Elsevier and Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology Create New Research Productivity Solutions
AMSTERDAM, January 18, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services, has collaborated with Tsinghua University Department of Computer
Science and Technology in Beijing to introduce four new research productivity enhancing
applications for SciVerse Applications [http://www.applications.sciverse.com ].
"The applications help researchers identify the hottest topics being published, find
relevant companies, patents or experts, and automatically discover genes within articles,"
said Jie Tang, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Technology,
"Our collaboration with Tsinghua University evolved from an initial concept a year ago
to the thriving relationship it is today, and it continues to yield new tools for
enhancing research productivity," said Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Application
Marketplace and Developer Network at Elsevier. "We look forward to continued
The ongoing collaboration has also led to the launch of the China Science Challenge
[http://www.chinasciencechallenge.com/?lang=en ], an online competition open to university
students to develop solutions that help researchers in their research tasks.
About Tsinghua University, Department of Computer Science and Technology
Tsinghua University is one of the foremost universities in China. The Department of
Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University ranked first place from 2006-2009
in the Disciplines Rankings for Chinese Universities published by China Academic Degrees
and Graduate Education Development Center which is an administrative department directly
under the Ministry of Education of P. R. China, and is evaluated as the world class
discipline in the international review program at Tsinghua University in 2010. The
Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University can be traced back
over half a century ago. In 1956, Tsinghua University established the computer major, one
of the first in China. The department has about 100 faculty members working in research
areas including computer systems, networks, information processing, computer vision &
media, data and knowledge engineering, and electronic design automation. In the past five
decades, the Department of Computer Science and Technology has made significant
contributions to the development of computer science and technology in China, and promoted
teaching, research and product development in this field.
About the Elsevier SciVerse Suite
The SciVerse(R) [http://www.hub.sciverse.com/action/home ] suite of search and
discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly
expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The
suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect(R) [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], the
world's largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles,
and SciVerse Scopus(R) [http://www.scopus.com/home.url ], an abstract and citation
database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 19,500 titles from
5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub
[http://www.hub.sciverse.com/action/home ] which enables researchers to perform a single
search across all of the SciVerse content as well as targeted web content with results
ranked by relevancy and without duplication. Applications
[http://www.applications.sciverse.com/action/userhome ] and Developer Network
[http://www.developers.sciverse.com ] allow the scientific community to build, find and
use applications that enhance the SciVerse research experience.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world-leading publisher and information provider, which
is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
Experian Simmons Announces New Cross-Platform Media Planning Service
Pioneering digital-media panel to link mobile and online activities to thousands of consumer brand preferences, attitudes and behaviors
NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Experian(®) Simmons(SM), part of Experian Marketing Services, announced today the development of Simmons Connect(SM), a new cross-platform media planning service that includes the industry's first digital-media panel that links metered online and mobile activities to thousands of consumer brand preferences, attitudes, lifestyles and behaviors. Simmons Connect will provide marketers with the insights they need in an increasingly fragmented media environment to plan marketing efforts across traditional and emerging digital platforms, including mobile, using a consistent consumer definition.
Respondents to the trusted Simmons National Consumer Study (NCS) and National Hispanic Consumer Study (NHCS) will be invited to join the Simmons Connect panel. Experian Simmons will continuously measure and report detailed online and mobile activities of opt-in panelists through the use of state-of-the-art electronic meters installed on panelists' home computers, smartphones and digital tablets. This anonymized transactional data will be combined with more than 60,000 consumer elements collected from panelists through their NCS and NHCS surveys, including their use of traditional media, brand preferences, shopping habits, attitudes, opinions and more.
"A common challenge for marketers with new and unknown media is avoiding the waste of marketing dollars due to a lack of proper metrics and accountability measures," said Ken Wollenberg, general manager of Experian Simmons. "With Simmons Connect, Experian Simmons removes the unknown from the equation, providing marketers with the information they need to make informed cross-platform marketing decisions and ensure wiser use of limited budgets."
Through the integration of these two comprehensive data sets into a single service, Experian Simmons will provide marketers with actionable tools to guide their multichannel brand strategies by revealing how targeted consumers engage with various media platforms and how incremental reach is gained across platforms and channels. The service also will deliver much-needed time-spent metrics for targeted consumers across a wide range of media platforms and device-specific activities. Media platforms include traditional print and broadcast media as well as PC-based Internet, mobile phones and tablets. Device-specific activities range from watching live and recorded broadcasts and listening to music, watching videos and reading blogs to using messaging apps, playing games, accessing social media, browsing the Web and more.
"Creating meaningful connections with consumers in this increasingly fragmented media environment requires marketers to fully understand their target customers' shifting habits and engagement with new digital and mobile devices," said Matt Seeley, group president of Experian Marketing Services. "Simmons Connect helps simplify the complexity of cross-platform marketing and provides our clients with a distinct competitive advantage when it comes to customer acquisition and engagement."
About Experian Simmons
Experian Simmons, Experian Marketing Services' consumer research service, has been chronicling the American consumer for 60 years. From the products that all Americans buy and the brands they prefer to their Internet shopping behaviors, attitudes and lifestyles and the media that they use, the Simmons National Consumer Studies survey more than 30,000 American consumers each year to deliver reliable national and local data. http://www.experian.com/simmons
About Experian Marketing Services
Experian Marketing Services delivers best-in-breed data, analytics and platforms into multiple regions around the globe. It is focused on helping marketers more effectively target and engage their best customers through email, digital advertising, customer data management, customer and competitive insight, data enrichment and list rental, modeling and analytics, and strategic consulting. Through these capabilities, Experian Marketing Services enables organizations to encourage brand advocacy, create measurable return on investment and significantly improve the lifetime value of their customers.
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 80 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2011 was $4.2 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 41 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Chili's® Grill & Bar Introduces Lighter Choices Menu Featuring Delicious, Lighter Entrees With the Same Bold Chili's Taste
New items - featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com and are 750 calories and 25g fat or less - demonstrate Chili's commitment to providing guests a range of options to fit their lifestyles
DALLAS, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chili's® Grill & Bar introduces a new Lighter Choices menu with seven bold entrees that, in addition to being delicious, also happen to nutritious and flavorful. The Lighter Choice items are featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com and meet HealthyDiningFinder's nutrition criteria: not more than 750 calories, 25 grams fat and 8 grams saturated fat.
Seven menu items complete the Lighter Choices menu - three of which are new - and satisfy the needs from health-conscious guests, while maintaining the bold, Southwestern flavors they've come to expect from Chili's entrees. Chili's listened to guest feedback about providing healthier options on the menus.
The new Lighter Choices section, featured prominently on the menu, includes a Quick Response (QR) code linking to online nutritional information. With the use of their smartphone, guests scan the code located on the menu to access the calories, fat and saturated fat for each Lighter Choice item in an easy-to-read mobile friendly format. The use of the QR code is an added convenience for guests to retrieve the nutritional information they need to make healthier decisions about their meal selections.
"Guests at Chili's tell us they want options to meet their lifestyle and dining occasion needs at both lunch and dinner," said Edithann Ramey, senior director of marketing for Chili's Grill & Bar. "Our new Lighter Choice menu gives them options lower in fat, saturated fat and calories while still delivering on our Chili's signature bold flavors."
Chili's Lighter Choices entrees are (*denotes new menu item):
-- *Grilled Chicken Salad - grilled chicken with cheese, tomatoes, black
beans, corn relish and honey-lime vinaigrette served atop field greens
-- Lighter Choice Santa Fe Chicken Wrap - with corn, tortilla strips,
avocado and tomatoes. Served with steamed broccoli, and a side of
low-fat ranch (680 calories);
-- Lighter Choice Grilled Chicken Sandwich - with tomato, lettuce and
non-fat honey mustard dressing on a wheat bun. Served with steamed
broccoli (610 calories);
-- *Lighter Choice 6 ounce Classic Sirloin - 100 percent USDA Choice
sirloin with carne asada rub and pico de gallo. Served with steamed
broccoli (260 calories);
-- Margarita Grilled Chicken - classic Margarita-flavored grilled chicken
with hints of lime and citrus, served with rice, black beans, tortilla
strips and house-made pico de gallo (550 calories);
-- *Sweet & Spicy Chicken - Habanero and sweet orange glaze brushed over
grilled chicken with onions and peppers. Served with rice and steamed
broccoli (670 calories);
-- Lighter Choice Grilled Salmon with Garlic & Herbs - served with rice and
steamed broccoli (480 calories).
Chili's Grill & Bar is the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining. Chili's offers a fun, energetic atmosphere and a distinct, fresh mix of grilled American favorites at more than 1,500 locations in 31 countries and two territories. Brinker's wholly-owned restaurant brands include Chili's® Grill & Bar, and Maggiano's Little Italy®. Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill®.Follow news about Chili's on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chilis, @Chilis on Twitter and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/chilis. For more information, please visit http://www.chilis.com.
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Quest Diagnostics Launches National EHR Grant Program for Physicians
Program Offers Subsidies Equivalent to an 85 Percent Discount on Care360® EHR
Physicians can receive a certified EHR solution for less than $100 per month
MADISON, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, announced that, beginning January 23rd and throughout 2012, it is offering to eligible physician practices subsidies of 85 percent off the retail price of its popular Care360® Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution.
Through the Quest Diagnostics Grant program, physicians can receive a full, certified EHR solution, including EHR and Practice Management System licenses, training, hosting, maintenance and 24/7 support and training for less than $100 per month. New York and Missouri physicians are not eligible for the program and eligibility in New Jersey is limited in accordance with state law requirements.
Specifically, the Quest Diagnostics Grant offer includes:
Care360 EHR and PMS (Practice Management System) licensing, hosting, maintenance and support - The Grant program will donate 85 percent of the retail price of the EHR and PMS subscription price for eligible recipients during the Grant period.
Training and implementation - The Grant program will cover 85 percent of the retail price of standard training and implementation.
"Physicians are feeling economic pressure like never before," said Richard Mahoney, vice president of Healthcare Information Solutions for Quest Diagnostics and president of its healthcare IT subsidiary MedPlus. "Quest Diagnostics wants to remain their trusted partner for all activities within their offices, and EHRs are one of the most top-of-mind challenges for physicians today."
"As a longtime partner to independent physicians, we continue to look for opportunities to help them tackle EHR adoption challenges and achieve meaningful use of patient information," Mahoney continued. "When thousands of physicians responded to our 2011 Grant program, we knew we'd found a way to encourage physicians to adopt an easy-to-implement, easy-to-use EHR--which can benefit their practices and their patients."
Based on positive physician experiences with Care360 EHR resulting from the 2011 regional Grant program, Quest Diagnostics is now expanding the Grant program to be available to eligible physician practices in most states nationally.
