Ask Those Who Know: Oracle BI Applications on Teradata Deliver Big Value
eBay significantly accelerates Business Intelligence time to value and enhances business insight with Oracle BI Applications on Teradata
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Companies running Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) applications on Teradata platforms are experiencing significant acceleration of business value, according to Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), the world's leading analytic data solutions company focused on Integrated Data Warehousing, Big Data Analytics, and Business Applications.
Shared Teradata and Oracle customers cite the benefits of leveraging Oracle BI Applications' lower deployment and implementation costs with the ability to combine BI Applications data with other data to get a truly integrated view of their business via the Teradata warehouse platform. Users say that Teradata is a highly effective platform on which to run Oracle BI Applications.
"At eBay we significantly accelerated our project time-to-value by implementing Oracle BI Applications on Teradata," said Rajeev Guliani, Senior Manager, Enterprise Applications and Software Development, eBay. "The established technical integration between Oracle BI Applications and Teradata allows us to deliver the required reporting and analytics to our end users, while achieving our primary goals around customer satisfaction, case resolution, consistent processing, consolidation of systems and service excellence. We are also able to combine this data with other information in our Teradata warehouse to provide broader business insight and value across eBay."
Like eBay, other Teradata customers are realizing the benefits of combining the pre-packaged Oracle BI Applications with data across the enterprise as part of their overall analytics strategy. Many companies, for example, see value in integrating detailed sales transaction data from operational systems such as retail point-of-sale or telco billing systems with summarized financial data contained in the ERP system to better understand buying patterns. Others are integrating call center, sales force automation and direct channel sales data with online sales information to improve customer growth and retention, sales forecasting and territory management.
One global consumer services business is using its Teradata platform to integrate multiple call center and customer service applications with Oracle Service and Oracle Contact Center Analytics. This integration enabled development of a customer care solution that helped increase customer loyalty by furnishing representatives with detailed, consistent information and recommended actions. These insights improved the company's ability to best serve customers' immediate needs while increasing overall trust and customer satisfaction. This project went from design-to-launch in a matter of months and successfully produced corporate-certified metrics while consolidating thousands of reports into a handful of dashboards. The accelerated time to deployment empowered the company to quickly meet over 80 percent of business requirements; the remaining requirements will be addressed in the project's next phase.
"Rajeev said it well. eBay is one of many companies finding that the Teradata platform is a great fit for running Oracle BI applications," said Darryl McDonald, executive vice president of applications, business development and CMO, Teradata. "We see growing interest with global leaders such as Bouygues Telecom, LexisNexis, SunGard Availability Services LP and many others who want to take advantage of the best-of-breed solutions Oracle and Teradata have to offer. They are realizing the benefits of integrating the data from Oracle's BI apps with other data warehouse information for faster BI deployment across departments and lines of business. Companies looking to improve their data management and analytics can easily see the benefits of improved time to value and the ability to uncover new insights by integrating data across organizational silos."
Oracle BI applications optimized for Teradata deliver ERP and CRM analytics with pre-defined reports and dashboards, and pre-mapped data sourcing from Oracle ERP systems like Oracle E-Business Suite, Peoplesoft and JD Edwards, as well as Oracle Siebel CRM.
Oracle BI applications are engineered by Oracle to run natively on the Teradata database platform. Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), a key component of the Oracle BI Applications solution, takes advantage of over 100 Teradata native functions and utilities to provide users with peak performance. Resource-intensive queries are shipped to the database and kept off the middle tier, reducing data duplication, network traffic and improving query performance.
The Teradata and Oracle alliance is dedicated to providing optimized integration of Oracle Business Intelligence and data integration technologies on Teradata's data warehouse platform family. Teradata's commitment to the alliance is focused on ensuring that mutual customers realize optimal BI performance. Joint engineering teams collaborate to ensure integration and optimization from Oracle BI applications on the powerful Teradata platform.
Teradata's professional services organization has deep expertise in deploying and optimizing Oracle BI applications and OBIEE solutions on Teradata. Teradata professional services consultants leverage Oracle and Teradata expertise as well as best practice knowledge in the areas of data migration, data management, BI solution development and analytical application support.
The momentum around the use of Oracle Business Intelligence technologies with Teradata has led to the recent launch of a Teradata-Oracle Business Intelligence Community of Interest group. This group will meet at the October 2011 Teradata PARTNERS User Conference, the premiere data warehousing conference. Teradata will also be available for discussions at the 2011 Oracle Open World conference.
Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the world's leading analytic data solutions company focused on integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications. Teradata's innovative products and services empower organizations to integrate, analyze and profit from data for competitive advantage. Visit teradata.com for details.
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BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the anticipated launch of Apple's new iPhone, Gazelle (http://www.gazelle.com), the nation's leading consumer electronics reCommerce service, is launching a newly developed app that enables customers to sell their used iPhone right from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The app, titled "Gazelle Gadget Trader" is compatible with iOS devices and can be downloaded from the app store.
The app is designed to easily calculate for customers how much their iPhone is worth in a matter of seconds. The app will even detect what iPhone you are using in order to facilitate an even quicker trade-in.
From there, customers ship their phone to Gazelle (packaging and shipping is free) and then get paid.
Gazelle expects a record number of iPhone trades as AT&T and Verizon customers alike look to upgrade to the anticipated new model. "The app makes it easy for you to trade in your phone anytime, anywhere, making it simpler than ever to offset the purchase of a new iPhone," said Israel Ganot, co-founder and CEO of Gazelle. "This app is part of our effort to roll out the red carpet for the millions of iPhone owners looking to upgrade. We want you to know that if you have a used iPhone, we're committed to giving you an easy, fast, and trusted service."
A new iPhone launch means big business for the reCommerce industry. Last summer, over 30,000 consumers traded iPhones into Gazelle to get cash for an upgrade to iPhone 4. This year, with so many generations of iPhone owners and many Verizon customers ready to take the leap to newer Apple technology, Gazelle expects trade-in fever to have an even more noticeable impact on the market. Gazelle takes steps to ensure all data is properly removed from every gadget it receives, and to ensure 100% of the items sent to Gazelle are responsibly reused or recycled.
Gazelle (http://www.gazelle.com), a service of Second Rotation, Inc., provides an easy, fast, and fair way for consumers to get cash for their unwanted electronic devices. Gazelle takes the risk and effort out of selling electronic gadgets online and provides its users with benefits such as free shipping and packaging and comprehensive identity/data removal. To date, Gazelle has helped more than 220,000 consumers trade their used gadgets to de-clutter their lives, earn quick cash and generally lead a greener lifestyle. Based in Boston, Gazelle is backed by premier venture capital firms Craton Equity Partners, Physic Ventures, Venrock Associates and RockPort Capital Partners.
Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The World's Smallest Camera.
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its 163-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The World's Smallest Camera, a fully functional digital camera that is no larger than a fingertip.
Measuring just over one inch in all dimensions and weighing only half an ounce, the camera appears to require Lilliputian dexterity, yet a human finger can snap a picture with a touch of the shutter button.
"Although The World's Smallest Camera is only slightly larger than a marble, it takes still images and records video just like much larger cameras," explained Hammacher Schlemmer's General Manager, Fred Berns.
The World's Smallest Camera provides automatic focus and has a 2 MP image sensor that captures crisp JPEG photographs at 1600 x 1200 resolution and AVI video at 30 frames-per-second with 640 x 480 resolution.
The pictures and videos are saved onto the included 2 GB micro SD card and The World's Smallest Camera can be connected to a computer for displaying images and video for family and friends.
"The World's Smallest Camera comes with a wrist lanyard that keeps it close at hand and enables ease of portability," explained Mr. Berns.
The camera's rechargeable battery provides up to 30 minutes of operation from a one-hour charge via the included USB cable.
The World's Smallest Camera is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95. For more information about this product, please visit http://www.hammacher.com/81584 or contact Trish Hammond at (847) 581-8987 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
About Hammacher Schlemmer
Hammacher Schlemmer is America's longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, backing all products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer's innovative offerings are available through its catalog, website, and its famed landmark store on East 57th Street in New York City.
The Leeds Interconnect community is pleased to announce the formation of
IXLeeds Ltd, a neutral, not-for-profit Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based
in Leeds (United Kingdom).
At a meeting on the 12th September held at aql (the site of the IXP) the
first thirteen founding members of IXLeeds signed the Memorandum of
Association and Articles of Association to incorporate the newly formed
The IXP is the result of many years of collaborative work by many
organisations and grew out of a working group set up in 2008 to promote
collaboration between network operators in Yorkshire.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said:
"I'm delighted to hear of the success of IXLeeds. The project is a prime
example of the industry cooperating for the benefit of all parties and it
will help put Leeds and Yorkshire on the 'Internet Map'."
Rob Evans, current Chair of IXLeeds said "IXLeeds not only facilitates
the interconnection between network operators and improves internet
resilience in the region, it also provides a community for collaboration."
Dr Adam Beaumont, MD of aql, one of the first founding members and host
of the IXP said "We're excited to support IXLeeds and to play our part in
making it happen. It's a success story of co-operation between all the
significant regional operators and will bring benefits to both the ISP's and
the end users."
An IXP is a physical network infrastructure operated by a single entity
with the purpose to facilitate the exchange of Internet traffic between
Autonomous Systems. In order to provide access to the 'global Internet', an
Internet Service Provider (ISP) must have connectivity to the global
Internet itself. Any ISP that is connected to the IXP can exchange traffic
with any of the other ISPs connected to the IXP. By enabling traffic to take
a more direct route between many ISP networks, an IXP can improve the
efficiency of the Internet, resulting in a better service for the end user.
IXLeeds is operated for the benefit of the member ISPs and the Internet
community at large.
If you are interested in joining the exchange or have further questions
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editor :
Any mention of aql should be used in lowercase letters as it is a
trademarked name and device. I have bolded all occurrences of this trademark
as a guideline.
aql, established in 1998, is a UK based, regulated telecommunications
operator. aql specialise in providing secure, reliable wholesale access to
the fixed and mobile networks to government, enterprise and to innovators.
