Aurasma Turns One - Celebrates with 6,000 Partners and 4 Million Downloads
Company releases augmented reality infographic that comes to life using free Aurasma app
SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurasma, the world's leading augmented reality platform, today announced that just one year after its official launch, the company has worked with more than 6,000 partners to deliver augmented reality (AR) campaigns and promotions across multiple industries including publishing, music & film, fashion, automotive, sports, education, retail and tourism. The company also announced that its free Aurasma Lite app or partner branded apps have been downloaded more than 4 million times in more than 100 countries. The company estimates it will reach the 10,000 partner mark by the end of the year.
Aurasma partners gain valuable insight into campaign effectiveness by collecting quantifiable results that measure the number of "aura" views and click-through rates (CTRs) directly correlated to a print advertisement or marketing promotion. As such, companies and organizations across multiple industries share excitement for the new opportunities provided by Aurasma and augmented reality:
-- "The music industry is constantly looking for the best technologies to
connect with fans and to sell more records. Augmented reality is a great
way of converging the old with new and to shorten the path to purchase,"
said Steven Abraham, executive vice president of MediaCom LA. "Print is
brought to life with AR. We have worked with Aurasma on a bunch of
Universal Music Group label campaign launches for label artists as well
as using it in other categories, such as travel with Crystal Cruises.
Besides the obvious thrill factor of the user experience, Aurasma's
ability to measure an offline interaction into an online touchpoint
helps clients see the bottom-line value of leveraging augmented reality
to drive engagement and conversion."
-- "Marvel AR provides endless possibilities to give fans what they've been
asking for: a richer experience with their favorite comics and creators.
Working with Aurasma has allowed us to deliver an unparalleled
experience to our fans worldwide," said Kristin Vincent, director of
product strategy, Marvel Entertainment. "Their technology allows us to
innovate in ways that ensure we offer a compelling product that
continues to not only grow in popularity, but also change the way people
read comics as part of the Marvel ReEvolution."
-- "As one of the first newspapers in the U.S. to embrace augmented reality
to engage with readers, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is at the cutting
edge of traditional print and advanced technology," said Walter E.
Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "Aurasma gave
us the capability to get far more out of the printed newspaper pages by
delivering interactive content to our readers through a customized app.
So far, the response has been terrific."
-- "Technologies like Aurasma are allowing us to significantly enrich our
readers' experience, giving them the opportunity to see the technologies
and ideas of the future in action," said Jake Ward, Popular Science
editor in chief. "Our first Aurasma-powered PopSci Interactive app was a
hit with our readers, and they can expect to see even more
dynamic-enhanced features in the issues to come."
-- "By leveraging Aurasma's augmented reality platform in a
cross-disciplinary environment, students in my spring 2012 independent
study discovered that they could tell stories in a radically new way,
whether their own particular area of expertise was coding, designing,
reporting, advertising or shooting video," said Charles 'Stretch'
Ledford, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Illinois
College of Media. "The end result, our Virtual Dugout mobile app, is a
powerful and fun conduit for anyone in the world to connect with the
Illini baseball team. For the students, it was 16 weeks of hard work and
towering expectations. For the Illini baseball fans who watch Aurasma
transform the team's baseball cards into videos of the players, it's
Launched in June 2011, Aurasma is the only company to ever win the DEMOgod Award and also be voted as the People's Choice Award winner in the same year at DEMO 2011. In addition to being honored as CNET's Best of CES finalist last January, the company also won the "Best AR App" and the coveted "Best Overall AR" award at the 2012 AR Summit this month.
-- "In the last year, augmented reality has moved beyond being a curiosity
and has hit the mainstream," said Jennifer Rapp, general manager at
Aurasma. "Not only are businesses leveraging Aurasma to connect with
customers and build sticky brands, but everyday people are embracing
Aurasma's in-app features to create their own virtual worlds, from
launching personalized videos triggered by their holiday cards to
creating engaging curricula at elementary schools. Aurasma is changing
the way we consume information and soon every industry will have a
virtual world tied to it."
Aurasma Lite for iPhones, iPads and Android devices is available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The free Aurasma app runs on iPhone 3GS (and above), iPad2 (and above), and high-powered Android devices.
Aurasma is the world's leading augmented reality platform that merges the physical world with the virtual. Available as a free app for iPhones, iPads and high-powered Android devices or as a free kernel for developers, Aurasma uses advanced image and pattern recognition to recognize and understand real-world images and objects in much the same way as the human brain does. It then seamlessly blends the real-world with rich interactive content such as videos and animations called "Auras." Auras can be created for printed images, product packaging, clothing, physical places and users can even use the app to create and share their own.
Since its launch in June 2011, Aurasma has had more than four million downloads in over 100 countries. Over 6,000 partners in markets including retail, fashion, sport, automotive, consumer electronics, entertainment, advertising and publishing are using the free technology in their campaigns, on their products or embedding the technology in their own applications. Aurasma was developed by and is part of software company Autonomy - an HP Company.
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Crossrider Completes Beta, Launches Cloud-Based Cross-Browser Extension Development Platform
"We finished our beta phase in late May," notes Crossrider co-founder Koby Menachemi. "We haven't advertised or done press outreach until now, but already have 7,000 developers signed up, and 50 or more join Crossrider every day. We power nearly 90,000,000 users, with approximately a million new end-users added daily. We've grown from two employees in July to 16 today, with more hires planned. Our unique solution has definitely put us on the fast track."
Crossrider also features a cloud-based IDE that allows developers to create extensions in real-time without downloading a development package. The IDE is equipped with IntelliSense to enable autocompletion for all Crossrider API methods, making development even faster and easier.
Recognizing that building an awesome app is just the first step, Crossrider provides solutions beyond the development phase, including publishing tools to help developers push their apps out to potentially millions of users from day one via a fully scalable solution with automatic code updating capabilities and robust analytics to monitor success. All of these features make Crossrider a one-stop app development and promotion shop, which is why they're finding a highly receptive fan base.
Bruno Barbieri, a Crossrider developer, said, "Crossrider allowed me to think outside of the box and create things I never thought possible. Plus, with no learning curve (it's just JQuery!), I managed to build my cross-browser extension in just a few hours."
Like many innovative startups, Crossrider began as a clever solution to a real-world problem: Menachemi, a Firefox user at the time Chrome launched, developed and shared an extension via social media, which was then shared more than 30,000 times overnight. This inspired him - along with co-founder Shmueli Ahdut - to create an end-to-end solution that would allow developers to build, publish and manage apps on a single platform. That's how Crossrider got its start. The promising new startup secured $2 million in funding from numerous leading technology sector investors in a round led by Oren Zeev, Founding Partner at Orens Capital and former General Partner at Apax Partners, who now serves as Chairman of the Board at Crossrider.
Crossrider is free to join and takes care of compliance, offers seamless code updating and debugging tools. When new browser versions are released, Crossrider ensures the code in existing extensions continues to work correctly without requiring additional coding or changes, leaving developers free to focus on building and improving their apps. An error dashboard to help developers monitor in-app events is currently in beta, and the Crossrider team is continuously developing and adding new tools to improve the platform.
As an incredibly powerful platform, Crossrider operates at the intersection of cutting edge extension technology. Although the Crossrider developer community is bound by rigorous terms and conditions of use to protect end-users, the platform's ability to simplify extension development is lucrative to developers with good and bad intentions alike. When a bad developer used the Crossrider platform to create a malicious app, the Crossrider team disabled the malicious code as soon as it was identified. The company also developed cooperative relationships with Facebook and others and put automatic and manual monitoring tools in place to protect end-users from bad developers who might attempt to use the Crossrider platform to spread malicious apps across multiple browsers. End-user safety is a primary objective.
The need to create extensions to accommodate multiple browsers used to be one of the most tedious tasks associated with app development, forcing developers to spend hours developing custom code for each browser. Crossrider removes that hassle while providing a one-stop destination for managing and tracking apps as well as a fast-growing developer community. Find out more about Crossrider at http://crossrider.com/.
MARKHAM, Ontario, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kallo, Inc. (OTCQB: KALO) is pleased to announce that they are currently licensed to distribute their Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), and Medical Device Connectivity System (MDC) throughout The United States and Canada. Kallo, Inc. is currently the only company in this sector customizing its systems to individual practices, offering the flexibility needed to set these practices apart from the competition.
"The 2008 US Stimulus goal of utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014 is rapidly approaching and Kallo. Inc. is excited to be able to offer our products in the US to assist physicians in meeting the EMR requirements."
"The United States and Canada are responsible for approximately 50% of the global IT expenditures in the healthcare sector. We are positioned to increase our presence and distribution in the marketplace," stated John Cecil, Chairman and CEO.
Kallo, Inc. is currently negotiating distribution in 24 countries.
Kallo OEM currently has a client base of 6700 units installed and has maintained a 100 percent retention rate over the last 7 years of operations.
Kallo, Inc., a medical information company, engages in the manufacturing and development of software that assists physicians and nurses to streamline patient information. Its software solution includes Electronic Medical Record software (EMR) and connectivity software that gathers medical information from various sources and deposits it into a single source as an electronic medical record for each patient.
Kallo, Inc. is a publicly traded company, listed on the OTC markets, (otcmarkets.com) stock symbol KALO.OB
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TagLikeMe Completes Share Exchange Agreement And Acquires Glob Media Works Inc.
DALLAS, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TagLikeMe Corp. (the "Company," "TagLikeMe") (OTC-BB: TAGG, Frankfurt: M6C1) announces that effective June 29, 2012, the Company completed the share exchange agreement, dated May 14, 2012 (the "Agreement"), with Glob Media Works Inc. ("Glob Media"), a Washington company, and each of the shareholders of Glob Media (each a "Vendor" and collectively, the "Vendors"), whereby TagLikeMe has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Glob Media in exchange for the issuance of 9,075,734 restricted shares of common stock of the Company to the Vendors on a pro rata basis in accordance with each Vendor's percentage ownership in Glob Media.