"Our national Grant program means that for only 15 percent of the retail cost, eligible physicians can have a certified EHR that is up and running in approximately 45 days," Mahoney said. "Not only can they save thousands of dollars, but they can earn tens of thousands more in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentives."
This offer represents a potential value of up to $9,400. Eligible grantees include any non-hospital-owned physician practice and any independent nurse practitioner practice that has not had an EHR in place. Other restrictions may apply.
Adoption of the Care360 EHR web-based solution continues to grow among primary care physicians operating in small to medium-sized physician practices across the nation. Approximately one third of U.S. physicians and many of the country's leading hospitals, health plans and regional health exchanges currently rely on healthcare information solutions offered by Quest Diagnostics and MedPlus to document and monitor diagnostic, prescription and clinical data to provide better patient care.
Care360 EHR allows physicians to adopt an EHR quickly--on average, within 45 days after contract completion. Care360 EHR is a certified complete EHR solution*, meaning it can be used to help qualify each physician for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives or $63,750 in Medicaid incentives through an EHR adoption program offered by CMS. As a web-based solution, Care360 gives physicians complete, secure EHR capabilities via the Internet and mobile devices such as iPad(®), iPhone(®), BlackBerry(® )and most other smartphones. As the first certified EHR to leverage the Direct Project specifications, physicians are able to easily and securely share information with other physicians, patients and hospitals - both those on the Care360 platform and with other technology solutions. For complete Grant program details, please visit Care360.com/Grant or call 888-723-5469.
*This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Quality measures certified are all 44 Eligible Provider measures.
Date certified: December 15, 2010. Product version: 2011.2. Certification number: CC-1112-936980-1.
About Care360 EHR
Care360 EHR is a web-based solution that allows physicians to transition key activities from paper to electronic management in a step-wise approach. With a wide range of capabilities including electronic lab order management, clinical messaging, ePrescribing, clinical documentation tools, document management and multi-system interoperability, Care360 EHR has the features that physicians want to utilize anytime, anywhere via the iPhone(®), iPad(®) and other mobile devices. For more information, visit Care360.com or follow us at Facebook.com/Care360EHR or Twitter.com/Care360.
About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at http://www.QuestDiagnostics.com, or follow us at Facebook.com/QuestDiagnostics and Twitter.com/QuestDX.
Network Hardware Resale Joins Dell's PartnerDirect Program as a Premier Dell Partner
Relationship Expands Network Hardware Resale's Product and Service Expertise
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Network Hardware Resale (NHR), the world's leading provider of pre-owned and new networking equipment, has joined Dell's PartnerDirect program as a Premier Dell Partner. With this new designation, Network Hardware Resale will extend its network management and IT services expertise to Dell products.
As a Premier Dell Partner, Network Hardware Resale has access to the technology, training and best practices of all Dell Enterprises areas, encompassing products and services, which provide clients a more robust offering as they look to assess their current network infrastructure.
With access to Dell's server, storage and networking solutions, businesses will achieve efficiency, higher potential profitability and receive the latest in differentiated technologies. The relationship enables Network Hardware Resale to design and implement an array of unique solutions that meet clients' needs while maximizing savings.
"By offering a variety of Dell products and solutions, we're able to bring increased value and a broader selection of technology to our customers," said Mike Sheldon, president and CEO of Network Hardware Resale. "The partnership with Dell helps us to even better serve our customers and their networking needs. We look forward to the continued expansion of products and services for our clients."
Network Hardware Resale will integrate all Dell product support under its NetSure(TM) family of comprehensive, fully-managed network service and support programs, providing a one-stop resource for network monitoring, technical support and unprecedented assurance for multi-manufacturer network environments.
About Network Hardware Resale
Network Hardware Resale is the world's leading provider of pre-owned and new networking equipment. Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., the Company is an independent reseller of pre-owned Cisco, Brocade/Foundry and Juniper networking equipment and also is a Premier member of Dell's PartnerDirect program. Network Hardware Resale offers cost-effective network management, asset management, alternative maintenance and technical support services. Founded in 1986, Network Hardware Resale provides 24 x 7 x 365 access to global personalized technical and sales support from its Santa Barbara, Dallas metro, New York City metro, Amsterdam, London and Singapore locations. Organizations worldwide purchase quality networking equipment from NHR, including Global 1000 companies, small and mid-sized enterprises, government entities, educational institutions, healthcare organizations and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit http://www.networkhardware.com.
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Network Hardware Resale
CONTACT: Angelique Springer Davis of Network Hardware Resale, +1-805-690-3749, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Aaron Virola of Fleishman-Hillard, +1-212-453-2396, email@example.com, for NHR
Silhouette.com Relaunch: Increased Focus on Customer Services
Silhouette.com is shifting the focus back to the product with a redesign. Choosing the eyewear and finding suitable retailers is now easier than ever before.
LINZ, Austria, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Clarity and a focus on what is most important are the key themes of the new Silhouette.com design," says Arnold Schmied, Executive Board Member Silhouette. "We are sticking with a large-scale presentation of our models but focusing increasingly on services which support buyers in the selection process."
The product overview is a top priority in the newly designed product area. An intelligent filter function helps customers identify the colours and lens shapes to suit them.
The 'Try on' feature offers the popular 'iMirror' function, directly integrated into the product overview. The handling is easy: simply take a photo using the webcam or upload a photo and position the eyewear. The realistic photograph presentation offers reassurance as to which models really suit the face. Sophisticated filter functions enable precise selection according to specific criteria.
Buyers can try out the entire Silhouette product range from the comfort of their own home. Before visiting an eye-care professional for the first time, they already have an idea of which pairs of glasses meet their expectations.
The Silhouette philosophy is to appeal to well-informed and demanding customers by offering perceptible product characteristics such as lightness and a high quality surface feel. "We know that it is much easier to assess the design over the internet than the material and processing. This is why we attach great importance to the entire process and an interplay of real and virtual world: ideal information on the web in advance and then the customer's enthusiasm when they have the eyewear in their hands for the first time."
Retailer search and the new 'Look' division
Finding an eye-care professional should be as easy as possible. The retailer search on Silhouette.com has been fundamentally revised to offer an innovative map view and contact details for the identified eye-care professional, based on the user's location.
The expert answers about health and look have been given a brand new appearance under the 'Look' section: a style test helps customers select the right eyewear, star make-up artist Mary Greenwell offers style tips and '24h-Eyecare' is dedicated to looking after the eyes.
TradingPartners Enhances Visibility for Global Retailers With SpendScience(TM) Technology
CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TradingPartners (http://www.tradingpartners.com), the leader in spend management and visibility technology and services, today announced the release of EventScience(TM), a product module of the company's visibility platform, SpendScience(TM), to global retailers.
TradingPartners initially released the platform to a global retailer in order to facilitate clear visibility over the customer's negotiation activities, and has now extended the service to retailers worldwide. TradingPartners has an extensive client base in the retail vertical and has developed a platform with the needs of the industry in mind, providing transparency of negotiation events and spend areas from across the business, all in one central location.
The EventScience(TM) platform allows customers to track negotiation events with a dashboard view of historical results as well as pipeline activity, providing visibility of savings success against corporate targets and a snapshot view of all key performance indicators (KPIs) within an internet browser. For businesses with decentralized purchasing structures this means the ability to pin point potential opportunities for leveraging spend across their business and therefore optimizing savings potential.
Mark Barnekow, chairman and CEO of TradingPartners said: "We are excited to see our approach to managing direct and indirect spend through SpendScience gain traction in the retail sector. It is refreshing that our vision of bringing innovation through science in the procurement function has been enthusiastically embraced by category managers and buyers in the retail sector."
SpendScience(TM) is the first of its kind cloud-based platform that allows customers to create a configurable dashboard visibility of complex data streams which can be viewed in real-time online. The application enables executives and procurement professionals to view reports and graphics of KPIs and allows for performance analysis by location, operating company, supplier relationships, categories, products and many other parameters.
Based in Chicago, with European headquarters in London, and operations in Africa, Asia and Latin and South America, TradingPartners provides growing companies and global Fortune 500 firms with the most comprehensive and effective spend management and visibility technologies and services. With a global vertical focus in foodservice, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, retail and services industries, TradingPartners assists its customers to reduce the cost of their direct and indirect purchases with tangible results often in the 10-25% range. TradingPartners' unparalleled domain expertise, comprehensive supplier database, and robust spend management technology platform have helped hundreds of corporations and public sector entities achieve dramatic business process improvements and tangible cost savings. For more information, visit http://www.tradingpartners.com.
TradingPartners and its respective logos are trademarks of TradingPartners Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
CONTACT: Sharon Barclay, +1 617-571-1233, firstname.lastname@example.org, for TradingPartners
Introducing TI's SimpleLink product family: The industry's broadest portfolio of easy-to-use wireless connectivity solutions
SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution is flagship device, aimed at expanding the "Internet of Things" with easy-to-implement, proven Wi-Fi technology
DALLAS, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Building from more than a decade of proven leadership in the wireless connectivity space, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today unveiled the SimpleLink(TM) product family, the industry's widest portfolio of easy-to-use wireless connectivity technologies for low-power, low-cost embedded applications. The SimpleLink family includes self-contained wireless processors, aimed at enabling easy integration with any embedded system.
The cornerstone offering in this new family is the new SimpleLink Wi-Fi® CC3000 product: an easy-to-implement Wi-Fi solution that will lead the charge in expanding the world's Internet of Things. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 is a self-contained 802.11 network processor, making it ideal for simple and quick addition of Internet connectivity to any embedded application. For full details on the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 and all SimpleLink products, visit http://ti.com/simplelink.
"The number of devices shipping with Wi-Fi inside is forecast to expand to 2.6 billion annually by 2016, as the Internet of Things becomes an even more prolific part of consumer lifestyles and business operations," said Filomena Berardi, connectivity market analyst, IMS Research. "TI's new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution will take advantage of the mature Wi-Fi infrastructure, providing the optimal level of integration necessary to help drive this Wi-Fi expansion. TI is well positioned to bring Wi-Fi to low-power embedded devices, and turn traditional products into connected, interactive services."
SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000: Bringing ubiquitous Wi-Fi connectivity to traditional and non-traditional devices alikeThe new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 leverages more than a decade of TI's Wi-Fi experience to offer various benefits for the emerging Internet of Things. Features and benefits include:
Self-contained 802.11 network
processor Removes the need for networking
- TCP, UDP and IP on
chip "know-how" when connecting applications
- Consumes 0.5% of
the resources as compared to
traditional Wi-Fi, with 6KB
Flash, 3KB RAM software
footprint to the InternetRuns on any low-cost microcontroller
- Standard software
APIs (MCU), without need for an operating
systemIntegrates within hours with any new or
existing embedded application
certified module Allows for easy addition to the PCB
without RF expertiseProvides RF compliance for U.S.,
and Europe (FCC, IC and ETSI)
Support for TI's
FirstTimeConfig technology Facilitates easy pairing to 802.11 access
point without the need of a display or user interface
Credible, proven solution with Provides reliable coverage throughout the
best-in-class range entire house, building or other areaEnsures proven Wi-
Turnkey development kit based
on TI's Enables quick start with TI E2E(TM) Web
MSP430(TM) FRAM MCU, including
forward support and online documentation,
compatibility with TI's MCU
portfolio including comprehensive porting guides
and sample code
"We are thrilled to announce the SimpleLink family - including the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution - as a prime example of TI's commitment to fuel the next wave of connected devices and the Internet of Things," said Eran Sandhaus, general manager, emerging connectivity solutions, TI. "The addition of Internet connectivity to everyday consumer, home and office devices creates new value propositions for our customers, introducing ways to better control these devices and share information through the cloud. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution provides developers with the quickest and easiest avenue to meet these opportunities by adding best-in-class 802.11 Internet connectivity to their designs."
SimpleLink products: Answering the call for simplified connectivity integrationThe new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 is only one member of the new SimpleLink family of products, which provides a comprehensive range of technologies for various end applications, and reiterates TI's commitment to solving the challenges associated with the design and certification of connected devices. Requiring little-to-no RF expertise, SimpleLink products include self-contained software stacks, and come backed by TI and third-party tools and support. Today's SimpleLink product family:
Technology SimpleLink part number Attributes
---------- ---------------------- ----------
Wi-Fi SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 Easy-to-implement Wi-Fi
solution that will
New part! lead the charge in expanding the
Internet of Things
ZigBee(R) SimpleLink ZigBee Simple, off-the-shelf ZigBee
CC2530ZNP does not require designers to
complexities of a full ZigBee
6LoWPAN SimpleLink 6LoWPAN Cost-effective, low-power, sub-
CC1180 network processor that provides
functionality with minimal
ANT(TM) SimpleLink ANT RF network processors that
CC2570/71 easy-to-use, power-efficient
while keeping host MCU memory
Tools, availability and pricingSimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 modules are sampling now and released to production.
The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 FRAM evaluation module kit (EMK) is available today through authorized distributors for $199. For ordering details, please visit http://ti.com/simplelink.
The SimpleLink ZigBee CC2530ZNP, SimpleLink 6LoWPAN CC1180 and SimpleLink ANT CC2570/71 solutions are all available today as well. Please visit the respective product pages for ordering details.
Find out more about TI's wireless connectivity solutions
-- TI's SimpleLink product family, including application notes, development
tools, and TI E2E support forum: http://www.ti.com/simplelink
-- SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution Wiki: http://www.ti.com/cc3000wiki
-- TI's wireless connectivity solutions: http://www.ti.com/wirelessconnectivity
-- TI E2E low-power RF and wireless connectivity community: http://www.ti.com/lprf-forum
About TI's wireless connectivity portfolioTI provides the industry's broadest portfolio of mature wireless connectivity solutions. With expertise in more than a dozen technologies, TI ensures customers the best-suited wireless connectivity for every type of application. TI's product portfolio is complemented with the support and tools that customers and developers need to quickly and easily bring wirelessly connected designs to market. Visit the company's Wireless Connectivity Portal for an overview of TI-supported technologies, the full product portfolio, and example use cases.
About Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 80,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be - smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun. Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do - from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities. This is just the beginning of our story. Learn more at http://www.ti.com.
TrademarksSimpleLink, MSP430 and TI E2E are trademarks of Texas Instruments. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
CA Technologies Redefines Project and Portfolio Management User Experience with Latest Release of CA Clarity PPM
New Features and Enhancements Help Companies Drive Innovation, Transform Business and Sustain Optimum IT and Corporate Investment Portfolios
ISLANDIA, N.Y., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA) today announced a new release of CA Clarity(TM) Project and Portfolio Management (PPM).
This release redefines the user experience and improves customers' ability to:
-- Innovate by managing the innovation lifecycle from the idea phase to
-- Transform the business by providing a value roadmap to make informed
decisions and better align IT initiatives with business strategy; and,
-- Sustain the optimum portfolio of IT and corporate initiatives and
investments to deliver greater business value.
"Organizations are looking to CA Technologies for Business Service Innovation - using advanced technologies and new approaches to deliver innovation and value to their customers," said Brian Bell, general manager, Service and Portfolio Management, CA Technologies. "We see organizations expanding how they use PPM by applying it to business initiatives such as cloud service adoption for business transformation, new product development, managing projects from conception to execution and enterprise collaboration.
"With its redefined user experience and integrated enterprise social collaboration, CA Clarity PPM v13 revolutionizes how organizations use PPM by increasing business alignment and providing a means to significantly simplify the adoption of PPM within IT organizations and across other business areas. It offers a single solution for managing the work, resources, budgets and performance of IT and business initiatives, whether delivered on premise or on-demand as a service," Bell added.
This release of CA Clarity PPM furthers customers' ability to reduce costs through improved productivity and a simplified user experience; to achieve faster time-to-value from their software investment; and to collaboratively innovate across varied functions within the enterprise.
Improved productivity is achieved through a new consistent, intuitive user interface (UI) that simplifies the user experience to enhance productivity and help reduce costs. The new UI provides:
-- Smarter, more refined navigation across the solution with streamlined
menus, search-as-you-type data validation, and in-line editing. The UI
requires fewer clicks to manage and access information, and gives users
the ability to personalize views and save favorites.
-- Improved interactive charts, dashboards and Gantt views that make
real-time PPM information accessible and relevant to anyone at any level
across the organization.
Collaborative innovation is achieved by incorporating idea capture and community collaboration, requirements planning and Agile planning throughout the CA Clarity PPM solution.
-- The blend of these capabilities into a single solution helps manage the
full lifecycle of innovation. CA Clarity PPM provides complete control
over project inception, delivery and management for both traditional and
agile project management.
-- By leveraging Chatter from Salesforce.com, CA Clarity PPM incorporates
enterprise social collaboration, thus refining requirements planning and
Agile project delivery. Chatter feeds also can be directed to smart
phones for real-time collaboration and allow users to "follow" items of
interest ranging from ideas, requirements, tasks or individuals.
Rapid time-to-value of the software can be realized through multiple operational enhancements including automated financial management and visual roadmaps as well as an easy upgrade from earlier on-premise versions and the option to use CA Clarity PPM delivered on-demand as a service.
"This release of CA Clarity PPM has many new functions and features that extend its utility and benefit beyond the IT department," said Tammi Reel, vice president of the New York City CA Clarity PPM User Group and senior application analyst, Emerging Health, Montefiore Information Technology. "The simplicity, added features and a new user interface should enhance productivity for all users - from senior management to project managers. CA Clarity PPM users should see version 13 as a breath of fresh air. It is truly an extreme makeover to the CA Clarity PPM application."
Available on premise, on-demand as a service, or hosted and implemented by CA Services, CA Clarity PPM v13 changes the way partners and customers view and use the solution. Customers who engage CA Services to host and implement the software can realize savings on capital investments and internal resource expenditures, since CA Services will also monitor and manage the solution and infrastructure, and make CA Clarity PPM upgrades available automatically.
Customers who use the software on-premise, on-demand, or as a hosted solution have the option to engage CA Services for an in-depth assessment to extend the value they can derive from PPM and use CA Services to perform upgrades.
"This release of CA Clarity PPM delivers everything a solution update should - it improves the product without changing the existing functionality that customers love," said Bob Schwartz, managing principal, Digital Celerity, a premier CA Technologies solution provider partner. "We expect this release to open new markets for us with an improved ability to demonstrate CA Clarity PPM's expansive capabilities. The agility to move from an innovative idea to an element of the portfolio to be managed in a single solution is powerful for the mid-market."
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Practice Fusion Helps US Doctors Put EHR Incentives to Work
Medical professionals make plans to invest in their practices with federal EHR incentives earned using a free, web-based Electronic Health Record
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Small medical practices across the country are starting 2012 with an extra $18,000 in the bank as a reward for making the transition from paper records to an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan, is promoting the national shift to EHR systems in an effort to reduce deadly medical errors, coordinate care and cut healthcare costs.
Practice Fusion has made EHRs affordable for small and midsized medical practices, especially in primary care. These private practice physicians have led the charge during the first year of Meaningful Use and have been outspoken in sharing their experiences using Practice Fusion's free, web-based EHR to qualify for Meaningful Use payments. Investments in technology and devices for patient care were common plans for the stimulus money:
-- "I think that I will probably reinvest the money in my practice to
provide better care and service to my patients... I am very happy with
the program and your staff." - Dr. Gonzalez - El Paso, TX
-- "I am planning to invest in patient care and to upgrade computers with
the stimulus money." - Dr. Abraham - Bakersfield, CA
-- "I will most likely invest in office equipment. A BIA machine that will
help patients." - Dr. Munir - Phoenix, AZ
-- "Reinvest in office equipment for patient diagnostics and care." -
Kathryn Bobe - Boca Raton, FL
-- "The stimulus will go to paying office expenses. We get a lot of snow
here so our patient load drops off in the winter. The money will help
get us to spring." - Dr. Rodriguez - Spokane, WA
-- "I plan on purchasing Dragon Medical for use with the program. We
already purchased two new computers in the office for the program.
Everything about the Practice Fusion program made achieving Meaningful
Use easier to accomplish. From the "Live in 5", to the "YouTube
tutorials" to the Meaningful Use Dashboard; it was a package that I
would not been able to utilize without all these components." Dr. Burk -
-- Reporters interested in speaking with a doctor who completed the
Meaningful Use program in their area are invited to contact Practice
Fusion at email@example.com
The majority of Practice Fusion users working toward Meaningful Use completed their 90-day attestation in December 2011, relying on the company's free EHR and free support resources to navigate the demanding process.
"Against all predictions, small medical practices and solo providers are embracing Meaningful Use. There is no doubt that the availability of affordable, or free, EHR systems such as Practice Fusion made this possible for doctors," said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. "Thanks to the CMS program these medical practices are enabled to provide better care for their patients and can reinvest their incentives back into their communities."
There are currently 1,096 certified ambulatory EHR systems on the market, many of which take a 10 to 25 percent cut of the stimulus money physicians receive on top of the steep costs for the EHR technology. Practice Fusion does not take a cut of incentives and does not charge users. With a Live in Five® set-up guarantee, Practice Fusion allows doctors to sign up for free today and immediately start working toward Meaningful Use.