The numbers speak for themselves - aql is responsible for the voice services
and numbering on over 42 million numbers for over 20 UK ISP's, routes over 1
million SMS text messages per day and has enabled over 40 UK MVNO (virtual
mobile) brands. aql also own and operate a significant national data network
and secure datacentre sites within the UK.
aql(R) is a registered trademark, device and trading style of (aq)
- Private Capital's New Channel for Thought Leadership -
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Privcap, the premier online media platform covering the alternative investments space, is pleased to announce the launch of its new-media platform. Investors in the private-capital asset classes have a new source for market intelligence, commentary and best practices: Privcap.com.
"Investors continue to gravitate to alternative strategies such as private equity, and they are hungrier than ever for insights to help them build quality private-capital programs," said David Snow, founder of Privcap. "Privcap captures an exchange of ideas between investors, managers and other market participants and makes this content accessible and navigable to a global audience."
Privcap specializes in high-quality, online video programming. Privcap broadcasts via its website the kinds of smart conversations and interviews that private-capital market participants seek at industry conferences and seminars.
Among Privcap's debut video programs are:
"Culture of Operations" - Privcap founder David Snow interviews Donald Gogel, President and CEO of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, about how his firm has made operating talent core to its strategy for adding value, and about what kinds of corporate executives successfully make the transition to private equity investing.
"Excellence in Co-Investment" - An in-depth, roundtable discussion about why institutional investors increasingly are seeking to invest directly in deals alongside their private equity fund managers, and what resources and people are required to build a successful co-investment program. The 50-minute, chaptered conversation features senior executives from: PineBridge Investments; Siguler Guff, Neuberger Berman and Caspian Private Equity.
Privcap also offers audio podcasts and articles providing valuable context for anyone with an interest in the private capital industry. The site is free and requires a quick registration.
Privcap is currently planning its 2012 video programming schedule.
Privcap is the premier new-media platform specializing in high-quality, online video, audio and print programming for participants in the private-capital marketplace. Privcap covers alternative asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, real estate and real assets. The company was launched in 2011 by veteran alternative investments journalist David Snow.
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Leader in Mobile Location-Based Family Safety Introduces Safely, Personal Security Software Suite for Consumers
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Location Labs, the leading provider of mobile and location-based family safety solutions, today announced the launch of Safely(SM), the next generation of personal security software services that enhance the safety of millions. Safely is the evolution of Location Labs' award-winning, industry leading family location services that enable parents to locate millions of kids every year via partnerships with nearly all of the Tier 1 wireless carriers in the U.S. Safely leverages the widespread adoption of Location Labs' mobile technology, which is being pre-loaded on tens of millions of smartphones (see related Sprint Drive First press release).
Safely is a comprehensive suite of easy-to-use services that extend Location Labs' commitment to empower parents, helping them better understand and guide their kids' lives online and on-the-go. Aimed at the $23 billion available market in the U.S. for Personal and Family Safety, Safely takes a holistic view of parenting in the digital age. Safely services include Safely Locate, Safely Drive, and Safely Social Monitor with more offerings coming in Q4 of this year.
Safely Locate is the award-winning family location service powering the branded family locators for nearly all of the Tier 1 wireless carriers in the U.S. This extremely successful service, which allows parents to locate their kids in real-time from the web and mobile devices, performed more than 400 million locates last year.
Safely Drive prevents texting and overall mobile phone engagement while driving. Using patent-pending technology to detect motion and lock the phone automatically, Safely Drive eliminates dangerous distractions and keeps drivers, passengers, and pedestrians safe.
Safely Social Monitor helps parents ensure their kids are using Facebook responsibly. As kids gain independence, it's hard for parents to manage new risks like cyber-bullying. Safely Social Monitor lets parents see who their kids' Facebook friends are, shares newly posted photos of their kids, and sends alerts if inappropriate language is detected allowing for quick intervention. This new digital parenting service is available at no charge, for a limited time.
"The creation of Safely was a natural next step for Location Labs. Our team has been laser focused on addressing the needs of families with our mobile and location-based services," said Tasso Roumeliotis, CEO of Location Labs. "Keeping up with kids as they engage with new technologies like smartphones and Facebook is a daunting task for parents. Safely answers parents' primal need to protect their families and gives them valuable services they can trust."
Safely is designed for each phase of a family's growth and is focused on making transitions as easy as possible for parents and kids. When kids first create a Facebook account, when they first get a mobile phone, and when they first start driving, Safely is there to help. Safely will regularly publish Safely Spotlights - a trusted resource that features rich commentary to educate and give advice on navigating the new challenges of parenting in the digital age. Download the first issue of Safely Spotlight at http://www.Facebook.com/Safely.
-- Safely on Facebook
-- Safely on Twitter
-- Safely Social Monitor video
About Location Labs and Safely
Established by Location Labs in 2011, Safely(SM) provides services that enhance the safety of millions of families. Nearly a dozen Tier 1 wireless carrier services are powered by Safely, helping parents to keep tabs on loved ones through mobile alerts and online activity reports.
Safely includes: Safely Locate, a mobile location service available via AT&T FamilyMap, Sprint Family Locator and T-Mobile FamilyWhere; Safely Drive, the only carrier-grade, patent-pending safe-driving service on the market, available via Sprint DriveFirst and T-Mobile DriveSmart Plus; and Safely Social Monitor, an online service that helps parents stay informed about kids' social network activities.
Location Labs has raised $26MM in venture financing from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, BlueRun Ventures (formerly Nokia Venture Partners), QUALCOMM Ventures, Intel Capital, and Mitsui Ventures and was named to Inc.'s 500/5000 list of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies in both 2010 and 2011. For more information: http://www.Safely.com and http://www.LocationLabs.com.
Michelle van KriedtPerkettPR for Location Labslocationlabs@perkettpr.com415-877-0230
Long hours spent studying for the SAT can take their toll on a student. Lack of sleep, stress and poor eating habits can make studying difficult and can lead to reduced scores. Another common problem is eye strain from extended computer use and poor lighting. DealExtreme has a few lighting solutions to help students reduce eye strain and protect their vision during long hours of study.
Protective lighting from DealExtreme
With a warm 5500k, two-mode LED light, this rechargeable eye-protection reading lamp is the perfect tutor for health and safety during a student's preparation for the SAT. With an incredible 10 hours of operating time and its ability to be wall mounted, this lamp is invaluable for proper lighting. Adjustable brightness controls make it even more suitable for safe lighting, and its ultra-light weight means portability for studying in that dimly lit library or study hall.
Another DealExtreme weapon to combat eye strain and fatigue is this 11 LED multi-function desktop lamp and flashlight. Able to function on either three or eight user-controlled LED lights makes this lamp convenient and practical. It also doubles as an LED flashlight so not even a power outage can prevent you from studying.
On the lighter side of proper lighting is this Dynamite Headdy desk lamp. With 15 LED lights in total, users have the option of two lighting configurations of either seven or 11 lit at a time. Its 180 degree adjustable lamp angle affords you proper lighting no matter what surface it sits on.
AC power allows for continuous operation and its built-in, 900mAh rechargeable battery lasts about 18 hours with seven LEDs lit, and about 8 hours with 15.
No one said proper lighting couldn't be fun and affordable, and DealExtreme can provide both with its wide assortment of high-grade LED lamps at affordable prices and free worldwide shipping.
Credit Sesame Launches Web's First Credit Badge(TM) Program
Free badges authenticate identities and certify good financial standing, enhance personal brands, and encourage trusted online interactions and transactions
Program promotes financial responsibility
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Credit Sesame (http://www.creditsesame.com), the fast-growing personal finance website that brings the power of bank analytics directly to consumers, today launched its Credit Badge(TM) program at the FinovateFall 2011 Conference in New York City. As the web's first ever financial "badge" program, the totally free and secure Credit Badge(TM) rewards financially responsible individuals with specialty badges that certify to the world his or her financial responsibility and credit worthiness, providing a real edge in achieving career, business, or personal goals.
When individuals sign into Credit Sesame to receive their free credit score and have their debt and loans analyzed and optimized, Credit Sesame's patent pending Credit Badge(TM) program and advanced analytic and monitoring engine authenticates an individual's identity and awards them with free certified badges that they can share with friends and colleagues.
Just as companies have long demonstrated their good business standing and security by posting logos from BBB, VeriSign, and Trust-e on their webpages, individuals now can display their trustworthiness through Credit Sesame's unique new program. The Credit Badge(TM) was designed for consumers to embed their badge in their email signature, on social media sites, and on personal websites and profiles.
"Online profiles do a good job of communicating a person's job experience, or their personal likes, but they fall short in providing essential information about whether that individual is financially responsible or trustworthy at a time when this matters more than ever," said Adrian Nazari, founder and CEO of Credit Sesame. "The Credit Badge(TM) fills that critical information gap by validating the users' good financial standing--a true competitive advantage for responsible individuals, whether applying for a job, transacting business online, or even meeting the love of your life on a dating site!"
Possible applications for Credit Sesame's certified Credit Badge(TM) include:
-- Jobseekers looking to stand out from the crowd and have a 3rd party
validation of their financial trustworthiness.
-- Employers searching to identify the most responsible and suitable
-- Online sellers on sites like eBay and Craigslist looking for 3rd party
-- Dating Site Members looking to set themselves apart and validate their
-- Financial Professionals looking to display their personal financial good
sense and responsibility, a sign of reliability and trust.
-- Renters looking to convey their financial responsibility and gain an
edge in a competitive real estate market.
-- Anyone looking to certify their good financial standing and trustworthy
In a time when being financially responsible is more important than ever, Credit Sesame's free and secure Credit Badge(TM) program monitors and measures creditworthiness (e.g., a good score) and financial fitness (e.g., an optimized credit portfolio) of individuals and rewards them with specialty badges illustrating financial responsibility. The badges are private by default but can be easily shared by the users.
Current badge levels include:
-- Member - This badge certifies that you are a verified member of
CreditSesame.com and are committed to be more financially responsible by
actively managing your credit and loans online.
-- GOOD Credit - This badge certifies that you are a verified member of
CreditSesame.com with a Good credit rating.
-- EXCELLENT Credit - This badge certifies that you are a verified member
of CreditSesame.com with an Excellent credit rating.
-- Credit GURU - This badge certifies that you are a verified member of
CreditSesame.com with an Excellent credit rating and a completely
optimized loan and debt portfolio.
"With our Credit Badge(TM) program, we're employing sophisticated game mechanics to encourage consumers to better understand and improve their credit," added Nazari. "Our goal is for the Credit Badge(TM) program to create more financially-savvy consumers who are better equipped to succeed in all areas of life," added Nazari.
