Wondershare Celebrates the Release of Apple's Much-Anticipated iPhone(R) 4S With Specially Discounted Companion Software
New iPhone 4S Users Benefit from Popular Wondershare Software Titles for Converting Videos & DVDs for iPhone Playback, Managing iTunes Libraries, Capturing Streaming Audio, Creating Ringtones and more
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Wondershare Software is joining in the celebration of the much anticipated iPhone 4S launch by offering new iPhone 4S customers easy and economical solutions for enjoying content on their new iPhones. With Wondershare software, iPhone fans can convert and transfer their non-iTunes purchased video, music, audiobook, and eBook content to their new iPhones, and create ringtones, manage and backup their iTunes libraries, and much more.
Apple's iPhone 4S, shipping as of today, is being touted as the most advanced iPhone yet and with good reason. The new device features a new dual-core A5 CPU that is up to 2X faster than previous iPhones, an 8 Megapixel camera with 1080P video recording capability, and Siri - voice activated messaging & reminders. Additionally, the iPhone 4S is now available in more countries and on more networks, and pre-orders of the iPhone 4S shattered the million-unit mark prior to today's availability.
Wondershare offers several highly regarded iPhone-companion software titles that allow users to maximize their entertainment experience and both manage and protect the content on their new iPhone 4S. From October 14th through October 31st, iPhone 4S customers can save $10 on each of these popular Wondershare titles from the Wondershare online store:
-- Video Converter Ultimate -- The ultimate video conversion utility that
allows videos in virtually any format to be quickly converted and
transferred to the iPhone with fantastic quality. Users can rip DVDs to
enjoy on the iPhone, capture web videos from popular video sharing sites
for off-line viewing, edit videos and create iPhone-ready ringtones from
any audio source. The Video Converter Ultimate is available on Windows®
-- iTunBack -- An easy-to-use transfer tool for copying & merging content
from the iPhone to a user's iTunes account when the content on the
iPhone wasn't purchased via iTunes. Users can quickly and easily
transfer music, movies, playlists, TV shows, podcasts, ringtones, voice
memos, ebooks, and even audiobooks to their iTunes library. iTunBack is
available on Windows.
-- Streaming Audio Recorder -- A free application for conveniently
capturing streaming audio from popular online Internet radio stations
and websites. Users can also discover song information including artist,
album cover and track name, and save audio to the computer and transfer
to the iPhone for enjoying anywhere, anytime. Streaming Audio Recorder
is available on Windows.
To receive the special $10 discount, users need only purchase one of the mentioned iPhone companion products and enter coupon code IP5-45K2D469SB at checkout. It's that simple. To learn more about these and other fine Wondershare software products or to place an order, please visit http://www.wondershare.com.
Wondershare Software Co., Ltd., an IDG invested company, is an innovative software developer dedicated to delivering the very best in software products and services to the worldwide consumer and business market segments. Headquartered in Shenzhen China, Wondershare has branch offices in the U.S., Germany and Japan. Wondershare has been named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific in 2009 and 2010.
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Wondershare Software Co., Ltd.
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Square Enix Announces Army Corps of Hell for North America
The Battle for Hell Begins in 2012 Exclusively for the PlayStation®Vita system
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced Army Corps of Hell(TM) as an exclusive launch title for the PlayStation®Vita system.
Developed by Entersphere, Inc., Army Corps of Hell brings a new level of vicious combat, dark humor and lightning-quick action to the PS Vita system.Players control an army of a hundred goblin soldiers with various classes and abilities to defeat a host of enemies in order to reclaim the King of Hell's throne. In Army Corps of Hell, players can take full advantage of the unique control features of the PS Vita system to experience war like never before!
"We are very excited to have Army Corps of Hell as part of the exclusive launch line-up of the PS Vita system," said Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Square Enix, Inc. "The team at Entersphere is creating a unique action game that fully embraces the power and controls of the PS Vita system."
Defeated in battle, the King of Hell is stripped of his powers and banished from his throne. Burned to a meager corpse, the dethroned king uses the last of his strength to take command of a corps of weak-minded goblins. He commands this ragtag army of bloodthirsty goblins as he fights through hell to reclaim his throne, destroying his enemies and looting their corpses for equipment along the way.
-- Command massive goblin armies - Annihilate your enemies by controlling
an army of 100 goblin soldiers with assorted classes and abilities.
Restore the King of Hell's control, empower his army to take on all
comers, and reclaim his place as the ruler of the underworld!
-- Unleash the PS Vita system! - Use the rear touch pad to command your
goblins to play instruments, each activating special properties. Revive
your hero, rejuvenate your soldiers and inspire your army to increase
their strength! Skillful play will be rewarded with significant benefits
and a greater edge against the demon horde.
-- Reap the spoils of war to outfit your corps - Combine materials dropped
by fallen foes to create new equipment for your troops. Customize your
corps' equipment and items to change the look and upgrade the abilities
of your goblin soldiers.
-- Team up with friends and increase the challenge - Play with up to four
players via ad-hoc multiplayer and face tougher bosses to acquire rare
Title Army Corps of Hell
Platform PlayStation(R)Vita system
Release Date 2012
Army Corps of Hell is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 58 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
Nearly a Million People Rush to Play New Social Gaming App, House of Fun, by Pacific Interactive
House of Fun, a brand new social gaming app produced by Pacific Interactive, has exploded in popularity since its grand debut. In less than a month, the game has garnered over 700,000 active users on Facebook.
LONDON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When a company debuts a social gaming app, expectations are that it will perform well. However, House of Fun, the new, free app by Pacific Interactive, now hosts over 700,000 active players since the unveiling on September 13, 2011. The first week alone, user buzz on Facebook caused over 100,000 people to flock to experience the vibrant graphics and interactive gameplay, and Pacific Interactive couldn't be more pleased with the game's viral appeal.
Proving how on-trend the House of Fun app truly is, InsideFacebook.com and InsideSocialGames.com have both included House of Fun in recent lists of their fastest growing social media apps. Pacific Interactive also closely monitors the app's Facebook page, interacting with players, gaining feedback, and tailoring the game to meet the customers' demands.
"Our team of programmers at Pacific Interactive works incredibly hard to provide such a rich experience for our players. We're actually changing how the player interacts with the app, instead of just changing the graphics, and we're thrilled to see that users are enjoying it so much," said the CEO and Founder of Pacific Interactive.
Social gaming is becoming more popular every day, with over 290 million players looking for the next best app. House of Fun currently offers over 15 varieties of interactive slots, with table gaming coming soon. Loyal gamers clearly like the app too; over 10,000 reviews have been posted to the app's Facebook page.
"The numbers don't lie. Our players are really enjoying the unique House of Fun experience! We'd like everyone on Facebook to see what the hype is about. Visit us at http://apps.facebook.com/houseoffun/ and start playing today!" concluded the CEO and Founder.
About Pacific Interactive:
Pacific Interactive is comprised of experienced gaming industry professionals, committed to providing players with an unrivaled social gaming experience. With a number of game options available, players will be impressed with the crisp, colorful graphics, as well as the varied interactive play. House Of Fun is the developer's latest endeavor, which is available on social media sites like Facebook.
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CONTACT: Brett Ginsberg of Pacific Interactive, email@example.com
Microsoft and Skype will empower people and businesses to connect in new ways.
REDMOND, Wash. and LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has closed its acquisition of Skype Global S.a r.l. Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype, an Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion were led by investor group Silver Lake and the transaction was originally announced on May 10, 2011. Boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype previously approved the acquisition.
Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies' efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft.
"Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues -- anytime, anywhere."
Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Skype Division of Microsoft immediately, reporting directly to Ballmer. The Skype division will continue to offer its current products to millions of users globally. Longer term, Skype will also be integrated across an array of Microsoft products to broaden Skype's reach and accelerate its growth as a fundamental way people communicate online. Skype employees will continue to be located around the world in offices including Estonia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the United States.
"By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways," Bates said. "Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype's goal to reach 1 billion users daily," Bates said.
Founded in 2003, Skype was acquired by eBay in September 2005, and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype has made impressive progress, developing new products and revenue streams, strategic acquisitions, acquiring the intellectual property powering its peer-to-peer network, and recruiting an outstanding senior management team.
Other members of the selling investor group led by Silver Lake include eBay International AG, CPP Investment Board, Joltid Ltd. in partnership with Europlay Capital Advisors; and Andreessen Horowitz.
The acquisition remains under review in a few countries, and will be completed in those countries when such reviews are closed.
To learn more about Microsoft and Skype, click here.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft's business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of Microsoft's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft's Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft's Investor Relations website.
All information in this release is as of Oct. 14, 2011. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company's expectations.
Mitsue-Links Offers Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test Service
TOKYO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsue-Links Co., Ltd. has begun to offer "Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test," a service aimed exclusively at testing the usability of smartphones and tablet devices.
The Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test will be a pioneering application in Japan of Tobii Technology's eye-tracking technology specially designed to test the usability of smartphones and tablet devices. The technology keeps track of fine gaze movements characteristic of smartphone and tablet device users, making it possible to realize usability test services enabling developers to simulate users' cognitive characteristics and thinking with a high degree of precision.
Features of the test service:
-- The service incorporates an eye-tracking system designed exclusively for
smartphones, which keeps a record of users' gaze directions without
-- Full-time engineers monitor eye movements and behaviors in real time.
-- Usability specialists provide total support to testers ranging from test
planning to measures for improvement.