About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to physicians. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing (eRx), lab integrations, referral letters, Meaningful Use certification, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion's EHR addresses the complex needs of today's healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EHR community in the country with more than 130,000 users serving 30 million patients. The company closed a $23 million Series B round of financing led by Founders Fund in 2011. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit practicefusion.com.
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Meraki Introduces Industry's First Cloud Managed Switches, Expands Cloud Managed Security Appliance Family With Datacenter-Class Models and WAN Optimization
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Meraki, the recognized leader in Cloud Networking, today announced the introduction of the all-new MS series cloud managed switches. Meraki also announced a dramatically expanded MX series cloud managed security appliances family, adding WAN optimization and introducing five new models.
Together with Meraki's award-winning cloud managed wireless LAN, these products enable enterprises to deploy 100% cloud managed networks, adding visibility and control while eliminating the cost and complexity of traditional solutions.
Peet's Coffee and Tea Selects Meraki MX Cloud Managed Security Appliances for Nationwide Deployment across 193 Locations
Meraki today announced that Peet's Coffee & Tea, one of the world's largest specialty coffee chains, has selected the MX series security appliances, along with Meraki's award winning wireless LAN, for its 193 retail locations. "The MX provides incredible visibility and control across our highly-distributed network," said Steve Shead, IT Director at Peet's. "The MX has improved our manageability, reliability, and performance."
"As iPads and web applications increase the demands placed on networks, organizations are increasingly turning to cloud managed solutions to streamline their infrastructure," said Kiren Sekar, V.P. of Marketing at Meraki. "We are thrilled that Peet's selected Meraki for their next generation network, and we look forward to delivering an excellent experience to their IT staff, employees, and customers."
Meraki MS Cloud Managed Switches
The Meraki MS switches bring Meraki's legendary ease of use, visibility, and control to Gigabit Ethernet access switches. Centrally managed over the web, Meraki MS switches offer plug and play deployment and unprecedented insight into the network.
Meraki MS cloud managed switches introduce "Virtual Stacking," an industry-first technology that provides centralized management of up to thousands of switch ports. Unlike traditional stacking (which the MS also supports), virtually stacked switches can be in different physical locations, simplifying large scale and distributed environments.
Other benefits of the MS family include:
-- Easy to manage in both campus and distributed deployments
-- Web-based centralized management with automatic monitoring and alerts
-- Non-blocking Gigabit switching, PoE available on all ports
-- 10 Gb uplinks for stacking and high speed core connectivity
-- Ultra-reliable hardware design, includes lifetime warranty
-- Built-in QoS for voice and video
The Meraki MS switches are available in four models, offering 24 and 48 port configurations with and without power over Ethernet. The MS switch family is available for immediate order through Meraki authorized resellers.
Expanded MX Cloud Managed Security Appliance Family
Meraki also announced a major expansion of its MX series cloud managed security appliances, adding WAN optimization and five new hardware models.
Introduced in early 2011, the Meraki MX, the first cloud managed security appliance for branch networks, dramatically improved the simplicity, visibility and control of distributed organizations. The MX was adopted rapidly, with deployments including Sony/ATV Music, the world's second largest music publisher; Syracuse University, who used the MX to connect study abroad campuses to the university; and Westfield Malls, who deployed the MX at over 18 major shopping malls across the US.
The MX feature set provides a complete networking and security solution:
-- Security: Next generation firewall, site to site and client VPN
-- Networking: NAT/DHCP, routing, link bonding, 3G/4G failover
-- Application Control: Traffic shaping, content filtering, WAN
For 2012, Meraki dramatically expands the MX line, adding WAN optimization and five all-new models that scale from small branches to campus and datacenter environments.
New MX hardware models:
-- MX60W: Integrates 802.11n WiFi for small branches
-- MX80, MX90: 1U appliances for mid-sized branches
-- MX400, MX600: Campus and datacenter-class appliances scaling to over ten
thousands users, with 10 GbE connectivity and high availability
WAN Optimization Added to MX Family:
-- Applies deduplication, compression, caching and protocol optimization
-- 1 TB hard drive cache with RAID available
-- Optimizes Windows File Sharing, FTP, HTTP, and generic TCP traffic
-- 3rd party benchmarks demonstrate up to 197x reduction in file transfer
The MX80, MX90 MX400, and MX600, are available for immediate order through Meraki authorized resellers. The MX60W will be available in the second quarter of 2012.
About MerakiMeraki is the recognized leader in Cloud Networking. 100% cloud-based from day one, Meraki's architecture delivers out-of-the-box security, scalability, and management to enterprise networks. Meraki has been deployed in over 18,000 customer networks worldwide, including Stanford University, British Telecom, Burger King, Starbucks, and M.I.T. Meraki is located in San Francisco, California, and is funded in part by Sequoia Capital and Google. For more information, visit http://meraki.com.
CONTACT: Kiren Sekar, V.P. of Marketing of Meraki, Inc, +1-415-632-5800, email@example.com
Greatland Offers Businesses Tips for Managing W-2 & 1099 Reporting
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For businesses, year-end brings with it a wide range of accounting and administrative headaches, not the least of which is closing the books and reporting wages and income for all staff and contractors. And of course, it all takes place during one of the most frantic months on the calendar.
The processes and regulations that go along with year-end W-2 and 1099 reporting are enough to make any business owner want to run and hide from it all, or at least wish for some simple solutions for managing the burden. Greatland Corporation is one of the country's leading providers of W-2 and 1099 products for business. The company's speedEfiler.com subsidiary is a web-based wage-reporting tool that enables small and mid-size businesses and professional accountants to file their W-2 and 1099 forms online, and have copies printed and mailed directly to employees or other recipients.
Greatland offers business owners the following tips for taking some of the stress out of year-end W-2 and 1099 reporting:
-- First, resist the temptation to do it all. Business owners often know
they will have to wear many hats, but this doesn't have to be one of
those times. There are some simple and affordable options for
outsourcing W-2 and 1099 reporting, as well as resources that will guide
you through the process of doing it yourself.
-- If you don't keep track throughout the year, go through your accounting
and payroll records to determine which recipients are due to receive a
Form 1099. Doing this prior to year-end or in early January can reduce
the amount of time it takes to figure it all out and file at crunch
-- Verify you have correct personnel records, including the correct mailing
addresses and social security numbers. Give employees and contractors
an opportunity to update their mailing addresses. Consider reminding
them via e-mail or by printing a message on their check stub. If you are
still missing information from contractors, use Form W-9 to collect the
-- Bring all general ledger accounts postings up-to-date and reconcile
those that impact wages, taxes and business expenses.
-- Take the weather into account when considering all government filing due
dates. If you think bad weather could keep you away from work, and
therefore prevent you from filing, try to submit the forms a few days
early in order to be timely and take the pressure off.
-- Before completing Forms W-2 and 1099, be sure to read the first page of
the instructions where the IRS provides information on any new or
changed reporting requirements for the year.
-- Finally, measure twice, cut once. That's sage advice when it comes to
home improvement projects, but the same principle applies when it comes
to W-2 and 1099 reporting. Take the time up front to do a thorough data
review and save yourself time - and potential fines - on the back end.
Greatland also reminds business owners that the deadline to have Forms 1099 and W-2 to contractors and employees is Jan. 31, 2012 - meaning forms must be mailed and postmarked on or before this date.
About GreatlandGreatland (http://www.greatland.com) is one of the country's leading providers of W-2 and 1099 products for business and accountants. Through Greatland's subsidiaries - Greatland, Nelco, FileTaxes.com and Broker Forms - the company offers an extensive array of specialized products for business: W-2 and 1099 forms and software, business checks and check writing software, presentation materials, income tax preparation supplies and software, and mortgage forms. Greatland is an employee-owned company with locations in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Green Bay, Wis. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter: @GreatlandCorp
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Symmetricom Launches High-Performance Auto-Switch & Distribution Unit
New 9611B Supports Multiple Signaling Time & Frequency Formats in a Single Device
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Symmetricom®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precision time and frequency technologies, today introduced the 9611B, its next generation switch and distribution system developed to effectively distribute and generate centralized reference signals required by communication systems, satellite earth stations, test facilities and engineering laboratories.
The new 9611B maintains the intelligent auto-switching and multi-signal distribution feature that contributed to the success of the 9611. The 9611B provides new additional low phase noise capabilities for improved RF distribution allowing users to reduce the number of products needed to support multiple signaling formats, increasing deployment flexibility thus reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).
The enhanced capabilities of the 9611B include:
-- Multiple signal formats: The 9611B supports IRIG time codes, pulse
formats and low noise sine waves.
-- Enables redundant inputs: When in auto-switching mode, the 9611B detects
input failure and automatically switches to the redundant input without
-- 12 outputs: Low noise, high isolation amplifiers allow for 12 copies of
each input to be distributed without degradation of downstream
equipment. This enables system designers to reliable distribute highly
accurate RF time codes and 1pps signals.
-- Front panel controls: When one input fails an alarm will indicate such
failure through the front panel controls and indicators.
-- Command Line Interface: The 9611B has a serial port interface that
supports communication programs with a PC.
The 9611B is fully backward compatible, thus can be deployed as a full replacement for the 9611 unit. Fully FCC B compliant, the increased isolation delivers lower phase noise and distributes the input signal with greater accuracy to downstream equipment. This higher isolation makes it possible to achieve greater performance while maintaining signal integrity in sensitive environments as interference to-and-from the unit is drastically reduced.
About Symmetricom, Inc.Symmetricom (NASDAQ:SYMM), a world leader in precise time solutions, sets the world's standard for time. The company generates, distributes and applies precise time for the communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure and metrology industries. Symmetricom's customers, from communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to governments and their suppliers worldwide, are able to build more reliable networks and systems by using the company's advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and solutions. All products support today's precise timing standards, including GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS(®) timing. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.symmetricom.com or join the dialogue at http://www.twitter.com/symmetricom.
Verizon Wireless Expands Its 4G LTE Network in Metro Atlanta on Jan. 19
Expanded Coverage Includes the City of McDonough
ATLANTA, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 19, Verizon Wireless customers in more areas of Atlanta can take advantage of Verizon Wireless' 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest 4G network in the nation. The expanded 4G coverage area includes the residential and commercial areas in the city of McDonough along U.S. Highway 23, State Route 81, State Route 20, I-75 and surrounding neighborhoods.