Glob Media owns intellectual property rights to its Internet cloud based software application related to online search and social media developed by Glob Media. As a result of the closing of the Agreement, Glob Media has become TagLikeMe Corp.'s direct wholly owned subsidiary.
The securities of TagLikeMe issued to the Vendors upon the closing of the Agreement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under the securities laws of any state in the United States, and were issued in reliance upon an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act of 1933 or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.
TagLikeMe Corp. President, Richard Elliot-Square states, "The completion of the acquisition of Glob Media paves the way for TagLikeMe Corp. to begin growing our search and social site TagLike.Me on an unprecedented scale. We intend to use our wider access to capital and public market support to build TagLike.Me into a leading Internet destination in a comparatively short period."
"We are focused on driving significant eyeballs that will result in tremendous short and long term value to TagLikeMe," Elliot-Square adds.
About Glob Media
Glob Media's primary business is a social search destination called TagLike.Me or TagLikeMe.com which is an Internet services platform that combines the most commonly used functions of search and social media interaction in one destination. TagLike.Me allows individuals to search the Internet by using the top two search engines of Bing(TM) and Google(TM) in addition to viewing related activities from popular social media based sites such as Facebook(TM), YouTube(TM), Twitter(TM) and Wikipedia (TM) with regard to their search inquiry. In addition, TagLike.Me gives the opportunity of searchers to connect and chat with others worldwide that might be searching similar topics as them. This adds a much-needed human element to search and online social interaction. TagLike.Me is ideal for any online pedestrian or seasoned researcher that conducts significant search activities for personal or organization based interests.
The site has also incorporated sophisticated search refinement and semantic recommendation functions further allowing searchers to perform search inquiries more accurately and efficiently. In addition, the unique design of the site gives anyone the ability to preview a live snap shot of any web site, including images or videos, within their search results and users can simply drag and drop those results to their tagboards for later use, project organization or sharing.
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Gameloft's & GREE's New Social Card Game "Gang Domination" Now Available for Mobile Devices Worldwide
PARIS, June 29, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Gameloft, a leading worldwide digital and social game publisher, together with GREE, a
leader in mobile social gaming and platforms, have today announced the global release of
the highly anticipated social card game Gang Domination on GREE Platform. Available in
more than 150 countries around the world, Gang Domination is available for free for
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as for Android (2.2 or later). The game is also
available for feature phones in Japan.
Gang Domination invites players to step into the criminal world and challenge the most
powerful and ruthless gangs by collecting from a deck featuring more than 200 artistically
designed cards. As gang bosses, gamers are responsible for completing quests, forming
alliances, defeating their rivals, and facing off against their friends through the game's
social networking components. Users can also enjoy playing solo or teaming up with friends
as they battle a variety of adversaries in the game's Story mode.
"Working with GREE on the release of Gameloft's first social card game is an exciting
time for us," stated Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice President, Publishing at Gameloft.
"GREE's expertise in the space has been a great asset for us throughout the development
cycle, and we look forward to helping the genre grow as we launch the game to the many
millions of users currently on their platform worldwide."
Using GREE Platform, players will be able to interact with each other and power up
their gang members to strengthen their card decks as they prepare to fight the deadliest
bosses. Gang Domination has been localized in six different languages-English, French,
German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese-enabling users across borders to connect with one
another regardless of location or language.
"GREE is excited to be part of the evolution of this amazing franchise, and to bring
our social features to the players of Gang Domination, the first multi-language game on
GREE Platform," added Yoshikazu Tanaka, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GREE.
"We're delighted that Gameloft shares our vision of a world where players can come
together to play amazing mobile games wherever they are."?
GREE is a global mobile social gaming company at the forefront of mobile technology.
GREE is focused on building the world's leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for users
and developers, while creating and supporting unique free-to-play game content. GREE is
continuing to expand globally and has offices in Tokyo, San Francisco, London, Singapore,
Seoul, Beijing, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Sao Paolo.
A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft(R) has established
itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for
all digital platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (including
Apple(R) iOS and Android(R) devices), set-top boxes, connected TVs and consoles. Gameloft
operates its own established franchises such as Asphalt(R), Real Football(R), Modern
Combat, and N.O.V.A.: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance(R), and also partners with major rights
holders including Marvel(R), Hasbro(R), FOX(R), Mattel(R) and Ferrari(R).
Gameloft is present on all continents, distributes its games in over 100 countries and
employs over 5,000 developers.
Gameloft is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP,
Reuters: GLFT.PA). Gameloft's sponsored Level 1 ADR (ticker: GLOFY) is traded OTC in the
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Tali Fischer, Director of Communications and Events
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BrightStarr Launches the First SharePoint 2010 Framework, Making Website Development a 'Breeze'
GODALMING, England, June 29, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Microsoft SharePoint experts, BrightStarr, announced the launch of an exciting new
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perfect way to jumpstart our client's website solutions. In this current economic climate
it's just what the industry needs; a proven and effective way to cut costs without
compromising on quality or functionality."
From today, all BrightStarr clients' websites will be based on the Breeze framework,
cutting development time and saving money. Plus, it includes vital Web Content Management
tools expected by today's demanding Digital Marketers, third party integration options
such as Webtrends for SharePoint analytics and HiSoftware for compliance and security, and
incorporates best practice standards throughout.
Industry experts agree: Matt Pilgrim, Digital Agency Lead - Digital Marketing Platform
Group, Microsoft, commented "This is a great example of how customers can accelerate their
website projects and BrightStarr are one of the leading SharePoint Consultants and Digital
Agencies in the UK."
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IBM Announces New Virtual Desktop Flexible Workplace Solutions
2000-student Texas School System Improves Teacher/Administrator Productivity
ARMONK, N.Y., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on four decades of industry leadership in large scale virtualization, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a set of flexible workplace solutions that enable clients to create a simple, cost-effective environment that allows employees to use any device to access workplace applications anytime and anyplace.
IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solutions are designed to help clients get ahead of the rising trend toward employees bringing their own electronic devices to work. It allows organizations to manage desktops centrally while small or large numbers of users can access desk top applications from any location or device, including personal computers, tablets, smart phones, laptops and thin clients. The solutions were created to help clients escape the constraints of physical computing -- simplifying desktop management, tightening security, and enhancing overall employee productivity.
The IBM offerings support the widest range of industry hardware, software and virtualization platforms across various industries, including health care, education, financial services and retail, as well as the public sector, local, state and federal government agencies. For example, the 2000-student Gilmer County, Texas Independent School District is using the offering to provide a more flexible workplace for teachers and administrators.
Said School District Technology Director Rusty Ivey, "The IBM virtual desktop solution with Virtual Bridges VERDE on System x allows us to lower desktop management costs, while improving data security and disaster recovery. VDI improves the productivity of our teachers and administrative staff, as well as lab users by providing instant access to the latest operating systems and applications anytime and anywhere, using their choice of electronic devices."
The IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solutions come fully-tested across hardware, software and services to help streamline IT administration and help take the guess workout out of the transition to a virtual desktop environment. The offerings were created in collaboration with leading solutions providers such as Citrix, Virtual Bridges and VMware.
Using IBM System x servers running VMware Vie software, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. implemented a virtual desktop environment that included "Desktop Everywhere" to create an easy-to-use terminal. The bank started by replacing a virtual environment of 3,000 personal computers with Vie software. According to Bank-of-Tokyo-Mitsubishi Senior Manager Mizuhiko Tokunaga, company studies showed that the virtual desktop offering offered two advantages -- support for more software types and the ability to prevent an application failure from bringing down the entire system.
"Our strong ecosystem of partners and robust, open-reference approach provide a range of time-tested virtual desktop solutions for multiple environments," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager, IBM System x business. "Together, we're able to bring the power of virtual computing to any size company seeking secure, end-to-end solutions that provide greater agility, reduced costs and complexity, while freeing up critical IT resources."
IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solutions are also being used at Corporate Information Systems Company Asia Pacific, a division of Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte, Ltd. The IBM System x powered solutions are immediately available worldwide in configurations to match a client's individual desktop management requirements. (Link to IBM System x powered SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure fact sheet attachment at: http://www.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/38189.wss)
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A concept born in Japan by Neurowear, a fashion electronics company, Necomimi's popularity skyrocketed within the anime and costume communities. Now general audiences are clamoring for the fascinating brainwave cat ears that respond to the wearer's mood.
Necomimi is a headband with cat ears that move according to the user's feelings and emotions in real time. Necomimi, powered by NeuroSky's ThinkGear technology, gives people a chance to express their moods in a real-time, unique way.
Three emotional states create cat-like reactive movements that show how interested or relaxed the wearer is. When something catches the user's attention, the ears shoot straight up. When the wearer is relaxed, the ears droop down. When both highly focused and highly relaxed --or "in the zone" -- the ears will wiggle back and forth.
Necomimi is great for parties, tailgating at your favorite sporting event, bachelorette parties, cosplay and anytime you want to entertain your friends and family. Don't take our word for it, find out yourself why everyone is saying, "Make my ears wiggle!"
Necomimi is priced at $99.95 and will be available for sale at Comic-Con from booth 305, or through select authorized resellers, retail partners and on necomimi.com.
NeuroSky will be hosting two Necomimi launch parties for press with hosted drinks and passed appetizers in San Diego on Thursday, July 12th, and Los Angeles on Friday, July 20th.