For more information on the Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test, please visit our website
Mitsue-Links, based in Tokyo, is one of Japan's top information integrators, providing unique services centered on digital content and boasting countless achievements in support of IT business since the company's founding in 1990, which some say was the dawn of the IT field. Mitsue-Links offers comprehensive services for all enterprise requirements including consulting, marketing, analysis, planning, layout/structuring, design, production, large-scale application development, planning/development of client communications, and site operation/maintenance. Mitsue-Links provides these services based on its unique and creative methodology, thereby enabling project management, project risk management, and usability management that organically integrate all services and maintain their consistency.
American Wagering, Inc. Announces the LEROY'S® APP Now Available on iPhone
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Wagering, Inc. (AWI) (OTCBB: BETM), the parent company of Leroy's Sportsbook (Leroy's), the largest independent sportsbook operator in Nevada, and Computerized Bookmaking Systems, Inc. (CBS), a leading provider of race and sports technology, announces that Leroy's received field trial approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to offer its mobile account wagering application, the LEROY'S® APP, on the iPhone. This approval is a major milestone in sports betting history and it is the first mobile sports betting app to be released on iPhone in the United States.
The LEROY'S® APP now is available on the three top selling smartphones--iPhone, Android®, and BlackBerry®--that are furnished by the top four US mobile carriers--Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile®. With the addition of the LEROY'S® APP for the iPhone, Leroy's offers mobile account wagering for over 90% of the smartphone market in Nevada. Leroy's anticipates the next phase of its account wagering expansion will be the submission of the LEROY'S® APP for the iPad and the build out of the LEROY'S® APP for additional smartphone devices. The iPhone and the iPad are very popular amongst its loyal followers, and its App Store contains tens of thousands of choices for almost anything; now there is a legal sports betting app. The addition of the iPhone gives the company a well-rounded technology offering and a first to market position in mobile gambling in the United States.
"I am proud of our recent accomplishments with account wagering for both our mobile and kiosk platforms. With the successful deployment of the PT's Sports Bet Live kiosks that permit account holders to make cash deposits and voucher withdrawals, and now the iPhone version of the LEROY'S® APP, we are meeting the public's demands for convenience-driven technology and wagering solutions," stated Vic Salerno, President of Leroy's.
Apple has just released a new update for its iPhone operating system and the LEROY'S® APP will work on the new iOS5 update as well as the 3GS, iPhone 4, and 4s models.
"We are grateful the Gaming Control Board, the Commission, and their respective staff have embraced the vision of the future with mobile wagering and our account based systems. Their work to review and approve our technical advancements serves only to improve the industry as a whole and to better serve the customer. The addition of the iPhone is a huge leap forward," stated John English, Senior Vice President of American Wagering, Inc.
Leroy's account wagering customers now have the freedom, convenience, and flexibility to place wagers anywhere utilizing the LEROY'S® APP for a smartphone or a kiosk in a participating bar or tavern. Opening an account is simple and secure. All that is needed is a valid identification and some funds to open your account and you can begin betting immediately once you download the LEROY'S® APP or visit a kiosk.
"Leroy's is everywhere, for everyone, at anytime, and we've been here for 33 years. I have been doing this a long time. You see over time what works and what doesn't. I can tell you that mobile wagering is where we are heading and I believe the rest of the gaming industry will follow, in the meantime we will continue to lead," added Salerno.
For further information and sign-up locations to secure the LEROY'S® APP, please visit the Leroy's website http://www.leroys.com, or call the office at (702) 735-0101.
About Leroy's Sportsbooks: Leroy's Sportsbooks are a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Wagering, Inc., publicly traded on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol BETM.OB.
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Monster Costume Releases Vol. 2 of Critically-Acclaimed 'Bartleby's Book of Buttons' iPad App
Vol. 2 Showcases New AirPlay Mirroring Feature of iOS 5
SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Monster Costume, a Seattle-based mobile development company, announced today the sequel to its popular Bartleby's Book of Buttons interactive children's book app for iPad, Bartleby's Book of Buttons Volume 2, is now available on the App Store. Double the length of Volume 1, parents and children can now experience the Bartleby adventure puzzle book on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as on their HDTV using Apple TV and the new AirPlay Mirroring feature of iOS 5.
-- Unique game play experience using AirPlay Mirroring and Apple TV;
-- Read to Me voice over;
-- Over 30 achievements which unlock collectable stickers in the game;
-- Achievements become stickers that can be printed using an
"At Monster Costume we are committed to building the best interactive media on iOS," said Kyle Kinkade CEO of Monster Costume. "The Bartleby series represents our commitment to bring the very best in interactive book apps to the App Store."
Monster Costume is all about exploring what Multi-Touch devices have to offer, and then blowing away the limits to bring new experiences to the masses. Founded and run by recognized trailblazers in the iOS development and user experience industry, the company specializes in giving rich, intuitive, and mentally tasty applications to the world.
Verizon Wireless Brings Its 4G LTE Network to Stockton, California, on October 20
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 20, Verizon Wireless customers in Stockton can take advantage of Verizon Wireless' 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the nation. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the Web and download files up to 10 times faster than before. The 4G LTE network will be available to customers in the following cities and towns:
-- French Camp
"We are proud to bring the largest 4G LTE network in the nation to the San Joaquin Valley and help lead residents, small businesses and local government into the next generation of wireless connectivity and communication," said Kevin Zavaglia, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way our customers communicate, enabling them to connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community."
4G LTE Devices and Plans
Residents of Stockton can choose from 13 4G LTE-enabled devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including notebooks, netbooks, hotspots, modems, tablets, and smartphones such as the new DROID BIONIC(TM) by Motorola and Pantech Breakout(TM). Details on each device can be found at http://www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE. Nationwide talk and data plan pricing information is available at http://www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
Coverage and Speed
Verizon Wireless began introducing its 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans. With a consistent focus on growth and reliability, the company has quickly expanded its 4G LTE network. In addition to launching its network in Stockton on October 20, the company is adding 22 new markets and expanding its network in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Erie, Pa., for a total of 165 metropolitan areas covered. By November 17, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network will cover 178 cities.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers from Lodi to Lathrop and from Tracy to Manteca should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Extending Coverage and Reliability
Verizon Wireless is also working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless' core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. To date, 12 rural organizations have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.6 million people in rural communities and nearly 82,000 square miles.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless' 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless' 3G network is the largest, most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their city.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Heidi Flato of Verizon Wireless, +1-925-279-6545, Heidi.Flato@verizonwireless.com
HTH Worldwide Awarded Patent for Appointment Scheduling System
Sees Commercial Applications Addressing Looming U.S. Doctor Shortage
RADNOR, Pa., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HTH Worldwide, a global technology-based health services and information company, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to HTH for its system of arranging appointments with medical providers via desktop and mobile devices all around the world. This system patent complements a previous method patent, and reinforces HTH's position as the leader in online and mobile medical assistance services.
HTH's patents cover a process for broadcasting requests for doctor appointments to maximize a patient's opportunity to see busy physicians on short notice. HTH already deploys the broadcast process as a feature of its mPassport® iPhone applications covering many destinations outside the U.S. HTH has contracted with over 6,300 physicians in 185 countries.
Now HTH is implementing plans to commercialize the patented process in partnership with select health plans and healthcare provider groups inside the U.S. "We see an unmet and growing need for Internet and mobile applications that empower consumers to rapidly initiate relationships with doctors who are in high demand or short supply," said Angelo Masciantonio, Chief Executive Officer of HTH Worldwide. "Unlike some appointment scheduling platforms built to advertise the availability of participating doctors, HTH's system puts the patient's needs first, creating an efficient way to fill appointment calendars, potentially expanding the capacity of all physician practices."
The HTH system is highly efficient and effective, combining electronic media with real-time monitoring to optimize the match between patient and doctor. When widely adopted, this process will make a key contribution to managing burgeoning U.S. consumer demand for physician services, driven by an aging population, physician retirement and the extension of health insurance benefits in 2014 to over 30 million Americans under the Affordable Care Act. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a nationwide shortfall of at least 40,000 physicians by 2015 and more than double that number by 2020.
The HTH process has also been patented in Australia and thirteen countries in the European Union: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.
About HTH Worldwide
HTH Worldwide is a leader in creating access to quality healthcare services all around the globe. HTH combines ongoing research, a contracted global community of physicians and hospitals and advanced Internet and mobile applications to ensure its customers' health, safety and peace of mind. For more information, visit http://www.hthworldwide.com.
App-based remote room monitor uses motion detection to automatically record video of theft, resulting in an arrest
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stem Innovation, LLC recently learned from a customer that the iZON Remote Room Monitor helped to capture video of a thief burglarizing her home. The theft triggered iZON's motion detection, capturing video to a private YouTube account, and ultimately led to the arrest of the perpetrator.
Dru Ackerman, whose amazing story was first reported on CBS-12 in Boynton Beach, FL, was concerned that someone was entering her residence while she was not home. Having learned about iZON's motion detection capabilities from her son, she purchased and quickly set up iZON to monitor her front door. The very next day, iZON automatically captured video of a neighbor entering her home and stealing prescription medication.
"The police... could not believe that we had video of the person doing the crime", said Ackerman's son. "The officer was so impressed with the video, he wanted to purchase [iZON] for his home!"
iZON is available today at http://www.steminnovation.com and in select Best Buy stores, Apple retail locations and all Target stores. The suggested retail price is $129.95. The free Stem:Connect App, available for download from the App Store, was recently updated to streamline the iZON installation process and improve many features.