With Verizon's 4G LTE network, customers can enjoy the best experience in wireless data usage when they stream video, share music and photos, download files, and surf the Web with speeds up to 10 times faster than with the company's 3G network. Verizon Wireless initially launched its 4G LTE network in December 2010 in Atlanta with coverage extending as far west as Lithia Springs and Austell, south of Fayetteville, east past Lithonia and north to Alpharetta.
"Expanding our 4G LTE network in Atlanta will enable more residents, small businesses and local government to take advantage of the speed and connectivity offered by 4G LTE technology," said Jonathan LeCompte, president - Georgia/Alabama region, Verizon Wireless. "We will continue pushing the boundaries with our 4G LTE network in 2012 to bring our customers the performance and reliability for which our network is known."
4G LTE Devices and Plans
Verizon Wireless customers can purchase a variety of 4G LTE-enabled devices, and the company announced six new 4G LTE devices at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that will connect to the fastest network in the country. From the expanded 4G LTE DROID family, to the new Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 7.7 and the Verizon Jetpacks(TM), Verizon Wireless now offers something for everyone on its 4G LTE network. Details on available devices can be found at http://www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at http://www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
4G LTE Coverage and Speed
The company is not only expanding the network in Atlanta on Jan. 19, but also in Houston and Spokane, Wash. Verizon Wireless is also introducing 4G LTE in Glens Falls and Utica, N.Y.; Lawton, Okla.; and Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, on the same day, for a total of 195 markets and more than 200 million people covered by Verizon's 4G LTE network.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE customers in McDonough should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, 4G LTE devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless' 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless' 3G network is the 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, or when they travel to an area already covered by 4G LTE.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 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.
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CONTACT: Kate Jay, Verizon Wireless, +1-678-339-4828, Kate.Jay@verizonwireless.com
HarQen Adds In-Browser Recording to Voice Advantage
Job candidates can now use Voice Advantage anywhere they have an Internet connection--with cost savings for international job interviews
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HarQen, Inc., today announced the addition of in-browser recording to Voice Advantage, its flagship product that lets users use their phone and a simple web-based dashboard to create and distribute custom, recorded phone interviews. For the first time, job candidates will be able to use Voice Advantage anywhere they have an Internet connection and browser.
Voice Advantage in-browser recording is a free upgrade to Voice Advantage customers, and does not require any software download. All that's required is a PC or Mac with a microphone. Users now have complete flexibility to use either a telephone or the in-browser recording feature to record their conversation.
Voice Advantage candidates can now record interview answers using their PC, Mac microphones or their telephone.
"As HarQen expands our reach internationally, Voice Advantage has already solved international interview scheduling problems by allowing recruiters to record interviews that candidates can take at any time. Now with in-browser recording, candidates can respond to interviews with their computer instead of a phone. This combination provides employers a powerful and cost-effective alternative to high international recruiting telephony costs," said HarQen CEO E. Kelly Fitzsimmons.
In addition to international cost savings, in-browser recording also allows candidates to participate in self-service voice interviews at kiosks in regional offices or retail locations. This is a very convenient option for drop-in candidates to progress quickly in the interview process without additional burden on recruiters.
In-browser recording is also being added to HarQen's newest product, Symposia, which adds presentation, collaboration, archiving, note-taking and sharing tools to any conference call.
Voice Advantage in-browser recording is available immediately as an option for all Voice Advantage.
In-browser recording for Symposia will be available to beta customers immediately.
HarQen unleashes the richness of information trapped inside conversations - transforming talk into actionable insights. HarQen's award-winning Intelligent Voice Services enable conversations to be captured, enriched, organized, navigated, shared and analyzed - improving collaboration and adding an entirely new layer of business intelligence to existing data management systems. Milwaukee-based HarQen was founded in 2007 and is privately funded.
Tipard Releases Multiple iPad 2 Transfer Apps for Mac Users: Giving You the Best iPad 2 Manager Mates
BEIJING, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- At the beginning of 2012, Tipard newly releases multiple Mac iPad 2 transfer software products for all iPad 2 users, including Mac iPad 2 Transfer Platinum, iPad 2 to Mac Transfer Ultimate, iPad 2 to Mac Transfer Standard and Mac iPad 2 Transfer for ePub, all of which can help you manage your iPad 2 and iPad 2 files in an awesomely smooth way.
As the most powerful and versatile Mac iPad 2 Transfer app, Tipard Mac iPad 2 Transfer Platinum can be your best assistant tool to manage your iPad 2 and iPad 2 files. With powerful transferring function, it can easily transfer various media files including movies, songs, TV shows, iTunes U, Podcasts, camera shots, camera rolls and voice memos from iPad 2 to Mac or iTunes for further use, and add video, audio, image, ePub and PDF files from Mac to iPad 2. Its perfect compatibility allows you to directly transfer files between iPad 2 and iPhone, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPod Touch 4 without fussy iTunes operations.
As a most user-friendly Mac iPad 2 converter app, this Mac iPad 2 Transfer can easily rip any kind of DVD and convert various video or audio files to iPad 2 compatible formats on Mac. What's more, users are allowed to edit any source media file to create personalized video with special effects. In addition, it can be an amazing Mac iPhone Ringtone Maker to help you create customized iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S Ringtone files with "fade in" and "fade out" effects. Also, its Backup function can keep your Contacts file on Mac as database file for file security. It is available only for $45. For more amazing functions and to get the free trial version, please visit: http://www.tipard.com/ipad-2-transfer-for-mac/
Moreover, in order to celebrate the 2012 New Year and express our thanks to all Tipard supporters, Tipard will extend the time limit of 2012 Tipard New Year Sale Activity. For detailed info, please visit the following webpage: http://www.tipard.com/special/2012newyear.html
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Holographic Collaboration Powers the New DVE 3D CreateSpace(TM)
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) debuts the DVE 3D CreateSpace(TM) training and team collaboration room. DVE's 3D CreateSpace(TM) is a total room solution that beams in remote trainers and team leaders, via the DVE Immersive Podium, into the middle of the room. The quality of communication is far beyond any type of videoconferencing. The 3D CreateSpace(TM) is ideal for improving collaboration for industries such as Aerospace, Animation, Medical, and all types of Engineering. Also, the room solution has been configured to meet military training and command and control specifications.
Unlike common videoconferencing/telepresence, the DVE 3D CreateSpace(TM) brings trainers and team leaders from distant sites imaging them upon DVE's patented transparent holographic display system. Viewers see the floating images of these people standing at a real podium and they can look around and behind these imaged people. The amazing realism of their virtual presence ensures that group interaction completely replicates an in-person experience. According Jeff Machtig, Co-Founder of DVE, "No other solution in the world provides this level of life-like real-time interaction with people at remote locations and has been proven effectively used in corporations, universities and government facilities."
The DVE 3D CreateSpace(TM) is a total solution for 3D Content Creation, 3D Content Collaboration, 3D Content Visualization, and 3D Content Transmission, anywhere in the world. A multitude of sites can now communicate and collaborate in real time while increasing group workflow productivity in a highly visual environment. Once again, DVE has raised the bar and created the ultimate Team Training and collaboration solution.
The DVE 3D CreateSpace(TM) is designed and built to client-specific requirements and is integrated with the most advanced display, communication, and collaboration technology. The room environments are detailed in the finest custom built furniture and interior surroundings. Most rooms are turnkey solutions that can be installed in a matter of days.
About Digital Video Enterprises, Inc.
Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. is the world's leader in real telepresence meetings. Legacy telepresence and videoconferencing mount cameras above displays so people appear to look down while conversing. DVE's product line truly simulates being there in person with embedded cameras hidden behind images for true eye contact. DVE has also pioneered augmented reality holographic telepresence, which has won many awards for innovation and can be seen at http://www.DVEtelepresence.com.
Small to Midsize Manufacturers Grow with the Assistance of the National Mail Order Association, NMOA
Adjustable Advantage Toilet Seat, an innovative new product that helps those with daily health-related challenges, gets help expanding awareness and sales through mail order marketers with the help of the NMOA
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever wonder why you see the majority of new, unique and innovative products showing up in direct mail catalogs, websites, and television commercials before you see them in your local big boxes or mass merchant retailers? It's because most of these products come from smaller manufacturers and inventors that cannot get their product into the main distribution chain used by major retailers.
"Since we were not getting anywhere with big retailers, we decided we must find other retailing outlets for our product. I heard that mail order catalogs and Web merchants are open to dealing with new product manufacturers like us," says Steve Klingensmith, President of Adjustable Advantage.
"Our only problem was finding ways to reach them," continues Klingensmith, "and that's when we came across the National Mail Order Association (http://nmoa.org). The NMOA is a professional organization that has an international network of direct marketing and mail order merchants, a perfect channel for us to introduce our new product to."
John Schulte, President of the NMOA explains: "Catalog companies and other mail order sellers like Web merchants are always looking for new products to introduce to their customer base. New products are really the life blood for direct marketers to keep people paging through their catalogs and websites. A manufacturer like Adjustable Advantage is the perfect example, especially since they have the willingness to 'drop-ship' their product for merchants, allowing them to sell the product without the expense of inventory."
"For the past year, we have been working very hard to build our brand, hone our message and increase exposure while we determine where our best opportunities for successes are," Klingensmith, further explains. "Partnering with the NMOA allows us to reach out to thousands of merchants in a relatively short period of time that sell into dozens of our target markets using print catalogs, direct mail, Web stores, television, mail order ads in magazines and newspapers and package inserts." http://adjustableadvantage.com/uploads/AFC_full_open2_494.png
About The National Mail Order Association (NMOA)
NMOA is a 40-year-old professional organization that provides information, education and business contacts to small to midsize businesses and entrepreneurs that employ mail order and direct marketing tactics for selling goods and services. http://www.nmoa.org
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Obopay Partners With Warid Telecom to Launch Warid Pesa in Uganda
Partnership enables financial services previously unavailable to most Ugandans through Obopay's market proven mobile money solutions
MUMBAI, India, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Obopay, a leading mobile banking and payment solution provider globally, today announced its collaboration with Warid Telecom, an Abu Dhabi Group company. Together the companies are set to launch a mobile banking and payment service, Warid Pesa, in Uganda. Launched in the wake of growing demand for mobile payments in Uganda, Warid Pesa provides a prepaid account that enables customers to perform e-money transactions, pay for goods and services as well as settle accounts.
Warid Pesa is based on Obopay's proven open and interoperable mobile money solutions, which now support millions of customers globally for some of the world's largest brands. Obopay's platform enables a comprehensive range of use cases that drive incremental transactions and revenue providing a bridge between new and existing payment technologies. The service enables new channels of distribution for offering financial services that are useful in areas with income disparity. It can be used on any device - even on inexpensive pre-paid mobile phones - and the graphic interface has been given a simple design so that anyone can access it easily.
