCs, Macs, and network
devices running Cisco EnergyWise without impacting end users. More than 600 corporations,
government agencies and universities have deployed Surveyor on nearly 2 million devices.
Most customers experience ROI within six to 12 months. Based in Seattle, Wash., Verdiem is
backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. More information is available at http://www.verdiem.com
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FREMONT, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The constantly evolving network environment has reshaped the landscape of high-speed network communications. NEXCOM network security platform NSA 7120B based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 family is aimed at continuing to elevate the unequalled system performance while assisting service providers to adjust network infrastructures in accordance with dynamic business requirements and market trends with a scalable solution.
NSA 7120B , powered by Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 family, enables substantial increments in overall system performance to meet a myriad of application requirements. With up to eight cores, 20MB cache, and the latest PCIe 3.0 interface at 8.0GT/s, this network security platform is allowed to reduce latency incurred in network data processing so that response time is improved across computing-heavy, data-demanding, network-intensive, and bandwidth-hungry applications. Better still, the gains in performance come with lower power consumption due to the new 32nm process technology.
"Speed is to system performance what scalability is to deployment strategies," says Andrew Huang, NEXCOM Network and Communications Solutions Business Unit Vice President. "NSA 7120B based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 family also establishes a flexible foundation for future reform, allowing functionality to be enhanced to extend network density to a higher level and preventing customers from being stretched in the meanwhile."
"The new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 series brings a new level of performance, power efficiency and scalability to demanding networking and communications infrastructure systems" said Steve Price, director of marketing, Intel Communications Infrastructure Division.
With the new Intel platform, the scalable network security platform NSA 7120B encompasses greater capability, higher memory capacity, larger bandwidth and improved connectivity. It will help create a more flexible network environment where the instruction is executed, data accessed and information transmitted at a faster speed with less energy.
About NEXCOM: NEXCOM International Co., LTD., an ISO-9001-certified company and a member of PICMG, PCI-SIG, and the Intel® Embedded Alliance, is at the forefront of the competition by offering OEM, ODM and OBM designs for products such as innovative blade servers, network security appliances, industrial and embedded PC products, CompactPCI CPU boards, industrial-grade server boards, and customized platforms.
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.
Teleste at Cable Congress: Teleste Launches Intelligent Networks Concept
TURKU, Finland, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
INTELLIGENT NETWORKS CONCEPT TO SLASH CABLE NETWORK OPERATING EXPENSES BY UP TO 50
At the Cable Congress 2012, Teleste Corporation, a leading provider of broadband video
and service platforms, will introduce its new Intelligent Networks concept. With
Intelligent Networks, Teleste is addressing a major pain point for cable operators:
constantly increasing operating costs. The Intelligent Networks concept consists of
intelligent network equipment that can auto-adjust itself and be remotely monitored and
configured, and management software that controls all the devices in a cable network.
According to Teleste's research, intelligence can significantly reduce on-site maintenance
and lower operating expenses by up to 50 percent.
With constantly increasing capacity demands, broadband network operators need to
invest heavily both in new network equipment and the maintenance of their networks.
"Manual maintenance has traditionally been the main reason for high operating expenses
in cable networks. We believe that it doesn't have to be. By adding intelligence to the
network both on the device and management system levels, maintenance and management can be
automated. This translates to savings that are nothing short of remarkable. According to
our research, moving to intelligent network architecture can reduce operating costs by 50
percent. In a medium sized network of 120 000 users, this translates to 10 million euro
savings over 15 years," said Hanno Narjus, SVP, Video and Broadband Solutions, Teleste.
With up to 50 percent reductions in operating costs, payback times for moving to
intelligent network architecture are typically less than 3-5 years.
In Teleste's Intelligent Networks concept, network intelligence is built on the
combination of automatically configuring intelligent fibre optic nodes and amplifiers, and
a management system that allows operators to control the whole network and remotely
address problems. Teleste Access -series nodes and amplifiers provide a firm basis for
realising the concept in conjunction with Teleste CATVisor software dedicated for network
By utilizing intelligent network devices and management software, operators can reduce
OPEX and service outages, provide better service to end-users and eventually reduce churn.
