Skype Partners with DonorsChoose.org to Bring Technology Resources to Classrooms Across the Country
Skype to Give $250,000 to Expand Learning Experiences via Video Calling
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Skype today announced an initiative to provide U.S. teachers the technology resources they need to enable learning experiences that transcend the physical boundaries of the classroom. Through a new partnership with DonorsChoose.org, Skype will donate $250,000 to teachers requesting technology materials to enable Skype video calling in their classrooms. Many teachers have requested materials such as laptops, netbooks, and webcams to help them connect with other classrooms, experts and teachers through video calling. This partnership is the latest initiative from Skype to reach its goal of connecting one million classrooms across the globe through Skype in the classroom, a free online community that helps teachers use Skype to enrich educational experiences for students.
"We realize that to achieve our goal of connecting one million classrooms across the globe, we need to partner with like-minded organizations that serve teachers," said Tony Bates, president of the Skype Division at Microsoft, "The partnership with DonorsChoose.org is a natural fit because, much like Skype, DonorsChoose.org uses an innovative model to help make a meaningful difference for thousands of teachers and students."
To celebrate this partnership, Skype has already funded a number of projects including:
-- Visual Music: Seeing the Big Picture
-- The NASA Experience
-- "Mom, We had 25 Chileans in our Class Today!"
-- Bring Science and Technology Together in the Classroom
-- Leaping into 2012 with a Laptop for Learning!
Here's how teachers can take advantage of the program:
-- Starting today, Skype will give a $25 USD DonorsChoose.org Gift Card to
each new teacher who registers for Skype in the classroom. The teacher
can then apply the value of the gift card to any classroom project at
DonorsChoose.org or one they create themselves, if an eligible U.S.
Here's how the public can support the program:
-- Go to DonorsChoose.org and look for "Double Your Impact" projects that
have the Skype logo and make a donation. Skype will then provide a 50%
match on these projects.
"DonorsChoose.org engages the community in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, "We envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education and Skype, through its Skype in the classroom community, is helping to make this vision a reality."
With 23,000 registered teachers and counting, Skype in the classroom is a free global community that invites teachers to use Skype to connect their students with other students from around the world to collaborate on classroom projects, as well as share ideas and inspiration around specific teaching needs. It's easy to see why - Skype offers an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas, all without leaving the classroom. Skype in the classroom supports Microsoft's commitment to create opportunities for youth through technology, training, and experiences that empower them to imagine and realize their full potential and make a real impact for a better tomorrow.
Skype is communications software whose purpose is to break down barriers to communication. With an Internet-connected device, families, friends and colleagues can get together for free with messaging, voice and video. At low cost, they can also call landlines or mobiles virtually anywhere in the world. Skype has recently introduced group video, allowing groups of more than two people to do things together whenever they're apart.
Founded in 2003 and based in Luxembourg, Skype is a division of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT). Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices for free at http://www.skype.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 212,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $102 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.
Brightstar Expands Test, Repair and Remanufacture Services through Strategic Alliance with GENCO ATC
Test and Repair Solution Helps Manufacturers, Retailers, and Operators Recapture Lost Revenue
MIAMI and PITTSBURGH, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brightstar Corp., a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry and GENCO ATC the leader in product lifecycle logistics, have announced a strategic alliance to provide wireless device testing, repair and remanufacturing services to its operator and manufacturing customers globally. The alliance between Brightstar and GENCO ATC will provide Brightstar customers new sources of revenue in varied markets around the world, resulting in cost reductions, better customer satisfaction, shortened turnaround times and diminishing loss of airtime, and reducing the amount of eWaste created from discarded devices.
As device lifecycles shorten and manufacturers' portfolios expand, the number of used devices returned has increased the amount of eWaste as well as incremental costs for retailers, operators and manufacturers. Through the alliance, devices that are discarded or traded-in by consumers in one country, can be quickly tested, repaired and distributed into markets where consumer demand is stronger for these refurbished devices.
"As mobile service continues to expand deeper into developing markets, we are seeing a growing demand for refurbished devices," said Marcelo Claure, chairman & CEO of Brightstar Corp. "Whether serving this growing customer base, or providing replacement products for insurance and warranty fulfillment, the combination of Brightstar and GENCO ATC will provide the highest quality refurbished devices to meet the growing demand."
As part of the relationship, Brightstar and GENCO ATC will work together to provide:
-- Inventory Parts Management
-- Returns Management
-- Repair and Return
-- Triage and Disposition of Product
-- Product Fulfillment
-- Product Recycling
"The combination of Brightstar and GENCO ATC enables us to provide customers a true end-to-end product lifecycle solution," said Todd Peters, vice chairman of GENCO ATC. "Our combined services touch every part of the device lifecycle from initial purchase from the manufacturer, transportation and warehousing, to the point of purchase by the consumer, all the way through trade-in, test & repair, and getting the product quickly back into the marketplace."
Brightstar and GENCO ATC are implementing their services through facilities in the U.S. and Mexico to test, repair and remanufacture devices to provide global support to its customers.
About Brightstar Corp.
Brightstar is the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading global services company focused on enhancing the performance and profitability of the key participants in the wireless device value chain. The company supports over 80,000 points of sale worldwide with operations in 51 countries and territories and provides a comprehensive range of more than 100 customized services for value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, retail, IT VARs mobility, and consumers. Brightstar's services help customers manage the growing complexity of the wireless device value chain and enable them to increase product availability, expand their channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time for the best value. For more information, please visit http://www.brightstarcorp.com.
About GENCO ATC
GENCO ATC is North America's 2nd largest and a Global Top 25 third-party logistics provider, the leading logistics provider to the consumer electronics industry and recognized leader in reverse logistics. GENCO ATC is the leader in providing product lifecycle logistics solutions that focus on efficiency in the supply chain from beginning to end through the integration of services that deliver initial and ongoing value to our customers. GENCO ATC's diverse range of customers, include many Fortune 500 companies in the technology, consumer goods, retail, healthcare and automotive markets and the federal government. GENCO ATC's complete range of solutions, include inbound logistics; warehousing & distribution; fulfillment; packaging and kitting; transportation management; systems integration; returns processing & disposition; test, repair, refurbishment; product liquidation and recycling. For more information, visit http://www.gencoatc.com.
Vantage Media Introduces SchoolSelect(TM) A Pay-Per-Click Marketplace for Post-Secondary Schools
Powerful Platform Empowers Schools with More Control to Reach a New Audience of Prospective Students
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vantage Media, the fastest growing vertical performance marketing company, today announced the launch of Vantage Media SchoolSelect(TM) marketplace for post secondary schools. This powerful advertising platform allows school clients to target a new segment of prospective students who meet client-defined parameters, thereby enabling them to derive higher value, conversions and ROI.
With Vantage Media SchoolSelect, schools now have the option to define and reach prospective student pools using a variety of criteria including geography and area of study interest. The SchoolSelect technology platform is expected to create an influx of new student prospects and enrollments through highly targeted online sources including Vantage Media's Yahoo Education partnership, premier owned and operated domains, and top tier organic ranking and paid search publishers in a more transparent manner. Moreover, SchoolSelect participants are able to leverage SchoolSelect's auction based pricing model to control pricing for better return on their advertising spend. This pricing control allows SchoolSelect school participants to increase student prospect volume when and where it best serves their performance goals.
"With SchoolSelect, we are taking a phenomenal, established technology and making it available to leading school brands for the first time," said Patrick Quigley, Vantage Media CEO. "Our education experts have taken the award-winning clicks platform behind BrokersWeb's rapid ascent to market leadership and adapted it to meet the growing need in the EDU sector to reach and engage student prospects with strong purchase intent earlier in their school search process."
Vantage Media SchoolSelect significantly enhances Vantage Media's differentiated services, building on its portfolio of premier customer acquisition solutions, proprietary media, extensive reach and ability to identify customers where and when they are ready to buy. Media partners can also expect increased revenue opportunities from SchoolSelect's proprietary monetization solutions.
About Vantage Media
Vantage Media delivers qualified customers to leading brands in the Insurance, Education, and Home verticals on a pay-for performance basis. Driven by, and accountable to client ROI, Vantage Media focuses on quality online media to find customers where and when they are buying. In 2011 Vantage Media merged with BrokersWeb (http://www.brokersweb.com), the No. 1 fastest growing company in the Insurance Industry on the Inc. 500. For more information, please visit http://www.vantagemedia.com.
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Blackbird International Corporation Announces Its Strategy for Acquisitions
OAKVILLE, Ontario, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BLACKBIRD INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (PINKSHEETS: BBRD) announces that it commenced its strategy to acquire revenue producing companies in the same field of its current technology.
Blackbird has acquired Insight Group Technologies Inc (http://www.insight-holdings.com) which is an industry leader in the design and the implementation of supply chain planning and its execution. Through IGT it now owns a unique optimization product for the supply chain known as DC Expert as well as a number of other SCM (Supply Chain Management) centric software applications. DC Expert is an industry leading feature rich software suite that is used extensively by "Fortune 500" companies, global Third Party Logistics Providers, and a number of academic institutions. Among its global list of customers for its products and services are many "Blue Chip" companies such as Nestle, Unilever, Nissin, 3M, Moen, Fosters Beer (Australia), Mainfreight International (New Zealand), and Wilfred Laurier University (Canada).
Blackbird is active in acquiring several synergistic companies operating in this niche market and highly profitable space. Blackbird expects its revenue in their Technology and Business Services division to exceed $5.0m by the end of 2012. The Company now has offices in Canada, United States, the United Kingdom and Australia with China as its next target. These offices permit a presence in markets which will immediately expand its operations.
The new Board members of Blackbird are John Pedder and Lee Rector. John, president, brings 20 years of senior executive management experience particularly in driving profitable revenue growth. He held senior positions with 2 of the world's top third party logistics providers (Tibbett & Britten and Exel). He is an active participant/speaker for a number of industry bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), Supply Chain and Logistics Canada, the Canadian Transport Seminar and the IWLA.
Lee, vice president, is a senior executive in management and sales execution. He also brings 20 years experience in the IT and high tech marketplace with a number of Fortune 500 organizations. He was instrumental in the growth and success of globally traded IT/Logistics. He acted in the design and development of many software packages in the areas of Warehouse Management, Transportation Management and Logistics Operations.
Both members of the Board bring their proven track record in creating high revenue growth.
About Blackbird International Corporation
Blackbird is in the business of developing and implementing software both in the gaming industry as well as in the field of supply chain management. It develops products and provides the installation and the services required by many Fortune 500 clients. It is in an acquisition mode in order to rapidly become a major firm in this lucrative global market.
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Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include the fluctuations in the price of gold and in the event of severe weather conditions. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate.
SureSale(TM) Certified Rolls Out in New York and New Jersey
After a successful Phoenix launch, SureSale extends certification footprint to help used car buyers and dealers in the Northeast
VENICE, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mota Motors today announced that its groundbreaking certified pre-owned (CPO) marketing program SureSale(TM)( )Certified, continues to extend its footprint across the country with launches today in New York and New Jersey.
The comprehensive program, which successfully launched in Phoenix earlier this year, expands the range of vehicles eligible for certification on dealer lots, online marketplaces, and remarketing channels and makes it easy to implement vehicle certification, while also providing car buyers with increased purchase confidence and peace of mind.
