Silverpop Launches Publish-to-Social Feature to Improve Marketing Efficiency while Increasing Social Buzz
Latest Addition to Social Connect Strategy Allows Posting of Marketing Messages to Social Networks in Conjunction with Email Sends
ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Time is a valuable asset to any marketer, but when scheduling a mailing, email marketers often must consult other departments or duplicate efforts to ensure that variations of this content are also distributed to social networks. To streamline the process, Silverpop(TM), the only provider of a scalable, integrated email marketing and marketing automation platform, today announces the launch of Publish-to-Social. This new feature allows customers to post or schedule posts, via Silverpop Engage(TM), to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and/or RSS feeds that coincide with their email sends.
With Publish-to-Social, marketers can post relevant content to a number of social network accounts, including official corporate accounts as well as the individual accounts of sales representatives, executives or company thought leaders from whom permission to post has been granted. After setting up their email send in Engage, marketers simply select the social networks they want to distribute to and customize the message as appropriate for each network. With just a few clicks, the email send and corresponding social media campaign is distributed or scheduled. Publish-to-Social even includes bit.ly integration, so that long URLs can be easily shortened and inserted into the messages and later analyzed to measure interest and response activity.
"The increasing importance of social media within the marketing mix certainly offers marketers tremendous opportunities, but it also complicates things. Publish-to-Social is designed to help by combining and streamlining these activities," said Loren McDonald, Silverpop's vice president of industry relations. "We have witnessed firsthand how incorporating social sharing links in emails via our Share-to-Social feature can exponentially extend the reach of a message and Publish-to-Social takes this concept one step further, giving the email marketer the ability to generate social buzz and reach many more customers and prospects."
Publish-to-Social is the latest addition to Silverpop's Social Connect collection of products and features designed to help marketers maximize their use of social media. The company launched Share-to-Social in 2008, becoming the first in the industry to give marketers the ability to quickly turn emails into socially-enabled viral messages. Silverpop also provides its customers with location-based marketing capabilities via a FourSquare "To Do Button" allowing marketers to create personalized, location based marketing messages that recipients can easily add to their FourSquare account. And just last month, Silverpop became the first in the email marketing and marketing automation industries to offer Social Sign-In, allowing site visitors to register for online offers and relevant content by signing in with their existing social network accounts.
Silverpop is the only marketing technology provider that offers a powerful marketing automation solution built atop a scalable email marketing platform. The company has more than a decade of experience empowering marketers to deliver highly relevant communications that efficiently drive revenue while also building brand loyalty. Companies rely on the Silverpop Engage platform to create and manage sophisticated multichannel marketing campaigns that nurture customer and prospect relationships from interest to conversion and beyond. Silverpop's industry-leading thought capital, strategic counsel and customer service, combined with an extensive ecosystem of world class partners, allow its customers to quickly and cost-effectively automate even the most complex campaigns--improving marketing results and increasing ROI. With a presence in the United States, Europe and Australia, Silverpop is trusted by leading brands around the globe. Visit us at silverpop.com.
Manager of Corporate Communications-Silverpop
Kyocera Shows Off Four New Mobile Phones at Pepcom Holiday Spectacular
NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Kyocera Communications, Inc. a provider of Kyocera- and
Who: Sanyo-branded wireless phones in the Americas.
When: Wednesday, September 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm EDT.
Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular! at the Metropolitan Pavilion in
Where: New York City.
Kyocera is providing demos of two new entry-level handsets
What: for Sprint, just announced last week:
Brio - a free* QWERTY-keyboard feature phone with parental
controls and Sprint Family Locator.
Milano - a $49* Android(TM) (Gingerbread) touchscreen phone with
slide-out QWERTY keyboard, perfect for the first-time
Android user or text-heavy user unwilling to give up a
tactile keypad. With a distinctive rounded shape and soft-
touch paint on the back, Milano is easy to hold and use yet
its small size makes it easy to slide into a pocket.
Additionally, Sprint and Kyocera are providing a first-look
at the ruggedized Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore handsets,
featuring Sprint's upcoming Direct Connect CDMA push-to-
talk service and launching in Q4:
DuraMax - a rubber-encased (DuraGrip(R)) clamshell with a 3.2
megapixel camera and expandable memory slot (up to 32GB),
DuraMax meets military standard 810G specifications for dust,
shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain and
immersion and is water resistant when submerged up to one
meter for up to 30 minutes. Kyocera will be demonstrating
DuraMax's water resistance at Pepcom.
DuraCore - a rubber-encased (DuraGrip) clamshell meeting
military standard 810G specifications for dust, shock and
vibration that is an affordable, high-impact solution for a
mobile workforce that relies on push-to-talk.
Kyocera will also be showing Luno, an entry-level phone for
Cricket, and its award-winning Echo, the world's first dual-
touchscreen mobile phone exclusively with Sprint.
* with 2-year service agreement or eligible upgrade.
CONTACT: John Chier, Kyocera Communications Inc., +1-858-882-3543, email@example.com, or Brad Shewmake, for Kyocera Communications, +1-858-735-8748, firstname.lastname@example.org
MD On-Line Acquires Strategic Edge Communications, Expands Provider Offerings to Include Pharmaceuticals
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 13, 2011/PRNewswire/ --MD On-Line (http://www.mdol.com), a proven leader in providing innovative technology solutions that power providers' ability to address tomorrow's practice and patient needs, announced today that it has acquired Strategic EDGE Communications, Inc. (http://www.strategicedge.com), a global healthcare communications partner to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.
The acquisition will add to the Company's expanding suite of products, as MD On-Line will inherit both the Broadleaf Creative Group and Educational Concepts in Medicine teams to further expand its Instinctive Data program, bringing additional value to their provider base. This patent-pending, ground-breaking offering draws from the Company's 16 years of claim data to deliver new product information, care alerts, and specialty-specific training to targeted physicians and healthcare providers. The acquisition of Strategic EDGE and its affiliates complements MD On-Line's vast reserves of medical knowledge with the product-positioning strategies and industry connections necessary for furthering the education of doctors on the latest advances in pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
MD On-Line President and CEO President Bill Bartzak emphasized the synergy of the acquisition, highlighting how the particular expertise offered by each company will combine to allow MD On-Line to further revolutionize today's healthcare technology. "The incorporation of Strategic EDGE not only allows the Company to establish connections with the worlds of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, but also allows the Strategic EDGE team to offer their pharmaceutical customers the opportunity to leverage technology and data that was never before made available to them," affirmed Bartzak. "Together we connect all industry players to enhance healthcare in a comprehensive and secure environment.
Jeff Meehan, President and CEO of Strategic EDGE, proffered that the combination signifies an important milestone in the evolution of a complex and dynamic pharmaceutical and medical device market. "The acquisition of Strategic EDGE by MD On-Line makes data actionable, as well as provides a highly unique, robust set of services to pharmaceutical, device, and managed care organizations," asserted Meehan. "Combining rich data with the power of medical communications grants MD On-Line the ability to deliver high impact messaging and educational programming directly to doctors in a secure and compliant way."
Award-winning MD On-Line, Inc. is a leading provider of electronic data interchange (EDI) solutions that facilitate the critical connection between doctors and payers. Co-branded and endorsed by more than 30 major insurance companies and increasing its presence in providers' offices of all sizes, MD On-Line is transacting the business of healthcare, helping to make the healthcare system significantly more cost-effective by eradicating inefficiencies. In addition to claims processing, MD On-Line offers a fully-functional Practice Management System (PMS), real-time eligibility verification, claim status inquiries and electronic remittance advice (ERAs), and will be looking to release its own Electronic Health Records solution this fall. Its "all-payer" EDI solutions encompass a network of more than 2,000 payer organizations and are utilized by more than 45,000 healthcare providers nationwide. For additional information, please visit http://www.mdol.com.
About Strategic EDGE Communications, Inc.
Strategic EDGE Communications, Inc., is a comprehensive marketing services organization that operates globally to provide a suite of services, including the following: advertising and promotion, brand identity and development, interactive marketing, medical education, medical media planning and buying, payer marketing, relationship marketing, scientific communications and publications, specialty marketing and strategic consulting to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. For additional information, please visit http://www.strategicedge.com.
SOURCE MD On-Line, Inc.
MD On-Line, Inc.
CONTACT: Marty Gertler, +1-973-543-8844, email@example.com, for MD On-Line, Inc.
Anametrix Introduces SiteVantage(TM) 100% Cloud-Based Web Analytics Solution
SiteVantage Transforms Digital Measurement with Powerful New Capabilities
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Anametrix (http://anametrix.com), the leader in cloud-based business marketing intelligence, today announced the immediate availability of its SiteVantage(TM) next-generation web analytics solution. Built on the new InstaVantage(TM) platform by the original creators of Hitbox/HBX real-time web analytics, SiteVantage will be used by customers to meet 'Big Data' digital measurement demands.
SiteVantage(TM) offers enhanced data insights across channels and is designed to help digital marketers more effectively understand customers to subsequently increase acquisition, engagement and retention. Disrupting the legacy web analytics landscape, SiteVantage(TM) offers revolutionary capabilities and benefits:
-- Connect All Marketing Data: For more robust reporting and analytics, a
core design feature enables SiteVantage(TM) to integrate with any online
or offline data source including Point of Sale (POS), Social Media,
Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Video & Audio, E-mail Campaigns, Market
Research Surveys, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Loyalty
Programs combined and relative to each other.
-- Customizable Dashboards for Interactive Visualizations: SiteVantage(TM)
offers highly intuitive drag-and-drop custom report creation with
unlimited segmentation in addition to industry standard web traffic
-- 100% Native Cloud Environment: Industry leading scalability to handle
unlimited domains and traffic in real-time and without roll-off requires
minimal SiteVantage client IT involvement.
-- Patent-Pending Breakthroughs: To optimize campaign results,
SiteVantage(TM) immediately sends predictive alerts when data is
trending outside established confidence intervals. Further, an
exclusive bi-directional spreadsheet synching function enables users to
work between SiteVantage(TM) and Excel seamlessly.
-- More Value for Less Cost: By utilizing the latest technology platforms
and proprietary breakthroughs, Anametrix reaps tremendous cost savings
that are passed along to its clients. SiteVantage is available for
organizations of all sizes to effectively measure and optimize digital
efforts. Pricing is not site or user-based to ensure access to all
employees that can benefit from robust reporting.
Key client feedback during SiteVantage pre-release has been extremely positive. Mike Hodges, General Manager and VP Interactive at The San Diego Union Tribune stated, "We have been leveraging Anametrix technology for over a year to effectively support our 'Digital First' initiatives across multiple channels and media types. Our switch to SiteVantage [from Omniture] extended our capabilities beyond traditional web analytics, enabling us to better monetize engagement and loyalty while also enjoying significant cost savings. SignOn San Diego requires cutting edge technology as San Diego's largest print and online publisher, so we particularly appreciate the continuous innovations and custom solutions that Anametrix offers."
"You can't transform a decade-old brick of a cell phone into a smart phone. Likewise, you can't add-on to web analytics technology that originated in the 90s to address current digital measurement requirements," stated Blaise Barrelet, Anametrix Founder and CEO. "Anametrix has leapfrogged the competition by building SiteVantage(TM) on a cutting-edge business analytics platform with exclusive capabilities for web traffic and touchpoint analysis."