Credit Sesame brings the power of bank analytics to you. It is a personal finance tool that provides a free credit score and the best options to restructure debt and save money on loans. With our powerful financial technology--comparable to what banks use to optimize profits on their lending products--you can see how lenders' actually see you, understand how to improve your credit and know what options are truly available. Once you sign up, Credit Sesame proactively monitors market changes and your financial picture to deliver just in time alerts and product recommendations that maximize your savings. We provide unbiased, personalized recommendations for savings so that you can get control of your finances, borrow smarter and monitor your credit and debt online. For more information visit http://www.creditsesame.com
All information provided by the Credit Sesame Credit Badge(TM) program (the "Program") is for general, personal information purposes only and is not intended for legal purposes. Program badges and certificates are granted based on the information available to Credit Sesame from the individual's credit report (or excerpts thereof) as of the most recent date pulled by Credit Sesame prior to the date of grant of the badge or certificate in question and other financial information. Credit Sesame takes reasonable efforts to obtain updates of this information from time to time but the information is subject to change at any time without any notice to the individual, Credit Sesame or any third party. While Credit Sesame makes reasonable efforts to assure that the Program is functioning properly, Credit Sesame makes no warranty or claim of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, timeliness, availability, suitability or usefulness of any information provided by the Program for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk and you agree that Credit Sesame and its data providers shall be held harmless from and shall not be subject to liability or any loss or damage (including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits) arising out of, or in connection with, information provided via the Program, even if advised in advance of the possibility of such damages.
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appsbar Delivers New Way to Sell Music Through Apps
appsbar Discography Gives Musicians - Famous or Not - the Way to Showcase, Share and Sell Songs
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- appsbar has introduced a new way for budding garage bands and rock stars alike to showcase and sell their music through their own customizable, cost-free app.
appsbar Discography was launched today as an update to appsbar, the first, always free-to-use tool for creating and publishing professional-level apps. The update gives anyone with a song to sell the ability to share their tunes though their own app whether hosted in the Apple App Store or their personal website.
With appsbar, anyone has a cost-free way to join a community, build a dynamic personalized app and publish it straight to app stores. Now musicians can connect directly with the fans who want to download, share and comment on their music.
"In the short time since we introduced this revolutionary approach to building apps, the music community in particular has embraced the free, efficient, and easy way they can explore new avenues to reach their fans and meet new ones," said Scott Hirsch, co-founder of appsbar. "We have worked with a number of people across the music industry and the first request we get is a way to sell and share songs - and Discography delivers on that."
Anyone can join the appsbar community and create a new app or update their current apps to sell music. With Discography, you can use an Artist ID from iTunes or you can arrange a separate payment service for songs that the owner has the rights to sell.
Appsbar launched in April 2011 and has swelled to a community of more than 30,000 app builders, including chart-topping musicians and up and coming acts. appsbar Discography is designed specifically for musicians - famous or want-to-be famous - to have an immediate presence in app stores where they can showcase or sell music on their own terms.
An established artist can use Discography's unique social sharing functions to alert their fanbase that a new single is available for download - or send a personal message that recommends they download an old favorite. For starving artists, appsbar Discography redefines how new music can be discovered and immediately shared across digital platforms.
As part of the step-by-step app building process, the app builder can add appsbar Discography as a new page that links to a catalog of individual songs or entire albums. Using appsbar's unique social network tools, the app builder can engage users across email, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Anyone who downloads an app built using Discography can hear a 30-second sample before they purchase, and once they download the song can share the same 30-second sample across their social networks through the app.
Users can add a personalized song reviews that are visible to anyone who browses the song on the app. Songs that are hosted on iTunes are sold for the same cost set by Apple and follow established revenue sharing agreements. App builders who sell songs hosted on their own sites can set their own prices.
As appsbar continues to refine its unique app builder, it is already being received by diverse and wide-ranging communities as the first, always-free app way to combine a full-range of technology tools and functions and the portal to get apps published.
appsbar has found rapid success in part because apps can be made for many devices and published to multiple app stores with a variety of customization options using PCs, Macs or tablet devices. appsbar is not only for musicians, people from all walks of life have built apps using the appsbar "wizard" that walks the builder through every step. It's easy to add as many or few pages and functions as the creator chooses, with visual and textual clues at each step. As creators build apps page by page, each app becomes more personalized through limitless combinations of background colors and fonts, and the ability to upload images and videos from personal or appsbar media libraries.
appsbar Discography is an addition to a suite of tools anyone can use to create and publish apps that are fun, functional and ready-to-use on mobile devices. Users from any business, club, organization or anything, can combine limitless combinations of technologies like uploading photos and videos, adding interactive maps, linking to social networks and creating soundboards.
For screenshots of Discography visit appsbar's Flickr page:
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appsbar was launched in 2011 to fill the gap between over-simplified apps and costly, professionally-produced apps. appsbar was developed by Appsbar Inc., a company co-founded by Scott Hirsch and Arsen Pereymer. appsbar has grown to a community of app developers and opened the way for businesses and people to engage with friends and brands online through the development of customizable digital tools. For company contact information and partnership opportunities, visit http://www.facebook.com/appsbar or http://www.appsbar.com.
Stern Pinball to Release TRANSFORMERS Pinball Machine
World's Only Maker of Arcade Quality Pinball Announces Newest Addition to Stern's Timeless Pinball Lineup
MELROSE PARK, Ill.,Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's only maker of real pinball games, announced today upcoming plans for a pinball machine based on the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro, Inc. that will be available later this fall. Collectors, casual players and avid fans can all expect nothing less than an epic TRANSFORMERS adventure.
Since the birth of the franchise in 1984, the TRANSFORMERS brand has been celebrated with toys, comic books, animation, summer blockbuster movies and more. Under license from Hasbro, Stern is now proud to be adding pinball machines to the lineup. Players can expect the classic battle between the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME and the villainous MEGATRON as well as other beloved AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON characters.
"The story behind the TRANSFORMERS brand makes for a perfect translation into pinball," said Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball. "We're confident that the long anticipated machine will please the eyes, ears and the hands of even the most diehard TRANSFORMERS fans."
The TRANSFORMERS game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old. The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Stern passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary Stern who founded Stern Pinball. Today pinball remains one of America's favorite pastimes.
Stern Pinball, Inc., located just outside Chicago, Illinois, designs and manufactures arcade-quality pinball games. Stern is the only maker of full-sized, arcade quality pinball games on the planet and has released many popular games, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Shrek, Batman, Spiderman, the Simpsons Pinball Party and many more. Stern's games continue to be enjoyed by both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe. For more information visit http://www.sternpinball.com.
International Travelers Take Off With New Messaging Packages Delivering More Value, More Choice
DALLAS, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Want to share the family picture from in front of Big Ben? Or a video message from the top of the Eiffel Tower? Go ahead and hit "send." With the addition of two new global messaging packages, international travelers now have more freedom and flexibility to use messaging abroad just like they do at home.
Available beginning today, AT&T's* new global messaging packages** allow travelers to share their experience using text, picture, video and instant messaging for one, low monthly rate from more than 100 countries. The new packages include:
-- Global Messaging 200 -- send 200 messages for $30/month
-- Global Messaging 500 -- send 500 messages for $50/month
With the new packages, customers benefit from significant savings compared to international roaming pay-per-use messaging rates, which cost travelers $.50 per message sent for text and instant messages, and $1.30 per message sent for picture and video messages. In contrast, with the Global Messaging 200 package, customers just pay $.15 per message sent.
"When our customers travel abroad, we want to deliver a wireless experience that's affordable and customized to fit their needs," said Mark Collins, senior vice president, Data and Voice Products, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our Global Messaging 200 package lets travelers send a text, photo or video message for only $.15 a message - a great value and one we're excited to add to our international lineup."
The new additions reflect the increasing popularity of using mobile messaging to communicate from overseas. In a recent AT&T survey among international travelers, nearly two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) said they text from abroad, while nearly half (47 percent) stay in touch using picture and video messages.
As a global leader connecting travelers all around the world, AT&T remains the only major U.S. wireless carrier to offer low-cost international messaging packages when traveling in more than 100 countries - a complement to the broadest lineup of international-compatible phones, and the new global data plans announced earlier this year.
Customers may add one of the new packages to their current calling plan beginning today. For more information on other AT&T international services, including discount packages for voice, data and international long distance services, as well as travel tips, visit http://www.att.com/global.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Messaging allowance and overage rates apply to mobile-originated messages in more than 100 countries. Visit att.com/globalcountries for a list of included countries. Messages sent while roaming outside of included countries are billed at pay-per-use rate of $.50/msg for Text/Instant, and $1.30/msg for Picture/video. Messages received while roaming will be deducted from the customer's domestic messaging package, or, if the customer does not have a domestic messaging package, the messages will be billed at $.20 for a text/instant message, and $.30 for a picture/video message.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
Merillat® Takes Their Web Site to Another Level With Language
- New Web site offers an engaging and educational experience for consumers in Spanish -
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Merillat introduces its new Merillat.com Web site in Spanish. Complete with a fresh new look and innovative functionality, the Spanish version of Merillat.com is a perfect example of how Merillat cabinetry continues to provide homeowners with products and resources that best suit their lifestyles. This new Web site includes the same visual and functional enhancements as the English language version of the Merillat site, allowing the visitor to gather information on their own or be guided though an intuitive process to gather their ideas prior to visiting a showroom.
"We know the Web is often the place where homeowners search for information and inspiration," explained Susan Cross, communications manager for Merillat. "The goal of Merillat's new Spanish Web site is to accommodate those Spanish speakers in addition to educating homeowners on how to make smarter kitchen design decisions to fit their lifestyles. We hope to inspire them to look at choices they might not have considered."
The new Spanish version of Merillat.com includes:
-- Product navigation that allows consumers to search by color or door
style making it easier than ever to find a cabinet they'll love.
-- A style selection tool which makes it easy for consumers to find what
style fits them best.
-- A decorative enhancement tool that enables consumers to see how small
touches can really enhance a room.
-- An inspiration gallery that showcases a number of design ideas and lets
consumers explore unique features.
-- An IdeaFolio(TM) so that consumers can transform their kitchen dreams
into a 2D reality. This tool allows consumers to develop a floor plan
and a design scheme that can be printed and shared.