"Until recently, robust used vehicle certification programs have been mostly out of reach for both off-brand vehicles at franchised dealerships and for practically all vehicles on the independent dealership lot - which has been bad news for both consumers and dealers, especially as more and more car buyers come back into the market," said Mota Motors President Jeffrey Schwartz. "The good news is that now consumers in New York and New Jersey have access to certified vehicles in a wide variety of price levels, ages, makes and models through a program they can really trust."
SureSale Certified extends the range of vehicles that dealers can sell as certified - to up to 15 years old and 150K miles. Several area dealers have already been providing consumers with enhanced peace of mind through SureSale and the results have been eye-opening. For example, Joe Stroffolino, Digital Marketing Director and Used Vehicle Manager for the Causeway Family of Dealerships in Manahawkin, New Jersey, has been able to certify the majority of his used inventory/vehicles through SureSale:
"Ninety percent of my inventory is SureSale certified, including the majority of my trade-ins and, as a consequence, we are moving vehicles faster than we have in a long time. It would be hard to keep up if SureSale weren't so easy to use: its certification program is practically one-click," said Stroffolino, "And, most importantly, my customers are thrilled with the extra peace of mind, they are engaged with our brand and my gross profit is as good as my dealership has ever seen."
SureSale dealer benefits include no monthly fees or long term contract commitments; easy 'one-click' vehicle certification; best-in-class limited warranties and vehicle service contracts; and third-party vehicle inspections -- all of which generate greater customer and financial institution confidence, quicker inventory turn rates and more sales opportunities for the dealership.
SureSale's online platform makes it easy for New York and New Jersey dealers to identify eligible vehicles; coordinate on-site vehicle inspections; syndicate listings across online automotive marketplaces; generate customer point of sale (POS) materials; and activate limited warranties and extended coverage plans in minutes, through one simple to use interface.
Key Benefits of SureSale Certified Include:
-- Objective 3rd Party Vehicle Inspection: Comprehensive 100+ point vehicle
inspection provided by a national inspection team.
-- Five-Month / 5,000-Mile Limited<s> </s>Warranty: Underwritten by a
top-rated provider of innovative insurance products, covering all major
-- Five-Day / 500-Mile Buy-Back Guarantee: Increases consumer confidence
with purchase protection, and provides dealers restocking fees.
-- Vehicle Service Contract Upgrades: Increases consumer confidence, while
also providing additional sales opportunities for dealerships; includes
major mechanical coverage up to 36 months, emergency roadside service,
rental car, trip interruption reimbursement and more.
-- Comprehensive Auto Report: Validates purchase protection and quality
assurance; provides vehicle specifications, inspection, title, and
extended protection plan details.
-- Turnkey, SureSale-Branded Consumer Marketing: Engaging point of sale
materials provided for dealership showroom, vehicle merchandising,
website and online listings.
-- Service and Support: Dedicated SureSale platform training and customer
Sign up to learn more about becoming a SureSale Certified dealer at http://www.suresale.com/learnmore
About Mota Motors
Mota Motors is a leading provider of online vehicle certification and selling platforms. Dedicated to bringing a new transparency and trust to the used car marketplace, the company enables sellers to sell with new confidence and buyers to buy with a new peace of mind. The company's team of technology experts and automotive veterans develop solutions that take advantage of the best of the information-empowered digital marketplace. Programs include new certification technologies such as the SureSale(TM) platform, which provides used-car buyers with unmatched certification on a far wider variety of used vehicles than has ever been offered before, while providing private sellers and dealerships with a 'one-click' certification process for their vehicles. Mota Motors is based in Venice, California. Mota Motors was founded by Reza Bundy.
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NFL Player Bret Lockett Ft. Prince Syc & DeJuan Turrentine Music Video World Premiere of "GET IT ALL"
LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Since launching the Get It All campaign during Super Bowl week, it has gone National. The campaign first released through NBC's Extra with co-host Maria Menounos and spread like a wild fire ending up on Perez Hilton's front page the next morning.
On the set, Prince Syc made a comment that Michael Jackson would be very proud of this music video. Prince Syc was the first artist signed to Michael Jackson's label, MJJ/ Sony as one half of recording artist Quo. The Get It All music video has everything from art to mystery and it's utterly intriguing. NFL player Bret Lockett, Prince Syc and DeJuan Turrentine captured the essence of "Get It All" in this masterpiece directed by Erik Hicks.
"Visually, it's shot & produced very very well."
"It's different & unique that this video was stripped of girls, "bling" & i.e. your typical flashy music video graphics."
- Angela Nwaosuagwu, VH1 Producer
"The Get It All campaign has become the new way of breaking artist. They are sure to be received as a major force in the entertainment world. Great job...Great!!!!"
-Jeff Redd Discovered Mary J. Blige and Executive Produced KC & JoJo Multi Platinum album "Love Always"
"The Get It All Music Video: It's the Best Thing since Sliced Bread!" -Music Video Editor of Eminem/ Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie."
"The Get It All campaign embodies all that's right with a music project. Creativity, authentic talent, positivity and hot ass tracks!"
-Dennis Ashley, VP of ICM, the Get It All campaign's talent agent
"I like this track!"
-Laurent Besencon Manager of Super Producer Red One. Credits: Lady Gaga & Nicki Minaj
"Teaming up the Get It All campaign with International Popstar Flo'Rida's Strong Arm Angels was a move short from genius. The positive forces underlined within both endeavors are monumental and we anticipate the world will be sure to agree that the collaboration was a groundbreaking decision."
-Shirley Francis, The Genesis Consulting Firm
The "Get It All" video will be an entertaining spectacle for fans all around the world! To view the Get It All music video go to http://www.getitallcampaign.com.
Broadcom Extends Fiber Access Portfolio with Acquisition of BroadLight
End-to-End Platform Opens New Addressable Markets for Next Generation Fiber Networks
IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BroadLight, Inc., a Delaware corporation with an Israel-based subsidiary. BroadLight is a privately held provider of highly integrated networking and fiber access PON (Passive Optical Network) processors. With the addition of BroadLight, Broadcom expands its broadband access portfolio to support customer requirements for rolling out next-generation fiber networks worldwide.
"The need for increased bandwidth for IPTV services, HDTV broadcasting and high speed Internet access are driving momentum for deploying fiber networks," said Dan Marotta, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "Combining BroadLight's PON solutions with the strength of Broadcom's broadband access portfolio will enable us to offer a complete, end-to-end solution for customers - from OLT at the central office to CPE at the home. BroadLight's strong engineering team and broad IP will complement and extend our ability to deliver next-generation access technologies to customers."
In connection with the acquisition, Broadcom currently expects to pay approximately $195 million, net of cash assumed, to acquire all of the outstanding shares of capital stock and other equity rights of BroadLight. The purchase price will be paid in cash, minus a portion of such purchase price attributable to certain unvested employee stock options that will be paid in Broadcom restricted stock units. Additional consideration of up to $10 million in cash will be reserved for future payment to holders of BroadLight capital stock and other rights upon satisfaction of certain performance goals. Excluding any purchase accounting related adjustments and fair value measurements, Broadcom expects the acquisition of BroadLight to be roughly neutral to earnings per share in 2012. The transaction is expected to close in Broadcom's second quarter of 2012 and remains subject to customary closing conditions.
BroadLight is a leading provider of highly integrated networking and embedded processors enabling fiber grade quality of service delivery for central office and customer premise equipment. BroadLight's fiber grade architecture powers equipment vendors serving telecommunication operators' fiber access, fixed mobile networks and connected digital homes worldwide.
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to http://www.broadcom.com.
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All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to the impact of the acquisition on Broadcom's earnings per share, the expected date of closing of the transaction, the strategic fit of BroadLight's technology into Broadcom's business, and the potential benefits of the merger. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.
Important risk factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with the acquisition of BroadLight include, but are not limited to unexpected variations in market growth and demand for GPON and related technologies, the ability of the parties to successfully consummate the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement and related transaction documents, the risks inherent in acquisitions of technologies and businesses, including the timing and successful completion of technology and product development through volume production, integration issues, costs and unanticipated expenditures, changing relationships with customers, suppliers and strategic partners, potential contractual, intellectual property or employment issues and charges resulting from purchase accounting adjustments or fair value measurements.
Broadcom's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.
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Broadcom Introduces New Location Architecture with Advanced Multi-Constellation and Indoor Positioning Support
Smartphone Location Platform Delivers 10X Improved Acquisition Performance and Leverages Broadcom Wireless Connectivity for Indoor Positioning
IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-- 10x acquisition performance improvement delivers faster and more
accurate position computation
-- Leading 40nm CMOS process reduces power consumption by 50 percent and
board area by 44 percent
-- Ability to leverage sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC enables innovative
-- Integration on recently announced Broadcom BCM28155 platform brings
feature-rich location functionality to Android 4.0 smartphones
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced a new location architecture to provide more responsive outdoor and indoor positioning capabilities for smartphone devices. With proven third-generation multi-constellation support and tight integration with sensor components and Broadcom's industry-leading connectivity sub-system, the new solution opens the door to innovative applications, such as indoor positioning and place-based mobile commerce. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.
The architecture features a new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip that significantly reduces time-to-first-fix (TTFF) for outdoor positioning applications, cutting the time smartphone users have to wait when first checking their position. The platform solution also uses data from inertial sensors, Wi-Fi access points (including those based on recently announced 5G WiFi) and future technologies such as Bluetooth beacons to enable ground breaking indoor positioning capabilities, such as "personal shopper" applications that can direct users to specific stores within shopping malls, and even specific shelves within those stores. In addition, platform integration with NFC enables smarter, more secure mobile payments, with users able to specify countries, cities or even stores where digital wallets can be used.
The Broadcom® BCM4752 GNSS chip provides the industry's most advanced multi-constellation support by simultaneously collecting data from four satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS) and using the best received signals, resulting in faster searches and more accurate real-time navigation. Building on the success of previous GNSS chips, Broadcom's multi-constellation technology, coupled with advanced signal processing, provides faster positioning performance for improved user experience, especially in challenging urban environments where buildings and obstructions can dramatically impact accuracy and time-to-fix.
The new chip and accompanying software benefit from tight integration with Broadcom's InConcert® wireless connectivity sub-system, featuring the most advanced and complete technology offering in the industry. By developing its various connectivity components to operate as a unified system, Broadcom can offer more expansive location features that extend beyond GNSS capabilities.
Key Features and Benefits:
-- Enhances performance and reliability:
-- Industry-breakthrough acquisition engine with advanced multipath
mitigation techniques provides faster time-to-first-fix performance
in challenging environments, as well as a more accurate urban
-- Multi-constellation capability collects data from four satellite
constellations (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS) simultaneously and uses
the best received signals, resulting in faster signal searches and
more accurate real-time navigation.
-- Lowest board space, power consumption and cost:
-- Fabricated in 40nm process, the BCM4752 is the industry's smallest
size GNSS chip, accounting for 44 percent less board space in a
-- Integration of key components such a low noise amplifier (LNA)
enables lowest bill of materials cost.