Web analytics veterans know Anametrix' Blaise Barrelet as the founder of WebSideStory, which is recognized as the premier industry leader of real-time web analytics with acclaimed Hitbox and subsequent HBX product lines. WebSideStory went public in 2004, and after merging with Omniture in 2007 was acquired by Adobe Software for $1.8B in 2009.
For more information about SiteVantage, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone: (858) 558-8230.
About Anametrix, Inc.
Anametrix, Inc. is a privately funded, next-generation business analytics company whose InstaVantage(TM) platform utilizes proprietary connectors to seamlessly correlate data from multiple sources, both online and offline, for quick and precise decision making. A high-performance data management infrastructure handles metrics integration to offer data visualizations on customizable dashboards. Founded in 2009 by analytics industry experts Blaise Barrelet and Anders Olsson and led by a world-class advisory board, Anametrix provides cloud-based solutions that integrate vast amounts of data from disparate sources including web analytics, social media, search engine marketing (SEM), video & audio, e-mail campaigns, market research surveys, point of sale (POS) and customer relationship management (CRM). Self-directed business insights are readily accessible across organizations, from sales staff to C-level. For more information, please visit http://anametrix.com.
Cedar Point Amusement Park Selects MICROS Simphony and MICROS OPERA
World acclaimed amusement park selects MICROS's fully integrated enterprise solutions for point of sale and property management
COLUMBIA, Md., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRS), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce that Cedar Point Amusement Park, the flagship park for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, has implemented MICROS Simphony for the park's point of sale and MICROS OPERA as the property management system for the park's six lodging properties. Over 400 MICROS Workstations are implemented throughout the number-one rated park's restaurant and concession areas, including the MICROS Keyboard Workstation 270 (KW270), a new point of sale client for Simphony, and the MICROS Workstation 5A (WS5A), operated on Cedar Point's wireless infrastructure.
The fully integrated solution installed at Cedar Point ties both the point of sale transactions in the amusement park to the guest's hotel account at the park's six properties: Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point, Camper Village, Breakers Express, and Castaway Bay. A customized OPERA integration to Cedar Point's park ticketing system allows guests to charge their park ticket to their hotel room, significantly improving customer service and check-in times. By leveraging the data available in Simphony's reporting module, Cedar Point was able to dramatically reduce its end of day processing time.
"MICROS Simphony and OPERA together have greatly improved our internal processes and decreased time spent behind the scenes, allowing our employees to focus on what matters most -- improving the experience of our guests," stated Jim Rein, Vice President Information Systems. "By deploying these advanced technologies throughout our amusement park and lodging properties, we are well positioned to move forward with our goals for future developments."
"We are thrilled to be selected by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company to fulfill the technology requirements for its enterprise," stated Dan Bell, Vice President of MICROS Leisure and Entertainment Business Unit. "We understand Cedar Point's need to be at the forefront of technological innovations, and the value placed on providing exceptional customer service. We look forward to growing and expanding our partnership with this renowned company."
About Cedar Point
Founded in 1870, Cedar Point is the number-one rated amusement park in the world. Located in Sandusky, Ohio, the park and resort is home to numerous roller coasters and rides, restaurants, hotel properties, and the Soak City Waterpark. More than 3 million guests from around the globe visit the amusement park each summer to view Cedar Point's ever evolving and innovative attractions and enjoy its beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Erie. For more information, please visit http://www.cedarpoint.com.
About MICROS Systems, Inc.
MICROS Systems, Inc. provides enterprise applications for the hospitality and retail industries worldwide. Over 330,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, leisure and entertainment, and retail operations in more than 130 countries, and on all seven continents. In addition, MICROS provides property management systems, central reservation and customer information solutions under the brand MICROS-Fidelio for more than 26,000 hotels worldwide, as well as point-of-sale, loss prevention, and cross-channel functionality through its MICROS-Retail division for more than 100,000 retail stores worldwide. MICROS stock is traded through NASDAQ under the symbol MCRS.
For more information on MICROS and its advanced information technology solutions for the hospitality industry, please contact Louise Casamento, Vice President of Marketing at (443) 285-8144 or (866) 287-4736. You can also visit the MICROS website at http://www.micros.com or send an email to email@example.com.
The MICROS logo is a registered trademark of MICROS Systems, Inc.
All other product and brand names are the property of their respective owners.
Contact: Louise Casamento
New Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit for iPod and iPhone will change the way users enjoy car radio
FERNDALE, Mich., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Livio Radio, a Michigan-based manufacturer and developer of car Internet radio products and services, today announced the arrival of their much-anticipated Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit. "The Kit," previewed at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, is a plug-and-play gadget that brings Internet radio and music from your iPod® or iPhone® to any FM car stereo. The Kit also offers Bluetooth hands-free calling, USB charging, and buttons to safely control the Livio Car Internet Radio application, with no monthly fees.
The award-winning application available from the App Store offers more than 45,000 radio stations from around the world when connected to The Kit. The Kit is powered by the Livio Connect API, a middleware framework protocol developed by Livio Radio that allows applications to communicate with hardware through a Bluetooth connection.
"The Kit will change the way you listen to radio in the car," Livio Radio founder and CEO Jake Sigal said. "Access to radio from around the world and to content on your iPod and iPhone in the car is going to give Internet radio a place in every car stereo."
The Kit is now available for sale at Amazon.com and Livio Radio's online shop (http://shop.livioradio.com) at the suggested retail price of $119.99. It is compatible with iPod touch® (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.
About Livio Radio
Headquartered in Ferndale, Mich., Livio Radio has already developed a list of successful Internet radio products through ongoing relationships with Pandora, Grooveshark and NPR. The company remains committed to providing sleek and sophisticated radios and accessories for users who want quality without gimmicks, hassles, and unnecessary bells and whistles. More information is available at http://www.livioradio.com
SOURCE Livio Radio
CONTACT: Nicole Yelland, Office: +1-248-591-0333 x 890, firstname.lastname@example.org
utribo Enables Turnkey Multimedia Communications for Websites, Online Communities and Social Networks on any PC, Tablet or Smartphone
Web Developers Now Can Quickly Add Voice and Video Communications Services to Any B2B, B2C and C2C Community
GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Social networking sites and other online communities are rapidly expanding beyond photos and text and into real-time communications with voice and video calls. To provide Web developers with a fast, cost-effective way to add voice and video to any network community, utribo (http://www.utribo.com) today launched a turnkey suite of multimedia services that will work with any laptop or desktop PC, tablet or smartphone.
Web developers can deploy the complete utribo service suite immediately without any knowledge of the underlying operating systems and other device-specific technologies. This flexible, technology-agnostic design enables rapid deployment and low development cost, so networked communities can assess the market for new communications services quickly and with minimal risk.
The utribo suite supports calling features such as voice mail, conferencing and PSTN call routing. The suite initially provides an auto-generated URL to embed in any document, a sample code snippet that can be imbedded into any Web page and Facebook and LinkedIn application examples using the utribo SDK. The company will add advanced call-management and telepresence features in future releases.
"We created utribo to enable a world where voice and video communication over the Web is as natural as interacting face-to-face," utribo Co-Founder and CEO Alain Sturzenegger said. "Developers know that consumers and businesses want high-quality voice and video communications, but the limitations of Flash, as well as the need to operate network infrastructure to handle such communications, have undermined their ability to meet that demand. utribo provides them with a flexible, technology-agnostic, end-to-end solution for enabling those services quickly, cost-effectively and with minimal risk."
utribo's Co-Founder Sturzenegger will speak at two ITEXPO West sessions on Sept. 15:
-- "Making Telepresence and Videoconferencing Work," 10-10:45 a.m.
-- "Achieving Buy-In: Getting Your Staff to Use Video," 11-11:45 a.m.
utribo provides Web developers with a comprehensive suite of rich voice and video communications services that can be easily integrated into any networked community and deployed on any desktop computer, tablet or smartphone without specific knowledge of the underlying technology.
Xante Launches Super-Fast Inkjet Category with 42" Printing System Powered by Memjet
Xante Excelagraphix 4200 Sets New Speed and Affordability Standard for Packaging and Signage
CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAPH EXPO --Xante, a major provider of professional digital print solutions, today introduces the Excelagraphix 4200 powered by Memjet, a global provider of high-speed color printing technologies. Xante will demonstrate the current version of the Excelagraphix 4200 in booth #5033 here at Graph Expo, McCormick Place South, Sept. 11-14.
Frank Romano, RIT Professor Emeritus, says that "Xante has long been a pioneer in bringing new printing technology to all graphic arts businesses, big and small. From image- and platesetting, to laser printers, they have provided cost-efficient alternatives. Now they enter the wide format world.
"Xante has proven itself capable of filling technology gaps that were cost-prohibitive for other manufacturers to fill," Romano says. "Robert Ross and his team consistently fill those gaps with amazingly progressive and yet inexpensive systems. As a result, many hundreds of shops and in-plants are able to produce commercial quality work and compete in their markets.
"Merging the high-tech inkjet of industry innovator Memjet with Xante's extraordinary skill at productizing sophisticated innovations into 'everyman' solutions gives us, in the Excelagraphix 4200, a glimpse of printing's viable future."
The Excelagraphix 4200: the first 42" wide commercial solution powered by Memjet
The Excelagraphix 4200 changes everything the market knows about high speed wide format printing because it prints high impact, full color, large format pieces on a wide range of substrates at "screaming fast" speeds, and at a price point that's affordable for a fast ROI. The product is the first commercial solution in the world specifically powered by Memjet wide format color printing components and technologies.
The Xante Excelagraphix 4200 is a 42-inch wide inkjet printing system that also brings this unrivaled speed, performance and affordability for short-run and variable data color printing to packaging, including folding carton and corrugated cardboard. Xante's exclusive substrate support gives customers the ability to print indoor signage and design graphics through a simple print path height adjustment on the Excelagraphix 4200.
"In the case of our partnership with Memjet," Ross says, "we're utilizing two particular Xante technologies: iQueue Color Smart Workflow, and our unique handling of diverse substrates, to create what will likely be the fastest and, in terms of lower capital and operational costs, most efficient ways to print color."
The Excelagraphix 4200:
-- Incorporates revolutionary Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology(TM) for
state-of-the-art production. printing paired with Xante reliability,
support and cost-effectiveness.
-- Delivers more than 3 billion drops of ink per second yielding print
speeds up to 8 times faster than traditional inkjet technology to
deliver high overall throughput, and the ability to handle high volume
with fast turnaround times.
-- Employs 2L or 10L CMYKK inks for cost-effective operation and
consumables cost while ensuring strikingly vibrant color reproduction.
-- Prints on a wide range of media including foam board, corrugated
cardboard and sheet sizes from 8.27" x 8.27" up to 42" x 100' for the
ultimate in versatility.
-- Prints over-sized architectural / engineering documents, maps, indoor
signage, P-O-P displays, packaging, folding carton, corrugated boxes,
newspapers, and much more for the flexibility to handle any job that
comes into your shop and the ability to offer new products to existing
and new customers.
