Virtual Tour Software Offers Web-Based Solutions for Real Estate Brokers
DUBLIN, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VirtualTourCafe, a leader in new technology real estate virtual tour software and online services for real estate agents and brokers, has announced the launch of MyCafeBroker(TM). The new software is a web-based back-office software solution for low-cost, high-performance virtual tours and online marketing management.
With VirtualTourCafe, the virtual tour software platform is web-based and all upgrades and enhancements such as the latest "All-Inventory Widget" for agent websites is done on our web servers with essentially no down time and no added support costs to your bottom line. Utilizing Linux dedicated managed host servers running on the Intel i5 Quad Core processor, clients are assured fast performance and 24/7 reliability.
With the introduction of MyCafeBroker(TM) back-office software for the VirtualTourCafe applications, the broker now has oversight of the entire office online marketing. Included in the MyCafeBroker(TM) back-office program is the ability to add, edit and delete agents as well as access agent accounts for office administrator support. Also included are broker-level weekly statistical reports for all agent activity, providing a graphical view of how the broker marketing dollars are being used to drive buyers and sellers to the office listings.
VirtualTourCafe is an inexpensive marketing tool with individual agent and full-office broker programs available with detailed statistical reporting features. The agent A la Carte Menu has options starting under $10.00 per tour and unlimited tours are just $39.99 per monthly subscription. Substantial broker discounts are available upon request.
VirtualTourCafe.com offers Real Estate Professionals a smart advantage with automated marketing tools to deliver virtual property listings using social media, smart phones and video channels. Services include: Full-screen HD Virtual Tour of the property, printer-friendly Virtual e-Flyer with hyperlinks to a slide show, and one-click HD YouTube-Style Video creation, all with social media integration and smart-phone enabled. Global distribution is accomplished through MyCafeBlast(TM) which allows SEO online advertising to dozens of sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Craigslist, Facebook and many more.
VirtualTourCafe, LLC is based in Dublin, California and was co-founded by Timothy Denbo and Hannele Rinta-Tuuri. The business is operated as a limited liability company and has an advisory board made up of professionals in the real estate, technology, and marketing fields. VirtualTourCafe donates 10% of their net proceeds to charity.
"Cisco Networkers": ANDTEK Presents Functional and Sophisticated Attendant Console Software
MUNICH and HALLBERGMOOS, Germany, January 19, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- At the "Cisco Networkers" in London the Munich-based unified
communications specialist ANDTEK GmbH presents the latest technologies and
trends at booth E8. Visitors have the opportunity to get information about
the advantages of a modern attendant console including high-class
manager/assistant services, legally binding voice recording as well as
integration of databases, MS-Exchange contacts and corporate directories
offering a large variety of formats.
The server software of the attendant console can be operated on a
dedicated hardware platform or in a virtual environment. Therefore an
additional physical sever is not required. This way companies have the
opportunity to react more flexible to changing requirements and can bundle IT
resources and use capacities of already available physical servers achieving
a considerably higher efficiency. In this way companies save costs for
hardware, utility space and energy.
Globally acting enterprises can start with just one attendant console or
agent and simply extend attendant services worldwide at any time and as
required. The software offers all well know features of attendant consoles
and fully integrates with add-on services of ANDTEK, like voice recording,
broadcast and paging services or manager/assistant.
Visitors of the ANDTEK booth can also talk with the expert Jurgen
Schwarz, being the new EMEA Senior Channel Sales Manager. The 45-year-old
sales professional works in various unified communications companies where he
created a wide partner network displaying much engagement, competent
knowledge and customer-oriented behavior.
At the ANDTEK booth Jurgen Schwarz will welcome visitors from Great
Britain, Ireland, Benelux; Nordic countries, Italy, Spain and Portugal and
will be glad to give them an understanding of the advantages of ANDTEK's
products at first hand.
Precise and Moreover Technologies Partner to Offer a Global Online News and Social Media Intelligence Platform
Moreover Technologies' CODiE finalist Newsdesk 4 powers the new Precise Profile service
LONDON, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Precise, the UK's leading media intelligence provider, and Moreover Technologies, a global leader in media aggregation, today announced a strategic partnership that offers a unique news and social media intelligence capability to the UK market.
Precise Profile, powered by Moreover Technologies' Newsdesk 4 engine, will provide users with the first single platform access to global online news, social media and micromedia, enabling them to track an unlimited number of topics, to intelligently refine results and efficiently share them.
Newsdesk 4 has been recognized by The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a "Best Content Aggregation Solution" category finalist in its 26(th) Annual CODiE Awards competition. The winner will be announced Jan. 25 in New York.
Commenting on the service, Keir Fawcus, Managing Director at Precise said: "We are delighted to be able to respond to client demand for immediate awareness of relevant online news, social media and micromedia. It is a significant challenge to rapidly pinpoint accurate and relevant results from millions of daily news articles and social media posts and we believe that Precise Profile's intuitive, cutting-edge search and filtering tools answer this challenge in a groundbreaking way."
Paul J Farrell, Moreover Technologies President, said: "This is a perfect example of how companies offering overlapping capabilities can collaborate to complement each other, rapidly creating improved value for end clients. Newsdesk 4 offers a number of significant innovations in news and social media monitoring, refining and sharing, including intuitive, leading-edge faceted search and filtering tools. With its single platform for news and social media, user-friendly filters to rapidly identify relevant results from millions of daily news articles and social media posts, and powerful sharing tools, including automated alerts, newsletters and editorial feeds, Newsdesk 4 will deliver significant new insights and productivity gains to users."
In this rapidly developing area, the Precise Profile portal delivers an easy to learn and navigate tool for monitoring coverage and produces quality results immediately.
Precise is the UK's leading provider of media intelligence services, providing press, online, broadcast and social media monitoring, media analysis and forward planning services in support of PR and external communications activity. Precise is retained by 5,000 agency, corporate, consumer, financial, charity and government clients including the majority of the top 100 PR agencies and over 75% of the FTSE 100.
Founded in 1998, Moreover Technologies is a trusted aggregator of global news and social media. Clients include Shell Oil, Sony, Adobe, European Space Agency, Citigroup, Hill & Knowlton, BBC, Kingfisher, Businessweek, Reuters UK, Siemens and Simon & Schuster. Through US and UK offices, the firm offers corporate customers worldwide direct access to comprehensive, yet targeted, real-time business and consumer information from the Web's most read and respected sources. Daily, Moreover Technologies offers unified portal access to 2.2 million news articles and social media posts from 1.8 million editorially vetted sources across 100+ countries, 50+ languages and 800+ searchable industry categories.
Buy.com® Expands Retail Marketplace With Popular Gift Card Brands
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Buy.com, The Internet Superstore(TM), today announced that Buy.com shoppers now can enjoy access directly on the site to hundreds of popular gift card brands from dining, entertainment, fashion, home improvement and sporting goods stores.
"Redeemable cards are a great gift solution for time-strapped online shoppers," said Neel Grover, CEO and president of Buy.com. "Whether searching for friends, family members, colleagues or other important people in their lives, shoppers now have convenient access to a large selection of popular retail-branded gift cards without ever having to leave the Buy.com site."
Consumers looking to save time while shopping for multiple friends and family members will benefit from the vast selection of cards from Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Regal Entertainment Group®, Sephora® and more. Shoppers can search by category, brand and a range of denominations. Gift cards can be used online or at issuing retailer locations.
Buy.com's robust Marketplace features more than nine million products from thousands of qualified third-party retailers. The Buy.com Marketplace has been a major driver of the company's overall growth, with sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday of the holiday 2010 season up by more than 100 percent, compared to the same periods last year.
The Buy.com Marketplace spans more than 20 product categories, including games, apparel and shoes, books, bags and luggage, fragrance, home and outdoor, software, sporting goods, jewelry and watches, toys and baby goods, wine and more. Buy.com continues to aggressively add qualified new sellers and categories, though the company limits Marketplace participation to retailers offering strong customer service and fulfillment excellence.
With more than 18 million customers, Buy.com is a leading retail marketplace, focused on providing its customers with a great shopping experience and a broad selection of retail goods at everyday low prices. Buy.com offers millions of products in a range of categories, including consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, cell phones, books, music, DVDs, games, toys, bags, fragrance, home and outdoor, baby, jewelry, shoes, apparel and sporting goods. Founded in June 1997, Buy.com is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif, and owned by Rakuten, Japan's leading Internet Company. Together, Rakuten and Buy.com represent one of the world's largest online retail marketplaces, offering consumers more than 70 million products from nearly 35,000 merchants around the globe.
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USB 3.0 Support Announced by Nefsis Online Video Conferencing Service
USB 3.0 will increase quality and decrease cost of multipoint HD video conferencing
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Online video conferencing services innovator Nefsis® announced today its interoperability with the USB 3.0 Super Speed standard. The implication for the video conferencing industry is that multipoint HD video conferencing will soon become much more affordable to millions of businesses as chipset and motherboard manufacturers incorporate USB 3.0. At the recent 2011 International CES conference, more laptop, ultrathin laptop, and tablet manufacturers announced support, along with a growing list of storage peripheral vendors. Nefsis predicts USB 3.0 webcams are not far behind.
USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0, but it can transfer data at ten times the speed. At present, USB 2.0 limits webcams to HD 720p, continuous video calling. The advent of 3.0 will remove that limitation, enabling HD 1080p at standard frame rates, including 30 progressive and 60 progressive frames per second. This is a substantial enabling technology for video conferencing as it will usher in the highest quality, full motion HD at prevailing webcam pricing and consumer electronics economies of scale.