-- And, the Step-by-Step Kitchen Planner to guide consumers through a
customized kitchen planning process in order to help them find the most
appropriate styles, products and features for their lifestyles.
The new Spanish version of Merillat.com is part of a larger, integrated consumer campaign which focuses on how Merillat can bring function and smart storage solutions to any kitchen. To experience the Merillat Spanish Web site first hand, visit Merillat.com. For updated tips and trends join the Merillat Facebook page, check out their Round Table Blog or follow them on Twitter.
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About Merillat. Merillat cabinets add meaningful innovation and functional storage to make prepping, cooking, entertaining and living in the kitchen easier. Merillat is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and part of Masco Cabinetry. All Merillat products carry the seal of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association (KCMA). A leader in environmental stewardship, Masco Cabinetry has been granted an Environmental Stewardship Program certificate by the KCMA and is ISO 14001 certified. http://www.merillat.com
PR Newswire's New eBook, 'Unlocking Social Media for PR,' Explores How Social Media is Changing the Art and Science of Public Relations
Gain expert advice and actionable tips for navigating the shifting landscape of influencers
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The evolution of social media is transforming the role of public relations, and understanding its growing impact, while effectively integrating the two into a cohesive communications strategy is of paramount importance to practitioners.
Authored by PR Newswire's social media expert, Sarah Skerik, the new, comprehensive eBook, Unlocking Social Media for PR, provides a step-by-step guide for getting started and succeeding in social media. Designed to be a resource for communications professionals, the eBook includes tips on how to determine which social networks are most suitable for various types of organizations, the best way to connect with journalists and bloggers, how to integrate social media into the daily practice of PR and more.
For more information, download the complete eBook here.
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Vuzix Launches Wrap 1200VR (Virtual Reality) Video Eyewear
Supports widescreen VGA video up to 720P, the latest 3D games, and features upgraded head-tracking
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ --Vuzix Corporation (TSX-V: VZX, OTC:BB: VUZI, FMB: V7X), award-winning manufacturer of video eyewear,, is excited to announce the availability of the Wrap 1200VR. The sunglass-style Wrap 1200VR brings virtual worlds to life with a 16:9 widescreen, virtual display and superior head tracking for step-inside gaming. The supersized display with a 35 degree field of view is the equivalent to watching 3D content on a 75 inch display from 10 feet away.
"The Wrap 1200VR allows our customers to step into another world, creating an immersive gaming or movie watching experience", said Paul Travers, CEO Vuzix Corporation. "With new tracking sensor technology and improved WVGA displays that support resolutions of up to 1280x720 (720p), the Wrap 1200VR provides the best consumer level VR solution available today."
The Wrap 1200VR's new head tracking technology, Wrap Tracker 6TC with compass, has 9 sensors that work together to create a 3 degree of freedom solution with automatic drift compensation for smooth, realistic motion tracking. The Wrap 1200VR supports the latest side-by-side 3D video format, with support from more than 100 titles for 3D video and/or head tracking. This includes popular game titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Fallout 3, F.E.A.R. and many more.
The Wrap 1200VR connects to virtually any Windows graphic card desktop or laptop computer, regardless of make or model. Windows 7, Vista and XP (32 and 64-bit versions) are all supported which makes the Wrap 1200VR a perfect big screen interactive gaming monitor. Optional interfaces enable the Wrap 1200VR to connect to component video devices like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.
The Wrap 1200VR is the only consumer virtual reality system featuring individual focus for each eye and has optics that allow the user to position the displays to match the user's IPD (Interpupillary Distance or eye separation). This enables optimum display positioning in front of each eye (much like binoculars) to ensure the best user viewing experience possible. Like other Wrap models, the 1200VR fits comfortably over most prescription eyeglasses.
Follow Vuzix on Twitter @Vuzix and facebook.com/Vuzix for the latest news on the Wrap 1200VR and the company's entire line award winning video eyewear.
About Vuzix Corporation:
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear products in the defense, consumer and media & entertainment markets. The Company's products, personal display devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience; provide solutions for mobility, thermal sighting systems, tactical wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. With its origins in defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix holds over 51 patents in the Video Eyewear field. The company has won 9 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards, the RetailVision Best New Product and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (TSX-V:VZX - News, OTC:BB: VUZI, FMB: V7X) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. For more information visit http://www.Vuzix.com.
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VERGO Interactive's "Lead Peep" Eliminates Fraudulent Lead Generation Activity in Education Marketing
EDU Industry's First Technology Platform to Guarantee Screen Capture at the Point of Data Collection, and Lead Source Compliance and Transparency
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- VERGO Interactive (VERGO), the digital marketing company that connects institutions of higher learning with students exploring options for post-secondary education, announced today the addition of Lead Peep, a revolutionary technology developed by VERGO to provide a lead source audit trail and eliminate fraudulent data.
Lead Peep ensures lead transparency by capturing online root information at the point of data collection - web site or landing page - and the referring URL for every lead sent by a vendor. Schools can verify the source of all web traffic and trace every lead back to the original messaging or advertising copy, thereby eliminating incompliant, misleading messaging/ad copy and driving traffic to landing pages that are in compliance.
Lead Peep's Key Advantages:
-- Creates complete lead transparency and establishes a self-policing
environment within the EDU lead generation vertical
-- Guarantees schools receive quality leads, eliminates lead fraud and
ensures compliance with new federal marketing and gainful employment
-- Offers an insurance policy in today's contentious lead generation
"The technology behind Lead Peep provides schools with the resources to ensure data quality in today's evolving EDU world, and guarantees lead transparency by tracking the 'DNA' of leads at the point of origin," said Anthony D. (Don) Fiorentino, Chief Executive Officer of VERGO Interactive. "We believe Lead Peep will revolutionize the lead generation industry and greatly impact the quality of leads sent to schools by eliminating such fraudulent practices as recycling leads, manipulating or changing IP addresses, and misleading messaging on landing pages - all too common tactics in the lead gen space."
For more information about Lead Peep, including instructions on how to sign up for this service, please visit http://www.leadpeep.com.
About VERGO Interactive
VERGO Interactive owns and operates career- and degree-themed education portals and directories, along with multiple online promotion-specific sites. These tools have enabled the company to identify target demographics, key influencers and decision drivers used to build prospective student profiles. VERGO Interactive's web properties include UniversityDecisions.com and ArmedForcesEDU.com. For more information visit http://www.vergointeractive.com.
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MedicalMine, Inc. Completes Surescripts® Certification. ChARM/EHR Now Connects Physicians with Pharmacies Across the Country for E-Prescribing
PLEASANTON, Calif., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --- MedicalMine, Inc., a health care software company, announced today that it has completed certification with Surescripts, the nation's largest e-prescription network. With this certification, MedicalMine's ChARM/EHR (formerly ChARM/Physician) users will now be able to exchange "prescriptions" and/or "prescription information" electronically and securely with pharmacies in communities throughout all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The addition of this e-prescription capability enhances the innovative pathway of care provided by the ChARM platform of products -- from the well-established patient portal ChARM Tracker, to the physician's portal ChARM/EHR, providing a shared view of treatment tracking to improve outcomes for patients with multi-factorial diseases.
The connection to Surescripts also allows for electronic routing of prescription refill requests, which physicians can receive via their office computer instead of their fax machine. Refill authorizations, or denials, can then be electronically communicated back to the pharmacy with just a few clicks of a computer mouse, thereby eliminating many of the faxes and phone calls associated with the traditional refill process. New prescriptions can also be routed directly to pharmacy computers before a patient even leaves their physician's office.
MedicalMine founder Pramila Srinivasan, PhD said: "We look forward to an ongoing relationship with Surescripts. ChARM/EHR has been designed to provide the best tools to help clinicians run their practices more efficiently, giving them more time to focus on their patients. Surescripts is an important part of our comprehensive software."
ChARM/EHR targets health care providers who want to improve their ability to track, manage and visualize their patients' medical records. The software provides a state-of-the-art, secure EHR system without requiring an extensive investment in IT personnel and infrastructure by the physician. "And for the first time, clinicians will have a unique 'patient dashboard' with all relevant data about that patient -- from a variety of sources, like collaborating physicians, therapists, and caregivers -- at their fingertips; anytime, and anywhere," according to Elizabeth Horn who is handling the marketing of the ChARM product line. "This will be an extraordinary benefit for both the doctors and their patients: one unified view of treatment path that is shared by all."
ChARM/EHR features a complete integration with ChARM Tracker, the patient portal rolled out in June 2009 that now has over 2500 users worldwide. Physicians and patients can invite each other to view any aspect of their data based on ownership and permission by all of the parties.
"This new product has been developed by the same team of world class software designers, algorithm and usability experts that created ChARM Tracker," said Dr. Srinivasan. "It stands on the secure, reliable platform that powers ZOHO Corporation (http://www.zoho.com) applications used by millions globally for online productivity."
Interested physicians should go to http://www.charmtracker.com for more information about the product and its availability. Future versions of the product will include advanced visualization and analysis tools for both physicians and researchers.
MedicalMine, Inc. is a Pleasanton, California-based software company founded to address the application of online data entry and visualization, intelligent data analysis, and collaboration to the field of chronic illness management.
The Surescripts network supports the most comprehensive ecosystem of healthcare organizations nationwide. Pharmacies, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians, hospitals, health information exchanges and health technology firms rely on Surescripts to share health information more easily and securely. Guided by the principles of neutrality, transparency, physician and patient choice, open standards, collaboration and privacy, Surescripts operates the nation's largest health information network. By providing information for routine, recurring, and emergency care, Surescripts is committed to saving lives, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of health care for all. For more information, go to http://www.surescripts.com and follow us at twitter.com/surescripts.
Symmetricom Expands Quantum(TM) Chip Scale Atomic Clock Family
Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) Now Available with 10.24 MHz and 16.384 MHz Output Frequencies to Meet Emerging Customer Needs
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Symmetricom®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency technologies, today announced that the recently-released SA.45s Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) is now available with new frequency output options. Introduced in January, the SA.45s CSAC is the first commercially available chip scale atomic clock, enabling portable applications requiring precise synchronization and time keeping in GPS-denied environments.
The SA.45s CSAC is only 16cc in volume, weighs only 35 grams and draws a mere 120mW of power. It brings autonomous, reliable timekeeping to applications for which an atomic clock would not have previously been considered due to space and/or power constraints. Example applications include dismounted IED jammers, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), next-generation man-pack radios, military handheld GPS units, and geophysical sensors.