About NeuroSky: NeuroSky, Inc., a bioelectronics company, is the leader in Brain-Computer Interface technology for consumer product application. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in San Jose, CA, NeuroSky works with industry partners, developers, as well as academic and research institutions to provide innovative products and solutions across a wide range of industries. Grounded in more than 60 years of research, NeuroSky's precision-grade technology has taken proven research EEG (electroencephalograph) technology and evolved it for application to the mass consumer market by making it more user-friendly and cost-effective.
HOUSTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden Nugget, Inc. and Landry's, Inc. are proud to announce the launch of the Golden Nugget online free play poker website, GoldenNuggetPoker.com. The website will enable players to participate in free online poker games and tournaments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
GoldenNuggetPoker.com will offer a wide range of exclusive tournaments and promotions, including cash prizes, gift cards to famous Landry's restaurant brands such as Morton's Steakhouse, Chart House, Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick's, Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump and Saltgrass Steakhouse, free hotel stays at Golden Nugget Casinos and Resorts nationwide, tickets to shows and much more. According to the Company's Chairman, President and CEO Tilman J. Fertitta, "We have launched a free internet site in anticipation of the legalization of online gaming in the United States. With combined revenues of over $2.5 billion for Golden Nugget and Landry's, GoldenNuggetPoker.com will be able to reach over 60 million customers annually."
Golden Nugget and Landry's are utilizing Bally Technologies' iGaming platform to create GoldenNuggetPoker.com, which is a proven technology that has been successfully and securely used in Europe where online gaming is allowed in most jurisdictions. Golden Nugget's free play poker network already enjoys on average over 25,000 players a day, which is believed to be significantly more than any other domestic gaming company. Golden Nugget filed its online gaming application in February of this year with the state of Nevada and anticipates that it will be among the first interactive gaming operators to be approved in the state.
ABOUT GOLDEN NUGGET
Mr. Fertitta, through various wholly-owned affiliates, operates three (3) Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos which are located in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Las Vegas - Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award consecutively since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget Las Vegas now offers more than 2,400 deluxe guestrooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book, and poker room; nightly entertainment with master impressionist and comedian Gordie Brown; world-class restaurants such as Grotto Italian Ristorante and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse; a luxury spa and salon; and The Tank (rated one of the world's top ten pools), a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a 200,000-gallon, live shark aquarium and the new H20 poolside lounge.
Atlantic City - The Golden Nugget Atlantic City, located on Frank S. Farley Marina, is a premier resort destination, offering guests more than 700 newly remodeled rooms and suites. The entire property has recently been renovated to take on a fresh, modern look which includes a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, a poker room, new bars and lounges, stylish retail offerings, as well as Landry's signature world-class restaurants such as Chart House, Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse and Grotto Ristorante. A new world class luxury spa and salon and H20 poolside lounge have been added as well. The Golden Nugget has first-class accommodations, exquisite dining options and fun-filled entertainment venues unlike anything else available in Atlantic City.
Laughlin - An oasis in the desert, the Golden Nugget Laughlin is a hotel-casino located on the banks of the Colorado River, near the Arizona and California borders, in Laughlin, Nevada. The whimsical, tropical-themed resort features top-notch restaurants, comfortable guest rooms and some of the hottest gaming action in Laughlin - all accented with personalized service and hospitality that have earned the hotel and casino many accolades. Guests can bask in a tropical paradise where the intimacy and serenity of the Colorado River region meets the high-energy gaming action of Nevada. The casino features slot and video poker machines, including progressive-play machines; table games, and a complete race and sports book, which is linked to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas for the most up-to-the-minute betting lines. In addition to gaming guests can wet their palate at several signature dining concepts featuring Harlow's, Joe's Crab Shack and Saltgrass Steak House before partaking in the energy of the nightclub/lounge.
CenturyLink working with local authorities during Colorado wildfires
Company opens phone bank and offers free call forwarding to impacted customers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Because Colorado Springs is impacted by the Waldo Canyon wildfire, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is working with local authorities to keep communications services working for area residents. The company has set up phone banks at Cheyenne Mountain High School and Southeastern YMCA in Colorado Springs, Palmer High School in Monument and Summit Elementary School in Divide. These phone banks are open to the public 24 hours a day and feature free local, long distance and directory assistance.
In addition, CenturyLink is offering free emergency call forwarding service for customers impacted by the wildfire. This service enables customers to have phone calls to their homes and small businesses automatically forwarded to an alternative number of their choice. Customers can set up this service for up to 30 consecutive days at no charge by contacting 800-573-1311 for residential accounts, 800-954-1211 for small business accounts and 800-690-1611 for Spanish-speaking customers.
"CenturyLink is working hard to protect critical communications services for those who are bravely fighting these fires, as well as helping our customers stay connected in these difficult times," said Penny Larson, CenturyLink's interim vice president and general manager for Southern Colorado. "Whether it is updating friends, family or customers, we are doing all we can to help our community with these services in this time of need."
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink(TM) Prism(TM) TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink's customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country's largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit http://www.centurylink.com.
Raisecom and Symmetricom Complete Joint Interoperability Testing For Synchronization of Wireless Backhaul Networks
Raisecom Becomes a Member of Symmetricom's SyncWorld® Ecosystem Program Supporting Vendor Interoperability for 4G/LTE Mobile Network Deployments
SAN JOSE, Calif. and CLEARWATER, Fla., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Symmetricom®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precision time and frequency technologies and Raisecom Technology, a leading global manufacturer of wireless backhaul, access and aggregation solutions, today announced the successful interoperability testing of wireless backhaul networks and a new partnership through the SyncWorld® Ecosystem Program.
The companies have performed comprehensive interoperability testing to validate LTE mobile backhaul deployment scenarios over packet networks that leverage ITU.T G.8261 and the IEEE 1588-2008 synchronization protocol. The testing was completed using Raisecom's iTN201 Carrier Ethernet Edge device powered by Symmetricom's TimeProvider® 5000 IEEE 1588-2008 Grandmaster Clock. The TimeProvider 5000 is a carrier-grade timing source that provides high client capacity, hardware-based packet processing and redundant hardware to match the synchronization needs of next generation networks, such as Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), IEEE 1588 (PTP), and Network Time Protocol (NTP) timing protocols.
"Raisecom and Symmetricom have performed detailed interoperability testing to validate LTE mobile-backhaul deployment scenarios over packet networks that leverage ITU.T G.8261 and IEEE 1588-2008 synchronization mechanisms," said Alex Shaw, CEO of Raisecom Technology. "Using Raisecom 10GbE switches deployed with the iTN201 Carrier-Ethernet Edge Devices, our customers are able to implement a very flexible yet cost-effective architecture for a synchronized mobile backhaul network."
"The momentum we've received with the SyncWorld Ecosystem Program and the addition of Raisecom further demonstrates that service providers realize an immediate benefit for interoperability around the rigorous synchronization and timing requirements required to support 4G/LTE mobile network deployments," said Manish Gupta, vice president of Marketing and Business Development for Symmetricom.
Raisecom joins the SyncWorld's network equipment partners segment. Network equipment partners are technology vendors that have conducted extensive interoperability testing with Symmetricom products to ensure effective operation of the joint solution in specific scenarios. Network equipment partners cooperate in a variety of ways, including technical, marketing, and field support.
Founded in 1999 Raisecom has 2,300 employees and equipment installed in service provider networks in over 70 countries. Raisecom's growth is based on developing carrier grade standards based solutions with proven interoperability. Raisecom offers a wide range of access, aggregation and wireless backhaul products including; Ethernet Switches, Ethernet Demarcation Devices, Media Converters, SFPs, CWDM, Optical Muxes and GEPON solutions. Raisecom is incorporated in Delaware.
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 or join the dialogue at http://www.twitter.com/symmetricom.
World's First Personalized TV Recommendation App Lets You Find and Watch Your Favorite Shows From Live TV, Netflix and Your DVR
SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Google I/O -- Peel, the company dedicated to revolutionizing the way you watch TV, today at Google I/O announced AllPlay TV, the first multi-source personalized TV experience. For the first time ever, TV enthusiasts have the ability to find and watch shows and movies regardless of source - from Peel's current TV listings to users' DVR content and web content including Netflix - all in one intuitive app available in July at the GooglePlayStore.
The Google I/O audience will be presented with AllPlay TV, a more content friendly TV watching experience enhanced by Google TV. The shows and movies you want to watch are not found exclusively on live TV, they're also on your DVR and Netflix. With AllPlay TV, Peel users can see integrated listings, putting their favorite content at the forefront no matter the source. Users see shows on live TV, episodes available on Netflix, and last week's episode recorded on their DVR.
"We could not think of a better place to introduce the world to AllPlay TV," said Greg Lindley, Chief Experience Officer for Peel. "Being included in Google I/O and the Developer Sandbox is a prestigious and premier launch platform for groundbreaking technology. AllPlay TV is going to set TV watchers free. With so many sources out there for people to choose from it can be overwhelming, when it should be really simple - content first."
Designed specifically for Android with the Google TV platform in mind, Peel's AllPlay TV makes time, place and content source irrelevant. AllPlay TV has all your favorite content presented in graphical interface with a Top Picks section that is customized to your tastes.
AllPlay TV takes services like Netflix and makes them better, offering users an easier way to search and discover new content. Peel's algorithm is based on your viewing habits and selections from multiple sources, presenting you with a more complete listing of recommendations that you'll love. Using the Peel app's Top Picks selections AllPlay TV makes it possible to catch up on back seasons of a hit show while recording future episodes. Or, see that a favorite movie is on live TV but opt to skip the commercials and watch it on Netflix -- the possibilities are endless.