"We're delighted to see USB 3.0 catching on," said Tom Toperczer, Nefsis VP of Marketing. "The implications are clear: what used to cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars for boardroom video conferencing will soon be available to any desktop or conference room at webcam prices."
Nefsis is the industry's first cloud-based video conferencing solution, and the only solution to deliver multipoint HD quality to desktops and conference rooms. Nefsis allows the use of any video peripheral, including USB 2.0 webcams (720p), future USB 3.0 webcams (1080p), and virtually any Windows compatible video source, including handheld cameras and medical imaging devices, with built-in security and web collaboration tools.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Nefsis is a specialist in video conferencing software and online services for business. The Nefsis approach combines cloud computing and multi-core processing to deliver effortless video conferencing to employees, customers and business partners anywhere they have Internet access. Nefsis is especially popular among small-to-medium sized organizations, where its high-quality video, security controls and easy implementation deliver exceptional value.
For more information, please visit http://www.nefsis.com or call +1 (858) 715-0970 in the Americas or +44 (0) 870 224 0415 in the UK and Europe.
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Phone: (619) 275-0185
Nefsis is a registered trademark of Nefsis Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are property of their respective owners. HD video conferencing requires adequate bandwidth.
Black Duck Software Enters 2011 on Upswing, Powered by Growth in Black Duck Suite Sales, Channel Expansion, Acquisitions
2010 yielded accelerating sales growth and market share increases over a strong 2009; cash-flow positive for the year
WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, is entering 2011 with substantial momentum, coming off of a very strong 2010 that saw the company's streak of 30+ percent growth in year-over-year sales continue, complemented by significant channel expansion and two acquisitions. The company, which has been cash-flow positive since Q4 2009, has averaged 36 percent compound annual growth over the years 2008-2010.
Sales of the company's Black Duck Suite rose significantly in 2010, reflecting larger-scale enterprise deployments, as did services delivered across all categories -- M&A, deployment and internal code scanning assessments. Several key trends, including the global economic recovery; widespread use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in mainstream software development in the electronics, embedded systems, mobile, and enterprise IT segments; the growth in cloud computing and re-architecting of software programs for cloud deployment, ''and the rise of enterprise involvement in FOSS communities -- all helped fuel Black Duck's growth.
Black Duck saw expansion in its international distribution channels in 2010, marked by a 71 percent growth in partner sales over 2009, a company record for partner involvement. New international resellers and partners include Hitachi Systems & Services, Ltd., Fujitsu Middleware Ltd. and credativ.
The company added 52 new customers in the quarter, including National Instruments, Pegasystems, and Qosmos (France). Total new customers added in 2010 was an impressive 169, bringing the roster of Black Duck customers to well over 800.
Fourth quarter 2010 milestones included:
-- Black Duck acquired SpikeSource, a provider of software tools and
services to automate application component identification and assess
-- Black Duck acquired Ohloh.net. Ohloh, the largest free public directory
of open source software and a vibrant web community, contains
information on open source projects aggregated from over 250,000 public
repositories and forums. Black Duck is retaining the Ohloh brand and
will combine Ohloh with its industry-leading Koders.com code search
website to establish a comprehensive, free resource for the Ohloh, FOSS
and developer communities.
-- Black Duck partnered with credativ. The partnership with credativ, the
largest independent provider of open source software consulting and
services, adds depth to Black Duck's portfolio of expert open source
services and capabilities available to its customers.
-- Black Duck enhanced Code Sight(TM). The Code Sight source code search
engine was integrated with the Mercurial and Bazaar SCM systems,
simplifying code search indexing for Mercurial and Bazaar users.
-- Black Duck enhanced its code-scanning capabilities with the addition of
IBM® Rational® AppScan Source Edition (SE). Adding AppScan to Black
Duck's Software IP Assessment Services brings an additional dimension to
the security analysis offered as part of the service.
"2010 was the year Black Duck completed its transformation from provider of compliance products to the FOSS enablement company, delivering a complete portfolio of products and services across the software development lifecycle," said Tim Yeaton, Black Duck Software president and CEO. "The FOSS world is changing fast and we are responding. For example, development communities are increasingly important to enterprise developers, so we acquired Ohloh.net to create a destination for developers to learn about, find and use FOSS. Cloud services and security are critical, so we acquired SpikeSource to expand our capabilities in these areas. As commercial software development continues to expand its use of FOSS as part of a multi-source development model, Black Duck is positioned to be the trusted advisor and advocate for developers, enterprises and FOSS communities worldwide."
About Black Duck Software
Black Duck Software is the leading provider of strategy, products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of free and open source software (FOSS), at enterprise scale, in a multi-source development process. Black Duck® powers Koders.com, the industry's leading code search engine for open source; Ohloh.net, the largest FOSS community and free public directory of open source, and The Olliance Group, the leading open source business and strategy consulting firm. Among the 400 largest software companies in the world, according to Softwaremag.com, the company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. For more information, visit http://www.blackducksoftware.com.
Black Duck, Know Your Code and the Black Duck logo are registered trademarks of Black Duck Software, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. Koders is a trademark of Black Duck Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
Greenliant Ships Industry's First Industrial-Grade 8 GB Embedded Solid-State Drive
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenliant Systems, a leader in energy-efficient, highly secure and reliable solid-state storage products, has started mass production of its industrial-grade 8 GB NANDrive(TM) with ATA/IDE interface. The addition of Greenliant's GLS85LP1008P solid-state drive (SSD) marks the widest range of capacities--512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB--of small form factor, embedded SSDs that can withstand the extreme environments of automotive and industrial applications.
The GLS85LP1008P NANDrive combines Greenliant's high-performance NAND controller with 8 GB of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash die in a tiny 14mm x 24mm x 1.9mm package. The 91 ball grid array (BGA), 1mm ball pitch package gives customers an embedded SSD that is easy, space-saving and cost-effective for mounting to a system motherboard.
"Greenliant NANDrive devices have the same footprint across all capacities, which allows our customers to seamlessly add more storage when they need it," said Nobu Higuchi, vice president of application engineering and product marketing, Greenliant. "Our 8 GB I-grade NANDrive is a high-capacity SSD in a very small size. Combined with its advanced security features, the I-grade NANDrive protects customer data in applications that require long operating life and durability."
The GLS85LP1008P NANDrive has a 50 MByte/sec sustained Read speed and a 39 MByte/sec sustained Write speed, while staying energy-efficient with typical active-mode power consumption as low as 500mW. Its enhanced reliability features include data loss prevention during unexpected power interruptions and product endurance up to 100 million host-write cycles.
About Greenliant NANDrive Devices
The Greenliant NANDrive family manages all NAND flash complexities and allows embedded system designers to quickly integrate mass data storage solutions into their designs without having to make any firmware changes. Because NANDrive complies with ATA interface protocols supported by all standard embedded operating systems, designers no longer face the risk of host software revalidation cycles. To further ease integration and reduce inventory management, NANDrive solves the compatibility and obsolescence issues of pairing a NAND controller with new NAND flash devices. As an integrated multi-chip package solution, NANDrive eliminates the need for long qualification cycles when there is a change of NAND flash technology; customers need only qualify the NANDrive as a mass storage subsystem. For more information about the Greenliant NANDrive product portfolio, visit http://www.NANDrive.com.
About Greenliant Systems
By leveraging more than 20 years of solid-state storage design expertise, Greenliant Systems is dedicated to developing energy-efficient, highly reliable and secure storage solutions for the embedded system, data center and mobile Internet markets. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with product development in Santa Clara, Beijing, Shanghai and Hsinchu, and sales teams in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about Greenliant Systems, please visit http://www.greenliant.com.
Greenliant, the Greenliant logo and NANDrive are trademarks of Greenliant Systems. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
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StudentUniverse Launches StudentUniverse Media to Help Brands Reach College Students and Youth
WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading student and youth travel agency StudentUniverse.com announced today the launch of StudentUniverse Media, a digital advertising and marketing agency focused on the college and youth markets. StudentUniverse will leverage its expertise and reach to college students and youth to deliver targeted marketing campaigns.
"For ten years, we have built both a knowledge base and proprietary tools for reaching college students and youth," said Paul Jacobs, head of business development for the new agency. "StudentUniverse Media offers brands the opportunity to connect with these savvy trend-setters early in their customer life cycle."
StudentUniverse Media's services include placing digital advertisements online and in emails through its parent site, StudentUniverse.com, as well as through its network of partner sites targeted to college students and youth. StudentUniverse Media also offers viral marketing solutions and youth marketing consulting services.
Launched online in 2000, StudentUniverse.com is now the largest online travel agency for college students and youth. Millions of verified college students and youth rely on StudentUniverse for exclusive discounts making "student universe" the most relevant keyword in Google for "student".
DYMO Equips Busy Professionals With Optimized New Award-Winning Labeling Products
DYMO Introduces PC or Mac® Compatible LabelManager® 420P and LabelManager PnP
ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --In the home office, on the job site or in the supply room, busy professionals count on labels to bring order and efficiency to their jobs. Now that task can be even simpler and quicker, thanks to two new, innovative and award-winning products from DYMO,part of Newell Rubbermaid's Technology global business unit.
The DYMO® LabelManager® 420P label maker, for heavy users in large corporations, and the DYMO LabelManager PnP label maker, for small office-based users, are designed with numerous features that streamline and economize the production of labels for any imaginable business use. A key feature for each is PC* and Mac®** compatibility.