-- The BCM4752 uses 50 percent less power than previous generations,
allowing location-aware applications to remain active for longer
periods of time.
-- New applications such as "geofencing" that provide alerts or
services based on location can be completely off-loaded from the
smartphone's CPU for ultra-low system power operation.
-- Opens doors to new applications, with a proven software platform capable
-- Ground-breaking indoor positioning through integration of Wi-Fi
(including 5G WiFi), Bluetooth low energy, NFC and handset inertial
sensor data into positioning applications.
-- Industry-leading urban navigation by applying handset inertial
sensor readings into the position computation.
-- Best in class assisted GNSS (AGNSS) with both GPS and GLONASS
assistance data available worldwide from Broadcom's hosted reference
The BCM4752 is production ready and shipping to early access partners.
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Scott Pomerantz, Broadcom's Vice President & General Manager, GPS
"The astounding growth of mobile devices is driving new opportunities for inventive applications that make these devices even smarter and more location aware. As the leader in GNSS and wireless connectivity, Broadcom is ideally positioned to drive this next wave of innovation. As our third generation multi-constellation solution, the BCM4752 and advanced location software bring together GNSS, sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC to make these applications a reality."
Patrick Connolly, Senior Analyst, Telematics and Navigation, ABI Research
"Demand for GNSS-enabled consumer devices continues to grow strongly with new vertical markets providing new opportunities. As consumers increasingly turn to their mobile devices for advanced navigation assistance, advances to signal processing, multi-constellation support and indoor location and positioning applications and technologies will only propel this demand further."
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to http://www.broadcom.com.
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Odessa College's OC Global Program Improves Access with ReadSpeaker
Text-to-Speech Feature Studied in Reading Comprehension Pilot
ODESSA, Texas and UPPSALA, Sweden, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- Odessa College's distance learning program, OG Global, is no stranger to innovation. OC Global takes a research and development (R&D) approach to education by seeking new ways to maximize accessibility and improve student success. That's why a partnership with an industry innovator like ReadSpeaker is a good fit. ReadSpeaker delivers web-based tools to overcome content accessibility issues such as limited screen size and reading disabilities by speech-enabling online text. OC Global and ReadSpeaker have teamed up to add a text-to-speech feature for OG Global online courses. This approach improves access for students with learning disabilities and gives all students the option to listen to OC Global coursework via their computers, mobile phones or tablets.
"By integrating ReadSpeaker text-to-speech capabilities into OC Global courses, we're giving students a range of new options," said Corey Davis, OC Global Executive Director. "Students with learning disabilities can access course text with a button embedded in each lesson that converts the text to speech. Students can listen to lessons while driving or engaged in other activities. It erases barriers caused by the need to access large amounts of text via a small screen, such as that on a mobile device."
Students are not required to download applications to use the ReadSpeaker function since it's a cloud-based service. Students simply log in to their OC Global course and choose the listen button, which is supported by a wide variety of browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, Safari, Chrome and Lynx. OC Global integrated the ReadSpeaker tool into its SoftChalk online learning management system. The text is highlighted as it is converted into speech, which promotes reading comprehension for students who are developing that skill by enabling them to follow along with the text as it is read.
"Anytime, anywhere access to course content is a top priority for many students," said Joop Heijenrath, ReadSpeaker Cofounder and the executive responsible for ReadSpeaker's business operations outside of Europe. "We're pleased to work with OC Global. Providing online text-to-speech improves student access and helps increase reading comprehension."
In keeping with its R&D focus, OC Global is using the integration of technology in its coursework to try fresh approaches and measure results. OC Global is working with Live Ink to explore how presentation of text in a cascading style - Visual-Syntactic Text Formatting - rather than in standard block format as the text is presented as speech via ReadSpeaker affects comprehension and recall. OC Global is also working with SmarterServices, specialists in online learner readiness assessment, to gauge effectiveness by measuring whether or not this method improves reading comprehension. Student reading rates and recall will be assessed along with their perceptions of the course and academic performance. Studies performed by other organizations at the high school and college levels indicate that this method may improve reading comprehension and recall by a full standard deviation over control groups.
As always, OC Global's goal is to test new pedagogies and technologies to increase the quality and effectiveness of Odessa College's online learning program. In a national education environment that often fails to keep pace with rapidly changing student needs and challenges, OC Global stands out by focusing on student achievement and by its willingness to try new approaches to improve results. OC Global's partnership with ReadSpeaker emphasizes the institution's readiness to adopt new tools to promote student success.
About Odessa College
Located in the Permian Basin in West Texas, Odessa College was founded in 1946. For more than six decades, the open-door, two-year institution has served the community, having a positive impact on the lives of more than half a million students by providing quality education through a variety of accredited courses, including associate degree programs, college preparation, career and technical training, continuing education, adult education and community recreation programs. Odessa College is committed to preparing students and the community for the future. Lean more by visiting http://www.odessa.edu.
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"There's a Bap for That"? Greggs to Install Wifi Across all its Stores, Report the Cloud
LONDON, March 21, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
- Greggs becomes UK's largest WiFi-enabled high street chain after deal with
Greggs customers are used to getting hand-made sandwiches and freshly baked pasties in
the company's 1,571 shops around the UK. But from this summer they'll now be able to surf
the internet in-store too, after Greggs signed a deal with WiFi
[http://www.thecloud.net/wifi ] provider The Cloud to install wireless broadband access in
all of its outlets.
The roll-out, which starts this month with 100 shops per week and will be completed by
the end of summer, means that Greggs will have more WiFi-enabled outlets on Britain's high
streets that any other brand. More than six million people use Greggs shops every week.
Graeme Nash, head of customer and marketing at Greggs, said: "We are constantly
looking at ways of giving our customers a fantastic experience when shopping at Greggs. We
have a number of outlets now with seating and our cafes and new coffee shops, Greggs
Moment, are all ideal locations where our customers can benefit from free WiFi."
The deal with Greggs comes after The Cloud [http://www.thecloud.net ], a BSkyB
company, signed agreements to install WiFi in the high street stores of retailers
including Mamas & Papas, Ted Baker and Phones4u. It already provides WiFi in venues
including Pizza Express, Eat, Caffe Nero, Wagamama, Pret A Manger and JD Wetherspoon's.
Vince Russell, managing director at The Cloud, said: "Greggs might not be the kind of
brand you immediately associate with WiFi, but this deal shows how mainstream this
technology has become. It's no longer the preserve of hotels or train stations where
businessmen log on to check their emails - it's used by all sorts of people for everyday
reasons like updating their Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare accounts when they're on the
go. It's undeniable that the smartphone has changed consumer behaviour and now it's
changing the high street too."
About The Cloud
The Cloud builds and operates WiFi networks across the UK and Europe to provide the
mobile media experience that consumers want. The service delivers simple, fast, reliable
and cost effective broadband to millions of WiFi enabled smartphones, laptops and
entertainment devices. The Cloud has exclusive commercial partnerships with retail,
leisure, hotels, sports, transport, and entertainment and content partners to deliver its
longer-term vision of a connected society.
Notes to editors:
Greggs is the UK's leading bakery retailer with more than 1,570 shops nationwide and
serving more than six million customers a week in Britain. Expert bakers for more than 70
years, Greggs specialise in daily fresh shop-made sandwiches on Greggs own baked bread,
and savouries baked off fresh in the shop ovens throughout the day, including the iconic
Greggs sausage roll. These lines are complemented by a wide range of muffins, cupcakes and
other confectionery, and a wide range of take home bread and rolls.
Source: The Cloud
Press contact details: The Cloud, Iago John / Pete Marcus
Harvard PR, +44(0)20-7861-2844 / +44(0)20-7861-2846, TheCloud@harvard.co.uk
DO-178 process templates jump-start certified airborne software projects, enhancing process definition, deployment, management and refinement
SAN DIEGO, California and CHELTENHAM, England, March 21, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Atego Process Director's DO-178 Process Library
Atego(TM), the world leading software tools and professional services supplier for
complex, mission- and safety-critical systems and software engineering has launched the
DO-178 Process Library for its ground breaking process definition, management and
deployment product, Atego Process Director(TM).
Atego Process Director for DO-178 provides more than 350 basic process elements
(including processes, criterion, document templates, roles, reviews, checklists,
techniques & tool definitions) plus 1,000+ relationship links. These can be used,
modified, extended and rewired to suit each organization's individual DO-178 process
"The launch of our DO-178 Library significantly extends Atego Process Director's
preloaded process content, helping our customers on their DO-178 projects," said Hedley
Apperly, Vice-President of Product and Marketing at Atego. "Coupled with Atego Process
Director's highly productive and contemporary process authoring environment this new
library provides engineers with the timely guidance they need when building and certifying
software for airborne systems."
Atego Process Director brings DO-178 to life with: automated BPMN Diagrams,
animated-auto-layout Relationship Graphs, a Q&A based Project Startup Wizard, automated
Microsoft Project(TM) plan creation, engineer specific To-Do Dashboards and automated
Email Notification. Elaborating, tuning and deploying your DO-178 processes is easy, with
appealing and inclusive approaches that actually achieve process buy-in and lead to
improved compliance, quality and productivity.
"We have distilled the combined knowledge of our Atego HighRely airborne software
certification experts into this Atego Process Director library, to radically reduce the
learning curve, project planning time and process maintenance costs.
These are some of the best DO-178 consultants in the world who are also available for
DO-178 Library process tuning and extension" said Vance Hilderman, Atego HighRely
President. "This library of pre-loaded DO-178 guidance templates and checklists gives you
all the benefits of Atego Process Director with a DO-178 jump-start."
Atego Process Director libraries typically save up to a 25% on initial process
research time. While inherent process consistency usually leads to a 30% reduction in
process maintenance overheads. Atego Process Director startup wizards can also lower
project initiation effort by 45%. What's more, you don't have to take our word for it.
Atego Process Director metrics capture facility provides tangible results to aid process
improvement and prove return on your investment.
Atego is a world leading software tools and professional services company, focused on
helping organizations engineer complex, mission- and safety-critical systems and software.
With today's systems and software engineering projects continually growing in complexity,
Atego's collaborative development tools, robust runtime environments, certification
know-how and supporting services enable abstraction, optimization and automation -
dramatically increasing quality, security and productivity.
UTStarcom Launches Video Service Cloud Platform at CCBN 2012
BEIJING, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom Holdings Corp. ("UTStarcom" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: UTSI) a leading provider of interactive, IP-based network solutions in iDTV, IPTV, Internet TV and broadband for cable and telecom operators, today announced it will officially launch its next generation Video Service Cloud ("VSC") platform along with several commercial services associated with the platform at the China Content Broadcasting Network ("CCBN") Exhibition, March 21-23, 2012.
The VSC platform, which the Company has been developing since 2011, is a key strategic initiative for UTStarcom as the Company accelerates its transition to providing media operation support services. Leveraging UTStarcom's Rollingstream technology, optical network infrastructure and the advanced technology of video exchange cloud, the VSC platform can store, exchange and distribute video and audio content through telecom networks, cable networks and the Internet. The VSC platform has the advantage of aggregating audio and video content which allows media operators to rapidly launch their IP video services and offer subscribers a high-quality and highly interactive experience through multiple video devices such as TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones.
