Tech Company First to Market Interactive 3D Affordable Children's Books & Toys in the US
Popar® Toys to debut 3D books, toys & interactive 3D cards at New York Toy Fair
TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Tech Frontier, LLC a leader in cutting edge technology for more than fifteen years, creating innovative concepts and growing product lines within the digital technology space officially announced a new toy line division this week called Popar® Toys. The company will debut its product line at the New York Toy Fair.
The Augmented Reality series bridges the gap between digital technologies such as video games and traditional reading formats transforming the way children engage with the world around them.
"As innovative companies such as Apple® are beginning to release this interactive digital technology, we are the first to integrate the augmented reality aspect on an affordable basis," said Scott Jochim, CEO and owner of Popar® Toys. "This is not first generation tech play. We see this as the next generation of interactive learning. As a technology company we constantly enhance and evolve a multitude of products on a regular basis. Our team provides animations and interactivity on every single page as opposed to selective pages when it comes to our books. We let our consumers play with our products in an array of different ways to appeal to multiple types of interactivity."
Digital Tech Frontier has been on the forefront of a vast array of applications from motion simulators, to cancer therapy, to offering K-12 students the opportunity to use virtual reality as a teaching modality to learn differently.
"As forward tech thinkers, we are seeing a natural transition from virtual reality to augmented reality. There is a current disconnect in the learning space between written and oral information. Kids need creative, engaging and unique ways to process and comprehend information outside of school, teachers and parents. We create an environment that visually showcases information in kinesthetic ways so that we foster creativity, interaction, retention, and let's not forget to provide entertainment," Jochim said.
The team at Digital Tech Frontier is constantly working to develop new products. Toys that are in the current product line include:
-- The Popar® Starter Kit: Bugs 3D, Planets 3D, Princess & Her Pals 3D and
Construction Machine 3D Starter Kit Includes: (1) 3D 36 page illustrated
hard bound book, (12) 3D Card's®, (1) Reader USB web cam w/night
vision, Interactive "i" Card, Popar 3D software & "Be It" Costume Card.
-- Popar® Cards Kit:Bugs 3D CardsPlanets 3D CardsConstruction Machines 3D
CardsPrincess & Her Pals 3D Cards
-- Popar ® Hardware: Reader USB Web Cam: Desktop styleSunburst USB Web
Cam: Clip on style
-- Coming Soon: Numbers 1-10 3D, A-Z Alphabet 3D, Desert Animals 3D,
Dinosaurs 3D and Farm Animals 3D.
The groundbreaking concept uses a computer, a webcam, and special black and white patterned markers. The technology works on either a PC or a Mac-based computer and requires a webcam. Webcams do come for free with a purchase of a Popar® Book Starter Kit.
About Popar Toys Popar® Toys use Augmented Reality (AR) technology to create an immersive learning experience that will allow the user to see printed pages come alive with incredible virtually "real" 3D objects and animations that will pop off a book or card. To learn more about Popar® Toys visit http://www.PoparToys.com.
About Digital Tech Frontier, LLC: Founded in 1996 Phoenix-based Digital Tech Frontier, LLC (DTF) is an industry leader and pioneer in the custom design, development and delivery of virtual reality systems and simulators for the entertainment, training, medical and education markets. Visit us at http://www.digitaltechfrontier.com.
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Live Webinars: "What You Need To Know About Live Webcasting and Lecture Capture" and "The Many Flavors of Hybrid Events"
Webinars are free and will go live on Tuesday, January 24
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting and lecture capture, will host two live webinars this month as part of the company's continuing best practice series.
And We're Live: What You Need To Know About Live Webcasting and Lecture Capture Register now for the live webcast | Tuesday, Jan 24 at 11:00 a.m. Central
Why go live? Brian Smith asks why not. As the Video Operations Supervisor for University of Florida, he's been doing live streaming on campus for 11 years, with hundreds of live webcasts under his belt. And he believes going live was integral to the success of lecture capture on campus.
Join him as he shares what you need to know about live webcasting and synchronous lecture capture, including:
-- What do you look for in a reliable webcasting system when live is a
requirement and failure is not an option?
-- Are there differences between live webcasting from a smart classroom vs.
hundreds of campus event venues vs. off campus sites? And what are the
best practices for making sure all go live without a hitch?
-- Why is live webcasting a self-fulfilling prophecy, driving more demand
to go live? And does social media play a role?
Presenter: Brian Smith is the Video Operations Supervisor for Academic Technology and Information Technology at the University of Florida. Moderator: Sean Brown, vice president of education for Sonic Foundry
The Many Flavors of Hybrid EventsRegister now for the live webcast | Tuesday, Jan 24 at 1:00 p.m. Central
One of the best ways to understand hybrid events is to see what others are doing. Luckily, Mediasite Events has hundreds from which to draw.
Join Shane Tracy, Director of Event Services, and John Pollard, Event Services Program Director, as they walk through some of the most common types of hybrid events Sonic Foundry has supported and discuss some of the most common decisions you need to make in preparing for those types of events.
At the end of this 30 minute webcast, you'll have a ton of new information that you can use to make your next hybrid event a success.
Presenter: Shane Tracy, Director of Events
Moderator:John Pollard, Mediasite Events Program Director
Mediasite by Sonic Foundry is the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting, hybrid events and lecture capture. Chosen by more than 900 colleges and universities, the award-winning Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of video presentations and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, http://www.sonicfoundry.com) is the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting and lecture capture, providing video communication solutions for education, business and government. Powered by the patented Mediasite webcasting platform and Mediasite Events group, the company empowers people to transform the way they communicate online, using video webcasts to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.
Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
TYSONS CORNER, Va., Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When the New York Giants face off against the San Francisco 49ers this weekend, which team's fans are more likely to quench their thirst with a Lipton Brisk iced tea and which fans prefer Jamba Juice? Are New England Patriots fans more passionate about Eminem or Jay-Z? Do Baltimore Ravens fans prefer to watch SportsCenter or the Family Guy? Guess which team's fans fancy Captain Morgan rum, while its rivals love Narrangansett Beer?
The free Wisdom for Facebook application leverages the 4 million+ Wisdom Network to deliver extraordinary insights derived from users' Likes, interests, and preferences. Wisdom for Facebook allows you to segment Facebook information in myriad ways and discover an almanac of information on millions of topics.
Wisdom offers a new way for users to gain insights and discover trends derived from the wisdom of the masses. Pooled and anonymized, personal information is never revealed, but the knowledge is captured and available for all.
"Wisdom for Facebook is a collective intelligence application that gives you a level of insight never before possible - powered by the Likes of millions of fellow users," said Michael J. Saylor, chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy Incorporated.
For the consumer, Wisdom serves as a personal tool for actionable insight. Tap into the Wisdom Network and discover what's hot, and what's not. Single? Use Wisdom's filtering capability to find the most popular single spots in your town. Looking for new music? Match your tastes with others to see which bands you might enjoy. Much more than a recommendation engine, Wisdom allows you to glean insights based on people with similar demographic, psychographic, and geographic attributes.
"We are offering everyone on Facebook the opportunity to be part of a remarkable crowd-sourcing tool and are happy to provide this intelligence to the public for free," added Saylor.
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a leading provider of enterprise software platforms for business intelligence (BI), mobile intelligence, and social intelligence applications. MicroStrategy's BI platform enables leading organizations worldwide to analyze the vast amounts of data stored across their enterprises to make better business decisions. Companies choose MicroStrategy BI for its ease-of-use, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. MicroStrategy's mobile intelligence platform helps companies and organizations build, deploy, and maintain mobile apps across a range of solutions by embedding intelligence, transactions, and multimedia into apps. MicroStrategy's social intelligence platform includes a number of applications that help enterprises harness the power of social networks for marketing and e-commerce, as well as a suite of free "friendly" consumer apps that use MicroStrategy's enterprise technologies. The MicroStrategy Cloud offering combines MicroStrategy and third-party software, hardware, and services to enable rapid, cost-effective development of hosted BI, mobile, and social applications. To learn more about MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR), visit http://www.microstrategy.com and follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/microstrategy) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/microstrategy).
MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform, MicroStrategy Cloud, MicroStrategy Mobile, Cloud Personal, MicroStrategy Transaction Services, Wisdom, MicroStrategy Wisdom and Emma are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Young Jeezy Headlines Muve Music's(TM) Muve Headliner Monthly Artist Program
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, today announced exclusive Muve Music content with the release of the January Muve Headliner artist, Multi-Platinum Recording Superstar Young Jeezy. During the month of January, Muve Music from Cricket is pleased to showcase Muve Headliner artist Young Jeezy as part of its ongoing monthly Muve Music artist programs.