"Research tells us that people use label makers to save time and to work more efficiently," saysJulie Hibbard, DYMO Labeling. "With these new label makers -- the LabelManager 420P and the LabelManager PnP -- we have further simplified our products to make labeling easier than ever."
An international jury bestowed to both the LabelManager 420P and the LabelManager PnP label makers a prestigious iF Product Design Award for 2011 from the iF International Forum Design.
About the DYMO LabelManager 420P Label Maker
Portable and durable, the DYMO LabelManager 420P label maker is easy to use and extends productivity for those heavy users who need vast quantities of labels for massive filing, archiving, warehousing and asset management functions.
Other features of the LabelManager 420P label maker include:
-- PC* and Mac®** compatibility - to print barcodes, logos, batch labels
from data files, and much more
-- Large, four line graphic display with back lighting for improved
-- View text effects, on screen, before printing - to minimize mistakes
-- Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery - no more disposable battery expense
-- Uses DYMO D1 labels in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" widths, for maximum
About the DYMO LabelManager PnP Label Maker
Printing labels is fast and easy with the DYMO LabelManager PnP label maker. With no software to install, the label maker plugs right into a PC or Mac® to create professional looking, customized labels using the fonts and graphics on the computer. Lightweight and compact, DYMO LabelManager PnP label maker is ideal for labeling at the desk.
Other features of the LabelManager PnP label maker include:
-- No software to install
-- PC* and Mac®*** compatibility
-- Customize your label with any fonts or graphics on your computer
-- No power adapter or AA batteries needed - conveniently charges via USB
-- Uses DYMO D1 labels in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" widths, for maximum
*Windows® 7, Windows® Vista, Windows® XP
** Mac® OS 10.4 or later
*** Mac® OS 10.5.8 or later
The DYMO LabelManager 420P label maker is available for USD $109.99 and the DYMO LabelManager PnP label maker is available for USD $59.99 in catalogs and online. For more information about each, visit http://www.dymo.com.
About Newell Rubbermaid Global Business and Technology Solutions
DYMO is the master brand name for the Newell Rubbermaid Global Technology Solutions portfolio. In a world that demands greater productivity and measures it at every opportunity, DYMO provides businesses, educational institutions and consumers with innovative and easy ways to share, manage and organize information with improved efficiency and satisfaction.
Our DYMO global technology brands are organized into four solutions:
-- DYMO® / Labeling includes DYMO hand-held label makers, PC connected
label and postage printers, plus Industrial labeling tools
-- DYMO(TM) / CardScan® Contact Management Solutions include CardScan
business card scanners and contact management software
-- DYMO(TM) / Endicia® Postage Technologies include Endicia online
shipping and mailing services (http://www.endicia.com), as well as customized
-- DYMO(TM) / Mimio® ITT (Interactive Teaching Technologies) include Mimio
interactive whiteboard technology, digital ink recorders, document
cameras, student response systems and engaging lesson plan content
These global technology brands complement Newell Rubbermaid's strong portfolio of global brands, which also includes Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Pivot 2.0
Open Source Platform for Building Installable Internet Applications Makes Building GUI Applications Even Easier
FOREST HILL, Md., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Pivot 2.0, the full-featured, Open Source platform for building installable Internet applications (IIAs). Apache Pivot provides a professional-grade foundation for easily building and deploying sophisticated and engaging GUI applications that can be downloaded and installed like traditional desktop or mobile applications.
"With Pivot, developers use the languages, tools, and APIs they already know, thereby reducing technology sprawl and streamlining solution technology stacks," said Greg Brown, Vice President of Apache Pivot. "It's a truly open solution for creating visually rich, highly functional desktop or Web-based applications."
Apache Pivot is used in hundreds of applications across numerous industries, including retail, software, financial services, manufacturing, aerospace, and education, among others. Many of these applications have been developed for international use as well, as one of the key benefits of using Apache Pivot is ease of localization.
Apache Pivot 2.0 features a number of significant enhancements that include:
-- Dynamic data binding - properties of target elements are automatically
updated whenever a source value changes;
-- Support for named styles - CSS-like style classes are supported,
including both typed and untyped style selectors;
-- Support for SVG images in addition to standard bitmap-based images (such
as JPEG, PNG, or GIF)
-- Overhauled TextArea component - includes word navigation. undo/redo, and
improved cut/paste behavior;
-- Additional color schemes optimized for a variety of popular desktop
-- Serializer events - applications can now be notified as structured
content such as JSON, XML, or CSV is read from an input stream;
-- Eclipse launcher - an Eclipse plugin helps simplify creating launch
configurations for Pivot applications.
Oversight and Availability
Apache Pivot is available under the Apache Software License v2.0, and is overseen by a Project Management Committee (PMC), who guide its day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases.
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 300 individual Members and 2,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.
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CONTACT: Sally Khudairi of the Apache Software Foundation, +1-617-921-8656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
element14 Invites Engineers to "Test Drive" New Open-Source Arduino MEGA in January Community RoadTest
RoadTest allows engineers to evaluate new products each month for free and share reviews, insight and knowledge with element14 community peers
CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- element14, a collaborative social community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced that the new Arduino MEGA open-source prototyping platform is among the new products available for testing on its popular "RoadTest" group through January 31. In addition to the Arduino MEGA 2560 microcontroller board, engineers can sign up to test Microchip's Multimedia Expansion Board and Freescale's LFSTBEB8450 MMA845XQ Evaluation Board and STBUSB.
Each month, element14 offers a number of new technology products exclusively to group members dedicated to testing and reviewing new products and development kits. Selected "Roadtesters" are sent the products to test and keep at no cost, and in return they post reviews on the group page, so that their peers can benefit from their evaluations.
"The RoadTest group is one of element14's most popular resources, attracting as many as 10,000 visitors each month," said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, element14. "It brings our members together to share their feedback on new products and technologies, underscoring our commitment to community collaboration and the open-source alliance."
In addition to having the opportunity to test new products, community members can recommend and vote on products for future RoadTests. For more information or to participate in element14's monthly RoadTest program, register to join the community of design engineers and electronics enthusiasts at element14.com.
element14 is the first collaborative community, research portal and store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts. The website provides product data, design tools, technology information and top brand components to seamlessly facilitate the design process; users can consult industry experts and collaborate with peers around the globe. element14 is sponsored by Premier Farnell plc (LSE: pfl), a leader in multi-channel distribution and specialty services for electronic design engineers, trading throughout the Americas (Newark), Europe (Farnell) and Asia-Pacific (element14). The company has group sales of 795.3m pounds Sterling and over 4,100 employees globally.
VTech® Introduces All-in-One Home Phone System Under $100 for Hands-Free, Hassle-Free Communication
When Conversations Count, Consumers Can Look to the Sleek, Affordable LS6375-3 for Clear and Easy Communication with VTech's New Cordless Headset and Push-to-Talk Functionality
BEAVERTON, Ore., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VTech® Communications, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of VTech Holdings Ltd. (HKSE: 303; ADR: VTKHY) and the largest U.S. cordless phone manufacturer, today introduced an all-in-one, complete home communication system that combines VTech's new DECT 6.0 cordless headset, a base unit and two cordless handsets - all for under $100. With push-to-talk intercom and hands-free talking capabilities, the LS6375-3 package provides fast and convenient communication for any household or small office.
Thanks to DECT 6.0 technology, home phones provide the best option for clear, reliable communication, delivering peace-of-mind against dropped calls and unreliable reception. The new LS6375-3 package (MSRP: $99.95) comes with a number of special features to improve the consumer's experience and features VTech's cordless headset, the IS6100, for convenient, hands-free conversations while cooking, working, cleaning or doing other projects. With the added mobility of the cordless headset, it's easy to manage household chores, kids' homework or office deadlines while on calls.
VTech's LS6375-3 also features push-to-talk (PTT) functionality, which is ideal for home-based businesses, small offices and larger families. Push-to-talk enables instant voice delivery through the handset speakerphone, allowing users to make announcements or easily have one-to-one conversations with someone in another room. For further flexibility, the LS6375-3 is expandable with up to four handsets and one headset (using the LS6305 accessory handset, sold separately for $19.95).
Though priced under $100, LS6375-3 users don't have to sacrifice stylish design for affordability. The system incorporates a low-profile handset keypad and chrome finishing with high-gloss black detailing. The thin, curved handsets also include a speakerphone and blue backlit LCDs for easy viewing.
"Landline phones are the best choice when you're looking to have quality conversations, and they offer great features for people managing hectic schedules and juggling multiple responsibilities," said Matt Ramage, senior vice president, product management, VTech Communications, Inc. "The LS6375-3 blends clear, high-quality communication with great features for hands-free conversations and intercom capabilities - it's an affordable solution for today's fast-paced families and home-based business."
Staying Grounded with Quality Conversations
To highlight the power of quality conversations, VTech hosts StayGrounded.com,an online destination for learning about good communication practices with friends and family, featuring advice from relationship expert and life coach, Dr. Michelle Callahan. Consumers can read about surveys on communication habits, take polls about the power of communication and enter to win weekly prizes. Other ways to stay connected with VTech and hear more about "staying grounded" include:
-- Facebook: Fans of VTech at http://www.facebook.com/VTechPhones can share
the ways they plan to "escape" from technology, for a chance to win
weekly prize packages (valued at up to $350/each). Also, visitors can
receive information on StayGrounded.com as well as VTech discounts,
events and music initiatives.
-- Twitter: Follow VTech at http://twitter.com/vtech411 for the latest
news, including links to product reviews, contests and giveaways.
