Zillow Launches Free Real Estate App Optimized for Kindle Fire
SEATTLE, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace, today launched a free real estate app optimized for Kindle Fire. Zillow®'s App now works on Kindle Fire, allowing home shoppers to search for, share and save information on more than 100 million for-sale and for-rent homes.
Zillow's App is one of the first real estate apps developed specifically for Kindle Fire. At launch, home shoppers can:
-- Search Zillow's database of more than 100 million homes
-- View homes for sale, homes for rent and recently sold homes
-- See Zestimates and Rent Zestimates of nearly 100 million homes
-- Filter by home type, listing type, home size, beds, baths, price
-- View full-screen photos
-- Share homes via email, Facebook® and Twitter®
-- Save favorite homes and searches
"We're excited to offer a Zillow App that is optimized for Kindle Fire with the launch of the device. The Kindle Fire gives home shoppers a new way to access information and we are thrilled to be part of that," said Spencer Rascoff, Zillow CEO. "Real estate is inherently mobile and this announcement extends our goal of providing people with important real estate information whenever and wherever they need it."
Zillow operates the most popular platform of mobile real estate applications across iPhone®, iPad®, Android(TM), Blackberry® and Windows® Phone 7.
About Zillow, Inc.
Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. More than 24.6 million unique users visited Zillow's websites and mobile applications in October 2011. Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile, Postlets® and Diverse Solutions(TM). The company is headquartered in Seattle.
Ultra-Thin and Lightweight Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Available Nov. 20 in AT&T Stores and Online
AT&T 4G LTE Expanding to Six New Markets, Total of 15 Nationwide
DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
-- AT&T* introduced its second 4G LTE-enabled tablet for customers, the
Samsung Galaxy(TM) Tab 8.9, an ultra-thin tablet perfect for Android
fans who want an optimized Honeycomb experience in a best-in-class form
-- Customers can purchase from AT&T stores and online beginning Nov. 20.
-- For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will
receive a Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II
smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the
-- Additionally, AT&T will launch 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in six new
markets on Nov. 20: Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas,
Oklahoma City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
-- The Nov. 20 launches will expand AT&T 4G LTE to 15 markets total,
meeting its 2011 market commitment. AT&T plans to reach 70 million
Americans by year-end 2011.
-- AT&T offers the only devices capable of 4G speeds utilizing both 4G LTE
and HSPA+, for a consistently fast connection in and out of 4G LTE
-- AT&T topped its goal to offer 20 4G devices this year. The addition of
the new 4G LTE devices brings the 4G device total to 24.
Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 8.9
Exclusive to AT&T customers, the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 8.9 is a slim, lightweight tablet, running Android(TM) 3.2 and packed with optimized services from Google, AT&T and Samsung. The new tablet features a vivid 8.9-inch 1280x800 pixel high-resolution screen, powerful processor 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast multi-tasking, and tabbed browsing with support for HTML 5 and Adobe® Flash® Player.
-- 4G LTE backed by 4G HSPA+
-- Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
-- 15.9 ounces light, 8.6mm thin
-- Brilliant 8.9" HD widescreen
-- 3.2 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front
-- Tabbed browsing, Adobe Flash and HTML support
-- Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor
-- 16 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32 GB via accessory option
-- 1 GB RAM
-- TouchWiz® UX
-- Dimensions: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 8.9 will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online Nov. 20 for $479.99 with a two-year commitment. For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will receive a Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the smartphone. Learn more at http://www.att.com/tablets.
AT&T 4G LTE Data Plans
AT&T tablet customers can choose a $35, 3 GB monthly data plan option with a two-year contract, and customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options for tablets:
-- Postpaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan
who exceed their monthly data plan will be charged $10 per 1 GB of
overage. Charges will appear on customers' monthly wireless statements
offering the simplicity of a single bill.
-- Prepaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan
who exceed their monthly data plan may choose to purchase an additional
2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers' credit card statements.
AT&T 4G LTE smartphone customers can choose from tiered data plans starting as low as $15 per month. Existing smartphone customers do not have to make changes to their data plan. All plans include access to AT&T's national Wi-Fi network of more than 29,000 hotspots.
-- DataPlus provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for just $15 per month. An
additional 200 MB of data usage is $15.
-- DataPro provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for $25 per month. An
additional 1 GB of data is $10. Customers who want to use their device
as a mobile hotspot can sign up for DataPro 4GB for $45 a month, which
lets you tether or share your data connection across multiple devices.
AT&T 4G LTE Footprint
With the Nov. 20 launches, AT&T 4G LTE will be available in 15 markets: Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.
AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.
"The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 8.9 adds to our outstanding Android lineup and our growing portfolio of premier 4G LTE devices," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're constantly adding new 4G LTE coverage and only AT&T offers 4G LTE plus 4G speeds through our HSPA+ network."
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
Handset Offer: Offer is available November 20, 2011 through January 7, 2012. No two year commitment required for the tablet when purchasing the tablet at an AT&T company owned retail store. Online purchases require a two year commitment (see promotional tablet pricing below). Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II smartphone requires new 2-yr wireless agrmt of $39.99 or higher and min $15/mo data plan. Wireless Service: Subject to Wireless Customer Agrmt. Coverage and svcs not avail everywhere. Credit approval req'd. Activ. fee $36/line. Geographic, usage, and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. See store or visit att.com for complete details and coverage maps. Data: Min $15/mo, 200MB, data plan required. If you exceed your initial 200MB allowance, you will automatically be charged an overage of $15 for each additional 200MB provided. All data allowances and overages must be used in the billing period provided or they will be forfeited - details att.com/dataplans. Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge up to $1.25/mo. is chrg'd to help comply with gov't obligations and chrgs; it is not a tax or gov't req'd chrg. Early Termination Fee (ETF): After 30 days, ETF up to $325 based on device (details att.com/equipmentETF). Restocking fee up to $35. Taxes and other charges apply.
Handset Offer cannot be combined with any other equipment promotion, discount, or other offer. Subject to availability limitations. Tablets must be returned within 14 days of purchase. If tablet is returned within 14 days of purchase, customer will be charged the two year commitment price for the Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II Skyrocket of $249.99 or the Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II of $199.99.
Promotional tablet pricing requires a two-year agreement and a minimum $35 a month 3 GB DataConnect Plan for tablets. If you exceed your initial 3GB allowance, you will automatically be charged an overage of $10 for each additional GB provided. All data allowances and overages must be used in the billing period provided or they will be forfeited - details att.com/dataplans. Coverage not avail everywhere. Credit approval req'd. Geographic, usage, and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. Early Termination Fee (ETF): After 30 days, ETF up to $325. Restocking fee up to 10% of sales price may apply. Equipment Fee may apply if service is canceled within 30 days of purchase - details att.com/returns. Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge up to $1.25/mo. is chrg'd to help comply with gov't obligations and chrgs; it is not a tax or gov't req'd chrg. Taxes and other charges apply. See store or visit att.com for complete details and coverage maps.
AT&T Data Plans for Tablets. Postpaid DataConnect Plans are billed monthly and automatically renew every month, unless you cancel service prior to the start of the monthly renewal. No term commitment or termination fees apply (with no service commitment plans). Overage charges apply if the monthly data allowance is exceeded. Offer not available for on-tablet activation. Credit check may be required. Geographic and other restrictions apply. Session Based DataConnect Pass Plans for Tablets: Time begins expiring immediately upon purchase/activation, whether you are using the service or not. Once your time expires or the allotted data is used, whichever comes first, your data access will cease. 30-day domestic plans automatically renew, unless you cancel auto-renewal. Fees are non-refundable. Other restrictions apply. For full terms see DataConnect Pass Wireless Data Services Agreement on att.com/wirelesslegal.
CRU and IRU customers must purchase a qualifying DataConnect Plan for Tablets.
AT&T Wi-Fi access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See http://www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
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Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise
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Resource Interactive Giving Away its Digital Expertise for Free to One Woman-Owned Business - Deadline Coming Soon
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Resource Interactive, ranked no. 4 in the nation by Advertising Age magazine, is giving away its services for free for one year to one deserving women-owned business. The opportunity is called RI:30 and the winner will work with the same digital strategists who build and maintain the digital presence for brands like Victoria's Secret, Sherwin Williams, and P&G. RI:30 is Resource Interactive's way of celebrating 30 years in business. Founder Nancy Kramer and CEO Kelly Mooney are excited to help another woman-owned business reach its goals using proven digital strategies and tactics. But women have to act fast. The deadline to enter is Nov. 23, 2011.
"When I look back on when I started the business in 1981 with Apple as my first client, I was very excited about this rapidly growing industry, but I also had a lot to learn about running a business. I owe much of my success to the many mentors, clients, and friends who have guided me along the way," says Kramer. "RI:30 is our way of giving another woman business owner a jump start on her future. I could only image what this opportunity would have done for Resource Interactive in its early years."
The process to enter is simple. Just "like" Resource Interactive on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/resourceinteractive) and complete the RI:30 entry form and submit a video featuring your company. Judges are looking for companies that already have a basic digital presence, have a business that would benefit from digital strategies and tactics, and is passionate and open to what digital strategies and tactics can bring to a business. Watch Nancy Kramer talk about RI:30 in her own words http://bit.ly/n1Fkfv
The deadline to enter RI:30 is Nov. 23, 2011. The winner will be announced January 2012.
About Resource Interactive
Resource Interactive is one of the nation's top-rated independent digital marketing agencies - ranked No. 4 on Advertising Age's A-list of top agencies in 2010. With offices in Columbus, Cincinnati and Palo Alto, the firm leads Fortune 500 companies and helps them capitalize on today's digital economy, creating consumer experiences that drive sales for reputable brands. Now in its 30th year, Resource is the largest women-owned agency in the nation. For more information, visit us at http://www.resource.com or on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/resourceinteractive) or Twitter (@resource).