Muve Music subscribers can enjoy Muve Headliner Young Jeezy's new hit album, "TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition," this month. Island Def Jam Music Group and Young Jeezy are working with Muve Music to launch an exclusive Muve Sessions album around "TM: 103." This special Muve Sessions collection is a true storyteller's album, direct from the life of Young Jeezy. Thanks to classic underground testimonials like "Air Forces" and "Chuuch," Jeezy's street swagger and authenticity has quickly made believers out of some of the biggest players in the game, from Jay-Z to P. Diddy. As CEO of Corporate Thug Entertainment, Jeezy showcases his talent as one of rap's best storytellers and business leaders. In his native Atlanta, and throughout the South, Young Jeezy has created nothing short of a movement. Follow Young Jeezy through a series of social media blasts at http://www.twitter.com/cricketnation and http://www.facebook.com/cricketwireless.
How to Get Muve Music
Muve Music is available on the Samsung Vitality, ZTE Score, ZTE Chorus, Ascend II and Samsung Suede at Cricket company-owned stores and at http://www.mycricket.com, as well as through select partner retail outlets. Additional accessories are available for purchase including premium headphones, an audio jack and Bluetooth adapter to connect to home and car stereos, either wired or wirelessly.
With the ever-growing Muve Music song catalog, customers can choose from millions of songs featuring the hottest artists from thousands of record labels, which are distributed through Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and global rights agency Merlin, as well as independents IODA and INgrooves.
Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving approximately 5.9 million customers. Cricket products are available nationwide. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket's nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit http://www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit http://www.leapwireless.com.
INSPIRED BY THE MAGIC OF TV AND DESIGNED FOR iPAD, TOUCHTV TRANSFORMS THE TV WATCHING EXPERIENCE
SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Created by SkyGrid, who Apple® just named a Best News App of 2011, Touchtv introduced the world's first TV for iPad today.
Touchtv also announced the immediate availability of its Touchtv App for iPad(TM), that lets viewers watch their favorite programs anytime, anywhere. With Touchtv, viewers can watch their favorite sports, entertainment, politics, and news channels.
"With over 1.7 billion people watching TV every day, TV is the biggest media there's ever been, and now it's available on the fastest growing device in history, the iPad," said Kevin Pomplun, SkyGrid?s CEO. "Touchtv not only gives you the most captivating programs anywhere, it actually makes TV light enough that you can hold it in your hands. It's amazing." Custom designed for the iPad, Touchtv gives viewers their own personal TV to watch their favorite channels effortlessly. Simply launch Touchtv and "touch" any channel to start watching. From the Home Screen viewers can add more channels and personalize their TV.
Touchtv puts a world of programming in viewer's hands, with the best channels from sports, entertainment, politics, and more. It updates automatically and seamlessly delivers the latest programs from the exact channels viewers want.
Touchtv is backed by legendary investors RRE Ventures, Jeff Bezos' Bezos Expeditions, the world's largest asset manager BlackRock, Draper Fisher Jurveston, and DFJ Frontier. Other key investors include Esther Dyson, Michael F. Price, Rakesh Mathur, and others. The company has raised $15 million in Series A & B venture capital investment.
Touchtv is the world?s first TV for iPad. Inspired by the magic of TV, and the revolutionary iPad, Touchtv's mission is to give people the ability to watch exactly what they want, any time, anywhere. Start watching your TV by downloading Touchtv at http://www.touchtv.me. Touchtv was designed and built by SkyGrid, the award winning app that Apple® just named a Best News App of the Year for 2011. The company is based in Silicon Valley, California. You can follow us at http://www.twitter.com/touchtv.
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SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics & Touchtv today announced their global partnership with Touchtv to be integrated into LG Smart TVs.
Touchtv will be available to tens of millions of viewers on their LG Smart TVs. With Touchtv, LG Smart TVs offer viewers innovative capabilities such as watching the biggest trending events at any time. Touchtv and LG also plan to share more product details as the newest LG Smart TVs become available later this year.
"With LG's constant innovation, remarkable product quality, and focus on incredible customer experiences, we're very excited to be a partner of LG," said Kevin Pomplun, SkyGrid's CEO. "We're delighted to have designed such a remarkable product together and to be available for the launch of LG's newest Smart TVs."
Custom designed for LG Smart TVs, Touchtv gives viewers around the clock access to watch the most exciting trending events.
LG Smart TVs with Touchtv will be available to customers in Q1 2012; additional details to follow in local markets.
Touchtv is the world?s first personal TV. Inspired by the magic of TV and revolutionary smart devices, Touchtv's mission is to give people the ability to watch exactly what they want, any time, anywhere. Start watching your TV by downloading Touchtv at http://www.touchtv.me. Touchtv was designed and built by SkyGrid, who has been repeatedly recognized for their award winning app. The company is based in Silicon Valley, California. You can follow us at http://www.twitter.com/touchtv.
ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com.
ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS, INC.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2010 global sales of KRW 55.8 trillion (USD 48.2 billion), LG comprises four business units - Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions. LG is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com.
ABOUT THE LG ELECTRONICS HOME ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
Smart TV industry pioneer, the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company is a top global player in flat panel displays, audio players, video products, monitors, commercial displays and security systems for the consumer and commercial markets. LG's product areas include LCD and plasma televisions, LED LCD monitors, home theater systems, Blu-ray Disc(TM) players, audio components, video players and plasma display panels. While focusing on creating feature-rich devices, the company is also pursuing stylish designs and pushing technological boundaries to improve the home entertainment experience.
LG Electronics USA
China GrenTech Announces Amendment to Definitive Merger Agreement For "Going Private" Transaction
SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China GrenTech Corporation Limited (NASDAQ: GRRF, "GrenTech," or the "Company"), a leading China-based provider of radio frequency and wireless coverage products and services, today announced that it has entered into an amended and restated agreement and plan of merger with Talenthome Management Limited ("Parent") and Xing Sheng Corporation Limited ("Merger Sub") in order to amend certain provisions of the agreement and plan of merger among the parties entered into on January 12, 2012 (the "Original Merger Agreement," and as amended and restated, the "Merger Agreement"). Merger Sub is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent which is jointly owned indirectly by Mr. Yingjie Gao, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ("Mr. Gao"), Ms. Rong Yu, the Company's Director and Chief Financial Officer, and Ms. Yin Huang (together, the "Buyer Group").
The amendments are being made to correct the inadvertent omission by the Company of 28,000,000 outstanding ordinary shares of the Company (the "Additional Shares") from the total number of issued and outstanding shares initially stated in the Original Merger Agreement. The amended number of total issued and outstanding shares stated in the Merger Agreement is 587,397,825 ordinary shares. In addition to the expected proceeds from the previously announced loan commitment in the amount of HK$320,000,000 from Guotai Junan Finance (Hong Kong) Limited which the Buyer Group intends to use to finance the merger and other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, Mr. Gao has committed to unconditionally disburse US$3.45 million to Parent by way of a shareholder loan at the effective time of the merger pursuant to a promissory note executed and delivered on January 20, 2012 in favor of Parent to provide funds for the acquisition of the Additional Shares in the event the merger is approved by the Company's shareholders and the other closing conditions are satisfied. Mr. Gao's disbursement obligation under the promissory note is guaranteed by Guoren Industrial Developments Limited, a shareholder of the Company which is wholly owned by Mr. Gao. Except as provided above, the material terms and conditions of the Original Merger Agreement, including the merger consideration of US$0.126 per ordinary share and US$3.15 per American depositary shares, remain unchanged. The Company's Board of Directors, acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Independent Committee formed by the Board of Directors, has approved the foregoing amendment and restatement of the Original Merger Agreement. Taking into account the Additional Shares, the Buyer Group collectively beneficially owns approximately 40.1% of the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares.
About China GrenTech
GrenTech is a leading developer of radio frequency ("RF") technology in China and a leading provider of wireless coverage products and services in China. The Company uses RF technology to design and manufacture wireless coverage products, which enables telecommunications operators to expand the reach of their wireless communication networks to indoor and outdoor areas such as buildings, highways, subways, tunnels and remote regions. China GrenTech's wireless coverage services include design, installation and project warranty services. The Company also tailors the design and configuration of its wireless coverage products to the specific requirements of its customers.
Based on its in-house RF technology platform, the Company also develops and produces base station RF parts and components sold to base station manufacturers. GrenTech is a qualified supplier of RF parts and components to major global and domestic base station manufacturers. For more information, please visit http://www.GrenTech.com.cn.
Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements contained in this announcement may be viewed as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual performance, financial condition or results of operations of GrenTech to be materially different from any future performance, financial condition or results of operations implied by such forward-looking statements. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, and other risks outlined in GrenTech's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form F-1 and annual reports on Form 20-F. GrenTech undertakes no ongoing obligation, other than that imposed by law, to update these statements.
Xin Lian, Senior Manager
China GrenTech Corp. Ltd.
Tel: +86 755 2650 3007
Investor Relations Contact:
David Rudnick, Account Manager
CCG Investor Relations
Tel: + (1) 646-626-4172 (New York)
Jimdo brings world's easiest website builder to Mexican small businesses
MEXICO CITY and SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jimdo & Google today launched http://www.conectatunegocio.com.mx (Connect Your Business) in partnership with major Mexican economic and educational institutions. Their aim: get small businesses in Mexico on the web.