The main services include the video distribution network ("VDN"), cloud-based B2B application services and video content exchange service. The VDN is focusing on digitalization, distribution, storage and acceleration of audio and video content with significant broadband cost savings. The cloud-based B2B video services have a wide range of value-added services such as video conferencing, online education, online office and targeted push video content for enterprise customers.
"We are excited to introduce our VSC platform and its associated commercial services at the CCBN exhibition this week. It represents an important milestone for the Company as we incorporate media operation support services into our business and strive for sustainable profitability in the years ahead," said UTStarcom CEO Jack Lu. "We have already signed a cooperation agreement with a key strategic partner, which will allow us to take advantage of the broadband backbone infrastructure of cable operators nationwide. As a result of this agreement, we will be able to provide VDN services to end-users at a very competitive price."
Mr. Lu continued, "The VSC platform will deliver greater market opportunities and increase our competitiveness as we move up the value chain and enhance our solution and service offerings. We have the ability to build on the VSC platform and expand in the future to include other value-added online applications of cloud-based B2B application services and video content exchange services that will help us achieve sustained, long-term profitability."
At the current stage, the Company has established VDN nodes in major cities in China and started VDN services to a couple of Internet TV operators on a trial basis. The Company plans to focus on the VDN service and video-based B2B application service offerings to generate a steady stream of revenues in 2012.
About UTStarcom Holdings Corp
UTStarcom is a leading provider of interactive, IP-based network solutions in iDTV, IPTV, Internet TV and Broadband for cable and telecom operators. The Company sells its solutions to operators in both emerging and established telecommunications and cable markets around the world. UTStarcom enables its customers to rapidly deploy revenue-generating access services using their existing infrastructure, while providing a migration path to cost-efficient, end-to-end IP networks.
Founded in 1991, listed on the NASDAQ in 2000, the Company has its operational headquarters in Beijing, China and research and development operations in China and India. For more information about UTStarcom, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.utstar.com.
This release includes forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the future market and application of the Company's VSC products, how these products can serve its customers in the future and UTStarcom's expectations regarding the offering and expected revenues. These statements are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. These risks include the failure to deploy the VSC offering in the anticipated timeframe or manner; risks associated with delays in product development or customer acceptance; economic issues in the identified geographic markets, and changes in government regulation and licensing requirements, as well as risk factors identified in its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, 10-K/A, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and 6-K and Current Reports on Form 8-K and 6-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this release, which may change, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.
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Supercharge PDFs on Tablets via Uberflip's HTML5 $29.95 Answer
"Mygazines" becomes Uberflip, redefining its digital publishing solution
as an affordable inbound marketing and communications tool.
TORONTO, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Uberflip (formerly "Mygazines")
announced today the roll-out of a completely redesigned service and
pricing structure. Uberflip's HTML5 solution seamlessly converts PDFs
into stunning interactive publications that are device-ready for
tablets, smartphones, and desktops from only $29.95 per month.
"Marketers, for example, are spending thousands of dollars to convert
their content into mobile apps. They can now make their PDFs instantly
available with a device agnostic format for only $29.95 per month,
after a no risk 60-day free trial," said CEO Yoav Schwartz. "The idea
is to put this powerful cloud solution in the hands of every
corporation, firm, agency, publisher - really anyone."
Within minutes, clients are able to upload a PDF, enhance it, and make
it instantly available on tablets and other devices. The result is a
digital publication that is more engaging, accessible, and trackable
than the PDF format it originated in. Audiences access a company
branded URL for the document; Uberflip recognizes the device and shows
an optimized interface using HTML5 technology on mobile devices such as
iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android-based smartphones and tablets.
To stress that its solution is truly for any company Schwartz decided
the company would drop the 'Mygazines' name in favour of a name with
more diverse appeal. "We chose the name Uberflip because we offer the
best solution to help any company offer a flip book experience to their
audience. We've become a popular solution not only for traditional
media publishing content like magazines, but also any business looking
to convert training materials, catalogs, flyers, reports, whitepapers,
and other types of documents," explained Schwartz.
The rebrand of Uberflip is yet another example of how the proliferation
of tablets and smartphones has forced businesses to rethink their
marketing communications strategies and adapt to an age of digital
conversion. Uberflip offers the first cloud-based PDF conversion
service at $29.95 that can adequately meet the needs of companies of
all shapes and sizes.
Uberflip (http://www.uberflip.com), formerly Mygazines, makes it easy to enhance, distribute and track
PDF content on tablets and other devices. Within minutes, documents are
converted into page-turning experiences where links, video and social
media integration are just the beginning. The Uberflip Application
allows marketers, publishers and other content creators to meet all
distribution, security, monetizing and tracking requirements for their
content. Uberflip's solutions help companies save costs and make money
through new marketing channels.
Clients and partners include Thompson Reuters, Dupont, Research in
Motion, Grant Thornton, Minden Gross LLP, HP and Cornell University.
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Travelers Overpaid Millions for Hotel Rooms in 2011: Tingo Comes to the Rescue
New Hotel Booking Site Rebooks & Refunds When Rates Drop
BOSTON, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Smarter Travel Media today launched Tingo(TM), the first hotel booking site that automatically rebooks hotel rooms at a lower price if the rate drops -- and then automatically refunds the difference to travelers' credit cards. In 2011 alone, Americans could have saved nearly $314 million* if they had had access to a site like Tingo.
The site provides its travelers with a simple proposition: Book a "Money Back" room and Tingo watches that room's rate to see if it changes. If the price drops, Tingo rebooks that same room at the lower rate and refunds the difference to the booking credit card. Travelers do nothing but book, wait and save.
"Travelers could have saved millions last year had there been a simple system in place that automatically rebooked their rooms," said Smarter Travel Media General Manager David Krauter. "And that's what Tingo does, by taking the gamble out of booking and refunding travelers' money when rates drop. It's a no-brainer. And just to put it in perspective, $314 million would book the $2,000 per night Penthouse at The London NYC, straight through for the next 350 years."
Number of Hotels with Price Drops in Popular U.S. Markets February 2012:
-- New York: 218 hotels. Prices dropped an average of $46
-- Los Angeles: 105 hotels. Prices dropped an average of $35
-- Las Vegas: 135 hotels. Prices dropped an average of $26
-- Chicago: 87 hotels. Prices dropped an average of $37
-- Orlando: 189 hotels. Prices dropped an average of $25
Recent examples of Money Back refunds:
-- 2 nights Wynn, Las Vegas
-- Booked Jan 27(th) 2012 at $1,243
-- Check-in Feb 23(rd) at $724
-- Money Back: $519
-- 1 night Casablanca, New York City
-- Booked Jan 26(th) 2012 at $499
-- Check-in Feb 14(th) at $365
-- Money Back: $134
-- 1 night Chesterfield, London
-- Booked Jan 27(th) 2012 at $90
-- Check-in Feb 24(th) at $63
-- Money Back: $27
For examples of past price drops, go to Tingo.
Tingo(TM) is the only site that automatically rebooks its travelers hotel rooms at the lower price if rates drop--and then automatically refunds the difference to their credit cards. Tingo is part of Smarter Travel Media LLC, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.
Tingo and the Tingo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TripAdvisor, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
*Value calculated using data from PhoCusWright's U.S. Online Travel Overview Eleventh Edition and Tingo data. According to PhoCusWright, U.S. OTAs saw $15.2 billion in hotel and lodging gross bookings last year.
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, January 2012
New Toddler Curriculum Training Course Enhances the Early Care Experience
DULUTH, Ga., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of The Toddler Curriculum to the online child care training course catalog.
CCEI's new online course, The Toddler Curriculum, is designed specifically for early childhood professionals who work with toddlers, a group that typically includes children between twelve and thirty-six months of age. The course covers basic information about appropriate, effective curriculum; recommended guidance and teaching practices; appropriate materials and design elements in the learning environment; and effective strategies for working and communicating with parents.
Toddler Curriculum is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. CCEI professional development courses are available to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription or can be purchased individually through online enrollment.
"CCEI coursework serves educators in child care centers and schools serving children from birth through age eight," says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. "With the introduction of so many new Infant and Toddler programs, particularly in Head Start, coursework of this kind can provide key information for those working with children during this particularly formative, and sometimes challenging, developmental phase."
About ChildCare Education Institute
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) provides quality, affordable professional development programs for continuing education. More than 100 English and Spanish child care courses are available to meet annual licensing and Head Start training requirements online. In addition to training, CCEI offers several certificate programs, such as Child Development Associate Certificates (Online CDA), the Online Early Childhood Credential, Online Director's Certificates, the Online NAC, and many more. CCEI is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, license number 837.
We Are Water Foundation Warns on World Water Day "We Eat More Water Than We Drink"
LONDON, March 21, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
March 22 - World Water Day - United Nations
- The United Nations says the proper management of water resources is key to
ensuring an adequate supply for the growing demands of the world's population.
- Most of the water we consume is related to food. To produce just one kilo of
rice, 2,450 litres of water are required.
- The We Are Water Foundation works to raise awareness of the need to make good
use of this resource and create an application for smartphones that calculates the
amount of water needed to produce food - its Water Footprint.
March 21, 2012. Every year, World Water Day is held on 22 March, as decreed by the
United Nations, and in this 2012 edition, it addresses water and food security. Today,
more than 1,000 million people lack a basic water supply and 1.5 million children die each
year from diseases caused by contaminated and non-drinkable water.
Xavier Torras, director of the We are Water Foundation, says, "Most water we humans
consume is what comes to us through food. Each day, a person can drink about 2 litres of
water, but to produce a kilo of rice, 2,450 litres of water are needed, and for a kilo of
pork, nearly 6,000 litres. These are two examples of the amount of water needed to produce
food. Water is not available in many parts of our planet."
That is why the Foundation wishes to emphasise how important it is to ensure access to
this vital resource. To this end, the Foundation has sought the support of Carlos Jimenez
Renjifo, Desk Officer in Spain for the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC),
who warns about the need to seek joint solutions to this problem: "Already in 2012, the
world's population has reached 7 billion inhabitants and it is estimated that within three
decades it may reach around 9 billion. Consequently, the water needs for food production
or, in other words, the needs to ensure sustainable food supplies for much of the planet,
will be one of the major problems we face in order to meet these growing demands for
In order to increase awareness promoted by the United Nations, the We are Water
Foundation has launched a campaign with the slogan "We eat more water than we drink", and
has created the "We Eat Water" application for smartphones. This application is a
collection of kitchen recipes from different international cuisines, and each recipe is
specified with its water footprint, which is the sum of all the water needed not only to
cook from the recipes, but also all the water that has been used to produce that food.
As an example, to make a simple Chinese "wan tan", no less than 5,804 litres of water
are used. The We Eat Water application has a symbolic price of 0.79 euros. The money
raised by the Foundation through the application will fund the four aid projects that the
foundation is carrying out in the world in 2012, with organisations such as Unicef, the
Vicente Ferrer Foundation, Oxfam and Education Without Borders.