Teleste is an international technology group founded in 1954, which is specialised in
broadband video and data communication systems and services. The group is active in two
business segments, Video and Broadband Solutions and Network Services; in both fields, we
are among the global leaders. Video is at the core of our business activities, with a
focus on the processing, transmission and management of video and data for operators and
public authorities who provide multiple video-related information, entertainment and
security services to end-users. Video and Broadband Solutions business segment has the
emphasis on product solutions for broadband access networks, video service platforms and
video surveillance applications. Network Services segment deliver comprehensive network
service solutions including new construction, rebuilding, upgrading, planning and
maintenance services of cable networks. In 2011 the group's net sales totalled EUR 184
million and the group employed 1319 persons at the year-end. The company has approximately
30 offices world-wide and over 90% of Teleste's net sales are generated outside Finland.
The company is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. http://www.teleste.com for more
VASCO Launches A Complimentary Services Program for Web Application Providers and Website Owners
Unique offering for website owners provides free strong authentication to conveniently secure access to password protected content; Free services program is ultimate step in DIGIPASS as a Service strategy to reach consumer market; Special promotion package for first 50 web application providers signing up
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. and ZURICH, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) (http://www.vasco.com), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products announces today the next step in its DIGIPASS as a Service strategy with a new free services program for web application providers/web site owners. VASCO's objective is to reach out to every web application provider that offers services to businesses and consumers. The company plans to offer paying "Premium" services in a later phase.
The new program is open for everyone who owns a website with password protected content. Web application owners can integrate a button on their website at no cost, allowing their users to activate and use one-time password technology to log-on. Online application providers will thus be able to eliminate all support and back-office costs related to password management for their customer base, while protecting the content of their site with one-time passwords that are more secure than any static user name or PIN code.
The program has two offerings: "Free" and "Premium".
-- The "Free" offering includes free OTP authentication and a free mobile
DIGIPASS client for end-users. Additionally, application providers will
receive a commission fee for every end-user that will use the
authentication portal to sign up with other "Premium" web application
-- The "Premium" offering includes all features of the free offering but
web application providers will additionally receive stronger security,
branded mobile authentication clients, marketing tools, telephone
support and other services including statistics on user behavior. The
Premium category will be a paid service.
Web application providers can join the program as of today. For early adopters, VASCO launches a special promotion: the first 50 application providers signing up can make use of "Premium" services free of charge for the duration of one year. This promotion is valid until April 23, 2012. Interested companies can request more information about the program via email@example.com .
"The launch of this program for web application providers is the next big step in our DIGIPASS as a Service offering," says T. Kendall Hunt, Chairman & CEO of VASCO Data Security. "The services program offers every application provider with an easy to integrate solution that helps to reduce costs while at the same time enhancing user convenience for customers which helps him to gain a competitive advantage. We offer an exceptional promotional offer for the first 50 application providers that sign up. Our goal is to reach as many web application providers as possible."
"Our push towards web site owners fits perfectly in our services business model," adds Jan Valcke, VASCO's President & COO. "It is our objective that in the future, DIGIPASS client products will be distributed to the consumers for free, while the use of DIGIPASS will be paid."
Integration of DIGIPASS technology into the application's website is a straightforward and simple task. VASCO has developed different tools to assist application providers with the integration. "Developer.mydigipass.com" is an integration tool specifically designed for application providers and guides them step by step through the integration process.
In "sandbox.mydigipass.com" application providers will consequently be able to test the integrated authentication in a full blown testing environment without impacting their live infrastructure. A demo of the developer.mydigipass.com tools can be viewed on: developer.mydigipass.com. After registration, you can freely access the demo.
VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of approximately 10,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including approximately 1,700 international financial institutions. VASCO's prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.
Statements made in this news release that relate to future plans, events or performances are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements (1) are identified by use of terms and phrases such as "expect", "believe", "will", "anticipate", "emerging", "intend", "plan", "could", "may", "estimate", "should", "objective" and "goal", "possible", "potential", and similar words and expressions, but such words and phrases are not the exclusive means of identifying them, and (2) are subject to risks and uncertainties and represent our present expectations or beliefs concerning future events. VASCO cautions that the forward-looking statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors have been described in greater detail in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include, but are not limited to, (a) risks of general market conditions, including currency fluctuations and the uncertainties in world economic and financial markets, (b) risks inherent to the computer and network security industry, including rapidly changing technology, evolving industry standards, increasing numbers of patent infringement claims, changes in customer requirements, price competitive bidding, and changing government regulations, and (c) risks specific to VASCO, including, demand for our products and services, competition from more established firms and others, pressures on price levels and our historical dependence on relatively few products, certain suppliers and certain key customers. Reference is made to VASCO's public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding VASCO and its operations.