Stem Innovation is a Florida-based company created in July 2010 by product designer and consumer electronics industry veteran Gary Bart. Stem is focused on the development of cutting-edge, app-based accessories. For more information about Stem Innovation and its products, please visit them online at http://www.steminnovation.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stem Innovation, iZON, and Stem:Connect are trademarks of Stem Innovation, LLC. The App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
CONTACT: Chris J. Doran, Director of Marketing, Stem Innovation, email@example.com, +1-954-239-7472 x132; or Matt Shumate, Account Supervisor, Max Borges Agency, +1-305-576-1171 x115, firstname.lastname@example.org
"South Park" Launches "South Park: Tenorman's Revenge" Video Game Exclusively On Xbox LIVE Arcade for Spring 2012 Debut
New Downloadable Game Lets Fans Play As Cartman, Kyle, Stan And Kenny As They Travel Through Time And Battle Scott Tenorman
"South Park: Tenorman's Revenge" Panel At New York Comic-Con On Friday, October 14
New Episodes Of "South Park" Air On COMEDY CENTRAL On Wednesdays At 10:00 P.M.
NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- South Park Digital Studios LLC announced today that Scott Tenorman has returned with a vengeance in the all-new downloadable XBLA video game "South Park: Tenorman's Revenge." The platformer will be available in spring 2012 exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade, the leader in digitally distributed games.
"South Park: Tenorman's Revenge" is being developed by Other Ocean Interactive and published by Microsoft Studios. Fans will get to play as Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny as they battle Scott Tenorman and his Ginger army. The game's multi-player co-op features allow players to team up with up to four other players locally or through Xbox LIVE to save "South Park."
The new Xbox game will be featured on a "South Park" panel at New York Comic-Con on Friday, October 14 at 6:15 p.m. in room A22. Chris Brion, creative director of South Park Studios and Todd Benson, senior producer of South Park Digital Studios, along with Mike Mika, head of development of Other Ocean Interactive will preview the trailer for "South Park: Tenorman's Revenge," followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Recently voted "The Greatest Animated TV Series" in a poll conducted by Entertainment Weekly, COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" launched on August 13, 1997 and premiered its 15th season on April 27. The series airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. and repeats later that night at midnight (all times ET/PT). To celebrate the 15th season of "South Park," COMEDY CENTRAL and South Park Digital Studios are honoring the fans that have turned the award-winning series into a cultural phenomenon with a year-long celebration, marking 2011 as "The Year of the Fan." "South Park" will also host on-going contests and interactive elements at SouthParkStudios.com throughout the Year of the Fan.
South Park Digital Studios, LLC is a joint venture between MTV Networks and Matt Stone & Trey Parker, the creators of the hit television show "South Park." South Park Digital Studios operates all of the digital businesses based on "South Park," including online, video gaming, digital distribution and digital goods, as well as new adult animation projects. The digital operations include the U.S. Web site, SouthParkStudios.com, and local versions of the site in Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, the show's first entry into video gaming in ten years and a wide array of other applications and products. SouthParkStudios.com has become one of the leading television show Web sites with more than 35 million videos streamed each month and user visits averaging nearly 40 minutes.
Available in 99 million homes nationwide, COMEDY CENTRAL (http://www.comedycentral.com), the only all-comedy network, is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press web site at http://www.comedycentral.com/press and follow us on Twitter @ComedyCentralPR for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
NewMomentum Enhances Its Brand Protection Portfolio With New Site Detection Functionality
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NewMomentum, the premier solution provider for online Brand Protection, announced today the release of significant new functionality in its CyberAnalyst global monitoring platform. The new Site Detection module expands the platform's reach to virtually unlimited abilities to identify online counterfeiters and gray market offenders and enhances the means to filter, prioritize and take action against these illicit sellers.
The CyberAnalyst Site Detection module leverages some of the world's best search engine technology to locate individual online sellers operating rogue sites or networks to sell illicit or unauthorized goods. In a unique two-step search process data related to these sellers is placed in a temporary staging environment where it undergoes further automated filtering, classifying, and ranking as the CyberAnalyst system seeks the worst offenders. Only prioritized suspects are transferred to reports or the CyberAnalyst customer-facing portal for display.
"NewMomentum has always had a leg up on the competition when it comes to monitoring multi-seller venues such as auction sites and global marketplaces," said Pam Passaretti, CEO of NewMomentum. "With Site Detection, we now add the ability to see the thousands upon thousands of individual seller sites that offer our customers' products - and not just see them, but rank them utilizing clear, objective criteria."
Although NewMomentum has just released the Site Detection module, the company has already received a commitment for its first order of the new functionality from a Fortune 200 company. "Marketplaces remain our bread and butter," said Passaretti. "The vast majority of abuses occur on these large venues. But there's no denying that individual sellers can sometimes also wreak havoc on a brand's reputation. We're very pleased to be expanding our solution portfolio to address these smaller seller sites as well."
NewMomentum has also added the ability to identify domain name and paid search advertising abuses with its current CyberAnalyst release.
NewMomentum provides a complete software, services and partner suite of offerings that combat the rapidly increasing revenue, profit, brand, and market share erosion resulting from illicit sales activity on the Internet. The company's solutions, which provide unmatched visibility into the global open market, include Enterprise Brand Protection (anti-counterfeiting), Enterprise Channel Integrity (monitors, reports on and acts on gray market violations), and MAP Monitor (tracks Minimum Advertised Price violations by authorized distributors). www.newmo.com
CONTACT: Janet Nelson of NewMomentum, Inc, +1-415-524-8300, email@example.com
HD Radio Technology will be part of the newly unveiled Cadillac CUE system which will debut in 2012 in the Cadillac XTS luxury sedan
COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
What: HD Radio, featuring crystal-clear digital sound and enhanced features, continues its expansion as it will become a feature in new Cadillac models in the 2012 calendar year. HD Radio is one of the many features of Cadillac's new CUE design and technical system, which will first appear in the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan, and then move to additional new models
20 automotive brands have now announced that HD Radio Technology is or will be available as a factory installed feature including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, 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.
Today, there are over 2,300 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.
"HD Radio is an excellent addition to CUE, the groundbreaking user experience for connectivity and control that will debut next year in the new XTS luxury sedan," says Hampden Tener, Product Director, Cadillac
Robert Struble, President and CEO of HD Radio developer, iBiquity Digital added, "we are thrilled that HD Radio Technology is coming to Cadillac vehicles. Cadillac is a global leader in advanced automotive services and its selection of HD Radio Technology continues the HD Radio adoption by all major car makers. The CUE system epitomizes the Digital Dashboard and is a fantastic demonstration of how HD Radio broadcasting plays a vital role in the delivery of digital infotainment to mobile consumers."
When: Today (10/13/11)
For more information, contact:
Steve Baldacci James DeRidder
Senior VP Marketing Director, OEM Marketing
iBiquity Digital Corporation iBiquity Digital Corporation
Note to editors: "HD Radio" and the "HD Radio" logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corp. The "HD" in HD Radio(TM) is part of iBiquity Digital's brand name for its advanced digital AM/FM system. It does not mean hybrid digital or high-definition digital; both of these are incorrect.
New Customized, Web-based Implementation Dashboard Spotlights Corporate, Group Strategy Implementation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Markstein Consulting, LLC, a corporate strategy and communications consultancy, today launched its new web-based implementation dashboard, Navigator, which enables businesses to mobilize strategic initiatives by organizing and tracking progress toward tactical execution in real time. Navigator is a secure web-based solution that simplifies and optimizes collaboration, transparency, accountability and results measurement for corporations, partnerships, non-profits, foundations and public-sector organizations.
"Too often thoughtful plans and strategic initiatives suffocate in a vacuum and never leave the shelf. Our clients now have a custom-built tool to mobilize the implementation of their strategic initiatives and measure achievement towards organizational goals," said Eileen Markstein, co-founder and managing director of Markstein Consulting. "Navigator is a breakthrough solution that simplifies the action of organized, proactive execution."
Navigator lets users manage strategic initiatives in real time, and it allows customization for each client's company-specific goals and terminology. It includes a timing- and budget-deadline 'stoplight' system, goal setting and measurement tools, graphical reporting, encrypted document hosting, and executive and general user-level access. Navigator is hosted on a secure, dedicated server that is backed up nightly and available only to those with project assignments and verified passwords. Access is possible through any internet connection.
"Our mission requires that we provide impactful, value-added counsel and innovative implementation services that address specific business challenges," said Daniel H. Markstein, IV, co-founder and managing director of Markstein Consulting. "We built Navigator to further that mission and provide our clients a more convenient, effective way to manage the accountable execution of their strategic plans and initiatives."
About Markstein Consulting, LLC
Markstein Consulting, LLC is a corporate strategy and communications consultancy that plans and implements integrated strategies that drive market share and sustainable value. Markstein Consulting is a limited liability company based in Birmingham, Alabama, and serves clients nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.marksteinconsulting.com.
MIDLAND, Pa., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PA Cyber: there's an app for that.
An iPad app, PA Cyber HD, is now available for free download from the Apple App Store for the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, the nation's largest and most successful K-12 online school.
It is the first app featuring a cyber charter school in the state and possibly nation, according to Ben Brautigam, who joined PA Cyber a few months ago as its technology research and development coordinator. He said the 11,000-student school plans to develop additional apps to place information at the fingertips of both internal and external users.