About the We Are Water Foundation
The We Are Water Foundation has two main objectives. The first is to raise public and
institutional awareness regarding water issues and to promote a new culture regarding
water that allows for a fair and sustainable management of global water resources. The
second is to implement all kinds of actions to mitigate the negative effects of the lack
of adequate water resources. The Foundation's areas of activities include interventions in
infrastructure, education, health and research in the most deprived areas of the planet.
TowerJazz's Advanced CMOS Image Sensor Technology Powers e2v's New High Performing Product Families
e2v increases production of high sensitivity Ruby sensors and high speed ELiiXA+ cameras using advanced CIS technology at TowerJazz's Fab 2
CHELMSFORD, England and MIGDAL HA'EMEK, Israel, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- e2v, the global provider of high performance imaging solutions and TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced the increased production of e2v's Ruby low light CMOS imaging sensors and the ELiiXA+ high speed multi-line scan camera using TowerJazz's advanced CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) technology. e2v offers market leading systems and sensors for machine vision and industrial cameras integrating high end CMOS design for high performance imaging solutions which allow for significant system illumination cost reduction and very low-light imaging in outdoor camera applications.
The combination of e2v's innovative solutions with the high performance CIS technology and manufacturing capabilities of TowerJazz, have opened up new possibilities at system and sensor levels. New System-on-Chip (SoC) and camera generations with innovative embedded features have been introduced by e2v for the most demanding imaging applications. TowerJazz's CIS technology has unique advantages for industrial image sensor applications enabling high speed and high sensitivity global shutter sensors with low noise and a high signal to noise ratio (SNR).
Officially introduced in the fourth quarter of 2011, the ELiiXA+ camera range and the Ruby imaging sensor family are demonstrating the successful relationship between e2v and TowerJazz. The new product families described join several of e2v's products already running in volume production at TowerJazz's Fab 2, including sensors for industrial, medical, scientific and space applications. With a strong relationship of over six years, e2v has been progressively increasing production at TowerJazz to match demand for these advanced sensor solutions. According to Yole Development's Image Sensor market research, the machine vision market is expected to be $88M by 2015 with a CAGR of 23%.
"We are pleased to have TowerJazz as our development and manufacturing partner as we increase production for high performance imaging markets. Their unique technology offering, high production quality and high yields enable strong performing and cost-effective product solutions for our rich IP portfolio," said Francois Thouret, Divisional Director for e2v's high performance imaging solutions business. "We continue to develop the next CMOS imaging solutions with our customers in order to satisfy the need for more high performance and customized solutions. We value the capabilities and flexibility of a foundry partner like TowerJazz to meet our stringent requirements by offering a unique combination of process technology, pixel expertise, flexibility, customization & exemplary customer support."
"Our close R&D collaboration is key in making successful and high performing sensors. Our CIS process technology is a great enabler for companies like e2v making high-end CIS products. In this case, high performing global shutter pixel knowhow was a key factor. We offer unique patented stitching solutions which are vital for some large scale industrial sensor applications," said Dr. Avi Strum, Vice President and General Manager of TowerJazz's Specialty Business Unit. "We are very proud of our partnership with e2v, a company with an impressive track record of innovation and technological breakthroughs."
Companies to showcase technologies at Image Sensors (IS) Conference in London March 20-22, 2012.
e2v is a leading global provider of technology solutions for high performance systems; delivering solutions, sub-systems and components, to advanced systems companies, for specialist applications within medical & science, aerospace & defence, and commercial & industrial markets.
e2v is headquartered in the UK, employs approximately 1500 people, has design and production facilities across Europe and North America, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. For the year ended 31 March 2011, e2v reported sales of over euro 220m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit http://www.e2v.com.
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron, offering a broad range of customizable process technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as CMOS and MEMS capabilities. TowerJazz also offers a world-class design enablement platform that complements its sophisticated technology and enables a quick and accurate design cycle. In addition, TowerJazz provides (TOPS) Technology Optimization Process Services to IDMs as well as fabless companies that need to expand capacity, or progress from an R&D line to a production line. To provide multi-fab sourcing, TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S., and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit http://www.towerjazz.com.
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This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect TowerJazz's business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower's most recent filings on Forms 20-F, F-3, F-4 and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz's most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC, respectively. Tower and Jazz do not intend to update, and expressly disclaim any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.
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EliteMeetings.com Relaunches with Bold New Look, Fresh Content, and Record Number of Meeting Planner Reviews
For a Growing Community of Meeting Professionals, the Redesigned Site Will Make Working with Top-Rated Hotels Easier and More Efficient Than Ever
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced the relaunch of EliteMeetings.com, the meeting planner's trusted site for sourcing independently certified high-end and luxury hotels. While EliteMeetings.com has introduced many innovations over the years, the relaunch elevates EliteMeetings.com to new heights in both form and function.
The site's many enhancements include everything from fresh design and highly refined search tools to more prominent reviews by industry professionals with first-hand experiences to relate.
"We're very proud and excited to unveil our latest creation," said Kelly Foy, CEO of EMI. "As in everything we do," he continued, "we sought the wisdom of the planning community before undertaking this project. They provided insightful feedback that we then developed into real-world solutions to make their jobs easier and their online experience more enjoyable. But we won't stop now. We intend to foster an ever-growing community where educational opportunities, knowledge sharing and relationships can flourish."
Additional new and improved features to EliteMeetings.com include:
-- An intuitive dashboard where planners can easily manage RFPs and share
lists with colleagues or attendees
-- An inviting environment to develop ideas, ask questions and chat with
-- Fresh, relevant content found nowhere else
-- Special group rates and offers exclusive to community members
-- Informative tutorials to acquaint planners with new features
Benefits for Planners and Providers
Elite Meetings' online RFP system, SpeedRFP, syncs seamlessly to the site, allowing meeting professionals to request proposals from multiple properties at once--and then store, retrieve and monitor the responses in one convenient location.
Because of the robust search functionality, meeting professionals are able to streamline their RFPs, submitting only to those hotels that best fit their needs. The benefit of that innovation, says Foy, is a reduction in unwanted or unnecessary communication with venues that simply won't work for that particular event.
Hospitality providers frequently comment on the high quality of RFPs received from EliteMeetings.com, which average just 5.9 hotels per proposal--far below the industry average of nearly 15 hotels per proposal. For planners, the efficiency of the RFP process often results in better response time from hotels.
The more than 2,000 select hotels and resorts on EliteMeetings.com represent hotels certified as either Platinum- or Gold-level by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board (EMAB), a group of 23 industry planners and hospitality professionals. The certification cannot be purchased. Use of EliteMeetings.com is free to planners. For more information, visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com, or call 805-730-1000.
About Elite Meetings International
Based in Santa Barbara, Elite Meetings International (EMI) provides integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technology, direct sales support, customized marketing programs and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, http://www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI's innovations include FaceTime(TM), a widely used program for helping conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP(TM) (http://www.SpeedRFP.com), a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com call 805-730-1000.
SPTS Installs First Vapor HF Release Etch System in China for Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT)
NEWPORT, Wales, March 21, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Dry Etch Technology Deployed for MEMS Accelerometer Fabrication
SEMICON China 2012 - SPTS Technologies, a supplier of advanced wafer processing
solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today announced that
it has commissioned its first vapor hydrogen fluoride (VHF) etch system in China. The
Primaxx(R) Monarch 3 has been installed at the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and
Information Technology (SIMIT) for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) dry release etch
applications. SIMIT is a multidisciplinary institute within the Chinese Academy of
Sciences (CAS) that engages in both fundamental and applied research. The Primaxx Monarch
3 system is housed at SIMIT's facility in Shanghai, China.
HF vapor is a dry etchant for removing sacrificial silicon oxide in MEMS structures,
providing benefits over conventional wet etching. With a patented, reduced pressure
process that is capable of penetrating and releasing very small features, SPTS' HF vapor
etch technology delivers higher device yields as it prevents both stiction and attack on
any exposed aluminum surface. In conventional wet-etching, stiction occurs when the
released microstructure and substrate are pulled together by the surface tension
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface_tension ] of the liquid between them during drying
of the etchant, and the two surfaces adhere [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhesion ]
together, damaging the device structure.
Professor Yang Heng from SIMIT, stated, "One of the main reasons for selecting SPTS'
HF release system for our MEMS accelerometer project was its ability to release very small
features without stiction; a characteristic which is not matched by conventional wet HF
etch. SPTS demonstrated process expertise with stable and repeatable results within a wide
process window. We also wanted to work with a vendor who could offer timely local customer
support through an experienced team."
Paul Hammond, senior director and general manager of SPTS' Primaxx Products Division,
said, "We are proud to achieve the key milestone of shipping the first Primaxx Monarch 3
system into the rapidly growing Chinese market. Our vapor HF dry etch technology is used
extensively in a wide range of MEMS applications, from R&D through to high volume
production. Our customers appreciate the yield and productivity advantages that come from
our dry technology."
The Primaxx Monarch 3 system uses a 3-wafer process module to increase throughput
without compromising process repeatability, providing high uptime and low cost of system
About the SPTS Primaxx(R)Release Etch Technology
SPTS is the world leader in reduced pressure, residue-free MEMS dry etch release, a
critical buried oxide etch step which "releases" the moving components of challenging MEMS
device designs. Combining anhydrous HF gas and alcohol vapor at reduced pressure provides
a wide, stable process window that can address different oxide compositions and
thicknesses while maintaining high selectivity to other common materials found in MEMS
designs including aluminum. The "dry" Primaxx(R) process also eliminates stiction, a
yield-killing phenomenon which can bind the moving components of MEMS devices when
released with conventional wet processing technology.
About SPTS Technologies
SPTS Technologies (a Bridgepoint portfolio company) designs, manufactures, sells, and
supports etch, PVD, CVD and thermal wafer processing solutions for the MEMS, advanced
packaging, LEDs, high speed RF on GaAs, and power management device markets. With
manufacturing facilities in Newport, Wales, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and San Jose,
California, the company operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and
Asia-Pacific. For more information about SPTS Technologies, please visit http://www.spts.com
Source: SPTS Technologies Ltd
Company Contact: Evelyn Tay, Tel: +44-7885-70-6565, Evelyn.Tay@spts.com
Walmart Takes Angry Birds Space to New Heights with the First Retail and Gaming Integration
"Golden Eggsteroid" Clues to Bonus Levels Embedded Exclusively in Walmart Merchandise; One of Four Clues Available to Walmart's Facebook Fans
BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- America, the Angry Birds are in their final dissent to your local Walmart! Angry Birds Space, the newest version of the world's most-downloaded mobile game from Rovio Entertainment, will touch down in app stores March 22, and only Walmart customers will be able to access "Golden Eggsteroid" clues that unlock four bonus levels in the game. For the first time, Walmart has joined forces with a leader in mobile entertainment to provide its customers with an integrated online and in-store gaming experience.
Walmart is also offering its more than 13 million Facebook fans the first of four special "golden eggsteroid" clues starting March 22 by visiting: http://facebook.com/walmart. The remaining clues will be embedded in select limited-edition Angry Birds merchandise available in Walmart stores, including apparel, plush toys, mobile phones, snacks and more. This first-of-its-kind retail gaming experience launches on Facebook today and catapults into more than 3,000 Walmart U.S. stores on March 25.