NOOK Simple Touch e-Reader® and NOOK Color® Tablet by Barnes & Noble to be Available at Sears and Kmart Stores Nationwide
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, and Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer, announced today they will be bringing Barnes & Noble's award-winning line of NOOK e-Readers and related accessories to all Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and online at Sears.com and Kmart.com, beginning today. Customers visiting a Sears or Kmart store will now have access to a wide array of popular and innovative NOOK devices designed for readers of all ages.
"The addition of NOOK is an important move that will benefit Sears and Kmart customers as they head into the holiday shopping season," said Allen Ravas, SVP and president, Consumer Electronics for Sears Holdings. "The availability of NOOK devices is one more reason to shop our 2,200 Sears and Kmart stores and our websites."
NOOK devices are the perfect choice for anyone who wants access to their favorite reads anywhere they go. Customers seeking a simple,easy-to-use, dedicated reading experience will love the NOOK Simple Touch Reader -- an ultra-light, portable six-inch e-Readers with the most-advanced E Ink® Pearl display and the longest battery life of any e-Reader - all for just $99.99. With a simple tap, it's intuitive and easy to navigate, shop and read.
For customers who love to read everything in rich color, the NOOK Color tablet features a stunning seven-inch VividView(TM) Color Touchscreen ideal for reading a wide variety of content including books, enhanced books, immersive children's picture books, an expansive collection of interactive magazines, newspapers and more. The best value tablet at just $199.99, NOOK Color also offers the most-requested tablet features, including high-quality NOOK Apps(TM), built-in email, and an enhanced Web experience. With all NOOK products, customers gain access to shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Bookstore(TM) of more than two million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices.
"Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in consumer electronics, offering consumers the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S.," said Chris Peifer, vice president, Digital Business Development at Barnes & Noble. "That's why we are excited to work with them to bring our NOOK devices to Sears and Kmart customers who love to read anytime, anywhere. With NOOK, customers will discover the most immersive, fun and easy-to-use reading experience, as well as gain access to a vast selection of popular books, interactive magazines, newspapers, children's books, apps and more."
For more information, visit http://www.bn.com/nook or visit any NOOK Boutique or display in one of Barnes & Noble's more than 700 bookstores.
About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble's NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like(TM) with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store(TM) of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. The new NOOK Tablet(TM) is Barnes & Noble's fastest, lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment from top services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($249). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color(TM) ($199) feature a stunning 7-inch VividView(TM) Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. The NOOK Simple Touch(TM) ($99), is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world's best reading screen and the longest battery life. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its more than 700 bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi® connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store(TM) feature to read NOOK Books(TM) for free, and the More In Store(TM) program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at http://www.BN.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Fry's Electronics and Systemax Inc. retailers.
In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its FREE NOOK Reading Apps(TM), available at http://www.nook.com/freenookapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble's free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad(TM), iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android(TM) smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library(TM) helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study(TM) (http://www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids(TM) (http://www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en espanol(TM) (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 704 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 635 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (http://www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore(TM) (http://www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble's NOOK(TM) eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.
Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with over 4,000 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, consumer electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Sears Holdings is the 2011 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has the Country Living collection, which is offered by Sears and Kmart. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 11 million service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at http://www.searsholdings.com. Twitter: @searsholdings| Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SHCCareers
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Arkessa Announces Emport and Makes M2M Management Easy
CAMBRIDGE, England, November 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- Emport brings all the information about remote infrastructure to one
Arkessa, the remote internet company which makes M2M easy, has built a
web-based software application that enables a multi-network estate of
machine-to-machine (M2M) connections to be managed via a single graphical
The dashboard is central to Arkessa's new M2M asset management portal,
Emport. This portal enables, for the first time, managers to view, monitor
and tune their entire register of M2M connections at the same time.
Compatible with all networks and all operators, Emport joins existing
estates of connections, from within any country, to the global or universal
networks that provide world-wide coverage on multiple networks.
"Our goal was to make available the data that M2M managers value most,
and give it to them instantly," said Paul Green, director of marketing and
technology at Arkessa. "We also recognise the need to make a system that's
flexible and intuitive. Emport is a vital and powerful tool for managers
that is incredibly easy to use."
Filtering of the data stored within Emport reveals the information that
is of value. This is achieved by interacting directly with the portal's
on-screen graphics. Interaction via mouse clicks to pie and bar charts
enable Emport to reveal, instantly, information that is focused on any
number of parameters of choice, such as specific device groups, connections
or geographical areas of interest.
User-defined tags can be applied to each connection within Emport. This
assists with the identification of each connection, and enables the
filtering into sets defined by users. However, when more information is
required than can be held within a tag, Emport can be directed to data held
within a company's own IT systems.
In this way details, such as contacts, service level agreements,
emergency numbers and preferred contractors, can be copied to user-defined
fields and held within Emport for reference. This information is
automatically checked and refreshed constantly, ensuring it is always up to
Emport automatically stores data for analysis purposes, enabling users
to watch trends and monitor the performance of connections over time. This
shows quickly which connections are not performing as expected. While the
performance of each connection can be analysed, its running cost can be
recorded by carrier and location. These costs can be contained by use of a
range of features, including data alerts and caps that prevent over use and
Paul Green said: "Arkessa is an innovator that's making M2M easy to work
with. Until now, the information that would be incredibly useful to IT,
network and facilities managers has been buried and spread across a variety
of systems. We've built an application that brings that information to one
place, is as easy to use as an iPhone and can even incorporate external
information that's vital to the running of a business."
The creation of Emport is Arkessa's response to research, carried out in
recent years, that revealed M2M managers desire immediate access to data
that's relevant and live. They want it quickly, and they need to analyse the
current information along side its history.
Though the data travelling through each connection cannot be collected
or read by Emport, the viability of each connection can be monitored, live,
from the dashboard. If it is inactive, it can be pinged directly from the
same screen, without the need to go to a different application.
Anticipating that customers for Emport will have a variety of needs and
be operating within quite different business models, Arkessa has developed a
range of scalable licence packages. While the entry-level standard package
is intended for single user organisation, each managing up to 5,000
connections, a top-level 'White Label' package appropriate to mobile network
operators, Systems Integrators and major corporate users, can be supplied
with any level of customisation and branding that is required.
Emport, which is supported by Arkessa's world-class support services, is
More information about the product, how it can be integrated into
different businesses and its pricing can be obtained from Adrian Currall at
Arkessa uses wireless cellular communication systems to connect things
to other things, systems and people, enabling them to operate, be managed
and controlled as though they were connected directly via the internet.
Arkessa is a pioneer of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for systems
integrators and government organisations that support critical
infrastructure, environmental services and mission-critical facilities. It
also provides vital tools to those building an internet of things, including
Mosaic and Emport. Arkessa's wireless network services enable organisations
to innovate, get closer to their customers, reduce costs, improve
performance and enhance profitability. In addition to managing assets on the
move, including buses, ships, trains, horses and people, many leading
organizations depend on Arkessa to manage fixed facilities remotely,
including CCTV, energy, HVAC, pumps, process plants, shops, street lamps,
oil installations and railway crossings.
Supported by its partnership with global telecoms giant KDDI Telehouse,
Arkessa's services are meeting the growing demand for wireless networking in
many markets. It is a founder member of Cambridge Wireless and of the
For more information about this case study, or to discuss your own
needs, contact Arkessa on +44(0)845-3311-668 or go to http://www.arkessa.com
For more information about Arkessa and Emport:
PagePress App Can Now Help Millions of Facebook Fan Page Owners To Update Their Walls On Autopilot
A new app has just been released to connect users from the two most powerful Web 2.0 platforms today - Wordpress and Facebook. It basically allows Facebook Fan Page owners to get content for their Walls from any Wordpress blogs.
PENANG, Malaysia, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new app that has just been released in the market proving to be instrumental in connecting users from the two most powerful Web 2.0 platforms today - Wordpress and Facebook. It basically allows a Facebook Fan Page owner to share the posts from his Wordpress blog directly to the Fan Page wall.
With millions of Wordpress and Fan Page users, this app is becoming one of the most useful free tools for the users. According to the founder, the functionality of the app kills two birds with one stone. The Facebook Fan Page owner gets to stay connected with his fans by sharing useful content from his blog and at the same time, also gets new blog readers from his fans.
Because there is a ready and ever growing market on Facebook, especially amongst people who join Fan Pages, it is only logical that Fan Page owners should try their best to convert their fans into loyal readers of their blogs as well.
However, it is going to be very tedious for someone to remember sharing his new blog post on his Facebook fan page every time he updates his blog. He will need to log into his Wordpress account and Facebook account. A means for automation is what is needed and that is what this new app does.
A user installs the app on his Facebook Fan Page and it automatically posts a new blog post on the fan page wall every time the user updates his Wordpress blog. This is basically a set-and-forget step to get more free traffic and build loyal readers.
DealTaker.com Announces a New Black Friday Shopping App
Tracking Black Friday Sale Ads and Deals Gets Easier With New Mobile App
DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the most popular shopping days of the year, are when retailers often offer large mark-downs to attract consumers look for the best deals. Taking advantage of those deals is now easier with the introduction of DealTaker.com's 2011 Black Friday iPhone and iPad app.
"Planning Black Friday shopping is becoming more of a challenge for even the savviest shoppers," says Michelle Strong, President of the premier online savings hub DealTaker.com. "As more and more retailers extend Black Friday by making their deals available online days or even weeks in advance, knowing when to jump on a deal can be tricky."