Dr. Nick Trombetta, founder and CEO of PA Cyber, said most apps are developed by third-party companies. "The fact that our staff is developing iPad apps internally is a testament to their technological expertise," he said. "Our commitment to research and development for better online education has always set our school apart."
Users of the first PA Cyber app will find: capsule information on PA Cyber's history, vision and mission; a scalable map showing offices across Pennsylvania; links to the school website, an email contact, admissions, Facebook and Twitter feeds; and informational videos on topics including student activities, enrollment and curriculum.
"We have a flourishing relationship with the people at Apple," said Brautigam. "They have a passion for K-12 education and are very pleased to see their products being used in schools."
In a pilot program and parallel development involving Apple technology, the school has provided iPads to 300 selected students at all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school senior, for the 2011-12 school year. Each is loaded with age-appropriate software and Internet security filters.
The school hopes the students themselves will provide an answer to the question of whether the mobility, functionality and ease of use of these devices justifies their distribution to all students.
"iPads have created a learning environment that allows students a more immersive experience than laptop computers provide," said Brian Laquinta, director of technology and innovation. "While they are not yet ready to completely replace computers, we believe there is definitely a place for them in every student's learning experience."
ABOUT PA CYBER
PA Cyber is Pennsylvania's largest and most successful cyber charter school, with 11,000 students enrolled from nearly every school district in the commonwealth. PA Cyber has made AYP, the federal measurement of school effectiveness, for the past three years - something no other charter school of its size in the nation has ever done. PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland, Pa. The website is http://www.pacyber.org PA Cyber was recently recognized as the No. 1 "Top Workplace" in the Pittsburgh region by the Post-Gazette, and CEO Dr. Nick Trombetta was named "Top Executive." Visit http://www.post-gazette.topworkplaces.com.
Source: PA Cyber Charter School. Contact: Fred Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, 724.777.5918
Sprig Health Brings Portland a Simple Way to Get and Pay for Health Services
People with or without insurance can access doctors at a fair price at SprigHealth.com
PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Finding a great doctor and paying for health care is now easier with the launch of SprigHealth.com. Sprig Health is a website that provides an easy way to schedule appointments with local doctors at prices that are 20 to 30 percent below average. This new service is available for people with or without insurance coverage. Sprig Health has partnered with 60 Portland providers, with more practices joining every week.
"It was so easy to find a time that worked for my schedule. I compared the available times with my calendar, paid for the service and the appointment was confirmed," said Kristy Obritschkewitsch, a recent Sprig Health customer. "What was so great is that normally when I go see a practitioner, I don't know the price and then I get several bills. With Sprig Health there were no hidden costs. I'd refer Sprig Health to anyone because it was so simple to use."
"We've had a positive and growing response from providers in the Portland area. They see Sprig Health as an efficient way to reach and serve new patients," said Kristina Gorriaran, president of Sprig Health. "We are proud to introduce a common sense alternative to health insurance that benefits providers and patients. Our goal was to open doors that were previously closed to individuals in Portland, and we're delivering on that."
Sprig Health offers discounted rates through a highly efficient model that cuts administrative costs. Patients book and pre-pay for their visit (via credit card through SprigHealth.com), so there are no claim forms to file, errors to correct, or billing and collection activity. The savings from our "no insurance" model are shared between providers and patients.
People with or without insurance can book an appointment on http://www.SprigHealth.com . Selected services such as preventive visits, urgent care, complementary care, dental services, mammograms and diagnostic imaging are available on the site. Sprig Health is offered to Portland, Oregon area communities at this time.
About Sprig Health
Sprig Health is a website that offers simple access to doctors at a fair price, with or without health coverage. SprigHealth.com offers an efficient, "no insurance required" model that shares savings between providers and patients. Sprig Health is a subsidiary of The Regence Group. For more information about Sprig Health, please visit http://www.SprigHealth.com.
SOURCE Sprig Health
CONTACT: Samantha Meese for Sprig Health, +1-503-225-4871, email@example.com
Travelzoo Canada Launches New iPhone App to Celebrate its Fifth Anniversary
TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, announced today that it has launched its first iPhone app in Canada, giving Canadians on-the-go access to its outstanding travel, entertainment and local deals. The launch of the free iPhone app coincides with Travelzoo's fifth anniversary in Canada.
The new Canadian version of the Travelzoo iPhone app comes on the heels of successful launches in the United States and the United Kingdom, where it received positive reviews in both the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian newspapers, and has been downloaded more than 125,000 times. The app also has a 5-star rating in the Apple App Store in those countries.
"The new Travelzoo iPhone app gives users instant, on-the-go access to all of our outstanding deals," said Lara Barlow, Country Manager in Canada. "For example, if you are sitting in a coffee shop in Toronto and using the app today, you can instantly find and book VIP tickets for the Maple Leafs or a luxury Caribbean vacation."
The new Travelzoo iPhone app, which was named 'Consumer App of the Week' by The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom this week, includes five main features accessible from the home screen:
1. Top 20® - This section highlights the famous Travelzoo Top 20, the
definitive list of the week's best travel, entertainment and local deals.
More than 250 Travelzoo Deal Experts research, evaluate and test
thousands of deals, only publishing the best in the Top 20 to more than
24 million subscribers worldwide.
2. Local Deals Near Me - This section highlights deals in the user's area
based on the phone's GPS system. The app automatically detects the
user's location to aggregate relevant dining, spa and entertainment
deals. Travellers can search, book and redeem their Travelzoo Local
Deals direct from their iPhone without having to print a voucher.
3. Deals in Other Cities - Users can search and book entertainment, spa,
hotel and dining deals in more than 75 cities worldwide. This tool is
perfect for vacation planning or on-the-go searches.
4. Travel Deals - This section highlights thousands of air, hotel, cruise
and vacation deals published by Travelzoo each week. Users will be able
to search deals by type of travel, view photos and link directly to the
companies that provide the deals.
5. Inspire Me - This section is designed to give users vacation inspiration
through three visually-oriented tools: Photo Mosaic, Deal Roller and
Deals on a Map. The Photo Mosaic allows users to select a deal based on
a photo. The deal information will appear when the user scrolls over the
photo. Resembling a roulette wheel, the Deal Roller is a fun way of
viewing deals as they scroll on the screen. The Deals on a Map feature
uses Google Maps to highlight hundreds of deals worldwide by location.
The launch of the Travelzoo iPhone app comes as Travelzoo celebrates five years in Canada. Travelzoo Canada now has 1.3 million subscribers and more than 500 Canadian travel and entertainment advertisers, including Air Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Sunwing Travel Group and Delta Hotels and Resorts. In 2011, the Travelzoo website (http://www.travelzoo.ca) ranks among the top ten travel websites in Canada according to Experian Hitwise.
Travelzoo Inc. is a global Internet media company. With more than 24 million subscribers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 24 offices worldwide, Travelzoo® publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment and local companies. Travelzoo Deal Experts review offers to find the best deals and confirm their true value. In Asia Pacific, Travelzoo is independently owned and operated by Travelzoo (Asia) Ltd. and Travelzoo Japan K.K. under a license agreement with Travelzoo Inc.
Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions, markets in which we participate and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts. When used in this press release, the words "expect", "predict", "project", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "seek" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including changes in our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC. We cannot guarantee any future levels of activity, performance or achievements. Travelzoo undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Media Contact:Christie McConnellTravelzoo, North America(212) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketo Adds Enterprise-Class Insights, Social Analytics and Integration Capabilities to Revenue Performance Management Suite
Breakthrough Capabilities Build on Marketo NEXT's Innovations to Make Companies Even More Intelligent, More Social, More Connected and More Agile
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marketo(TM), the fastest growing provider of Revenue Performance Management (RPM) solutions, today announced the latest enhancements to its Revenue Cycle Analytics(TM) (RCA) and Marketo Lead Management (MLM) products, featuring powerful insights into marketing program effectiveness, as well as advanced social media and integration capabilities.
Building on the innovation themes of the Marketo NEXT release in late May, the new features allow the largest enterprises and mid-sized businesses alike to be:
-- More Intelligent: Accurate insight into the effectiveness of individual
marketing programs - With a remarkably easy-to-use dynamic interface,
Revenue Cycle Analytics now provides a greater level of insight into the
impact of individual marketing programs - and entire channels, such as
event marketing versus email marketing. Two new models help companies
attribute the source of leads and closed deals:
-- Acquisition Attribution keeps track of which marketing programs are
sourcing new leads and measures the downstream revenue impact of
these programs by providing such metrics as total new opportunities,
pipeline and closed revenue.
-- Success Attribution recognizes that it takes multiple touches from
multiple programs to close a deal. Marketo can uniquely
differentiate the value of each individual touch, helping marketers
understand which programs are most effective at converting existing
leads to opportunities and closed deals, and which reached the
program goal (i.e. buyers registered for a webinar and attended
versus those who registered but did not attend). With this level of
program attribution precision, marketers can make more informed
decisions when planning new programs.
-- More Social: Social sharing of landing pages and reporting - Marketo
makes it even easier to add social sharing buttons to landing pages,
including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Marketers can keep
track of the leads generated by social visitors, including when
prospective customers share web content with their own friends and
colleagues, allowing marketers to identify the key influencers in their
-- More Connected: Extended reach into CRM solutions with native APIs - A
new set of application programming interfaces (APIs) are now available
for integrating data about sales opportunities into Marketo. Customers
with any type of customer relationship management (CRM) solution can
leverage sales revenue data within Marketo to further enhance
segmentation, campaign execution, and revenue cycle analysis.