Symmetricom is continuing to invest in the technology behind the SA.45s CSAC, and the announcement of new output frequencies is only the most recent example of this. Other examples include the previously announced Tactical Grade Atomic Clock (TGAC) and ManTech programs.
Symmetricom timing experts will be exhibiting at the Institute for Navigation conference, ION GNSSS, September 21-23, Booth #801/803 and will feature a live SA.45s CSAC demonstration. The demonstration will measure the accuracy, stability and exceptional performance in a small form factor. Symmetricom's comprehensive portfolio of timing & frequency solutions will also be on display at ION GNSS.
About the SA.45s Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC)
Symmetricom's SA.45s CSAC is the world's first commercially available chip scale atomic clock, providing the accuracy and stability of atomic clock technology while achieving true breakthroughs in reduced size, weight and power consumption (16cm3 volume, 35g weight, 120mW power consumption).
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About Symmetricom, Inc.
Symmetricom (NASDAQ: SYMM), a world leader in precise time solutions, sets the world's standard for time. The company generates, distributes and applies precise time for the communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure and metrology industries. Symmetricom's customers, from communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to governments and their suppliers worldwide, are able to build more reliable networks and systems by using the company's advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and solutions. All products support today's precise timing standards, including GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS® timing. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.symmetricom.com.
Matrix42 Improves Workplace Management with Enhanced Microsoft SCCM Offering
New Features Increase Accuracy and Efficiency of Enterprise Software Distribution
LEHI, Utah, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Matrix42, a leading provider of Workplace Management solutions, today unveiled its enhanced Enterprise Manager 2011 for Microsoft SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) to simplify and streamline software rollouts.
Microsoft SCCM forms the centerpiece of client systems management for thousands of IT organizations around the world. However, for the time-consuming and often error-prone process of distributing new or updated software packages across thousands of user desktops, it has some limitations. Matrix42 Enterprise Manager extends the value of Microsoft SCCM helping IT professionals improve the process with greater accuracy and efficiency.
New features include:
-- Extended Package Management - new variables simplify deployment by
removing the need for multiple packages for different locations.
-- Advanced Rollout Management - reduces bandwidth usage by allowing IT to
phase rollout downloads with the ability to monitor progress at a macro-
and desktop-specific level.
-- OS Deployment - unifies management tools by bringing native SCCM OS
deployment capabilities into the Enterprise Manager console.
-- Optimized Delegation Management - the enhanced Web console provides
clearer definitions and controls for user roles and delegation paths.
-- Improved Agent UI - an improved user interface helps the end-user
understand which new services are available, when rollouts will be
implemented and when interaction is required.
"Microsoft SCCM is a powerful tool, but many system administrators are looking for ways to extend the solution to support immediate rollouts, delegation and simplified software delivery," said Oliver Bendig, VP of product management at Matrix42. "Using Matrix42 Enterprise Manager, SCCM becomes more precise, targeted and time- and bandwidth-efficient - a win-win for IT service management and end-user productivity."
Matrix42 is the leading supplier for Workplace Management solutions. Matrix42 Workplace Management enables the seamless management of physical, virtual and mobile environments. It combines Client Lifecycle, Cloud, SaaS, Virtualization and Service Management into a holistic solution enabling users to have transparent access to their data and services everywhere, from any virtual or physical device at any time. Founded in 1992, Matrix42, with headquarters near Frankfurt, Germany, has been established in the dynamic IT market for almost 20 years. Over 3 million clients are managed by Matrix42 software at more than 1,500 customers worldwide including market-leading enterprises such as Infineon, Magna, Lufthansa Systems and Puma and integrators like T-Systems, Raiffeisen IT, msg systems and Bechtle. In early 2008, Matrix42 became part of the Asseco Group. With over 8,000 employees and a market capitalization of around 1.2 billion euros, Asseco is one of the largest European software companies.
Game Face Gaming, Inc., a Reality Gaming Social Network Company, Begins Beta Trials
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Game Face Gaming, Inc. (OTC.BB: IKCC- News),announced today that it has begun Beta testing of its legal, live interactive non-wagering gaming site. The Beta trials began over the weekend and are successfully demonstrating the Company's abilities to deliver a new and unique online social gaming experience.
Mr. Felix Elinson, the Company's Chief Executive Officer stated "after nearly two years of development, we are extremely excited to launch the Beta version of our proprietary software. In early Beta testing which began this past weekend, we have already seen favorable and positive feedback from players to our next generation technology. Every part of the operation performed better than expected, allowing the company to move forward with the next expanded phase of Beta by early October 2011. The Companyseeks to take Internet Gaming to the next level by incorporating proprietary technologies that will provide users with streaming video, audio and messaging capabilities, and by enhancing the users experience.
Face Up Gaming is a legal non-wagering online gaming platform (http://www.FaceUpGaming.com). Today, none of the subscription based online gaming sites offer players the ability to see one another and speak live during game play. "We are bringing game night from your living room to the internet and leaving nothing behind" stated Felix Elinson, the Company's CEO.
Game Face Gaming's proprietary platform (http://www.FaceUpGaming.com) will be used in creating a vast global gaming network consisting of games from every region of the globe, supporting native languages as well as cross language functionality. Logical additions to the platform include global staples in gaming such as Backgammon, Poker, Chess and Checkers and many others.
Once these games make their way onto our platform they will be accessible on almost all devices currently used to access the internet. In addition to popular and well known games that are already being played online by millions of people around the world, Game Face Gaming also plans to launch its own in- house developed games.
Game Face Gamingis committed to responsible game-play and is not a gambling site. "Our goal is to maintain the thrill of online games while keeping it safe for everyone. "Our social networking functionality provides the user base with the ability to grow their circle of friends beyond those they physically reach day to day. Our users sit down to play a game and more often than not leave making a connection with a stranger which is then maintained via our social network functionalities", stated Mr. Elinson.
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Z Corporation Vice President of Product Management Joe Titlow will
provide a technical overview of the company's latest product and material
advancements. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 1:15 p.m.
- "In-House Prototyping a Breakthrough for Time-Honored Shoe
Ross Authers of Clarks International UK [http://www.clarks.co.uk ],
another Z Corporation customer, will detail how this leading global footwear
manufacturer has transformed its development process to release better, more
stylish shoes earlier in the fashion life cycle. Clarks has removed weeks -
and in some cases, months - from the design process with Z Corporation 3D
printing technology. Thursday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m.
- "Striving for Excellence....Tangible Results!"
Z Corporation customer Ben White of Integra Products Ltd
[http://www.integra-products.co.uk ] will discuss how this leading
UK-manufacturer of curtain poles is using 3D printing to produce sand cast
patterns for production and marketing models to show to clients, like John
Lewis, one of the UK's largest department store chains. Thursday, Sept. 29,
at 2 p.m.
"These sessions will give TCT Live attendees an invaluable firsthand
look at how far rapid prototyping has come," said Z Corporation Vice
President of Marketing Kevin Lach. "Designers and engineers have never been
so empowered to create more. It's a great opportunity to share best
practices and learn new ways to improve the product development process."
Z Corporation will be exhibiting throughout TCT Live at Stand #D12,
demonstrating its 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies, including the
world's fastest, most affordable, color 3D printers and unique, handheld 3D
About Z Corporation
Z Corporation enables design professionals to create more. More ideas.
More communication. More innovation. Wherever innovators use technology to
develop ideas, we stretch the boundaries of what is possible. Product
design. Architecture. Education. Even the leading edge of entertainment,
health care, and retail mass customization. Z Corporation provides 3D
printing and 3D scanning technologies used to create new products and
services more effectively than any other means. We serve the world's most
productive designers and engineers, and are committed to making our
solutions the fastest, easiest, most accessible, and most valuable. Z
Corporation. Create more. http://www.zcorp.com.
Best-in-Class Marketing and Research Agencies Partner to Form Mindtap Insight Network
Consortium delivers seamless end-to-end integration of shopper insights from a wide variety of research perspectives.
WILTON, Conn., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Six of the country's leading marketing strategy and research companies have come together to form a best-in-class insights consultancy network that offers marketers a seamless, comprehensive resource for brands seeking an integrated shopper insights solution.
Mindtap Insight Network (http://www.mindtapinsight.com) enables faster, easier, and smarter decision-making for senior-level shopper marketing executives inundated with information in today's challenging and fast-changing environment. The network's comprehensive solution helps clients to elevate the role and impact of shopper marketing by delivering the right insights to drive more effective shopper strategies and implementation for brands. It does this by incorporating a customized variety of research perspectives in one integrated insights-to-execution plan.
Mindtap comprises: BIGresearch, D. L. Ryan Companies, Ltd., GfK Interscope, RetailNet Group, SmartRevenue and Spire.
"Many CPGs cannot keep up with the speed at which shopper marketing is evolving, and often go to 5 or 6 vendors to get research and data for effective shopper insights," explained D. L. Ryan COO, Paul Kramer. "Which is where Mindtap comes in," he continued. "With Mindtap, you get an integrated insight plan coordinated by a single strategist that orchestrates the contributions of our many partners. Mindtap partners work with the top retailers and know the type of data each will find most compelling."
"Some retailers want hard panel data. Others want ethnographic data from their stores. While others are looking for analytics based on their shopper card data," said Tim O'Connor, Vice President of RetailNet Group. "With our lineup of partners, we can respond to these needs as efficiently and effectively as possible."
For example, John Dranow, founder and CEO of Smart Revenue said, "One of the questions shopper marketers increasingly are asking themselves is, 'Why are this retailer's shoppers behaving the way they are, and how is this different from what our consumer research is telling us?' Mindtap can approach this question and activate solutions from several points of view, so we are able to be a more comprehensive resource than any individual firm ever could. Think of it as an intelligence and activation consortium."
Shopper marketing data is expanding at an exponential rate, which makes it difficult for even veteran marketers to perform a timely and accurate assessment of how shopper behavior is changing, especially at the macro level. Mindtap is a cohesive resource that fully integrates the core shopper insights that executives need to be effective, along with a senior-level strategist to help develop the plan and provide the macro-level integration that drives effective strategy and execution.