-- Runs variable data/personalization of individual pieces at full speed
for efficient production of high impact-high response rate customized
The Industry Takes Note
"Xante congratulates Memjet as it today marks the official launch of the first 42-inch wide commercial solution based on Memjet's wide format technology," says Robert Ross, Xante CEO. "The industry has been watching to see what Memjet would do, and Xante is honored to be part of an event that is breaking ground and has the capacity to significantly alter the production landscape for the better, and for the long term."
Memjet Wide Format president Mike Puyot echoes Ross' sentiments regarding the significance of the agreement. "This partnership combines the best of both worlds," Puyot says. "As soon as they saw what they had to work with, both Memjet and Xante engineers got excited about the exponential value of the pairing. The Xante Excelagraphix 4200 is just the tip of the iceberg in what we'll start seeing in affordable, high speed color solutions. Memjet color printing technologies offer end-users the freedom to print exactly what they want, when they want it, and where they want it; directly on manufacturing floors."
Memjet this year has announced OEM partnerships with Lenovo and LG Electronics, among others. Memjet's technologies are also the recipient of the 2011 InterTech Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America.
Xante is a major provider of professional digital solutions, meeting the demands of print professionals who are looking for state-of-the-art technology at practical price points. The extensive product line includes: the new, wide format, Excelagraphix 4200; chemical-free, process-free PlateMaker5 Polyester CTP Systems; complete PlateMaker 6 CTP Systems; the ILUMINA High Production Digital Color Series; large format VM (Violet Metal) CTP Systems; SpeedSetter (Polyester) CTP Systems; the Degrava Digital Narrow Web Color Press; SpeedSetter 300 and SpeedSetter 400 CTF Systems; ScreenWriter 4 Laser Printers; iQueue Print Management System for the ILUMINA Series; award-winning Symphony Prepress Workflows; turnkey Symphony Flexo Workflows; and FilmMaker 4, the first desktop film system specifically designed for computer-to-film printing.
Xante Corporation headquarters is located in Mobile, Alabama, USA, with offices in Sacramento, CA, USA; Duiven, The Netherlands; and Zhengzhou, China. Xante products are distributed through a world- wide network of reseller and distribution partners. For more information, please visit http://www.xante.com.
Memjet is the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability. The company supplies technologies and components to OEM partners across the printing industry. Memjet maintains its corporate office in San Diego, and has offices in Dublin, Sydney, Taipei, Singapore and Boise, Idaho. The company is privately held. For more information, please visit http://www.memjet.com.
All products and services are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.
Contacts for Memjet: Contact for Xante:
Jeff Bean Helene Smith
Memjet HSPR for the Americas
Illume Public Relations
Video solutions provider driving personalized multi-screen video experiences to market
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility Inc. (NYSE: MMI) continues to work toward bringing new video experiences to market, and through its strategic investment arm Motorola Mobility Ventures, has made an investment in Ooyala, Inc. Ooyala is a leading provider of online video management, analytics, personalization and monetization technology and services.
Founded in 2007, Ooyala's solutions include the recently announced Ooyala Everywhere(TM), a suite of integrated technologies and services that deliver professional video across mobile devices, connected TVs and browsers. Ooyala Everywhere enables publishers to deliver rich, personalized viewer experiences that can be fully monetized through ads, subscriptions, and pay-per-view.
"Motorola Mobility continues to drive toward delivering converged, multi-screen experiences," said Wallace Pai, vice president of corporate development and ventures, Motorola Mobility. "We share a common vision with Ooyala, and look forward to building on the synergies between our two companies."
"The rapid acceleration of companies embracing online video as a way to connect with customers continues to fuel the exponential growth of our company," said Jay Fulcher, president and CEO of Ooyala. "The strategic alignment between Motorola Mobility and Ooyala will help us provide video content and service providers with comprehensive services and technology solutions for delivering and monetizing highly relevant video experiences to consumers across all connected devices."
Ooyala has more than 1,000 customers that are delivering over one billion streams to over 100 million consumers per month, and has been recognized as one of the leaders in Online Video technology.
About Motorola Mobility Ventures
Motorola Mobility Ventures is the global, strategic equity investment arm of Motorola Mobility. Its diversified portfolio focuses on "new-idea" companies and opportunities that complement Motorola Mobility's business strategy. Motorola Mobility Ventures invests at all stages in developing companies to accelerate access to new technologies, new markets and new talents. For more information, please visit http://www.motorola.com/ventures.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
About Ooyala, Inc.
Ooyala is the leader in online video management, publishing, analytics and monetization. Our integrated suite of technologies and services give content owners the power to expand audiences and the deep insights that drive increased viewer engagement and revenue from video. Ooyala serves hundreds of global media companies and marketers including Bloomberg, Dell, ESPN, Fremantle Media, Sephora, Telegraph Media Group, Vans, Whole Foods and Yahoo! Japan.
Kira Lee Golin
Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Horn Group for Ooyala
God of War®: Origins Collection Brings PSP® (Playstation®Portable) Classics to the Playstation®3 System in Stunning HD and 3D for the First Time
Remastered Versions of God of War®: Chains of Olympus and God of War®: Ghost of Sparta Together on a Single Blu-ray Disc(TM) Provides an Unmatched Entertainment Experience for Both Fans and Newcomers
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (SCEA) announced today the North American release of God of War®: Origins Collection, bringing the critically acclaimed PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) titles God of War®: Chains of Olympus and God of War®: Ghost of Sparta to the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system for the first time.
God of War: Origins Collection features high-definition versions of both God of War®: Chains of Olympus and God of War®: Ghost of Sparta on a single Blu-ray Disc(TM) at 1080p resolution, along full stereoscopic 3D support. Both titles, which were originally developed for the PSP handheld entertainment system, have been digitally re-mastered with full-screen anti-aliased graphics running at 60 frames per second, delivering beautifully smooth gameplay, while allowing fans to complete the God of War experience on their PS3 system. Just in time for the holiday season, God of War: Origins Collection offers a substantial value to PS3 users, including both award-winning games at an attractive price of $39.99 (MSRP).
"We are thrilled to bring both of these PSP classics to PS3 for the first time," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "God of War: Origins Collection adds another epic experience to our growing roster of 3D enabled titles and at a price of $39.99, it provides an incredible value for fans and newcomers, while allowing them the perfect opportunity to complete the God of War franchise on PS3."
Developed by Ready At Dawn® Studios, in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment's Santa Monica Studio, God of War: Origins Collection will include DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controller compatibility with rumble support, Dolby 5.1 / DTS surround sound, and PlayStation®Network Trophy support that will challenge even the best of players. The compilation will also include bonus content from God of War: Ghost of Sparta in the form of the God of War Game Directors Live round table video featuring a discussion with all five God of War Game Directors (David Jaffe - God of War, Cory Barlog - God of War II, Stig Asmussen - God of War III, Ru Weerasuriya - God of War: Chains of Olympus, and Dan Jan - God of War: Ghost of Sparta), a Legionnaire Kratos skin, and a Forest of the Forgotten combat arena--all on the same Blu-ray Disc.
The God of War franchise brings epic mythological battles to life with stunning graphics and an Olympic plot that puts Kratos, the series' main character, at the center of carnage and destruction as he seeks revenge against the Gods who have betrayed him. In God of War: Origins Collection players will discover the dark past that continues to haunt the Spartan Warrior, and why he is forced to choose between his own personal redemption and saving the ancient world from destruction.
God of War: Origins Collection is a single-player action-adventure that has an ESRB rating of "M" for Mature. For more information about the ESRB, visit http://www.esrb.org. For more information about the God of War franchise, visit http://www.godofwar.com.
God of War: Chains of Olympus Storyline
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a prequel to the first installment of the franchise, and begins with Kratos embarking on a journey across mysterious new environments that are engulfed in darkness and completely untouched by mortals. The Gods have been rendered powerless from the state of their world, leaving Kratos with only one choice - he must square off against the most vicious of demonic creatures from Greek Mythology and choose between saving his soul or the ancient world from imminent and total destruction. Armed with multiple combat moves, magics, and weapons that complement existing favorites, players must lead the Spartan Warrior through foreboding environments, while unraveling story-driven puzzles and battling creatures from the dark underworld.
Acclaim for God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Chains of Olympus is currently the highest rated PSP title of all-time on Metacritic.com with a score of 91 and has been acknowledged by many of the videogame industry's top media outlets, including IGN.com (Best PSP Action Game, Best PSP Use of Sound, Best PSP Graphics Technology), Gamespy.com (PSP Gamer's Choice Award, PSP Game of the Year Award, PSP Action Game of the Year Award), PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PSP Game of the Year), and Game Informer (Handheld Game of the Month Award).
God of War: Ghost of Sparta Storyline
God of War: Ghost of Sparta picks up after God of War concludes, telling the story of Kratos' ascension to power as the God of War. In his quest to rid himself of the nightmares that haunt him, he must embark on a journey that will reveal the origins of lost worlds, and finally answer long-awaited questions about his dark past, including details about his family not discussed in any other God of War game. Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Athena, he will have to overcome armies of mythological monsters, legions of undead soldiers, and amazingly dangerous and brutal landscapes throughout his merciless quest.
Acclaim for God of War: Ghost of Sparta
God of War: Ghost of Sparta was acknowledged by many of the videogame industry's top media outlets at E3 2010, including Kotaku.com (Best PSP Game), Game Critics (Best Handheld Game), G4TV's X-Play (Best Handheld Game), Machinima.com (Best Handheld Game), GameTrailers TV (Best PSP Game), GameSpy.com (PSP Game of Show), Game Informer (Best Handheld Game), and IGN.com (Best PSP Game). The title boasts a Metacritic.com score of 86 and has received rave reviews from various leading industry and general consumer media outlets, including PlayStation: The Official Magazine (10/10), Game Informer (9.5/10), IGN.com (9.5/10), GameTrailers.com (9.4/10), and the New York Post (A+).
About Ready At Dawn Studios LLC
Founded in 2003 and based in Irvine, Calif., Ready At Dawn is an independent, premier game development studio. Having pushed the boundaries of the platforms they have developed for, the studio is best known for its critically and commercially acclaimed titles God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, and Daxter, all available for the PSP system.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® systems, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP, PSPgo and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.
Hookflash Brings Business-Class Communications to the iPad
First-of-its-kind service combines knowledge capture, corporate phone features, real-time interactivity and social insight
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hookflash(TM) for iPad, which debuts at DEMO Fall 2011, enables people to more fluidly communicate and interact with the colleagues and teams that matter for getting work accomplished in today's distributed workplace.
Designed from scratch for the Apple® iPad, Hookflash combines the best features of corporate phone systems with group video conferencing, group messaging, and participant profiles automatically created from information extracted from business and social networks -- all seamlessly integrated within an intuitive interface.
"With Hookflash, millions of iPad users will immediately have access to the powerful communication capabilities previously limited to expensive corporate telephone and video conferencing systems," said Trent Johnsen, Hookflash co-founder and CEO. "Leveraging the iPad's size, touch-based controls and connectivity allowed us to create an integrated experience that will dramatically improve how people work."
Enterprise communication for the rest of us
Hookflash far exceeds the existing features currently available in consumer-focused video chat dialers such as Skype and traditional corporate phone systems.
Not only can a user set up group video calls with Hookflash from the iPad with just a swipe of the finger, but they can easily exit and re-enter conference calls while the other participants continue to interact. Additionally, a user can set up a second group call, and then merge the two calls together.