-- More Agile: Even better usability - Since its inception, Marketo has
been lauded for its usability, most recently by CRM Magazine. As part of
this ongoing focus, Marketo now makes marketing and tracking the revenue
cycle easier than ever.
-- Personalized Landing Pages - Marketers can build stronger
relationships with prospects and customers through high-impact,
highly personalized landing pages. Users can easily insert content
based on any combination of program, lead, company, system and
member data - all through a single template across multiple
recipients, saving time and effort.
-- Configurable Sales Insight - To help sales reps better prioritize
leads based on what is relevant to their company, Marketo now
enables customers to customize the "Best Bets" calculation, so they
choose which value determines the best lead quality and urgency.
-- Support for Firefox v6 and Chrome - To meet customer demand for the
latest browser options, Marketo now supports Firefox 6.0 and Chrome.
"More than ever, marketing organizations are being asked to spend budgets more effectively, only investing in the most impactful programs, while trimming others. Marketo gives them the insight and precision to not only succeed in this, but also get credit they deserve in the sales opportunities they're influencing," said Paul Albright, chief revenue officer for Marketo. "Our new enhancements give marketers the chance to truly affect their company's revenue, and to own their seat at the bigger revenue table."
Revenue Performance Management (RPM) extends beyond traditional marketing automation and lead nurturing technologies to optimize interactions with buyers across the revenue cycle and accelerate predictable revenue growth. It includes the full range of online and offline customer interaction channels, including web, mobile, social and events. Marketo's vision is to provide the tools, thought leadership, and best practices to change how marketing and sales work -- and work together -- to help companies of all sizes accelerate predictable revenue growth.
Marketo is the global leader in Revenue Performance Management. Marketo's powerful yet easy-to-use marketing automation and sales effectiveness solutions transform how marketing and sales teams of all sizes work -- and work together -- to drive dramatically increased revenue performance and fuel business growth. The company's proven technology, comprehensive services, and expert guidance are helping corporations around the world to turn marketing from a cost center to a business-building revenue driver.
Marketo has been recognized by CRM Magazine as the "2011 CRM Market Leaders Awards Winner for Marketing Solutions," the 2010 CODiE award for "Best Marketing Solution," the "Best Sales and Marketing 2.0 Solution" from SellingPower and the "Best Marketing Automation Application" by Salesforce customers on the AppExchange. As of September 2011, more than 1,300 enterprise and mid-market clients globally have adopted Marketo solutions. For more information, visit http://www.Marketo.com, or subscribe to Marketo's award-winning blogs at http://blog.marketo.com/.
inVentiv Medical Management and Proventys Form Collaboration to Deliver a New Standard in Evidence-Based Oncology Care Management Programs
Proventys CDS Oncology(TM) powered by NCCN® to Provide inVentiv Medical Management's Physicians and Care Managers with Efficient Access to Advanced Decision Support Technology and the World's Leading Oncology Practice Guidelines
NEWTON, Mass. and AUGUSTA, Ga., Oct. 13, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- inVentiv Medical Management (formerly AWAC®), a pioneer in accountable care solutions in multiple disease areas including oncology, and Proventys, a leader in clinical decision support technology, have launched a commercial relationship to serve the needs of payers, providers, and cancer patients nationwide.
Together, the companies will provide a next-generation quality oncology program aimed at reducing variability of care, improving outcomes, and lowering overall cost of care. An integrated services offering enabled by both the Proventys CDS Oncology(TM) system and inVentiv Medical Management's clinically accountable care solution will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary team, led by an in-house oncologist and supported by certified oncology nurses, case management, social work and nutrition professionals.
Proventys CDS Oncology is a dynamic, web-based decision support tool that presents the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), customizable pathways and payer coverage policies at the point of care. The system offers clinicians and care managers guidance on appropriate lab and imaging tests, provides information on cancer staging and highlights the most relevant treatment regimens based on NCCN Guidelines® and patient-specific characteristics.
"By collaborating with inVentiv Medical Management, we have a major opportunity to bring a truly innovative service offering to the hands of highly-skilled clinicians who touch the lives and support the care of thousands of patients living with cancer, while also serving as an effective bridge with payers, employers and other entities," said Timothy Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Proventys. "Clinicians and payers alike rely heavily on the NCCN Guidelines® as the de facto standard to deliver evidence-based care for patients and health plan members, and we have developed a system and service offering that make these Guidelines personalized and actionable for clinicians and care managers, like those on inVentiv Medical Management's multidisciplinary team."
The Proventys and inVentiv Medical Management service offering is intended to support oncology care management programs sponsored by third-party administrators, employers, payers and other entities. As a whole, health plans and employers have seen the complexity and cost of cancer escalate significantly over the past five years, due in part to the challenges clinicians face in keeping up with evidence and recommended practice guidelines. With rapidly increasing costs and the need to support high-quality, personalized care for patients being treated for cancer, Proventys and inVentiv Medical Management are committed to delivering a higher standard of oncology care management.
"We are very excited about the new relationship with Proventys, which adds an additional dimension of differentiation to our cancer care management solution," said Marc Palmer, Chief Executive Officer at inVentiv Medical Management. "The collaboration will support our team's mission to ensure the delivery of evidence-based, cost-effective cancer care, advance operational quality, and enable outcomes reporting with enhanced granularity. This innovation reinforces our company mission overall and galvanizes the value of our accountable care solutions."
About inVentiv Medical Management
inVentiv Medical Management (formerly AWAC), an inVentiv Health company, is a leading national provider of physician directed, nurse supported, technology enabled, medical management solutions to third party administrators ("TPAs"), self-funded or fully insured plans, employer groups, managing general underwriters (MGUs"), and insurance carriers. With a mission of improving healthcare costs, quality and outcomes, we deliver balanced clinical surveillance and cost intervention that supports payers, providers and patients. inVentiv Medical Management is headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. Please visit http://www.inVentivMM.com for more information.
About inVentiv Health
inVentiv Health, Inc. is a leading global provider of best-in-class clinical, commercial and consulting services to companies seeking to accelerate performance. inVentiv's client roster includes more than 550 pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences companies. With 13,000 employees in 40 countries, inVentiv rapidly transforms promising ideas into commercial reality. inVentiv Health, Inc. is privately owned by inVentiv Group Holdings Inc., an organization sponsored by affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., Liberty Lane Partners and members of the inVentiv management team. For more information, visit http://www.inventivhealth.com.
Proventys is a healthcare technology and services company that provides innovative decision support and medical management solutions to help clinicians optimize care for patients on a personalized basis. The Company has an exclusive relationship with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to develop and commercialize the Proventys CDS Oncology(TM) system, a novel decision support platform that dynamically renders the NCCN Guidelines®, customizable clinical pathways and payer-specific coverage policies, presenting clinicians with relevant treatment options based on individual patient characteristics. Based in Newton, Massachusetts, Proventys is dedicated to aligning the interests of patients, providers and payers by offering solutions that personalize care and improve outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.proventys.com.
SOURCE inVentiv Medical Management
inVentiv Medical Management
CONTACT: Laci Foster, Marketing Coordinator, inVentiv Medical Management, +1-706-855-0830, laci.foster@inVentivMM.com
NAVTEQ Unveils Map and Positioning Engine Module With M/A-COM Technology Solutions
Agreement enables predictive road attribute data to enhance Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of maps, traffic and location data enabling navigation, location-based services and mobile advertising around the world, has collaborated withM/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (M/A-COM Tech) to create the industry's first commercial Map and Positioning Engine (MPE) module. This solution will provide vehicle control systems with predictive road awareness of 1 kilometer or more to enhance active safety, energy efficiency and driver information systems in vehicles independent of a navigation system.
The M/A-COM Tech MPE module integrates the NAVTEQ MPE(TM) Map compiled database to communicate Electronic Horizon messages to the vehicle control domain. This ground-breaking architecture makes road-based predictive information available to vehicle subsystems. Relevant map attributes include enhanced 2D geometry, curvature, absolute height, slope, speed limits and more.
Through advanced safety and efficiency control systems, vehicles can leverage these new inputs to save fuel, extend Hybrid vehicle cruising range, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the robustness of active safety systems. "We are very proud to be a part of this technology collaboration with NAVTEQ," said Scott Nist, M/A-COM Tech Director, Sales Strategy. "It's truly amazing what our teams were able to accomplish together. With the global challenges for fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction it will be wonderful to begin to see the benefits realized in these advanced vehicle systems."
NAVTEQ and M/A-COM Tech's collaboration on the MPE module provides the industry with a complete product offering designed to enable map-enhanced driver safety and efficiency controls, independent of an installed navigation system. The MPE module can enable a Hybrid powertrain to anticipate a hill and an upcoming regeneration opportunity, a transmission control to dynamically manage shifts based on a pending hill or curve, and a driver to be actively warned if the vehicle speed is unsafe for an upcoming curve. Until now, automobile control systems using road features like geometry, height, slope and curvature, to augment safety and efficiency systems, were required to have an in-dash navigation system as the source of map data.
"NAVTEQ's award-winning MPE reference architecture brings an affordable map-enhanced solution to all vehicle segments," said Jim Robnett, NAVTEQ's Vice President of Vehicle Sales, North America. "Collaborating with M/A-COM Tech provides another opportunity for vehicle customers to integrate advanced ADAS capabilities into their vehicle designs and is further validation of NAVTEQ's MPE reference architecture and the quality of our map data for ADAS."