With Warid Pesa, customers can perform the following mobile money functions:
-- Person-to-person mobile money transfer
-- Person-to-merchant mobile money transfer
-- Send money to anyone
-- Request money
-- Obtain a mini statement of the account
-- Balance inquiry
-- Change Personal Identity Number (PIN)
-- Top up prepaid cell phones for yourself or another person
"We understand that financial inclusion is the most important aspect in alleviating poverty in Uganda," said Shailenrda Naidu, Chief Commercial Officer, Warid Telecom, Uganda. "Warid Pesa is an attempt to establish innovative and convenient mobile money transfer and payments for those who don't have access to banking service.
"Obopay's pioneering services have been received very well in other African countries. Our association with Obopay is an assurance that the people of Uganda are provided with the best possible service in the country," added Naidu.
The government of Uganda recognizes that mobile banking and payments are major catalysts in the drive toward financial inclusion in Uganda. Through Warid Pesa, people of Uganda can avail themselves benefits of financial services that were until now inaccessible to a majority of the population.
"Warid Telecom is an important strategic partner for us and comes at the right time as we have been interested in venturing into the Ugandan market for some time," said Deepak Chandnani, CEO, Obopay. "Our platform is ideally suited for the Uganda market. The service encompasses not only the needs of the consumer, but also is beneficial for retailers, agents and merchants."
Intending that mobile payment capabilities should be accessible to all Ugandans, Chandnani said Obopay created its technology for all types of cell phones and its solutions are accessible via SMS, IVR, WAP and USSD channels.
"Security is also always a primary concern when people undertake mobile payments," added Chandnani. "Keeping this in mind, optimum security has been provided for payment transactions to ensure that there is no money laundering and the users' hard earned money is safe."
Founded in 2005, Obopay Inc. (http://www.obopay.com) offers partner branded mobile money technology and services that transform any mobile phone into a convenient and easy way to send and receive money, get paid or pay small businesses, top-up accounts, buy via mobile and pay bills. Obopay's mobile money services address the needs of consumers and businesses around the world by providing a service that delivers value, empowers lives, and improves opportunity for merchants. Obopay believes the power is in the network and has established partnerships that include Nokia, MasterCard, AT&T, Verizon, Essar, Union Bank of India, Yes Bank in India and Societe Generale. The company's offering enables partner branded mobile money services that financial services and mobile partners can implement quickly at low deployment cost. Obopay is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices in Mumbai and Bengaluru in India, along with presence in Paris, Bogota and Singapore.
About Warid Telecom
Warid Telecom Uganda is an Integrated Telecom Operator, which covers majority of the Uganda's population providing voice, data - both fixed and mobile using 3G/EDGE technologies and info-entertainment services. Warid changed the landscape of mobile communication by bringing in innovative products like Pakalast, Megabonus, Kawa, Beerako, Double line phones to name a few. Warid Telecom's vision is to become the leading national communications provider with a strong international presence. Warid Telecom's goal is to provide an unequalled level and variety of communications services that add value to the lives of all Ugandans. Warid's IP backbone network provides a state-of-the-art broadband and fixed line network to meet the business needs of individuals, SMEs and large-scale corporations.
CONTACT: CONTACT: Jonathan Bloom or Gary Thompson, both of Clarity Communications for Obopay, +1-415-963-4082 x104, firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.claritycommunications.us; Twitter: twitter.com/Perfect_Clarity
eTextbook Reader gives access to eTextbooks on any connected device delivering advanced eLearning Services designed specifically for students
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chegg, the leading network that saves students time, money and helps them get smarter, announced today the launch of its new eTextbook Reader, providing students with a cloud-based service to access their eTextbooks on any connected device. The innovative design and exclusive productivity tools are unrivaled in today's education landscape, furthering Chegg's position as a market leader.
"At Chegg, we strive to make learning technology easier, more accessible and more productive for today's college students," said Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO of Chegg. "With Chegg's all new cloud-based eTextbook Reader, we're raising the bar on innovation and productivity for our network of students, creating a personal experience connecting them to the most important content and eLearning services they need to get better grades."
Optimized for computers and iPads, Chegg's eTextbook Reader utilizes HTML5 to deliver a highly interactive user experience, offering access to the most relevant textbooks on any connected device. Led by recently acquired engineering team, 3D3R, the eTextbook Reader was created with the student in mind to offer easy navigation, enhanced highlighting, note taking, search and an advanced set of features including:
-- Instant Definitions: Select any word or short phrase and instantly see
the dictionary and Wikipedia definition.
-- Always-on Q&A: Search any text and select "Ask A Question" to instantly
connect to Chegg's Homework Help service. Chegg's community of subject
matter experts answer questions, often in fewer than two hours.
-- Key Highlights: Turn on a view of the most important content from each
eTextbook, crowd-sourced from other users' eTextbook activities.
Chegg's network of student advisors has made incredible contributions to the product features and functionalities.
"I love using Chegg's new eTextbook Reader!" said Nichole Fisher, senior at Lee University. "I thought I would be more apprehensive to use an eReader because I have preferred to have a physical book in front of me, but Chegg's eTextbook Reader is so helpful and easy to navigate."
As Chegg continues to increase its offering and services for today's students, it now provides students digital services and textbooks in any format from the leading higher education publishers. To learn more about Chegg's all new eTextbook Reader, go to http://www.chegg.com/etextbooks.
Chegg, the leading network that saves students time, money and helps them get smarter is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college. Students on more than 7,000campusesnationwide use Chegg 365 days a year to make learning easier, more accessible and more productive. As a part of the company's philanthropic efforts, Chegg is dedicated to its Chegg For Good program, where it does good for education, the environment and various communities. Since its founding in 2007, Chegg's growth has made it one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups. From starting as a textbook rental company to evolving into an education network, Chegg is enhancing education for millions of students by saving time, money and helping them get smarter. For more information, visit http://www.chegg.com/.
Beyond the Gadgets at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
IEEE Experts Identify Global Trends for the Consumer Electronics Industry
PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the dust settles from the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, technologists from around the world have gathered at the IEEE International Consumer Electronics Conference (ICCE) to discuss what's next for consumer electronics. This annual event is one of the industry's flagship conferences known for unveiling a plethora of impressive innovations and highlighting upcoming developments. These futuristic concepts are often brought to life within a few years of their debut at ICCE.
While researchers discuss new innovations and technologies for the consumer electronics industry, IEEE experts highlight the trends from CES 2012 that will dictate the product development cycles of companies all around the world.
Ubiquitous, Nonstop Connectivity
With consumer connectivity demands growing exponentially around the world, companies are focused on manufacturing devices that connect and seamlessly share content and information, while ensuring products are upgradeable and compatible with other brands.
While Internet-connected devices aren't new, their increased connection capabilities are growing, and changing the way society works as a whole. "A fully connected society will require a shift in the way people work, think and live," said Dr. Henry Samueli, IEEE Fellow and chief technical officer at Broadcom Corporation. "It's not just about the device itself; it's about connecting all the devices together and sharing content. In a few years, all consumer electronic products will be able to share content - quickly and seamlessly - in a way that is transparent to the user."
Watch Dr. Henry Samueli discuss connectivity on IEEE's YouTube page.
With the massive shift to constant connectivity and seamless mobility, there is an urgent need for data storage. It's no surprise that technology companies and service providers are turning to the cloud for increased storage and computing power, given an almost unlimited capacity.
"Cloud-based services are able to process and access information that would otherwise be impractical to achieve on a small, under-powered device," said Stuart Lipoff, IEEE Fellow. "By taking advantage of powerful servers and the wealth of information in the cloud, the little battery powered device in your pocket takes on the power of a super-computer."
The role of consumer electronics continues to diversify and grow because of cloud-based applications. Engineers are able to make advancements in technologies that benefit consumers, including home healthcare devices, intelligent transportation, and streaming video. Lipoff predicts new applications such as pattern recognition and various forms of artificial intelligence, including facial recognition, will be among the product features consumers can expect in the future.
Watch Stuart Lipoff discuss the growth of cloud-based applications on IEEE's YouTube page.
Streaming Web-Based Video
A large number of consumers around the globe already access and consume video entertainment via the web. According to Richard Doherty, IEEE Senior Member, 2012 will serve as a tipping point for online video consumption - when even more households will have access to streaming video.
According to Doherty, streaming video is doing very well in geographies across the globe that have access to broadband, and exceptionally well in Eastern European and Asian markets where streaming video is now becoming the standard format for delivery of content.
The upswing in web-based video streaming can be credited to the widespread availability of video-capable internet TVs and external devices," said Doherty. "These devices include video consoles and innovative, optimized net streaming boxes."
Watch Richard Doherty discuss the tipping point for video entertainment on the web in 2012 and how it will impact businesses and consumers on IEEE's YouTube page.
Safer, faster, more convenient transportation is a growing trend impacting commuters and consumers worldwide. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) focus on the use of ordinary devices (such as a cell phone or GPS) that are enabled with built-in custom software so cars and buses can "communicate" with roadways and transportation systems.
Developments in consumer electronics for ITS are leading to a future where the technology can help provide a more streamlined traffic flow, better usage of energy resources and fewer vehicular accidents. As such, car companies are partnering with internet software companies to provide innovative technical advances at the touch of a button on a steering wheel.
"Consumers everywhere will benefit from the advancement of ITS," said IEEE Senior Member Alberto Broggi. "Vehicles will be able to monitor their surroundings and warn drivers of pedestrians, traffic patterns, and other vehicles, resulting in safer commuting. Advanced sensors will allow vehicles to detect and warn drivers of any immediate stops or dangers in the way of the vehicle, which can significantly decrease the likelihood of vehicle accidents."
Dr. Tom Coughlin, IEEE Senior Member, predicts devices that automatically aggregate and generate data such as location and time stamp information will continue to rise in popularity, helping consumers catalogue their experiences.
"When consumers take photographs or capture video or audio, they will be able to archive and access their information more easily," said Coughlin. "The device will capture precisely where and when the photo or video was taken, and the format it was taken in, for quick and easy access. In the future, we'll see that technology advance even further with the use of social networking interactions and image recognition technology creating new searchable content to enhance the value of the images."
Automated metadata, or information about the data, will become more common as increased storage capabilities become available, such as those provided through cloud-based applications.
Watch Dr. Tom Coughlin discuss the growth of cloud-based applications from the CES show floor on IEEE's YouTube page.
Convergence ofHome Networking Technologies
Being able to leverage various home networking technologies to create seamless and reliable "always on" connectivity is something consumers can expect to see more of this year.
According to Oleg Logvinov, IEEE Standards Association Member, 2012 will mark the beginning of a new trend: the convergence of home networking technologies. This will enable a rich consumer experience providing the ability to use various types of devices to access multimedia content. Additionally, users will have an easy-to-use interface for home automation and energy management applications.