DealTaker.com solves for this with its new, free Black Friday mobile app. Shoppers looking to take advantage of discount prices can now access that information in the palm of their hands. This simple tool allows shoppers to browse Black Friday store ads, quickly source deals already available online, see which are the very best according to DealTaker's expert staff, and store their personal favorite deals to buy in-store or online.
DealTaker.com's 2011 Black Friday app features:
-- Option for iPhone and iPad
-- Images of the actual Black Friday store ads
-- Listings of Black Friday deals currently available online
-- Staff picks highlighting the very best Black Friday deals
-- A tool to store personally favorite Black Friday offers
-- Social sharing capabilities to email, tweet, or Facebook post offers
Founded in Plano, Texas in 2004, DealTaker.com is the premier destination for consumers looking to spend less and get more. A free coupon site for shoppers to find and share deals, DealTaker.com brings together over 20,000 offers from over 3,300 stores to help shoppers save on merchandise and services including food, travel, electronics, home furnishings, jewelry and pet supplies and more.
Unpublished Rate Site Getaroom.com Offers Spanish Language Live Assistance
Spanish-Speaking Agents Can Book Discounted Rooms around the Globe - Assists Travelers who are More Comfortable Using Their Native Language
MIAMI, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Getaroom.com, a leading online discount hotel stay company, announced today it is offering a Spanish-language customer service desk in order to better assist travelers. Representatives can book hotel rooms for Spanish-speaking individuals throughout the world while providing a level of personal assistance not found with other booking sites.
The Spanish language desk is available from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time by calling the toll-free number at (866) 568-4738. International travelers who require booking assistance or want more information about Getaroom.com's unpublished hotel discounts should call (214) 960-2642.
"Our new Spanish language support desk is our latest initiative to offer our more than 25,000 partner hotels to a broader audience," said Robert B. Diener, President and Co-Founder of Getaroom.com. "We strive to offer not only the best deals that cannot be found anywhere else, but also the best service. Our Spanish-speaking representatives are ideal booking assistants, especially for travelers from Latin and South America who are increasingly visiting sites throughout the world."
The Spanish-speaking staff at Getaroom.com has access to unpublished rates on hotel stays which give travelers discounts that are typically 10 to 20 percent off and as much as 50% off other travel booking sites. The company also features limited-time flash sales, promotions available for 12 hours or less that offer up to 60 percent off hotel rates.
Getaroom.com provides travelers a state-of-the-art lodging website (http://www.getaroom.com) which offers travelers the lowest hotel rates on the Internet. Clients calling its toll-free call center at 800-HOTELS-8 (800-468-3578) can also receive the benefits of unpublished pricing, with hotel rates typically 10 to 20 percent less than published rates on its site and other internet sites and as much as 50 percent less. There is full disclosure about the property at time of booking including the hotel name and exact location. Getaroom.com offers accommodations at national chain and independent boutique properties in major destinations in the U.S. and Europe.
CONTACT: Belinda Rooney of SS|PR, +1-609-750-9110, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Refrigeration System From KitchenAid Keeps Foods Fresher Longer
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For a cook, few things are more comforting and inspiring than a refrigerator full of fresh ingredients. Unfortunately, time, nature and the proximity of one ingredient to another can quickly rob foods of their freshness, transfer flavors and aromas, and result in both frustration and waste. With the introduction of its new Preserva(TM) Food Care System, KitchenAid has managed to slow nature's usual timetable significantly.
Available in four side-by-side configurations, and in French door models beginning early in 2012, the new technology utilizes three advanced features to optimize freshness. First and foremost, a sequential dual evaporator system runs the refrigerator and freezer compartments independently, ensuring precise, consistent temperature and humidity management. Second, the system's FreshFlow(TM) Produce Preserver absorbs the ethylene gas naturally produced by some fruits and vegetables - such as apples, onions, and bananas - to help delay over-ripening by up to 25%. And finally, an advanced air filter with 15 times more odor-reducing power than baking soda continuously circulates and freshens air inside the refrigerator.
The result, according to Beth Robinson, Senior Manager of Brand Experience for KitchenAid, is a line of refrigerators that allows cooks to store their favorite fresh ingredients longer with less waste and fewer trips to the market.
"Beyond precise temperature management, this new system addresses freshness more holistically," she notes. "Advanced humidity control, airflow management and the absorption of ethylene take food preservation to a whole new level."
The new side-by-side refrigerators, part of the Architect® Series II line, are available in standard and counter-depth configurations. Other features include removable, adjustable and dishwasher-safe door bins; a removable In-Door-Ice® system; a removable PUR® Water filter; and a "ramp up" LED lighting system that brightens gradually and provides a clear, crisp view of the entire interior.
An available external water and ice system features light-touch controls, and measured filling for dispensing specified quantities of water in ounces, cups or liters. For added ease of use and stability, these models also feature shelves and crispers that glide easily on rollers.
The new side-by-side models are available in white, black and monochromatic stainless steel at suggested retail prices ranging from $1,799 to $2,799. Prices for the upcoming standard-depth French door model have not yet been announced.
Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. This year marks the brand's 10th anniversary of Cook for the Cure®, a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® that has raised over $8 million to help find a cure for breast cancer. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit http://www.KitchenAid.com or join us at http://facebook.com/KitchenAid and http://twitter.com/KitchenAidUSA.
* Based on a 2010 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Introduces New Afternoon e-Edition by Leveraging Proprietary Technology and Legendary Brand, The Pittsburgh Press
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Communications, Inc., a multimedia company based in Toledo, Ohio, announced today that its Pittsburgh newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will launch a new afternoon electronic edition called The Pittsburgh Press. The Press will feature late-day updates on world, national and regional news; sports; end of business day reports; entertainment tips for the coming evening and social media commentary.
The venerable name of The Pittsburgh Press, last published nearly 20 years ago, is returning by virtue of proprietary e-edition technology. Press readers will enjoy an elegant print newspaper experience in a digitally-delivered format.
"We are delighted to bring back one of America's newspaper icons, The Pittsburgh Press, in a modern form that serves the contemporary needs of our audience," said Allan Block, Chairman of Block Communications, Inc.
The Pittsburgh Press joins the Post-Gazette, the Post-Gazette's morning e-edition, called PGe, and the Post-Gazette's multiple digital products on web, mobile, and iPad platforms to reach the Post-Gazette's broad audience. The morning edition of the Post-Gazette remains in print and e-edition form while The Pittsburgh Press will only be published electronically. Its prototype is the successful electronic edition published by The Blade of Toledo, called eBlade.
The new electronic afternoon newspaper will be available at no additional cost to current home delivery (7 days) and PGe subscribers Monday through Friday at approximately 4:00 p.m. New customers wishing to receive The Pittsburgh Press electronic edition will be able to subscribe for $2.00 per month. The online address for The Pittsburgh Press will be http://www.post-gazette.com/press.
About Block Communications
Block Communications, Inc., (BCI) is a privately-held diversified media holding company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Founded in 1900, its primary operations are in cable television, newspaper publishing, telecommunications and broadcast television.
Chelsio Demonstrates High Performance SSD Cacheing With Unified Storage Server at SC11
Chelsio Is Also Participating In Multi-Vendor Demonstrations in Ethernet Alliance and Open Fabrics Alliance Booths
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Chelsio Communications, a leading provider of 10Gb Ethernet Unified Wire adapters and ASICs, today announced it will demonstrate the Chelsio Unified Storage Server (USS) software enabling cloud providers to achieve maximum performance for SSD cacheing applications, in the Chelsio booth (#3019) at SC11 in Seattle.
Chelsio is also participating in multi-vendor demos in the Ethernet Alliance (#5101) and Open Fabrics Alliance (#6010) booths.
Using Chelsio 10GbE Unified Wire-optimized Unified Storage Server (USS) software along with Fusion-io hardware, private and public cloud providers can achieve unprecedented transactional and throughput performance combined with enterprise-grade storage availability and manageability.
The SC11 demo will show how Chelsio USS with Fusion-io IODrive SSD cacheing supports both SAN and NAS protocols to enable a dramatic performance boost for both read and write network I/O. The USS-SSD cacheing combination is an optimal solution to the random storage access patterns caused by data center consolidation and virtualization, which typically results in poor storage performance and slow access times.
In the EA booth, Chelsio is participating in:
-- 10GBASE-T Demo: Chelsio is showcasing the latest T420-BT Unified Wire
Adapter in the Cisco UCS Server hooked to a Cisco 10GBASE-T switch.
-- iWARP Demo: Chelsio and Intel are participating in the iWARP
interoperability demo using the STAR CCM+ simulation software.
-- Storage Demo: Chelsio is demonstrating its iSCSI and FCoE Targets. One
can use any initiator to log into the iSCSI and FCoE targets.
-- 40GbE Demo: Chelsio is showcasing 40GbE traffic with the latest
T440-LP-CR Unified Wire Adapter.
In the OFA booth, Chelsio is demonstrating in the T420-CR utilizing iWARP as the transport for 20GbE Lustre over iWARP storage used for video streams. Chelsio T420-CR cards are located in both the Local Node (Seattle) and Remote Node (Chicago) - running 20GbE Lustre-o-RDMA (iWARP) - the pipe running streaming video more than 6,000 miles stopping at various locations around the globe.
About Chelsio Communications, Inc.
Chelsio is a leading technology company focused on solving high performance networking and storage challenges for virtualized enterprise data centers, cloud service installations, and cluster computing environments. Now shipping its fourth generation protocol acceleration technology, Chelsio is delivering hardware and software solutions including Unified Wire Ethernet network adapter cards, unified storage software, high performance storage gateways, unified management software, bypass cards, and other solutions focused on specialized applications. Visit the company at http://www.chelsio.com.
SOURCE Chelsio Communications, Inc.
Chelsio Communications, Inc.