NAVTEQ is the leading global provider of location content in the form of maps, traffic and places data that enables navigation, location-based services and mobile advertising around the world. NAVTEQ supplies precise, comprehensive location content to power automotive navigation systems, portable and wireless devices, Internet-based mapping applications and government and business solutions. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 5,700 employees located in 216 offices in 53 countries.
NAVTEQ is a trademark in the U.S. and other countries. All rights reserved.
About M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions (http://www.macomtech.com) is a leading supplier of high performance analog semiconductor solutions for use in radio frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter wave applications. Recognized for its broad portfolio of products, M/A-COM Tech serves diverse markets, including CATV, wireless infrastructure, optical communications, aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial, medical, and mobile devices. M/A-COM Tech builds on more than 60 years of experience designing and manufacturing innovative product solutions for customers worldwide.
Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, M/A-COM Tech is certified to the ISO9001 international quality standard and ISO14001 environmental management standard. M/A-COM Tech has design centers and sales offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Pearson Launches OpenClass: First Full-Featured Learning Environment that's Free, Easy-to-Use and Scalable
Nine Select Institutions are First Design Partners
DENVER, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearson today made a major move to increase access and collaboration in higher education by launching the beta version of OpenClass. A key component of Pearson's vision to increase access, achievement and affordability, OpenClass offers institutions and instructors the ability to engage and interact with their students using the collaborative technologies that students are embracing--at no cost.
OpenClass is a new kind of learning management system (LMS) delivered from the Cloud. It is easy to use and completely free. There are no hardware, licensing or hosting costs, thus enabling widespread adoption of new learning approaches that encourage interaction within the classroom and around the world.
"Now, educators and students are able to communicate and collaborate in new ways across institutions and around the globe--providing a richer, more personal and more connected learning experience. At no cost," said Matt Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege.
OpenClass integrates seamlessly with Google Apps for Education(TM) and will be available starting this week in the Google Apps Marketplace(TM), Google's online storefront for Google Apps(TM) products and services. With single sign-on and a unified navigation bar, instructors and students can launch OpenClass from within Google Apps or access their Google applications from OpenClass. Launching OpenClass in the Google Apps Marketplace(TM) provides institutions with the easiest path to adoption and an avenue to reach institutions already familiar with the benefits of cloud-based solutions.
"We're excited to have OpenClass in the Google Apps Marketplace," said Obadiah Greenberg, Google's Business Development Manager for Education. "OpenClass is tightly integrated with Google Apps for Education, our free suite of communication and collaboration applications. Through the Google Apps Marketplace, schools will have access to OpenClass. We are happy to offer this complementary learning management system to the millions of students, faculty and staff already using Google Apps."
"OpenClass has huge potential for higher education," said Adrian Sannier, Senior Vice President of Learning Technologies at Pearson. "OpenClass accelerates what technology will do for learning with a free, open and innovative platform that easily scales and lets students work via social media, with an intense focus on learning that elevates achievement."
Pearson, working closely with its design partners, will rapidly advance the capabilities of OpenClass to leverage the rich data and social foundations of the platform and the ability to release new functionality frequently. Design partners include Abilene Christian University, Arizona State University, Central Piedmont Community College, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Monash University, Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Rice University, the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Columbia University. Many of these institutions are already teaching courses on OpenClass this fall.
"We truly believe that OpenClass is a disruptive technology for education," said Kevin Roberts, Chief Planning and Information Officer at Abilene Christian University. "Pearson's commitment to providing an open and free platform is monumental. The days of 'business as usual' in higher education are gone. OpenClass is a powerful tool to help us move forward into the connected, mobile and open world that we live in."
Custom iPhone Cases by RedBubble & Uncommon Draw Record International Artist Response
Online creative purveyor joins case manufacturer in bringing original independent design to mobile accessory market
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- RedBubble, the world's premium online marketplace for high-quality independent creative products on demand, saw an astounding response to the addition of iPhone cases to its selection of customizable goods last week, receiving over 10,000 original designs by independent artists worldwide in just a week. The iPhone cases, manufactured in partnership with Uncommon, have received an outpouring of artist submissions since their launch and the number of independent designs available on the site continues to grow.
"I think there is a real sympathy between the strong design sensibility of Apple and the artist community on RedBubble," said RedBubble CEO Martin Hosking. "This has been a simply startling reaction by our community, and it is a testament to the fact the iPhone as a great canvas for art and design."
Manufactured in partnership with Uncommon, the cases deliver on both brands' shared commitment to incorporating the work of talented independent designers into items used everyday, resulting in creative lifestyle pieces that are accessible to consumers worldwide. The cases feature Uncommon's proprietary 3D TATT® (Thermo-Active Transdermal Technology(TM)) process ensuring durable, long-lasting, high resolution imagery. Shoppers can browse RedBubble's iPhone gallery to choose an original case that suits their personality and style - retail prices begin at $34.95 and cases are available for purchase and shipment worldwide.
"The iPhone cases are an exciting next step in continuing RedBubble's mission to bring the the best independent design into people's daily lives," added Hosking. "And we have found the perfect partner in Uncommon, whose manufacturing process beautifully preserves the quality and integrity of all our contributors' original work."
RedBubble is the world's premium online marketplace for high-quality original artwork and unique products. Sourcing original work by artists from around the world, RedBubble makes the highest quality products available on demand including t-shirts, stickers and wall art. Founded in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, RedBubble.com draws over 4 million unique visitors monthly, ships to over 140 countries and plays host to more than 150,000 contributing artists who have uploaded over 6.5 million inspired items of original work to the site. Find your originality on RedBubble http://www.redbubble.com.
Uncommon (http://www.getuncommon.com) is the first personalized iPhone case company. Design a case in minutes online, and it's delivered in a few days. Whether it's a photo of a loved one, an illustration that inspires, or color palettes to put style or moods on display -- get Uncommon and get personal. Uncommon's proprietary 3D TATT® (Thermo-Active Transdermal Technology) process ensures durable, long-lasting, high-resolution imagery on every product the company imprints. Uncommon is based in Chicago, with an office in Los Angeles.
LiveViewGPS Introduces Two New Portable GPS Tracking Devices
VALENCIA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LiveViewGPS, a leading GPS tracker system company, has introduced two new portable GPS tracking devices ideal for covert tracking: the LiveViewGPS PT-8100N and the PT-8500 CDMA GPS Tracker.
At just 2.75" by 1.6", the micro-sized LiveViewGPS PT-8100N is the perfect device for stealthy operations. It can be used to protect valuable merchandise and equipment, as well as loved ones, including children and elderly persons. It has an impressive battery life of ten days up to six months depending on battery configuration.
The PT-8500 CDMA GPS Tracker is one of the smallest GPS trackers available today, measuring 2.5" by 1" and weighing only 0.8 ounces. This real-time vehicle and equipment tracking device operates in impaired environments with no clear view to the sky, including inside buildings, cargo containers, and even hidden under vehicles.
"We are extremely pleased with these new LiveViewGPS offerings. We have had customers already remark that they have paid for themselves in the very first day of use," said Nick Amelsberg, a LiveViewGPS representative. "Both are extremely easy to use, with no software to download. They're configured to work directly out of the box!"
LiveViewGPS provides a wide range of tracking features and alerts that can be set up to work with the GPS tracking devices. The PT-8100N can be configured directly from the LiveViewGPS web portal to automatically send an email and text message of every location generated by an "interval track," and can also be configured to send an alert if the device enters a pre-set zone. The PT-8500 is equipped with a built-in electronic 3D accelerometer which is set to automatically transmit its location each time motion is detected.
Both the LiveViewGPS PT-8100N and the PT-8500 CDMA GPS Tracker work great for equipment and vehicle tracking, as well as for keeping an eye on family members such as children, teens, and elderly relatives.
For additional information on these two new portable GPS tracking devices, call toll-free 888-544-0494 or visit http://www.liveviewgps.com/.
LiveViewGPS, Inc. is located in Southern California and is a Location Based Service Company (LBS). They provide wireless location products and services for small and large businesses, law enforcement, and family safety, including GPS car tracking, fleet tracking, vehicle tracking and more.
Flurry Releases Advanced, Time-Themed Features Amid Explosive Growth
Flurry Analytics 3.1 launches to over 120,000 customer applications
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Flurry, the industry leader in mobile app audience growth and monetization solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Analytics 3.1, a new set of feature upgrades for its industry-leading mobile app analytics service. With the addition of day-parting, lifecycle and hourly stat drill-down features, Analytics 3.1 invites iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and J2ME app makers to "master time." Any Flurry customer can immediately use these powerful new features without any changes to the Flurry SDK or re-submission to app stores. Flurry Analytics remains completely free.
"With its focus and commitment to frequently releasing powerful, advanced features, Flurry has experienced recent record growth," said Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf. "In just the last two months, a record 20,000 new apps have been added by customers to the Flurry system, further increasing the company's leadership position."
Since last updating its service in August 2011 with Analytics 3.0, over 4,000 additional companies have adopted Flurry Analytics. Additionally, customers added a total of more than 20,000 new apps to the Flurry system. In terms of reach, Flurry Analytics end-user session tracking jumped significantly from a daily average of 560 million to over 660 million, an increase of 18%.
Flurry Analytics 3.1 offers the following new features:
Day Parting (a.k.a. Time-of-Day) Metrics
The time-of-day feature allows companies to take a snapshot over any time period (e.g., one-month) and view key stats over a standardized 24-day. With this, they can study time-of-day trends such as peak acquisition, usage and purchase times. To demonstrate the power of this feature, Flurry recently aggregated a multi-app set of data and compared it to TV and Internet time-of-day usage, and can be found in a blog post iOS & Android Apps: Prime-time All the Time.