These free features are unheard of with other communications services and only represent a few of the capabilities unique to Hookflash, including:
-- One-on-one and group video, voice and chat;
-- View all active conversations in one place;
-- Merge together or divide active group text, voice and video
conversations, with a simple swipe of the finger;
-- View real-time social and business profiles right inside Hookflash;
-- Transfer calls at the click of a button;
-- Record and share previously captured conversations--voice, video and
Always know who's participating
Hookflash also integrates social insight directly into the communication process. Drawing information from business and social services such as SalesForce.com, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc., Hookflash creates real-time profiles of all participants on a call. By simply clicking on a participant's picture, other users can immediately know about a person's business affiliations, location and contact information. Additionally, Twitter streams, Facebook postings and other social insight are available without ever having to leave Hookflash to use another application.
Improving knowledge capture
Any Hookflash call can be recorded and retrieved at a future date -- dramatically improving knowledge capture. With Hookflash, any team member unable to participate in a call can quickly get up-to-date by listening or watching a recording and reviewing participants' notes. "Work doesn't end when the call is over," said Johnsen. "There's always follow-up, other people to brief, commitments, and action items that need managing. Hookflash enables people to access prior conversations to understand what others think and what's required to get work done."
Hookflash will be available as a limited preview in October 2011.
Hookflash for iPad is the communication service for the way we work today, For more information visit http://www.hookflash.com.
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Big Sale for GW and RS to Enhance US Europe Game Market
HONG KONG, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- MMOXE.COM (another platform of DinoDirect.com), a virtual game currency organization, made available all items in a big sale for Guild Wars and Runescape last week. This activity has covered nearly all the items of GW and RS. Now it is in progress with positive feedback.
European and American players are the biggest game loving group. MMOXE.COM always holds such activities to solidify this big group. After completing this plan, they released this activity. The GW items involved in this activity are Zaishen Key, Obsidian Shard, Armbrace of Truth, Tormented weapons, Destroyer Weapons, Hot Sale Weapons, bone dragon staff, Mini Pet Everlasting Tonics and other GW Items. They hope GW fans can catch this opportunity to save money and equip them well. Of course, MMOXE.COM also provides other services to GW fans, such as guild wars gold, GW Power Leveling, GW CD Key and GW Title Power Leveling.
"I will catch all the chances to save money, including this one. I am a loyal fan of GW. I enjoy the complex game background story and the simple process. In the game there are a lot of game copies for us to challenge, so I am always in need of GW Gold as well as all kinds of GW items. This big sale activity for GW is a good chance for me to save. Guild War 2 is around the corner. I also want to buy some guild wars 2 goldto have a try. As a GW fan, I am very looking forward to the new series," one of MMOXE.COM's VIP customers said.
"Aside from WOW fans, the Guild War fans and RS fans are the largest customer group we are serving. Thus our services on these two games are quite full-scale. We have a professional staff improving and providing all kinds of GW services to the game players. I am just one of this team. We have enjoyed favor of a large amount of GW and RS fans. This kind of activity is held almost every month involving all kinds of games. This is one of our methods to reward our regular customers and supporters," one of the MMOXE.COM staff said.
To reach the goal to be an international game currency trader, MMOXE.COM also provides good services to the Asia players, such as rs gold, tibia gold, wow gold and ffxiv gil. Their next goal is to expand their business in the Asia game market.
DinoDirect China Limited (http://www.dinodirect.com) is one of the biggest global online retailers. It offers a great quantity of products at competitive prices by cutting the middleman and offering products directly to the terminal consumers.
DinoDirect possesses a great many software products with proprietary intellectual property rights, owns technological superiority and an efficient marketing team among the similar industries.
In addition, DinoDirect also provides services of purchasing and selling virtual currency, accounts, items, and power leveling for online role play games. Like other in-game currency sellers, DinoDirect not only does WoW Gold related services, but also is very professional with other popular games such as SWG Credits, FFXI Gil, guild wars gold, fallen earth chips, EQ2 Palt, lotro gold and others.
Giant Interactive to Commence Open Beta Testing for ZT Online 2 on September 16, 2011
SHANGHAI, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Giant Interactive Group Inc. (NYSE: GA) ("Giant" or the "Company"), a leading Chinese online game developer and operator, today announced that it plans to commence open beta testing for ZT Online 2 on September 16, 2011.
ZT Online 2, a sequel to the Company's flagship game ZT Online, is an internally-developed, martial arts, massively multiplayer online role playing game ("MMORPG"), which combines traditional ZT Online gameplay with Giant's "Third Generation" in-game economy, and new casual and social gameplay. With four hundred developers involved with the project over the past three years, ZT Online 2 utilizes a revised and well-balanced in-game economy to target lower spending and non-spending users compared to the original ZT Online. This Third Generation in-game economy helped the game reach over 300,000 peak concurrent users ("PCU") during the official closed beta testing phase that began in the second quarter of 2011. ZT Online 2 was voted as one of the most anticipated online games for 2011 by gamers during the China Game Industry Annual Conference.
Mr. Xuefeng Ji, Giant's vice president of research and development and the producer of ZT Online 2 commented, "Leveraging the ample feedback received from players during ZT Online 2's official closed beta testing phase, our development team has revised the game to better reflect user preferences and we plan to launch many exciting new features during open beta testing. With more balanced power between paying and non-paying users, the game's transaction-based in-game economy promotes fairness and is geared towards attracting a broader player base across a range of spending habits. Catering to our more hardcore fans and players, ZT Online 2 will offer more intense player killing ("PK") functions for both teams and individuals. We will also focus on the interactive and social aspects of the game, by adding new in-game chat and micro-blog functions, as well as additional casual gameplay and friend-making features."
Mr. Yuzhu Shi, Giant's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented, "ZT Online 2 quickly became one of the most successful new online games in the marketplace during the official closed beta testing phase, and we believe this is only the beginning. We plan to utilize a full range of marketing avenues, including new television advertisements, to promote the game during the open beta testing. Our developers will continue to enhance and update the game, and we anticipate ZT Online 2 will be our key growth driver in the near-term."
Giant Interactive Group Inc. (NYSE: GA) is a leading online game developer and operator in China in terms of market share, and focuses on massively multiplayer online role playing games. Currently, Giant operates multiple games, including ZT Online, ZT Online Green Edition, ZT Online 2, Giant Online, XT Online, and The Golden Land. Giant has built a nationwide distribution network to sell the prepaid game cards and game points required to play its games. For more information, please visit Giant Interactive Group on the web at http://www.ga-me.com.
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Starting off with pneumatic phase, the home automation and control
systems market has reached the world of standards, protocols, and data
distribution systems; which allows the home automation control structures
such as security systems, and lighting systems to interact and integrate
with each other. The home automation and control systems that started with
wired technology have now entered the era of wireless technology with
technologies such as Zigbee, Z-wave, EnOcean, and others coming up.
The wide adoption of Internet across the globe has resulted in the
growth and advancement of home automation and control market. The
flexibility to control and monitor home automation and control systems from
any point even out and far from homes is possible through Internet. These
systems are also accessed and monitored via smartphone through message
Apart from increasing the living standards and inclination towards more
convenient life, the home automation and control system products have also
addressed the issue of power saving; that too, up to 80% through products
like lighting controls. Entertainment control has dominated all the products
of home automation and control market as it has become an important part of
the lives of all the individuals.
Scope of the report
Global home automation and control systems research report categorizes
the market on basis of different products and geographical analysis;
forecasting revenue, and analyzing trends in the global home automation and
control systems market.
On the basis of product:
- General lighting controls: relay systems, central power
systems, timer switches, controllable breaker, sensors, manual wall
switches, dimming systems, and accessories
- Security controls: intrusion detection, surveillance system,
motion sensors, touchscreens, and keypads
- Access controls: access controls system, door contacts, motion
sensors, touch screens, and keypads
- HVAC controls: thermostats, zone and climate controls,
temperature sensors, humidity sensors, and keypads
- Entertainment controls: audio and volume control, multi-media
room controls, home theaters systems, touch screens, and keypads
- Outdoor controls: standalone and network controls for area &
site, landscape, parking garages
- Communication protocols, standards, and data distributions:
protocols, home management systems, and wireless technologies
- Protocols and standards: NEMA digital lighting controls open
protocol, LonWorks, KNX, ethernet, black box
- Home management systems: BACnet, EIB, and Modbus
- Wireless technologies: Zigbee, EnOcean, RFID, Bluetooth, Z-wave,
- Management and metering: smart grid application software, energy
management, and distribution management systems
On the basis of geographies:
The market is sectioned on the basis of regions such as North America,
South America, Central America and Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Middle East,
Africa, and Oceania.
Each section provides market data, market drivers, trends and
opportunities, key players, and competitive outlook. This report also makes
provisions for market tables for covering the sub-segments and
micro-markets. In addition, the report also provides more than 20 company
profiles covering all the sub-segments.
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Callaway Golf Introduces Ultra Premium RAZR XF Irons and Hybrids
Technologically Advanced Irons and Hybrids Deliver the Ultimate in Forgiveness and Playability
CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY) today announced the October 14th retail availability of the Company's latest game-improvement iron and hybrid set, RAZR XF(TM). The ultra-premium RAZR XF Irons and Hybrids offer the discerning golfer an unprecedented integration of material and design technology to enhance performance and forgiveness.
Callaway's most technologically advanced iron, the RAZR XF is constructed with a forged 1025 Carbon Steel body that provides soft, responsive feedback at impact. The face is made of a thin, high-strength 455 Carpenter Steel, which generates faster ball speeds for increased distance. This thin, lightweight face allowed Callaway engineers to place additional weight in the perimeter of the clubhead, giving the RAZR XF the highest moment of inertia (MOI) of any iron Callaway has ever created for unparalleled accuracy, even on mis-hits. A dark Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) finish is derived from a high-tech process that produces a distinctive stealth look for reduced glare and a jewelry-like appearance. With an aluminum and injection-molded thermoplastic medallion, the RAZR XF Iron offers fine-tuned sound and a premium feel.
The RAZR XF Hybrids feature a larger head design and added offset to deliver higher, longer, straighter shots. Built with a Zero Roll Design, the clubface produces a higher launch angle on shots hit low on the face, which bolsters distance and provides softer landings. The RAZR XF Hybrids also feature Callaway's proprietary VFT® Technology, which precisely controls face thickness to create a larger sweet spot and higher ball speeds for even more distance. Like the irons, the hybrids have a distinctive black PVD finish and a multi-material medallion.
"The RAZR XF Irons are the most premium iron in our line and incorporate the best iron technologies Callaway has developed over the years," said Luke Williams, Senior Director, Global Woods and Irons, Callaway Golf. "By combining our research and design expertise with the best materials available, we've produced a premium line of products for the player looking for the utmost in forgiveness and distance."
The RAZR XF Irons and Hybrids will be available in a set of six irons and two hybrids at a new product introduction retail price of $1,299 with steel shafts and $1,399 with graphite shafts. The RAZR XF Irons and Hybrids will come standard with Winn® Grips.
Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) creates products and services designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf apparel, footwear and accessories, under the Callaway Golf®, Odyssey®, Top-Flite®, and Ben Hogan® brands in more than 110 countries worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.callawaygolf.com or shop.callawaygolf.com.
Deep Facebook Analytics on Posts, Surveys and Comments Now Available with Attensity Analyze 6.0
Leading Customer Experience Management Applications Provider Extends Its Social Analytics Capability With New Facebook Analytics Module
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Attensity, the leading provider of text analytics solutions for Customer Experience Management (CEM), today announced an extension to its offering that includes the industry's first real-time, in-depth Facebook analytics capability. The new "Facebook Analytics Module" is available with the latest release of Attensity Analyze 6.0, the next generation in voice of the customer analytics and engagement applications. This module enables business users to quickly and easily analyze Facebook comments, posts and surveys to extract deep business insights.
"With over 750 million Facebook users worldwide, Facebook is the largest and most visited social network in the world, and more companies are using it as a platform to communicate and engage with their customers," said Catherine van Zuylen, vice president of global product management at Attensity. "With the new Facebook Analytics Module, organizations use Attensity's powerful multi-lingual semantic text mining capabilities to better understand customer needs and wants, drive competitive insights, improve brand engagement and more."
The Facebook Analytics Module expands on Attensity's ability to monitor and analyze over 75 million online and social media sources, including real-time access to Twitter's 'Firehose' or complete data stream. Users can enter a specific Facebook corporate profile and then automatically receive--in real-time--posts, comments and survey responses from that page, or comments otherwise publicly available. The "likes" in posts, comments and surveys on Facebook can also be leveraged and understood as 'votes' for richer understanding.
Attensity will demonstrate the Facebook integration for Analyze 6.0 in a webinar on September 28 at 11 am PST titled "Facebook Analytics: Extracting Deep Business Insights from the World's Largest Social Network." Register for the complimentary webinar at: http://www2.attensity.com/facebookanalytics.
Attensity will be exhibiting the new capabilities of Analyze 6.0 on its multi-screen Voice of the Customer Command Center prototype at the Teradata PARTNERS conference running October 2-6 in San Diego.
Attensity's text analytics solutions are the choice of the world's leading brands for Customer Experience Management (CEM). Attensity is the only company that gives business users the ability to analyze millions of real-time customer conversations from any online, social media or internal source, and extract the industry's most accurate insights to drive business decisions. From its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and Kaiserslautern, Germany, Attensity is powering the customer experience strategies of companies such as AT&T, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, JetBlue, Lloyd's Banking Group, Siemens, Starwood Resorts, Travelocity and Whirlpool. Visit http://www.attensity.com and follow the company at blog.attensity.com, on Twitter @Attensity, and on facebook.com/Attensity.
Glu Mobile Provides Sneak Peak of Next Four Titles
From casual to core, Glu's upcoming releases have something for every type of gamer
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Glu Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq: GLUU), a leading global publisher of Social Mobile games, today is giving fans a first look at their next four freemium games - Contract Killer: Zombies, Boo Town, Rogue Racing and Toy Village. Trailers of Glu's upcoming casual and core games can be viewed at glu.com/investors. With these titles Glu is expanding the Contract Killer franchise as well as their family-friendly resource management games. The company is also making its first foray into the racing genre.
Features of the new titles include:
-- Contract Killer: Zombies - Save the remnants of humanity by infiltrating
zombie-infested areas, stocking up on supplies, rescuing civilians and
ushering them to safe zones, while shooting every zombie in your path!
-- Boo Town - Cute, friendly ghosts roam this special town in the
afterlife. Players build houses and shops, decorate the town, and
harvest crops to keep the people happy. Happy towns will fill up with
-- Rogue Racing - Enter an intense, hyper-real international racing
competition. Create the ultimate, personalized muscle car: Asian tuner,
Euro import, or Hot Rod. Play against AI racers in a dynamic Arcade
mode; then take on friends or other players in the unique multiplayer
-- Toy Village - Help these nostalgic toys from your past build a new
village to call their home. Build wondrous houses and cute shops made
from left over toy parts. Earn lots of boodle to buy fantastic
structures to customize your toys' new neighborhood. Fanciful foods
await your green thumb. Help the toys grow crops of play food to feed
the growing community.
About Glu Mobile
Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) is a leading global publisher of Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world - supporting iOS, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7 devices and beyond. Glu is focused on bringing the best in social, freemium, cross-platform mobile gaming experiences to the mass market. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco and has major offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Russia and the UK. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP and also partners with leading entertainment brands including Activision, Atari, Caesar's and Fox. Consumers can find high-quality, fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile devices wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at http://www.glu.com. For live updates, please follow Glu via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu fan at Facebook.com/glumobile.
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Fasthosts Warns Small Firms Not to Spam Their Customers
GLOUCESTER, England, September 13, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, has warned UK
businesses not to spam their customers with unsolicited newsletters and
Over the past year, the company has seen an 88 per cent rise in the
number of spam reports it has received, most commonly where consumers have
reported business customers for allegedly sending spam to them. The data
lends weight to the theory that the challenging economy and increasingly
competitive online marketplace have perhaps led more small firms to cut
corners with their email communication. The company recommends that small
companies take necessary steps to ensure that emails are only sent to the
right recipients who have opted-in to receive them.
As more UK firms are adopting email marketing as a valuable sales and
communication channel, it would appear that the problem of business-related
spam is escalating. According to Fasthosts, from June 2010 to June 2011 the
company has received 88 per cent more reports from the public regarding
genuine businesses who they believe have sent them unsolicited and unwanted
emails. A proportion of cases required investigation and/or action by the
provider such as a warning or locking of the relevant email account. In most
cases, Fasthosts needed only to provide best practice email advice to the
Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet, said: "In a
tough economy, small businesses may be tempted to be more aggressive with
the frequency of mailings, or begin to take for granted their right to email
a contact base. Every firm must respect the value that consumers place on
their Inbox, and take the proper measures to ensure they use email
professionally and ethically."
Internet Psychologist Graham Jones said: "Unwanted email is a major
issue which causes frustration, annoyance and stress. If a business emails
people without paying proper attention to opt-in systems they can expect
increased negativity from their customers and their prospects. And with the
ease with which people can complain about companies on social networks,
there is the obvious potential for reputational damage too."
Jones added: "When people are asked to define spam they simply talk
about emails they did not request - no matter who those messages come from.
Many businesses think they are merely doing 'email marketing' but their
customers actually think they are spamming. There is a clear difference in
thinking between many businesses and their customers - and that is bad for
reputation and revenue."
Whilst still rare, it is possible for businesses to become involved in
the distribution of spam without even realising. Problems can arise as a
result of their email becoming compromised locally, commonly through a virus
or Trojan on their hardware such as a PC. It is vital that all businesses
keep mailboxes secure and regularly update passwords to minimise the risk of
exploitation of their domain or mail servers.
Holford added: "Whilst spam is not new, the damage that it can do to
business reputation and customer loyalty should definitely be cause for
thought. The more responsibility a company shows towards their use of email,
the more credible and rewarding email marketing will become as a channel."
New Cintiq offers spacious 24-inch HD widescreen display with brilliant color and breakthrough ergonomics for creative professionals seeking the ultimate digital pen-on-screen work surface
VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wacom®'s all-new Cintiq® 24HD brings control, comfort and productivity to a whole new level with best-in-class display performance and ergonomic comfort. The Cintiq 24HD is engineered to meet the high-demands of designers, illustrators, animators, video editors and other creatives looking for Wacom's most advanced pen-on-screen experience. It joins the Cintiq 21UX and Cintiq 12WX as part of Wacom's complete lineup of interactive pen displays.
Wacom delivers in the Cintiq 24HD a host of new features to enhance workflow and user comfort. The new 24-inch HD (1920 x 1200) widescreen display provides realistic color for color-critical work. The ergonomically designed counter-weighted stand allows users to adjust the incline and height of the Cintiq for multiple working postures, even allowing the display to extend over the edge of the desk and float just above a user's lap. Furthermore, the frame around the screen is designed to be a resting place for the hands and arms, providing easy access to the Touch Ring and shortcut and modifier Express Keys(TM) located on both sides of the Cintiq. The Cintiq 24HD incorporates Wacom's most realistic pen experience, featuring 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 40 degrees of tilt control.
"The Cintiq 24HD is a wonderful example of what can be done when expert design experience and quality engineering are intelligently combined with user feedback from the professional community," says Don Varga, Director of Professional Products for Wacom Technology Services Corp. "All the right elements have been incorporated into our new flagship to help expand its capabilities and to improve its appeal in such markets as animation, photography and video production where a wide format, color-accurate, high-definition display is a crucial requirement."
The Cintiq 24HD boasts an eye-catching and sophisticated industrial design that places an emphasis on operator control and comfort. The new 24-inch high-definition, widescreen display is ideal for creative pros working in media, entertainment and motion graphics. "The Cintiq's new display specifications meet the needs of today's television, film, animation and video game development industries," states Varga. "Videographers are now able to edit full HD video which will translate into tremendous productivity gains." Additionally, the new Cintiq 24HD delivers a wide color gamut which will be appealing for photography and design professionals who demand accurate and spectacular color representation when drawing or editing with the Cintiq pen. For those needing to calibrate color, the Cintiq is compatible with popular color calibration devices from industry leading manufacturers. In many cases, the screen's quality and size will render obsolete the desire for a second display.
Making a Stand for Comfort
Ergonomic comfort is crucial for creative professionals and the Cintiq 24HD addresses this with a highly adjustable and versatile stand that allows users to work in a variety of common positions, thus reducing fatigue. Intuitive handles and spring-assisted lift make display adjustments quick and easy. For example, users wanting to feel connected to their work can securely extend the display surface over the edge of the desk so that it rests comfortably just above their lap, providing an optimal position for many types of work. When employing the Cintiq for more conventional display uses such as email, the display can quickly be repositioned to a nearly vertical position. The Cintiq can also be raised slightly above the desk to accommodate a keyboard underneath to help reduce desk clutter. "The new stand on our Cintiq 24HD helps define the whole pen-on-screen experience by effectively allowing users to customize work positions that support freedom of movement for hours upon hours of comfortable work," according to Varga.
The Cintiq 24HD pen features Wacom's proprietary Tip Sensor technology, offering users near-zero (one gram) starting pressure and virtually the same natural feel and feedback one would experience when working with traditional brushes or pens. The pen's 2048 levels of pressure enable pressure-sensitive effects, such as controlling line weights or opacity. When combined with pressure-sensitive software applications from such developers as such as Adobe®, Autodesk®, Corel®, or Pixologic®, the Cintiq is capable of producing life-like artistic results. The pen also features a pressure-sensitive eraser and two side switches that can be customized for common commands such as double-click and right-click.
Additional Features and Accessories
The wide bezel of the Cintiq 24HD not only gives users a natural resting place for their arms and hands while working, but provides easy access to the customizable, application-specific ExpressKeys and Touch Rings located on each side of the display's frame. These user-defined features are instrumental in helping improve workflow and boost productivity by placing commonly used shortcut commands at the fingertips. Varga notes that "these tools save valuable time by minimizing keyboard dependency and allowing the user to keep focusing directly on the screen and the work at hand."