The Peel app with AllPlay TV eliminates the need for traditional TV listings and brings you closer to your favorite shows. With customized programming recommendations based on your viewing habits, Peel takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what's on. Touch a program thumbnail and the app displays a brief description of the episode or movie that is playing and displays if there are additional viewing options via live TV, Netflix or DVR.
The Peel app with AllPlay TV is free and available in July for Android users on the 2.3 operating system or higher. To download Peel visit the GooglePlayStore.
Peel with AllPlay TV will be available in the coming months for iPhone® and iPod touch®.
Peel was founded on a passion for redefining the home entertainment experience. As the recognized leader in personalized TV discovery with millions of recommended shows viewed, the groundbreaking Peel app combines intuitive program discovery, seamless remote control and engaging social sharing. For more information or to download the iOS or Android app, visit Peel.com.
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Everyday Health, Inc. Announces International Expansion Of Leading Health And Lifestyle Brands In Partnership With RollUp Media
Prominent Health and Pregnancy Sites - EverydayHealth.com and WhatToExpect.com - Set to Debut in the United Kingdom and Australia with Localized Content
NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Everyday Health, Inc. -- the leading provider of online health solutions, providing reliable content, tools and community for over 30 million monthly consumers in the United States with its portfolio of health and wellness websites and mobile apps -- today announced its plans to launch Everyday Health and What To Expect in Europe and Australia in partnership with RollUp Media. This international expansion marks the first time Everyday Health, Inc. will have localized sites outside the United States. At the same time this makes the What To Expect brand, based on the international bestselling pregnancy and parenting book series by Heidi Murkoff, available in the digital space for new audiences.
In a multi-year agreement, RollUp Media will launch and manage the health and lifestyle sites from content development to leading the sales and marketing efforts. Established in 2011 with the aim to launch quality sites in the travel, health, parenting, career and education verticals, RollUp Media boasts a talented team of leading industry professionals with successful careers at top digital companies including DoubleClick, Brightcove and Lycos. The new site launches will begin with WhatToExpect.co.uk at the end of the year.
Everyday Health is the number 1 online authority in health for the U.S. (comScore). "Health is one of the fastest growing content consumption categories, and after surveying the landscape we anticipate a strong demand for our quality content and health solutions in the UK and Australia," said Ben Wolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Everyday Health, Inc. "RollUp Media's successful track record for managing brands internationally together with its impressive roster of industry thought leaders and focus on high quality content curated for local audiences make them an ideal partner for Everyday Health's expansion efforts."
The UK and Australian online ad markets are experiencing strong growth as witnessed by recent IAB spend reports. The United Kingdom's online advertising market grew 13.4 percent year-on-year and display advertising was worth over 1 billion pounds Sterling in 2011. Consumer Goods is the second biggest online advertising sector and accounts for 14.8 percent of total spend. Online advertising in Australia grew by 19 percent year-over-year, representing 20 percent of all ad spending in the country.
"We are honored and excited to be working with Everyday Health, Inc. to achieve its international expansion goals by bringing two powerhouse U.S.-based brands to new audiences and advertisers in Europe and Asia Pacific," said Ben Regensburger, CEO of RollUp Media. "These sites will undoubtedly fill a niche in the growing advertising landscape abroad."
The team in the UK and Australia representing Everyday Health and What To Expect online sites is comprised of innovators and leaders. Before becoming CEO of RollUp, Ben Regensburger was President of DoubleClick International until the Google acquisition, after which he ran Google's media platform business in Europe. European Managing Director Raghav Gupta was part of the founding executive team at Brightcove while Kaylie Smith, former Managing Director for DoubleClick Asia Pacific, takes on the role of Managing Director for Asia Pacific. RollUp's impressive team of Board Directors and Advisors include David Rosenblatt, the former CEO of DoubleClick who served as Google's President of Global Display Advertising after selling the company to Google in 2007.
About Everyday Health, Inc.
Everyday Health is the leading new media health company. Attracting 38 million people monthly through its popular websites, mobile applications, and social media presence, Everyday Health inspires consumers to live healthier lives and helps doctors make more informed decisions for their patients. Everyday Health reaches an additional one million viewers per episode through its weekly TV series on ABC stations. The Company's broad portfolio of products spans the health spectrum, from in-depth medical content for condition prevention and management to healthy lifestyle offerings. Everyday Health was founded in 2002 by CEO, Ben Wolin, and President, Mike Keriakos.
Source: comScore Media Metrix; comScore Video Metrix; Facebook Insights; Twitter
About RollUp Media
RollUp Media is on a mission to help independent publishers build successful digital businesses by providing them with the tools to manage content, SEO, SMO, multi-channel distribution and revenue generation so that they can focus on what they love and do best - creating and curating high quality content and conversations. RollUp Media also works with the most forward-thinking advertisers and agencies to help them create engaging advertising experiences to become a part of the conversation with this network of online influencers.
MyWireless.org® Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Moving H.R. 1860, the 'Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act'
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MyWireless.org, a national, nonpartisan wireless consumer advocacy group, expressed its support for today's action by the House Judiciary Committee, which marked up and favorably reported out of Committee the 'Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act.' This bipartisan legislation establishes a "national framework" for how the growing digital marketplace should be fairly taxed by states and localities.
More than ever before, American consumers are using wireless to purchase and download digital goods and services, such as apps, music and ringtones, movies and TV episodes, e-books and video games. Currently, there is a patchwork set of rules at the state and local level determining how digital goods are taxed. Only Congress has the constitutional authority to establish a clear and fair way to tax this rapidly growing sector of the economy.
"On behalf of the millions of American wireless consumers, we'd like to thank Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) for taking up this issue and establishing some sensible and fair rules of the road when it comes to digital commerce," said Amy McLean, Director of Advocacy Communications for MyWireless.org. "We hope that the bill moves swiftly through the House of Representatives and the Senate so that people are no longer subjected to the threat of multiple and discriminatory taxes for using their wireless device to buy a digital product."
The house legislation has a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate, S. 971, that is currently gaining support in the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
MyWireless.org® is a nonpartisan non-profit national advocacy organization, made up of wireless consumers, businesses and community leaders from around the country, supporting reasonable pro-consumer and pro-taxpayer wireless policies.
"Budget Hero" Added to BrainPOP's Free Resource for Top Educational Games
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Budget Hero," the computer game, designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the underlying issues that shape it, is now offered on the free resource GameUp(TM), BrainPOP's collection of cross-curricular game titles from leading publishers.
Click Here to Play Budget Hero on GameUp
"Budget Hero" invites players to explore the impact of different cuts and expenditures as they create and test their own budget policies. Students choose "badges" that represent their values and goals -- economic stimulus, national security, the environment, school funding, energy. As the simulation progresses, participants "play" policy cards, deciding whether to fund or cut spending on initiatives like clean energy research, federal housing assistance, education for disadvantaged children, infrastructure maintenance, and health care for senior citizens. The budgets "go bust" when money runs out for anything but Social Security, health care, and interest payments; they are complete when they reflect a player's chosen values and/or yield a desirable result.
As it does for all titles showcased on GameUp, BrainPOP pairs "Budget Hero" with a selection of related content that facilitates the game's effective classroom use.
"Few subject areas are more relevant to 21st century learning than Financial Literacy -- which is also an area that's difficult enough for adults to fully grasp, much less kids. Adding "Budget Hero" to our GameUp offerings is a tremendous step towards clarifying complex issues that affect the world on a daily basis," said Dr. Avraham Kadar, BrainPOP's Founder and CEO. "We are proud to have partnered with The Wilson Center and American Public Media's Public Insight Network on this invaluable initiative."
"By putting young players in the driver's seat, 'Budget Hero' engages players and makes difficult policy arguments clearer," said Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. "GameUp, with its carefully vetted selection of educational titles and supporting materials, is an excellent showcase for 'Budget Hero.' Kids everywhere will now have access to the game and its key lessons, while their teachers will benefit from resources to help them integrate it into their curriculum easily and smoothly."
"'Budget Hero' has proven a great way for hundreds of thousands of Americans to begin to understand the complexity of the questions facing our nation when it comes to the budget," said Mike Reszler Vice President Digital Media, American Public Media. "By partnering with BrainPOP and the Wilson Center, we are helping to engage teachers and students in the same exercise of understanding the myriad of decisions that go into shaping the budget."
BrainPOP® (http://www.brainpop.com) creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement -- in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices. Our award-winning online resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Espanol, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. We are also home to GameUp, a free educational games portal for the classroom. All of our resources are supported by BrainPOP Educators, our free professional community. BrainPOP sites and mobile apps support individual, team, and whole-class learning in traditional, blended, and "flipped" settings. Our content is mapped to Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and easily searchable with our Standards Tool. BrainPOP global sites host more than 11 million visits each month.
About American Public Media's Public Insight Network (PIN)
American Public Media(TM) (APM) is one of the largest producers of public radio news, entertainment and cultural programming in the world. The Public Insight Network® from American Public Media uses intelligent sourcing and community engagement to assist journalists in creating news coverage that is credible, relevant, in depth and diverse. For more information, visit PublicInsightNetwork.org.
About The Wilson Center
The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.
Technology vendors unite behind a single source for detailed reporting quantifying hardware, software and service infrastructure performance
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lakeside Software, a leader in big data analytics for IT professionals, today announced SysTrack MarketPlace, a new capability within SysTrack providing detailed analysis for sizing and selecting hardware, software and service infrastructure. MarketPlace provides a single source for IT professionals to get the quantified data they need to maximize the performance of their infrastructure, accelerate ROI and maximize end-user experience. MarketPlace is implemented in SysTrack version 6.1, with availability in July 2012.
MarketPlace is the result of cooperation between Lakeside Software and leading IT infrastructure technology companies. Participating in MarketPlace at launch are AppSense, Atlantis Computing, EMC, Cisco, Citrix, Dell Wyse, HP, IBM, Login VSI, Nexenta, Trend Micro and VMware. Collaborations with other infrastructure vendors will be introduced as those integrations are completed.