CONTACT: Tim Helms of Chelsio Communications, Inc., +1-408-962-3677
Mproof Integrates Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer into its Clientele ITSM(R) Product Suite
WASSENAAR, The Netherlands, November 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Mproof, a leading provider of IT Service Management, customer support
and self-service software for the midmarket, announced today the integration
of Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer with Mproofs core product - Clientele
ITSM(R), providing an enhanced IT management solution to the market.
Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer, an IT system and performance
availability monitoring software from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), is
specifically designed to help IT professionals by maximizing system uptime,
increasing IT efficiency, reducing costs and viewing the entire IT
infrastructure from a single console. It simplifies IT management by
allowing customers to monitor the availability of servers, switches and
storage devices from one screen. At the same time, it reduces the mean time
to diagnose (MTTD) IT infrastructure outages, resolving one of the key pain
points for midsized organizations.
The integration of Mproofs Clientele ITSM(R) and Hitachi IT Operations
Analyzer provides a one-stop solution for a more complete and connected view
of data center operations - from IT Service Management to IT Operations
Management ensuring service levels are met and maintained.
"With the new integration capabilities of both products we are now able
to fully utilize the synergy between Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer and
Clientele ITSM. I'm convinced our customers will benefit from it and as a
result see a decrease in business downtime," says Gerben van Kesteren,
Business Development Director of Mproof.
"This integration will provide a real boost for customers toward meeting
business goals and improving efficiencies," said Franco Amato, director,
Global Sales and Marketing, Hitachi IT Operations Software, Hitachi Data
Systems. "With Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer, ITSM customers now have
real-time awareness of issues to improve incident communication so they can
be owned, controlled and resolved as directed by service levels."
Through this integration, customers benefit from comprehensive
visibility and control of network infrastructure and proactive management of
incidents and problems as they occur. This solution is easy to deploy and
delivers in-depth IT Service Management, monitoring, analysis and reporting
in a combined offering. Customers can improve efficiencies, identify
critical problems, diminish risks and make better decisions based on
real-time data, improving the level of IT service to the business.
ESRB Adds Voice Search to Video Game Rating Mobile App
Just in Time for Holiday Shopping, Free Mobile App Offers Parents Easy Access to Detailed Video Game Content Information
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Type it. Photograph it. And now, just say it. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) - which assigns the age and content ratings for video games - today released a new version of its award-wining, free mobile app, now with voice recognition. Parents can now access a game's in-depth "rating summary" by simply saying the name of the game into their iPhone®, Android(TM) or Windows® Phone - just in time for the Holiday shopping season.
"Rating summaries offer a comprehensive and detailed description of the types of content a parent would want to know about before making that final decision to buy a game," says Patricia Vance, ESRB president. "Putting that level of detail into parents' hands where they often need it most - in the store - is what makes our mobile app such a valuable resource. And now, with the addition of voice recognition, that information is even easier to access."
Video games are once again expected to top holiday wish lists this year. But, just like movies, not all games are appropriate for every child. Rating summaries provide parents with a detailed, straight-forward explanation of the content that factored into a game's rating, including specific examples. While the rating symbol and brief content descriptors are displayed on the game box, rating summaries can only be accessed online or via the ESRB mobile app.
The app offers fast access to ESRB rating information for over 20,000 titles by just saying or typing the name of the game, or taking a photo of the game box. Rating summaries are available for many of the games rated since July 1, 2008, which means that most of the ones on kids' wish lists this year will have rating summaries.
"While parents find the ESRB ratings to be a useful source of guidance, sometimes there's a need for a more detailed account of a game's content before bringing it home," added Vance. "With a quick search and a glance at the rating summary, a parent can confidently decide whether a game is right for their child."
The updated ESRB app also gives users the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a brand new video game console or $200 GameStop gift card. Entries must be received by December 23, 2011.
The ESRB rating search app is developed by Point About, visual search is powered by IQ Engines and voice search is powered by MeMeMe. This is the first app powered by MeMeMe's voice recognition technology to be launched across all three major mobile operating systems (iOS, Android and Windows). In April 2011, the ESRB mobile app received a Parents' Choice Gold Award.
Since their inception in 1994, the ESRB ratings have become a trusted resource for parents when choosing computer and video games. According to the latest research conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the ESRB:
-- 85% of parents with children that play video games are aware of the ESRB
-- two-thirds (65%) use them regularly when selecting games for their
-- over three quarters (76%) consider the rating system "very helpful" in
allowing them to choose games for their child.
In addition to the mobile app, parents may also want to check out the new Parent Resources section on the ESRB website, like the ESRB's Facebook page or follow ESRB on Twitter (@OKtoPlay). Rating information, including rating summaries and additional resources for parents are also available on the website, ESRB.org, and mobile website, m.esrb.org.
About Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
The ESRB is a non-profit, self-regulatory body established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESRB independently assigns computer and video game content ratings, enforces advertising guidelines, and helps ensure responsible online privacy practices for the interactive entertainment software industry. Visit http://www.esrb.org for more information.
Related Links: ESRB Mobile AppEntertainment Software Rating Board
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IMG Media Deploys LiveU's LU60 Live Video Solution for Golfing World
PARAMUS, N.J., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --LiveU (http://www.liveu.tv), the pioneer of portable video-over-cellular solutions, has announced that Golfing World, an IMG Media TV and online content provider, is using LiveU's flagship LU60 live video transmission solution to enhance its streaming output for golf fans around the world.
In addition to its five-days-per-week TV magazine show, Golfing World recently revamped and re-launched its online proposition. A daily, ten-minute magazine show is produced and streamed around the world.
David Salmon, Assistant Producer, said, "LiveU's cellular backpack technology provides the ability to access events effectively and in good video quality without the substantial costs associated with traditional methods. You only have to look at the growth of online video - and the increase in quality - to see how important it is to service that medium. We're happy with this live video technology, the way it works and the service provided."
LiveU's LU60 backpack is being deployed to bring the wider world of golf to screens globally using aggregated wireless networks for content acquisition. This includes player interviews, coverage of golf master classes and demonstrations of new technologies from manufacturers. Golfing World is taking advantage of the technology's roaming capabilities, allowing easy international reach.
LiveU's flagship LU60 product is the industry's first bonded 3G/4G LTE backpack with proprietary RF technology for superior resiliency, up to 1080 HD video and sub-second latency for a satellite-like experience.
Ronen Artman, LiveU's VP Marketing, said, "The world of video is rapidly changing, both in terms of acquisition and consumer access. LiveU's technology is servicing this and other evolving markets by allowing the capture of events that would otherwise remain out of reach. Our ability to transmit resilient HD video from a wide variety of outdoor scenarios, such as airplanes, crowded stadiums and moving vehicles, is particularly valuable for sports coverage and we're excited by IMG's adoption of LiveU technology."
The service and equipment has been provided by LiveU's UK distributor Garland Partners Ltd.
IMG Worldwide (http://www.imgworld.com) is a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG Media is the world's largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming. Founded in 1960 with a handshake between Mark McCormack and golf legend Arnold Palmer, IMG has grown into a global operation. In 2004, renowned entrepreneurial pioneer Ted Forstmann acquired the company and infused it with renewed energy, creativity, and strategic direction.
LiveU (http://www.liveu.tv) is the pioneer of broadcast-quality, video-over-cellular solutions that allow live video transmission (HD and SD) from any location around the world. LiveU's solutions include multiple 4G LTE/3G, HSPA+, WiMAX and Wi-Fi cellular links, which are optimized for maximum video quality based on the available network conditions. With top-tier customers in 60+ countries across five continents, LiveU's solutions have been used at high-profile events, including the 2011 British Royal Wedding, Academy Awards®, GRAMMY Awards®, Super Bowl, Brazilian Carnival, World Cup in South Africa, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and President Obama's inaugural train ride from Philadelphia to D.C.
CONTACT: For LiveU: Shelley Kapitulik Drazin, +1-203-898-1501, email@example.com, or Lloyd Trufelman (US), +1-212-905-6060, Lloyd@trylonsmr.com; or Joss Armitage (Europe), +44-7979-908-547, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sales Contact: +1-201-742-5228, email@example.com
Overstock.com Launches New O.co iPad App in Time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK), today announced the launch of its free O.co iPad application. The new application can be found on the iTunes website and will carry the same product selection that is available on the Overstock.com website. To download the app visit itunes.apple.com/us/app/o.co-mobile-shopping/id339883869?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
"We want shopping on Overstock.com to be easy and convenient," said Overstock.com President Jonathan Johnson. "Our new O.co iPad App lets customers find great deals on lots of products from the convenience of their iPad. One great feature of the app is that it allows customers to easily share great deals they find with their friends through Facebook and Twitter."
Customers will be able to filter their search results by top sellers, review ratings, price and new arrivals. The app also includes pinch zoom, swipe left/right and up/down, infinite scroll just to name a few of the features customers can expect. Customers will also have access to Overstock.com's nationally ranked customer care team.
About Overstock.com Overstock.com, is Your Savings Engine offering brand-name products. The company offers its customers an opportunity to shop for bargains conveniently, while offering its suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. Overstock.com, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co. Overstock.com regularly posts information about the company and other related matters on its website under the heading "Investor Relations."
O.co®, Overstock.com® are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Club O(TM), Your Savings Engine(TM) are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the benefits of the O.co iPad application. Our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or any amendments thereto, and our other subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections, estimates or forward-looking statements.
CHARGE Anywhere® Announces Mobile Payment Application for BlackBerry® 7
Compatibility release ensures secure payment acceptance for merchants
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CHARGE Anywhere® LLC, a leading provider of award-winning, secure mobile payment and payment gateway solutions, announced today that the CHARGE Anywhere Payment Application for BlackBerry is now available for download on all BlackBerry® 7 OS devices.