"As our technologies become unified, consumers will be given the ability to monitor energy usage as a part of their daily routine," said Logvinov. "This function will become an integral part of the user experience, allowing them to modify their behavior to become more energy efficient."
Watch Oleg Logvinov discuss the growth of home technologies from the CES show floor on IEEE's YouTube page.
In addition to devices being connected within the home, IEEE Senior Member Nahum Gershon adds, "We will see more companies leveraging social media with mobile devices to connect people at work across organizational and geographical boundaries. Some organizations are already using these capabilities to varying degrees, connecting people to work and connecting the company to its vendors and customers."
Watch Nahum Gershon discuss the the consumerization of IT from the CES show floor on IEEE's YouTube page.
"IEEE is one of the leading organizations driving what's next in the consumer electronics landscape," said Gordon Day, IEEE President and CEO. "The technologies our members discuss, develop and showcase at ICCE provide the inspiration that transforms into the products that are released at CES every year."
For more from IEEE at 2012 CES visit http://www.Facebook.com/IEEEOrg. For more information on IEEE, or to speak with a member about consumer electronics trends for 2012, please contact IEEECES@finnpartners.com.
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Next Issue Media Expands Executive Leadership Team
Brodie Keast named EVP of marketing to lead company branding and marketing efforts
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan.18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Issue Media, the company formed by five leading U.S. publishers -- Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp. and Time Inc. -- today announced that Brodie Keast has joined the executive leadership team as executive vice president of marketing.
In this position, Keast will be responsible for leading branding and marketing across the company, driving demand generation and subscriber growth. He will report to the CEO, Morgan Guenther.
"Brodie is a world-class marketing executive with deep experience building brand and customer value across emerging digital media categories," said Guenther. "He understands how Silicon Valley intersects with big media brands, and at a time of tremendous change and excitement in the $25 billion plus magazine industry, I'm looking forward to having Brodie take charge of the Next Issue brand and strengthening our unique value proposition to consumers."
Keast has more than 25 years of brand management, technology and consumer marketing experience on a global scale at some of the leading brands such as Palm, TiVo, Hewlett Packard and Apple. He comes to Next Issue Media with a broad set of marketing and general management experiences from a range of personal computing, television services, wireless and other technology businesses.
Prior to joining Next Issue Media, Keast served as CMO of Prysm, a privately held company that has invented an innovative new display technology. Before his time at Prysm, Keast was SVP of marketing for Palm where he led the launch of the webOS platform. Prior to this role, he served as SVP and GM of the consumer business at Seagate and SVP of marketing and sales at TiVo, where he led the launch of the DVR category and development of the TiVo brand. Keast started his career at Hewlett Packard in a variety of engineering, marketing and management roles. He later joined Apple for a ten year run, where he held a range of marketing positions.
"Magazine content and brands resonate around the globe and the shift to digital is on," said Keast. "I am excited to be a part of a company that will deliver an immersive experience for customers who enjoy many of the most loved magazine titles in the world."
About Next Issue Media
Next Issue Media, the company behind Next Issue, is a joint venture formed by five leading U.S.-based publishers - Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc. The company was formed to develop, market, and deliver interactive digital editions of the world's most popular magazines and newspapers optimized for the digital device of your choice. You can find more information on Next Issue at http://www.nextissue.com.
Fanpage Toolkit Releases New Freemium Version With Innovative Features
LAUREL SPRINGS, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fanpage Toolkit is proud to introduce an entirely new set of features and pricing structure for its already comprehensive set of social commerce tools. To fully embrace these new developments, Fanpage Toolkit has developed a brand new website as well as issued a major new release to its social commerce and marketing platform.
Most importantly, both current and new users of Fanpage Toolkit's platform will notice two key developments. First, the addition of a completely FREE subscription plan opens the door for anyone hoping to quickly begin selling and marketing products and services within Facebook. Additional drastically reduced subscription pricing ensures more advanced features remain economically feasible for everyone else who subscribes to Fanpage Toolkit. Second, the healthy addition of new apps and functionality that include, Artist Page Builder, Sweepstakes, Digital Downloads and Advanced Page Authoring round out the Fanpage Toolkit social commerce and marketing suite.
According to the creator of Fanpage Toolkit, Aaron Friedman, "Fanpage Toolkit also supports specific applications tailored for non-profits, job seekers, and students totally for free. There is never a charge, and never will be, for these accounts, and they gain full access to one-click sync with LinkedIn, easily migrating their professional profile into the Facebook ecosystem."
One of the new features that Fanpage Toolkit has to offer is a new free subscription.
Social commerce is nothing without social networks and the users that drive them. In line with this premise, Fanpage Toolkit is pleased to offer access to its suite of social commerce and marketing tools to all users, completely free.
Aaron Friedman added, "How can we revolutionize social commerce if the barrier to entry is a credit card?" asks Aaron Friedman, Founder and CEO. "Users need to feel comfortable building social commerce properties, specifically for selling and marketing within the Facebook ecosystem. With our newest release, Fanpage Toolkit hopes to stimulate that building and growth."
While some companies offer free versions of their tools, no other social commerce company offers a free solution with such depth and functionality. And while some companies have raised rates and subscription fees in recent months, Fanpage Toolkit has chosen to start 2012 and the looming social commerce revolution, by choosing to support a fully-fledged social commerce and marketing platform solution that is free for all to use.
In addition to the new free account option, Fanpage Toolkit has offered the affordable paid membership. Fanpage Toolkit offers the following apps:
-- Sweepstakes App
It allows Facebook fans to enter a custom sweepstakes experience, creating unique and engaging promotional content. Finally, users can choose from a variety of different sweepstakes formats, which are all fully integrated into the rest of the platform, capture lead data, while increasing "likes" and sales conversion rates.
-- Digital Downloads App
Offer Facebook fans valuable digital goods and capture valuable leads in return. With Fanpage Toolkit's new Digital Downloads app, all users gain access to a digital download tool that allows uploading of a diverse set of file types. The creative and commercial possibilities are endless, offering fans a free downloadable eBook, song track, whitepaper, or any document in exchange for captured lead data.
-- Artist Pages App
Musicians and celebrities have come to count on the power of social networks to expand their brand, fuel their growth and support their creativity. Fanpage Toolkit provides the tools that allow artists to offer their fans downloadable music, files, tour schedules and valuable microsite content, all without the headaches of coding.
-- Advanced Page Authoring
Now during the template customization process, Fanpage Toolkit users will have the option of using an advanced page-authoring tool, to put the control and creative power back in the hands of the developer. More then just allowing for simple HTML support, this tool is a full-featured editing system that is custom fitted for the maximum output of high-end, advanced level Facebook pages. Meanwhile, non-developers are able to take full advantage of the included, wizard-driven, easy to use, code-free system, which simplifies and automates the Facebook page building process, while delivering the highest quality in output.
-- New Website
Finally, to highlight Fanpage Toolkit's newly added features, redesigned pricing structure and content, its website was reengineered. To clearly explain to potential subscribers, at the front and center of the website homepage are descriptions of the platform's five core app modules: Page Builder, Promotions, F-Commerce, Messaging, and Analytics. A content rich blog has been integrated, to offer the public free access to the latest trends in social commerce and marketing.
About Fanpage ToolkitFanpage Toolkit was founded in February 2011, after years of independent product development and research. Since then, it has grown into the #1 Social Commerce and Marketing Platform for Facebook. Fanpage Toolkit empowers its users to create, promote, market, trend, engage and sell products and services completely within the Facebook ecosystem. Follow Fanpage Toolkit for news and updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Amerlux Establishes Energy Services Group; Appoints Paul Ravenelle Regional Director of Sales
Helps Retailers Reduce Energy Consumption, Gain Incentives and Upgrade Lighting
FAIRFIELD, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Developed as a turnkey program that helps retail customers dramatically reduce energy consumption and costs while updating their lighting programs, Amerlux has established an Energy Services Group. Amerlux, a leader of task-specific, energy-efficient lighting solutions for the retail, supermarket, commercial and hospitality markets, has appointed Paul Ravenelle Regional Director of Sales, to head-up the group.
Amerlux Energy Services, which was developed for retail customers such as supermarkets and national chains, enables specialists to conduct physical audits of their lighting plan and create a benchmark that identifies fixtures, lamping and wattages used. Using delta calculations, a complete energy efficient lighting plan and layout is created featuring Energy Star® rated commercial lighting fixtures that are retrofitted on existing tracks. New luminaires offer comparable light levels and beam performance, with significantly lower wattages and reductions in energy costs and maintenance. After managing the specification, delivery and installation of new energy efficient fixtures, Amerlux submits all paperwork to utility companies; oversees communications, pre- and post-installation audits; and determines all incentives, and if customers assign incentives to Amerlux, the company will assume all incentive payment risk from the utilities.
"The establishment of our new Energy Services Group is part of our overall strategic plan to further support our retail customers with innovative lighting solutions," stated Frank P. Diassi, Chairman and Founder of Amerlux. "This new service reduces energy expenditures associated with accent lighting by 50-70 percent and replaces older conventional lighting with the latest energy efficient technology for at least a decade by implementing our 10 year warranty."
Within the past 90 days, Amerlux has already worked with one grocery retailer, pinpointing 150 store locations for retrofits and working with a dozen different utilities to earn incentives totaling over $2.5 million and toplined their lighting budget by 650 percent to fully equip their stores with brand-new energy efficient lighting. The entire retail banner was completely retrofitted with updated lighting technology.
"By leveraging the existing infrastructures of each store, we replace old fixtures with new state-of-the-art, energy efficient luminaires," says Chuck Campagna, CEO and President of Amerlux. "Paul and the Energy Services team help customers discover the best formula to gain energy incentives and expand their cost benefits model to get projects done."
Amerlux used its Energy Star® rated Contour LED lighting system to take a different approach to providing crisp, warm light ideally suited for use in accent and display spaces. While they provide the long life and efficiency retailers and commercial end-users have long sought to control maintenance and operating costs, the fixtures were designed to do so with an eye toward being fashionable - and efficient - in their own right. Contour offers LED clusters with color temperatures of 2700K, 3000K 3500K and 4000K CCT, while delivering high outputs up to 1300 lumens and a strong 92 CRI (color rendering index) at 12 to 40 watts.
Prior to joining Amerlux, Mr. Ravenelle most recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Performance Consulting Group, Director of Business Development for Fiberstars/Energy Focus, Regional Director of Business Development for Ameresco, and Regional Director for Noresco.