The initiative helps Mexican businesses build effective Internet presences. At the launch ceremony in Mexico City, Miguel Maron Undersecretary of Economy said, "Mexico has 4.3 million SMBs, 99.8% of all economic units in the country. SMBs provide 7 out of 10 jobs; that's why it's necessary to strengthen their development."
Jimdo is offering a free year of JimdoPro, including a domain name, email account, customizable professional templates, Jimdo's award-winning website building tool, and premium Spanish-language technical support. Jimdo's intuitive interface enables entrepreneurs to create websites and online stores without having to code. Business owners can update their sites online from any computer; all changes are in real time.
Conecta tu Negocio is Jimdo and Google's second partnership to make websites available to small businesses. Last September, Jimdo, Google, and industry leaders in Japan established minbiz.jp, jump-starting the online presence of thousands of Japanese businesses.
Christian Springub, one of Jimdo's three founders, looks forward to seeing more of Mexico's businesses online. "Having a website is indispensable for all companies, big and small, and it needn't be difficult or expensive. With Jimdo, Mexican entrepreneurs gain a critical tool for business: their own website." The project partners expect 50,000 businesses to build websites in the first year.
Additional Links Partner Links
· http://www.conectatunegocio.com.mx · http://www.banamex.com.mx
· http://es.jimdo.com · http://www.cc.org.mx
Jimdo - Pages to the People (http://www.jimdo.com) was founded in February 2007 by three young entrepreneurs-Christian Springub, Fridtjof Detzner, and Matthias Henze-in an old farmhouse. The technology powering Jimdo was developed as a content management service for business clients, but frequent requests from friends gave the founders the idea to offer free JimdoPages. In just a few minutes, anyone-no technical knowledge required-can get a website online, complete with blog, photo galleries, video, online store, and social media integration. Funding from industry leaders like the Samwer brothers (CityDeal/Groupon, Facebook, LinkedIn), allowed Jimdo to scale quickly, and it is now available in 11 languages. In May 2011, the 4,000,000th Jimdo site went online. Follow us on Twitter @jimdo.
Booyah Brings Latest Title, Pet Town, to the App Store
MyTown 2 Surpasses 3.5 Million Users; Introduces New Update
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Booyah, a leading developer of real-world social and mobile games, today announced its latest app, Pet Town, is now available on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. In Pet Town, players create the ultimate destination for an array of delightful Pets and make their dreams come true. Combining elements of city building gameplay with influences from simulation and role-playing classics like Animal Crossing, Pet Town reinvents a popular genre with Booyah's signature craftsmanship and real-world elements.
"It's exciting to see our creative teams deliver such a unique and innovative take on this popular style of play," said Jason Willig, CEO, Booyah. "With Pet Town, we've created a gorgeous, vibrant world where players of all ages have a ton of fun helping charming animals make friends and fulfill their dreams."
In addition to the launch of Pet Town, Booyah also released a major update to its MyTown 2 App, which has been downloaded more than 3.6 million times by iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to date. The latest update includes new features such as social gifting and citizen interactions as well as Facebook Connect support. Since release in October, MyTown 2 players have created more than 2.5 million unique real-world businesses in 139,000 cities across 43 countries around the world. In a typical month there are 75 million user sessions and 1.2 billion real-world business interactions.
Both the Pet Town and MyTown 2 Apps take advantage of features in iOS 5, including integrated Twitter support and iCloud storage.
With offices in San Francisco and Seattle, Booyah is a leading mobile & social games publisher. Booyah's mission is to be the category leader in location-based & real-world gaming. With a leadership team drawn from the world's top interactive & technology companies including Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Google, PopCap, Kabam and Insomniac Games, Booyah's recent hit games, Early Bird & MyTown 2, have been played by 10 million people worldwide. Booyah is financed by Accel Partners, DAG Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' iFund.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America and Breadcrumb Introduce State-of-the-Art GPS Locator Device to Help Track Wanderers
QVC Scheduled to Unveil New Product NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Directly addressing the major--and life-threatening--issue of wandering among individuals with Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) and Breadcrumb L.L.C. today announced the roll-out of a state-of-the-art locator device and caregiver-friendly monitoring system. This innovative new tracking device is designed specifically for the dementia population and aimed at immediately and precisely pinpointing a person's whereabouts.
The partners are scheduled to launch the Breadcrumb BC300 GPS Locating Device (QVC Item #V31691) on QVC January 20 at 1 p.m. (ET). It will be the first Alzheimer's-specific product offered through the leading multimedia retailer. The system is complete with an adapter, charging station, USB cable, rechargeable batteries, attachment bands, and an instructional DVD.
As one of the smallest, most-lightweight and highly affordable tracking devices on the market, the BC300 is strapped comfortably around a person's ankle with a heavy-duty band. Designed with the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mind, including memory loss, confusion and other cognitive loss, the device is not dependent on the user's activation.
Utilizing a global positioning system (GPS) and cellular technology that receives signals from satellites, the device continuously maps a person's precise location and provides a "breadcrumb trail" of the exact route. Caregivers can access the wearer's real-time whereabouts around-the-clock on a Google map via an Internet-connected computer and/or smartphones.
The BC300 system works by setting up a virtual fence, or geofence, around a person's residence and/or other locations, such as a relative's home or an adult day center, and sends an alert when the wearer leaves that zone.
Using a protocol developed in collaboration with AFA, experienced operators at Breadcrumb's customer care center will also have the ability to obtain vital information about wearers, monitor the system 24/7 and alert up to five designated caregivers or others via phone, e-mail or text when a person has become lost. Local authorities will be notified when necessary.
According to experts, every person with dementia who can walk is at risk of becoming lost and faces a 61 percent risk of death if not found within the first 24 hours.
"The BC300 is an exciting, proactive solution to one of the most challenging behaviors among people with Alzheimer's disease," said Eric J. Hall, AFA's president and CEO. "Its unique features are designed specifically for this vulnerable population, to serve as a virtual 'watchdog' for caregivers and help protect the safety of loved ones. It's all about quality of care and ultimately quality of life for potential wanderers and caregivers."
According to Sam Mancuso, Breadcrumb's CEO, the device relies on technology that Breadcrumb developed and effectively utilizes for other types of situations, including war zones overseas. Breadcrumb and AFA have been working together on tailoring it for Alzheimer's disease for more than two years.
"This breakthrough device advances our technology and practically applies it for individuals with Alzheimer's disease. This powerful combination of technology and customer care marks a new generation of locator systems that offers peace of mind to families," Mancuso said.
AFA and Breadcrumb are unveiling the locator as the incidence of Alzheimer's disease is skyrocketing, fueled by the large number of baby boomers who are turning 65 each day and, as a result, are facing a higher risk of the brain disease. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals with dementia, their caregivers and families. Its services include counseling and referrals by licensed social workers via a toll-free hot line, e-mail, Skype and live chat; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit http://www.alzfdn.org.
Breadcrumb LLC, Southfield, MI, is a global leader in Location Based Services (LBS) that specializes in providing locating and wireless services to address four industry vertical markets: Alzheimer's and dementia wandering solution, senior phones with mobile personal emergency response and SOS protection, smartphone family locator app, and security and corporate location services for executive protection, global workforce and asset tracking. Its services include 24/7 customer care offerings. For more information about Breadcrumb, call toll-free 888-708-3604 or visit http://www.breadcrumbgps.com.
Anritsu Introduces Digital Broadcast BER Testing Capability for Spectrum Master(TM) and Cell Master(TM) Handheld Analyzers
-- Broadest Portfolio of Digital Broadcast Measurements for ISDB-T and DVB-T/H Available in Handheld Analyzers Now Offered by Anritsu --
MORGAN HILL, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Anritsu Company introduces ISDB-T and DVB-T/H bit error rate (BER) measurement options for its MS2712E/MS2713E Spectrum Master(TM) handheld spectrum analyzers and MT8212E/MT8213E Cell Master(TM) base station analyzers. With the options, the four models provide broadcasters, network operators, network installers, sub-contractors and regulatory authorities with a complete portfolio of digital broadcast measurements to properly install and maintain transmitters, repeaters and gap-fillers, as well as to determine signal coverage.
The options expand the measurement capabilities of the MS2712E/MS2713E and MT8212E/MT8213E, and provide users with the broadest portfolio of digital broadcast measurements for ISDB-T and DVB-T/H available in handheld instruments. The BER measurements, together with the other digital video and SFN measurement options, help ensure digital TV transmitters are configured according to license agreements and optimized for error-free reception over the entire coverage area.
For the ISDB-T BER function, Anritsu has utilized Silicon Infusion's Zaltys(TM) 3-Layer ISDB-T Demodulator core technology. The core integrates a high-performance COFDM demodulation engine and a fully compliant deframer, which helps the MS2712E/MS2713E and MT8212E/MT8213E provide high-quality real-time measurements.