LS6375-3 Product Information
As part of the company's ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, VTech's LS6375-3 is ENERGY STAR® qualified and RoHS compliant. VTech phone packaging uses 100-percent recyclable materials and features an FDA-approved aqueous coating that eliminates hazardous chemicals.
Product highlights and retail availability are as follows:
-- Includes IS6100 cordless headset for added freedom to have private,
-- A two-handset and one-headset system, requiring only one phone jack and
including three ear hooks and an over-the head band
-- DECT 6.0 digital technology for the best sound quality, security and
range in cordless phones
-- Push-to-talk functionality between handsets
-- Low-profile keypad
-- 100-name and number phonebook directory- easily store and dial
frequently called numbers
-- Noise-cancelling headset microphone- filters unwanted background noise
for the highest possible audio quality
-- Equalizer with four audio profiles to match users' hearing needs
-- Blue backlit LCD and keypad
-- Chrome finishing with high-gloss black design
-- Handset speakerphone for "hands-free" conversations
-- 7-day/7-hour battery performance
-- Expandable with up to four handsets and one handset using only one phone
jack - uses LS6305 accessory handsets
-- Available at: http://www.vtechphones.com and Best Buy
-- MSRP: $99.95
-- Headset system only- requires the LS6375-3 to operate
-- DECT 6.0 digital technology for the best sound quality, security and
range in cordless headsets
-- Noise canceling microphone - filters out unwanted background noise for
the highest possible audio quality
-- Extended range - significant range improvement over any 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz
cordless phone, enjoy interference-free conversations hundreds of feet
away from the base unit
-- Multiple wearing styles - included in the box are universal over-the-ear
hooks and an over-the-head band
-- Adjust the volume or mute your conversation directly from the headset
-- Accessory handset only - requires the LS6375-3 to operate
-- DECT 6.0 digital technology provides the best sound quality, security
and range in cordless phones
-- Push-to-talk functionality between handsets
-- Intercom, transfer and conference between handsets
-- Handset speakerphone for "hands-free" conversations
-- Handset volume control
-- Available at http://www.vtechphones.com
-- MSRP: $19.95
VTech is the world's largest manufacturer of cordless telephones and a leading supplier of electronic learning products. It also provides highly sought-after contract manufacturing services. Founded in 1976, the Group's mission is to be the most cost effective designer and manufacturer of innovative, high quality consumer electronic products and to distribute them to markets worldwide in the most efficient manner.
Precise and Moreover Technologies Partner to Offer a Global Online News and Social Media Intelligence Platform
LONDON, January 19, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- Moreover Technologies' CODiE Finalist Newsdesk 4 Powers the new Precise
Precise, the UK's leading media intelligence provider, and Moreover
Technologies, a global leader in media aggregation, today announced a
strategic partnership that offers a unique news and social media intelligence
capability to the UK market.
Precise Profile, powered by Moreover Technologies' Newsdesk 4 engine,
will provide users with the first single platform access to global online
news, social media and micromedia, enabling them to track an unlimited number
of topics, to intelligently refine results and efficiently share them.
Newsdesk 4 has been recognized by The Software & Information Industry
Association (SIIA) as a "Best Content Aggregation Solution" category finalist
in its 26th Annual CODiE Awards competition. The winner will be announced
Jan. 25 in New York.
Commenting on the service, Keir Fawcus, Managing Director at Precise
said: "We are delighted to be able to respond to client demand for immediate
awareness of relevant online news, social media and micromedia. It is a
significant challenge to rapidly pinpoint accurate and relevant results from
millions of daily news articles and social media posts and we believe that
Precise Profile's intuitive, cutting-edge search and filtering tools answer
this challenge in a groundbreaking way."
Paul J Farrell, Moreover Technologies President, said: "This is a perfect
example of how companies offering overlapping capabilities can collaborate to
complement each other, rapidly creating improved value for end clients.
Newsdesk 4 offers a number of significant innovations in news and social
media monitoring, refining and sharing, including intuitive, leading-edge
faceted search and filtering tools. With its single platform for news and
social media, user-friendly filters to rapidly identify relevant results from
millions of daily news articles and social media posts, and powerful sharing
tools, including automated alerts, newsletters and editorial feeds, Newsdesk
4 will deliver significant new insights and productivity gains to users."
In this rapidly developing area, the Precise Profile portal delivers an
easy to learn and navigate tool for monitoring coverage and produces quality
Notes to editors:
Precise is the UK's leading provider of media intelligence services,
providing press, online, broadcast and social media monitoring, media
analysis and forward planning services in support of PR and external
communications activity. Precise is retained by 5,000 agency, corporate,
consumer, financial, charity and government clients including the majority of
the top 100 PR agencies and over 75% of the FTSE 100.
Founded in 1998, Moreover Technologies is a trusted aggregator of global
news and social media. Clients include Shell Oil, Sony, Adobe, European Space
Agency, Citigroup, Hill & Knowlton, BBC, Kingfisher, Businessweek,
Reuters UK, Siemens and Simon & Schuster. Through US and UK offices, the firm
offers corporate customers worldwide direct access to comprehensive, yet
targeted, real-time business and consumer information from the Web's most
read and respected sources. Daily, Moreover Technologies offers unified
portal access to 2.2 million news articles and social media posts from 1.8
million editorially vetted sources across 100+ countries, 50+ languages and
800+ searchable industry categories. http://www.moreover.com
A Mold Component Will be Programmed for Live Cutting in the Haas Booth
GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, January 19, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cimatron Limited (Nasdaq: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM
solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete
parts, announced that CimatronE will partner with Haas Automation at IMTEX
India, January 20th-26th 2011.
In the Haas booth (3A, A108), a mold component will be machined from hard
steel on a 3-Axis Machine. The medium sized part contains very small radii,
many of which are located in tight, hard-to-reach spaces. They will be
directly machined in one setup without the use of electrodes. This type of
direct machining on hard steel saves time and reduces costs.
"We are excited to host live machining in our booth at IMTEX," said Mr.
Ujwal Garde, Manager Application & Service at Haas. "Visitors to our booth
enjoy seeing the machines at work and judging the results for themselves,
first hand. We use CimatronE's NC programming to showcase the very high
surface quality that our mold maker series machines can produce in short
CimatronE is an integrated CAD/CAM solution for toolmakers and
manufacturers of discrete parts, which provides full associativity across the
manufacturing process from quoting, through design and up to delivery.
Cimatron's fully integrated CAD/CAM solutions use the most advanced
technology available to increase productivity and shorten delivery times.
"The IMTEX trade show is a great opportunity to kick-start a very
exciting 2011," said Edsel Vaz, Cimatron's Country Manager for India.
"Cimatron plans to expand its operations significantly throughout India this
year. In doing so, it is important to maintain very strong relationships with
Machine Tool Builders and other associates in our industry, as these
relationships allow us to provide the best possible service to our customers.
We are excited to work together with Haas during the show."
With over 28 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations
worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions
for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts.
Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions
that streamline manufacturing cycles and ultimately shorten product delivery
The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with
solutions for mold design, die design, electrode design, 2.5 to 5 Axis
milling, wire EDM, turn, Mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and
tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution
network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical,
consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries
Cimatron's shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the
symbol CIMT. For more information, please visit Cimatron's web site at: http://www.cimatron.com
This press release includes forward looking statements, within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are
subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those anticipated. Such statements may relate to Cimatron's
plans, objectives and expected financial and operating results. The words
"may," "could," "would," "will," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate,"
"expect," "intend," "plan," and similar expressions or variations thereof are
intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that
any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance
and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Cimatron's
ability to control. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward
looking statements include, but are not limited to: currency fluctuations,
global economic and political conditions, marketing demand for Cimatron
products and services, long sales cycles, new product development,
assimilating future acquisitions, maintaining relationships with customers
and partners, and increased competition. For more details about the risks and
uncertainties related to Cimatron's business, refer to Cimatron's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cimatron cannot assess the
impact of or the extent to which any single factor or risk, or combination of
them, may cause. Cimatron undertakes no obligation to publicly update or
revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.
DC Universe Online is Available at ByGamer.com Now
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PR Newswire-Asia/ --- DC Universe Online or DCUO is an MMORPG by Sony Online Entertainment, which was officially released on Jan 11, 2011. Right now, game players can get DC Universe Online CD Key at Bygamer.com (another platform of DinoDirect.com).
In DC Universe Online, Players will choose a mentor for their character (such as Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman for heroes and Lex Luthor, The Joker, or Circe for villains). Their starting location, principal quest rewards and mob loot will be varied according to the mentor selected. The starting zones are either Metropolis or Gotham City, for both heroes and villains. Heroes can also go to the Justice League Watchtower, while villains can enter the Legion of Doom headquarters. Other zones can be reached by teleporters from the two faction headquarters.
"Since DC Universe has been available at ByGamer.com, we made sales over $3,000 for the first day and average $5,000 a day, which is a good record for a CD key. At present, standard DC Universe Online CD key for monthly play is in stock and selling well. With players' enthusiasm, DC Universe Online Collection (DC Universe Online CDK + 30 Day Prepaid Game Time Card, total 60 days) is in stock to sell at $62.99. In addition, DC Universe Online power leveling is also now available. If any player wants to be more powerful without spending lots of time, ByGamer.com is a good place where you should visit," said the marketing director.