With the CHARGE Anywhere Payment Application for BlackBerry, merchants can effortlessly turn their BlackBerry device into a secure and intuitive point-of-sale terminal. With the ability to process a variety of tender types such as cash, check, credit and gift/loyalty, merchants can leverage a BlackBerry and turn it into a fully functional point-of-sale terminal for a more mobile and cost effective solution than traditional legacy terminals.
"With this compatibility update for our payment application on BlackBerry 7 devices CHARGE Anywhere continues to demonstrate commitment to its BlackBerry customers and to the BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program," said Paul Sabella, President and CEO. "Releasing timely, compatibility updates ensures that merchants utilizing our secure payment application can seamlessly accept payments if they purchase the next generation of BlackBerry smartphones."
CHARGE Anywhere's distinct mobile point-of-sale solution for iPhone(TM), BlackBerry®, Android(TM), Windows Mobile®, Java® and Brew(TM) Platforms, allow users to securely process payments in real-time reducing risk and decreasing the scope of PCI-DSS. The exclusive solution permits users to capture and export mission critical business data such as signature capture, invoice number, employee number, tips, GPS location and more. With the ability to send eReceipts from the application, CHARGE Anywhere's solution can also eliminate the need for paper receipts and the cost associated with it.
CHARGE Anywhere continues to win awards for its industry-leading, multi-platform Payment Ecosystem. CHARGE Anywhere's mobile payments solutions are winners of the 2011 Mobile Payments Solutions Provider, 2010 CTIA E-Tech Awards in the Mobile Applications - Mobile Payments Category, the 2010 Mobile Merit Awards for Best Overall Enabler Application, the 2009 Best of Interop-PCI Security Solution Award and the 2009 Electronic Transaction Association Technology Innovation Award.
To read the latest BlackBerry Customer Case Study, featuring CHARGE Anywhere, click here.
About CHARGE Anywhere: CHARGE Anywhere is the developer of proprietary Payment Card Industry PA-DSS certified CHARGE Anywhere® v2.0.0 Mobile Payment/POS software solution designed for use with QuickBooks®, Smartphones and POS Terminals, e-commerce, Web terminal and PCI DSS Level 1 compliant ComsGate® Payment Gateway. CHARGE Anywhere offers business partners and customers the most secure and robust selection of industry specific and customized payments solutions and services, including: IP/Wireless Payment Gateway, POS software, Encryption and Data Security Services, Closed Loop Card Management and Merchant Billing Services. For more information contact them at http://www.chargeanywhere.com, or (800) 211-1256.
Sanbolic Extends Microsoft SQL Server Agility, High Availability (HA), and Scalability Across Physical, Virtualized, and Cloud Environments
AppCluster v2.0 Features Storage Live Migration, Dynamic Load Balancing, and Database Quality of Service (QoS) Enhancements
WATERTOWN, Mass., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Sanbolic®, a market leader in distributed data management, today announced the launch of AppCluster version 2.0 (v2.0) - a Microsoft SQL Server specific module within its Melio(TM) Enterprise software that extends the agility, high availability (HA), and scalability of SQL Server workloads across physical, virtualized, and cloud environments.
-- Storage Live Migration - Live migration of data within and across
heterogeneous physical and virtual environments, for consolidation or to
move from proof of concept (PoC) to production, with no downtime or
disruption in service.
-- Dynamic Load Balancing - Automatic or directly managed distribution of
workload across all heterogeneous physical and virtual storage assets,
for enhanced capacity management, optimization, and performance.
-- Individual Database Quality of Service (QoS) - Automated, policy-based
management that identifies performance bottlenecks in real-time and
reallocates resources to meet change in demand, thereby ensuring high
availability and peak application performance.
The new AppCluster software module was created to address the challenges countless data centers face today due to the continuing proliferation of SQL Server deployments. For these organizations, database consolidation has become a high-value and high-priority undertaking - and customers require an efficient and cost-effective solution.
"Achieving true SQL server consolidation is much more than just virtualized SQL instances. SQL consolidation should also deliver clustering, high availability, and load balancing on top of the newly consolidated footprint," said Laura DuBois, Program Vice President, Storage Software, IDC. "Users that wish to garner the best possible ROI from their SQL environment should look at solutions such as Sanbolic's Melio Enterprise which delivers this functionality embedded in its AppCluster solution."
"By leveraging the new features and functionality in AppCluster v2.0, users will now be able to decouple SQL Server instances from rigid server and storage binding, thereby enabling a more flexible, scalable, and highly available SQL Server environment across both physical and virtualized database topologies," said Momchil Michailov, Co-Founder and CEO, Sanbolic. "This translates into dramatic capital and operational savings, without sacrificing the requirements of mission critical business applications. Bottom line, AppCluster v2.0 allows users to fully appreciate the intended benefits of SQL Server and derive the most value from their information at the lowest total-cost-of-ownership."
"Microsoft SQL Server continues to see strong customer adoption, and is now the leading database, as measured by unit market share," said Claude Lorenson, Director, SQL Server Product Management, Microsoft. "Sanbolic's Melio provides additional capability for SQL Server deployments on both physical and virtual infrastructures with the goal of helping customers see even greater value from their SQL Server investment."
"The University of Illinois data center has a Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) environment that leverages SQL Server databases. These databases must be constantly available in order to allow managers to maintain visibility and manageability of their desktop images and devices hosting those images," said Robert Ferrer, System/Network Administrator, University of Illinois. "Sanbolic's AppCluster v2.0 offers a simple, cost-effective solution for SQL Server HA that addresses this requirement - without introducing additional moving parts, complexities, and costs." He added, "For me, one of the best aspects of AppCluster v2.0 is that we can now also conduct PVS and OS updates without any risk of downtime, which is critical for our 24/7 always-on operation."
AppCluster v2.0 enables the following key SQL Server capabilities:
-- Hardware abstraction - Simplifies management and distribution of
workloads across the entire SQL Server environment.
-- SQL Server Virtualization - Consolidates, protects, and manages physical
and virtual SQL Server workloads, enabling a more agile, efficient, and
scalable shared cluster of critical SQL Server database instances.
-- Active-Active Clustering and Failover - Simplifies storage management in
highly available clustered SQL Server deployments by providing
active-active access to a pool of shared storage resources. Enables
users to efficiently store and protect data, while providing features
like database-level QoS to manage performance.
-- Centralized Data Management and Workflow - Provides the ability to
manage the entire environment and workflow, both local and remote, from
a single management console.
About Sanbolic, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Sanbolic® is a global leader in distributed data management. Its Melio(TM) software suite delivers dramatically increased levels of application availability, scalability, protection and performance while decreasing cost and management complexity across enterprise data center applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Windows file-/web-serving, Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktop (VDI), and Microsoft Hyper-V private cloud environments. For further information please visit the Sanbolic website at: http://www.sanbolic.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cyber Security Company Lunarline Announces Successful Launch of Cyber-Start Internship Program
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Lunarline, Inc. experienced a successful launch of their Cyber-Start Internship Program this summer. Equipped with a team of interns fresh to the industry, the company wasted no time in getting them up to speed with those already in the field. As part of the 90 day program, all of the interns were given the opportunity for hands-on experience and cyber security training to jump start their careers in the thriving cyber security industry.
"Being part of the Cyber-Start internship with Lunarline was an amazing experience," said former intern, Danielle Peak. "I learned so much from everyone, and gained valuable experience and knowledge for my career."
Lunarline's Cyber-Start Internship Program is poised to attract students, military veterans, and working professionals new to the industry who are interested in the Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security field. The Cyber-Start Program provides experience and training with a company that has positioned itself as a leading provider of cyber security solutions, specialized IA services, and certified cyber security training.
"The Cyber-Start Internship Program is a step forward in getting more people involved in the field at a time when there is such a deficit of trained professionals in this growing industry," said Waylon Krush, Lunarline CEO. "We are very pleased to see such success with this program."
Lunarline is a leading provider of cyber security solutions, specialized IA services, and certified security training to all US Federal Government (Civilian, DoD, and IC), as well as to customers in selected commercial markets. Lunarline is a VA Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that has been appraised at CMMI® Level 2, certified in ISO 9001: 2008, has a DCAA approved accounting system, ranks in the top 2% of D&B Rating, and has an approved Earned Value Management (EVM) system. Lunarline offers certificate programs with CNSS (NSTISSI 4011, 4015 and CNSSI 4012) certified cyber security and privacy training courseware. Lunarline is a recipient of the DOT Cyber Security Excellence Award, the Cyber Warfare Forum Initiative 5-Start Training Award, and was named as one of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Inc. 5000.
Chelsio Delivers Integrated Unified Storage Server (USS) and 10GbE Unified Wire Solution to Empower Storage Memory Array Providers
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chelsio Communications, a leading technology company focused on solving high performance networking and storage challenges, today announced an integrated solution comprised of special bundled pricing for its 10Gb Ethernet Unified Wire Adapters and Unified Storage Software (USS) to deliver a highly cost-effective, high performance storage front-end for the growing flash-based storage memory array market.
Chelsio will be demonstrating the power of its Unified Storage solutions with Fusion-io storage arrays at SC11 in Seattle this week (Booth #3019).
Storage memory-based enterprise arrays are very high-performance and power-efficient systems that can dramatically improve application response times and scalability throughout the data center. Chelsio now offers an integrated USS and T420-SO Unified Wire package that delivers a powerful hardware/software combination enabling solution providers and end-users to leverage the price/performance benefits of flash-based arrays for data centers struggling with I/O-intensive workloads.
"With the increasing adoption of the T4 Unified Wire Adapters, the higher performance of storage memory technologies over traditional disk-based storage now provides concrete significance for IOPS and bandwidth-hungry applications for data center networks," said Kianoosh Naghshineh, president and CEO of Chelsio. "We are pleased to offer an integrated USS and T4 option for enabling the best price-performance storage offering in the industry."