"Walmart is bringing fun back to the shopping experience, with interactive merchandise that brings the best of digital gaming together with in-store retail," said Seong Ohm, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for entertainment, Walmart U.S. "By partnering with Rovio, we're able to give millions of avid bird slingers bonus content by coming into our stores and shopping our broad assortment of Angry Birds Space merchandise. This is just one of many exciting partnerships Walmart is forging to give our customers access to exclusive content."
Customers can search through Angry Birds Space-themed items - including apparel, mobile phones, plush toys, snacks and more - for hidden game clues that unlock four "golden eggsteroid" bonus levels. The golden eggsteroids may be hidden on pricetags, snack boxes and even on an actual t-shirt design. Examples include:
-- Angry Birds(TM) Space Fruit Snacks - $2.18
-- Angry Birds(TM) Space Limited Edition Space Tee - $6.97
-- Angry Birds(TM) Space 5" Plush Birds - $14.97
"We wanted to give our fans a unique retail extension to Angry Birds Space that rewards them for their eagle eyes," said Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer and Mighty Eagle of Rovio Entertainment. "Only Walmart can deliver the reach across America for this type of program and we wish our fans luck as they seek out our hidden clues."
Additionally, T-Mobile is offering a special Angry Birds promotion in Walmart stores. With the purchase of any T-Mobile Androidsmartphone, such as the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, paired with a great value plan, such as the T-Mobile Monthly4G $30 Unlimited Web & Text plan, Walmart customers will gain access to an Angry Birds Space portal in the T-Mobile Mall where they can download the new game and find a hint to unlock a hidden golden eggsteroid level. Customers will also be given access to extras like downloadable Angry Birdswallpaper and Angry Birdsanimated shorts.
To "like" Walmart and Angry Birds Space on Facebook, please visit walmarturl.com/angrybirdsspace.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,000 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://walmartstores.com, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
About Rovio Entertainment
Rovio is an industry-changing entertainment media company based in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a year of release, and is now the number one paid app of all time. Following this success in mobile gaming, Angry Birds has expanded rapidly in entertainment, publishing, and merchandise to become a beloved international brand. For more information, visit rovio.com.
Information Services Group Joins IAOP Research Guidance Council
ISG Partner to chair committee directing global outsourcing body's research agenda
STAMFORD, Conn., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Services Group (ISG) (NASDAQ: III), a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, today announced that two of its top experts have joined the Research Guidance Council of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), the standard-setting body and advocate for the outsourcing profession globally.
Debora Card, an ISG Partner who leads the firm's Research and Subscription Services, will chair the 11-member committee, which also includes representatives of leading clients, service providers and academic thought leaders involved in global outsourcing. Paul Reynolds, Chief Research Officer, ISG Momentum, has also joined the committee.
The goal of the IAOP Research Guidance Council is to enhance members' practical understanding of the management science of outsourcing.
Card was instrumental in developing AccessISG(TM), a service that offers subscribers on-demand access to ISG data, experience and insight, drawing from sources that include the TPI Index(TM), Contract KnowledgeBase(TM), Compass Benchmarking and Sourcing Prevalence Database(TM).
Reynolds leads the Momentum business unit, a subscription-based research service that enables service providers to better target, win and retain business.
Card and Reynolds are the latest ISG representatives named to leadership roles with the IAOP. In 2011 the firm joined the association's Corporate Social Responsibility subcommittee, which works closely with the Research Guidance Council on the CSR in Outsourcing Survey.
About Information Services Group
Information Services Group (ISG) (NASDAQ: III) is a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, serving more than 500 clients around the world to help them achieve operational excellence. ISG supports private and public sector organizations to transform and optimize their operational environments through research, benchmarking, consulting and managed services, with a focus on information technology, business process transformation, program management services and enterprise resource planning. Clients look to ISG for unique insights and innovative solutions for leveraging technology, the deepest data source in the industry, and more than five decades of experience of global leadership in information and advisory services. Based in Stamford, Conn., the company has more than 700 employees and operates in 21 countries. For additional information, visit http://www.isg-one.com.
IAOP is the global, standard-setting organization and advocate for the outsourcing profession. With a global community of more than 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is the leading professional association for organizations and individuals involved in transforming the world of business through outsourcing, offshoring, and shared services. Headquartered in New York's Hudson Valley, IAOP is supported by senior leaders around the world and their executives, managers and professionals who share the vision and expertise it takes to design, implement and manage their company's global corporate ecosystem. For more information, please visit http://www.iaop.org.
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Information Services Group
CONTACT: Andrew Park, ISG, +1-919-259-9252, firstname.lastname@example.org; Rhena Wallace, Cohn & Wolfe for ISG, +1-212-798-9832, email@example.com
March Networks Shareholders Approve Arrangement with Infinova (Canada) Ltd.
OTTAWA, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - March Networks(®) (TSX: MN), a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, today
announced that, at a special meeting of shareholders held earlier today
(the "Meeting"), the shareholders of March Networks Corporation ("March
Networks") voted to approve the previously announced arrangement under
the Canada Business Corporations Act (the "Arrangement") pursuant to which Infinova (Canada) Ltd. ("Infinova
Canada"), an indirect wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary of Shenzhen
Infinova Ltd. ("Shenzhen Infinova"), will acquire all of the issued and
outstanding common shares of March Networks for C$5.00 per share in
Shareholders holding approximately 62.70% of the outstanding common
shares of March Networks were represented in person or by proxy at the
Meeting. Approximately 98.15% of the common shares voted at the Meeting
were voted in favour of the special resolution approving the
Arrangement. This vote included a majority of the votes cast excluding
the votes that were required to be excluded under applicable Canadian
securities laws. In addition, approximately 98.15% of the common shares
voted at the Meeting were voted in favour of the special resolution
approving a $24,765,000 reduction in the stated capital account for the
common shares. These approvals satisfy the condition precedent in the
arrangement agreement made as of December 8, 2011 among March Networks,
Infinova Canada and Shenzhen Infinova (the "Arrangement Agreement")
that the Arrangement be approved by shareholders of March Networks.
A final order approving the Arrangement will be sought from the Ontario
Superior Court of Justice at a hearing scheduled to be held on Friday,
March 23, 2012 in Toronto. Assuming this final order is obtained and
all remaining conditions under the Arrangement Agreement are satisfied
or waived (where permitted), the Arrangement is expected to become
effective in late March or in April, 2012. The common shares will be
de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange following completion of the
About March Networks
March Networks® (TSX:MN) is a leading provider of intelligent IP video
solutions. For more than a decade, the company has helped some of the
world's largest commercial and government organizations transition from
traditional CCTV to advanced surveillance technologies used for
security, loss prevention, risk mitigation and operational efficiency.
Its highly scalable and easy to use Command(TM) video management platform
incorporates a web-based client interface to enable rapid system
deployment and complete system control. It is complemented by the
company's portfolio of high-definition IP cameras, encoders, video
analytics and hybrid recorders, as well as outstanding professional and
managed services. March Networks systems are delivered through an
extensive distribution and partner network in more than 50 countries.
For more information, please visit http://www.marchnetworks.com.
With solutions that enable end-users to extend the life of their
existing analog equipment by having it co-exist with their new IP video
equipment, Infinova provides megapixel, IP and analog surveillance
cameras, specialized cameras, core equipment for video control rooms,
fiber optic communications, access control products and customized
systems. Infinova is acknowledged for its exceptional customer service
programs and as "the Integrator's Manufacturer." Infinova has provided
security solutions for major projects including the Port of Miami,
Shanghai 2010 World Expo, the Panama Canal, Italy's AutovieVenete
Motorway, the Bangalore (India) toll surveillance system, Kuwait
International Airport, the 2010 Asian Games, the Los Angeles MTA and
Certain statements included in this release constitute forward-looking
statements, including those identified by the expressions "expect",
"intend" and similar expressions to the extent they relate to March
Networks or its management. The forward-looking statements are not
historical facts but reflect March Networks' current assumptions and
expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking
statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current
assumptions and expectations. The completion of the Arrangement is
subject to a number of terms and conditions, including required court
and regulatory approvals, as well as certain termination rights
available to the parties under the Arrangement Agreement. To the extent
such approvals are outstanding, they may not be obtained, the other
conditions to the transaction may not be satisfied in accordance with
their terms, and/or the parties to the Arrangement Agreement may
exercise their termination rights, in which case the Arrangement could
be modified, restructured or terminated, as applicable. Readers are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Actual developments may differ materially from those contemplated by
these statements depending on, among other things, the risks that the
parties will not proceed with the proposed transaction, that the
ultimate terms of the transaction will differ from those that are
currently contemplated, and that the transaction will not be
successfully completed for any reason (including the failure to obtain
any required approvals or satisfy other conditions). March Networks
does not intend, and disclaims any obligation, except as required by
law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise. *MARCH NETWORKS,
March Networks Command and the MARCH NETWORKS logo are trademarks of
March Networks Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.
SOURCE MARCH NETWORKS CORPORATION
MARCH NETWORKS CORPORATION
CONTACT: Ken Taylor
Chief Financial Officer, March Networks
NComputing New vSpace Client Delivers Breakthrough Simplicity and Power for Affordable Mobility and BYOD
New software client turns Windows endpoints into high performance virtual desktop clients
REDWOOD CITY, California, March 20, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
NComputing, [http://www.ncomputing.com/bett2012 ] the world leader in end-to-end
desktop virtualization solutions, today announced immediate availability of vSpace Client
for Windows [http://www.ncomputing.com/vSpaceClient ]. This innovative software client
transforms PCs, laptops, netbooks and tablets into high performance NComputing virtual
clients, delivering secure anytime anywhere access to corporate desktops or selected
applications running on a central host. vSpace Client for Windows leverages the powerful
vSpace Server software to scale to 100 users sessions on a single host PC or server. IT
departments can now support key initiatives - mobility, BYOD, remote access and Windows 7
migration - with far fewer resources and leveraging existing and legacy computing
equipment. vSpace Client ensures a rich and powerful user experience while providing IT
with all the capabilities, flexibility, and cost advantages of centralized desktop
"The virtual client computing market has come of age in the past couple of years and
is expected to approach $2.7 billion by 2015," said Al Gillen, Program VP, System Software
at IDC. "NComputing's vSpace Client software fills in an important functional role and
broadens the ability of NComputing to serve its existing customer base as well as
stimulate new market opportunities. Empowering NComputing users to easily deploy both hard
and soft virtual desktop environments, at a compelling price/performance ratio, fits well
into NComputing's solution set."
With 50,000 customers and more than 3 million virtual desktops deployed globally,
NComputing leads the industry in delivering simple, powerful and affordable virtual
desktop solutions. Already beta tested at more than 1,000 customer sites, vSpace Client is
so simple to download and install that customers are usually up-and-running in 15 minutes.
Customers can either extend existing NComputing vSpace deployments using a combination of
thin clients and software clients, or deploy a software-only solution that leverages their
existing Windows-based equipment. Future plans for vSpace Client software include versions
for iOS and Android devices. Importantly, vSpace Client gives NComputing channel partners
more extensive set of solutions to help their customers leverage mobility and BYOD for
their business advantage.