MarketPlace reports are 100% customized for a specific vendor solution and provide only the data most relevant for analysis of that solution. They are developed through close consultation between Lakeside Software and each solution vendor that ensures each report reflects a deep understanding of the solution and provides critical and appropriate intelligence.
MarketPlace reports enable IT professionals to anticipate solution benefits pre-implementation, and to validate and measure the benefits of the solution post-implementation. Additionally, MarketPlace reports provide the data and insight necessary for on-going solution tuning and optimization. MarketPlace reports are either "public" (available to any SysTrack customer) or "private" (available only to those to whom the vendor has provided access credentials). All reports are easily accessible from the SysTrack common interface. Visit http://www.lakesidesoftware.com/marketplace.aspx for more information.
SysTrack provides essential data for complex IT tasks such as user auditing, performance monitoring, change management, event management, latency and end-user experience management, application resource analysis, chargeback, virtualization assessment and planning, application pool design, automated power management and many others. SysTrack seamlessly manages virtualized desktops, virtualized servers, terminal servers and physical systems to provide an end-to-end view of the environment. SysTrack supports the complete range of deployments, from physical environments to partially/fully virtualized environments, to cloud computing.
Dan Salinas, vice president Business Development, Lakeside Software: "SysTrack MarketPlace is designed to give IT professionals actionable intelligence about their infrastructure critical to deployment and optimization. With deeper insight into the impact of specific infrastructure solutions, they can tune implementation to receive maximum value and performance."
David Roussain, vice president Product Marketing and Alliances, AppSense: "The MarketPlace report for AppSense provides helpful actionable data to IT professionals utilizing AppSense to optimize projects such as Windows 7 migration, desktop and application virtualization. Included is a detailed summary report on the end user environment with recommendations on how best to proceed with their user virtualization implementation."
Rajiv Pimplaskar, vice president Corporate Development, Atlantis Computing: "VDI Storage is usually undersized to reduce the cost per virtual desktop and make the project fit a budget, but this typically leads to severe desktop performance issues and user rejection. With the SysTrack MarketPlace report, customers can accurately predict the amount of storage that they truly require for a successful implementation and understand firsthand the cost savings and performance benefits that Atlantis ILIO storage optimization software can bring to the organization. SysTrack is already used by many Atlantis Computing customers to ensure that the user experience consistently exceeds that of a physical PC."
Jeff McNaught, executive director, Dell Wyse: "There is a pervasive problem with VDI projects undersizing the resources needed per desktop to deliver acceptable desktop performance. Oftentimes this results in users having diminished experience with virtual desktops. SysTrack MarketPlace helps IT teams identify the optimal system specifications required to deliver the desired virtual desktop user experience."
Parmeet Chaddha, vice president Partner Solutions, EMC Corporation: "EMC is committed to helping customers get the most value from their IT infrastructure. SysTrack MarketPlace helps customers assess the optimal EMC storage infrastructure for their deployments, and helps to quantify performance gains that can be achieved from implementing EMC storage solutions. This provides our customers and partners with the ability to tune and monitor their deployments and ensure peak performance while achieving maximum ROI."
Alex Aizman, chief technology officer, Nexenta Systems: "Enterprise customers are looking for ways to optimize their virtual desktop infrastructure deployments and the SysTrack MarketPlace leverages NexentaVSA for View's OpenStorage architecture to simplify VDI deployments. We are excited to be working with Lakeside Software to bring customers a solution that reduces total cost of ownership associated with a VDI, enhances user experience, and improves IT efficiency."
About Lakeside Software
Lakeside Software is the leading provider of business intelligence solutions for IT professionals. SysTrack gives IT professionals the actionable intelligence to effectively manage IT transformation projects. With superior data, IT makes smarter decisions that enhance user experience and productivity, improve IT efficiency and productivity, and reduce costs. Please visit http://www.lakesidesoftware.com for more information.
Lakeside Software, SysTrack, SysTrack, SysTrack MarketPlace and SysTrack DataMine are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of Lakeside Software, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
New Studio, Rebel Entertainment, Announces Development of First Real-time Multiplayer Social Game, Dungeon Rampage
BURBANK, Calif., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently established studio Rebel Entertainment, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), has developed its first game, Dungeon Rampage.
Channeling years of experience from talent previously at top videogame companies including Atari, Disney, EA and Zynga, Rebel Entertainment is drawing upon the unique backgrounds of its team to create this multiplayer action role-playing dungeon crawler game. More than two million players have already signed up for the beta version currently available on Facebook and have rated it as one of the top games on the platform with 4.4 stars out of 5. After a strong start, Dungeon Rampage will continue to expand with added content including new heroes, extended maps and an ever-growing arsenal of weapons.
Rebel Entertainment's first foray into the social gaming sphere lets players battle together in real-time, unlike most social games, in which friends typically interact asynchronously by sending feed posts or gifts to each other. Dungeon Rampage also seamlessly blends accessible, arcade-style action gameplay with a deep role-playing progression for a game that is easy to play, but challenging to master.
"Dungeon Rampage has introduced real-time multiplayer to the social gaming arena with fantastic early results," said Mike Goslin, general manager, Rebel Entertainment. "In the few months that we've been in beta, players of all ages and skill levels have rampaged together in dungeons more than 47 million times and slayed more than 1.3 billion monsters in the process, and we're just getting started."
Dungeon Rampage is a multiplayer action role-playing dungeon crawler gamefeaturing an array of six playable warriors, including the hammer-wielding Berserker, the unconventional Battle Chef, and the katana-slashing Ghost Samurai. Players can team up with friends in real-time to enter an evil tyrant's dungeon games, full of fierce monsters and deadly traps, where only the toughest, savviest teams survive.
Rebel Entertainment plans to release Dungeon Rampage across a range of gaming platforms as part of its portfolio of innovative social and web-based games currently in development at the studio. The game studio plans to expand its offerings in the near future to include additional titles for web, social, mobile and other platforms.
Rebel Entertainment is an innovative online game studio located in Burbank, Calif. It currently develops and publishes social and web-based games, with plans to expand offerings to additional platforms in the near future. Comprised of a team of highly-regarded industry professionals from Disney, Zynga, Atari, Insomniac, EA and other leading interactive entertainment companies, Rebel Entertainment is passionate about creating fun, high-quality and fantastically entertaining games. Rebel Entertainment is owned and operated by IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), a prominent media and internet company with more than 50 leading brands serving consumer audiences worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.RebelEntertainment.com.
Swedish leading email and network security solutions expert Halon Security
joins the Virtual Computing Environment Company as a technology partner, taking Halon
Security even further in the international market.
As the work for creating powerful, agile, cost efficient, standardized low maintenance
virtualization platforms for customers all over the world is in full swing, the initiative
from VMware, Cisco and EMC has proven to be the most successful initiative so far. Working
together in the joint owned Virtual Computing Environment Company corporation (VCE), the
three companies works together with several technology partners to create the standards
for communication and storage that brings even more value to customers working with
As a technology partner, Halon Security not only gets an even bigger arena to showcase
it's already highly successful products, VCE also packages Halon Security products
according to the standards decided by VCE. This means that Halon Security products get's a
strong seal of approval for deployment in environments running VMware virtualization,
Cisco based communications and EMC based storage.
- This is a huge step for us at Halon Security. We already have the VMware
Approved certification for our products and being a technology partner with VCE give
current and potential customers an additional seal-of-approval from VCE, says Peter
Falck, President of Halon Security.
Halon Security is a market leader in the areas of email and network security. All
products are offered both as a hardware / appliance solution and as a virtualized
solution, giving customers a high degree of choice.
Halon Security's solution for email, Halon Virtual Spam Prevention is the industry
leader in email security and has been awarded several industry and magazine awards from
comparative reviews. Halon Virtual Spam Prevention has stopped several hundred billion
email-based spam, trojan, viruses and malware attacks all around the world every year.
Halon Security's all new network security solution, Halon Security Router, is one of
the fastest network firewalls on the market. With built in support for clustering, high
availability, load balancing, hardware accelerated SSL-support, hardware accelerated IPSEC
VPN support with AES encryption, DNSSEC to name a few features, Halon Security Router
offers unparalleled security and performance in a virtualized environment, as a hardware
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Game Insight Announces Rule the Kingdom Now Available for iPad and iPhone
Role-Playing / Strategy Hybrid Brings Monster Hunting and Kingdom Management to iPad and iPhone
MOSCOW and SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Game Insight, a global leader in publishing and developing mobile and social games, has announced that its popular free-to-play game, Rule the Kingdom, which was previously released for Android devices, is now available for iPad and iPhone.
Rule the Kingdom was developed by veteran Game Insight studio InnoWate, creator of the smash-hit mobile title My Country, which has more than 10 million players worldwide. Players are thrust into the role of a young ruler, tasked with overseeing a growing kingdom inhabited by industrious workers. However, all is not well in your lands. Whilst your loyal subjects harvest crops, chop wood, mine stone, build new structures, and produce a huge variety of high-quality crafted items to boost your economy, there is an ominous cloud that hangs over their heads. Dark forces are at play and threaten your people and their lands.
Striving to deliver more than an in-depth kingdom management game, Rule the Kingdom also includes additional role-playing game (RPG) elements that let players explore the world as an adventuring monarch, seeking fame, fortune, and ultimately, peace for their nation. Explore your lands and build a reputation by taking on hundreds of quests, learning three schools of magic, fighting powerful boss monsters, and crafting weapons and armor sets with rare gems!