"Fusion-io shares Chelsio's vision that flash-based storage memory arrays deliver the very high performance and power efficiency that can dramatically reduce data latency and improve application response times and scalability throughout the enterprise data center," said Tyler Smith, Fusion-io vice president of Alliances. "We are pleased to collaborate with Chelsio to enable this important industry transformation."
USS 2.0 is a highly functional, cost-effective software solution with a full range of data management and high-availability services that storage managers have become accustomed to such as thin provisioning, snapshots, replication, and more. USS enables resellers and OEMs to turn any 64-bit Intel- or AMD-based Linux or hypervisor-based system into a complete, cost-effective enterprise-grade storage system.
While software is one of the main components of storage system costs, with storage vendors often charging a premium for software features commonly on a per-controller basis. USS 2.0 provides one of the most inclusive software stacks for enterprise storage, including features such as multi-protocol iSCSI, FCoE, NFS and CIFS support, snapshot, replication, de-duplication and thin provisioning, all managed through a unified web and command-line interface. The USS removes the premium cost of software, which significantly lowers the price per usable GigaByte (GB).
Purchasers of one USS license will be entitled to one complementary dual-port S320E-LP-CR for the NAS/SAN target and four complementary T420-SO-CR network adapters for the client side. The T420-SO-CR is a direct attach, dual-port low profile 1/10GbE Unified Wire adapter with PCI-X Gen 2 interface. The USS 2.0 license is list priced at $5,810 for unlimited capacity and is available at normal discount structures.
-- Storage memory-based arrays that can deliver the I/O requirements for
meeting scalable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment at a
fraction of the acquisition and operational costs of alternatives
-- The massive file systems used in HPCC, IP video, and imaging can migrate
to flash-based storage for quicker time to market and a productivity
-- Flash arrays that can support entire databases, such as Oracle, IBM DB2
and MySQL for very high IOPS performance (versus compromised approaches
of using database metadata in flash)
-- Flash arrays that are optimally suited to meet the high-speed,
low-latency requirements of virtualization
-- Optimal use cases for the high-performance, cost-effective
USS/T420-enabled flash array systems include:
The bundled USS/T420-SO-CR solution is available today from Chelsio and its distributors.
About Chelsio Communications, Inc.
Chelsio is a leading technology company focused on solving high performance networking and storage challenges for virtualized enterprise data centers, cloud service installations, and cluster computing environments. Now shipping its fourth generation protocol acceleration technology, Chelsio is delivering hardware and software solutions including Unified Wire Ethernet network adapter cards, unified storage software, high performance storage gateways, unified management software, bypass cards, and other solutions focused on specialized applications. Visit the company at http://www.chelsio.com.
SOURCE Chelsio Communications
CONTACT: CONTACT: Tim Helms of Chelsio Communications, +1-408-962-3677
DudaMobile Teams Up with Google to "Mobilize" Mobile
Small businesses in Alabama to receive free mobile friendly websites
MOBILE, Ala. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DudaMobile (http://www.dudamobile.com), a do-it-yourself mobile website builder platform, is teaming up with Google to mobilize hundreds of business websites in Mobile, Alabama from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16. "Mobilizing Mobile" is part of GoMo, a Google-led initiative dedicated to helping businesses "Go Mobile" by providing them with the resources to make their websites mobile friendly.
"Collaborating with Google on the GoMo initiative is a continuation of our goals to provide small business owners with the tools, expertise and assistance that they need to stay competitive," said Itai Sadan, co-founder and CEO of DudaMobile. "A mobile friendly website is a must for any business. Through our platform, we hope that the business owners we help in Alabama gain a better understanding of the mobile web, and how their businesses can benefit."
At the Mobilizing Mobile event, attendees will participate in a series of activities, workshops and 'Mobilization Jam Sessions' that will provide tools to enhance their brands in the mobile space and attract new customers.
To prepare for the event, the DudaMobile team has been making mobile friendly websites for hundreds of businesses that pre-registered online. DudaMobile is also teaching students at the University of South Alabama and a group of independent local website developers about mobile development and design techniques to mobilize Mobile.
"When Google first approached us to help them mobilize the city of Mobile, we agreed that it was important to train local web developers and students on how to build mobile websites," said Dennis Mink, Vice President of Marketing for DudaMobile. "With Mobile, Alabama having thousands of businesses in need of a mobile website, we want to empower the developers and students to carry on the work of mobilizing Mobile long after we're gone."
DudaMobile is a do-it-yourself mobile website builder platform to create and host mobile friendly websites that sync with a regular website. DudaMobile has more than 800,000 mobile sites on its platform. For more information, please visit http://www.dudamobile.com. For the latest facts about mobile websites, download our whitepaper at http://www.dudamobile.com/gomo.
GoMo is a Google-led initiative dedicated to helping businesses "Go Mobile" by providing them with the tools and resources they need to make their websites more mobile-friendly. For more information, please visit http://www.howtogomo.com.
ARRIS Introduces EventAssure(TM) Outage Management Solution to Help Operators Achieve Superior Customer Experience
New software includes a common polling infrastructure for outage and performance management
SUWANEE, Ga., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) today announced the introduction of the ARRIS EventAssure(TM) Outage Management software to its comprehensive suite of Assurance solutions. ARRIS will demonstrate the enhanced multi-service outage management system, ARRIS EventAssure(TM) Solutions, at booth 873 during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2011, in Atlanta, November 15-17, 2011. EventAssure is integrated with ARRIS ServAssure(TM) Advanced through a common polling infrastructure to support automatic identification of plant and service failures. This infrastructure enhancement means that cable operators can now benefit from ARRIS' comprehensive performance and outage management solutions, using the same polling architecture to collect data from all DOCSIS® devices.
In today's competitive service provider environment, cable operators need to be able to proactively troubleshoot customer related outages to ensure minimal downtime and quicker Mean Time to Resolve (MTTR). EventAssure is a multi-service outage management system that provides cable operators automated identification of plant and service outages through correlation of events. Proactive identification and isolation of outages through periodic and real-time collection of information means a reduction in truck rolls, an increase in operational efficiency and the ability to deliver a superior customer experience.
Through EventAssure's integration with ServAssure Advanced, operators now have access to the industry's most comprehensive systems for collecting data, measuring network and service performance while proactively managing faults and outages. ServAssure Advanced transforms raw data into meaningful information by collecting, storing and aggregating a comprehensive set of performance and utilization metrics, allowing cable operators to better manage performance and service quality.
"By designing advanced OSS solutions to leverage a common polling infrastructure, we protect the investment made by our customers, and minimize network and administrative impact," said Gary Cunha, ARRIS senior director of Assurance Product Line Management. "EventAssure's advanced correlation engine, web services architecture and configurable notification system provide operators with the flexibility, automation and ease of integration required in today's highly competitive service provider environment."
EventAssure includes a highly flexible, web-service based architecture for ease of integration with an operator's existing Operational Support Systems (OSS). With real-time visibility into the operator's service delivery infrastructure, EventAssure offers an Executive dashboard and detailed outage tracking. Historical alarm information with up-to-the-minute health status on all aspects of the network helps to empower Network Operations Center (NOC) employees, ensuring accurate and efficient use of resources and field service personnel.
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology that supports broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver carrier-grade telephony, network video processing, whole home video, demand driven video, next-generation advertising, network and workforce management solutions, access and transport architectures and ultra high-speed data services. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Suwanee; Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Kirkland, WA; State College, PA; Wallingford, CT; Waltham, MA; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at http://www.arrisi.com.
CONTACT: Alex Swan, ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327, email@example.com
Muse Apparel Launches First Ever Website Announcing Initial Venture Into Online Retailing
NEW YORK,Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Muse Apparel, the brand best known for their chic, trend-driven dresses and jackets, is pleased to announce the launch of its new websitemuseapparel.com, which will debut the company's first foray into online retailing.
In an effort to deliver the Muse experience to a broader audience, the brand will be launching an e-commerce site on November 17th, 2011. In the meantime, Muse has launched a micro site, offering a taste of what's to come later this month. "It has always been our plan to expand the brand to as many customers as possible and to give them an easy way to shop directly from Muse. Our e-commerce site will allow us to do just that," says Camille Passaro, President of Muse.
The new site will not only house the label's dress and jacket collections, but offer online-only exclusives. It will also reach out to customers about forthcoming special events and provide an inside look at the inspiration in the minds of the designers. Additional features will include "Designer's Top Ten" and lookbooks for previewing upcoming collections.
Looking to the future, Passaro says, "We will continue to re-invent and expand our site for the growing needs of the American Women." The site will go live just in time for the Winter/Holiday Collection providing customers chic options for every occasion this Holiday season. The Muse Collection retails for $138 - $220, offering high fashion at a competitive price point. The site will offer standard free shipping on every purchase.
Muse Apparel is a trend-driven and affordable collection of updated dresses with an attitude. The company designs and manufactures their own products which are sold in major retail department stores including Nordstrom, Macys, Lord & Taylor, Dillards, Belk, Von Maur and over 1,000 specialty boutique stores across the country. The updated brand continues to expand and is committed to streamlining the manufacturing process by developing and designing all clothing in-house. The brand is also available for purchase online. Dresses retail for a suggested price of $138-$220. http://www.museapparel.com
Vidtel Channel Program Expands Opportunities in Video Conferencing for VARs and SMEs
CMIT Solutions among the first VARs offering MeetMe, Vidtel's any-to-any enterprise video conferencing service in the cloud
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For small and medium enterprises (SMEs), implementing video conferencing typically means spending six figures for executive-grade endpoints and infrastructure, or making do with consumer-class solutions such as Skype - until now.