Wacom's family of accessories provide additional input options to the Cintiq 24HD. The Art Pen supports the pen rotation feature within Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator® as well as Corel® Painter(TM) 12, delivering natural brush effects, such as those that a calligraphy pen would produce. Cintiq 24HD accessories are available for purchase at Wacom's online store.
The Cintiq 24HD ($2,499 USD) is intended to begin shipping in North America in September. It will be available from a select group of authorized resellers nationwide as well as at Wacom's online store.
Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashions and designs around the world. Wacom devices provide business and home users with the ability to explore digital content creation in a comfortable, natural way.
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IceWEB Unified Storage Systems Designed to Thwart Silent Data Corruption in the Cloud
IceWEB's Self-Healing Checksum Technology Automatically Repairs Corrupted Data
STERLING, Va., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IceWEB, Inc.(TM) (OTCBB: IWEB), http://www.IceWEB.com, a leading provider of Unified Data Storage and building blocks for cloud storage networks, announced today that its 256-bit, error-correcting checksum codes are able to protect critical user data from the silent corruption that occurs when large amounts of data are being moved, which is very often the case with large storage clouds.
IceWEB's end-to-end, 256-bit checksum technology detects and remedies silent (undetected) data corruption. This is particularly important in commercial applications such as banking where an undetected error could either change data or corrupt a database index and drastically affect an account balance. It becomes almost mandatory in the use of encrypted or compressed data where a small error can make a dataset unusable.
"Silent data corruption problems are exacerbated in the cloud, where it's all about centralized storage," said Ed Kraus, IceWEB Operations VP. "Without CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) technology, it's not a matter of 'if' but a question of 'how much' data corruption will occur. The problem becomes even more dangerous as drive sizes, RAID volumes, memory, data and operating systems get larger and larger. Thus our CRC, error-correcting checksum technology has become one of our most important and popular features."
IceWEB Unified Storage Platforms are available through the Company's exclusive value-added distributor Promark Technology (800-634-0255). Promark markets IceWEB products throughout the United States through its nationwide network of 1,200 channel partners. For more information, please visit http://www.promarktech.com.
About IceWEB, Inc.
IceWEB, Inc., headquartered just outside of Washington, D.C. manufactures and markets data storage products. For more information, please visit http://www.iceweb.com.
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Kodak Launches EASYSHARE TOUCH M5370 Digital Camera to Take Pictures Simply
New Essential Universal Li-Ion Battery Charger also released for a smarter, effortless way to charge
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced the launch of the next generation KODAK EASYSHARE TOUCH Digital Camera featuring a new 16MP sensor and HD video which makes creative editing, organizing and sharing easy with a simple touch.
The enhanced EASYSHARE TOUCH Camera makes sharing photos easy with Kodak's innovative and exclusive Share Button, while the responsive touch screen makes gliding through pictures effortless. Once connected to a PC, selected photos will automatically upload to sites like FACEBOOK and KODAK Gallery or can be emailed. The enhanced Share Button App builds on the success of the KODAK Share Button, enabling millions of people to easily share and transfer their favorite images. Face Tagging allows you to stay even more organized by enabling you to upload your images to FACEBOOK with your friends already tagged.
"The EASYSHARE TOUCH Camera offers the family 'Chief Memory Officer' great 16MP pictures or 720 HD video that can be simply shared with a touch," said Phil Scott,Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Accessories, Kodak. "The EASYSHARE TOUCH Camera has a completely new compact and clean design with an intuitive touch screen and many additional features. These options allow consumers to effortlessly tap the screen to take a picture or add in effects like background blur and spot color easily from the touch screen."
The EASYSHARE TOUCH Camera features Kodak's Smart Capture capability to automatically set the camera based on your scene while Face Recognition recognizes and organizes pictures of your friends. Special shooting modes like KODAK Film effects, photo booth and over 20 scene modes bring creativity to your pictures while the 5X wide angle SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH lens makes it easy to take exceptional pictures from a distance.
Available this fall, at major retailers and Kodak.com, the EASYSHARE TOUCH Camera comes in silver, blue, pink and red for U.S. $179.95 MSRP.
New KODAK Essential Universal Li-Ion Battery Charger Announced Today:
In addition to the launch of the EASYSHARE Touch is the latest innovation in battery chargers - KODAK Essential Universal Li-Ion Battery Charger. Whether in a hotel room, an airport or at home, it is the smarter way to have devices ready to go - no matter the camera brand. It features Kodak's innovative blade array technology and offers effortless, carefree charging. Also included is a USB wall plug adapter for charging additional devices.
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
SonicWALL Introduces New MSP Advantage Program, Dramatically Improves Service Management and Cash Flow
New MSP Advantage Program With FlexSpend for Managed Service Providers Improves Management and Liquidity of Partners' Investments in SonicWALL Services
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SonicWALL, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced the new MSP Advantage Program featuring FlexSpend. Tailored for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), the new offering consists of three main benefits:
-- FlexSpend, a unique program in the industry, makes monthly service
billing easy, flexible and cash flow friendly while lowering initial
investment and operating expenses. Without FlexSpend, MSPs are required
to make significant upfront payments for annual support and subscription
-- The SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS) centrally manages and
rapidly deploys SonicWALL solutions with less time and costs involved.
It provides centralized real-time monitoring and comprehensive policy
and compliance reporting to drive down the cost of owning and managing
SonicWALL security and data protection appliances.
-- The MSP Advantage Program enables partners to offer a wide variety of
managed services that can provide multiple revenue sources. It provides
easy access to all SonicWALL solutions and lets the MSP manage all
associated products and services via FlexSpend and GMS.
Available to Gold and Silver partners who participate in the SonicWALL MSP Advantage Program, FlexSpend is based on the concept of FlexSpend Credits, a new type of SonicWALL currency that allows partners to procure services monthly, rather than annually. Click here to learn more about how to use FlexSpend Credits.
"Today, MSPs have no effective mechanism to offset the risk of uncollectible receivables when customers stop servicing their contracts," said Tim Martinez, president at Western NRG, Inc. "If a customer in mid-year decides or is no longer able to continue paying their monthly bill, we are unable to recover our upfront investment in the support contracts and subscription services that we have already paid our supplier for. FlexSpend allows us to forego upfront capital expenditures and still provide SonicWALL Security Services to our customers at a monthly rate with far less risk should a customer become unable to uphold the contract commitment."
"At SonicWALL, we continuously strive to drive technology, but we also understand the business challenges that our partners are facing," said Vince Massey, senior director of North America Channels at SonicWALL. "Specifically, the MSP Advantage Program helps MSPs address one of their key issues: matching cost they incur with the revenue stream they receive from their customers. The program reduces upfront cost and improves monthly cash flow. The combined benefits of FlexSpend, GMS and the depth and breadth of our solutions and services create a clear advantage for managed service providers."
"The relationship we have with SonicWALL has really made us prosper in our business, and quite frankly, made us a lot more money," said Michael Crean, president and CEO of Solutions Granted. "I don't see why we couldn't attain two million in sales this year. Not a lot of people can say that. I believe SonicWALL's MSP Advantage Program will help us achieve this goal."
Find out how to become an MSP Advantage Partner and learn about program requirements.
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About SonicWALL, Inc.
Guided by its vision of Dynamic Security for the Global Network, SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats evolve. For more information, visit http://www.sonicwall.com/.
CONTACT: Jock Breitwieser, SonicWALL, Office, +1-408-962-6165, or Mobile, +1-408-656-3215, E-mail, jbreitwieser@SonicWALL.com; or Kristen Leon, Bond PR, Office, +1-415-848-2626, or Mobile, +1-415-613-8320, firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 3LCD today announced that is has launched the world's first(1) high-temperature polysilicon ("HTPS") TFT liquid crystal chips for 3D 3LCD projectors.
Developed and manufactured using the latest processing technologies, the HTPS chips employ a new technology called 'Bright 3D Drive'. 3LCD applies this technology in a new range of 3D chips, currently in volume production, which will power a number of 3D 3LCD projectors recently announced.
For more than two decades, 3LCD has been one of the choice technologies powering projectors in the education, business and home theater space. In the second quarter of this year, 3LCD showed continued leadership in the U.S. front projection market among traditional projector buyers(2) - those looking for projectors touting 500 Lumens or more. The new 3D chips will enable 3LCD to continue meeting the demand for stunning, bright 2D and 3D images.
As a leader in the projection market, 3LCD will continue to offer a number of technology advantages over the competition, including:
-- 3-Chip Optical Engine: All 3LCD projectors use a 3-chip optical engine
to deliver incredibly bright, true-to-life color.
-- High Color Light Output: 3LCD projectors deliver high Color and White
Light Output so images, video and text always look their very best.
-- No Color Wheel: 3LCD projectors do not rely on a spinning color wheel
to produce color and do not suffer from "the rainbow effect" or "color
-- Road-Tested Reliability: 3LCD technology has consistently been the
choice of users who demand long-life performance and reliability.
For more information about 3LCD technology and the wide variety of products and leading manufacturers that use it, visit http://www.3LCD.com.
(1) According to Epson research (as of the end of August 2011)
(2) Data source: Pacific Media Associates, Q2 2011
About 3LCD Technology
3LCD projection technology delivers unbelievably bright and natural, true-to-life color, amazing detail and road-tested reliability. Using an advanced, 3-chip optical engine, 3LCD offers full-time color for brilliant quality images. 3LCD is based on LCD technology, which is used by leading manufacturers worldwide for the ultimate viewing experience in flat panel TVs and projectors. To find out why more users choose 3LCD than all other projection technologies combined and to get the latest list of leading companies offering 3LCD technology in their products, visit the 3LCD website at http://www.3LCD.com.
CONTACT: Kari Ramsey, Zeno Group, +1-310-566-2287, Kari.Ramsey@zenogroup.com
Oclaro Unveils Two New High-Power 980nm Pump Lasers that Deliver Smaller Foot Print and Higher Output Power
New Pump Technology Leverages Oclaro's Proven History as a Top-Tier Supplier of Innovative Pump Solutions
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Oclaro, Inc.( )(NASDAQ: OCLR), a tier-one provider of optical communications and laser solutions, today announced that it has expanded its world-class pump portfolio with a new high-power 500mW uncooled 980nm pump laser and an industry-first 2 x 600mW dual chip pump in a single package. These new pumps leverage Oclaro's proven expertise in pump solutions to deliver lower power consumption, leading reliability, smaller footprint and higher performance. Oclaro will be showcasing the new pumps in its booth (#1368 & 1370) at the upcoming ECOC show on September 19-21, 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.
"These new pumps build on Oclaro's heritage as a leading pump supplier and leverage more than two decades of proven design expertise in the pump industry," said Robert Blum, Director of Product Marketing for Oclaro's Photonic Components Business Unit at Oclaro, Inc. "Our customers are looking for greener designs that use lower power and come in smaller sizes and Oclaro is able to meet these needs while also adding more functionality and features to our pump solutions."
About the High-Power 500mW Uncooled Pump
The new Oclaro 500mW uncooled pump delivers a significantly smaller form factor with a SFF 10-pin butterfly package that can also be used in existing 14-pin slots. With 500mW of kink-free power, this laser delivers the lowest power consumption of any such pump solution in the industry. The pump operates across the entire -5 to 75degC temperature range, is wavelength stabilized, qualified to Telcordia GR-468-CORE, and RoHS 6/6 compliant.