Rule the Kingdom offers deep, kingdom-building strategy along with fun RPG gameplay in a lush and colorful fantasy realm. The game is free to play and is available now on iPad and iPhone. Visit the App Store and rule your own kingdom today!
About Game Insight
Founded in 2010, Game Insight is a global leader in mobile and social mobile gaming with focus on both development and publishing of top-quality titles. The company's portfolio of games serves all major platforms, including iOS, Android, social, and Web. All titles are released worldwide with localization in 17 languages. Original IPs are created and developed by Game Insight's internal network of more than 300 developers, with external publishing opportunities for valued partner studios. The company is headquartered in Moscow, Russia with additional publishing offices in San Francisco, CA. Find more information on Game Insight at the official Web site: http://www.game-insight.com/
Rohde & Schwarz Strengthens its Position in the Drive Test Market by Acquiring SwissQual
MUNICH, Germany, June 28, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Rohde & Schwarz integrates SwissQual, a leading provider of systems for measuring and
assessing the quality of service (QoS) in wireless networks, into the Rohde & Schwarz
group of companies. Through the acquisition of SwissQual, founded in 2000 and based in
Zuchwil, Switzerland, Rohde & Schwarz will be in a position to even better and more fully
address the drive test market with a complete industry-leading technological offering.
The acquisition contract for the SwissQual company group was signed on June 22, 2012.
Effective July 2, 2012, SwissQual will be a fully independent Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary.
The company headquarters and regional presences will be retained. It will be referred to
as "SwissQual AG - A Rohde & Schwarz Company" in external communications.
The product portfolios of both companies ideally complement each other: Rohde &
Schwarz, with its expertise in RF test equipment, is well positioned in the network
optimization and network engineering segments. SwissQual, the market leader for
benchmarking systems, contributes solutions for network benchmarking and network
monitoring. The product portfolio will offer a full range of solutions for QoS testing,
end-to-end testing, drive test systems, scanners and wireless network optimization. The
two companies already have a sales partnership for the R&S ROMES2GO smartphone-based test
mobile phones that were developed by SwissQual.
After years of substantial investment and rapid growth, the SwissQual shareholders
were seeking a strong partner who would support continued growth. SwissQual is one of the
largest independent suppliers of solutions for quality of service (QoS) benchmarking and
RF optimization of wireless networks. The company is a recognized expert in the assessment
of voice, data and video quality in wireless networks. SwissQual, an international company
with around 100 employees, is currently expanding its staff.
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Blip Launches Production Banner Blip Studios, Signs Exclusive Web Video Talent to Network, Promotes Steve Woolf to President of Blip Studios
NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blip, one of the Internet's largest independently owned and operated video networks, today announced the launch of Blip Studios whereby the Company will work directly with brands, talent and independent producers of web video to develop and produce high quality, original web series which Blip will monetize and distribute across their distribution platforms. Steve Woolf, former Vice President of Content for Blip, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Content and President of Blip Studios, effective immediately.
Since 2005, Blip has worked closely with the world's top web series producers, advertisers and distribution platforms with the mission of making original series scalable and profitable. With the introduction of Blip Studios, the Company will enhance their offerings to advertisers, producers and talent to create original series in key genres including comedy, sci-fi, sports and drama. Blip Studios will build and manage networks of shows in these genres, and has made Blip a one-stop shop for brands and their agencies that want to invest in original web video content and deliver their messages to targeted audiences.
"The creation of Blip Studios as a multiplatform digital studio producing engaging and innovative content for the Blip network and its partners is a huge value-add for our business and a very natural growth progression for the company," said Kelly Day, CEO of Blip. "We are excited about our initial talent slate and expect to announce many more original series with major partners and other great talent in the near future."
"We are incredibly proud to launch Blip Studios to develop a wide range of original web series, and just as important, series that will also push the boundaries of audience interactivity," said Steve Woolf, President of Blip Studios. "Our ultimate goal is to create the best innovative content that leads storytelling into the next decade."
Also announced today, Blip Studios has signed exclusive talent and distribution agreements with some of the most successful independent production companies and shows on their network, representing hundreds of millions of views. These shows understand how to engage their audience, and will work with Blip Studios to take their efforts to wider audiences, more platforms, and increased production value. These agreements include increased revenue from advertising, brand integration sales, marketing, audience development, distribution, and production resources. Three of the signed shows include:
-- Nostalgia Critic: With a massive, dedicated audience, Nostalgic Critic,
starring Doug Walker, is the long-running hit from production company
Channel Awesome. The series features Walker as he critiques and pokes
fun at all things nostalgic, especially television and video games from
the 80's and 90's.
-- Nostalgia Chick: Originally a counterpart to the hugely popular series
Nostalgia Critic, Nostalgic Chick, produced by Lindsey Ellis, Antonella
Inserra, and Elisabeth Hansen and starring Ellis and a roster of guest
stars, was focused on nostalgic television and movies targeted for
women. With an engaged audience of millions of monthly viewers, the
show has quickly evolved into a critique of popular culture with
recurring characters that form a fun, collaborative variety review.
-- Todd in the Shadows: Known as "A Guide to Terrible Pop Songs of the
Present and Past," Todd in the Shadows stars Todd Nathanson and has
garnered millions of views around the world. Todd is enshrouded in
shadow as he takes us through the context of a mainstream pop song,
breaking down the minutia of the awesomeness and the awfulness, and
establishing a great connection with his audience.
In his new role as President of Blip Studios, Woolf is responsible for all content development, production and strategic relationships with media partners, management companies and independent content creators that develop original video for the web. Woolf has held the position of Vice President of Content for Blip since 2011, during which time Blip views have tripled.
With over ten years of experience in web video, Woolf has served as an executive, producer, director, technologist and entrepreneur, co-founding a company that produced several successful original and branded web series. Woolf is a two-time Webby Award and two-time Streamy Award winner for the pioneering web series Epic Fu which has been viewed over 80 million times.
About Blip Networks
Blip is the place to discover the best in original web series from both professional and up-and-coming producers. It gives viewers access to a wide variety of dramas and comedies, series about sports, videogames, food, fashion and more, and makes it easy to find what you want when you want it wherever you want it. The company currently syndicates series to iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Roku, Verizon FiOS, TiVo, Sony TVs and elsewhere. Blip series attract hundreds of millions of video views per month. Please visit http://blip.com for more information. Follow Blip on Twitter: twitter.com/blip or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/blip.
Shopatron's Partner Program Brings New Options to World-Class Platform
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopatron, the world's leading retail-integrated eCommerce solution, today announced the launch of the Shopatron Partner Program. The new program makes it possible for agencies, website platforms, and other service providers to leverage Shopatron's retail-integrated eCommerce and order management solution for their clients.
Shopatron's Partner Program includes two types of partners: Solution Partners and Technology Partners. Solution Partners are marketing agencies, web agencies or solution providers that can implement Shopatron's order management platform into an overall eCommerce solution for their client. Technology Partners are technology and service providers that either extend Shopatron features or provide additional options for Shopatron clients through integration with the Shopatron platform. Both partner types will bring additional service options and world-class service features to Shopatron clients.
"We have significantly expanded our integration toolset and now have extremely flexible integration options, making it easy to flow orders into the Shopatron order management system at any point during the online shopping process," said Brian Clausen, Shopatron's SVP of Sales. "So no matter who builds your website or what platform you are on, you can offer a buy anywhere, fulfill anywhere online experience."
For partners, the program provides them access to the world's number one retail-integrated eCommerce and order management solution. They can now deliver advanced order management features to their branded manufacturer and multi-channel retailer clients, such as retail shop integration, in-store pickup, 3rd party shipment, in-store pick & pack logic and store-level inventory.
"Shopatron has provided us a great set of features that we need to deliver eCommerce systems for our branded manufacturer clients," said Alex Khachaturyan CEO of GammaFX Design Studio, a Shopatron Solution Partner. "But that was not all. We have also been able to leverage our experience from working with Shopatron clients to build advanced integration tools that enable us to work with even more companies. It's really been a win-win for us."
Anyone interested in participating in the Shopatron Partner Program can contact Shopatron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-625-5050.
Shopatron is the only eCommerce solution in the world that can increase a brand's sales online, while also increasing sales through brick-and-mortar retail stores. Shopatron's retail-integrated eCommerce with distributed order management provides an innovative and flexible approach to online sales that matches the unique needs of branded manufacturers and multi-channel retailers. Founded in 2001, Shopatron works with over 1,000 brands and 20,000 retail partners across more than 40 industries. Clients include top brands such as Bosch, Suzuki, Polaroid, Mizuno, Ducati, JL Audio, K2, Roland and Sport Chalet. The company has headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California. To learn more about Shopatron, visit ecommerce.shopatron.com.
World's Leading Performance Media Platform Acquisio Announces New Key Features For Agencies During Inaugural User Summit
Acquisio Presents Three New Offerings For Agencies Looking to Increase Campaign Success
MONTREAL, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today by Acquisio, the world's leading performance media platform for agencies, during the first annual Acquisio User Summit in Montreal, that the company has just introduced three new key features to the popular platform that will provide agencies with the tools they need to better serve their clients, and simplify campaign management. The new offerings--- Acquisio Links(TM), Acquisio Trading Desk, and the Acquisio Certification Program--are available immediately.
Key Features of Acquisio Links(TM)
-- Agencies have the ability to integrate their Acquisio platform with more
than 15 out-of-the-box media and analytics data sources including
LinkedIn, Double Click Display, & Mediaplex.
-- Agencies can also integrate their Acquisio platform with custom data
sources making Acquisio Links(TM) the most flexible data importing
feature available on the market.
-- The ability to see all channels in one place with cross channel
reporting in ways never possible.
-- Acquisio experts deliver data integration links quickly and affordably.