This document may contain trademarks of VASCO Data Security International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including VASCO, the VASCO "V" design, DIGIPASS, VACMAN, aXsGUARD and IDENTIKEY.
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- New, efficient 55 series for computers, tablets, mobile and deskphones
Konftel is launching its new 55 series, developed to satisfy the business world's need
to hold remote meetings from the office, conference room, hotel room or home. These
various situations require a unit that connects simply to laptops, tablets, mobile and
The 55 series is designed to be a connector in today's flexible conferencing setups.
The annual global growth rate of the virtual conferencing market is forecast at 22% to
The Konftel 55 and 55W are intelligent conference units with several shared connection
- USB for VoIP calls via, e.g. Microsoft(R) Lync, Skype and web meeting
- Port for mobile phones or connection via Bluetooth(R) (Konftel 55W)
- 3.5 mm port for private headset listening
- Connection port for desktop phones.
Other shared features:
- Active connections are switched easily via the colour screen touch
- VoIP calls are bridged simply with calls from mobile or desktop phones.
- Konftel's patented OmniSound(R) HD audio technology provides superior sound
quality with full duplex, automatic echo cancellation and reduced background
- Interviews, meetings and personal dictations can be recorded as files on a
memory card then transferred to your computer to be played back or shared with others.
Expansion microphones extend the audio coverage of the Konftel 55W in larger
The 55 series is highly portable and an optional battery gives the Konftel 55W even
greater flexibility. Both make excellent personal conference units on the desktop, in the
home office and for groups in the conference room.
The 55 series will be available in Konftel's global distribution network in the second
quarter of 2012.
Konftel is a leading company and the world's fastest growing brand, within audio
conferencing equipment. Since 1988, our mission has been to help people around the world
to conduct meetings despite distances. Based on our success, we know that audio
conferencing is a great way to save time, money and at the same time contribute to a
better environment. High audio quality is essential for efficient meetings, this is why
our patented audio technology OmniSound(R), is built into all Konftel Conference phones.
The products are sold globally under the Konftel brand and our head-quarter is based in
More information and images: Press contact: Håkan Tylén, CMO, +46-90706675, e-mail: email@example.com
Acision and Soli Partner to Transform Mobile Marketing
READING, England, March 6, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Visionary new platform extends traditional messaging to directly connect
brands, carriers and mobile consumers - changing the mobile marketing ecosystem and
uniting the world
Acision, the global leader in mobile messaging, and Soli, the world's trusted mobile
marketing channel, today announced a partnership to create an innovative, new media model
that offers global corporations the broadest reach to consumers through messaging. Working
together, Acision and Soli will transform the mobile marketing ecosystem by driving new
standards which directly connect mobile carriers, brands and consumers.
Currently, mobile messaging is a key global platform for content consumption and
consumer engagement. However, brands currently face challenges to effectively harness the
potential of mobile as a direct-to-consumer communications enabler. This includes complex
IT solutions, lack of technical know-how, misaligned business expectations, global
fragmentation and a lack of standards and trust. Based on experience working with the
carriers and brands, Acision and Soli now solve these issues by connecting the brand
directly to the operator, omitting the need for other 3rd party aggregators and reliably
delivering secure messages to consumers.
"Building on our expertise in delivering carrier-grade messaging to operators across
the world, this new partnership with Soli will unite the traditional telecoms community of
carriers with global brands, enabling them to take advantage of the clear potential in
mobile," said Jorgen Nilsson, Chief Executive at Acision. "Text messaging remains the most
ubiquitous and highest revenue-generating service today and this partnership will
stimulate the evolution of messaging as a whole, by guaranteeing the quick delivery and
roll-out of messaging campaigns to consumers, and creating competitive advantage for all
By uniting operators and brands, both parties can now work together to roll-out new
marketing services faster and provide more rewarding end-user experiences. For the first
time, enterprises will have greater control and transparency over audience reach and the
success of campaigns through standardisation of the delivery process and structure,
increased global coverage and more sophisticated intelligence and reporting. Carriers will
benefit from increased messaging traffic and greater transparency of the campaigns going
over their network.
"Brands understand that their next billion consumers are living on their mobile phones
and that they need a protected channel to engage their audience in conversation," added
Mark Kaplan, founder and CEO of Soli. "The Acision partnership will enable Soli to have
that direct line to consumers, as well as enable local businesses to establish meaningful
loyalty programs for the first time. Because of this partnership, mobile marketing can now
deliver on its promise."