"Many organizations have lots of data, locked away in different silos, including category management, finance, shopper insights and market research. The big industry opportunity is more integrated insights and the capability to integrate insights and translate them to action," explained Alison Chaltas, Principal of GfK Interscope. She continued, "Working with the Mindtap Insight Network, we can integrate research and data needs at the outset, improving efficiency and applying a wide range of expertise to create ideas that work at retail."
"Being part of Mindtap allows us the tremendous opportunity to work with thought leaders across the shopper spectrum and bring more of a seamless solution to life, from strategy all the way through to creative execution," Paul Taylor, CEO of Spire, said. "The chance to work with other experts makes for a collaborative, enjoyable experience."
The flexibility that Mindtap delivers to clients is in building only the research that each client needs, Taylor noted, adding that the organizational structure of the new network allows for more efficient solutions.
What Mindtap provides is:
-- Qualitative and quantitative shopper research
-- Multichannel retailer intelligence (strategic and implementation)
-- Synthesis and recommendations for real-world implementation from both
creative and execution experts
-- Tools and training that build your organization's capability to win at
the point of sale
-- Performance measurement, using consumer purchase data and advanced
Mindtap integrates the following "insight" services:
-- Shopper-card driven analysis of category dynamics
-- Integration of massive data sets
-- Development of strategies and solutions that win at point of sale
Shopper Activity Measurement/Analytics
-- Shopper-card driven analysis of shopper behavior
-- Behavior-based shopper targeted marketing
-- Advanced analytic capabilities to measure program effectiveness and ROI
Retailer Insight & Activity
-- In-depth strategic analysis of specific retail banners and trends
-- National database of category activities/tactics by retail banner
-- Comprehensive virtual e-tailer activity tracking/evaluation
-- Actionable conclusions from combined sources
-- Strategic direction
-- Focus on making sure insights are executable
Kim Finnerty, VP Insights of D. L. Ryan Companies, Ltd. and Candace Adams, President of Global Retail Strategy of Smart Revenue, along with Kim Rayburn, SVP of Client Solutions for BIGresearch and Keith Anderson, Senior Analyst with RetailNet Group, will be presenting at PMA's Digital Shopper Marketing Summit 2011. Titled "The Smarter Shopper: Marketing to the Digital Consumer," the summit will be held Sept. 20-21 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Conn.
About Mindtap Insight Network
Mindtap Insight Network is the new best-in-class consortium that brings together insights partners from across the shopper-marketing spectrum. The consortium, which includes BIGresearch, D. L. Ryan Companies, Ltd., GfK Interscope, Retailnet Group, SmartRevenue and Spire, enables clients to develop more effective shopper marketing programs, thus maximizing speed and efficiency of the research process. Mindtap clients receive shopper insights in a completely integrated, actionable and real-time format that allows for well-informed, well-targeted, responsive decision-making. Mindtap provides only the research that senior-level shopper marketing executives need to move faster and smarter in a fast-changing shopper-marketing environment. Visit Mindtap at: http://www.mindtapinsight.com
BEIJING, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. ("Qihoo 360" or the "Company") (NYSE: QIHU), the No. 3 Internet company in China as measured by active user base, today announced that it has launched a full suite of mobile browsers supporting iPads and Android based tablets and smart phones.
The company launched its first mobile browser for the iPad on August 18, 2011, which is available for free download on Apple's App Store under the name of "360 Browser (in Chinese characters) HD." The Company also launched beta versions of its mobile browser for Android-based tablets and smart phones on September 17, 2011. The Android browsers have specially customized designs for tablets and smart phones with different screen sizes ensuring a smooth and seamless browsing experience on a variety of mobile devices. The Android browsers are available for free download at mse.360.cn.
Qihoo 360's mobile browsers offer many innovative and convenient features including:
1. Gesture Browsing: enabling users to take full control of their browsing
experience with a few easily customized touch-based gestures.
2. Cloud Based Favorites: storing bookmarks & favorites in the cloud
allowing users to keep the same personalized web settings on both PC and
mobile browsers through synchronization.
3. Multi-tab Browsing: providing a seamless browsing experience when
switching between web pages.
4. Smart & Integrated Address and Search Bar: delivering fast, accurate, and
relevant suggestions and search results for users.
5. Built-in Web-based App Store: allowing users to browse through a massive
collection of apps, including social-networking generated
6. Industry Leading Web Navigation: providing shortcuts to the most popular
websites and services for mobile internet users.
"We are very excited to further expand our mobile product offerings, particularly with the browser acting as the key access point for massive Internet users," said Mr. Hongyi Zhou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qihoo 360. "Given our leading market position in PC browsers, we are confident that we will be able to convert a large portion of our over 200 million PC-based browser users to our mobile browsers with advanced features such as cloud based favorites and gesture browsing. This is a very important step for us to gain a strong position in the rapidly growing Chinese mobile internet market and ultimately build a truly multi-device, cross-OS Internet platform."
About Qihoo 360
Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. is the No. 3 Internet company in China as measured by user base. As of June 2011, the Company had 378 million monthly active Internet users, representing a user penetration rate of 92% in China, according to iResearch. The Company is also the No. 1 provider of Internet and mobile security solutions in China as measured by active user base, according to iResearch. Recognizing security as a fundamental need of Internet and mobile users, Qihoo 360 offers comprehensive high-quality Internet and mobile security solutions free of charge. In addition, Qihoo 360 also provides users with secure access points to the Internet via its industry leading Safe Browser and Application Desktop. Qihoo 360 monetizes its massive user base primarily through online advertising on its web assets and through Internet value-added services on its open platforms.
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the management's quotations contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Qihoo 360 and the industry. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to continue to innovate and provide attractive products and services to attract and retain users; the Company's ability to keep up with rapid changes in technologies and Internet-enabled devices; the Company's ability to leverage its user base to attract customers for our revenue-generating services; and the Company's dependence on online advertising for a substantial portion of our revenues; and the Company's ability to compete effectively. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of the press release, and Qihoo 360 undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although Qihoo 360 believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. Further information regarding risks and uncertainties faced by Qihoo 360 is included in Qihoo 360's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its final prospectus dated March 29, 2011.
New Website Provides Comprehensive Resource to Anyone With Erectile Dysfunction
MINNETONKA, Minn., Sept. 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- American Medical Systems (AMS), a leading provider of world-class devices and therapies for both male and female pelvic health, today announced the launch of a new consumer friendly website at http://www.EDcure.org designed to help men and their partners learn how penile prosthetic implants can restore sexual function to men suffering with erectile dysfunction (ED).
Despite the popularity of ED medications, these drugs fail to resolve symptoms in as many as 30 percent of cases. For these men and their partners, http://www.EDcure.org provides an introduction to in-depth information about the benefits of penile prostheses.
Offering real stories from actual patients and their partners who have re-discovered their intimacy and sexual livelihood with the help of a penile implant, http://www.EDcure.org features video clips, frequently asked questions and answers, U.S. insurance coverage resources and information about the types of implant devices available. The site also offers a brief questionnaire to help men determine the severity of their ED symptoms, which may be shared with their physician to aid in a more thorough diagnosis.
In addition to the man's perspective, the site also covers implant options from a woman's point of view, with tips on how to start the conversation about ED or implant surgery and what to expect from the procedure.
"ED can be embarrassing for some men and they may have a difficult time discussing it with their partners," said Whitney Erickson, senior vice-president and general manager for Men's Health at AMS. "We have designed this site to provide a comprehensive resource for anyone who is concerned about ED, including both the man and his partner."
Produced by AMS, the website aims to educate patients about the range of ED treatment options beyond medication. ED affects millions of men worldwide, either as a natural result of aging or other causes, such as prostate surgery, diabetes, heart disease or other issues. Aside from sexual dysfunction, the situation can also lead to emotional distress, depression and relationship issues as intimacy may wane as a result of ED.
"What many don't realize is that the medications we see advertised so often don't work for about 30 percent of men who try them, and far too many give up when the pills fail," said Dr. Craig Donatucci, associate professor of surgery, Duke University Medical Center. "There's no reason to just accept ED as a part of life. The patient stories at EDcure.org offer compelling insight into how effective penile implants can be at permanently restoring sexual function and improving overall quality of life for men and their partners."
Penile implants, which have already helped more than 300,000 men rekindle intimacy, improve their relationships and feel more confident, are safe and offer over a 90 percent satisfaction rate.
In addition to real, unscripted patient testimonials about the procedure, how the device functions and what it feels like, the site also offers information about implants from a physician's perspective. Noted urologist Arthur Burnett, M.D., a professor in the Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares details about each treatment option and offers advice on how to choose one that is right for you.
If men and their partners have any remaining questions about implant options, they can submit these through the site and get answers directly from a penile prosthetic expert. A convenient physician locator helps site visitors find a U.S. prosthetic urologist in their area who specializes in penile implant procedures.
American Medical Systems, headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, is a diversified supplier of medical devices and procedures to treat incontinence, erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), pelvic floor prolapse and other pelvic disorders in men and women. These disorders can significantly diminish one's quality of life and profoundly affect social relationships. In recent years, the number of people seeking treatment has increased markedly as a result of longer lives, higher-quality-of-life expectations and greater awareness of new treatment alternatives. American Medical Systems' products reduce or eliminate the incapacitating effects of these diseases, often through minimally invasive therapies. The Company's products were used to treat approximately 340,000 patients in 2010. AMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENDP), a U.S.-based, specialty healthcare solutions company, focused on high-value branded products, services and devices and specialty generics (http://www.endo.com).
More information about the Company and its products can be found at its website http://www.AmericanMedicalSystems.com and in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2010 and its other SEC filings.
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Hiscox Launches Small Business Blog Featuring Advice for Start Up Businesses
Postings will feature tips, resources and advice on protecting and running a small business
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hiscox, the first company offering US small businesses the ability to obtain quotes and buy insurance online and in real time, officially launched their small business blog this week to provide resources to start-up and established businesses - http://www.hiscoxusa.com/small-business-insurance/blog/. The Hiscox blog will provide continually updated advice and tips for protecting and running a small business, including video interviews with leading entrepreneurs such as Guy Kawasaki (Alltop), Pete Cashmore (Mashable), David Karp (Tumblr) and others, who tell their start up stories and provide advice to new business owners.
"Hiscox is committed to reinventing small business insurance, and our new small business blog is an easy way for us to share our knowledge and advice with small businesses and start ups," said Kevin Kerridge, small business expert for Hiscox. "We're looking forward to continuing the conversations with the small business community we're already having via social media and positively contributing to development of small businesses in the US."