"Even in the short time we've been using it, we are already seeing the value provided
by vSpace Client," said David Hoyt, Technology Director at Mesik Consolidated Schools. "I
can see how adding PC access to our vSpace servers gives much more flexibility in how they
can work. I can even dust off PCs left for dead and I can do this without additional staff
or effort. We're looking forward to seeing what else we can do with the soft client."
vSpace Client for Windows delivers the following benefits:
- Mobile and remote access allowing users to access their desktops and key
applications from any Windows desktop, laptop, or netbook anywhere, anytime
- BYOD capability that transforms user-owned devices into virtual desktop
- Eases Windows 7 migrations by delivering a Windows 7 environment to existing
PCs while allowing IT to control individual upgrades
- Extends the life of PCs by allowing customers to repurpose aging PCs into
powerful virtual clients with a rich PC experience
- Reduces pressure on IT by bringing the benefits of centrally managed virtual
desktops to PCs distributed across sites and organizations
- Safe and secure by enabling centrally managed deployment with pre-determined
access rights so that data does not reside on the client
- Evolve to centrally delivered services by using software clients on existing
Windows devices as a first step into desktop virtualization
- Fast time to value because customers can deploy thousands of virtual desktops
in days rather than weeks or longer
"vSpace Client for Windows is another of example NComputing innovating to deliver
breakthrough value and immediate impact to our customers," said Raj Dhingra, CEO of
NComputing. "Response from the global beta program has been phenomenal: our customer base
estimates that they will expand their vSpace deployments by as much as 40% using vSpace
Client. NComputing customers are gaining even more flexibility and delivering more value
to their end users while embracing mobility and BYOD initiatives."
vSpace Client for Windows is available immediately from the online NComputing store
and from channel partners worldwide. Customers may download and install the client for
free on any number of devices, paying only for concurrent user access to vSpace Server.
Pricing starts at $499 for a 5-user license. Volume discounts are available through either
NComputing or authorized resellers.
NComputing, Inc. is the fastest growing desktop virtualization company in the world
with over 20 million daily users in 140 countries. The company's award-winning, patented
technology lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both energy
consumption and e-waste. It is the perfect solution for leveraging the power and potential
of PCs and cloud computing. To learn more about NComputing, visit http://www.ncomputing.com
.Media contact: Kristen Leon, BondPR Worldwide t:+1-415-349-7431 e: kristen@bondprUS.com
Gameloft and LG Present New and Evolved 3D Mobile Gaming Experiences
PARIS, March 20, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
High-quality games are combined on LG Optimus 3D MAX withpowerful 3D technology and
sleeker design for a 3D mobile gaming experience
Gameloft(R), a leading global publisher of digital and social games, and LG
Electronics (LG), one of the top technological innovators in the field of mobile
communications in the world, announced their new collaboration aiming to optimize several
Gameloft video games for the new LG Optimus 3D Max smartphone.
Assassin's Creed 3D, Dungeon Hunter 2 3D, James Cameron's Avatar 3D, N.O.V.A. 2 - Near
Orbit Vanguard Alliance 3D, Shrek Kart 3D, BackStab 3D, Fishing Kings 3D, Modern Combat 2:
Black Pegasus 3D, Shadow Guardian 3D and Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Order & Chaos and
Splinter Cell 3D will be available through LG Smart World and will be optimized to take
full advantage of the cutting-edge mobile technology in the LG Optimus 3D Max. Equipped
with true 3D entertainment features with improved 2D-3D compatibility configuration, users
can fully enjoy a 3D experience without 3D glasses. Users will also have the ability to
convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views into 3D using the enhanced 3D
Converter. Furthermore, 3D photos and videos captured by the Optimus 3D Max can be viewed
in a single-screen mode in 2D and easily be toggled between 2D and 3D using the 3D Hot Key
mounted on the side of the phone.
"We're thrilled to work with LG Electronics to illustrate the potential of this
high-end technology on the new LG Optimus 3D Max. This collaboration with a well-known
technological innovator such as LG Electronics will allow us to push the 3D experience
even further," stated Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice President of Publishing at
The new LG Optimus 3D Max is scheduled for release in March with a 4.3" WVGA IPS LCD
display, dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP processor, two 5-megapixel rear cameras, front-facing
camera, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 21Mbps HSPA, NFC, DLNA, and 8GB of internal
storage. At 9.6mm, the Optimus 3D Max is slimmer than its predecessor. It will initially
run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an upgrade to 4.0 ICS is expected.
"LG's continued partnership with Gameloft will further contribute to bringing maximum
entertainment to our users," said Yongseok Jang, the Vice President, MC Strategy Planning
Division at LG Electronics. He added, "With the enhanced performance available on the
Optimus 3D Max, users will be able to enjoy the advanced 3D gaming experience backed by
ample content from Gameloft, and leading 3D technology from LG."
A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft(R) has established
itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for
all digital platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (Apple(R) iOS and
Android(R)), set-top boxes, Smart TVs and consoles. Partnership agreements with major
rights holders have allowed Gameloft to associate its games with leading international
brands such as UNO(R), Spider-Man(R), James Cameron's Avatar(TM), Ferrari(R) and Sonic
Unleashed(R). Gameloft also operates its own established franchises, such as Real
Football, Asphalt(TM), Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation and N.O.V.A. 2 : Near Orbit Vanguard
Alliance(R). Gameloft is present in all continents, distributes its games in 100 countries
and employs over 4,500 developers.
Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters:
Gameloft's sponsored Level 1 ADR (ticker: GLOFY) is traded OTC in the US.
About LG Electronics, Inc.:
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in
consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than
93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2011 global sales of
KRW 54.3 trillion (USD 49 billion), LG comprises four business units - Home Entertainment,
Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions. LG is one
of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners,
washing machines and refrigerators. LG has signed a long-term contract with Formula 1,
becoming its world partner and technological partner. As part of this high-profile
collaboration, LG has exclusive naming and marketing rights for mass-market electronic
products, mobile devices and data processors as the official partner of this worldwide
sporting event. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.lg.com
PowerOneData International Now Offers a Cloud Computing Based Smart Grid Solution
MESA, Ariz., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PowerOneData International, a Company providing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Advanced Database Management Software to Utilities and Municipalities around the world, reducing energy consumption and its negative impact on the environment and public health (P1DI), announces the April 1, 2012 roll-out of GENII(TM), its next generation Meter Data Management Software. When combined with P1DI's Smart Meter technology, GENII(TM) a highly innovative, cloud computing based, meter to mouse application, gives electric utilities the most comprehensive package of functionality ever offered in an AMI solution. GENII(TM) is agnostic in nature, interfacing with any meter in use today.
Features Offered by GENII(TM) include;
Prepaid and Postpaid Billing (software driven).
Instantaneous Data Acquisition.
Plug-&-play Top-down and Bottom-up Network Building Capabilities.
Remote Connect/ Disconnect.
Improved revenue generation through Dynamic Pricing programs such as
Critical Peak Pricing, Time-of-Use, Peak Time Rebate and other tariff rate programs.
Done-Low IT, implementation and maintenance costs, delivering a high degree of interoperability between legacy and new applications, with the back bone of the system being Service-orientated Architecture (SOA). They all share a common enterprise bus for communication with the back-end database.
About PowerOneData International Inc.
PowerOneData International, Inc. (http://www.p1di.com ) specializes in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). PowerOneData International's AMI solutions are poised to revolutionize energy management on worldwide basis through best of breed hardware, firmware, and its Genii(TM) software; a cloud based agnostic Meter Data Management software that is the linchpin to the future of complete utility management on a single platform.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain as they are based on current expectations and assumptions concerning future events or future performance of the company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are only predictions and speak only as of the date hereof.
Purina® Dog Chow® Brand Dog Food Celebrates Your Adventurous Family Dog With Online Photo Sweepstakes
Timed to the March 13th Blu-ray & DVD Debut of the Smash Hit Film The Adventures of Tintin, Sweepstakes Gives Fans a Chance to Win a Grand Prize Trip to Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles
ST. LOUIS, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Golden Globe® winner for Best Animated Feature Film, The Adventures of Tintin, bursts onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download today. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, chronicles the action-packed quest of young reporter Tintin and his furry companion, Snowy, as they travel the globe to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship.
In honor of the DVD & Blu-ray debut and Tintin's faithful dog, Snowy, Purina® Dog Chow® brand dog food is turning to its Facebook page and offering its fans the opportunity to discover the "most adventurous dog," as well as enter the official Purina® Adventurous Dog Photo Sweepstakes. Using Snowy and Tintin's daring quests as inspiration, Purina® Dog Chow® encourages fans to upload a photo of their pooch showcasing his or her one-of-a-kind, adventurous spirit! The Grand Prize winner will receive a three-night stay in Los Angeles, Calif. for four people, a two-hour tour of Paramount Pictures Studios, and a one-year supply of Purina® Dog Chow® brand dog food!
Also, as part of the Sweepstakes, 250 First Prize winners will receive a copy of TheAdventures of Tintin onDVD. The Sweepstakes will run through Tuesday, April 24.
"Purina® Dog Chow® loves to celebrate one-of-a-kind dogs like Snowy, because of his adventurous spirit, curious nature and devotion to Tintin," said David Rodriquez, brand manager, Purina® Dog Chow® brand dog food. "The relationship a family has with their dog is just as important as Snowy's relationship with Tintin, and we hope to showcase that bond through this Sweepstakes."
To view the Official Rules for the Purina® Adventurous Dog Photo Sweepstakes or to learn more about Purina® Dog Chow® brand dog food or The Adventures of Tintin, visit http://www.facebook.com/dogchow.
About the Purina® Adventurous Dog Photo Sweepstakes
No purchase necessary to enter or win. Sweepstakes begins at Noon ET on March 12, 2012 and ends at 11:59:59 a.m. ET on April 24, 2012. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., who are 18 years of age (19 years of age in AL and NE) or older at the time of entry who own a dog.
About Nestle Purina PetCare
Nestle Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestle Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A. -- the world's largest food company. For more, visit http://www.purina.com.
About The Adventures of Tintin
Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films, and Kennedy/Marshall Production of A Steven Spielberg Film, The Adventures of Tintin. The film is directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish based on "The Adventures of Tintin" by Herge. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, with Ken Kamins, Herge Estate's Nick Rodwell and Stephane Sperry as executive producers.
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The PHMD division oversees PPC's home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.
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SRI International to Demonstrate Taurus Dexterous Robot at NDIA Ground Robotics Conference
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 20, 2012
WHAT: SRI will demonstrate its Taurus robot, a
high fidelity telemanipulation tool with
a 3D HD display. Taurus was designed for
bomb squad technicians to remotely engage
with improvised explosive devices. It
enables surgical-like precision in a
modular, portable, compact frame.
Weighing less than 15 lb, Taurus may be
used as a tool on the end of an existing
deployed base of bomb squad robots, or it
can be easily integrated into portable
formats or other systems.