Anritsu has made other enhancements for DVB-T/H testing applications. The frequency tuning ranges on the MS2712E/MS2713E Spectrum Master and MT8212E/MT8213E Cell Master models have been extended to 2.4 GHz. A frequency map for automatic channel selection from VHF channels 5-12 has also been added, for European testing environments.
In addition, the MS2712E/MS2713E provide excellent flexibility for locating, identifying, recording, and solving communications system problems without sacrificing measurement accuracy. Each analyzer has dedicated routines for simple one-button measurements of field strength, channel power, occupied bandwidth, adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR), carrier-to-interference ratio (C/I), and AM/FM/SSB demodulator. With advanced marker and limit line capabilities, the flexibility and power is available to meet all types of field measurement needs.
The MT8212E/MT8213E handheld multi-function base station analyzers are the smallest, lightest, and most economical solutions for installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining transmitters and cell sites. The Cell Master family combines the functionality and capabilities of a cable and antenna analyzer, spectrum analyzer, interference analyzer, signal analyzers, backhaul analyzer, and a power meter into one instrument, making it the most full-featured compact base station analyzer on the market.
The ISDB-T and DVB-T/H options are available now.
Anritsu Company (http://www.anritsu.com) is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.
Silicon Infusion has been established for over ten years, and has a successful history of providing unique and innovative technical solutions to the wireless telecommunications industry. Our global client list includes organisations from many diverse market sectors - from Broadcast and Telecoms equipment manufacturers to Military solutions providers.
The Zaltys range of products is used for efficient high-speed transmission of voice, video and data. Zaltys modem cores are currently being used in many third-party products, carrying many thousands of user connections on a daily basis.
The Mark A. Baker Mortgage Team Launches Home Affordable Refinance Program Website To Educate Homeowners
Website to Help Guide "Underwater" Homeowners to See if They Qualify
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Mark A. Baker Team, an experienced mortgage origination firm, to launch new company website, http://www.NevadaHARP.com, to help Nevada homeowners determine if they qualify for the newly updated federal program known as Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP 2.0). First established in 2009, the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) was designed to assist homeowners in refinancing their Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) mortgages, even if the homeowners owe more than the home's current value.
"The HARP program can help many underwater Nevada homeowners refinance their mortgages. It can be very confusing to find the information needed to see if you can even qualify, let alone going through the entire process with lenders. That is why I decided to build the website to educate and guide homeowners in the process to improve their financial position," says Mark Baker, of The Mark A. Baker Team. "It's not even fully known how many people will qualify for the HARP 2.0 program, although it is a worthwhile cause to let the community know about it and hopefully our efforts will help guide qualified homeowners through what can otherwise be an arduous process."
The primary objectives of the newly revised HARP 2.0 are:
-- To reduce the homeowner's monthly principal and interest payments.
-- Reduce their interest rate and the length of the loan.
-- Move homeowners from a more risky loan structure (such as interest-only
mortgage or a short-term Adjustable Rate Mortgage / ARM) to a more
stable structure (such as a fixed-rate mortgage).
Mark Baker, of The Mark A. Baker Team in Las Vegas, brings more than 12 years of experience in the mortgage industry and a comprehensive knowledge of the housing market in Nevada. Ranked as #1 Loan Originator in Nevada by Broker Magazine, Baker and his team offer services for homeowners that qualify to refinance their mortgage.
Entertainment Retail Auction Site Offers Daily Deals and Promotions through Social Media, including QuiBids Facebook and Twitter
OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- QuiBids, an online entertainment retail auction site, is expanding their social network in order to engage with customers through social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. Over 150,000 fans "like" the QuiBids Facebook page and over 15,000 follow the QuiBids Twitter page. The QuiBids YouTube channel has garnered over 260,000 video views of their helpful videos explaining the auction model and offering tips and strategies.
"We want to be able to connect with the QuiBids community on a more personal and direct level. With social media we can engage QuiBids users and have a two-way street for communication," said Jill Farrand, QuiBids' Director of Public Relations. "We currently offer QuiBids users exclusive deals and promotions available only to those who follow us on QuiBids Facebook and Twitter."
QuiBids is using social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to enhance the QuiBids experience and build lasting relationships with QuiBids members. Users can ask questions, leave comments, interact with other QuiBids members, find out about upcoming auction items and promotions, learn QuiBids tips and strategies, and more. QuiBids Facebook fans and QuiBids Twitter followers even have the opportunity to participate in QuiBids Daily Sweepstakes for a chance to win 50 free bids simply by "liking" the QuiBids Facebook and submitting their entry or "retweeting" a daily designated QuiBids tweet.
QuiBids members can learn more about the auction model, learn valuable tips and tricks for bidding, watch interviews with QuiBids CEO Matt Beckham, view testimonials from current customers, and more by subscribing to QuiBids on YouTube.
For more information please visit http://www.quibids.com or "like" the QuiBids Facebook page to receive QuiBids daily deals and promotions.
QuiBids is a fun and exciting, fast-paced auction website where you can score popular products and big ticket items at absurdly low prices. Bid on the most popular electronics, household items, and even resort vacation packages for a fraction of the value price! QuiBids was started in July 2009 as an attempt to improve the Internet auction model by making it safer and more reliable. Based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the QuiBids mission statement is simple: We are dedicated to providing an exciting online auction model with better deals for the consumer than any other website in existence.
Join the QuiBids community by following QuiBids on Twitter, connecting with QuiBids on LinkedIn, or subscribe to QuiBids on Digg.
CONTACT: Jill Farrand, Director of Public Relations, +1-405-253-3883, firstname.lastname@example.org
iCracked iPhone Repair Launches New User Friendly Website Just in Time for 2012
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- iCracked Inc., leading iPhone repair service, is pleased to announce the unveiling of their new website design. The new, easy-to-use interface comes at the perfect time with Apple IOS devices increasing 12.5 times over the last week of 2011 alone.
"We're very excited about iCracked's new design. Now it's even easier for customers to repair their broken iPhones, iPods, and iPads," said AJ Forsythe, CEO of iCracked. "Our aim is to make Apple repair as convenient, hassle-free and inexpensive as possible."
The new website allows users to easily browse repair options, find local iTechnicians, and order do-it-yourself repair kits. Users need only choose their iPhone or iPod model, choose the problem they are experiencing, and then choose their desired repair option. iCracked also offers easy to follow videos and flowcharts to tech savvy individuals wanting to perform their own iPhone repair or iPod repair. iCracked's state of the art iPhone repair kits include the highest quality parts and repair tools needed for screen and battery replacement, home button repair, and water damage repair.
"At iCracked, we want to empower our customers to be able to fix their own iPhone by providing them with the necessary tools, parts, and instructions," said Forsythe.
The new website also features the iCracked blog providing customers with iPhone repair tips, tricks, and helpful information.
iCracked replaces broken screens and repairs water damage for all iPod and iPhone models (3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S). Our partnerships with manufacturers ensue in the world's highest quality parts and we refuse to sacrifice quality for profits. All iPhone screen replacement and most services are backed by a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and 1 year warranty. iCracked provides customers with three different repair options: all inclusive do-it-yourself repair kits, repair by mail, and visit a certified, local iTechnician.
iCracked Inc. is run by entrepreneurs, primarily serving individuals who need their devices fixed professionally without any hassle. iTechnicians are predominantly located in major urban areas and will even travel to meet customers. With plans to expand to every city worldwide, iCracked is always looking for entrepreneurial-minded individuals to join to both iTech family and the corporate team.
Berkery Noyes Releases 2011 Pharma & Healthcare Information and Technology Industry Mergers & Acquisitions Report
NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Berkery Noyes, an independent middle market investment bank, today released its 2011 Full Year Mergers and Acquisitions trend report for the Pharma & Healthcare Information and Technology Industry.
The report analyzes the sector for 2011 and compares it with similar activity in 2009 and 2010. This market includes information and technology companies servicing pharmaceutical, healthcare payer, and healthcare provider companies.
Blackstone Group LP's acquisition of Emdeon, Inc. was the largest transaction for 2011, with an acquisition price of $3.03 billion. In terms of transaction type, 22% of industry deals were financed by private equity, venture capital, and other investment firms.
"In 2011, M&A-driven expansion of strategic healthcare technology and information platforms by major players, some private equity-backed, continued as a dominant trend," stated Jeffrey Smith, Managing Director in Berkery Noyes' Healthcare and Life Sciences group. "This trend will continue in 2012, offering an active market, competitive sales processes, and excellent valuation opportunities for independently-owned companies providing software, information, data, communications and services solutions to the healthcare and life science industries."
Median revenue and EBITDA multiples fell from 2010 to 2011. The median revenue multiple decreased from 2.0x to 1.6x, while the median EBITDA multiple went from 11.6x to 9.0x. Although total transaction value declined 9 percent over the last twelve months, total transaction volume increased 15 percent, from 255 to 292 this year.