World of Warcraft Gold now is still a hot seller at ByGamer.com. It provides customers with legal and fast WoW Gold. Buy WoW Gold at ByGamer.com is a good choice for buyers as well as WoW Power Leveling, etc. Now ByGamer.com is making an effort to update their home page. to make sure ByGamer.com always brings their customers a "fresh face". ByGamer.com strives to offer better shopping experience, the best customer service and cheap MMORPG related products. With over three years experience and growth, ByGamer has now blossomed into a multi-national corporation employing over 100 staff members across our Operations Departments and Technical Support Teams. ByGamer has customers in more than 100 countries including Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Australia, etc.
Currently ByGamer has a steady annual income and business traffic. Like other in-game currency sellers, ByGamer not only does WoW Gold related services, but also is very professional with other popular games such as DDO Platinum, FFXI Gil, Shaiya Gold, GuildWars Gold, EVE ISK, Aion Kinah etc. ByGamer's goal is to use the most advanced trading concepts to establish the best virtual assets trading platform to meet the demand of game players.
ByGamer believes: "Customers' satisfaction always comes first".
DinoDirect China Limited (http://www.dinodirect.com) is one of the biggest global online retailers. It offers a great quantity of products with competitive price by cutting the middleman and offering products directly to the terminal consumers.
DinoDirect possesses a great many software products with proprietary intellectual property rights, owns technological superiority and an efficient marketing team among the similar industry.
In addition, DinoDirect also provides services of purchasing and selling virtual currency, accounts, items, and power leveling for online role play games. Like other in-game currency sellers, DinoDirect not only does WoW Gold related services, but is also very professional with other popular games such as SWG Credits, FFXI Gil, guild wars gold , fallen earth chips, EQ2 Palt , lotro gold etc.
From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Les Miserables
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE TIMELESS AND LEGENDARY BROADWAY SHOW
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 22, 2011 ON BLU-RAY(TM), DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
OVERVIEW: From award-winning producer Cameron Mackintosh (Phantom of the Opera), Les Miserables is undoubtedly one of the world's most popular musicals and has been seen by nearly 60 million people around the world. The live recording of this extraordinary 25th anniversary show is an awe-inspiring event starring Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers, Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga (the voice of Disney's Mulan and Princess Jasmine), and over 500 additional artists and musicians! Les Miserables won eight Tony awards® including Best Musical, two Grammy® awards and five Drama Desk awards. Critics are raving that Les Miserables is "an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish" (Anita Gates, The New York Times) and debuts on February 22, 2011 on Blu-ray(TM),DVD and Digital Download from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION - BLU-RAY:
Street Date: February 22, 2011
Copyright: 2011 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61118326
Running time: 2 Hours 50 Minutes
Picture Format: Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese,
Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Icelandic, Mandarin and Cantonese Subtitles
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD:
Street Date: February 22, 2011
Copyright: 2011 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61118325
Running time: 2 Hours 50 Minutes
Layers: Dual layer
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish Subtitles
Sound: English Digital Dolby 5.1
CAST AND FILMAKERS
Cast: Nick Jonas, Lea Salonga, Matt Lucas, Norm Lewis, Jenny Galloway,
Alfie Boe, Katie Hall
Directed By: Nick Morris
Produced By: Cameron Mackintosh
Music By: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
CONTACT: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Executive Director, Publicity
SOURCE Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
CONTACT: Jennifer Black, Executive Director, Publicity, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, +1-818-777-0546, Jennifer.Black@nbcuni.com
Bruttles' Signature 'Soft Peanut Butter Brittle' Launches National Distribution Online
SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One of Spokane's hidden gems, Bruttles Gourmet Candy Company, launches a new website so everyone across the country can enjoy the company's signature soft peanut butter brittle.
"We're very excited to be able to share my gourmet candy company and our signature soft peanut butter brittle with the world," says Carol Measel, owner of Bruttles. "Our soft peanut butter brittle begins with a one-of-a-kind, 60-year-old classic recipe handed down by my Aunt Sophia Gerkensmeyer, an 'old world' master candy maker. Each batch of our secret recipe candy is still hand-pulled on the marble slab she purchased from the world-famous, historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington. Our unique recipe has been handed down, improved, and protected over the years. The result is a confection with a soft, flaky consistency and a rich, creamy peanut butter flavor," continues Carol.
The 60-year-old classic soft peanut butter brittle recipe has led to a whole line of luscious confections such as old-fashioned peanut brittle, cashew brittle, caramels, caramallows, bark, and butter toffee. "We pay the same close attention to each small batch of candy we make, just like Aunt Sophia did. We will not compromise on the quality of our products - nothing but fresh, Grade A ingredients make it into Bruttles' confections. The result is like nothing else you've ever tasted!" says Carol.
Bruttles Gourmet Candy Company has two locations in Spokane, Washington, and one in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Bruttles also offers holiday and corporate gift packages that you can also order online.
For more information about Bruttles Gourmet Candy Company, please contact Carol Measel at 888-4-Bruttles or visit http://www.bruttles.com.
Rhapsody, the Award-Winning On-Demand Music Service, is Accelerated with Sprint 4G
The Rhapsody Android app -- the latest addition to Sprint's robust music offerings and now offered through Sprint Zone -- lets Sprint subscribers download 10 songs in 30 seconds anywhere on Sprint's 4G network
Sprint's 4G network enables downloading music up to 10 times faster than 3G*
SEATTLE, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rhapsody today announced thatSprint subscribers can access its large, on-demand digital music collection consisting of 11 million songs, with the Rhapsody Android app, now offered in Sprint Zone.
"The Rhapsody Android app provides an optimal music-listening experience that follows Sprint subscribers everywhere," said Brian McGarvey, vice president business development at Rhapsody. "The ability to quickly access virtually any song at any moment is very powerful -- Rhapsody frees users from the limitations of an individual music collection or device storage capabilities and the Sprint 4G network ensures seamless streaming and rapid downloads."
The Rhapsody Android app is a premium on-demand music service that gives users access to more than 11 million full-length songs and exclusive editorial content, including reviews, videos, playlists and recommendations from Rhapsody's music experts. Subscribers can download all the music they want to their Android device for less than the cost of one CD per month and take it with them everywhere: in the car, on a flight, at home or at the gym.
Rhapsody users can create a playlist on their device, run multiple apps, play music while sending an email and even listen to music offline (such as on a plane or subway).
Sprint subscribers using Rhapsody on Sprint's 4G network can download 10 tracks in 30 seconds or an average 50-song playlist in less than five minutes; a task that would take more than 20 minutes on a 3G network.** Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier and Sprint was the first national carrier to offer wireless 4G service -- today in 71 markets. More information on Sprint 4G capable devices can be found at http://shop.sprint.com/en/solutions/mobile_broadband/mobile_broadband_4G_dualmode_devices.shtml
The Rhapsody Android app makes it simple to find and discover new music by track, artist, album, genre, popularity or recommendations by Rhapsody's editors and other music lovers. Subscribers can listen to anything and everything in the catalog, as often as desired. After a free trial, users pay only $9.99 per month plus applicable taxes to listen on an Android phone, computer or home audio system. Rhapsody is also available in BlackBerry App World and GetJar.
The Rhapsody® digital music service (http://www.rhapsody.com) gives subscribers unlimited on-demand access to more than eleven million songs, whether they're listening on a PC, laptop, Internet connected home stereo or TV, MP3 player or mobile phone. Rhapsody allows subscribers to access their music through more touch-points than any other digital music service, including mobile phones from Verizon Wireless, through Rhapsody applications on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, RIM BlackBerry and Android mobile platforms as well as through devices from Vizio, SanDisk, HP, Sonos and Philips. Rhapsody, and the Rhapsody logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc.
* "Up to 10x faster" based on download speed comparison of 3G's 600 kbps vs. 4G's 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in more than 60 markets and counting, and on select devices. See http://www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services are available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G is unavailable.
* * Comparison based on nationally-advertised speeds & independent, third party drive test data for the top 50 most populous markets as of June 2010 (3G); and third-party drive test data as of August 2010 (4G). Average music playlist size: 100MB. Song Capacity based on 4 minutes per song.
Cisco Supercharges Home Networking With New Linksys Maximum Performance Wireless Router
New Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Router with Innovative Design Gives Consumers the Speed and Range for the Ultimate Wireless Entertainment Experience
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco today unveiled its best-in-class wireless home router - the Linksys® E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router. Designed for optimum home theater performance, the E4200 works seamlessly with the latest entertainment devices, including Internet TVs, iPad tablets, game consoles, smart phones, e-readers, and VoIP devices. This new router not only helps boost performance and range in the home, it provides industry-leading speed of up to 450 Mbps* for smooth streaming of video and music and uninterrupted gaming.
Building on the decade of leadership and innovation from Linksys, this latest state of the art router features simultaneous dual-band wireless-N, four gigabit ports, and a 3x3 antenna configuration that help give it unparalleled speed and range. Additionally, a combination of internal and external amplifiers coupled with six antennas help increase the signal strength across greater distances, providing improved home network coverage and reducing dead spots. The E4200 also features a next-generation industrial design that combines sleek contours with advanced functionality.
"Cisco's Linksys line continues to lead the industry with innovative technology for the growing number of wireless-enabled homes", said Simon Fleming-Wood, vice president of marketing, Cisco Consumer Products. "The new Linksys E4200 router is ideal for home entertainment enthusiasts who want to equip their homes with the latest wireless technology or anyone who wants the reassurance of outfitting their home with the best router on the market today."