WHEN: March 21 - 23, 2012
WHERE: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, CA
SRI Booth #216
WHO: Thomas P. Low is the Associate Director of
the Medical Systems and Telerobotics
program in the Engineering and Systems
Division at SRI. In this role, he leads a
team of engineers and scientists in
developing new medical devices, consumer
products and technologies for commercial
and government clients. He has experience
in program management, robotics, software
development, mechanical design and
medical product development, computer-
aided engineering, design for
systems, sensor development, real-time
computer graphics, and dynamic
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CONTACT: Lindsay Wahler, +1-650-859-2491, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dina Basin, +1-650-859-3845, email@example.com for SRI International
Gameloft and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc. Announce Their Collaboration for the Men In Black(TM) 3 Mobile Game
Men in Black 3 official game for smartphones, tablets and feature phones launching alongside movie May 2012
PARIS, March 20, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Gameloft, a global leading publisher of digital and social games, and Sony Pictures
Consumer Products, Inc. today announced a licensing agreement on the Men in Black(TM)
franchise and will launch the official mobile game in synch with one of 2012's most
anticipated movies, Men in Black 3.
"Gameloft is ecstatic to have the chance to team with Sony Pictures Consumer Products
in working with such a successful franchise as Men in Black on the Men in Black 3 mobile
game," said Karine Kaiser VP Marketing and Licensing for Gameloft. "We see this as a great
opportunity to provide a new and immersive way to engage with the films' iconic characters
and distinctive universe."
Gameloft has worked closely with Sony's team to bring a mobile freemium game that will
please not only the fans of the Men in Black franchise, but also all the casual players
due to its ease of use and free access. Players will not only get to interact with a
selection of faithfully inspired characters and aliens of the Men in Black franchise but
will have access to special equipment ranging from the Neuralyzer and Gravity Bombs, to
the famous Noisy Cricket as well.
Mark Caplan, VP Consumer Products for Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc., added:
"Sony is thrilled to be collaborating with Gameloft on the creation of the new Men in
Black 3 game. Together, we have developed a game which will bring many hours of
interactivity by giving fans keys to the expansive universe of Men in Black. The mobile
game is an important part of our marketing for the film."
The Men in Black 3 game will be made available for iOS, Android devices and feature
phones at the time of movie release worldwide, on May 25th, 2012.
For more information about Men in Black 3 the mobile game or Gameloft please visit the
official website at http://www.gameloft.com.
ABOUT MEN IN BLACK(TM) 3
In Men in Black 3, Agents J and K are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable
things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him
as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put
at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that
there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal
themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency, and the
future of humankind. Barry Sonnenfeld directs the film. The film's screenplay is written
by Etan Cohen, based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie
MacDonald produce, and Steven Spielberg and G. Mac Brown are the executive producers.
A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft(R) has established
itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for
all digital platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (including
Apple(R) iOS and Android(R) devices), set top boxes, connected TVs and consoles. Gameloft
partners with leading international brands such as UNO(R), Ferrari(R) and Sonic
Unleashed(R). Gameloft also operates its own established franchises, such as Real
Football, Asphalt(TM), Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation and N.O.V.A. 2: Near Orbit Vanguard
Alliance(R). Gameloft is present in all continents, distributes its games in 100 countries
and employs over 4,500 developers.
Gameloft is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP,
Gameloft's sponsored Level 1 ADR (ticker: GLOFY) is traded OTC in the US.
About Sony Pictures Consumer Products
Sony Pictures Consumer Products manages the studio's film and television
merchandising, licensing and retail opportunities for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. for
current and library properties by working with manufacturers (licensees) and retailers to
create quality products and services and increase consumer awareness.
Jessica W. Lewinstein
US PR Manager - Gameloft
'Big Data' Leader EMC and Agile Experts Pivotal Combine to Accelerate Development of Next-Generation Applications for Start-ups and Large Enterprises
HOPKINTON, Mass., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-- EMC has acquired San Francisco-based Pivotal Labs, a privately-held
provider of agile software development services and tools.
-- EMC will invest to expand Pivotal's reach on a global scale, bringing
Pivotal's agile consulting services expertise to an even greater number
of both emerging start-ups and the world's largest businesses looking to
embrace Cloud, Big Data, Social and Mobile in developing next-generation
-- Pivotal's agile project management tool (Pivotal Tracker) is currently
used by over 240,000 developers around the world. EMC plans to continue
to invest in Pivotal Tracker to accelerate innovation in the platform
and increase adoption.
-- With the addition of Pivotal, EMC adds to its portfolio the
gold-standard in agile software development for customers building 'Big
Data' analytic applications.
-- The all-cash transaction is not expected to have a material impact to
EMC GAAP or non-GAAP EPS for the full 2012 fiscal year.
-- An online event titled "Social Meets Big Data: Live Webcast " with
executives from EMC and Pivotal Labs will be broadcast today, Tuesday,
March 20 - 9:45 A.M. Pacific, 12:45 P.M. Eastern and 4:45 P.M. GMT.
Event details can be found at http://bit.ly/qduws or at EMC.com.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced it has acquired San Francisco-based Pivotal Labs, a privately-held provider of agile software development services and tools. The all-cash transaction is not expected to have a material impact to EMC GAAP or non-GAAP EPS for the full 2012 fiscal year.
Pivotal Labs enhances EMC's powerful portfolio of products and services, which are designed to enable organizations to store, analyze and take action on 'Big Data' - datasets so large they break traditional IT infrastructures. Earlier this year EMC introduced the Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform (UAP) that delivered, for the first time, a scale-out infrastructure for analyzing both structured and unstructured data. Today EMC announced general availability of Greenplum Chorus - another industry first, delivering a Facebook-like social collaboration tool for Data Science teams to iterate on the development of datasets and ensure that useful insights are delivered to the business quickly. EMC brought Data Science and its chief practitioner - the Data Scientist - to the fore a year ago at the world's first Data Scientist Summit. With the addition of Pivotal Labs, EMC can now take datasets perfected in Greenplum Chorus and enable customers to rapidly build out Big Data applications using modern programming environments such as Ruby on Rails.
Big Data is new - so new in fact that packaged Big Data applications are scarce. Most organizations dump large volumes of data into stores like Hadoop and write custom code to extract value. However, now with Pivotal Labs, the leader in agile development practices that embrace rapid iteration, test driven development, open source tools and modern frameworks, both start-ups and global enterprise customers will have the ability to quickly build new applications and services that capitalize on Big Data.
Founded in 1989, Pivotal Labs brings to EMC a highly differentiated and best-in-class software development methodology; world-class engineering talent in web, mobile, Big Data and cloud services; and an industry-leading software development tool, Pivotal Tracker, with more than 240,000 developer customers worldwide. Pivotal's customers include Twitter, Best Buy, Groupon, Salesforce.com, EMI, Urban Dictionary, Linden Lab, Task Rabbit, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and many others. In keeping with prior successful acquisitions, EMC will invest in and organize Pivotal Labs so it can scale its business through demand driven from EMC.
Jack Dorsey, Executive Chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square
"I've had the opportunity to watch Pivotal Labs for many years and have seen, first-hand, the transformational impact they deliver to their clients. Their cultural and strategic contributions at Twitter have been quite meaningful, and much of our software development process at Square is modeled on the Pivotal Labs way. I have no doubt Pivotal Labs will bring great value to EMC and its customers."
EMC and Pivotal Labs Executive Quotes
Bill Cook, President and General Manager of Greenplum, a division of EMC
"Last year we began work with Pivotal Labs on advanced development for EMC Greenplum Chorus, which ultimately opened data science teams up to an entirely new way to collaborate through socially-enabled tools and techniques. The transformative power of what we, together, could achieve for customers became quickly and abundantly clear. We're incredibly energized about the opportunity to grow this business even further, and to help customers accelerate their quest for new levels of agility and increasingly meaningful data-driven insights."
Rob Mee, CEO of Pivotal Labs
"We are thrilled to join EMC and look forward to accelerated innovation on Pivotal Tracker, expansion of our services, and the ability to offer a greater number of customers access to our proven methods of developing high quality, reliable software. Working with the Greenplum division to apply our unique development process to the challenges of Big Data is especially exciting for us."
-- Learn more about Greenplum Chorus
-- For the latest industry news, research, webcasts and use cases covering
big data, analytics, and the data scientist community visit the
Greenplum Media Center
-- Connect with EMC via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Greenplum
Greenplum, a division of EMC, is driving the future of Big Data analytics with breakthrough products including Greenplum Data Computing Appliance, Greenplum Database, Greenplum Community Edition, Greenplum HD, and Greenplum Chorus -- the industry's first Enterprise Data Cloud platform. The division's products embody the power of open systems, cloud computing, virtualization and social collaboration -- enabling global organizations to gain greater insight and value from their data than ever before possible.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
EMC, Enterprise Data Cloud, Greenplum, Greenplum Chorus, Greenplum Database, Pivotal Labs and Pivotal Tracker are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.'s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.
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CONTACT: David Oro, +1-415-885-9898, firstname.lastname@example.org
SeatGuru Launches Free iPhone App to Power Fliers on the Go
App Features Widest Selection of Seat Maps and Flyer Recommendations, the Powerful TripAdvisor Flight Search Engine, and Real-Time Flight Status Alerts
NEWTON, Mass., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SeatGuru®, the ultimate guide to air travel, today announces its first mobile app for the iPhone. The free app features SeatGuru's extensive collection of color-coded airplane seat maps -- over 700 with detailed seat recommendations covering nearly 100 airlines. The app also provides users with helpful travel tools by integrating the acclaimed TripAdvisor® flight search engine, allowing travelers to book a flight on the go, and the ability to get real-time flight status updates.
"We're excited to put the power of SeatGuru's flier-backed seat maps and recommendations in the hands of iPhone users," said Jami Counter, senior director of SeatGuru. "Our free app gives travelers the peace of mind that they've found the best airplane seat at the lowest price, in an easy-to-navigate display to help make the air travel experience less stressful."
The SeatGuru iPhone app includes the following useful features:
-- Color-Coded Seat Maps - Backed by more than 45,000 flier reviews,
SeatGuru offers more than 700 color-coded airplane seat maps across
nearly 100 different airlines. Each seat map includes indicators for
good seats (green), seats with some cautionary attributes (yellow), and
seats to avoid (red), as well as detailed hoverover comments summarized
from fellow travelers.
-- Flight Meta-Search Engine - Powered by TripAdvisor Flights, the app's
flight shopping engine searches for the lowest airfares across online
travel agencies, discount airfare consolidators, major airlines, and low
cost carriers, so travelers can find the right flight at the best price.
-- Real-Time Flight Alerts - The app offers real-time flight status
updates, supplied by FlightAware, to alert travelers if their flight is
delayed or canceled. Travelers can also have notifications sent to
family and friends, so they can be kept updated on flight arrival times
and other relevant travel information.
The SeatGuru app can be downloaded for free worldwide in the Apple App Store, and has an enhanced flight shopping experience with localized information for users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. For more information, please visit http://www.seatguru.com.
SeatGuru (http://www.seatguru.com) is the Internet's most comprehensive resource for airline information, incorporating 45,000+ flyer reviews on airline seats, services, and amenities, as well as providing useful travel trips. SeatGuru offers more than 700 airline seat maps covering nearly100 airlines so that travelers can find the best seats before they fly. SeatGuru is part of the TripAdvisor Media Group.
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor's millions of monthly visitors.