The new pump features the Oclaro OC2 alignment and package platform, which has been field proven since 2004 and meets the most stringent reliability requirements demanded by customers. The new pump is a viable option to traditional cooled pumps for powers up to 500mW for use in metro, cross-connect, single or multi-channel applications. In addition, the pump specifically addresses the growing market demand for SFF single channel and 40Gb/s per-channel amplifiers with higher power requirements.
About the Dual Chip Pump
The new Oclaro dual pump is designed for dual stage and mid-stage access amplifiers, ROADM on blade and amplifier based line cards. This new pump leverages Oclaro's integration expertise to deliver asmaller form factor by delivering a 1 x 14-pin package that replaces two discrete pumps. The pump features two dynamically independent co-packaged lasers that are individually addressable and stabilized, delivers negligible cross-talk and offers the full functionality of traditional 14-pin pumps. Besides the form factor reduction, this new pump also significantly lowers the total module power consumption versus two discrete pumps and enables customers to reduce cost through simplified control electronics and reduced component count.
These pumps deliver industry-leading reliability by featuring the Oclaro OC2 alignment and packaging technology, which has been established and field proven since 2004. In addition, the new pumps enable the pumping of multi stage amplifiers with lower component count, reduced power consumption, smaller form factor and a lower cost solution through the use of a single TEC.
The pumps are sampling to customers today and will be available in volume production later this year.
Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is a tier-one provider of optical communications and laser components, modules and subsystems for a broad range of diverse markets, including telecommunications, industrial, scientific, consumer electronics and medical. Oclaro is a global leader, dedicated to photonics innovation with cutting-edge research and development (R&D) and chip fabrication facilities in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Israel, Korea and Italy, and in-house and contract manufacturing sites in China and Thailand with design, sales and service organizations in each of the major regions around the world. http://www.oclaro.com
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RiT Technologies Expanding in China: Opens New Office
TEL AVIV, Israel, September 13, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
RiT Technologies (NASDAQ: RITT), the leading provider of intelligent
infrastructure management solutions, today announcedthat it has established
a new office in Shanghai China as part of its strategic focus on the rapidly
growing Chinese market. The new office, located in Shanghai's prestigious
Nanjing Road West, will enable RiT to provide enhanced sales and technical
support to RiT's growing roster of customers in southern China and to expand
the support it gives to local integrators and resellers.
Over the past several years, RiT has emerged as one of China's leading
providers of intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) solutions, and is
now recognized as a trusted vendor to business partners throughout the
country. As part of its focus on the region, RiT developed a unique
understanding of the needs and expectations of the local market, and
introduced differentiated, tailored offerings that are generating higher
sales and interest.
"The establishment of our second office in China demonstrates the
success of our strategy to build our business in this rapidly-growing market
with high potential for IIM sales," commented Eran Ayzik, RiT's president
and CEO. "Our unique approach to the market, including our partnership with
superbly qualified, well-connected integrators and the offering of
customized solutions, has started to pay off, and we believe that China will
continue growing in importance as a driver of our future sales."
John Long, RiT's Chief China Representative, added, "Demand for IIM is
building in China, and RiT's IIM solution is well accepted here. Now that
our Beijing office is well established, we are able to expand our focus on
China's southern region, which is currently experiencing a building boom. By
opening an office, we will be enhancing support of our partners throughout
the area, and improving our responsiveness to local customers translating
into a higher level of sales."
About RiT Technologies
RiT is a leading provider of intelligent solutions for infrastructure
management, asset management, environment and security, and network
utilization. RiT Enterprise solutions address datacenters, communication
rooms and workspace environments, ensuring maximum utilization, reliability,
decreased downtime, physical security, automated deployment, asset tracking,
and troubleshooting. RiT Carrier solutions provide carriers with the full
array of network mapping, testing and bandwidth qualification capabilities
needed for access network installation and service provisioning. RiT's
field-tested solutions are delivering value in thousands of installations
for top-tier enterprises and operators throughout the world.
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With WD My Book Live(TM) Network Drives and WD2go(TM) Apps Consumers Can Easily Access and Share All Files From PCs, Macs, Tablets and Smartphones Without Monthly Fees or Security Concerns
IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its WD 2go(TM) and WD 2go Pro mobile apps for its My Book® Live(TM) personal cloud storage solution. WD's My Book Live drive connects to the home network creating shared storage that users can access within and outside the home. Secure remote access to the My Book Live is available on any computer through http://www.WD2go.com, while the WD 2go apps provide mobile access to files stored on the drive using an iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android(TM) compatible mobile device.
Combining the benefits of both public and private cloud solutions, My Book Live personal cloud storage allows users to keep media and files safe at home on their own physical drive and yet access them over the Internet with any PC or Mac® computer or on tablets and smartphones through WD's mobile apps. Using My Book Live, users can share files, stream media, and access content anywhere with no monthly fees and secure in the knowledge that their data resides in their own home under their exclusive control. In addition, the WD 2go Pro app enables private sharing of files with friends, family and colleagues. Almost any file can be shared, from pictures and personal videos to work documents and presentations.
WD 2go web access marks WD's second generation of remote access technologies that leverage a peer-to-peer connection between the My Book Live and remote PCs or mobile devices to maximize the speed and throughput.
"Consumers demand the anywhere, any device access they can get from 'the cloud,' but don't want to pay monthly fees or lose control of their personal data. They want access to all their files without worrying about what files are synched to what device," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager for WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "With the new WD 2go mobile apps and WD's My Book Live personal cloud storage, consumers now have a simple and fast way to securely store, share, and access all their digital content from their mobile devices wherever they are."
The WD 2go apps add to WD's vision of providing secure storage and access to digital content on any screen, on-the-go or at home. The app supports a variety of media file formats for streaming movies and music or accessing files such as Microsoft® Office documents. In addition to all of the features currently available in the free WD 2go app, the WD 2go Pro app includes several advanced features, including:
-- Clipping: Users can clip files, photos, songs, videos or folders to
download a copy from the My Book Live drive to a mobile device, enabling
subsequent access even without an Internet connection.
-- Automatic sync: New or modified files added to the My Book Live
automatically sync to mobile devices.
-- Content sharing: The WD 2go Pro app allows users to email files, share
files as a link, print and open files with third party apps.
-- Additional security: Users can leverage an additional layer of security
by locking mobile access to the My Book Live drive with a 4-digit pass
In addition to remote and mobile access to the personal cloud, WD's My Book Live features a built-in media server that streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV® Live(TM) network media player, Blu-ray Disc(TM) player, Xbox 360®, PlayStation® 3, and connected TV.
Capacity and Compatibility
My Book Live personal cloud storage is available in capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB and is compatible with Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard®, or Lion(TM), as well as DLNA/UPnP® enabled devices.
Price and Availability
WD 2go (free download) and WD 2go Pro ($2.99 USD) are currently available for download from the iTunes® Store and Android Market. My Book Live personal cloud storage is available at select U.S. retailers and online at the wdstore.com. MSRP is $159.99 USD for 1 TB, $199.99 USD for the 2 TB, and $249.99 USD for 3 TB.
WD®, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and home entertainment products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
Western Digital, WD, the WD logo, My Book, and WD TV are registered trademarks in the U.S. and other countries; My Book Live, WD 2go and WD TV Live are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. As used for storage capacity, one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
CONTACT: Steven Johansson, WD Press Relations, +1-949-672-9940, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bob Blair, WD Investor Relations, +1-949-672-7834, email@example.com, both for Western Digital Technologies
America's Best Selling Compact Pickup To Offer HD Radio(TM) Technology
Toyota Announces HD Radio Technology with iTunes® Tagging in the 2012 Tacoma
COLUMBIA, Md., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
What: Toyota announced that they would be offering HD Radio Technology with the popular iTunes® Tagging feature in their 2012 Tacoma pickup. The Tacoma is the 4th vehicle in the Toyota family to announce that it will offer HD Radio Technology. In prior announcements, Toyota revealed that the Camry, Prius v, and Yaris models will also offer HD Radio Technology as vehicles arrive at dealerships.
19 automotive brands have announced that HD Radio Technology is or will be available as a factory installed feature including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Why: Automakers are continuing to embrace HD Radio Technology at a rapid pace, offering consumers a variety of new and exciting stations in crystal-clear digital sound, including on-screen information that displays song titles and artist names. The popular iTunes® Tagging feature is also continuing its rapid adoption with automakers. Earlier this year, Toyota announced the adoption of HD Radio Technology starting in 2011 and Scion recently announced that they are making the technology a standard feature with their 2012 audio products.
Today, there are over 2,000 AM & FM stations broadcasting with HD Radio Technology with more than 1,300 additional digital only FM HD2/HD3/HD4 multicast channels sending new exciting programming.
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InTechnology Sits Comfortably With Barker and Stonehouse
HARROGATE, England, September 13, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Furniture Retailer Turns to InTechnology to Boost Business Efficiencies
Barker and Stonehouse, the UK's largest family-run furniture retailer
and online store continues to partner with InTechnology to strengthen its
For the last six years Barker and Stonehouse has turned to InTechnology
as a trusted partner to solve a number of IT network and performance issues,
such as sending large graphics files, across its eight stores and four
Chris Fletcher, IT and telecoms manager at Barker and Stonehouse said:
"The high-quality photographs of our furniture were, and remain, an
important part of our marketing mix but sending them down the network was
slowing everything down and impacting productivity. InTechnology provided us
with a resilient, high bandwidth MPLS network which meant we could
successfully send large files to any company location."
Natalie Duffield, Director of Sales and Customer Management at
InTechnology said: "Barker and Stonehouse came to us with a number of
requirements aimed at improving its network, supporting its growth and
maintaining its high levels of customer satisfaction.
"In our six years working with Barker and Stonehouse we have seen the
company grow from strength to strength. InTechnology's services have helped
it streamline its IT and customer service functions, taking on many of the
back-end IT operations and freeing up the retailer's IT department to
concentrate on core, business-critical activities. The company's bandwidth
has been tripled making day-to-day business activities such as file sharing
and data management much easier."
In addition to the business efficiencies, Barker and Stonehouse has also
made a number of cost savings. The company has seen a significant reduction
in its annual IT expenditure by switching to InTechnology's services.
Deploying InTechnology's VoIP solution has resulted in all inter-branch
calls being free of charge, and its upgraded, higher-bandwidth network costs
Barker and Stonehouse less than it had been paying BT.
Chris Fletcher concludes: "As we've grown, InTechnology has also been
developing its services and I feel we have grown together. We look forward
to working with InTechnology in the future and reaping the rewards of what
has proved to be an excellent partnership."
InTechnology ( http://www.intechnology.com) is one of the UK's
leading service providers and delivers Cloud-based services to over 800
public and private sector businesses across the UK. It has an unrivalled mix
of skills embracing Network, Hosting, Data, Voice and Unified
Communications. InTechnology is also the first UK provider to integrate
hosted IP Telephony with Microsoft OCS and offer it as a fully managed,
hosted service. We've now added Hosted Exchange to the solution and to
provide a complete, unique and fully managed Unified Communications package.