Vidtel's new channel program supports the sales of MeetMe, the any-to-any video conferencing service that provides SMEs with a flexible, cost-effective and high-quality middle ground. Now value-added resellers (VARs), such as video conferencing and AV integrators, can offer a cloud-based solution that supports interoperability across virtually every type of platform and endpoint.
With Vidtel's MeetMe Video Conferencing Service, AV integrators, VoIP providers, managed service providers and other VARs can begin offering cost-efficient and predictably priced hosted, any-to-any videoconferencing services that work with room-based systems, desktop platforms, PCs, tablets and smartphones. MeetMe is also compatible and interoperable with services such as Google Talk and Skype, enabling their users to participate in multi-party video conferences with other users who are utilizing room-based video conferencing systems and executive-suite desktop platforms manufactured by Tandberg/Cisco, LifeSize and Polycom.
The MeetMe channel program benefits VARs by:
-- Expanding their pool of potential customers. As a cloud-based offering,
MeetMe eliminates one of SMEs' biggest barriers to adoption: the steep
upfront cost of video conferencing infrastructure. Because it's
compatible with a wide variety of platforms and devices - from Skype on
PCs to SIP- and H.323-based endpoints from LifeSize, Polycom, InFocus,
Sony and Tandberg - MeetMe enables SMEs to leverage their existing
investments to cost-effectively implement video throughout their
-- Enabling upsale opportunities among customers that own room-based and
executive-desktop video conferencing systems. VARs can offer MeetMe as a
way to extend those investments by enabling video conferencing with
employees, business partners and customers that use what otherwise would
be incompatible platforms. MeetMe frees those customers from being
locked into a single vendor's ecosystem and ensures that their video
conferencing investments aren't limited to fancy intercom systems.
-- Driving more equipment sales and LAN/MAN upgrades. MeetMe's device-,
vendor- and platform-agnostic architecture, along with its cloud-based
design and multiple pricing options, provide SMEs with a combination of
flexibility, affordability and predictability that encourages wide-scale
video conferencing deployments. The savings free up capital for
investments in other areas, such as LAN/MAN upgrades and additional
The MeetMe channel program initially is available in North America, with expansion planned for EMEA and APAC. The program's initial VARs include CMIT Solutions, an Austin, Texas-based provider of IT services and solutions to SMEs, with 125 locally owned and operated U.S. locations.
"Our channel program enables AV integrators and other VARs to stay relevant, offer more and grow their profitability as the video conferencing market rapidly expands beyond boardrooms and executive suites," said Scott Wharton, Vidtel CEO. "With MeetMe, VARs now can target a wide variety of emerging opportunities, including price-sensitive SMEs that want to leverage their existing endpoints, PCs, tablets and smartphones for enterprise-quality video conferencing. Vidtel's channel program is a win-win for VARs and their SME customers."
"MeetMe democratizes video conferencing by providing SMEs with a cost-effective solution that has no tradeoffs in quality and interoperability," said Frank Picarello, CMIT Solutions COO. "Vidtel's solution fills a big void in the marketplace. By giving CMIT a powerful new solution set to offer to our SME clients, MeetMe enables us to target new opportunities as the video conferencing market grows beyond the boardrooms of large enterprises."
"When people make a call, they want to connect," said Elliot Gold, President of TeleSpan Publishing Corp. "They don't want to dig through a manual to see if the other person has the same equipment, is on the same network, or worse, if the bits match. They simply want to call and see them. That's what this service is all about, and is welcomed in the ever-growing videoconferencing marketplace."
Vidtel is an innovative cloud video conferencing provider. Its any-to-any service provides compatibility between a diverse set of business-grade and consumer-grade video endpoints. Vidtel enables small and medium enterprises to affordably experience the productivity of high-quality video conferencing between dispersed employees, partners and customers. Vidtel is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif. Find more information at http://www.vidtel.com.
Contact:Mariette Johnson Whartonmariette@vidtel.com(650) 273-4104
To encourage more plastics recycling, Plastics Make it Possible®, an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, has launched Bin It!, a fun and addictive new game that actually challenges people to recycle. Bin It! players toss plastic bottles into various recycling bins in the face of distracting animals, flashing cameras and tricky breezes. The game then converts the player's successful tosses into the number of recycled t-shirts, sweaters and sleeping bags that can be made from recycled plastics.
The Bin It! app was launched to coincide with America Recycles Day on November 15, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S.
"While the Bin It! player aims to toss plastic bottles into recycling bins, our aim is to get everybody hooked on plastics recycling," said Steve Russell, vice president, Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council. "We're always looking for creative ways to increase recycling awareness and participation, not only on America Recycles Day but every day. We hope people play Bin It! and then remember to "bin it" at home, on the road, at the office, at ball games ... everywhere."
Ninety-four percent of Americans have access to a plastics recycling program. While the Bin It! app uses plastic bottles, many communities also allow residents to "bin it" with other plastic containers such as yogurt cups and butter tubs. In addition, many grocery and retail chains - more than 12,000 locations nationwide - now offer bins to collect plastic bags and wraps for recycling.
Plastics recycling is on the rise, and demand for recycled plastics is growing. Bin It! is designed not only for gaming fun but to encourage more people to recycle plastic bottles, containers and bags.
About Plastics Make it Possible®: Plastics Make it Possible® highlights the many ways plastics inspire innovations that improve our lives, solve big problems and help us design a safer, more promising future. This initiative is sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council . For more information, visit http://www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com, check out our Facebook page and follow us @plasticpossible on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/plasticpossible.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
Contact: Jennifer Killinger (202) 249-6619
Valoramas Launches Groundbreaking Online Membership Club for Latinos
Unprecedented Shopping Benefits and Exclusive Content and Events; Every Purchase Directly Benefits the Latino Community
CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Valoramas announced today the launch of a first-of-its-kind online bilingual membership club for Latinos in the U.S. (http://www.valoramas.com). Valoramas members receive unprecedented savings and other benefits. Driven by a strong commitment to community, Valoramas gives back more than half of every dollar that it makes annually to its members and to organizations dedicated to serving Latinos.
The Valoramas Shopping Mall includes more than nine million products from almost 2,000 online retailers, including America's most trusted and prestigious retailers such as Target.com, Walmart.com, Best Buy, Sears.com, Apple, Macy's, The Home Depot, and Toys 'R' Us. With a $25 annual membership cost, members enjoy exclusive offers and the highest cash-back rates available anywhere in the U.S. - on average more than five percent of the purchase price, up to 67 percent. Additionally, Valoramas features exclusive content, access to members-only events, and much more.
"We are thrilled to be launching Valoramas, providing Latinos with remarkable savings and much more, just in time for the holiday shopping season," said Alejandra Garza, President of Valoramas. "Valoramas features the best cash-back rates available anywhere in the U.S., a true game changer in online shopping." Garza added, "Valoramas' mission is to make a difference by providing a home where members can shop, save more, connect, and come together to help expand possibilities in the Latino community."
As part of Valoramas' mission to serve, the company developed the Valoramas Community Grant Fund (VCGF) to award funds to community organizations dedicated to directly serving the needs of the Latino community. To jump-start the Fund's contributions, Founder's grants totaling $150,000 will be awarded in January 2012. VCGF will invest in key areas such as education, health care, community development, and arts and humanities.
About Valoramas - Valoramas is a Latino-focused online membership club headquartered in Chicago, Ill. Launched in November 2011 by OneBigTent LLC, Valoramas features an online mall with more than nine million products offered by almost 2,000 retailers, plus much more. The mall features the highest cash-back rates available anywhere in the U.S., averaging five percent up to 67 percent. The company gives back more than half of its annual revenues to members and to Latino community organizations.
CONTACT: Jose Cano, Republica, +1-786-347-4721, firstname.lastname@example.org
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Telkonet, Inc. (OTC BB: TKOI) operator of the EthoStream Hospitality Network, announced the completion of one of its largest 802.11n wireless network overhauls to date at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.
Since the Wyndham Grand went live on August 24, 2011, they have averaged almost 300 users per day, demonstrating the incredible need for Wi-Fi services. As a result of the rapidly growing demand for increased bandwidth, the Wyndham Grand required a gigabit backbone to provide additional speed and network reliability for users. In addition, EthoStream installed Ruckus ZoneFlex 7962 802.11n access points, providing the Wyndham Grand with the latest wireless networking standard. The installed Ruckus ZoneDirector 3100 coordinates channels, automatically load-balances access points, searches for rogue devices on the network and provides management and reporting for the access points.
Matt Koch, Telkonet's Vice President of Operations, stressed the importance of choosing hardware able to accommodate the changing Internet needs of users. "We're seeing a significant increase in the demand for bandwidth from the hospitality industry because networks that may have provided sufficient bandwidth a few years ago are strained by the recent influx of tablets and smartphones," he said. "Travelers are using mobile devices more frequently for activities that require more and more bandwidth. With this network, the Wyndham has made a decision that's given them the foundation for a reliable, blazing-fast network that their guests demand."
The newly renovated Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh provides a haven for business travelers, with 712 rooms on 24 floors overlooking the confluence of Pittsburgh's Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. The hotel features 27 event rooms, and all meeting space has wired and wireless Internet connections.
EthoStream, the high-speed Internet access division of Telkonet, operates the largest hospitality HSIA network in the country, supporting over 4.2 million users monthly.