Designed specifically for the small business and home-office market, Hiscox small business professional liability insurance coverage (errors and omissions insurance) is customized for a range of knowledge-based professions including IT, management consulting, business consulting and marketing. Hiscox offers professional liability insurance quotes direct and online in real-time along with other liability insurance products such as general liability insurance and business owners policies.
Hiscox's licensed insurance advisors are solely focused on helping small businesses with their insurance needs.
Hiscox's online offering is backed by experienced, licensed advisors based at the Hiscox Small Business Insurance Customer Service Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
To learn more about Hiscox Small Business Insurance, visit http://www.hiscoxusa.com/small-business-insurance/ or speak with a Hiscox licensed advisor at (888) 202-3007 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM ET). Hiscox is also now on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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About Hiscox Small Business Insurance
Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: HSX). Hiscox is the first company in the U.S. to offer insurance for professional services businesses with 10 employees or less direct, online, and in real-time. We provide professional liability, general liability and business owner's insurance, underwritten by Chicago-based Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., which is rated 'A' (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Additional information can be found at: http://www.hiscoxusa.com/small-business-insurance/why-choose-hiscox-insurance/.
Hiscox also provides professional liability, property and specialty insurance to US businesses through US-based brokers. This communication does not constitute a solicitation of business by Hiscox's syndicates at Lloyd's, London.
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CellGuide Announces CLIOX-C, a new MEMS-enhanced GPS Chip Using Baolab's CMOS 3D Compass
Enhanced Location Services and Augmented Reality
REHOVOT, Israel and BARCELONA, September 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
CellGuide has announced the selection of Baolab's award winning
NanoEMS(TM) technology as a companion to its location and positioning
solutions. CellGuide will add Baolab's recently launched 3D NanoCompass(TM)
IC to their GPS chip, to create the CLIOX-C, the world's first fully
integrated GPS and compass device. Integrating the Compass and GPS together
enables 'point and identify' augmented reality features to be easily
incorporated in mobile devices, tablets, and cameras. The compass function
further enhances the GPS system by providing immediate tunnel-exit and
dead-reckoning features to assist in situations where the GPS signal is
intermittent or not available.
The CLIOX-C co-packaging of compass and GPS functions creates a highly
complementary, Location Based Service enabling solution, which is offered at
a very competitive price point and footprint. While the GPS and compass
functions can operate simultaneously, they can also be accessed
independently by the host device's application processor, enabling efficient
power management for demanding mobile applications.
The CLIOX-C GPS solution is based on CellGuide's proven host-based SNAP
technology providing highly competitive performance, while minimizing system
power consumption at an excellent cost/performance point. Baolab's
electronic 3-axis CMOS MEMS NanoCompass technology inside the CLIOX-C is the
first product made using its patented NanoEMS(TM) technology, to create
nanoscale MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) within the standard metal
structure of a CMOS wafer using standard, high volume CMOS lines, that
significantly reduces the cost of the compass by up to two thirds.
"Baolab's 3D NanoCompass extends the capabilities of our GPS product so
that it can cope with challenging situations and still continue to deliver
reliable positional information," said Adina Shorr, CellGuide's CEO.
"Baolab's technology enables its NanoCompass IC to be integrated with our
product in a very cost effective manner to create a unique solution that
gives an extra level of detail to location services of not only where you
are but also your orientation. The integration of the two technologies
enhances the user experience, so for example you would know whether to turn
left or right when coming out of an underground parking lot whilst the GPS
is still trying to pick up the satellites."
Dave Doyle, Baolab's CEO, added, "NanoEMS now makes it much easier and
more cost effective to integrate MEMS sensors into high volume, consumer
electronics products so that they can become pervasive, meeting the
increasing demand for smarter, more intuitive devices."
Baolab has developed an innovative technology called NanoEMS that
enables MEMS to be created inside the CMOS wafer using standard
manufacturing techniques. This enables them to be made an order of magnitude
smaller than existing techniques of building MEMS on the surface of the
wafer and also at a fraction of the cost. Privately owned, Baolab is based
in Barcelona, Spain.
CellGuide is a fabless semiconductor, IP licensing and design services
company, providing leading performance multi-beacon positioning solutions
for consumer devices. CellGuide's unique and patented GNSS technology is the
product of years of research, development, and field experience. A pioneer
in GNSS SNAP technology and host-based architecture, the company was founded
in 1999 by experts in navigation, communication and signal processing coming
from the Israeli defense industry. CellGuide's host-based architecture is a
highly-integrated positioning solution that provides superior
price/performance and an enhanced user experience in a variety of
location-based applications and scenarios. CellGuide's ACLYS GPS chip, and
the complementary GPSense(TM) firmware, replace dedicated GPS silicon by
leveraging mobile processors and other wireless components inside the mobile
device to provide built-in multi beacon GPS functionality.
To learn more about CellGuide's complete line of GNSS products,
including the CLIOX-C, visit http://www.cell-guide.com or email
NanoEMS and 3D NanoCompass are trademarks of Baolab Microsystems, S.L.
GPSense is a trademark of CellGuide
Online Shopping Mega-Site Wayfair Acquires Australian Home Goods Site Buyster.com.au
Wayfair buys rapidly growing e-commerce startup to capitalize on strong marketing opportunity in Australia and extend its global reach
BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the news of its $165 million in funding and recent rebranding, online home goods giant Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores) today announced that it has acquired Australian online home goods retailer Buyster.com.au. Wayfair already owned 50 percent of the company, but has now purchased the remaining 50 percent stake from technology investment firm, Netus.
Buyster.com.au is a successful e-commerce startup in Australia and is positioned well for rapid expansion with Wayfair's expertise, backing and the largest online catalog of home goods anywhere. Given the online retail opportunity in Australia and $165 million in institutional funding that Wayfair received in June, the time was right for a full buyout.
"In this environment, we see Buyster giving local, selection-seeking consumers of home goods the answer they've been looking for, eliminating the need to tap online outlets outside of Australia for home goods," said Wayfair CEO Niraj Shah. "Buyster already has the largest selection of home goods of any online retailer in Australia. But with our recent buyout and investment plans, we can help grow that product selection exponentially in the next few years, giving Buyster a much larger share of the marketplace."
Buyster offers more than 35,000 items from 600 brands, according to Buyster Managing Director Kylie Little. "We're selling many different styles of furniture for every room in the house, as well as lighting, rugs, items for pets, and most recently, plumbing. With increasing investment from Wayfair, we expect to grow the same way Wayfair has in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany - by offering consumers a vast variety of home goods today, while adding more categories and expanding the categories we're already in moving ahead."
Boston-based Wayfair, which expects to surpass the $500 million mark by the end of 2011, recently began consolidating its 200+ sites, such as Cookware.com, Luggage.com, Strollers.com, and BedroomFurniture.com, into one home goods mega-site, Wayfair.com. The company also operates AllModern.com, which caters to people who prefer the modern design aesthetic, and JossAndMain.com, a flash sale site offering goods at up to 70 percent off during 72-hour sales.
Formerly CSN Stores LLC, Wayfair LLC is the parent company for Wayfair.com, which offers a zillion things home - the largest catalog of home items anywhere, crossing all styles and budgets, and covering 5,000 brands of furniture, lighting, cookware and more. With this massive selection of more than 4.5 million products, chances are good people can find just the right items for their homes. Other sites under the Wayfair umbrella include: AllModern.com, JossAndMain.com, and Buyster.com.au.
Beyond its Boston, MA headquarters, Wayfair has an operations and distribution center in Ogden, UT, and another distribution center in Hebron, KY. Wayfair's international offices are in Galway, Ireland, London, Munich and Sydney.
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Noted Author Ken Thurber Takes a Look at the Impact on the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Stakeholders
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More news about the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, and two anti-trust lawsuits. Now it seems that both the US Justice department and Sprint are trying to stop the merger using the legal system.
Ken Thurber, author of Big Wave Surfing: Extreme Technology Development, Management and Marketing, thinks they will lose. As he says: "While the Justice Department will try hard to stop the merger, corporate interests will be served in the end. The real hope is that constraints will be placed on the merged company that will allow consumers not to be hurt."
He goes on to say, "The regulatory agencies need to stop the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile! Having broken up AT&T once (and it could be argued sent the US into a 25-year dominance in technology), it is ridiculous to allow AT&T to merge its way into market dominance! Allowing market dominance in the only space where future growth appears to be rapid is ridiculous! Wireless data is the key new technology and this merger would effectively leave AT&T in charge of the space."
Thurber notes: "Looking at the players in the merger, it is clear that some workers, suppliers and the consumer are going to be hurt. The alleged benefits of reducing the wireless telecommunication supplier base from four competitors to three are ridiculous. There are no consumer benefits. There is no way that this merger should be allowed. Costs are going to increase, the merged company is going to invest less and service will not improve."
Thurber goes on to say that you need to follow the money. He maintains, "the real issue is not coverage area or connection speed. The real issue is economics. The reason AT&T and T-Mobile really want to merge is that the growth in the telecommunications market is in the wireless data sector and they want to control this sector as wireless data devices become ubiquitous. In such a market where lots of highly skilled and motivated people exist, you should expect that even if the merger happens there will be other players entering the fray! As an example, maybe Virgin Mobile will gain a better foothold with their voice and data options in the US. Maybe Sprint can take advantage to up their market share. But, both of these scenarios are long shots in view of the market dominance that AT&T should have after the merger."
According to Thurber, it's about time that the regulatory agencies take an aggressive look at the potential merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. "When partisans begin pushing issues such as rural broadband coverage instead of economic arguments, you know they're stretching the envelope to justify a merger. Customers will lose! The new company will dominate the wireless market. The new company will get rid of unlimited data plans. Currently, unless you are grandfathered in, AT&T is not selling unlimited plans and expects to start throttling back big customers in the future when they use too much data. T-Mobile currently uses a throttling strategy to control high-volume data users. If the merger goes through, you should expect that costs to the consumer are going up. The only hope is that Sprint or Verizon steps into the fray and lowers prices. However, with the merged company having massive financial capability relative to Sprint or Verizon, cutting prices as a market strategy could be a quick way to the bottom."