"Re-lamping is eliminated for 10 years and customers receive new 'as-built' documents that precisely identify all of the new lighting equipment in each and every store," Mr. Campagna continued. "By assuming the risk and responsibility of the retailer's incentive program, we deliver a quick, efficient payback that allows customers to push their budget constraints and completely upgrade their lighting plan with LED technologies."
About Amerlux LLC
Amerlux speaks the language of light for design and construction professionals around the world by manufacturing a broad array of optically superior, energy efficient lighting solutions for the retail, supermarket, hospitality, commercial and outdoor lighting markets. The company has set the standard for clean design, dependable service and superior performance that results in a more compelling and effective visual environment. Amerlux products and services include track lighting, recessed downlighting and multiples, pendants, linear fluorescents, and custom lighting systems, as well as support for energy reduction plans that can be used as a guide to state, city and local utility programs for maximum energy savings and utility incentives. The company's domestic and international clients receive the support of Amerlux's highly trained specification sales force, as well as expert service from initial design to on-time delivery made possible by strategically located manufacturing, warehousing and shipping locations.
6waves Lolapps Acquires Mobile Game Company Escalation Studios
Leading Developer and Publisher of Independent Social Games Looks to Take Leadership Position in Social on Mobile
SAN FRANCISCO and HONG KONG, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 6L (6waves Lolapps), the leading global social game publisher and developer, today announced its acquisition of Dallas-based mobile game company Escalation Studios. One of the world's most talented mobile game development teams, Escalation Studios will join 6L's existing product development team and will focus on delivering cutting edge game experiences on mobile devices. This news marks the expansion of 6L's unique and successful development and independent publishing business model to mobile.
"We will double our business in 2012 and mobile will play a significant role in our growth on both the publishing and development sides of our business," said Rex Ng, CEO of 6L. "This addition to our team brings some of the mobile gaming industry's most impressive talent into our fold and sends a clear signal that we are as serious about innovation in mobile as we have been in social."
"We were initially interested in Escalation Studios because of their reputation within the industry," said Arjun Sethi, Chief Product Officer of 6L. "When we sat down and saw their roadmap we recognized immediately how deeply their goals and capabilities align with our own. Their addition to our team will enable us to launch some of 2012's most innovative mobile games."
The acquisition adds Dallas to 6L's steadily growing list of Global offices, which includes Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, and San Francisco. The addition of Escalation Studios expands the company's overall headcount to more than 210 employees worldwide.
Escalation Studios' co-founders Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardiff will become Design Directors, while co-founder Shawn Green will become Director of Engineering for 6L. They will lead operations for the company in Dallas. Green, Mustaine, Tardiff and the entire Escalation team bring deep experience from an impressive roster of companies including Gearbox Software, id Software, Ritual Entertainment and Sierra Online.
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
GCA Savvian Advisors, LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Escalation Studios in connection with the transaction.
About 6L (6waves Lolapps) 6L is a leading global publisher and developer of social and mobile games with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Dallas. Every month we attract over 40 million users to our games. 6L's publishing network helps independent developers grow their games' audiences and improve their performance in the market through a broad range of services. 6L is a recognized leader in social game development, and the creator of the hit franchise Ravenworld. For more information visit http://www.6waves.com or http://www.lolapps.com
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CellTrust Supports Text2Floss Pilot Study at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health of A.T. Still University
CellTrust and A.T. Still University to provide program promoting preventative and ongoing initiatives of health and wellness
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CellTrust Corporation, the recognized worldwide leader in secure mobile messaging and secure applications for mobile phones announced today that the company has teamed up with A.T. Still University (ATSU), Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) to devise a series of text message programs designed to reach, educate, and remind current patients and the underserved, to promote preventative and ongoing health and wellness initiatives. ATSU will be represented at the upcoming AEEDC Dubai 2012 UAE international dental conference later this month.
The pilot Text2Floss project was founded by Tony S. Hashemian, D.D.S. , Assistant Dean to Global Oral Health at ASDOH, who explained, "The Mission of the Global Oral Health program at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health is to create Global Oral Health Solutions through improving oral health, leadership development, innovation, dental education, new technology, and the promotion of peace through collaboration and the provision of compassionate care to the underserved locally and worldwide."
Dr. Hashemian continued, "Health and wellness organizations are in need of a mobile solution that turns the already ubiquitous SMS text messaging medium into a powerful, HIPAA-compliant communications tool; enabling healthcare organizations and vendors to communicate patient data and other medical information via secure text messaging to clinicians' and patients' mobile devices."
CellTrust's founder and CEO, Sean Moshir, added, "With a secure SMS solution, organizations are able to send and receive text messages with real-time Protected Health Information (PHI) from personal mobile phones, web-portal interfaces, email exchange servers, electronic medical records, customer relationship management systems, lab systems, and other applications."
By directly providing physicians and clinicians with required patient information to make informed decisions, a secure SMS solution improves the quality of healthcare with decreased response times and accurate decision-making, allowing for quicker interventions and improved patient outcome.
CellTrust's global patents-pending SecureSMS(TM)
-- Removes security obstacles for text messages that contain Protected
Health Information (PHI)
-- Improves response time and decision-making by delivering complete
patient information directly to on-call clinicians' mobile phones
-- Eliminates the need for doctors to access a network connection
-- Provides greater mobility
-- Opens up secure two-way mobile communication for clinicians
-- Provides secure end-to-end encryption that meets the highest
international security standards
-- Provides each handset with its own unique decryption key which is always
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-- Allows you to push security policies directly to the handset
-- Provides communication over SMS control channel (resilient and supported
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-- Includes delivery, open and delete acknowledgement
-- Enables messages up to 5,000 characters
-- Includes Message Life, which determines life span of message
-- Provides optional message archiving for reporting and compliancy
-- PIN access control to SecureSMS application
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-- Integrates with CellTrust SecureSMS Gateway, accessing over 200
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-- Is an award winning and certified with major operators, operating
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New Survey Provides Insights from Users of Over 100 Restaurant Point of Sale Systems
Over 1,500 Independent Restaurateurs Reveal Virtues and Shortcomings of Their Existing POS System
HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RestaurantOwner (http://www.RestaurantOwner.com), a membership website for independent restaurant operators, has released, on their website, the results of a detailed survey of their members' experiences with their current point of sale systems. Over 1,500 individual independent operators participated and provided detailed feedback on over 100 different POS systems.
Choosing a point of sale system is considered to be one of the most important decisions any restaurant operator makes. With the average cost of a POS system approaching the $20,000 mark, it's not only an expensive decision but one that affects ongoing restaurant operations in several crucial areas.
A POS system should be one of a restaurant's most important assets by providing cash and inventory controls, improved speed of service, better decision-making and even sales growth opportunities. This survey confirms that if properly chosen, a POS can potentially pay for itself in a matter of months. But conversely, selecting the wrong system or one from the wrong vendor can become a source of operational problems and ongoing frustration for the operator for years to come.
Survey results indicate a strong correlation between the operators' degree of overall satisfaction with their POS system and their relationship with the POS vendor.
"Operators that had good experiences with respect to vendor training and support, be it online or on site, generally reported they were pleased with their POS choice," said Joe Erickson, Vice President of RestaurantOwner.com.
Survey questions captured operator responses regarding their POS system's ease-of-use, programmability and reliability. Participants also rated the quality of vendor training and ongoing support as well as common POS features such as reporting, timekeeping and inventory control.
In addition, many survey participants provided extensive comments about their experiences with the functional aspects of their POS system and the quality of the vendor training and support they received.
Building Society Outsources Management of Corporate Network to Focus on Customer Service Excellence
HARROGATE, England, January 18, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Managed network services from InTechnology delivers guaranteed network
connectivity and enhanced IT productivity
The Cumberland Building Society has turned to cloud services provider InTechnology to
upgrade its existing wide area network (WAN) to deliver improved performance and free up
IT resource so it can focus on delivering customer service excellence.
InTechnology will now provide the equipment, management and support for the
Cumberland's corporate network which serves 33 branches of the building society and two
Cumberland Estate Agent branches in the North West of England and South West of Scotland.
InTechnology's proactive approach to managing and supporting the network has proved
particularly beneficial outside of business hours as the building society's cash machines
have to be available around the clock, seven days a week.
Gary Richardson, assistant general manager for IT at Cumberland Building Society said:
"Right from the initial pilot study, InTechnology knocked the socks off everyone else.
They understood our needs, provided a commercially viable solution and have offered
stellar support throughout our partnership.
"InTechnology ticked every one of our boxes. They were cost-effective, offered
improved bandwidth, gave us excellent support and future-proofed the service."
Natalie Duffield, sales director, InTechnology said: "With our team looking after the
network, the Cumberland's IT staff are free to concentrate on front-end operations. The
Cumberland now has the high quality, resilient network service it needs to deliver better
connectivity and support its customer service goals.
"These improvements have also been implemented while achieving cost savings over the
building society's previous network."
Following a rigorous tender and pilot project, InTechnology was contracted by
Cumberland to supply and manage an MPLS-based WAN incorporating its branches and head
office, an Internet pipe to the head office offering 24x7 high-speed broadband access, and
ADSL circuits to the core network.
Looking to the future, the Cumberland plans to enhance its network yet further by
installing a new router from InTechnology with 3G fallback capability to help improve
network recovery at all sites.
InTechnology (http://www.intechnology.co.uk) is one of the UK's leading service
providers and delivers Cloud-based services to over 800 public and private sector
businesses across the UK. It has an unrivalled mix of skills embracing Network, Hosting,
Data, Voice and Unified Communications. InTechnology is also the first UK provider to
integrate hosted IP Telephony with Microsoft OCS and offer it as a fully managed, hosted
service. We've now added Hosted Exchange to the solution and to provide a complete, unique
and fully managed Unified Communications package. With 25 years experience as leaders and
innovators in the managed services market, InTechnology continue to be ahead of the curve
in the solutions they bring to their customers.
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NamingForce.com announces that in 2011 its business naming service successfully named 100 businesses using crowdsourcing
CYPRESS, Texas, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NamingForce.com announces that in 2011 its business naming service successfully named 100 businesses using crowdsourcing. This is a 100% increase over the previous year. The concept of crowdsourcing made a big jump in popularity in 2011 as the public became increasingly familiar with the public-driven practice. Crowdsourcing is the practice of using the public to solve a task traditionally solved by a company.
Naming Force is a business naming website that utilizes crowdsourcing to help name start-up businesses for a fraction of the cost of hiring a traditional marketing firm. Naming Force enlists the creative public to name its clients' new companies and products.
Naming Force is a product of 32nd Degree. 32nd Degree develops and operates service-oriented websites, like Naming Force. More information about 32nd Degree can be found at http://www.32nddegree.com.