Telkonet is leading energy management technology provider offering hardware, software and services to Commercial customers throughout the world. The EcoCentral Platform, in conjunction with the EcoSmart Suite of products, provides comprehensive savings, management and reporting of a building's energy consumption. Telkonet's energy management products are installed in properties within the Hospitality, Military, Educational, Healthcare and Residential markets reducing energy consumption, Carbon footprints and eliminating the need for new energy generation. http://www.telkonet.com
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EthoStream is one of the largest public High-Speed Internet Access (HSIA) providers in the world providing services to more than 4.2 million users monthly across a network of greater than 2,350 locations. EthoStream's EGS line of public-access gateway servers provides real-time monitoring and management of guest-access networks while its 24/7 support center is known for the highest levels of quality and service. With a wide range of product and service offerings and one of the most comprehensive management platforms available for HSIA networks, EthoStream offers solutions for any public access location. http://www.ethostream.com
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New Corporate Social Media Chat Service for Facebook Introduced by Provide Support
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new social media customer service application from Provide Support, LLC (http://www.providesupport.com) allows owners of corporate, association and non-profit Facebook pages to offer live chat service to their visitors.
The new Provide Support social media app allows visitors to ask questions about a company's products, services or the company itself. They will be able to get answers much quicker than if they called a typical customer service hotline.
New customers will need to log on to the Provide Support website to create an account and then go to Setup Instructions --> Chat Button Code for Facebook Pages. Provide Support offers a 10-day, no obligation trial account and is currently offering an introductory special of 10 percent off all one-year prepaid plans to new customers using the promo code FB2011.
The Facebook social media chat service was inspired by Reliant Business Products, Inc. (http://www.ecinteractive.com/4349/Default.aspx), one of the top privately held office supply distributors in the greater Houston metropolitan region and a Provide Support client for one and a half years. Steven Woodall, systems administrator, tinkered with the Provide Support application back in December 2010 and was successfully able to embed it into his Facebook page.
"Customer service is paramount to the entire Reliant team," said Mr. Woodall. "As more of our business migrates to the web, we wanted to make sure that we provided our customers with an easy way to reach out to our service team for any order or product question they might have. We were able to easily integrate Provide Support's live chat button and insert it into our Facebook page. Customer reaction has been very favorable with clients calling and writing to us to let us know how convenient it is for them to be able to click our chat button and get the support they need."
"Facebook is the most successful social media network on the web. Being able to use a live chat tool to assist visitors and get closer to their followers is a very social way of providing enhanced customer support," said Sergiy Skugaryev, chief executive officer, Provide Support.
About Provide Support
Provide Support, LLC (http://www.providesupport.com) is a global provider of live chat services for e-commerce sites, online publishers and other organizations. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in New York City, Provide Support offers an economical and easy-to-use website plug-in allowing businesses to provide instant online customer support and proactively sell their products and services. The company's cutting-edge, geographically distributed and redundant hosting infrastructure ensures 24/7 reliability.
Quality Inspection Capture Newest Enterprise App for Manufacturing from Guardian Business Solutions, Inc.
BROOKFIELD, Wis., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Guardian Business Solutions, Inc. announces the release of their Quality Inspection Capture app, or QUIC, a quality control app designed to support PPAP reporting. As part of the Mobilize-IT(TM) collection, it is the first in a series of enterprise apps for android and iPhone/iPad users in the manufacturing and distribution environment.
The QUIC app is a smart alternative to the previous pen and paper methods which are tedious, sometimes inaccurate and make working with the gathered data a challenge. This app allows for smooth mobile data collection, reporting and filtering. Measurement results are easy to record and list each individual test.
"Companies that are required to track inspection information as part of their PPAP requirements will find that the Quality Inspection app aids in the collection of sample data for dimensional results and greatly reduces the amount of time it will take to do so. Not only will it save time, it provides useful information for the Quality Department showing what parts are having trouble, what corrective actions were taken, by whom, and where in the process these problems are occurring and more," remarked Bridget Lazlo, Guardian president. "Most companies are either scanning the documents that are used, keying the data into another database after the fact, or not doing anything with it at all - which is a real shame since they took the time to collect it."
Inspection requirements are set up in a web page form on the Mobilize-IT middleware/app server software. This information is then combined with the existing part and operation data from the customer's ERP system. This information includes: job, operation, part no., description, tool, specs, and previous and current sample data. QUIC retrieves the data on the smartphone or tablet and records the inspection information. The completed transactions are sent back to the middleware server and stored in a database for PPAP reporting.
QUIC offers financial savings at the entry level by using the latest smartphone app technology. The app runs on Android and iPhone/iPad devices which provide advanced features at a lower purchase cost per worker than Windows-based systems. Easy-to-use touch screens, bar code scanning or voice recognition allow workers to quickly and easily access and collect data whether or not they are connected to their enterprise systems.
Cycle Counting, the next app in the series, is due to be released at the end of this year.
Since 1997 Guardian Business Solutions, Inc. has been an early advocate in the use of touch screens, voice recognition, wireless and wearable computers to provide superior automation and productivity solutions. GBSI is a member of APICS, the Association for Operations Management.
SeQent Announces the Availability of the VideoServer, a Transformational Product that Provides Connectivity to LCD Displays
LONDON, Ontario, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SeQent (http://www.SeQent.com), the leading provider of innovative real-time Wireless Alarm & Event Dispatch, Andon-Visual Display Management and Wireless Kanban solutions announced the general availability of its newest product called the VideoServer. A key element of every successful business is communication with its employees. The VideoServer was designed with this specific goal in mind. Capable of displaying a wide range of information, the VideoServer allows you to deliver real-time content to staff on the plant floor, front or back office or outdoors on LCD displays.
When front ended by SeQent's Marquee Manager, the VideoServer provides the most reliable and robust industrial Andon solution in the marketplace providing connectivity to both LED and LCD displays. It has a variety of uses and may be implemented to display such things as material call, quality checks, system faults, OEE, health and safety messages, and even displaying a web page from weather service providers. Using the configuration editor tool allows you to easily create different templates (H&S, Maintenance, Quality, Production) that can be switched based upon an event or time. The VideoServer supports continuous improvement initiatives and the visual aspects of lean manufacturing right down to employee motivation.
"A couple of years ago we noticed a shift in the marketplace and a disruptive technology was emerging in the Industrial Andon market. Our customers were complaining of shrinking budgets and they were looking for a cheaper alternative to traditional LED displays. At the same time the costs of commercial LCD technology was on the decline and Industrial LCD's became a viable alternative to LED's. As a result, the VideoServer product was conceived," says Scott Burns, SeQent, Chief Technology Officer.
SeQent is a leading provider of real-time Wireless Alarm & Event Dispatch, Andon-Visual Display Management and Wireless Kanban solutions that accelerate decision making, improves productivity and quality -- while increasing plant floor visibility and profitability. Utilizing the logic and business rules already set up in PLC's or Data Collection and Reporting Systems -- SeQent sends real-time Facilities, IT Management, Production, Quality, Maintenance, IT Management information to Motorola TEAM VoWLAN smartphones, MOTOTRBO two-way radios, mobile phones, pagers, PDA's as well as LED & LCD displays.
In support of their Continuous Improvement initiatives, SeQent's solutions are utilized by some of the world's largest manufacturers including: Abbott Nutrition, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Intel, Kellogg's, SC Johnson, Toyota and WS Packaging. The company is privately held and is headquartered in London, Ontario. For more information visit: http://www.SeQent.com or e-mail: Sales@SeQent.com.
CONTACT: Scott Burns, SeQent Ltd., +1-519-652-0401, Scott.Burns@SeQent.com
IAC Launches Crowded Room, a Location-Based Service That Enables Users to Meet New People Based on the Places They Go
Available Now Through the iPhone App Store and Android Market
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) announced Crowded Room (http://www.crowdedroom.com), a new location-based service created to connect users who frequent similar places, have shared interests and mutual friends. The service makes socializing, networking and dating easier by digitally identifying common bonds and putting personality to the faces in a crowded room.
"Where you go and what you do says a lot about the people you want to meet," said Michael Kestenbaum, CEO of Crowded Room. "Crowded Room helps you find your kind of people at your kind of place by using the best aspects of social media to help create connections in the real world."
After downloading the app, users plan their day and night by checking in wherever they are and sharing where they 'might go' later. People often decide where to go based on who else will be there and Crowded Room's 'might go' feature is a powerful tool to make that decision easier than ever.
As users share their plans on Crowded Room it will suggest people to meet who not only go to the same places but also go to the same kinds of places. For example, gym-goers can meet other gym-goers, coffee shop lovers will be able to find each other and fans of Internet networking events will have a chance to connect even after the events are over.
-- The 'Go' button lets users share where they 'might go' and check in once
-- Privacy settings are customizable at each check in, allowing users to
make their check ins public, viewable by others at the same venue or
completely private. Additionally, users can choose to synchronize their
check ins with Foursquare or Facebook or broadcast them on Twitter.
-- The 'People' tab is where users can find new people to meet based on
overlapping plans and locations, shared interests and mutual friends.
-- The 'Places' tab recommends venues based on the plans and whereabouts of
other users with similar interests. The map option provides a bird's
eye view of all populated locations so users can easily find new places
in their area they might like.
-- Messaging options allow users to communicate with others they might want
-- Intelligent algorithms ensure that the more a user interacts with
Crowded Room, the better it becomes at recommending people to meet and
places to go.
Crowded Room is available via free download in the iPhone App Store or Android Market. Users can instantly connect through Facebook and start checking in and 'might going' within seconds.
Prior to developing Crowded Room, Michael served as Vice President Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions at IAC and Senior Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development at Ask.com. Since joining IAC in January 2004, he has worked on a number of transactions for IAC including the acquisitions of Cornerstone Brands, CollegeHumor Media and Dictionary.com and has served on the Board of Directors of Points.com (NasdaqCM: PCOM). Prior to joining IAC Michael worked in the media investment banking divisions of Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse.
Go to crowdedroom.com to learn more and watch an informational video that explains the app in more detail.
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