Top apps frequently update their apps with new features, and run ongoing acquisition campaigns. To measure the impact these activities have on increasing user engagement and retention, Flurry introduces Lifecycle metrics. The lifecycle view enables a developer to select any cohort of users, defined by numerous tracked characteristics, and accurately measure its usage (and churn) over time.
Hourly Drill-Down Metrics
Offering more granularity than ever before, Flurry provides companies with the ability to drill down into their key metrics by the hour. This level of detail allows companies to better understand how external events, such as promotions and app updates, impact usage app usage hour-by-hour, within a given day.
Flurry increases the size and value of mobile application audiences, and is used in more than 120,000 applications across iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and J2ME apps. Flurry tracks over 19 billion anonymous, aggregated end-user application sessions each month. Flurry is venture-backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, InterWest Partners, Union Square Ventures, Menlo Ventures and First Round Capital. The company has offices in San Francisco, New York and London.
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Activision Announces "Battle of the NASCAR® Kids" Tournament Featuring NASCAR Unleashed(TM)
Families of NASCAR Pros Face Off on the Virtual Track This November
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today the "Battle of the NASCAR® Kids" championship tournament is coming to Homestead-Miami Speedway the weekend of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship this November 19-20. Stoking the rivalries among fans, drivers and their families, Activision is finally giving kids a chance to compete for the glory as they play against one another to be crowned champion. To inform, educate and excite the millions of hungry NASCAR fanatics, the event aims to bring together NASCAR families to ultimately raise $25,000 for the NASCAR foundation.
The upcoming arcade-racing video game NASCAR Unleashed, "Battle of the NASCAR Kids" will pit the kids of NASCAR drivers against one another in a virtual championship tournament. The winner will personally deliver a check from Activision to the NASCAR Foundation for $25,000. With their dads as coaches and their moms as managers these kids will be gunning for the top slot and the honor of winning the first ever "Battle of the NASCAR Kids" competition.
"We felt it was time to shift the NASCAR video game franchise into high gear," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President of Activision Publishing. "The 'Battle of the NASCAR Kids' event will fully embrace the community and rally support for NASCAR and, best of all, a charitable cause."
NASCAR® Unleashed is the next game-changing installment in NASCAR videogames with a frenetic and arcade style that maintains the principle feel of NASCAR racing. With phenomenal speed and pulse pounding gameplay, break out of the oval and onto the pavement of city streets, country roads, and sandy beachfronts! NASCAR Unleashed is available November 1 for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Wii(TM) system from Nintendo and the Nintendo 3DS(TM) hand-held system at $39.99.
The "Battle of the NASCAR Kids" competition will take place November 19 in Homestead-Miami. The full field of the NASCAR kids competing will be revealed next week. For more information on the event or about NASCAR Unleashed, please visit facebook.com/NASCARUnleashed.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand-loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 100 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as two international series. Also part of NASCAR is Grand-Am Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the 52nd Annual Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will air Oct., 15 on ABC at 7:00 p.m. ET. For more information and a complete schedule, visit http://www.nascar.com. Follow NASCAR on http://www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
'Birding the Net' campaign, timed to release of Hollywood's The Big Year, will challenge people to find birds Online
NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Birdwatching hit the Internet in a big way this week as Audubon launched its groundbreaking social media campaign, Birding the Net. Visitors to over 100 websites -- including AOL, Slate, Discovery Channel -- are encountering unexpected avian visitors. Timed to build on the release of The Big Year movie, the campaign, created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, will bring the excitement of birds and birding to a broad new audience in a new and unexpected way.
"Birds are the best possible ambassadors for the environment, and this will help people see them in a whole new way," said David Yarnold, President & CEO of Audubon. "This is about fun - but it's also about getting more people involved in taking action to protect birds and the planet we share with them. And with this unprecedented use of social media and the web, we're also making it clear that this is not your grandmother's Audubon."
In The Big Year, characters compete to see the most North American birds in one year. Birding the Net brings to the Internet the thrill of the chase found in real-world birding, challenging players to spot dozens of species released Oct. 10 through Nov. 7. Web surfers can observe virtual birds doing the same things that birds do outdoors: animations of birds fly across homepages, perch on mastheads, and flock to birdhouses that anyone can install on personal websites and blogs. Clicking on the animated birds takes players to an Audubon Facebook page to collect and trade "bird cards" which feature recordings of birdsongs, bird facts, and video. The first players to collect all the birds will win prizes, including a Lindblad Expeditions cruise among the Galapagos Islands.
"This campaign amazingly combines bird preservation, education and alluring animation in an addictive experience that spreads across the Internet," said Jeff Goodby, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and long-time supporter of Audubon. Says Goodby, "the game turns the cold digital world into a resonant reminder of what we love about the warm and fragrant natural world around us."
All that is required to play is to visit Audubon on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalAudubonSociety. The game will go viral, since trading bird cards helps a player's chances of winning; the more Facebook friends that compete in Birding the Net, the more opportunities for trading birds. And for exclusive hints on where to find birds on the Internet, Audubon followers on Twitter (@AudubonSociety) can interact and follow campaign "spokesbirds" @FloridaScrubJay and @RufHummingbird.
In addition to the grand prize voyage for two to the Galapagos, prizes include Canon cameras, Nikon binoculars, gift cards to Woolrich and downloads of the Audubon Birds - A Field Guide to North American Birds mobile app from Green Mountain Digital. All 200 winners also receive one-year membership to Audubon.
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon online at http://www.audubon.org.
About Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, a unit of the Omnicom Group, is one of the world's most respected and most awarded advertising agencies. Founded in 1983, the company is based in San Francisco and has over 700 employees serving a broad array of national and international accounts, including Hewlett-Packard, Frito-Lay, Haagen-Dazs, California Milk Processors Board ("got milk?"), Adobe, Sprint, NBA and many others. For more information on GSP, please visit http://www.goodbysilverstein.com.
Monsoon Announces Multi-Screen Policy Management Solution for MSOs to Manage TV and DVR Viewing Rights
Monsoon's New Policy Management Technology Lets MSOs and Content Owners Control What Content Is Streamed to Mobile Phones and Tablets Inside or Outside the Home
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, announced today the Monsoon Multi-Screen Policy Management Solution (MPMS), which enables Multi System Operators (MSOs), such as Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner and many others worldwide, to manage viewing rights for content. The Monsoon solution can be licensed separately or bundled with its award-winning Vulkano devices.
The new MPMS addresses licensing issues around whether consumers can stream or record specific channels or shows on tablets and mobile phones. Monsoon's Vulkano line of companion devices, when connected to any set-top box, can be programmed to control the streaming, recording or transfer of content by a MSO. Monsoon's solution also allows MSO's to decide whether to stream in home or out of home viewing and recordings.
The Monsoon solution allows MSOs to roll out TV Everywhere services immediately, without any new infrastructure. Current content rights can be enforced now, while new ones can be negotiated and rolled out as MSOs and content owners decide how to react to consumer demand.
"We created an elegant solution to address one of the most vexing MSO issues - the ability to control what content can be watched on which device at what time," said Paul Friedman, Executive Vice President at Monsoon. "Content owners demand viewing rights be honored and our Multi-Screen Policy Management Solution delivers."
The MPMS keeps a table of each show and channel - series, movies, sports events, news, documentaries, etc. - and the rights that are to be offered to the subscriber. When a subscriber makes a request to view or record a channel, Monsoon's MPMS checks to see if the viewing or recording is authorized. If it is, the request is honored. If the Policy Management does not allow it, the request is disallowed and the subscriber is told that the feature is not supported for that channel.
Monsoon can enable or disable each of the following features on a show-by-show or channel-by-channel basis: Live TV, Recording, Local Placeshifting, Remote Placeshifting, Local Sideloading and Remote Sideloading. The rights are downloaded to the Vulkano unit much like Electronic Program Guide information is downloaded. As new rights are negotiated, they can be rolled out to the field allowing consumers to enjoy the TV access they expect and demand. For example, a widely available Over-the-Air channel might allow all of its content to be used freely, while a premium sports event might be restricted to local viewing within the home, with no recording.
Pricing and Availability
Monsoon's Multi-Screen Policy Management Solution is availability immediately for licensing or bundled with Vulkano devices. Contact email@example.com for pricing information.
About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India and Singapore. For more information, please visit http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com.
SQN Banking Systems Introduces Real-Time Fraud Analysis
SENTRY: Fraud Alert(TM) Augments Existing Systems to Reduce Check Fraud Losses at Point of Presentment
RANCOCAS, N.J., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SQN Banking Systems (sqnbankingsystems.com), a leading provider of integrated fraud detection and process improvement products for the financial industry, today introduced SENTRY: Fraud Alert(TM), a new solution that will give financial institutions real-time, front-line protection against check fraud.
Designed to enhance SQN's suite of Web-based fraud detection and workflow applications, SENTRY: Fraud Alert allows image-enabled banks to perform automated signature verification, image fraud analysis, transaction analysis and official check verification at point of presentment. The innovation enables banks to validate a check's authenticity at the teller line and automated teller machines (ATMs) before any cash is dispensed.
"Historically, financial institutions that employ check verification and fraud prevention solutions have to wait until the check reaches the back office, which can be a day or two after the money has left the bank," said Joe Uhland, President of SQN Banking Systems. "SENTRY: Fraud Alert offers a significant new opportunity for banks to reduce potential losses much earlier in the process, giving their existing anti-fraud measures an extra line of defense."