Based on value, the most active market segment that Berkery Noyes tracked between 2009 and 2011 was Healthcare IT with $10.25 billion worth of transactions.
"The healthcare information and technology ("HIT") mergers and acquisitions market was robust in 2011 as buyers looked to acquire rapidly growing companies, principally software enabled solutions (SaaS and Cloud enabled), in highly attractive niches to accelerate their own growth and offer fuller suites of world class products to the dynamic and growing healthcare marketplace," said Tom O'Connor, Managing Director in Berkery Noyes' Healthcare and Life Sciences group. "In 2012, we expect to see an increased deal flow and attractive prices for sellers from both strategic and financial buyers, but strategic buyers, like in 2011, will dominate the buyer universe."
According to Jonathan Krieger, Managing Director in Berkery Noyes' Healthcare and Life Sciences group, "The number of HIT transactions increased for the 3rd consecutive year and valuation multiples continued to rise. The enactment of the HITECH Act has catalyzed the adoption of IT by both payors and providers and has resulted in a very favorable M&A market for private companies that wish to pursue liquidity events."
Berkery Noyes specializes in structuring debt and equity transactions in the $25 million to $500 million range, a market that is enjoying a surge in activity. Unique among investment banking firms, Berkery Noyes combines independent strategic research and industry intelligence with senior information technology banking expertise. Long having been an innovator in database and research technology in M&A, Berkery Noyes has committed itself to providing more expansive and current information. The firm's research teams publish acquisition activity in the respective sectors they follow on MandAsoft.com.
A copy of the FULL YEAR 2011 PHARMA & HEALTHCARE INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY M&A TREND REPORT is available at the Berkery Noyes website.
About Berkery Noyes
Berkery Noyes is an independent investment banking advisory firm servicing the information industry. Focused on middle-market corporations and financial sponsors, Berkery Noyes is committed to delivering a comprehensive array of industry-leading advisory services. Since its founding by Joseph W. Berkery in 1983, the firm has worked with corporate clients to grow through acquisition, divest non-core assets, and maximize shareholder returns through strategic transactions and restructurings. For private owners, Berkery Noyes helps create liquidity and execute timely exit strategies that achieve their personal and professional objectives. For more information, visit http://www.berkerynoyes.com.
Lumenate Acquires ANI Direct, a Computer Consulting Firm
Top Technical Consulting Firm adds Security Practice to its Growing Portfolio
DALLAS, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Lumenate has completed the acquisition of Texas-based network security solutions firm, ANI Direct. Lumenate has built a strong reputation in the Information Technology (IT) industry by delivering high-value enterprise solutions focused around core practices that include Storage, Server Virtualization, and Networks. The acquisition of ANI Direct complements the solution portfolio of Lumenate and provides the ability to solve the increasingly complex security needs of its clients and prospects.
"As we have talked with current and prospective clients, security concerns have become increasingly more prevalent. The increasing threats facing our current and prospective clients are evolving viruses, hacking for profit, and the potential loss of confidential corporate data from misuse or theft. This growth in network access driven by the proliferation of the mobile environment has heightened the already existing concerns within the corporate IT infrastructure about data in flight and data at rest. ANI Direct gives us the capabilities needed to address our clients end to end security needs by adding a Security Practice to our existing Lumenate Practice Portfolio," said Lumenate President, Reagan Dixon.
Recent surveys indicate that nearly 90 percent of respondents have had some sort of data breach in the past twelve months. Of that group, over 60 percent have suffered multiple breaches within that time frame. Industry analysts reported over three billion malware attacks in 2010 - a nearly 90 percent increase over the previous year. Remediating a breach can cost tens of millions of dollars whereas prevention is relatively inexpensive and gives clients peace of mind.
Lumenate is a Technical Consulting Firm focused on enabling the Virtualized Enterprise with Disciplines in Storage, Virtualized Server, Networks and End to End Security. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Lumenate services Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, as well as multiple national and international clients. For more information about Lumenate visit http://www.lumenate.com.
CONTACT: Steve TenBarge of Lumenate, +1-214-635-4028, Steve.email@example.com
Lulu.com Helps Apple Authors Extend Their Reach; Sell Even More Books - Free
Self-publisher provides free tools for helping authors and educators maximize visibility and increase sales
RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Publishing became that much easier today with the Apple® announcement of their new iBook Author® tools - especially for educators looking to customize solutions for the classroom. Selling these new stories and textbooks has also become easier than ever before through Lulu.com, the leader in self-publishing. With Lulu.com's free one-click distribution management and customizable publishing solutions, authors and educators are empowered to profit more and reach as many readers as possible in channels including not only the iBookstore(SM), but Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and the NOOK(TM) Bookstore too - as an eBook or in print.
"This is an exciting time for authors and educators," says Bob Young, CEO of Lulu.com. "Lulu helps authors - no matter their background or goals - take full advantage of all these great new opportunities popping up everyday with tools that enable them to provide their remarkable works in as many places as possible, maximize their visibility, and increase sales - all with a few clicks of a button - so we can all benefit from their knowledge and expertise - an endeavor that is becoming more and more important."
Lulu.com is non-exclusive, so authors can upload content made anywhere, including Apple, and take advantage of Lulu's growing network of retail partners and global print-on-demand services to reach readers in multiple formats and channels, with greater speed to market - absolutely free. Authors keep up to 90 percent of the revenue when their books sell, set their own price for their works, and can make free revisions at anytime. This is particularly helpful for educators looking to ensure students have the most up-to-date course materials at the most affordable price.
"Textbooks today can be pricey and outdated," says Dr. Marianne Bradford, associate professor for the College of Management at North Carolina State University. "The flexibility and control over my work I found when distributing through Lulu let me make content geared towards my students available in the way that made the most sense for them."
"You never know how someone might discover and read your works today," adds Young. "Lulu's goal is to help all authors sell more books. And any author would do well to provide their content, be it academic or otherwise, as an eBook and a print book so they can be sure they're best meeting the needs of all their customers - not just one group or another."
Learn more about maximizing sales and visibility for print and eBooks with Lulu.com's one-click distribution options by visiting http://www.lulu.com.
About Lulu: Lulu.com, founded in 2002, is a company that specializes in independent publishing. The company has 1.1 million creators and has 20,000 titles added to their collection each month. They offer their service for free and authors keep up to 90 percent of the profits when their works sell. Lulu provides anyone with the ability to publish books, eBooks, mini-books, photo books, calendars, cookbooks, and travel books. To learn more, visit the website at http://www.lulu.com.
CONTACT: AJ McDonald, +1-919-447-3290, firstname.lastname@example.org
Warface is the 'Most Anticipated Online FPS' in China
FRANKFURT, Germany, January 19, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
China's well-known and highly valued IT community portal http://www.yesky.com
recently awarded Crytek's first free-to-play title 'Warface' as the most anticipated
online First Person Shooter in China. According to their '2011 annual horizontal
evaluation', it's the outstanding quality that lets Warface stand out from the masses. The
Yesky editors highly praised the game's visual effects such as lighting, shading and
motion blur and even compared it to blockbuster FPS' such as Crysis 2.
The CryENGINE(R)3 powered military shooter with its near future setting provides
gamers with a constantly updated extensive Player vs. Environment (PvE) universe with a
challenging state-of-the art artificial intelligence and massive boss fights, competitive
and fast paced Player vs. Player (PvP) action, a high level of team play in both PvE and
PvP and real-time weapon customization for adaptive changes in playstyle.
About Crytek GmbH
Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is one of the world's leading independent development studios
for interactive entertainment. It is based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and has
additional studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South
Korea) and Nottingham (UK).Crytek is dedicated to creating exceptionally high-quality
video games for next-generation consoles and PC, powered by their proprietary cutting-edge
Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has created the multi-award winning PC titles Far
Cry(R), Crysis(R) (awarded Best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game
Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead(R) (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best
of 2008 Awards) and Crysis(R) 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010).
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Euro Partners launch a fresh new look for their
logo and a host of exciting new features on their website
Earlier this week, the e-gaming affiliate program Euro Partners
[http://www.europartners.com ] announced the launch of their redesigned brand logo and
upgraded website. The new website includes improved navigation, a toolbox section
[http://www.europartners.com/toolbox/casino-banners ] with previews of the latest
marketing tools, and a comprehensive news section for affiliates. This is just the first
stage in the program's upcoming plans to improve usability and functionality of both the
site and its administrative interface. Upgrades to the backend include a streamlined
dashboard, a new Marketing Tools section, and improvements to the reporting system.
All these changes come on the cusp of the program's 10th anniversary, which Euro
Partners will be celebrating at the London Affiliate Conference
[http://www.igbaffiliate.com/events/londonaffiliateconference ], taking place January 26th
- 29th. The program's conference booth has been upgraded too, replete with an open bar for
toasting to the distinguished occasion with attending affiliate members. In addition, Euro
Partners are sponsoring the lobby of the Grange St. Paul's, by installing several upright
arcade games that will include such classics as Galaga, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Pac Man and
a pinball machine.