The research firm, IDC reports that worldwide shipments of wireless-N routers are expected to grow 158% from 2010 - 2014 and the number of household with multimedia networks will grow 103% over the same time period. (IDC, Worldwide Home Networking 2010-2014 Forecast Update, Doc.# 225479, Nov. 2010) These growth projections emphasize the need for high performance routers like the Linksys E4200 that will provide the speed and range connectivity throughout the home.
New Features for Storage, Sharing, and Simple Setup
The E4200's new USB feature makes it easy to add external storage to the network and since it is an UPnP Media server as well, consumers can easily store, share and stream movies, music and games to other devices around the home. The USB port also has plans for converting to a Virtual USB port which will also enable printers to easily connect to the network so all users in the home can print wirelessly. The included Cisco Connect software continues to provide simple three-step setup and network management tools such as parental controls and guest access.
-- Maximum performance of up to 300 Mbps (2.4) and up to 450 Mbps (5.0GHz)*
-- Simultaneous dual-band (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) with four 10/100/100 gigabit
-- 3X3 internal MIMO special stream configuration on the 5.0 Ghz band for
ideal performance for streaming HD videos, gaming and voice
-- Internal and external amplifiers for maximum speed at greater distances
for added in-home mobility
-- Six antennas for maximum range
-- Quality of Service (QoS) for prioritizing bandwidth for movies, voice or
-- UPnP media server for adding on storage to serve your Internet-enabled
TVs or media server PCs
-- USB port for easily adding external storage drives
-- New design
-- Advanced security: WPA and WPA2 and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
-- Plans to support IPv6 in the spring
-- Cisco Connect software for enabling simple setup, network management
tools (parental controls, guest access) and optional advanced settings
Pricing and Availability:
The Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router is immediately available for an MSRP of $179.99 at Best Buy, Bestbuy.com and the Linksys store at http://homestore.cisco.com. The E4200 will roll out to other retail and online retailers over the next few months.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco's vision for the consumer is to enable people to live a connected life that is more personal, more social, and more visual. Further information about Cisco and its full line of consumer products including Linksys, Valet and Flip Video can be found at http://www.linksys.com, http://www.thevalet.com, http://www.theflip.com, and http://www.cisco.com/consumer.
*The maximum performance for wireless is derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, environment building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.
Cisco, the Cisco Logo, Flip Video, Linksys, and Valet are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at http://www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.
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Hughes Announces Business-Grade VoIP Over Affordable Broadband for the Government Market
Full-featured, Managed Solution Reduces Federal Telephony Costs and Complexity
GERMANTOWN, Md., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, and a leading provider of managed network and application services, today announced its managed Voice-over-IP (VoIP) solution for the government market. Using the new Hughes ActiveQoS(TM) technology, Hughes can provide superior voice quality over affordable broadband, eliminating the need for agencies to invest in expensive, leased line Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks.
Hughes ActiveQoS technology is integrated into the customer equipment onsite and actively monitors and adapts to network congestion over the broadband network. Hughes ActiveQoS incorporates several innovative optimization methods, including traffic metering, network change adaptation, and traffic prioritization, to ensure that real-time, latency sensitive applications, such as voice, get through on an end-to-end basis. As a result, government users enjoy a high-quality voice experience with minimal packet loss and jitter.
"Many agencies--particularly federal organizations at the field office, bureau, and division-level--often have been unable to justify deploying a managed VoIP solution," said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for Government Solutions at Hughes. "The benefits of converging voice and data are well known, and now government customers, especially these small and medium-sized agencies, can reap those benefits to reduce operational costs."
Government agencies typically have had to deal with dozens of local service providers to meet the voice and data needs of their small and medium-sized field offices. Hughes enables them to consolidate all their voice and data capabilities nationwide under a single managed services provider employing the most cost-effective mix of broadband network transport technologies. The Hughes VoIP solution includes both hosted VoIP, as well as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking services, and offers full number portability.
"Federal agencies can now take advantage of a full-full featured VoIP solution that improves operations and employee efficiency and provides a better customer experience, while simultaneously lowering infrastructure costs. I call that a win-win-win," said Bardo.
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, HUGHES has shipped more than 2.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50% market share. Its products employ global standards approved by TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGH). For more information, please visit http://www.hughes.com.
Cardo Systems Announces New Snowmobile to Snowmobile Bluetooth® Intercom and Entertainment System
scala rider® G4(TM) PowerSet Connects With Mobile Phones, GPS, MP3 Players and Features Ultra-Thin, Corded Microphone for Tight Fitting Snow Helmets
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardo Systems, Inc., the world's market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for helmet headsets, announced today the availability of its new wireless scala rider G4 PowerSet with corded rather than boom microphones and intercom system specifically designed for snowmobile riders. Now snowmobile riders can speak by intercom with their friends riding on other snowmobiles.
The corded scala rider G4 PowerSet is a set of two pre-paired Bluetooth intercom devices. Each comes with an ultra-thin corded microphone and clamps on to the snowmobile helmet in minutes. The product offers clear audio communications among two or three separate riders, or among four riders in total made up of two rider-passenger groups. Intercom communication is full duplex, meaning conversations are simultaneous, and do not have the delay of older "walkie talkie" systems. In addition to the Bluetooth intercom between snowmobiles, snowmobilers may also speak wirelessly via their Bluetooth phones.
The scala rider G4 PowerSet with corded microphones is a true multi-device entertainment system that accepts and plays wireless Stereo music from iPods or other MP3 music devices that are A2DP compatible. For added built-in entertainment, each headset sports an embedded FM radio with RDS that allows seek and scan functions and users to save favorites with six station user preset. Additionally, the product can receive in-helmet voice instructions from a Bluetooth enabled GPS device. Voice-recognition (for answering, dialing or rejecting calls), multilingual spoken status announcements (to report incoming and outgoing headset connections) and AGC technology for automatic headset volume adjustments (based on ambient noise and driving speed) all contribute to completely hands-free communication and enjoyment.
To fit into the tightest-fitting snowmobile helmets, the G4 PowerSet features a corded noise-canceling microphone designed for maximum rider comfort. The corded microphone allows for easy maneuvering and can be adjusted according to rider preference. Installation of the headset can be completed in five minutes or less.
Safety is paramount with this system that provides riders with the security of plenty of talk time and an innovative, water and weather resistant design.
The new corded scala rider G4 PowerSet for snowmobiles is now available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty snowmobile shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at http://www.cardosystems.com with a suggested retail price of $489.95.
*results may vary according to terrain
**reduced operational range when connected to earlier scala rider headset models
About Cardo Systems, Inc.
Cardo Systems, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, has specialized in the design, development, manufacturing and sale of state-of-the-art communication and entertainment systems for motorcycle helmets since 2003. Cardo's scala rider line of headsets, now available in over 50 countries, is the world's best selling Bluetooth system for the motorcycle industry. For more information call (412) 788-4533.
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- Service equips financial institutions to seamlessly convert small business customers to small business online bill pay solution for better service and greater efficiencies -
MONETT, Mo., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: JKHY), a leading provider of computer systems and electronic payment solutions primarily for financial services organizations, today announced that its iPay Technologies division has introduced Biz 2.0 Crossover. The new bill payment service identifies small business customers that are using a financial institution's consumer online bill payment product, but would realize greater benefits from a bill pay solution designed exclusively for small business needs.
Biz 2.0 Crossover is part of iPay's strategy to help financial institutions best serve small business customers while ensuring that those relationships achieve their greatest profit potential.
According to Bill Ready, president of iPay Technologies, "Today, small businesses need to optimize operating efficiencies and cash flow, simplify funds management and effectively control delegated tasks. However, most of them are not achieving these basic goals if they are using a consumer online bill payment product. The tendency to use a consumer bill pay solution typically stems from familiarity with the platform and its functionality, and many small businesses simply are not aware that dedicated online bill pay solutions are available to them. We believe financial institutions and their small business customers can both realize tangible, ongoing benefits from a more sophisticated bill pay solution."
By automatically tracking transaction volumes and types, iPay's Biz 2.0 Crossover allows financial institutions to identify which customers are using a consumer bill pay platform for their business payments. Biz 2.0 Crossover then uses that account insight to deliver a series of professional communications to small business customers to help them recognize the benefits of converting to iPay's small business bill pay solution, Biz 2.0. The messages can be presented as banner ads on a financial institution's consumer bill pay homepage during a user's online session, on interstitial Web pages or via e-mail correspondence. Each communication includes an enrollment prompt that enables small business customers to instantly and effortlessly enroll online for Biz 2.0, eliminating the manual conversion process.
iPay's Biz 2.0 provides small businesses anytime access and greater control and flexibility. It provides the functionality to meet billing and payroll needs without consolidating orders or using spreadsheets. It also enables small businesses to delegate tasks like scheduling payments and it simplifies account-to-account transfers. The solution supports direct deposits, the management of payday schedules and the generation of advance reminders.
Ready added, "As valuable as small business customers are, banks and credit unions must proactively communicate the benefits of a full online financial management platform. Biz 2.0 Crossover is an automated way to simplify these communications and ultimately support financial institutions' strategic goals of attracting, retaining and growing their small business customer base and incrementally increase the related revenue."
About iPay Technologies
iPay Technologies is a leading provider of online bill payment solutions that incorporate a sophisticated bill pay engine that easily integrates with any online banking platform, best-of-breed retail and small business bill payment solutions, extensive payments expertise, and outstanding service. Through strategic partnerships with more than 50 providers of information processing and online banking solutions, iPay's turnkey, highly configurable electronic payments platform is supporting more than 3,600 banks and credit unions, including more than half of the nation's credit unions and approximately 40 percent of the nation's community banks that offer bill payment services. Additional information is available at http://www.ipaytechnologies.com.
About Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: JKHY) is a leading provider of computer systems and ATM/debit card/ACH transaction processing services primarily for financial services organizations. Its technology solutions serve more than 11,200 customers nationwide, and are marketed and supported through four primary brands. Jack Henry Banking(TM) supports banks ranging from de novo to mid-tier institutions with information processing solutions. Symitar(TM) is the leading provider of information processing solutions for credit unions of all sizes. ProfitStars® provides highly specialized products and services that enable financial institutions of every asset size and charter, and diverse corporate entities to mitigate and control risks, optimize revenue and growth opportunities, and contain costs. iPay Technologies operates as a leading electronic bill pay provider supporting banks and credit unions with turnkey, highly configurable retail and small business electronic payment platforms. Additional information is available at http://www.jackhenry.com.
Statements made in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking information. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking information. Specifically, there are a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by any forward-looking information. Additional information on these and other factors, which could affect the Company's financial results, are included in its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings on Form 10-K, and potential investors should review these statements. Finally, there may be other factors not mentioned above or included in the Company's SEC filings that may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information.
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NBCH Launches Valued-Based Purchasing Website for Employers
Guide provides resources for health care purchasers implementing value-based strategies to improve health and health care
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To support the critical role employers, purchaser-led coalitions, health plans, and other health care stakeholders can play to improve health and health care and lower costs, the non-profit National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) has launched a Value-Based Purchasing Guide website.
"Our nation's ability to successfully compete in a global economy will suffer until we find solutions that can improve the health of all Americans and advance quality and control costs," said Andrew Webber, NBCH president and CEO. "We can, and we must, do better than ranking 37th among nations in population health status while spending twice as much money per citizen on health care services than other countries. Value-based purchasing strategies represent the path forward."
Developed to educate key stakeholders on how to implement value-based purchasing programs focused on costs and quality of care for their own organizations and local communities, the Guide is a clearinghouse of information on various VBP concepts and strategies. Critical elements of value-based purchasing include: measuring and reporting comparative performance; paying providers differentially based on performance; and designing health benefit strategies and incentives to encourage individuals to select high value services and providers and better manage their own health and health care.
Authored by industry experts, the first five chapters of the Guide are:
Funding for the Value-Based Purchasing Guide was provided by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
About the National Business Coalition on Health
NBCH is a national, non-profit, membership organization of 53 purchaser-led business and health coalitions, representing over 7,000 employers and 25 million employees and their dependents across the United States. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. For additional information visit: http://www.nbch.org.
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Digital Display System Specialist Jayex Launches Med-Extranet Online Media Library
- Jayex enables healthcare organisations to educate patients through Med-Extranet material displayed on waiting room screens -
LONDON, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jayex - http://www.jayex.com, the healthcare digital display system specialist, today announces the launch of Med-Extranet;its online healthcare media library. Med-Extranet offers hospitals, clinics, and GP surgeries online access to educational videos, digital posters and public service announcements that can be displayed on patient waiting room screens.
Med-Extranet is a free service available to Jayex customers that enables healthcare organisations to replace old-fashioned, paper-based notices and posters and deliver tailored healthcare information via digital screens in the waiting room. Through designated Med-Extranet logins, healthcare organisations can select from a range of highly intuitive videos produced by NHS Choices, IDS UK and GasSafe which address key issues, such as diet, symptoms of illness or raising awareness on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. The service also allows organisations to choose from a wide selection of electronic posters promoting national services, campaigns and health & well-being information.
Bob Marsh, Director, Jayex, comments, "Healthcare organisations are under increasing pressure to improve patient throughput without impacting upon the quality of care delivered. Furthermore, the government-led changes across healthcare as a whole will place further demands on clinician's time and resources. As such, healthcare professionals have less time to educate patients on other healthcare issues than that of the nature of their appointment."
Marsh continues, "Educating patients whilst they wait is an attractive offering for practice managers, chief executives and clinicians, who can select information pertaining to issues relevant to their local area via Med-Extranet. For example, an outbreak of swine flu in a particular region could trigger the practice manager to search and select within Med-Extranet for educational videos detailing preventative measures. The Med-Extranet content can then be showcased on waiting room screens. This enables patients to understand how to avoid catching the virus and minimise widespread infection through the Med-Extranet online media library."
Presented on the Jayex digital display system, Med-Extranet content can be combined with patient call information as well as easily configurable messages that can promote community care services and/or information on cancelling unwanted appointments to reduce the number of Did Not Attends (DNAs).
Marsh adds, "In today's 24x7 society, individuals have extremely busy schedules and tend to plan appointments around work or social commitments. Patients often want to be diagnosed, treated and prescribed as quickly as possible; the opportunity with Med-Extranet to educate patients via waiting room screens in the idle time from arrival to being called by the GP or clinician is compelling."
Marsh concludes, "With Jayex's digital display system offering an educational and preventative approach to healthcare through Med-Extranet, the NHS can improve health awareness, drive down unnecessary appointments and reduce DNAs; whilst encouraging patients to take control over their own health issues through the power of knowledge."
Established in 1978, Jayex is a pioneer in the field of programmable digital display system technology with over 23,000 customers worldwide in all business market sectors. Jayex specialises in delivering workflow management, touch screen solutions, waiting room screens and patient call displays to over 6,000 healthcare organisations in the UK.
Offering a full range of products and support services, Jayex provides off-the-shelf as well as custom-designed solutions incorporating the latest innovations and advances in technology. The Jayex product range comprises: Med-Extranet, Touch Screen Self Check-In Kiosks, Patient Call Displays, LCD Digital Signage, Queue Management Systems and indoor and outdoor LED displays. Jayex has also established strong strategic partnerships with vendors such as IBM, EMIS, InPS, TPP, iSOFT and Siemens.
Jayex Technology Limited is a subsidiary of Jayex Group Limited, headquartered in London, with offices in Paris.
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Define My Style Launches DMS 2 Go - a Mobile Style Stream for Teens
Teens + Social<3 mobile
CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.definemystyle.com) -- Define My Style, a leading online, style-centric community for girls 13-19, today announced the availability of "DMS 2 Go" an iPhone app and the newest tool in the DMS Studio(TM). As a nimble startup, Define My Style collaborated with West Monroe Partners, a Chicago based full service management consulting firm, to design, develop and launch this new app in just four weeks.
Teen DMS community members use online tools to create thousands of unique handbag designs, personal logos and virtual stores. With more than a hundred designs created each day, a dynamic and rich stream of activity can flood by members between logins. This new iPhone app, DMS 2 Go, allows members to browse and comment on the latest community activity; feeding both the friend and fashion fetishes of DMS designers. Teen influencers are juggling school, clubs, family, social interests, sports and much more. The challenge for this first release was to inject a creative escape; something fresh and fun that fits into a 3 minute break during their incredibly demanding schedules.
"We are thrilled to launch our first mobile app and the collaboration on this project was incredibly satisfying," says Kristine Sturgeon, Founder & CEO of Define My Style. "Everyone has an opinion about mobile, but we wanted to prioritize feedback from our DMS members. These girls spend thousands of hours on mobile devices; they are the experts and we wanted to hear their opinions. We are proud that the DMS community helped define the requirements. We were able to bring these inputs to West Monroe Partners, complete rapid brainstorming and mockups then quickly transition to working prototypes and launch within a few weeks. Our target audience is creative and connected, if we want to catch their attention, we can't miss mobile."
"This project had a tight timeline while being the first piece of a bigger vision for the DMS Member engagement model," states Gregory Layok, Director of West Monroe Partners' Technology Integration Practice. "We've sketched out a number of additional ideas to carry the strategy forward, but identified the most tangible pieces to deliver value to the market quickly. This is an approach to project management we are working with clients on across multiple industries as a response to the increasing need to improve the customer experience. Many organizations we are working with are focused on more intimate relationships with their customers. The mobile experience must feel simple and consistent with other communication channels, regardless of the complexity of security and integration requirements behind the scenes. We look forward to furthering an ongoing relationship with Define My Style as their business continues to grow."
About Define My Style
Define My Style is an online, style-centric community that empowers creative and curious teen girls, ages 13 to 19. Define My Style provides web based tools and connections to engage and spark young designers and entrepreneurs. Our virtual community, the DMS Studio(TM), provides a unique, social and dynamic environment to help teens explore design, understand the value of other perspectives and develop confidence in genuine personal expression. The DMS Marketplace(TM) empowers enterprising teens to open a virtual store to promote, sell and have their personal brand of handbags manufactured. For more information, please visit http://www.DefineMyStyle.com.
About West Monroe Partners
West Monroe Partners is a North American full-service management consulting firm focused on guiding organizations through projects that fundamentally transform their business. With the experience to create the most ambitious visions as well as the skills to implement the smallest details of our client's most critical projects, West Monroe Partners is a proven provider of growth and efficiency to large enterprises, as well as more nimble middle-market organizations. Their consulting professionals drive better business results by harnessing experience across a range of industries, serving clients out of offices across the US and Canada. The Technology Integration Practice works with companies to design, build, and deploy all aspects of mobile applications, including strategy, functionality, user-friendly interfaces, and security. For more information, please visit: http://www.westmonroepartners.com
Digital Content Expert Joe Pulizzi & CMI Launch Print Magazine for Content Marketing
Chief Content Officer launches in print and digital format in three countries.