With 25 years experience as leaders and innovators in the managed services
market, InTechnology continue to be ahead of the curve in the solutions they
bring to their customers.
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CareerBuilder Joins Forces with JobScout24 in Germany
FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CareerBuilder announced it has entered into a definitive agreement under which CareerBuilder will acquire JobScout24, a major job board in Germany with more than 3.36 million users and more than 250,000 jobs. Combining the reach and resources of both companies will solidify CareerBuilder's position as one of the top three online recruitment players in Germany and further its global expansion.
Three years ago, CareerBuilder launched CareerBuilder.de, which today stands as one of the fastest-growing job sites in Germany. Acquiring JobScout24 will not only give CareerBuilder a stronger footprint in the fifth largest economy in the world, the acquisition will deliver a greater number of employment resources and opportunities to Germany's companies and job seekers.
Operating on the CareerBuilder platform, JobScout24.de will serve as another point where employers and job seekers can connect. The acquisition will also include Jobs.de, another popular site with significant SEO (search engine optimization) value.
"We have seen a lot of resilience in the German economy despite the debt crisis, and activity on our site points to more confidence in hiring," said Tony Roy, president of CareerBuilder EMEA. "This is an exciting partnership with a respected, prominent brand that will further underscore CareerBuilder's competitive positioning in this critical market. With CareerBuilder and JobScout24 coming together, employers and job seekers will have access to a wider range of services and will have higher visibility in the marketplace."
"This is not only a big win for our companies, this is a big win for the employment community in Germany," said Dr. Martin Enderle, CEO of Scout24. "Scout24 is one of Europe's leading corporate groups of online market places. CareerBuilder with its vast global reach is a powerhouse in the human capital space. This agreement will combine resources and thus offer the customers an experience that goes well beyond a traditional job board."
Germany's economy and employment prospects continue to grow. Thirty-four of the Global FORTUNE 500 are headquartered in Germany. The country's GDP expanded by 3.6 percent in 2010, the highest since 1990, and is projected to grow around 3 percent in 2011, according to the German central bank. Germany's unemployment dropped in July for the 25th consecutive month.
The online job board JobScout24 provides more than 250,000 job offers of renowned companies to about 3.36 million users per month (ACTA 2010). JobScout24 supports employees throughout their entire career with numerous services related to job search and to the application process, as well as information about current developments on the labour market.
Human resources managers appreciate the online job board JobScout24 for the multitude of instruments available for the topical search for skilled employees and executives - from the classic online job advertisement, to print and online combinations, and further to cross-media Employer Branding.
JobScout24 GmbH is part of the Scout24 Group, which provides services used by about 8 million people each month only in Germany. Scout24 is one of the leading groups of online marketplaces in Europe. In addition to JobScout24, the Scout24 Group comprises ImmobilienScout24, AutoScout24, FriendScout24, FinanceScout24, ElectronicScout24 and TravelScout24.
Scout24 is part of Deutsche Telekom.
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset - their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 40 million resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from employment branding and data analysis to recruitment support. More than 9,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.careerbuilder.com.
HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE ON FACEBOOK AS LIONSGATE AND SOCIAL GAME UNIVERSE RELEASE THE DIRTY DANCING FACEBOOK GAME
More Than 10.9 Million Loyal Facebook Fans of the 1987 Hit Film Will Be Able To Spread Romance at Kellerman's Resort In A Whole New Way Through Social Gaming
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, is continuing its push into social gaming by teaming with Social Game Universe to release the first-ever Facebook game based on the beloved 1987 film Dirty Dancing the two companies announced today.
By visiting http://apps.facebook.com/dirtydancinggame, everyone who has ever wanted to be a part of those magical times in the Catskills can now have the time of their lives by acting as managers and caretakers of Kellerman's Resort. Players and their Facebook friends will join the characters to build the resort, provide guests with fun activities and dances, spread romance and enjoy music from the classic Dirty Dancing soundtrack. The game is designed using Pixel Art to re-create that fun and innocence which made Dirty Dancing one of the most popular films of the '80s.
With more than 10.9 million fans, Dirty Dancing is a Facebook sensation, ranked as one of the top 10 most "liked" entertainment franchises. It is also the 9th ranked movie on Facebook and is by far the leading '80s movie on the site with millions of passionate and active fans. Posts on the fan page regularly receive tens of thousands of "likes" and comments and one specific post on the anniversary of actor Patrick Swayze's death broke the Guinness World Record for the most responses in a 24 hour period with over 100K "likes" and over 10K comments.
The launch of the Dirty Dancing social game is part of a multiplatform initiative built around one of the Company's most popular and enduring franchises. Lionsgate announced last month that it will make a new Dirty Dancing feature film for release in 2013, directed by Kenny Ortega, the choreographer of the original Dirty Dancing movie and director of High School Musical.
"Dirty Dancing is that rare movie that resonates with each new generation and continues to expand upon what is already an extremely loyal and active group of people who can't get enough of this coming of age story," said Anne Parducci, Lionsgate's Executive Vice President, Family & Home Entertainment Marketing. "Whether through DVDs, licensed products, live theatre, or the recently announced remake of the film directed by the film's original choreographer, Kenny Ortega, we are constantly developing ways to satiate the hunger of the fans so they can relive this remarkable film in new and exciting ways. There is no single place that the fan base is more active than on Facebook and this game will provide them with the ultimate way to experience Dirty Dancing and Kellerman's Resort."
"We are capitalizing on new platforms to drive additional, incremental revenues for our successful brands - and Dirty Dancing, with its incredibly strong Facebook following, was a natural fit for extension into social gaming. We view this as a clear opportunity to further monetize one of our most popular brands and we will continue to identify and develop innovative brand extensions as we explore the emerging platforms of the digital marketplace," said Curt Marvis, Lionsgate's President of Digital Media. Marvis noted that Lionsgate is also launching a social game built around its long running Weeds comedy television series.
In the Dirty Dancing Facebook game, developed by Toronto-based Social Game Universe, players manage the legendary Kellerman's Resort and are tasked with building it into a thriving and romance-filled getaway for its guests. To do this, users drop cupid-style grenades that result in "Romance Waves" that echo across their resorts, causing resort guests to fall in love and extend their stay. To further immerse fans in the Dirty Dancing world, the game also uses the unforgettable songs from the movie soundtrack to help guests fall in love.
"We wanted to create a game that would not only capture the essence and aesthetic of the Dirty Dancing film, but also offer Facebook gamers an opportunity to experience it in a whole new way," said Nathon Gunn, CEO of Social Game Universe. "By enabling players to partner with their Facebook friends to generate love and romance at Kellerman's, they can add their own unique spin to the game, creating a different social experience for each player."
To create the resort of their dreams, players can use the game's watermelon currency to purchase iconic virtual items like tennis courts. Players can also build lodges in order to increase capacity and decorate their resorts with everything from hedges to jukeboxes.
Of course, the main attraction at Kellerman's is the dance shows. Featuring a set of players' Facebook friends alongside characters from the movie, each show must be properly rehearsed before it is ready to be performed. The more dance shows a player hosts, the more romance waves they generate, all of which contributes to returning Kellerman's to its former glory. If they really want to put on a show for the ages, players must discover secret dance style combinations that give them bonuses.
As their resort thrives, users will be able to take pictures of it, store them in a keepsake album and share them with friends on Facebook. They can also visit friends' resorts to help out and send gifts to their friends.
About The Dirty Dancing Brand
First released in 1987, Dirty Dancing redefined date movies and continues to captivate the hearts and minds of generations of fans. A sleeper hit that for its time was one of the most profitable independent films, Dirty Dancing cost $6 million to produce and went on to gross $213 million worldwide. Dirty Dancing remains one of the most popular films in Lionsgate's 13,000-title library, having sold more than 10 million units on DVD, and is one of the most enduring modern classics in feature film and home entertainment history. Lionsgate recently announced plans for a remake of the film, to be directed by the original choreographer, Kenny Ortega.
Starring Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) as "Baby" Houseman and Patrick Swayze (Ghost) as the sexy Johnny Castle, Dirty Dancing is the story of a naive girl who meets an experienced dance instructor and becomes his pupil in dance and love. The film won dual Oscars® for Best Music and Best Original Song.
In 2007, Lionsgate orchestrated a multi-platform 20th anniversary celebration that included a 300 theater theatrical re-release of the original film, the release of The Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Edition on DVD and Blu-ray, a remastered soundtrack companion CD from Sony/BMG, and a full licensing and merchandising program that included everything from retro t-shirts, to calendars, board games, infant clothing, PC games, and sleepwear. The anniversary celebration was a resounding success, and opportunities to expand the brand continued to present themselves. The Dirty Dancing: Official Dance Workout was launched soon after, and it ranked in the top 15 of all fitness DVDs on Nielsen for 2009, as well as debuting as the #1 fitness DVD when it launched in the UK. The Dirty Dancing: Limited Keepsake Edition, which included a heartfelt Patrick Swayze tribute, was released on DVD and Blu-ray in May 2010. Recently, the Dirty Dancing video slots game launched at casinos nationwide, allowing players to dance the mambo with Baby and Johnny while singing along to the film's hit soundtrack as they enjoy the entertainment-packed multi-sensory interactive slot.
Fans of the franchise are not only motivated, passionate consumers of all things Dirty Dancing , they love to connect with each other in public: a stage show that also launched twenty years after the film's release sold out theaters in seven cities in six countries spanning four continents, totaling 3,800 shows, with more than four million theatergoers. The London show sold out with $50 million in advance ticket sales. But more telling than even the numbers was the atmosphere at the shows- the Los Angeles Times reported memorably on the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" like boisterousness and fan bonding that took place across the globe. Each year, there is also a fan organized tribute festival at Lake Lure, where the film was shot.
Lionsgate has continually modernized the brand and employed emerging technology to further connect its legions of devotees. With more than ten million fans (and more than 1.5 million of them added in the past three months alone) Dirty Dancing is a Facebook sensation, ranked as one of the top 10 most "liked" entertainment franchises ahead of more current phenomena such as The Dark Knight. Posts on the fan page regularly receive tens of thousands of "likes" and comments and one specific post on the anniversary of actor Patrick Swayze's death broke the Guinness World Record for the most responses in a 24 hour period with over 100K "likes" and over 10,000 comments.
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as "Mad Men", "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie" along with the comedy "Blue Mountain State, " the upcoming drama "Boss" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House Of Payne", its spinoff "Meet The Browns", the upcoming "For Better or Worse," "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?".
Its feature film business has generated more than half a billion dollars at the North American box office in the past year, fueled by such successes as THE LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE EXPENDABLES, which was #1 at the North American box office for two weeks, THE LAST EXORCISM, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, KICK ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards®. The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 8% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
ABOUT SOCIAL GAME UNIVERSE
Social Game Universe is a Toronto-based social games innovator founded in 2009 by veteran digital media entrepreneur and game designer Nathon Gunn. Social Game Universe has developed a sophisticated and scalable suite of tools for optimizing social game performance that enable branded entertainment companies to effectively monetize their IP. These tools are being used to power Social Game Universe's revolutionary new ad banner platform, igapi, as well as three popular Facebook games:Dirty Dancing, Hollywood Tycoonand Grow-Ops. For more information and news about Social Game Universe, please visit the official website.
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