Examples of the new service delivery models include integrated mobile couponing, SMS
rewards, and promotions. The new offering provides global enterprises with the audience
and platform needed to reach the next billion consumers, local businesses the tools and
education to build loyalty in their community, and consumers with a direct connection to
the brands and businesses they trust, on their terms. Local businesses, for example, can
leverage sponsor offers or create their own loyalty programs, while consumers can opt into
channels and connect with the brands they love without concerns about their data being
shared with unknown third parties. The platform, which has trade association backing,
provides an explicit opt-in/opt-out approach to campaigns from point of origination to
termination, while maintaining the integrity of the consumer data.
Steven van Zanen, SVP Strategy and Marketing at Acision, concluded: "In the same way
that Acision pioneered mobile messaging, working with Soli, we are once again at the
forefront in driving the next phase of messaging to ensure its ongoing longevity and to
help all players in the mobile marketing ecosystem to effectively capitalise on its
NOTES TO EDITORS
As the pioneer of mobile messaging, Acision enables customers worldwide to drive new
revenues with innovative services while monetising data traffic. For more information,
visit Acision at http://www.acision.com
Soli is the world's trusted messaging channel, connecting global enterprises, local
businesses and consumers. Soli's private, direct, cost effective solution focused on
consumer experience, content engagement and shopper transactions provides an alternative
to today's mobile channels.
With more than 300 carriers in over 140 countries, the Company's private carrier
partners reach over 70% of the world's population, making Soli the most accessible
direct-to-consumer marketing channel.
Founded in 2010, Soli is based in New York City with offices in Shanghai, Buenos
Aires, and Marseille.
Source: Acision UK Ltd
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New App for Teaching Language to Children with Autism is Now Available!
NEW YORK, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Different Roads to Learning, Inc., a global retailer of educational products for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, today announced the launch of Tell Me About It! Learning Language by Receptive Function, Feature & Category, aniPhone/iPad app for developing early language skills.
This app uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a systematic teaching approach that involves breaking down skills into small, easy-to-learn steps. ABA is the only evidence-based effective intervention treatment for Autism endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Surgeon General. The Tell Me About It! App is now available for $9.99 at iTunes.
"A new wave of educational apps has been on the rise since the iPad first launched; now, they are more efficient and visually stimulating than ever. These apps are especially pertinent in the early education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We are pleased to develop the Tell Me About It! App, which covers the basic foundations of language for children diagnosed with Autism. Our Tell Me About It! App for the iPhone and iPad allows parents and professionals to apply ABA in any setting," said Julie Azuma, CEO of Different Roads to Learning, Inc., which she founded in 1995 after her daughter was diagnosed with Autism.
"Mimicking an actual one-on-one instructional session with a therapist, the app utilizes Discrete Trial Teaching, a method of teaching students with Autism and other language or developmental delays by breaking skills into the smallest possible steps, teaching each step intensively until its mastered, providing repetition, prompting incorrect responses, and using positive reinforcement. It's like having a personal tutor at your fingertips," said Abigail Schlaifer, VP Sales & Marketing. She added, "Teachers, parents, and psychologists can delve into the Teacher's Console to control the difficulty settings for each student, and will appreciate the Student Report Card, which displays data for each student with an option to email results."
About the Development of the Tell Me About It! App
The concept for this app was developed by Stacy Asay, LMSW, and Abigail Schlaifer for Different Roads to Learning and created by Infusion, which combines expert software engineering with appealing user experiences.
Different Roads to Learning was one of ten small businesses selected for the CEO-UBS Small Business Advisory Program, a philanthropic partnership between UBS Wealth Management Americas and the William J. Clinton Foundation. As a participant in the Program's New York Metro Area pilot, Different Roads to Learning received six months of pro-bono strategic financial and business advice from a UBS Financial Advisor and a dedicated client. The app is a product of this mentorship program. For more information, visit iTunes.
Here are the reviews on the app:
-- Best Apps for Kids (editor's choice!)
-- I Heart This App
-- Special Apps, Special Kids
About Different Roads to Learning
Founded 17 years ago by the mother of a child diagnosed with Autism, Different Roads to Learning understands and embraces the unique needs of every child on the spectrum and strives to enable parents and professionals to help children grow to their full potential by offering over 500 of the most progressive and carefully researched quality products in support of the Autism Community. Visit http://www.difflearn.com. Read our blog. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
For more information, please contact:
Product: Abigail Schlaifer, (212) 604-9637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Media: Julie Huang, Kaimen Company for Different Roads to Learning, (888) 989-8808 x703 or (917) 807-0718 or email@example.com