CLEVELAND, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Print is dead. Long live print. After growing his business with digital content marketing for the past four years, content marketing expert and entrepreneur Joe Pulizzi has gone print with the launch of Chief Content Officer magazine.
Chief Content Officer (CCO) is the official magazine of the Content Marketing Institute, founded by Pulizzi last year. The magazine makes its debut this week in print to 20,000 senior-level marketers, with additional digital distribution throughout North America, Europe and Australia.
"According to our own studies, as well as research from APA/Millward Brown, consumers spend 25 minutes engaging in a custom print magazine," says Pulizzi. "Try to find that kind of engagement with your iPads, ereaders, websites and smart phones."
Chief Content Officer's mission is to educate senior marketers on how they need to think and act more like publishers to attract and retain customers.
"Publishing has been around for hundreds of years, but the concept is still very new to most marketers," says Clare McDermott, CCO's chief editor. "The content revolution has just started and most marketers are at a loss for what to do. We see the Chief Content Officer as an important new position in organizations of all sizes today. This is their magazine."
Pulizzi added, "The demise of print has been overwrought. The problem isn't the medium, it's the financial model. We see this as a very compelling opportunity to get into print at the height of the digital revolution. CMI has been touting the print opportunity for the past year...and we are putting our money where our mouth is with this magazine."
The premiere issue of CCO features case studies, technology tools and content marketing best practices, all designed to help marketers put content marketing strategy at the center of their marketing processes.
Ann Handley, co-author of Content Rules and featured interview in CCO, stated while tweeting that, "CCO magazine might possibly be the most significant new magazine in the galaxy."
Chief Content Officer is free to qualified marketing professionals for a limited time. Marketers living on the edge can subscribe to CCO magazine here.
Content Marketing Institute is the leading content marketing resource on the planet. CMI includes the Junta42 content agency matching tool, Chief Content Officer magazine and Content Marketing World, the premiere international content marketing event. CMI is partially funded by our friends at Alinean, Brainshark, GoToMeeting, Story Worldwide, Openview Venture Partners, Outbrain, PR Newswire, and Ricoh InfoPrint Solutions. The Content Marketing Institute is a division of Z Squared Media, LLC.
Trimble's Next Generation TSC3 Handheld Controller Allows Surveyors to Collect, Share and Deliver Data for Improved Productivity
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) introduced today its next generation field device--the Trimble® TSC3 controller. As part of Trimble's portfolio of Connected Site(TM) survey solutions, the new controller allows surveyors and geospatial professionals to collect, share and deliver data for improved accuracy, efficiency and productivity between the field and office.
Optimized for use with Trimble Access(TM) field software, the TSC3 controller delivers more capable data collection, computing and connectivity. A range of new features and functions provide the benefits of multiple devices into a single handheld: A digital camera, integrated communications as well as a GPS navigator, compass and accelerometer. Now surveyors can easily include on-site photos in surveys, communicate more efficiently between field and office and streamline stakeout activities.
"Minimizing rework and improving productivity are the basis for Trimble's Connected Site solutions. Connectivity and total workflow integration provide surveyors with the day-to-day flexibility to adapt to varying conditions in the field and office," said Chris Gibson, vice president of Trimble. "Trimble's new TSC3 provides surveyors and geospatial professionals with a single device that can improve workflows for field data collection and enhance collaboration between the field and the office."
The new Trimble TSC3 controller features a 4.2 inch, high-resolution, sunlight-readable touchscreen display, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® wireless capabilities, ruggedized bumpers and long battery life. The controller is shock, dust and water resistant for durability. Users can also choose either a QWERTY or ABC alphanumeric keyboard. Delivered with Trimble Access software installed plus ample power to run third-party applications on the Windows® platform, the TSC3 is a comprehensive data collection solution for the survey industry.
Making Images Part of the Workflow
With a built-in 5 megapixel autofocus camera and LED flash, users can take digital photographs of their jobsite right from the controller. No extra devices, batteries, or file transfers are required, and images are automatically geotagged and associated with measured points for easy identification. Users can easily record the qualitative information that survey data alone can miss, such as site conditions or work progress. The benefits of including images as part of the workflow are almost limitless: from easy data handover to in-field quality assurance.
Bridging the Field and Office with Real Time Communications
The Trimble TSC3 controller enables wireless Internet connectivity through either the integrated GSM/GPRS modem or Wi-Fi. This allows Trimble Access field software to facilitate the flow of real-time information between field and office by allowing users to download and upload important files in areas where wireless communications is available. Data collection, processing, analysis, and delivery are faster and more efficient.
A variety of flexible communication capabilities allow the transfer of critical information in a variety of environments: with the integrated GSM/GPRS modem, users can access VRS(TM) corrections without carrying a dedicated cell phone. For Integrated Surveying, an internal 2.4 GHz radio option is also ideal for controlling Trimble robotic total stations.
Trimble's Connected Site Solutions
Trimble's Connected Site solutions for surveyors create seamless working relationships among Trimble products, technologies and services. Through the Connected Site, Trimble is focused on providing solutions that address our customers' full work process. By carefully combining technology innovation with a deep understanding of the users' workflows, data integration and maintenance across the lifecycle of projects, Trimble helps surveyors reach new levels of productivity for their businesses.
The new Trimble TSC3 controller is available now from Trimble's worldwide survey and infrastructure distribution network.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location--including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Leading Online Retailer Alibris Presents Libraries with $1000 Collection Awards
E-commerce leader adds to library collections with grants-in-kind
EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alibris, the world's most advanced online media marketplace provider for sellers of new and used books, textbooks, music, and movies, has named Spokane Falls Community College and Willard School, Warren City School District as winners of the 2011 Alibris Collection Award.
This will be the eighth year in a row that Alibris for Libraries has provided grants to help supply underfunded libraries with materials they need. Since the award's inception in 2003, Alibris for Libraries has contributed collection-development materials worth over $23,000 to participating libraries.
Dozens of applicants qualified for the award by creating an online Alibris "wishlist" of books to augment their local collections. The books chosen by the winning libraries represent collections designed to:
-- Promote early literacy via multicultural folktales at Spokane Falls
Community College, in Spokane, Washington; and
-- Help reduce both the causes and effects of violence and bullying at
Willard K-8 School in Warren, Ohio.
"We're delighted to offer these grants, especially during years of decreasing funding and support for libraries," said Shelly Stuard, director of Alibris for Libraries. "We love to help build better libraries by offering more kinds of books for readers everywhere."
The distinguished Collection Award jury includes Toni Garvey, director, Phoenix Public Library; Dr. Mark Sandler, director, Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation; Dr. Lynn Sutton, library director, Wake Forest University; Jack Walsdorf, retired bookseller and book scholar; Dr. Richard Weatherford, co-founder of Alibris; and the members of the Alibris for Libraries Advisory Board.
Complete details of the award may be found at Alibris for Libraries.
About Alibris for Libraries
Alibris for Libraries is the leading library supplier of used and hard-to-find books, movies, and music. Alibris has millions of out-of-print, older in-print, and otherwise unavailable titles in stock. We offer flexible payment options, consolidated shipping, and custom tools for managing replacement and collection-development projects.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is featuring a link on http://www.PApropane.com to a newly-created website for kids.
To access the site from the PAPGA main page, simply click on the Propane Kids graphic on the right column. You will then join animated characters Jim, Kate and Max as they guide kids on a fun and informative journey.
Some of the activities include 'Molecules in Motion' and 'The Think Fast Game Show', plus printables such as coloring pages and signage. Parents and Educators will find these materials easy to use and a great way to connect with their kids.
The games and activities on this website are designed to teach kids:
-- What propane is and where it comes from
-- How propane is used in and around your home
-- How to recognize the smell of propane
-- What to do in case of emergency, such as a propane leak
-- Additional general safety tips
"Millions of Pennsylvanians use propane to heat their homes and water, plus clothes drying and cooking," said Shelby Metzger, Executive Director of PAPGA. "Our members believe that good safety habits should be adopted at a young age, and that the more children and teens know about propane, the fewer preventable accidents will occur."
The Propane Kids website was created by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) and designed by Logica3. Consumers can access additional Safety Educational Resources at http://www.propanesafety.com
The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.
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NAPA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AUL Corp., America's largest national provider of used car service contracts, announces that they have enhanced their web services to include a chat portal to allow contract holders and dealers to communicate live with an AUL customer services representative via the internet. This further adds to AUL's robust web delivery system where dealers can gain access to web reporting, remittance, plan pricing and contract fulfillment.
When asked about the web enhancements, AUL's General Sales Manager, Jason Garner said, "We made an intentional decision to focus on web services to both increase internal efficiency for us as well as give our agents and dealers an effective tool for enhancing the customer's experience." Dealers have enthusiastically embraced AUL's approach as web remittance doubled in 2010 and the continued enhancements result in ongoing growth in web delivery, contract sales and environmental awareness. AUL will be demonstrating their web portal at the upcoming NADA convention in San Francisco, CA at booth 433S February 5 - 8, 2011.
About AUL Corp.
AUL Corp. founded the national used car service contract industry in 1990, with its still famous Any Year, Any Mileage® Vehicle Service Contract. AUL continues leading its industry and is the only provider of its type authorized to conduct business in all 50 States, as well as some Caribbean locations. AUL enjoys the longest relationships with its underwriters who hold the highest A.M. Best rating. AUL Corp. also enjoys the longest term relationships in the industry with its agent and dealer clients, verified by independent third party research. AUL's mission is to be the premier service contract administrator in America, by any quantifiable measurement of business activity. To find out more, please visit http://www.aulcorp.com.