Key Features of Acquisio Trading Desk
-- Trading Desk is a service offered to agencies to accelerate the
development of new display, mobile, video, and social advertising
-- The Acquisio Trading Desk Services Team mentor users and can manage
complex display campaigns, buy data and set advanced retargeting
-- Agencies can receive full training and manage campaigns themselves
-- Full transparency provides users with increased visibility into
Key Features of Acquisio Certification Program
-- Program is designed to help digital marketers become experts of the
Acquisio platform, and introduce concepts, functionality and strategies
within the platform that will greatly increase campaign success.
-- A three-part training session guides users seamlessly through the
fundamental to complex capabilities of the Acquisio platform.
-- After completion of training, users who complete and pass an Acquisio
Certification Test receive a certificate, email signature and stamp
identifying them as a Certified Acquisio User.
"The mission of Acquisio has always been to give agencies the tools they need to better serve their clients and to make their jobs easier," says Marc Poirier, co-Founder and CMO of Acquisio. "The new features announced at our inaugural User Summit will empower our customers with capabilities digital marketers have not seen before."
Acquisio provides the industry-leading technology for agencies buying ads on any online channel, allowing them to handle all tasks associated with performance advertising, from ad purchase to conversion tracking and beyond, within a single integrated platform. Unlike other solutions, Acquisio hosts its own third-party ad server and employs a single tracking functionality across channels, allowing agency marketers unparalleled conversion and revenue attribution modeling and reporting capabilities.
With more than 4,000 users and 10,000 brands under its management, Acquisio is the multi-channel marketing solution preferred by the world's leading advertising, marketing, and SEM agencies. Agency clients include large agency holdings such as WPP, Omnicom, IPG and Publicis; as well as some of the world's most recognized performance media companies such as Amaze, Bertelsmann, Cossette, DAC Group, Guava, iProspect, Isobar, Media Experts, NetBooster, PhD, and Yellow Pages Group.
Capture Technologies Achieves S2 Security Certified Integrator Status
OAKLAND, Calif., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Capture has been named an S2 Security Certified Integrator, which positions the company to better serve their customers. For those who are looking for access control solutions that are easy to install and operate, S2 will undoubtedly be their choice. S2 Security's line of open architecture access control products fits seamlessly into Capture's current product line, creating more options for customers to keep their buildings safe.
S2's flagship product line, the S2 NetBox, is designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized organizations. The S2 Enterprise line is built for large deployments and multi-site facilities, including colleges, campuses and global enterprises. Both product lines scale based on user requirements, assuring that a user need purchase only what is required for the particular application. All S2 products can be used from any location where a network connection is available, and offer a rich user interface delivered through a standard web browser.
S2 Security has had a long history success, notably within the tech industry. With more than 12,000 systems installed, S2 systems are in use in organizations around the world, including technology, manufacturing, public safety, government, healthcare and educational institutions. S2 named Capture Technologies a certified integrator not only for their reputation in the marketplace, but also for their quality of service and the wide range of areas that they can provide service to.
George Zamora, Southwest Regional Sales Manager for S2 Security said, "S2 Security is confident that Capture Technologies will be successful in offering S2 Security products across their client base. With Capture's reputation and reach, this is an opportunity to significantly increase the number of customers currently enjoying S2's web enabled access control systems."
As Capture Technologies has been a long-term provider of access control products, Capture is pleased to offer this cutting edge technology. The partnership in itself will create a new way for the coastal region to stay safer.
Lou Parrague CEO of Capture Technologies said, "We are very pleased to be working with S2 security solutions. The product is right for the times and is well suited for today's IT environment."
Capture Technologies, http://www.capturet.com, based in Oakland, Calif., is a leading provider of security integration and identification solutions for public safety, government, healthcare and educational institutions.
Acquisition of Cognovo gives u-blox own 4G chip technology
ARM spin-off Cognovo enables u-blox to address new markets for high-speed LTE modems
THALWIL, Switzerland, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors, announces the acquisition of UK-based Cognovo Ltd., a company specializing in "Software Defined Modem" (SDM) chip development technology.
The acquisition extends u-blox' chip design capabilities to create differentiated products for strategic markets that require 4G communications combined with global positioning.
"This is a very exciting acquisition for u-blox as it positions us as an agile and cost-effective supplier of high-speed wireless modem products based on our own chip IP. This allows us to meet market demand for connected systems that require positioning, connectivity and application specific functionality on a single integrated circuit," said Thomas Seiler, u-blox CEO. "This new foundation broadens our serviceable market, and will increase our margins in the automotive, consumer and industrial sectors. Our first 4G product is planned for 2013."
Cognovo's "Software Defined Modem" (SDM) technology and development tools quickly translate complex radio modem designs into fully characterized low-power semiconductor chips. The combination of technologies from Cognovo and the recently acquired 4M Wireless will result in a new wireless modem platform based on IP owned by u-blox.
Proven design Cognovo has already demonstrated their SDM baseband chip running high-speed 4G cellular functionality working with the LTE protocol stack from 4M Wireless at Mobile World Congress. With these acquisitions, u-blox lays the groundwork for establishing a leading position in 4G wireless modems similar to the strategy that u-blox followed to become the market leader in GPS/GNSS modules. The market for 4G modems used for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications is predicted to grow rapidly, surpassing 20 million units by 2016.
"We are very pleased to deploy our SDM technology within u-blox," said Dr. Gordon Aspin, Cognovo CEO. "With over 300 man-years of R&D invested in our SDM technology, this acquisition brings together the industry's most advanced software modem development platform with some of the best IC design and GNSS engineers in the world. This will be an unbeatable team."
Key terms of the transaction include:
-- Acquisition of 100% of the shares of Cognovo Ltd. at a price of 16.5
million US Dollars
-- Acquisition of key intellectual property and software
-- Integration of the Cognovo business and 30 employees into u-blox'
Conference call: u-blox will conduct a conference call with financial analysts and media to discuss this news today, June 28, at 8:00 am, CET.
A supplementary slide presentation will be available on u-blox' website under the "Investor Relations" section by 9:00 am CET.
u-blox is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, u-blox employs over 200 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. (http://www.u-blox.com)
About Cognovo Cognovo's Software Defined Modem (SDM) platform enables the creation of flexible multi-mode devices capable of operating a dynamic mix of cellular modems and broadcast receivers. The platform delivers multi-mode products with silicon area and power consumption lower than the hardware designs which exist today and in a fraction of the time. Headquartered in Cambridge, England, Cognovo has offices in Leuven, Belgium and sales representation in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. http://www.cognovo.com
This release contains certain forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of management and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the u-blox Group to differ materially from those expressed or implied. These include risks related to the success of and demand for the Group's products, the potential for the Group's products to become obsolete, the Group's ability to defend its intellectual property, the Group's ability to develop and commercialize new products in a timely manner, the dynamic and competitive environment in which the Group operates, the regulatory environment, changes in currency exchange rates, the Group's ability to generate revenues and profitability, and the Group's ability to realize its expansion projects in a timely manner. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this report. u-blox is providing the information in this release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in it as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Play The Pros Only With OneUp Games Football Connect For Euro 2012
American Soccer Stars To Take On The Fans During Euro 2012 Final Game
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of America's biggest soccer stars are partnering with OneUp Games for an exclusive Play the Pros event for the Euro 2012 final game. Alex Morgan, Freddy Adu, Sacha Kljestan, Heather O'Reilly and Edson Buddle will be hosting their own game rooms in OneUp Games popular Football Connect for Euro 2012 app. The pros will play against fans, offer advice on the game and answer questions in the chat room. The Euro 2012 finals are set to take place on July 1, 2012 at 2:45 EDT.
Fans wanting admission into the pros' game rooms can earn spots by downloading Football Connect for Euro 2012. Once downloaded, fans can access the Play the Pros section where they will be asked to invite three friends, via email, to download the app. Fans will then unlock the rooms and will be able to play. Space in each room is limited. Football Connect is free in the iTunes store for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
In addition to playing Football Connect for Euro 2012, the pros will be "tweeting" before, during and after the game. The pro's Twitter accounts have a combined following of over one million fans. The pros can be followed on Twitter at: @alexmorgan13; @FreddyAdu; @SachaKljestan; @HeatherOReilly and @EdsonBuddle. OneUp Games can also be followed at @oneupgames.
"Having a chance to play Football Connect against a professional soccer player is priceless," said Daren Trousdell, CEO and Founder of OneUp Games. "All of our Connect games are very social and not your average sports app. We've been wanting to create such an event involving pro athletes for a long time. The chance to interact with the best U.S. soccer players, and to ask questions and get their predictions during the live Euro 2012 match just pushes the game to a higher level."
OneUp Games' Connect line, which also includes American Football, Baseball and Basketball Connect, allows sports fans to engage with the action during the live match, whether watching in person or on TV. The Connect Four-type game encourages fans to not only root for their team but for specific actions so they can win their own game played on their mobile device.
Morgan, from Diamond Bar, California, is a member of the U.S. Women's National Team and a forward for the Seattle Sounders Women's team. In 2011, she was the youngest member on the U.S. team at the FIFA Women's World Cup, which placed second. Morgan was the first-round draft pick overall in the 2011 WPS by the Western New York Flash.
Ghanaian-born Adu, who became a U.S. citizen in 2003, currently plays for the MLS team Philadelphia Union. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder but also plays as a winger and forward. Adu was the youngest American athlete in over 100 years to sign a major league pro contract in any team sport when he was drafted by the D.C. United as the number one overall pick in the 2004 draft. Adu was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
Midfielder Kljestan currently plays for Anderlecht in the Belgian First Division, having previously played in the MLS with Chivas USA. Kljestan was a finalist for the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year and, along with Adu, was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. He was also a member of the U.S. Under-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Cup Championship.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist O'Reilly is a member of the U.S. Women's National Team. O'Reilly, a midfielder, scored a goal during the 4-1 win against Norway in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup which helped the team to earn a bronze medal. During the 2008 Olympic games, she scored the fastest goal in Olympic women's soccer history against New Zealand to earn the team a spot in the quarterfinals.