Euro Partners VP of Marketing, Davin Jacobson, says, "This past decade has been a very
successful one for Euro Partners and we are looking forward to what the next decade has in
store for us and our partners. The new interface is part of the program's mission to
continuously meet the needs of our ever-growing customer base, which is now approaching
the 80,000 member mark. Ten years is a monolithic achievement in this industry and we're
grateful to the affiliates who helped us get here."
About Euro Partners:
Euro Partners is currently the largest and most established affiliate program for
Playtech licensees worldwide. Operating in over a dozen languages, the dedicated and
highly trained Euro Partners team offers its gaming clients and affiliate members
personalized service with a localized touch. To learn more, please visit Euro Partners
Source: Euro Partners
For more information, please contact: Euro Partners, Robin Becker, Public Relations, robecker @ europartners.com, +972-3764-6200
UBM Canon Introduces SensorTec at Largest Advanced Manufacturing Trade Event
Sensor technology resource joins co-located shows in Anaheim, CA
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- International event organizer UBM Canon has announced a new trade event focusing on the latest advances in sensors and sensor technology. SensorTec, taking place February 14-16, 2012, at California's Anaheim Convention Center, brings together suppliers of sensors that can measure, detect, monitor, and report, providing essential functions for many industrial products and processes. It will feature sensors and sensor systems for a wide variety of industrial uses, including fiber optics, electrical/magnetic sensing devices, analog/digital converters, calibration equipment, automation control systems, lasers, LEDs, networking and communications systems, and the software that makes it all work.
SensorTec joins the well established lineup of UBM Canon's advanced design and manufacturing trade expositions: Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West, Automation Technology Expo (ATX) West, WestPack for the packaging industry, Pacific Design & Manufacturing, Electronics West, AeroCon covering aerospace and defense, PLASTEC West, and Sustainability in Manufacturing. In 2011, this co-located group of expositions showcased 2,200 exhibitors and, during the three days of the event, decision-makers from 13,879 different attending company facilities conducted 181,578 meetings.
About UBM Canon
UBM Canon is the leading producer of face-to-face trade events and media brands that support the flow of information, commerce, and innovation in the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing sector, including the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, packaging, design engineering, process technology, automated assembly, electronics, quality control, plastics processing, aerospace, and sustainability segments.
SOURCE UBM Canon
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Landis+Gyr Announces Next Generation Gridstream Solution
Provides Utilities Open, Future Ready Platform to Manage Energy Better
ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Landis+Gyr, the world's largest smart meter solutions provider, today announced the launch of their Series V next generation Gridstream(TM) smart grid technology aimed at providing utilities with a market leading solution through an upgradeable platform capable of adapting to future applications and communication protocols - all without stranding existing assets.
Landis+Gyr's Gridstream Series V offering allows utilities to adopt an open, interoperable, and highly-secure smart grid solution that will deliver the highest performance and reliability in the industry. In addition, it provides a clear migration path for existing smart metering and distribution automation customers - compatible with today's Gridstream offering and upgradable to the next generation solution.
"Utilities are adopting smart grid technology at a rapidly increasing pace," said Richard Mora, Landis+Gyr President and CEO Americas. "Landis+Gyr is unveiling the next generation of Gridstream in a way that will serve our customers' needs today and catapult their solutions into the future with a clear migration path to what we believe will be the leading, most advanced, technical solution for the distribution grid."
Smart grid networks enhance the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid by providing utilities with a dedicated data network that meets utilities' strict requirements to deliver power from traditional, renewable and distributed generation energy sources. Gridstream provides the intelligence and connectivity to manage smart grid functions from the home to the grid to the utility office on a single secure network, providing utilities important monitoring and control points throughout their distribution networks.
"Our vision is to change the paradigm in the smart grid industry by evolving from a network of sensors to a network of intelligent devices that serve as the platform for an ecosystem of interoperable advanced applications," elaborated Mora. "Similar to the smart phone world where there are options for hardware based on customer needs and a plethora of applications that operate across hardware platforms, utilities will be able to select components that meet their needs today, but that will also support the still emerging applications of the future."
This versatile next generation solution is the logical evolution of today's high-performance Gridstream network platform, with the same meshing capability and support for advanced metering, distribution grid automation and home energy management applications; but with industry leading processing power, performance and upgradeability to adapt to new protocols and industry standards.
Notable enhancements to the next generation Gridstream network, with initial shipments beginning in the third quarter of 2012, include:
- Support for IPV6 and compatibility with emerging IEEE and IETF open communication and networking protocols at all levels of the network.
- Industry leading network performance that allows multiple applications over a single network and takes advantage of a 300% increase in data rate to support performance needs of distribution grid applications such as volt/VAR, fault detection, and demand side management.
- Open computing platform with headroomto support growth in both processing and memory as utility needs change. This open platform, designed for flexibility and high performance, allows for multiple applications to run simultaneously and provides the platform necessary to allow the integration of future third party applications.
- Migration paths that reduce risk and provide options that offer backward compatibility with existing Gridstream devices, thus enabling utilities to add new generation devices as they become available and upgrade system performance when and where it is needed.
"The Series V release of Gridstream is based upon the latest processing and communications technologies offering 24 MB memory and reaching speeds of up to 300 kbps. This evolution of Gridstream further strengthens Landis+Gyr's position as the market leader in innovative communication solutions," said Heath Thompson, Chief Technology Officer at Landis+Gyr. "Our next generation hardware is designed to meet future speed, data storage, and protocol requirements, while being able to operate with our legacy Series III and current Series IV networks - a clear benefit for both current Gridstream customers and those utilities seeking the utmost confidence in their selection of a future ready smart grid communications platform."
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, a standalone growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.
More information is available at landisgyr.com.
CONTACT: Financial Analyst Contact: Stan March, Landis+Gyr, +1-678-258-1321, Stan.March@landisgyr.com, Media Contact: Thor Valdmanis, FD, +1-212-850-5633, Thor.Valdmanis@fd.com
With Help from Unisys, NOAA Completes Transition to Cloud-Based Email and Collaboration System
Agency transitions 25,000 users to cloud-based Google Apps for Government
BLUE BELL, Pa., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced the successful completion of a project to transition 25,000 users in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Google Apps for Government email and collaboration platform - the largest transition to Google's cloud services by a federal agency to date.
NOAA expects the new tools to help increase user productivity within the agency and to reduce operations costs by about 50 percent compared to in-house solutions.
As a major subcontractor to Earth Resources Technologies Inc. (ERT), Unisys provided engineering and transition services to NOAA, including communications management and training. The team, which also included Google and Tempus Nova, completed all work on schedule, and NOAA transitioned to the new system in December 2011.
This news follows an announcement last year that Unisys had worked with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to successfully transition all of its users to Google Apps for Government for email and collaboration services. Unisys also recently announced a contract with Battelle Energy Alliance to provide the Google Apps for Government email and collaboration solution for the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory.
"Unisys congratulates NOAA on executing its plan to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing and Google Apps for Government," said Anthony Hess, managing partner, civilian agencies, Unisys Federal Systems.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With approximately 23,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.unisys.com.
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AppTech Launches Cutting-Edge Age Recognition App for Mobile Marketing
BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AppTech Corp (US OTC: APCX) announced today the launch of "ReconAge", a mobile age recognition app for Android phones. The application, available for free download in the Android Market, recognizes the approximate age of a person by making use of real time face recognition biometric systems online.
The app is the result of the close cooperation with Cognitec Tecnologia Brazil (http://www.cognitec.com.br), owner of the FaceMidia® patent, and data processing specialist BrScan Tecnologia (http://www.brscan.com.br). FaceMidia® is a highly advanced advertising engine. Now, advertisers will be able to ascertain the age, gender, and ethnicity of their audience and evaluate whether they are advertising the right products to the right demographics.
"We're changing the face of mobile marketing. AppTech is uniting brilliant minds around this idea. With the launch of ReconAge, we intend to introduce the usefulness of biometric algorithms applied to mobile devices in the field of marketing. The possibilities are virtually limitless," states AppTech Corp's CEO Elias Rocha. "Mastering this highly complex combination of biometrics and mobile communication positions AppTech at the forefront of mobile apps development."
Marcos Flohr, CEO of Cognitec Tecnologia Brazil, adds, "Although this first version has been made available for consumers just to use for fun and entertainment, we have identified several ad delivery mechanisms which include location-based disbursement of prizes and special offers for both the person being photographed and the one who takes the picture. Today's launch opens the way to exciting commercial opportunities."