About the Author
Kenneth J. Thurber Ph.D. is a renowned computer architect and has developed technology and systems worth billions of dollars. He developed the concept of "technology big wave surfing" to help readers to understand and harness the opportunity of an ever-changing technological marketplace. He is the author of Big Wave Surfing: Extreme Technology Development, Management, Marketing and Investing. In it, he helps readers understand the underpinnings of our new innovation economy be they regulatory, financial or technical issues.
SAP to Acquire Business-to-Business Networking Provider Crossgate
Crossgate Acquisition by SAP to Instantly Connect SAP Customers and Their Business Partners for Networking at Enterprise Level; Will Link Enterprises for Smoother Interoperability, Faster Information Flows, More Productivity, Smarter Decisions.
WALLDORF, Germany, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Adding to its portfolio of solutions that create rapid value for customers worldwide, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced its intent to acquire business-to-business (B2B) integration provider Crossgate. A leading provider of hosted B2B integration services, Crossgate enables companies to fully integrate and network with trading partners, clients and suppliers, allowing electronic data exchange with any business partner regardless of their technical capability. As a result of this acquisition, SAP will enable networking at the enterprise level, providing an easy way for trading partners to collaborate, share data and automate processes that link customers and suppliers for streamlined B2B e-commerce.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Crossgate helps more than 40,000 business partners across multiple industries to securely exchange important documents and data by connecting companies with their trading partners for faster, more efficient B2B e-commerce. The acquisition of Crossgate follows SAP's strategy to complement existing applications and solutions with smart purchases that offer innovative technologies and capabilities while maintaining its successful organic growth track record.
Crossgate helps companies connect with any trading partner by joining the network once and linking with prebuilt business partner profiles. This is a full-service alternative, which eliminates the need for costly point-to-point integration. It lowers costs and enables further partner participation in B2B initiatives. Additionally, Crossgate's e-invoicing services offer an innovative and secure solution covering the entire process of inbound and outbound invoices, including signatures, compliance monitoring, integrated with customers' backend systems and finance processes.
SAP and Crossgate have a proven history of partnership as part of the SAP ecosystem, and in October 2008 Crossgate received an investment from SAP. Soon after, the partnership was furthered by entering into a global reseller agreement that allowed SAP to offer its customers Crossgate's B2B Content Engine as an SAP solution extension under the product name SAP® Information Interchange application by Crossgate. Most recently, SAP agreed to resell and market the SAP® E-Invoicing for Compliance application by Crossgate, which allows companies to send and receive digitally signed, compliant PDFs or EDI invoices electronically.
"Companies live in an evolving global network of customers and partners, and technology from Crossgate allows them to interact in new ways at the enterprise level the same way that social networking has transformed the way people interact as individuals," said Peter Maier, general manager, head of Line of Business Solutions, SAP AG. "By acquiring Crossgate's highly differentiated solution, we help our customers extend their end-to-end business processes running on SAP to their customers and partners. As a result, thousands of SAP customers will join the network to exchange information easier, execute transactions faster and collaborate better."
"Crossgate is extremely excited that SAP, our long-term partner, has acquired our company and solutions," said Stefan Tittel, CEO and founder, Crossgate. "With combined social network paradigms and service extensions of business applications, SAP and Crossgate now have the potential to change the face of business networks and deliver a new level of collaboration to SAP customers and their business network partners. Our executive management team is excited about the possibility of bringing the Crossgate mission to the next level together with SAP. Our customers will experience business networking that is simple, compelling and efficient."
The acquisition is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities. SAP will provide additional details about future plans after the acquisition of Crossgate is completed, which the company anticipates will occur by November 1, 2011. Terms and purchase price of this acquisition are not publicly disclosed.
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 172,000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of Sybase) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit http://www.sap.com.
Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should" and "will" and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP's future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including SAP's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.
EZ Access Card to Launch Prepaid Debit Card Program with Global Payout
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Payout, Inc. (OTC Pink: GOHE) has signed a Prepaid Card Agreement with EZ Access Card, LLC, Fresno, CA to offer complete management consultant services in launching their prepaid debit card program. The Prepaid Card Agreement requires Global Payout to assign a program manager, issuing bank and financial network to launch the EZ Access Card Program. In addition, Global Payout will manage the due diligence, card design and card program approval in conjunction with the program manager and sponsoring bank. This Agreement will result in monthly transaction revenue from active prepaid debit cards marketed and distributed by EZ Access Card, LLC. Commencing in the first quarter of 2012, EZ Access Card anticipates 10,000 active cards within the first 12 months and 50,000 plus active cards within 24 months.
"We are excited about the opportunity to represent EZ Access Card. They have a wide and diverse customer base that should provide a consistent revenue stream over the life of their card programs," stated Jim Hancock, Global Payout Chief Executive Officer. "Their business clients include direct marketing companies, agricultural firms and celebrity clients."
"This new partnership fits perfectly with EZ Access Card's philosophy to work only with the best facilitators of prepaid debit card services that will benefit our customers. During a time when consumers are more proactive in managing their finances, our prepaid product will empower them by providing a better and more secure method of making everyday purchases, receiving payroll and paying bills. This new endeavor is simply a win-win for both companies," stated by William Claude Butler, EZ Access Card President and Chief Executive Officer.
About Global Payout, Inc.:
Global Payout, Inc., http://www.globalpayout.com, headquartered in San Diego, California, is a payment solutions provider offering U.S. and International companies electronic payment and prepaid debit card solutions. Through Global Payout's processors and solution providers, the company offers an international payment platform allowing accountholders to move money to personal bank accounts in over 200 countries. In addition, the company provides U.S. and International debit cards, allowing accountholders without bank accounts to access funds worldwide. As a program manager and reseller, Global Payout is also a provider of prepaid debit cards in the U.S. for payroll and general spend programs.
About EZ Access Card, LLC
EZ Access Card, LLC is a California limited liability company targeting the prepaid debit card, money transfer and mobile banking industries. EZ Access Card offers an innovative mobile banking platform featuring eWallet, which provides consumers with a single portal to manage their funds from anywhere in the world. Funds can be instantly transferred for free onto a prepaid debit card to make purchases, send and receive money, pay bills conveniently from a mobile phone or online, or obtain cash at ATM's and retailers - or the cardholder can transfer funds from the eWallet to an existing checking/savings account or credit card. This unique feature allows cardholders complete control over their funds and the flexibility to move their money as needed in today's fast paced world.
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure:
This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. In this context, award looking statements may address the Company's expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "will" and other terms with similar meaning. These forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Although the Company believes that the assumptions upon which its forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, it can provide no assurances that these assumptions will prove to be correct. All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by such cautionary statements, risk, and uncertainties, and by reference to the underlying assumptions.
Joe Sebo, Chief Financial Officer
Global Payout, Inc.
Tapjoy Introduces Mobile Video Ads Based on Mobile Value Exchange(TM)
Tapjoy Videos(TM) delivers video engagements at scale on a pay-for-performance basis
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tapjoy, Inc. (http://www.tapjoy.com), a leading independent mobile advertising marketplace, today announced the availability of Tapjoy Videos, an innovative mobile video advertising platform designed to provide advertisers with the reach, impact and brand building power of TV combined with the targeting and user engagement offered by Tapjoy's extensive pay-for-performance ad marketplace. Leading brands taking part in the launch include Gap, Old Navy, Gamefly, eHarmony, Netflix, Intuit, Zynga and others.
"Video ads are expected to be one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile advertising industry, which according to Gartner is predicted to balloon to more than $20 billion by 2015," said Mihir Shah, president and CEO of Tapjoy. "Clearly, advertisers are bullish on mobile video ads, and we help them reach more than 50 million people per day in a way that allows them to engage with their audiences in much deeper and more meaningful ways than TV ads ever could."
Mobile Value Exchange and Pay-Per-Completed-Video Engagement Pricing Deliver Results at Lower Costs
With consumer audiences shifting media consumption from TV to more interactive forms of entertainment such as the Internet and mobile applications, many brands are reallocating budgets accordingly. An eMarketer report predicts that US mobile ad spend will grow between 25 and 36 percent annually over the next three years, while traditional media ad spend will essentially remain flat. However, eMarketer also reports that only 38 percent of online videos are viewed to their completion, proving that true engagement can be hard to find, even in digital advertising.
Tapjoy Videos solves this challenge by allowing advertisers to sponsor content within popular applications, enabling consumers to unlock premium features or content in exchange for watching videos. This sponsorship establishes a unique value exchange in which the user gets a premium application content experience for viewing a video ad in its entirety and the advertiser receives the user's attention for the duration of its message. Tapjoy Videos features pay-for-completed-view pricing to guarantee results at a significantly lower acquisition cost than TV advertising.
Consumer Choice and Interactivity Further Increase Engagement
With Tapjoy Videos, consumers choose which ad they want to watch, and this self-selection process helps ensure the viewer is more interested and engaged in the video than when viewing an automatically generated pre-roll ad or similarly disruptive video ad. Upon completion of the video, advertisers can give consumers further options to engage with their brand through actions such as following the company on Facebook or Twitter, forwarding the video to friends, or visiting the advertiser's web site and allowing consumers to make purchases directly through their mobile device. These actions further increase the effectiveness of the ads and deepen user engagement on a one-to-one basis.
Increased Revenue and Better User Experience for App Developers
Tapjoy Videos enables mobile application developers to generate incremental revenue by providing consumers with virtual currency as the value exchange for engaging with video ads. The ads are seamlessly embedded into the application experience through the Tapjoy SDK, so users can watch video content without having to leave the application. Tapjoy intelligently places targeted video ads along with other ad types to maximize publisher revenue. Tapjoy Videos is architected to minimize bandwidth usage.
Developers can integrate Tapjoy Videos by downloading the Tapjoy Publisher SDK at http://www.tapjoy.com. Advertisers interested in distributing ads through Tapjoy Videos should contact email@example.com.
Tapjoy is the success engine for mobile application distribution, engagement and revenue. The company's turnkey in-app advertising platform helps developers acquire cost-effective, high-value new users, drive engagement within their applications, and create incremental income by providing an ad-funded payment method. The Tapjoy ad marketplace spans over 10,000 applications and 280 million global consumers on iOS, Android and emerging mobile platforms. Tapjoy is backed by top-tier investors including J.P.Morgan Asset Management, Rho Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners, InterWest Partners and D.E. Shaw Ventures. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company also has offices in New York, London and Tokyo. For more information, please visit http://www.tapjoy.com.
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