Buddle currently plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy as a forward. He was a member of U.S. National Team, having made two appearances at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in matches against England and Algeria. Buddle is named after Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele.
Established in 2011, OneUp Games enhances TV sports watching, using the power of mobile and social platforms to bring teams, fans and friends together. OneUp Games use of the second screen compliments live sporting events, through interactive games and conversation. Realizing a missing link in the world of social TV between fan and sport, OneUp Games created Football Connect, a first-of-its-kind mobile app connecting sports fans to the live event through a bingo-type game. Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., OneUp Games is constantly developing new fun, rewarding and engaging apps to further bring being the ultimate sports fan to the next level. For more information, visit http://www.1up.me, on twitter at @oneupgames and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oneupgames.
Media Contact: Joely Pique, OneUp Games, Twitter: @joely1up, email@example.com, 407-473-4278
-Video demo on how to deploy apps to Google App Engine from eXo Cloud IDE in five minutes: http://budurl.com/cw6g
SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Google I/O -- eXo, the user experience platform-as-a-service (UXPaaS) company, today announced during the Google I/O developers conference that its cloud-based integrated development environment, eXo Cloud IDE, now integrates with Google App Engine. Developers building Java or Python applications for Google App Engine can now develop, debug, deploy and manage their applications through a browser -- entirely online. eXo Cloud IDE is available today and offered free of charge, and users can sign up for accounts at http://www.cloud-ide.com.
"eXo Cloud IDE for Google App Engine makes it easy for developers to develop, debug and deploy web apps directly to the Google App Engine," said Google App Engine Product Manager Chris Ramsdale. "It's a full-featured, web-based IDE that makes it extremely easy for developers to get up and running, building great applications that run on Google's infrastructure."
Because they can access their eXo Cloud IDE-based projects from any browser, developers can work from any location, any time. They are no longer tethered to a single development machine; working with Cloud IDE, developers can be productive anywhere, anytime.
"Since eXo started the Cloud IDE project back in 2010, our objective has been to make developers more productive in building and deploying cloud-based apps," says Mark Downey, product manager for eXo Cloud Services. "We've made it easy to import code from GitHub. We've made it easy to build and debug that code. We have tried to make the development workflow as painless as possible by providing a smooth integration with popular cloud services -- from source control to application hosting -- and now we're bringing that integration to the Google App Engine world."
eXo Cloud IDE supports both Google App Engine for Java as well as Google App Engine for Python natively.
Expanding PaaS Support
eXo Cloud IDE has already attracted thousands of development teams because of its support for a wide range of PaaS environments, including Red Hat OpenShift, Salesforce Heroku, CloudBees, and VMware Cloud Foundry. By adding Google App Engine to its roster of supported PaaS environments, those development teams now have an easy on-ramp to the Google App Engine environment. Linking a Google App Engine account to eXo Cloud IDE is a simple process that takes only seconds -- no need to download and configure separate tools. In all, a developer new to eXo Cloud IDE could create a new project, connect to GitHub, debug and deploy an app directly to Google App Engine, without leaving the browser -- in under five minutes.
Pricing and Availability
eXo Cloud IDE is offered free of charge. Developers can sign up today, connect their Cloud IDE accounts to their GitHub and/or Google App Engine accounts, and be developing apps for Google App Engine within minutes. To sign up, visit http://www.cloud-ide.com/.
eXo brings together social tools and enterprise portal functionality in a single extensible platform that enables users to connect and collaborate more productively. On-prem or cloud-based solutions built on eXo Platform can scale from small team to full enterprise size and be accessed securely from desktop or mobile devices. eXo Cloud IDE, a SaaS offering based on eXo Platform, offers a multi-tenant hosted development environment that enables the collaborative creation of applications based on HTML, Java, Groovy, Spring, PHP, Ruby and more--all of which can be deployed directly to a PaaS environment. Hundreds of large organizations -- in sectors ranging from government and financial services to telecom -- use eXo products today, as do thousands of enterprises in other sectors through the company's strategic partnership with Red Hat. eXo operates globally and has offices in the United States, France, Tunisia, Ukraine and Vietnam. For news and updates from eXo, visit http://exoplatform.com, and follow http://blog.exoplatform.org/, @exoplatform and http://www.facebook.com/exoplatform.
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CONTACT: Dottie O'Rourke, TECHMarket Communications for eXo, +1-650-344-1260, eXoTeam@TECHMarket.com
T-Mobile USA and Assurant Solutions Introduce Monthly4G Handset Protection to America's Largest 4G Network
New Survey Reveals 2 in 5 Americans Had Devices Lost, Stolen or Damaged; Affordable Solution Provides Peace of Mind
ATLANTA and BELLEVUE, Wash., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and specialty insurer Assurant Solutions announced the availability of a new mobile device protection program for T-Mobile® Monthly4G(TM) customers in the United States. The program, called Monthly4G Handset Protection (MHP), includes coverage for accidental damage, water damage, loss, theft, and mechanical or electrical malfunction after the manufacturer's warranty has expired.
"There has been increased consumer demand for no-annual contract wireless plans and our Monthly4G plans are being adopted in record numbers -- with our prepaid business doubling over the past year," said Mike Katz, vice president of marketing and head of prepaid, T-Mobile USA. "We want to provide these customers with security and protection options like we do our postpaid customers and are happy to launch MHP with Assurant Solutions. They have tremendous expertise in developing mobile protection solutions for global carriers, and we are confident that this program will add significant value to the T-Mobile customer experience."
A recent smartphone protection survey* by Kelton Research showed two in five Americans have had their smartphone lost, stolen or damaged, but only 35 percent insure their devices.
"T-Mobile is a global telecommunications leader, with America's largest 4G network. They have a reputation for bringing innovative solutions to their customers," said Manny Becerra, president of Assurant Solutions Mobile Services. "Keeping their customers connected to the people and interests that matter to them most is a top priority. We are pleased to support T-Mobile in this effort by providing comprehensive protection and peace of mind to their Monthly4G customers."
T-Mobile customers can enroll in the program for $7 per month when they purchase a new T-Mobile phone with an accompanying Monthly4G rate plan, like the T?Mobile Monthly4G No Annual Contract $50/mo. unlimited plan which offers unlimited talk, text and Web with no overage charges, and the first 100 MB of data at up to 4G speeds all on America's Largest 4G Network®. To learn more about MHP, see http://t-mo.co/MowJt2.
*Source: Kelton Research Smartphone Protection Survey, April/May 2012
About Assurant Solutions
Assurant Solutions' businesses develop, underwrite, market and administer specialty insurance, extended service contracts and other risk management solutions through collaborative relationships with leading financial institutions, retailers, wireless carriers, manufacturers and other entities. With operations in 25 locations, including executive offices in Atlanta, Ga., Assurant Solutions serves clients and their customers in countries throughout North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Asia. http://www.assurantsolutions.com
Assurant Solutions is part of Assurant, a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide markets. Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has approximately $27 billion in assets and $8 billion in annual revenue. http://www.assurant.com
About T-Mobile USA:
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the first quarter of 2012, approximately 129 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group -- 33.4 million by T-Mobile USA -- all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA's innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit http://www.telekom.de/investor-relations.
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Microsoft Invites A3logics to Jointly Address the Media Conference on Windows Phone Application Development and the Way Forward
JAIPUR, India, June 28, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
With Microsoft all set to rope in application developers locally for its Windows phone
platform, it's celebration time at the A3logics camp. The company in collaboration with a
partner firm developed more than 50 apps for Windows phone 7.5 (Mango) platform for its
clients making it one of the top windows phone app. Developer since the launch of windows
mango (7.5) platform.
Consequently, Microsoft had invited A3logics to the Microsoft Windows Phone Media
Conference to showcase its competency in Windows phone application development and brief
the media on it's strategy for mobile application development. The press conference was
held at the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur.
The conference set about with a presentation from Mr. Vineet Durani, Director -
Windows Phone Business Group, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd, focalizing on the
features of Windows phone 7.5 and a demonstration on Windows 8. He stated, "Microsoft
offers an app and game marketplace that is both developer friendly and quality oriented.
The rate of Windows phone apps usage has increased by 300% in 2012 and an average of 300
new apps and games are launched every day. To leverage this growth, Windows phone 7.5 has
the perfect platform with everything integrated, be it Microsoft Office or Xbox." He also
presented some key features of the Windows phone 7.5 and the soon to be launched Windows
Mr. Akhilesh Sharma, president and CEO, A3logics India. Ltd. said, "We have developed
apps that are very intuitive and engaging for various user segments and witnessed more
than a hundred thousand downloads within the first three weeks. At this time, we are
working on 20 more apps." A3logics is into developing applications on iOS, Android and
Windows phone for the last three years. With 200 apps already in its pouch, 50 of them
were developed for Windows phone and available on Windows phone app marketplace under paid
or free downloads category in collaboration with the partner company.
A global IT consulting and Professional services company, that functions in North
America, Europe and India. A3logics offers enterprise solutions and services through an
onsite-offsite-offshore delivery model helping clients accomplish reduced "time to market"
their products with highest quality standards. For more information on A3logics, visit http://www.a3logics.com or http://www.a3logicsweb.com.
For media queries, please contact:
Khemchand Joshi, A3Logics India Limited
Ph: +91-1415198200/ +91-9782001162
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