This version of ReconAge was built to run on the Android platform (operating system 2.2 and higher) and users can download to their Android devices by keying in the phrase RECONAGE in the Android marketplace. The specific Android link is: (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.apptechcorp.reconage). Versions for iPhone and iPad are scheduled to be released in March 2012. According to a recent report by research firm Gartner, Android accounted for 52.5 percent of the worldwide smartphone market in the third quarter of 2011, which already makes the current version of ReconAge a viable advertising instrument in the billion-dollar universe of mobile advertising in the Americas.
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Comcast Unveils New Cromwell Xfinity Customer Service Center
Grand Opening Highlights Comcast's Continued Commitment to Improving the Customer Experience
BERLIN, Conn., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast today held a special reception and ribbon-cutting event to announce the grand opening of its new Xfinity Customer Service Center in Cromwell. The 2,100 square foot center is designed entirely around the needs of customers and provides Comcast customers with an opportunity to explore, learn about and interact directly with the latest Xfinity products and services.
Elected officials and community leaders, including State Senator Paul Doyle, State Representative Christie Carpino, Cromwell Deputy First Selectman Dick Newton, Cromwell Selectwoman Ann Halibozek and Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce President Larry McHugh, all came out to help celebrate the opening and tour the new space. Additionally, Garry Mullaney, President and CEO of the Cromwell Children's Home, was in attendance to accept a $2,500 donation from Comcast that will allow the Children's Home to make technology updates to its computer lab.
The new Xfinity Customer Service Center in Cromwell is conveniently located and features flat screen TVs, a comfortable seating area and a 3D television set and viewing glasses that allows customers to experience 3D viewing. Customers can also try out some of Comcast's converged services and popular apps on an iPad, like the Xfinity TV app. Kiosks around the center also provide customers with the opportunity to experience Xfinity TV, test drive Xfinity Internet's speeds and try out the Xfinity Voice service.
In addition, customers will receive personalized service from trained and knowledgeable Sales Consultants and more time-saving offerings, including a self-service kiosk for quick bill pay and a new queuing system that allows customers to explore and be entertained instead of waiting in line for service.
"We're proud to provide our customers with a place where they can experience our Xfinity products and Services firsthand and check out the latest technology in an interactive environment," said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Western New England Region. "This new model not only has a more welcoming design, but a new attitude as we apply the same mindset of innovation, speed and utility that our customers love about our products to our customer service."
The Cromwell XFINITY Customer Service Center will be open Monday through Friday from 10 am - 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm. This center replaces the former Comcast Service Center located at 19 Tuttle Road in Middletown and the Public Access TV studio that was previously located at the same address. The Public Access TV studio is being relocated to 199 Shunpike Road in Cromwell and a grand opening event and open house will be held there on Tuesday, January 31 from 7-9 PM.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) (http://www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.
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CONTACT: Kristen Roberts, +1-860-505-2075, Kristen_Roberts@cable.comcast.com, or Laura Brubaker, +1-860-505-3445, Laura_Brubaker@cable.comcast.com
State University of New York Selects Blackboard for Strategic Partnership in Online Learning
System-wide Deal Aims to Establish Common Platform for Teaching & Learning
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to establish a common platform to support the full spectrum of online learning, the State University of New York (SUNY) has selected Blackboard as a strategic partner in online learning and its primary learning management system (LMS) vendor, Blackboard Inc. announced today.
The agreement, part of a larger, system-wide effort at SUNY to control costs, offers special terms for up to six years for institutions that move to the latest version of Blackboard's learning management system, Blackboard Learn(TM) 9.1 or leverage a number of the company's additional products and services including Blackboard Mobile(TM).
The deal will help ensure that SUNY colleges and universities have access to a common suite of products including the Blackboard Learn platform's capabilities for content management to help effectively manage and share digital content across the institution and community engagement to help study groups, student organizations, clubs and other kinds of groups interact more easily.
"This strategic partnership with Blackboard is significant in that it will leverage the strengths of our organizations to mutual advantage," said Carey Hatch, SUNY's Associate Provost for Academic Technologies and Information Services. "Blackboard provides the best fit in technology and support for the SUNY system. Having a strong partner is important to our University System as we look to increase efficiencies and learning opportunities for our students."
Many of SUNY's 64 institutions currently use Blackboard's ANGEL platform and have considered plans for moving to Release 9.1. Institutions elsewhere that have already moved from ANGEL to Release 9.1 have noted Blackboard's overall commitment to product service and quality and the ability to consistently meet and exceed high service levels and support standards set by ANGEL Learning.
"Like others, I had my own questions at first about Blackboard, but by seeking input from the user community on features and functionality, they have demonstrated a sincere commitment to preserving the focus on the user that made the ANGEL community special," said Greg Ketchum, Associate Director of Distance Learning at SUNY Oswego. "Having the same learning management platform available across the SUNY system will give us the ability to bring a common learning experience to the greatest number of students and help us meet our goals for student portability and student choice."
More than 1,800 institutions have adopted Release 9.1, Blackboard's next generation learning management system to take advantage of the platform's improved stability, social learning tools to drive student engagement, digital content integrations and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators.
Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.
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CONTACT: Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc., +1-202-463-4860 ext. 2637, firstname.lastname@example.org
With New Minnesota Wild App from AT&T Advanced Mobility Solutions, Fans at Xcel Energy Center Can Order Food, Watch Exclusive Instant Replays and More - All from their Seats
SAINT PAUL, Minn., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Wild and AT&T* are proud to announce their new Minnesota Wild App for iPhone is now available on the App Store, delivering an interactive experience that fans can enjoy while rooting on their favorite team -- from their seat at the Xcel Energy Center, at home or on the go.
Using the arena's Wi-Fi, the Minnesota Wild App enhances the fan experience during games at Xcel Energy Center with a number of unique features, including:
-- Food Ordering: Hungry fans can use this interactive feature to locate
vendors throughout the Xcel Energy Center and even place food orders
from their seats and be notified by text when their order is ready to be
picked up. Xcel Energy Center is the first venue in the Twin Cities
market to use this technology.
-- Live In-Stadium Instant Replays: Minnesota Wild fans attending a game at
the Xcel Energy Center can access instant replays not shown on TV or the
-- Fan Zone: This feature provides integrated social networking that lets
users inside the arena join groups, post updates and more.
-- Arena Guide: This venue map helps fans find what amenities are near
Additional features that are available to fans inside or outside the arena include:
-- Team Information and News: Sports fans at home and at the Xcel Energy
Center can stay on top of their team with a player roster, stats and
news right at their fingertips.
-- Access to Social Networking Sites: Easy access to the Minnesota Wild on
Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.
-- Events Calendar: Fans inside and outside the arena have access to a
calendar of sponsored events at the arena.
-- MyWildNet: Games, arena information, replays and more can be accessed
via the app.
"The Minnesota Wild App allows Wild fans to follow their team at an unprecedented level," said Jim Ibister, Vice President, Facility Administration/General Manager, Saint Paul RiverCentre. "Whether at Xcel Energy Center or at home, fans can stay connected with latest Wild news and statistics at the touch of a fingertip."
*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.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. 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.
BEIJING, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- DVDFab 184.108.40.206 Qt was released on Jan. 17, 2012. As expected, this time, DVDFab brought two brand new products to light, DVDFab DVD Creator and Blu-ray Creator, which turn all the videos on PC into DVD-Video or BD-Video. In addition, this new version also came up with solutions to the Blu-ray movie of "Contagion", for all regions. Furthermore, there were many other fixes and minor improvements. Please check the details below.
From this version 220.127.116.11 on, DVDFab has added two newbies into its production scope, DVDFab DVD Creator and DVDFab Blu-ray Creator, which create standard DVD-Video and BD-Video with strict DVD and BD file structures that are playable on standalone DVD/BD players. In other words, with these two features, you can convert almost any video imaginable into DVD/Blu-ray format on blank DVD/Blu-ray disc and then enjoy them on your standalone DVD/Blu-ray player. Video viewing has never been better!
DVD Copyhas mainly now fixed the problem whereby PathPlayer might remove playable content in certain cases.
Blu-ray Copy added support for new BD+ generation 12 as found on "Contagion"; and improved "Slow Speed / High Quality" option, which although may cause some slowness, is to create ultra high quality backup.
Blu-ray Ripper is now mainly free from the A/V sync problem of profiles with "m2ts.audiocopy.high_quality" and "xbox wma10".
2D to 3D Converter changes the default Gain value to 5 in 3D settings page, Video Effect Settings window
If you want to try out this new version of DVDFab and the newly released products, please do not hesitate to download the new version at: http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm
About Fengtao Software:
Fengtao Software is a professional multimedia software provider which is always dedicated to the work on DVD/Blu-ray copy/ripping/conversion/decryption, video conversion, 2D to 3D conversion and file transfer to take care of all users' needs, with its powerful DVDFab and Passkey products such as DVD Copy, DVD Ripper, Blu-ray Copy, Blu-ray Ripper, Blu-ray to DVD Converter, 2D to 3D Converter, Blu-ray 3D Ripper, Video Converter, DVD Creator, Blu-ray Creator, File Transfer, HD Decrypter (free), Profile Editor (free), Virtual Drive (free), Passkey for DVD, Passkey for Blu-ray, Passkey Lite (free), etc. For more information, please visit: http://www.dvdfab.com/
Fengtao Software Inc.