In addition to allowing the bank to catch more "on us" fraud at the point of presentment, reducing potential losses on Day One, SENTRY: Fraud Alert also can help reduce the workload of operators in the days that follow by flagging potential fraudulent checks before they reach the back office.
Created with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for seamless integration with other SQN products, SENTRY: Fraud Alert provides immediate feedback if check fraud is suspected for more than two dozen reasons, including invalid check stock or signatures; serial numbers that are out of range or have been declared stolen; debit or credit transactions that are uncharacteristic in volume or amount; and countless other signs of potential fraud.
SENTRY: Fraud Alert's architecture also allows other companies to incorporate SQN's fraud detection capabilities into their teller software as well. Developers interested in integrating SENTRY: Fraud Alert into their teller workflow software are encouraged to contact Stan Jaslar, SQN's Chief Technology Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About SQN Banking Systems
Located in Rancocas, New Jersey, SQN Banking Systems sets the standard for fraud detection and process improvement software in the financial services industry. For nearly 30 years, financial institutions of all sizes have relied on SQN because its suite of SENTRY products delivers improved earnings for customers and can reduce check fraud losses by as much as 84 percent. SENTRY includes exception item processing, image fraud detection, automated signature comparison, signature verification and display, transaction analysis and safe deposit operations management. For complete details on SQN and its line of SENTRY products, visit sqnbankingsystems.com.
Contact: Peter Hale
978.388.3100 ext. 17
Connectify Brings Iridium Global Network Connectivity to Wi-Fi-Enabled Devices
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Connectify, a leader in the wireless networking software space, today announced a strategic partnership to offer Iridium AxcessPoint Connect to the mobile communications market. The Iridium AxcessPoint Connect software uses Connectify's Wi-Fi sharing technology, to give Iridium satellite phone users the ability to transform their laptop into a wireless hotspot to access the Iridium global network through their smartphones, tablets and other devices. This software application, which is built on the proprietary Connectify architecture, provides Iridium satellite phone customers the power to connect their various devices online around the globe, and without any additional hardware.
"We are pleased to be working with Iridium to bring secure, Wi-Fi sharing capabilities to Iridium satellite phone users around-the-world," said Alex Gizis, CEO of Connectify. "Iridium's customers are some of the most demanding users of wireless communications technology today, and Connectify is proud to enable their various devices to connect online, even in the most extreme situations."
Whether thousands of miles out-to-sea, or in the most remote desert outposts, customers can easily use their Iridium AxcessPoint Connect software to transform their laptop into a wireless hotspot, and broadcast the Iridium satellite network as Wi-Fi to their devices.
Iridium AxcessPoint Connect is the first software access point, or Soft AP, developed expressly for Iridium satellite phones with mobile data plans. Leveraging several years' experience in the wireless networking software space, Connectify worked closely with Iridium to develop an application that offers additional functionality to meet the needs of Iridium's satellite phone customers. With intelligent dialing and connection management, Iridium AxcessPoint Connect automatically dials or disconnects the user's satellite phone based on whether host or client devices are actively connected. This feature minimizes airtime costs while letting Iridium satellite phone users focus on more important at-hand tasks. Other features, such as custom firewall controls, give users the ability to control permission for which devices have LAN and/or Internet access. This value-added functionality helps in low-bandwidth situations where multiple devices require distinct levels of access.
While continuing to bring powerful yet easy-to-use networking software to the broader market, Connectify considers this strategic partnership with Iridium to be a mutually-beneficial relationship where some of Connectify's next-generation features are being implemented today, expressly for Iridium's satellite phone customers.
Iridium AxcessPoint Connect will be available to Iridium customers later this year via the company's website at http://www.iridium.com. The software must be installed on a laptop with Windows XP/Vista/7 and used with Iridium's Direct Internet software when connected to an Iridium phone with satellite data service.
Connectify is a privately-held company that develops next-generation networking software for PC and mobile platforms. Founded in 2010, Connectify's mission is to give all users the power to perform complex networking tasks at the click-of-a-button. For more information on Connectify, visit http://www.connectify.me. Connectify is a trademark of Connectify Inc. Iridium and related marks, images, and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Iridium Corp.
NAVTEQ Focuses on Navigation Solutions for Commercial Vehicles at the American Trucking Association (ATA) Conference
Customer demonstrations reinforce how to save time, fuel and money through navigation
GRAPEVINE, Tex., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of maps, traffic and location data enabling navigation, location-based services and mobile advertising around the world, will be featuring impressive industry solutions at the American Trucking Association ManagementConference (ATA). ATA, being held from October 15-18, 2011 in Grapevine, TX, is the largest trucking event in the transportation, fleet and truck industry.
NAVTEQ will focus on high quality navigable data for the Transport and Logistics industry. NAVTEQ Transport(TM) provides a foundation for developing a wide range of solutions to support fleet management companies. Specifically designed to optimize the efficiency of turn-by-turn navigation for trucks and other large vehicles, NAVTEQ Transport data includes detailed road attributes such as physical restrictions, legal restrictions and HAZMAT warnings. NAVTEQ's booth will also highlight the recently launched Loading Dock Locations attribute for use with its industry leading NAVTEQ Transport(TM) product. Loading Dock Locations provide additional Point of Interest information such as dock name and delivery entrance. NAVTEQ customers can use the information to create down to the last meter turn-by-turn guidance for navigation systems relying on the NAVTEQ® map and content.
The NAVTEQ booth (#603) will also showcase live demonstrations by industry professionals on products and solutions helping to advance the transportation industry. Esri, Garmin, Maptuit, Rand McNally, Teletrac and Telogis will highlight various navigation products using NAVTEQ® map data.
Esri: Get a live demonstration showing how spatial information can be leveraged to improve operations. Esri will highlight route optimization, customer service, and driver management applications that leverage Esri GIS and NAVTEQ® map data. See how Esri's spatial software platform can support trucking needs.
Garmin: See a demonstration of the nuvi 465 and dezl 560 models, Garmin navigators designed exclusively for the over-the-road trucking industry. The dezl boasts a large five-inch display and other user-friendly features including truck-specific points of interest with The National Truck & Trailer Services (NTTS) Breakdown Directory, hours, fuel and mileage logging, truck speed limits and advanced navigation. Learn more about these products and bundles including Lifetime Maps and Traffic at http://www.garmin.com/dezl.
Rand McNally: Stop by and learn about the industry-leading IntelliRoute® TND(TM) line of truck-specific GPS devices. Developed from the ground up for truckers, tested extensively by professional drivers on the road, the units feature louder speakers designed for truck use; truck-designed mounting features such as an oversized suction cup and extra-long power cable; and a suite of specialized Trucker Business Tools to assist drivers in managing the business aspects of trucking. Rand McNally's navigation, supported by NAVTEQ Transport(TM) in addition to proprietary Rand McNally Truck Data, provides truck-specific routing based on vehicle size. NAVTEQ Traffic(TM) allows the driver to correctly anticipate time of arrival. Find out more at http://www.RandMcNally.com/TruckGPS
Maptuit: View a live demo from Maptuit Corporation, a leader in truck-specific, connected navigation. Maptuit is now unveiling the newest release, version 4, of their flagship commercial navigation product, NaviGo. NaviGo 4.0 is the direct result of both significant technology innovation and customer feedback. Fleets will now have the option to leverage NaviGo 4.0's on-board routing engine for instantaneous reroutes as well as when communications coverage is either poor or unavailable.
Telogis: Learn more about Telogis's technologies and applications that make location and all the data related to it meaningful to business owners. See how the Telogis Mobile solution's powerful handheld application connects workers in the field to their back office with 2-way messaging, Hours of Service reporting, voice navigation, safety checklist, dynamic job management and route optimization. Telogis Mobile connects seamlessly with the Telogis enterprise platform that provides strategic and dynamic routing, real-time work order management, telematics and mobile integration on a single platform -- everything necessary to manage the lifecycle of a work order.
Teletrac: Discover how Teletrac's Fleet Director® allows companies to track and monitor the position and operation of fleet vehicles in real time. Real-time data provides greater visibility into operations, resulting in reduced fuel costs with more direct routes, fewer extra stops and better MPG. Integrated GPS, EOBR, HOS and e-logs combined with safety and fleet performance analytics, keeps fleets in compliance with DOT and FMCSA regulations. Other cost-saving features include advanced mapping, 2-way messaging, exception alerts, comprehensive reporting and vehicle diagnostics.
"NAVTEQ continues to collaborate with our customers to bring solutions that will further benefit the fleet community. NAVTEQ map data and truck-specific content combined with our customers' innovative navigation solutions helps organizations increase fleet productivity and improve routing efficiency," said Roy Kolstad, vice president, Enterprise Americas, NAVTEQ. "NAVTEQ is dedicated to investing in valuable content for the fleet community, like Loading Dock Locations, which has the potential to create an immediate positive impact on how goods are shipped and delivered."
NAVTEQ will be sending updates on our participation at the ATA Management Conference through the NAVTEQ Twitter feed. Be sure to follow @NAVTEQ before and during the conference for information about NAVTEQ activities.
NAVTEQ is the leading global provider of location content in the form of maps, traffic and places data that enables navigation, location-based services and mobile advertising around the world. NAVTEQ supplies precise, comprehensive location content to power automotive navigation systems, portable and wireless devices, Internet-based mapping applications and government and business solutions. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 5,700 employees located in 216 offices in 53 countries.