Web site: http://www.dvdfab.co
Bleacher Report Enters Tablet Space with the Launch of Team Stream App and HTML Experience for the iPad
Independent Sports Media Site Sees Mobile as Big Driver for Company Growth and Innovation
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bleacher Report, one of the fastest-growing sites on the Internet and the Web's fifth largest sports media destination with more than 22 million monthly unique users, today announced the launch of its popular Team Stream App and HTML experience for the iPad, marking the company's first entry into the burgeoning tablet space.
Through this continued investment in mobile, Bleacher Report is further extending its reach in providing users with comprehensive content around the teams and topics that fans are most passionate about as mobile has increasingly emerged as a significant growth engine for the company by bringing over 30 percent of traffic to the Web site from 5 percent a year ago.
"Over the past year, we've seen a tidal wave in content consumption through mobile devices," said David Finocchio, Co-Founder and VP of Content and Product at Bleacher Report. "Through this new tablet experience, Bleacher Report is moving to transform the way fans follow the teams and topics that they care about."
Team Stream App
Similar to the Team Stream app currently available on iPhone and Android devices, the new iPad app provides fans with hand-picked news and analysis from Bleacher Report, Twitter and other sources from around the Web as well as push notifications for breaking news as it happens. The extra room on the iPad screen also gives users more space in navigating between articles and features a personalized dashboard on the home screen with national headlines from Bleacher Report and the latest stories on the teams and topics fans are most interested about.
Team Stream by Bleacher Report has consistently been a top 20 sports app and one of a select few to consistently receive a five-star rating in the iTunes App Store. With up-to-the-minute news on teams and topics curated from around the Web by Bleacher Report editors, fans can easily customize settings to follow their favorite teams including tweets from sportswriters and athletes from the NFL, College Football, MLB, NBA, NHL, College Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, MMA, Boxing, WWE and NASCAR.
Optimized for iPad users, BleacherReport.com will now be available on the popular tablet computer giving fans an enhanced and immersive photo and video experience. As part of that experience, iPad users visiting the site will benefit from a cleaner navigational system to highlight the site's wide range of editorial content including full-screen photos, seamless transition between stories and ability to share and comment on editorial pieces.
The Team Stream App and HTML5 experience will also provide a proving ground for Bleacher Report's innovative mobile advertising programs.
About Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report (B/R) is the Web's leading publisher of original and entertaining sports content and is one of the fastest growing sports media Web sites in the U.S. Since launching in 2008, B/R's Web site has grown to an audience of more than 22 million monthly unique visitors. The company's distinguished editorial team leads more than 1,000 Featured Columnists and 6,000 contributors, and directs Bleacher Report's unique data-driven approach to creating and programming content. The result is first-rate sports commentary that gives B/R's audience the stories they want to read in real-time around the teams and topics they are most passionate about. B/R's editorial content is also syndicated to a number of national and regional publishing partners including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Philly.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle and Seattle PI. In addition, more than 1.5 million users have subscribed to B/R's sport-and-team-specific email newsletters, which provide a demand driven mix of content that engages a broad array of sports fans.
10Bet Partners with Income Access to Launch New Affiliate Program
LONDON, January 19, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
10Bet, a leading online gaming operator, has announced a partnership with the
market-leading affiliate software provider Income Access to launch a new affiliate
program. The new affiliate program will be launched officially at this year's London
Affiliate Conference with an exclusive affiliate deal of 60% revenue share for those
signing up during the conference.
A market leading affiliate system
Income Access [http://www.incomeaccess.com/affiliate-marketing-software ] is a leader
in the field of gaming affiliation and provides their affiliate marketing software to over
200 gaming brands. Income Access's new system for 10Bet will offer their partners greater
ease of use, better features, a more robust platform and enhanced reporting.
"Our affiliate partners are hugely important to our business model," says Elina
Basheva, 10Bet Affiliate Team Leader. "We want to make sure they have the best system to
help them generate revenue."
"10Bet is one of the most respected and well-known gaming brands. We are delighted to
provide our software to 10Bet's partners and truly looking forward to building our
relationship with them," said Income Access CEO, Nicky Senyard.
Exclusive launch deal for our affiliates and partners: 60% of revenue share
The new 10Bet affiliate system will be launched soon and we are happy to offer a
one-of-a-kind deal to affiliates for a limited period. Register now
for an highly attractive 60% revenue share deal
Established in 2003 and licensed in the UK, 10Bet is one of the premiere international
bookmakers. 10Bet provides bettors in over 90 countries with the best odds and services in
a secure and highly regulated betting environment, allowing them to enjoy all the
excitement that online betting has to offer. 10Bet has a new Casino powered by
Microgaming, offering cutting-edge casino games, including Live Dealer, huge progressive
jackpots and Marvel branded games.
About Income Access
As a pioneer and leader in the iGaming industry, specialising in affiliate programme
technology and management since 2002, Income Access is committed to providing affiliates
and operators with business intelligent solutions that are responsive to their evolving
needs. With relationships at the heart of its philosophy, Income Access provides
personalised affiliate management support, marketing campaign tracking and analysis,
cutting-edge affiliate software and a diverse gaming network with over 22,000 affiliates
across all gaming verticals. Its commitment to information, innovation, and customisation
has allowed Income Access to partner with over 200 operators across all gaming verticals.
For further details or to request an interview with 10Bet contact: Elina Basheva, Affiliate Team Leader, email@example.com
Jolt Mobile Partners with LightSquared to Deliver High-Speed Wireless Data Services to Ethnic Communities
RESTON, Va. and LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LightSquared(TM), a wholesale carrier building a nationwide wireless broadband network that will create consumer choice and drive industry innovation, and Jolt Mobile, Inc., a full service prepaid wireless solution provider, have announced a wholesale agreement that will enable Jolt Mobile to offer its customers high-speed wireless data access using LightSquared's 4G-LTE network.
Jolt Mobile, which offers no-contract pre-paid and pay-as-you-go wireless plans, ensures that its customers -- consisting mainly of ethnic communities, students and seniors -- are able to affordably connect with family and friends nationwide and throughout the world. Customers can purchase Jolt Mobile phones at cell phone retailers across the country, and activate or add services to their plans either online or through an "800" number. With LightSquared, customers will now have the option of adding advanced mobile data services to their plans. Jolt Mobile is also planning to use the LightSquared network to expand its business by offering cost-effective Internet solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.
"Jolt Mobile can now fulfill our commitment to delivering high-speed data services to our unique customer base," said Avi Yroshalmaine, president of Jolt Mobile. "LightSquared's state-of-the-art network and wholesale business model will allow us to enhance our competitive position by offering these services at highly affordable rates, and also explore opportunities in new market segments."
Jolt Mobile, which is LightSquared's 38th wholesale customer, joins numerous other companies, including wireless carriers, device manufacturers, nationwide retailers, regional phone companies and mobile content providers, who all plan to use LightSquared's network to offer competitively-priced wireless service to their customers.
"With this agreement, Jolt Mobile can now offer its customers in underserved communities access to the most advanced wireless data services," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of LightSquared. "Our network, combined with our attractive wholesale rates, will help accelerate Jolt Mobile's goal to be the cutting-edge alternative to high-priced providers."
LightSquared's mission is to revolutionize the U.S. wireless industry. With the creation of the first-ever, wholesale-only nationwide 4G-LTE network integrated with satellite coverage, LightSquared offers people the speed, value and reliability of universal connectivity, wherever they are in the United States. As a wholesale-only operator, LightSquared will deploy an open 4G wireless broadband network to be used by existing and new service providers to sell their own devices, applications and services--at a competitive cost and without retail competition from LightSquared. The deployment and operation of LightSquared's network represent more than $14 billion of private investment over the next eight years. For more information about LightSquared, please go to http://www.LightSquared.com, http://www.facebook.com/LightSquared and http://www.twitter.com/LightSquared.
About Jolt Mobile, Inc.
Jolt Mobile, Inc., a subsidiary of NET, Inc., is a pay-as-you-go service. They make it easier for retailers to activate new SIM cards and refill them. With Jolt Mobile, Inc. customers enjoy direct International dialing, making it easier to stay in contact with friends and family all over the world without having to worry about being charged outrageous rates. Additional information is available at http://www.joltmobile.com/.
CONTACT: Josh Lefkowitz
Burson-Marsteller for LightSquared
Tel: (212) 614-5012
This release contains forward-looking statements and information regarding LightSquared and its business. Such statements are based on the current expectations and certain assumptions of LightSquared's management and are, therefore, subject to certain risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements expressed herein relate only to information as of the date of this release. LightSquared has no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, nor is there any assurance that the plans or strategies discussed in this release will not change.